|You feel the excitement building each spring as students and faculty make their preparations for Interim, a week-long program of experiential learning in March. Some groups stay close to campus and some cross borders, but all immerse themselves in learning-by-doing adventures that capitalize upon the diverse talents and interests of the FVS faculty. |
FVS participates in interim based on the philosophy that it provides students with the opportunity to expand their intellectual, cultural and social horizons beyond the classroom. Experiences gained and friendships forged on Interim provide some of the richest memories students carry with them from Fountain Valley.
2013 Interim Program Offerings
|Baja Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez|
BAJA KAYAKING IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ
The Loreto National Marine Park in Baja California Sur is a spectacular ecosystem of marine life and rugged geology that is best viewed and interpreted by kayak. This trip will begin just south of Loreto in Puerto Escondido. We will paddle over to Isla Carmen, then on to Isla Danzante and then down the Peninsula for 45 miles to the town of Ague Verde. Small white beaches interspersed amongst rugged cliffs define our route, and we will camp in the wilderness each night.
Each day, we will be on the water paddling, working up to more challenging days as the trip progresses. We will be camping on the beach every night, and paddling every day, exploring the marine biology, natural history, geology and local culture of Baja California. Whales we might see are blue, fin and humpback, as well as numerous manta rays, sea turtles, sea lions, blue boobies and much more! We will snorkel every day, do plenty of hiking and exploring and learn to interpret the incredible Baja peninsula landscape. Our outfitter will be Baja Kayak Adventures, who will provide our kayaks, two certified guides and the appropriate shuttle services.
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Gustke & Mr. Doyon
Requirements: Valid passport and the ability to swim
Note: This Interim returns on Saturday, March 23.
|Broadway in the Rockies|
BROADWAY IN THE ROCKIES
Have you ever imagined yourself up on the stage; acting, singing, and dancing? Have you ever wanted to develop your artistic skills in 2-D and 3-D art? Have you ever looked at a blown glass sculpture and thought, “I’d like to try that?”
Meet and talk with a lyricist about his journey to Broadway, attend workshops in maskmaking, figure drawing and glass blowing, participate in three master classes in performance, attend five performances of shows which began on Broadway, and have a Q & A with the cast of at least two of these shows. We will be on campus for two days studying mask-making techniques and attending two productions at the Fine Arts Center and at UCCS Theatreworks in Colorado Springs. We will then travel to and stay in Denver for five nights. We will attend performances at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre and the Candlelight Playhouse. We will experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Center and participate in workshops in improvisation, stage combat and theatre dance with actors from the Denver Center.
While in Denver, we will have a two-day workshop in glass blowing, producing three pieces of glass art. Everything is included: all meals, hotel accommodations, transportation, workshops, supplies and tours. If you are passionate about the dramatic and visual arts, this is the Interim for you!
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Parra & Mrs. Parra
|Channel Islands Adventure Sailing Expedition|
CHANNEL ISLANDS ADVENTURE SAILING EXPEDITION
Ahoy, maties! Participants on the Channel Island Adventure Sailing Interim will set sail aboard one of three 40-foot sailboats in our FVS flotilla while exploring Southern California’s Channel Islands. Students will learn about the marine ecology of the Channel
Islands by snorkeling; conducting oceanographic research; and exploring various Channel Islands while sailing, hiking and kayaking through this beautiful region.
Expedition members will learn about maritime history, living aboard as crew, learning the ropes by running all aspects of a sailboat in small groups of five or six students as we cruise to Santa Catalina Island, San Clemente and Santa Barbara Island during a sevenday long cruise. In the process, we hope students will learn about the cultural history of this area that served as the setting for both of the classics Island of the Blue Dolphins and Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast while learning about shipboard life, the global marine environment, teamwork and about themselves. Warning to parents: students may have a life-changing experience and return to landlubberville talking like pirates. AARRGGHHH!
Sponsors: Mr. Baraty, Ms. Strehl & Ms. Steenhuis
Requirements: Willingness to endure life on the high seas in search of adventure. Physically must be able to hike, kayak, get wet and work intensely aboard a modern sailboat.
|China Past and Future—Travel to Beijing and Xi'an|
CHINA PAST AND FUTURE: TRAVEL TO BEJING AND XI'AN
Starting on March 15, you will partake in a journey through one of the oldest and largest empires in the eastern world. The first few days will be spent in Beijing to see sites of the past and the modern city of today. Walk within the walls of the Forbidden City and hike on the only man-made structure seen from the moon (The Great Wall). Then, off to the ancient capital of Xi’an where you will see the Terracotta Warriors and the great work of Qinshihuang. On our return to Beijing, we will walk the grounds of the Summer Palace and learn a basic understanding of Chinese opera. Finally, you will be engaged in the Chinese community through an educational project. Come practice your chopstick skills. A formal Peking duck feast is waiting to be tasted by you.
