Download the Chapperone App. After you have downloaded, use the code 42B111 to join.
Download the EventsXD App. Find the IBS Conference event and it will provide you with up to minute schedules for sessions and all kinds of other useful stuff.
One of the most awesome features of our trip is the New York Explorer Pass, which gives you free access to any three NYC Attractions on their list. Each of you will be given a sheet with a QR code to scan into your phone. Check out all the attractions and instructions in the file below and make your plans for Thursday and Saturday sightseeing!
And don't forget the IBS Conference guide. Of particular interest, set up the app!
Your necessities will be food and some travel (subway, Uber). I would plan on at least $30 per day for food (remember our Carmine's Friday dinner is $30), and around $30 for transportation - whether you use it or not. So I would bring around $150, more if you plan on shopping, etc. In reality, you'll probably spend less than that. Also, don't forget your money for luggage if you are checking luggage onto the plane.
GROUP DINNER ADDED: We have the opportunity for a group dinner at the great Italian restaurant Carmine's, on Friday night. Please save $30 of your meal money for that!
LEGAL ID - It goes without saying, right? You've got to have your driver's license or some form of legal ID to get on the plane. If you have questions, see me. But DON'T. FORGET. IT!
LUGGAGE - Don't forget to review the American Airlines rules and fees for luggage! And Pack for the weather - looks like it will be cold and wet!
DRESS CODE - Dress Code for all of the trip is school appropriate. If you wish to get dressed up a little for the awards, Broadway, or the dinner out, arrange that amongst yourselves. It's never bad to look good!
MAIN RULES - 1) Be with a designated chaperone at ALL times outside of the hotel, 2) No boys in girls rooms, no girls in boys rooms, and 3) Be where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there. Plan your trip ahead of time to save time.
REQUIRED EVENTS - 1) GSP Airport Wednesday at 3:45pm, 2) Wicked or NY Knicks Thursday night, 3) IBS Keynote, Friday at Noon, 4) At least 4 Other IBS Sessions Friday and/or Saturday, 5) High School Awards, Friday at 4pm, 6) Group Meal at Carmine's, Friday at 6:30pm, 7) In the lobby ready to go Sunday at 5:15am, 8) Have a ride at GSP Airport Sunday at Noon.
QUESTIONS? Ask now so we can settle everything before the trip!
Wednesday, February 27
3:45p - Meet at GSP
5:45p - Flight Out
10:00p - Arrive in NYC JFK Airport
11:00p - Check In to Hotel Penn
Thursday, February 28
Group Sightseeing All Day
7:00p - Group A - Wicked; Group B - NY Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavs
Friday, March 1
12:00n - 4p - IBS Conference Sessions
4:00p - IBS High School Awards
6:30p - Group Dinner at Carmine's ($30 per person)
Saturday, March 2
IBS Conference Sessions & Sightseeing
Sunday, March 3
5:15a - Check Out of Hotel/Board Bus to Airport
6:15a - Arrive at Airport
8:15a - Flight Out
12:06p - Arrive at GSP
There are many opportunities for free time. Students MUST be chaperoned at all times outside the hotel, or risk suspension or being sent home.
As we know from in the past, this schedule is subject to change. A few things to keep in mind, though: 1) You should plan to attend at least 5 conference sessions, including the required keynote on Friday; 2) Friday is our main conference day. You're required to attend the Keynote at Noon and, of course, the Awards at 4pm, along with sessions of your choice. If you wish to skip the 3pm session so you can dress up for the Awards, that's cool; 3) You should plan to go to a couple of Saturday sessions, especially if they pertain to your career track; 4) Download the app the conference references in the screenshots below so that you are up to date on the schedule; 5) Read through the Pre-Conference PDF that was in the last post and is posted in the right column.
There are several ways to raise funds for the trip, both in the classroom and out. First, however, I'd like to give you an encouraging update. We originally set the cost of the trip at $800 to be safe, and while that may be the ultimate price once you pay for food and souvenirs, I've been able to get the price you owe the school down to $600. So with the original $300 deposit, that would leave you with an additional $300 to pay before we leave. I think you can raise that amount if you work hard at fundraising, and, more good news, the sale of the Chick-fil-A biscuits will knock another $100 off your balance and you don't even have to do anything for that! So basically, you're looking to raise $200 plus what you need for food and souvenirs.
As a reminder, included in the $600 is airfare to and from GSP, hotel for 4 nights, transportation to and from airport, conference, sightseeing pass, and Broadway show. All meals and other costs are up to you.
So, on to the fundraising. As mentioned, we are selling Chick-fil-A biscuits at the Career Center every Wednesday and Thursday morning through February. We are also selling Val-o-grams through Valentine's Day, and we have our $20 Challenge, which is how most students paid for the trip last year. We raised over $4,000 from this fundraiser alone!
The $20 Challenge consists of a flyer we take to businesses (individuals as well) to generate support for the radio station. It explains who we are and what we do and gives various denominations of $20 that can be donated, as well as what we will give back to those businesses who donate - including everything from t-shirts to commercials and ads on mypulseradio.com to live events at their business, including the Pulse mascot, PlatyPulse. We have found most people will at least donate $20 (even if it's just because they want you to leave). We have also found many enthusiastic supporters. $20 Challenge forms and monies, like your remaining balance, are due no later than the day before we leave for NYC.
All forms are available in class and can be downloaded and printed from here as well. See the column to the right.