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posted Sep 17, 2018, 6:48 PM by James Godoy   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 7:46 AM ]

Yosemite Camping Trip

On September 19th the entire school will go on an overnight school trip to Yosemite Valley (in Yosemite National Park) to study and learn in the outdoors. This type of Placed Based Education is part of our school district’s strategic plan and will be a great way for our students to learn in a new environment, with fun activities, applied learning, and interdisciplinary study tied directly to California content standards. These are regular school days, only in a different location. Student attendance is required. The assignments completed on this trip (and as a result of this trip) will form an important part of students’ class grades. On this trip we will be taking samples of water to analyze pH levels, learning how the government makes decisions, constructing sundials and hatchet planimeters, debating whether to drain the reservoir to restore the valley, and much more!

We will spend both Wednesday and Thursday night at Dimond O Campground, west of Yosemite, near Hetch Hetchy. We will have spotty phone service. We will leave school around 9:00 AM on Wednesday the 19th and return to school by 12:45 PM on Friday, September 21st in time to take the bus home. Please see the attached schedule to see a more detailed description of our activities during the trip.

Also attached is a list of supplies and equipment each student will need. Please go over this list carefully. If there are items that you do not have, please send a note to school and we will make sure the items will be provided. All meals will be provided.

Please let Mrs. Sassin know if you have any questions or concerns. Cell 760-709-0348

or LVES 760-647-6460

or If you need to contact your child during the trip, please contact:

Jamie Godoy (760) 914-3328

Sarah Taylor (760) 920-1678

Or leave a message at LVES (760) 647-6460

Date and times:

Departure: Wednesday, 9/19 @ 9:00 AM from LVHS

Return: Friday 9/21 @ 12:45 PM to LVHS (to take bus home)

Student Checklist

  • Toiletries

    • Toothbrush

    • Toothpaste

    • Hairbrush/comb

    • Chapstick

  • Water bottle (reusable)

  • Pen & pencil

  • Flashlight / headlamp

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Bandana for lunches

  • Towel

  • Sleeping bag (please let us know if you need to borrow one)

  • Sleeping pad (please let us know if you need to borrow one)

  • Pillow

  • Daypack/backpack (for hiking)

  • Download Sky Guide


Plan for 2 nights 2 ½ days

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Moisture-wicking t-shirts

  • Long-sleeve t-shirts

  • Quick-drying shorts (it will be warm)

  • Sturdy pants (jeans)

  • Swimsuit (it will be warm)

  • Pajamas

  • Insulated winter jacket

  • Sweatshirt

  • Raincoat

  • Gloves

  • Sun-shielding hat

  • Beanie/warm hat

  • Hiking boots/running shoes

  • Water shoes/sandals

  • In-camp sandals

Do Not Bring:

  • Candy, sodas, or extra food of any kind

  • Electrical or battery powered equipment (video games, CD players, iPods, etc.)

  • Spray deodorant or perfume.