Sponsors: Ms. Lin, Mr. Mucino and Mr. Pesselato
Prerequisite: Valid passport
Notes: Trip meets Global Scholar Diploma requirement for international immersion experience. This Interim does not return until Sunday, March 24.
|From Farm to Table|
FROM FARM TO TABLE
This Interim is intended to raise the participants’ awareness of the impact of our food choices on both the environment and our health. With an emphasis on sustainable living, organic and local foods, as well as cooking traditions, this Interim will rely on Colorado resources and include day trips to a local farm, a Colorado Springs nursery, a Denver cooking school and a restaurant in Boulder. Our primary activity will be planning and cooking all of our meals over the seven days of Interim. Selected readings on environmental issues and nutrition-health connections will complement hands-on activities.
Faculty Sponsors: Mme Kimlicko, Mr. Lilley and Mrs. Harvey
Requirements: Severe food allergies or dietary restrictions may limit a student’s participation in some of the activities.
|Grits, Blues and New Orleans|
GRITS, BLUES AND NEW ORLEANS
Immerse yourself in southern culture on this road trip from New Orleans to the Mississippi Delta and Memphis. This feast for your senses will begin with creole fixins, a jazz concert and a day of community service in the heart of New Orleans. From there we will head north to the plantation culture of ‘Ole Dixie’ and then to the Mississippi Delta where we will stay in former tenant farmer shacks and attend a rhythm and blues concert near the “Crossroads,” the birthplace of the blues. The group will spend a day in Oxford, Mississippi—the home of William Faulkner and the focus of a major civil rights battle in the early 60s—before heading to Memphis where grits, blues and Elvis Presley all converge.
Sponsors: Mr. Emery and Ms. Buckley
INDIAN ODYSSEY: URBAN DELHI TO RURAL RAJASTHAN BY TRAIN AND CAMEL
On this Interim, we travel in the northwest of India to discover the country’s fascinating paradoxes. We begin by exploring the labyrinth of markets and temples that make up Old Delhi, followed by the thriving cosmopolitan center that is New Delhi and the sites famous in Gandhi’s independence movement. Evening discussions with locals will focus on tradition and change in India. The exquisite Taj Majal is our next destination as we embark on a classic Indian railroad trip.
After exploring this architectural marvel, we relax in the Bharatpur Sanctuary—a government conservation effort and a break from the pandemonium so characteristic of urban India. Continuing our train travel we enter rural Rajasthan, where we immerse ourselves in community life: a henna-making workshop, Indian cooking class and service-learning project. Based in Lalsot, we will work with IDEX (an Indian NGO) on a project for poor rural children: you'll team up to develop and teach art or bookmaking
workshops with supplies we bring from Colorado. This work is followed by a visit to Mayo College high school, a day/boarding school much like FVS in the town of Ajmer. We will dialogue with some of India's top students about topics such as globalization, the environment and poverty. Our final days in India will be adventure filled as we go on a camel safari to sleep under the stars in the Thar Desert and board the Shatabdi Overnight Express train. Our Indian Odyssey ends with shopping at Dr. Carrese’s favorite Delhi bazaars and a United Airlines return flight (Delhi/Newark/Denver). Join us for Interim in Incredible India!
Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Carrese and Mr. Payne
Prerequisites: Valid passport and Visa to India
Notes: Trip meets Global Scholar Diploma requirements for international service AND international immersion experience. Trip returns on March 25.
|Journey in the Anasazi World: Slickhorn Canyon |
JOURNEY IN THE ANASAZI WORLD: Slickhorn Canyon
Walking into Slickhorn Canyon is like entering a living museum. Inside are Anasazi ruins more than 750 years old, and excavations and charcoaled names of cowboys more than 100 years old. The place exudes history and forces more questions than it answers. This backpacking trip will include five days of examining the history and ecology of Slickhorn Canyon that cuts through Cedar Mesa in southeastern Utah. We will take day hikes out of two separate base camps, exploring canyons filled with cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and pictographs. This year we are fortunate to have Vaughn Hadenfeldt along as a guide and interpreter. An outfitter in Bluff, Utah, Vaughn knows the canyons of Cedar Mesa as well as anyone alive. When National Geographic or Smithsonian staff writers need a guide for an article or television special, they hire Vaughn!
Sponsors: Mr. Schubach and Ms. Schmidt
|Kayaking Everglades National Park in Florida|
KAYAKING EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK IN FLORIDA
You will kayak (or canoe) through mangrove tunnels and along the shoreline of Florida. You will see alligators, manatees, and egrets, oh, my. You will find shells and sponges. Your skin will tan and your arms ache. You will learn about the flora and fauna that make up this unique environment while kayaking, walking, swimming, and camping.Each day we will paddle the area with a trusted guide, and each night we will return to our base camp or camp along the beach, cooking our own meals and spending the evening around a campfire. We will sleep in tents. The Everglades National Park is comprised of low islands (keys), tangled mangrove swamps, flat saw-grass prairies, pinewoods, and tropical hammocks; it is the third largest national park in the United States.
