Annually the Middle School students (grades 6-8) at Rolling Hills have the privilege of participating in McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). MOSS not only plays an important role in their science education, but provides many fun and team-building experiences for our students.
- Our MOSS trip is scheduled February 12-16, 2018 so our students will have the Winter learning experience at MOSS this year.
- The cost for each student participant is $300.00.
- If your child will be attending our MOSS trip, a non-refundable $75 deposit is due by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. This deposit will be applied to your child’s participation fee.
- Mark Your Calendar to attend a MOSS Informational Meeting w/Q&A Session on Thursday, October 19 at 8:30 a.m. or 7:00 pm
- Your response to a preliminary information sheet (page 3 of the attached document) is due by Friday, October 20.
It may seem early, but it is already time to start planning and preparation for our MOSS trip. Please carefully review the information provided below and in the attached document, some things have changed from previous years.
What is MOSS?
You can think of MOSS as the ultimate field trip! Held at the University of Idaho facility located in Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho, hands-on classes are conducted in the coniferous forest, at the edge of a mountain stream, on the shore of the lake, and in the meadow. The most useful tools for learning are readily available; the students’ five senses. The subject of ecosystem science serves as the context for standards-based study of science, technology, mathematics, and language arts. Students typically learn in small teams, taught by University of Idaho graduate students, faculty, and staff. Each day, teams of 8-10 students accompany their instructors to field sites to scientifically characterize local ecosystems. They collect data on local atmospheric conditions, vegetative cover, soil characteristics, and aquatic ecosystems’ physical, chemical, and biological conditions. Finally, students work with fellow teammates and instructors to develop their own inquiry projects which they present to their classmates and teachers at the end of the week.
Questions about MOSS? Learn more about MOSS on their website at: http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/moss/about
Mark Your Calendar - Mr. Pratt will be providing MOSS information and have MOSS Question & Answers time during his “Tiger Talk” session scheduled for Thursday, October 19 at 8:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to bring your questions, concerns, and come to find out more.
Trip Dates & Times
Departure: Monday, February 12, 2018 (approx. 9:30 a.m.), Return: Friday, February 16, (approx. 1:00 p.m.)
MOSS Participation Costs:
The MOSS participation fee is $300 per participant and includes: the week’s MOSS academic programs, 4 nights of lodging, and meals for the week (excluding lunch on Monday), and bus transportation to and from McCall.
MOSS Payment Schedule:
- Due by Wed., November 1, 2017 - $75.00 non-refundable commitment deposit to be applied toward your child’s MOSS participation fee. This initial payment is required to secure your child’s placement in the MOSS program. Note: this a monetary payment, school-provided fundraising funds cannot be applied toward this initial minimum payment.
- Due by Wed., December 6, 2017 – additional minimum $75.00 payment and/or fundraising $ applied
- Due by Wed., January 10, 2018 – add’l minimum $75.00 payment and/or fundraising $ applied
- Due by Monday, February 5, 2018 – Final $75 payment or balance due on account to pay in full.
We understand that the participation fee can be significant for families with limited resources. We encourage students/families to start now to acquire the funds needed to attend MOSS through your own earning and saving opportunities. Now is a great time to consider odd jobs for family, friends and neighbors – leaf raking and snow shoveling season are right around the corner.
Rolling Hills will help by making available some coordinated opportunities to fundraise money towards MOSS.
Note: money raised for MOSS through these school provided fundraising opportunities can only be applied to your student’s February 2018 MOSS trip expense. If your child participates in school coordinated fundraiser(s) but is unable to attend MOSS for any reason, or fundraises more money than needed for individual expense, the fundraised money will be applied to the general MOSS expense fund and/or made available for scholarships.
Currently planned fundraising opportunities include:
- SaveAround Coupon Book sales – In October, students will have the opportunity to sell Treasure Valley SaveAround coupon books. Specific information about this fundraiser will be coming soon.
- Harvest Festival – middle school students will have the opportunity to plan and man activities and stations for our upcoming Harvest Festival to be held on Saturday, October 21. Participants will earn funds toward their MOSS participation fee. More details to come.
A limited number of financial-need based partial scholarships from the RHPCS PFA will be available by application. Student participation in fundraising opportunities is expected prior to scholarship funds being approved and applied toward a student’s individual MOSS registration fees. Contact the school office for an application.
Online Registration for MOSS:
The MOSS Online Registration process is now open. Early registration is requested and will help us significantly with our planning process. This will take you about 10 minutes. It is important that a parent/guardian complete this online process as it does have detailed legal information requiring adult review and your electronic signature. MOSS requires that their online registration process be completed for every attending student and adult, only those who have completed this online registration are allowed to attend. Your child’s online registration should be completed by November 8, 2017.
- To complete the MOSS online registration, go to: https://moss.uidaho.edu/
- The system will ask you for a Password, enter: learning
- Click on “Student Form” to proceed with the student registration process.
- Be sure to complete all the way to the end of the registration page. At the bottom of the form, make sure you choose “Rolling Hills Public Charter” from drop down list for the “Name of Your School” (that ties your student to our RHPCS-MOSS program) and click the “Confirm & Save” button.
We need parent chaperones to attend MOSS with our students. Chaperones are a vital part of the MOSS trip, helping with student supervision and well-being throughout the day and night. Our chaperones attend with no financial obligation (up to the 7:1 adult to student ratio recommended by MOSS) All chaperones will undergo a background check (completed and paid for by RHPCS) prior to attending MOSS. If you are available and interested in attending MOSS as a chaperone, please contact the school office for more details and/or to volunteer. Note: Priority will be given to those chaperones who can be present the entire time.
Please review and respond to the questions on the attached sheet and return
to school office no later than Friday, October 20, 2017.