School’s Out For The Summer !!!

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Memorial Day – 2016

Normandy

The American Cemetery in Normandy, France. 9,387 World War Two American service men & women are buried here.

France has granted the United States a special, perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, free of any charge or any tax. This cemetery is managed by the American government, under Congressional acts that provide yearly financial support for maintaining them, with most military and civil personnel employed abroad. The U.S. flag flies over this hallowed site.

Our humble gratitude to all those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country!

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Linville Caverns Field Trip

Cave1On May 12, 2016 we, the students and staff (the ones not on the NYC Trip), went to Linville Caverns. We learned about stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and headache rock (don’t ask).

Linville Caverns—home of the “original fish”—are privately owned active limestone caverns located in northern McDowell County, North Carolina, just south of the village of Linville Falls, on U.S. Highway 221. The caverns were discovered in 1822 by local fishermen and since that time have been of interest to locals and travelers alike. Half-hour guided tours escort visitors through the caverns with information about cavern history, resident creatures, and the formations viewed along the way.

In the fall and winter months, cavern visitors may be able to view the caverns’ most popular residents, the Eastern Pipistrelle and Little Brown bats. These insect-eating creatures hibernate in the caverns from late fall until early spring.

After touring the caverns we went to the Linville Falls picnic area on the Parkway for lunch, then to the Lees McRae rehab bird center in Banner Elk, and finally to MacDonald’s for a snack (a “snack”  to the 7th grade boys was a Big Mac and French Fries). We had lots of fun and thank Linville Caverns for allowing us to explore “Under the Smokies!”.

(Submitted by Alexis Buchanan, WEBMaster)

Enter the cavern (pictures) here: Cave2

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New York City Trip

nyc21On May 11th through the 15th a number of students from the school plus parents and guests toured the many sites found in the “Big Apple”. Below you will see photos from that trip.

(Photos were furnished by Kelly Akins and Janie Greene)
(Note: these photos will also be found in the Photo Gallery during the summer.)

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