9th Grade 4 point 2015!

November 6, 2014


Dear Ninth Grade Parents,

As announced on Parents Weekend, in March our ninth graders will be traveling across the globe once again to China and Tanzania!

Preparations are in full swing to ensure an outstanding journey and absolute highlight of your son or daughter’s Gould experience. This is the first of many communications leading up to and through the Ninth Grade Four Point program.

As the Director of Experiential Learning I will be facilitating the 9th Grade 4 Point trips and I am writing to you today to share important information and dates. Please read carefully and be sure to contact me if you have any questions. We rely heavily on your partnership to help execute a tremendous and safe opportunity for your child and his/her class. Your cooperation is imperative and most appreciated!

COMMUNICATION:  The Ninth Grade Four Point Blog https://www.gouldacademy.org/fourpoint9/  is the primary venue for information and communication regarding this program.  Prior to the trip, emails from the group leaders will be sent containing information specific to that destination.  The blog has been updated with contents of this letter.

DESTINATION:  Over Thanksgiving break, you will receive an email from your child’s trip leaders with specific information about the particular trip your son or daughter is assigned to.

TRAVEL DATES: While tickets have not yet been purchased, we expect departure for China to be from Boston on March 13 and for Tanzania from Boston on March 16.  Return dates will be March 26th for the China trip and March 28th for the Tanzania trip.

PASSPORTS:   All passports MUST be delivered to me as soon as possible and at the latest upon the student’s return from Thanksgiving break.  Please note that the passport expiration date must be later than January 1, 2016.

VISAS: Visas are required along with passports for these trips.  VISA photographs and paperwork will be taken care of on campus but we will need your help in collecting necessary documentation to complete the VISA process. More details will be coming about the visa process next week.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Travelers to both China and Tanzania are required to have Hepatitis A and Typhoid, in addition to being up to date with routine Gould immunization requirements.  If you have not done this already, please use Thanksgiving or Winter Term break to acquire these immunizations while home and send documentation to the Gould Health Center. For those unable to do so, we will make arrangements to take care of this at school.  More trip specific information regarding medical requirements will be coming next week.

The Ninth Grade Four Point is truly a trip of a lifetime that connects much of the work they are doing here in the classroom through a “real world” experience.  It’s a privilege to offer such a memorable and transformative experience.

Again, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at, haywardc@gouldacademy.org or call 207-824-7786.


Chris Hayward

Director of Experiential Learning


Some great photos from last year’s trips!

2014 China 4 Point              Qingyuan Mt Calligraphy



2014 Tanzania 4 Point          photo 10



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