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11/30/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 30 November 2017
113017 - Borneo Update
We depart in 93 days! But, who's counting? :)

Here's what happened at yesterday's morning meeting:

1) We discussed the upcoming day trip around Western, MA coming up on Sunday, 12/10. We are leaving at 8am from the parking lot behind the chapel and we'll be back on campus by around 8:30pm. Everyone needs to bring money to cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner (~$50) as well as wear comfortable clothing they can move around in outside!

2) We talked about how our next morning meeting will take place on Wendesday, 12/13 starting at 7:15am in the Cox Room in the dining hall. I look forward to seeing presentation from Josh, (Kuching City Tour), Izzy (Sun Bears), and Michael (Topic = ???).

3) We completed the latest round of the names and two Malaysia quizzes. Scores are going up but they need to get higher!

Name (Names Quiz / Malaysia Quiz 1 / Malaysia Quiz 2)
Michael (0.73 / 500 / 613)
Elizabeth (0.95 / 936 / 794)
Izzy (0.64 / 532 / 677)
Joshua (0.91 / 764 / 707)
Ella (0.86 / 578 / 631)
Aidan (0.82 / 511 / 626)
Kassandra (0.91 / 921 / 697)
Nina (0.91 / 673 / 761)
Sara (0.91 / 883 / 580)

4) We heard some awesome presentations from Ella and Kassandra!

5) We spent some time looking over the packing list.

6) Everyone was reminded to make sure they are on top of all of their necessary vaccinations and meds, Malaria meds in particular.

7) We recorded our answers to the question: "How are you feeling about the trip?"



8) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 November 2017 )
10/11/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
101117 - Borneo 2018
Time is flying by! We depart for Borneo in 143 days!

Here's what we covered at this morning's meeting:

0) We went over some important upcoming deadlines:

Tuesday, 10/17/17: Trip payment #2 ($1,884) is due in the business office.

Wednesday, 11/1/17: Our next morning meeting

1) We patched up some of the last bits of missing paperwork. The status of everyone's paperwork can always be checked right here:




2)  We took another round of the names quiz and upped our group average to 80%. Good work! We need to get that to 100%

Mike = 71%
Lizzie = 92%
Tad = 63%
Izzy = 50%
Josh = 83%
Ella = 92%
Kassandra = 88%
Nina = 88%
Sara = 92%

3) We took another round of the Malaysian info quizzes (#1, #2) and upped our group averages to 569 and 668!

4) We heard a fantastic presentation from Nina on coral and Coral Island! Here's the presentation schedule:

10/11: Nina
11/1: Lizzie, Sara, Aidan
11/29: Kassandra, Ella
12/10: Izzy, Michael
12/13: Josh, Tad

Topics:
Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutans
Aidan - The Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Ella: Lang Caves
Izzy: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Michael: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Thomas: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.

5) We discussed the upcoming Day Trip around Western, MA (12/10) and the Packing Meeting (2/11).

6) We paired up and interviewed each other about what's going well, a challenge we're facing, and how we're facing that challenge.

7) We answered the question on video, "How can you help someone else be more prepared for the trip?"



8) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 )
9/20/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
092017 - Borneo 2018
164 days until we leave!

We had another excellent meeting this morning. Here's what we covered:

0) We read through carefully and discussed the Safety, Rules, and Health Agreement form that everyone need to sign and return to Mr. Seamon by 10/11/17.

1) We talked a bit about the new round of 6 forms that are due by 10/11/17. The forms are not hard to complete, but some do take some effort such as the Affidavit of Parental Support which must be notarized.

2) We complete another names quiz, earning a group average of 72%. Not bad! Let's get it to 100%
Lizzie: 92%
Sara: 88%
Ella: 69%
Aidan: 65%
Izzy: 31%
Nina: 81%
Mike: 65%
Kassandra: 81%
Marielle: Absent
Tad: Absent
Josh: Absent

3) Everyone took two quizzes covering information on Malaysia: Quiz1, Quiz2

4) We assigned dates for people's presentations. Each presentation needs to be 3-5 minutes long. You must email Mr. Seamon your slides by 8pm the night before your presenation.
10/11: Aidan, Nina
11/1: Lizzie, Sara
11/29: Kassandra, Ella
12/10: Izzy, Michael
12/13: Josh, Tad

Topics:
Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutans
Aidan - The Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Ella: Lang Caves
Izzy: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Michael: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Thomas: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.

5) Everyone was reminded of our two big group events: The all day trip around Western, MA on Sunday, 12/10/17 and our packing meeting on Sunday, 2/11/18.

6) We chatted about the preliminary details of what it'll take for us to become PADI certified. Details will be sent out soon.

7) We took a group video answering the question, "What have you learned recently about Malaysia?"



8) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )
9/19/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
091917 - Borneo 2018
165 days until depature!

A few important updates:

1) The next round of paperwork is due on 10/11/17. The six pieces of paperwork that are due that day are:

Trip Financials Update (PDF)
Parental Contact Info (PDF)
Affidavit of Parental Consent (PDF, must be notarized!)
Medical Information Info (PDF)
Safety, Health, and Rules Agreement (Online doc)
Addendum to Parental Permission Agreement (PDF)

As always, a complete list of all all trip paperwork can be found on the Important Documents page.

2) The day trip around Western, MA will take place on Sunday, 12/10. We will leave from campus at 8am and get back around 8pm. The trip, like all group meetings, is required for all trip participants. Remember that all meetings and event dates can be found on the Important Dates page.