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Segesdy
Requirements: Ability to swim
|Let's Get Zen|
LET'S GET ZEN
Many Asian traditions energize and inspire us creatively. Our lives at FVS can often be described as hectic. Interim is a chance to connect with a different part of ourselves and our peers. During this Interim, we will explore various Asian traditions including
Buddhism to connect with ourselves, each other and the wider world. Activities will include yoga, martial arts, meditation, creation and appreciation of visual arts, and preparation of Thai, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese food. We will be staying in a vacation rental home and will travel to Denver and Boulder in addition to Colorado Springs.
Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Czop and Ms. Purinton
|Life Skills 101: Auto Mechanics|
LIFE SKILLS 101: AUTO MECHANICS
Do you want to learn how to maintain and repair you own car? Learn valuable life skills and basic automotive maintenance on this Interim. You will work at an automotive shop in town which is fully equipped with cars, lifts, diagnostic equipment and automotive service software. After learning basic maintenance and repair, you will learn more advanced auto repair in preparation to actually work on cars! At the end of the week, Search and Rescue will teach a two-day course on what to do and how to survive if a vehicle breaks down in snow or the desert.
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Manning and Mr. Jones
So you think March Madness is just about basketball? Think again! From mathematics and statistics to economics, this crazy American pastime generates millions of revenue for cities across the nation. For some cities, it is more than just the play calling and upsets that gets them excited. Their city benefits from the huge economic profit. We will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to watch the first round of the tournament. We will learn how Division I basketball players are recruited, how they benefit, how they are taken advantage of by schools and corporations, and how schools may cheat in order to get top players. You might have been a passive observer in the past, but this season, get involved! Experience the Madness!
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Lemieux and Ms. Prantl
“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill
Our FVS group will travel to the Nicaragua to volunteer with Outreach360. Formerly Known as Orphanage Outreach, Outreach360 is a grass-roots volunteer organization that currently operates in both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Their primary focus is on education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language, Spanish literacy and public health.
Disadvantaged children are far too commonplace in our neighboring countries to the south; in astounding numbers, children reach adulthood without the education or vocational skills necessary to become gainfully employed in some capacity. They turn to crime and prostitution as the only way to get by. Our volunteer efforts during this Interim will help to try to break this vicious, dead-end cycle. We may be teaching Spanish literacy in a local grade school, tutoring children, or working on environmental sustainability projects, and there will be special cultural events planned for each evening. On the last day of our volunteer portion of the trip we will go on a cultural excursion to local markets and eateries.
Faculty Sponsors: Mrs. Alley and Mr. Eberhart
Prerequisites: Valid passport; enrollment in at least Spanish II
Notes: Trip meets Global Scholar Diploma requirements for international service AND international immersion experience. This Interim returns on Saturday, March 23.
|Red Rocks Climbing|
RED ROCKS CLIMBING
Located just west of Las Vegas, Nev., in the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) is one of the largest and most popular rock-climbing areas in the United States. Next March, under the tutelage of the American Alpine
Institute, one of the premier guiding services in the nation, students will go through a five-day climbing camp, learning everything from knots, to anchors, to multi-pitch climbing. Whether you are a sport climber, traditional climber or boulder, the area offers more than 1,600 routes to choose from! Geologically, the area is also very friendly to climbers of all abilities, as it is made up largely of Aztec Sandstone covered with desert varnish, which has loads of in-cut edges.
Members of the climbing team who have spent most of their careers in the confines of the gym should give this Interim some serious thought, as this will afford them a chance to get outdoors onto real rock! Those who are athletic but have not done much climbing should also give this Interim a good look. They too are welcome, as the guides are prepared to teach students of all ability levels.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Gilbert, Sponsor: Jes Meiris
Note: You must be in good physical condition, prepared for five days of climbing. We will also be staying in a campground adjacent to RRCNCA.
|White Rim Mountain Biking|
WHITE RIM MOUNTAIN BIKING
The 100-mile White Rim Trail is the classic Moab, Utah, mountain bike tour and we will pedal every mile of it over four days! Winding through the Colorado Plateau, the Colorado and Green rivers have carved out a breathtaking section of Canyonlands
National Park called the Island in the Sky. The White Rim Sandstone, an extremely hard sedimentary rock sandwiched among the layers of the Colorado Plateau, encircles the island and is thought to have been the border of an inland sea.
We will pedal along mostly wide, non-technical, double track trails on the White Rim that are a great experience for all level of riders. The technical sections are short and can be easily walked by the less experienced, while providing a fun challenge for the more experienced. We will have ample opportunities to explore the slot canyons and Anasazi ruins along the way and learn about the natural and cultural history of the region. Our outfitter will ensure we are well stocked with supplies, support, and have delicious meals ready as we bike during the day and camp out under the stars at night. Riding the White Rim Trail is a Southwest experience that should not be missed!
Sponsors: Dr. Waldbaum and Mr. Racine
San Luis Valley, Native American Heritage, Pioneer Heritage, and Ranching Heritage. The focus is on the heritage of Colorado.