Trips & Competitions

7th Grade Trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Students in the 7th grade visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston each winter to enhance their understanding of how a civilization’s religious and cultural beliefs are shown through their art and artifacts. Most of the visit is structured so that students are visiting exhibits about the civilizations they are learning about in Social Studies class, although there is some time for students to explore other collections in the museum.

For more information, contact Matt McGonagle

8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

For over 40 years, eighth grade students at the John Glenn Middle School have had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to visit our nation's capital. This trip enables our students to see our democracy at work while touring the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, and the White House. Students also visit sites that pay tribute to the many people and events that helped shape our country, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. In addition to the numerous historical sites, government buildings and national monuments that we tour, students have the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian Museum complex, which is recognized as one of the premier museums in the world. This real life experience not only enhances our social studies curriculum, but also provides a valuable social experience for all of those involved.

Each year, the trip is scheduled for late May-early June. The estimated cost of the trip is $800 and this includes travel, hotel accommodations, and meals. Detailed information about the trip will be provided to students well in advance. There will also be an informational meeting (in the evening) for parents and students. There is money available for students who need financial assistance.  Click here for additional information about the trip, including answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information, contact Joe Casey

Geography Bee

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

For the past decade, students at JGMS have had the opportunity to participate in the Bee in early January in all of their social studies classes. Many of our school winners have advanced to the state finals held each year at Clark University in Worcester.

For more information, contact Jim Nagle or visit the Geography Bee website

Memorial Day Essay Contest

Each May, students at JGMS have the opportunity to participate in a Memorial Day essay contest sponsored by the Town of Bedford's Patriotic Holiday Committee. Over the past four years, JGMS has produced winners that have written on such topics as sacrifice, service, and patriotism. Each of these winners has participated in reading their winning entries at the Town's annual Memorial Day ceremonies held at Veterans Memorial Park.

For more information, contact Jim Nagle