3) The packing meeting will take place on Sunday, 2/11/18 from 5-7pm in the Dodge Room in Reed. Everyone must show up fully packed.

4) A page outlining Medical Information is now online which covers information about vaccination and antimalarial requirements.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 September 2017 )
9/13/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
091317 - Borneo 2018
171 days until we leave for Borneo!

If you'd like to join the trip, please let Mr. Seamon ( ) by Monday, 9/18.

We had a great meeting this morning! Here's what we covered:

1) We covered a few trip updates: Ms. Ditkovski is the new second chaperone and there were some small tweaks to our itinerary. We also chatted about our projected flight path.

2) Everyone was given a heads up that more paperwork is coming soon!

3) Everyone took the Names Quiz. Let's get those percentages to 100% ASAP!
Nina - 88%
Sara - 83%
Lizzie - 79%
Kassandra - 79%
Josh - 75%
Aidan - 54%
Marielle - 50%
Ella - 46%
Michael - Absent
Tad - Absent

4) Everyone took two quizzes covering information on Malaysia: Quiz1, Quiz2

5) We chatted about topic assignments for upcoming morning meetings. Here's what everyone has chosen:
Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutans
Aidan - Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Michael: ???
Thomas: ???
Ella: Lang caves
Marielle: Let me know

6) We chatted about the general interest in spending a day scuba diving during the trip. Everyone was interested! In order for this to happen, we'll all need to get PADI certified. So, we're going to find a way to all get certified together!

7) We took a video of us answering the question: "What can you do to help create success for the trip in the coming months?"



8) And of course, a group photo was taken!

Borneo 2018

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 September 2017 )
Join us in Borneo!
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017
090617 - Borneo2018
Our rock-star group is set to go to Borneo!

We can't wait to trek through jungles, visit Orangutans, climb through epic caves, and explore coast lines on and under water.

If you'd like to join the trip, please make sure to speak to Mr. Seamon ( ) by Monday, September 18th.

FAQ || Itinerary || Application

September Flyer
5/26/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 25 May 2017
052617 - Borneo 2018 Update
We had a fantastic meeting this morning!

Please remember to check your school email over the summer!

I don't project having to send out too much info over the summer, but it's likely some will go out!

Here's what we covered:

1) We went over missing paperwork and I'm happy to report almost every single item has been turned in at this point! Remember, you can always check the status of your tasks right here.

2) We talked about how everyone will be expected to know everyone's first and last names. So far we're doing pretty well!

3) We took a couple online quizzes about Malaysia a couple times :) You can take the quizzes online right here and right here. Do practice these quizzes! We'll be taking them many times at future meetings!

4) When we get back from summer vacation, we'll be meeting every 2-3 weeks in the morning. At each morning meeting, one trip participant will be giving a 3-5 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Here's what people have chosen so far:

Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
Aidan - Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Ella - Lang caves

5) We chatted a little bit about our big group activities that are coming up: In the fall we'll be going on a day trip around Western, MA for a full day, and a month before we leave we'll all meet for an evening where everyone needs to show up fully packed! You can keep track of all important dates on the Important Dates page.

6) We recorded a video to our future (post-summer vacation) selves:



7) We took a group photo

Borneo 2018
Two open spots!
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 11 May 2017
050917 - Borneo2018 Update
13 of us are set to go to Borneo next spring!

We couldn't be more excited to trek through jungles, see ridiculous biodiversity, climb through epic caves, and swim around pristine reefs!

We would love to add two people to the roster by the end of May!

If you're interested in joining the trip, please email Mr. Seamon ( ) ASAP.

FAQ || Itinerary || Application

Borneo2018.com
Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 May 2017 )
5/11/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 11 May 2017
051017 - Borneo 2018 Morning Meeting #1!
During the chaos that is May, we managed to pull together 8 of our 13 group members for our first morning meeting!

Here's what we covered:

1) We paired up and after a short discussion, we each introduced our partners with some basic information and one embarrassing fact :)

2) We each shared something about the trip we are excited about and one thing we're nervous about.

3) I ran the group through some important dates, all of which you can now track on the Important Dates page.

4) I reminded the group that they should make sure they pay attention to their school email and read everything I send out, carefully. Group members should also make sure they check their school email at least once a week over the summer.

5) We are going to have one more trip meeting before the end of the school year. It will take place on Thursday, 5/25 from 7:30 to 8:10am in the Cox Room in the dining hall. This meeting is mandatory unless you already have a previously schedule commitment you in no way can move.

6) We are looking to fill one or two more spots on our trip roster by the end of May. Please tell interested people to email me directly.

7) Everyone needs to make sure they know everyone else's name (first and last!). You will be quizzed on this. Regularly :)

8) Right after our meeting we gave an awesome announcement in assembly! :)


Homework, Due by 5/19:
a) Open up the trip notebook and in your section add a page called "I made it!"
b) Install WhatsApp on your phone and send me a message (802-748-9857). (We will be using this system for important updates during the school year.)
c) Please make sure you submit any missing items ASAP. You can track what you've submitted right here.


We wrapped up by answering the question, "What are you most excited about?" and taking a group photo:



Borneo 2018 - 5/10/17

Here's the announcement we gave in assembly:



Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 May 2017 )
And we're off!
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 23 March 2017
032317 - Blog Post
Here. We. Go.

Complete trip information is available through the menu over on the left.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, May 1st at 8pm.

FAQ || Itinerary || Application
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