Close Up Founding of a Nation

Summer Adventure for 7th Graders - June, 1-5 2020

Close Up Founding of a Nation Summer Trip

Each year more than 200 KISD 7th graders spend a week exploring the origins of the US political system. This adventure is structured as a preview to the 8th-grade history curriculum and was specifically designed for KISD students by the Close Up Foundation.

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The trip is from Monday, June, 1st through Friday, June 5th, 2020. The cost of the trip is $1757. The cost includes airfare, hotel, transportation to all locations, meals, and entrance fees to attractions. A sample schedule is listed below:

Parent Information Meeting

A district wide parent meeting will be held in the fall for ANY parent interested in the program.

Student Safety Measures - Just a few...

Close Up/Katy ISD has multiple student safety measures in place:

1. Students travel with teachers from KISD Junior High Schools and their campus sponsor

2. A KISD administrator travels with the students (sometimes more than one)

3. The trip is ONLY open to current KISD seventh graders

4. Ladies and Gentlemen are separated in hotels - usually, they are on different floors

5. Bed checks are done each night - that includes a VISUAL head count of the four occupants of each room

6. Night monitors are placed in each hotel hallway to prevent unauthorized people from entering or leaving the area.

Who is Close Up?

Close Up is a non-profit organization that has shown more than 900,000 teachers and students, first hand, the power of the political process and how it relates to them. Close Up Founding of a Nation program is specifically geared toward Katy ISD and it's students. For more information about the Close Up organization visit:

WCJH Sponsor - Mrs. Hill


My responsibility as the sponsor is to answer all of your questions, and travel with your child. For every ten paid students, a WCJH teacher is added as a chaperone. Teachers are on a separate professional learning and development course than the students. I am available to your child via text message at all times. Prior to the trip, parents will have my cell phone number.

A little about myself:

I have been an 8th-grade social studies teacher at WCJH for the last 7 years. I have sponsored Close Up student trips for the past 6 years. I am the mom of 3 college aged kids (2 sons who have graduated form college a daughter who is a senior at St. Edwards University). I live in Sealy with my husband.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me!