Middle School at the Capitol

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To kickoff February, the entire middle school took a field trip to our state capital in Olympia where we experienced democracy in action.  Having spent the previous month exploring Ancient Rome and its leadership, our group reflected on the vast influence of the Romans. We can see the impact that this ancient civilization has had on American democracy through our three branches of government and in the Greco-Roman architecture on display.

The Olympic State House by Alex P.

The Olympic State House by Alex P.

The Washington State House in Olympia by Gurveer A number of features in the structure commemorating Washington’s addition to the Union as the 42nd state—42 steps lead to the building’s North entrance!

The Washington State House in Olympia by Gurveer
A number of features in the structure commemorate Washington’s addition to the Union as the 42nd state—42 steps lead to the building’s North entrance!

oly 2 The students and staff were able to visit Governor Inslee’s office, both the House and Senate chambers, and even participated in a mock state Supreme Court trial in the Temple of Justice!  Our tour guide Ms. Katherine was tremendous in keeping the students engaged throughout our three-hour tour and answered all of their questions.  We are grateful to live so close to this wonderful learning opportunity and our middle school group cannot wait for our next field trip in March to Camlann Medieval Village.

The chandelier at the Olympia State House by Chase

The chandelier at the Olympia State House by Chase

In the Governor's office, this table is used for the signing of bills and laws - artwork by Alex M.

In the Governor’s office, this table is used for the signing of bills and laws – artwork by Alex M.

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