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Chicago Park students take volcanic trip

Chicago Park sixth- through eighth-graders experienced the volcanic surroundings of Lassen National Park last week in a first-of-its-kind field trip for the school.

Students traveled to the park, located about three and a half hours from Grass Valley, for a three-day, two-night stay.

"It was an awesome trip," said Chicago Park Superintendent Dan Zeisler. "They climbed what's called a cinder dormant volcano and dormant plug volcano and walked through a one-third of-a-mile lava tube in pitch dark and also visited various places in the national park."

The field trip offered students the opportunity to learn life and survival skills, Zeisler said, in addition to journal writing.

β€œIt’s truly hands-on learning, which we are really committed to doing as much as possible. They had the full scope of learning and all core academics covered, just up in the mountains at 7,000 feet.”
Dan Zeisler
Chicago Park Superintendent

"It's truly hands-on learning, which we are really committed to doing as much as possible," he said. "They had the full scope of learning and all core academics covered, just up in the mountains at 7,000 feet."

The timing of the trip at the beginning of the year was meant to provide a chance for students to bond with each other and the two new teachers, Ryan Ellis and Katie Kohler, who were hired to replace a teacher who changed grades and as part of the school's expansion. Chicago Park's enrollment numbers have returned to that of 2008, Zeisler said, as part of increased kindergarten enrollment.

"It's the biggest kindergarten class in 10 years," Zeisler said. "We've seen more new kids come in directly to our district β€” the most I've seen in about seven years."

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.