Prague Summer informational meeting set for January 11, 6:30 p.m.

Hello Newton Community,

We are happy to announce the Prague Summer Program. SInce 1990, we have travelled to Central Europe to experience the history and culture of Poland (Krakow), the Czech Republic (Prague) and Germany (Dresden and Berlin) first hand. This is an exciting opportunity for students to undertake an amazing trip while earning a semester's history credit (2.5 credits). See the brochure below.

Dates of trip: June 27 to July 14, 2018.

Cultural Enrichment: Architecture, music, theater, field trips to Auschwitz, Salt Mines, Lidice, Cesky Krumlov, Berlin Wall, Volkswagen factory, Military Museum, plus much more.

Cost: $4,395

Please join us on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., in Newton North High School's Film Lecture Hall for a short informational meeting for students and parents. If you have any questions, please contact Albert Cho at albert_cho@newton.k12.ma.us

Albert Cho and Prague Summer Staff

ANNOUNCING: PRAGUE SUMMER 2018

Informational Meeting for Parents and Students

at Newton North and Newton South High Schools

on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

at 6:30pm in the Film Lecture Hall - NNHS

Prague Summer 2018

in

The Czech Republic (Prague)

Poland (Krakow)

Germany (Dresden and Berlin)

27 June - 14 July 2018

 

INCLUSIVE COST: $4,395.00

 

* 2.5 credit course of study on site

* Cultural enrichment:

*Architecture

*Music

*Theater

*Central European Studies

*Day trips to: Lidice, Cesky Krumlov

Auschwitz, Salt Mines,

Berlin Sites

Tour Package includes:

*Air transportation

*All ground transportation

*Room & board (breakfast

& lunch or dinner)

*Cultural events

*Admission fees

*Local guides

*Curriculum materials

COURSE OF STUDY

This course is for graduation and/or department credit in the Newton Public Schools. Students will be expected to 1) read articles and historical accounts both before they begin the trip and during their stay in Prague, Krakow, and Berlin, 2) keep a writer’s journal of their experiences, and 3) write several short papers. Prior to departure, there will be an evening orientation session for students and parents and a full day orientation, students only.

The program, entering our 29th year, will be spent on site in Krakow (Poland), Prague ( Czech Republic), Dresden and Berlin (The Federal Republic of Germany). A typical day will include a morning class on history, architecture, contemporary politics, or literature; an afternoon divided between small group work and exploration of the cities; and some evenings will include opportunities for cultural activities, one of which is required.

SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM

KRAKOW: The focus will be on the castle area, the medieval Jagiellonian University, the old Jewish Quarter (the site for the film “Schindler’s List”), the unique architecture of the city center (the largest market square in Europe), the unusual town planning of Krakow (the medieval walls were torn down and replaced by a green belt of grass and trees, thus creating a vehicular-free city), and the 600 year old Wieliczka Salt Mines. There will be a day trip to Auschwitz / Birkenau, the most notorious death camp of the Holocaust.

PRAGUE: The course begins with a systematic introduction to the five sections of the central city: Hradcany, Mala Strana, Josefov (the Old Jewish Quarter), Stare Mesto, and Nove Mesto. There will be day trips to Lidice (the small mining town that was razed by the Nazis in 1942 in retaliation for the assassination of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich) and Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO site), a restored 13th century medieval town located in the Bohemian Hills close to the Austrian border.

DRESDEN: The “Florence, Italy” of Germany and known in the 20th Century as the city that was fire bombed by the Allies in 1945 (at the end of World War II when it was ascertained that Germany had virtually been defeated). Site visits to the newly opened Military Museum (designed by the world famous architect Daniel Libeskind) and the VW automobile factory (Glasernen Manufaktur) which manufactures the famous “Phaeton”.

BERLIN: The Berlin experience will include a tour of the major sites of this huge, sprawling city (e.g., the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie Museum, Humboldt University, the Tiergarten, the Pergamon Museum, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Soviet World War II Memorial). Class topics include the European Union, and recent architecture designs since the fall of the Berlin Wall: Norman Foster's Reichstag and Glass Dome; Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial; and Renzo Piano's Daimler Chrysler complex, known as the Sony Center.

PRAGUE SUMMER STAFF

Albert Cho, Greg Drake, Walter Lyons, Andy Ziomek, Linda Fries

CONTACT PERSON

Albert Cho Office Room 321J Newton North High School

email: albert_cho@newton.k12.ma.us

Cost: $4,395.00

A $400.00 non-refundable deposit is due on or before Friday, January 29, 2018.

 

Check payable to: Newton Summer School Travel

c/o Albert Cho

Newton North High School

457 Walnut Street

Newtonville, MA. 02460

$ 3,995.00 Balance due on or before Monday, April 2, 2018

Parent/Student Required Meeting Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 6:30-8:00PM – Film Lecture Hall – NNHS