.Mr. Reyes recently announced a new summer trip to Italy for June 2018. “Normally the Italy trip is held during Spring Break, but some athletes came to me and asked if I would run a trip in June,” said Mr. Reyes.
Travelers will depart soon after the end of the school year and spend 10 days in Italy. The first city on the itinerary will be Venice. One of the most unique cities in the world, Venice’s canals and gondolas make it a one of a kind. In addition, the incredible Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica are architectural wonders. Venice is also famous for its glass manufacturing and cobblestone pathways.
From here the trip will take travelers to Florence. Tours will include the famous Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Florence is famous for supple leather, and 18 karat gold. Travelers will marvel at the capital of the Renaissance in the center of Italy.
From stunning Florence, the trip will spend a day exploring the inspiring town of Assisi and its cathedral famous for its religious importance. They will then continue to Pompeii and Capri, where they will explore the ruins of Pompeii and the white sandy beaches of Capri.
The last stop on the excursion will be the Eternal City of Rome and the Vatican. Travelers will wonder at the grandeur of the Colliseum and other Roman ruins. They will gaze in amazement at the Sistine Chapel and the world’s largest church at St. Peter’s.
Price included flight, hotel, most admissions and breakfast and dinner. For more information see Mr. Reyes in Room 215 or check out the website at eftours.com/2060366KY. The YouTube video below is a similar tour to the one in June 2018.
The ALJ History Club has announced their international trips for 2018. In June, immediately after school ends, travelers will head for Dublin, Ireland, and London, England. The trip is open to any ALJ student in good academic and disciplinary standing, subject to review.
This trip will begin with an exploration of Dublin’s greatest treasures including the General Post Office, seized during the 1916 Easter Rising, the Dail (Irish Parliament), Phoenix Park, O'Connell Street, and Trinity College. Travelers will admire the richly illustrated Book of Kells in the Old Library of Trinity College, one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. They will also participate in a number of cultural events including learning Irish dances.
After Dublin and a short flight to London, travelers will visit Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace. Individuals will also have the ability to visit some of London's best museums including the British Museum, where they can view many treasures including the Rosetta Stone. This will be followed by two full day excursions. The first will be to Stratford Upon Avon and the birthplace of Shakespeare. The second, which takes place on the last day of the trip, will visit Stongehenge and the region around it. Travelers will also have an option to take in a “Broadway” play while in London.
Mr. Reyes, the leader of the international trips, explained why he uses Worldstrides, the company that organizes the trips. “They provide us with excellent hotels, meals and activities. I have never waited in line for anything with them.” The video link in this story provides a glimpse of how Worldstrides cares for its travelers.
Students and parents wishing to learn more about this trip should attend an informational meeting on Decem ber 1st at 7 pm in Room #30 at Brewer School.
The ALJ History Club has announced their international trips for 2018. During Spring break, the trip will be a high adventure trip to Costa Rica. The trip is open to any ALJ student in good academic and disciplinary standing, subject to review.
The Costa Rica trip will feature whitewater rafting, horseback riding, zip-lining over the rainforest, hikes to active volcanos, mud baths, tubing and many other adventurous activities. Mr. Reyes, the organizer of the international trips polled students. "Students wanted something different. They liked the idea of a high adventure trip. This is definitely high adventure."
One of the hotels is an eco-friendly facility built on the edge of an inactive volcano. All meals are included on this adventure. Students and parents wishing to learn more about this trip should attend an informational meeting on December 1st at 7 pm in Room #30 at Brewer School. The video below gives a glimpse of the adventures that await.
By Ty Dobbins
Halloween is almost upon us, which means the time has come for blood, gore, vampires and Dracula. On November 17th and 18th, the drama department will mount a production of Bram Stoker’s classic thriller. According to Mr. Nevargic, director of the play, this is “the most gruesome and ambitious show to be performed on the stage of ALJ, Dracula is sure to astound audiences with its suspense, bloodshed and carnage.”Mr. Nevargic, went on to say that this show “is not for the faint of heart.”
The stage crew, led by Mr. Terhune, has built an elaborate set to be the backdrop for this literary classic. “Once again Mr. Nevargic has provided me with a creative set to build” Terhune said “as always, we collectively come to a solution that compliments our talented hardworking cast.” Be sure to come see the cast take on the difficult task of cleansing the world of evil, one vampire at a time. The play will be produced on Thursday, November 17th @ 7pm and Friday, November 18th @ 7pm. All seats are $5.00.
By Chloe Hessler
On Friday, October 28th, ALJ students will participate in the Second Annual SMAC Pink Out. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, students will dress in pink clothes or wear the pink shirt that the SMAC Club sold.
The money raised from this sale will be donated to an organization that focuses on giving scholarships to the sons and daughters of a mother that had or has breast cancer.
SMAC Club will also be selling ribbons for students to buy, as well as face painting in support of breast cancer awareness.
This money will be donated to The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Last year's Pink Out was a major success, raising hundreds of dollars for charities.