• We are excited to be able to take the eighth-grade students on a full day trip to Niagara Falls (the American side).


    This registration packet has been prepared to assist you in your decision to participate in our end of year 8th grade trip. The trip is open to all eighth-grade students who have exhibited appropriate behavior and scholastic effort during the school year. To encourage students to maintain good academic and behavioral standing as defined in our District Code and Character, students must meet eligibility requirements to attend this event. If misbehavior or academic failure has been an ongoing issue with any student, it will be decided upon (later this year) by an appeals committee as to whether that student will be allowed to attend. If it is determined at a later date that a student is not able to attend due to misbehavior or lack of scholastic effort, any payments made towards the trip will be forfeited. Students must meet the eligibility requirements for our end of the year celebration for the 8th grade trip on June 7th  and the farewell dance on June 21st. Please read this packet carefully and contact Ms. Rollins or Mrs. Newman at 247-5050 ext. 31301 if you desire more information or clarification.


    Some important details to note:

    • The total cost of this trip is $195.00.


    • A $45 deposit (of which $35 is non-refundable) is due on or before December 1, 2023 (No Exceptions or late registration will be allowed) along with the following:


    o   Registration/Medical Form/Permission Slip

      • Behavior Contract
      • First Choice Educational Registration Sheets
      • First Choice Educational Insurance Form (FOR INSURANCE: Checks must be made out to: First Choice Educational Tours AND returned with the registration paperwork)


    As you may know, some of our eighth graders have already paid for part or all of their trip by participating in our school fundraisers. Any money raised from students who have earned more than the total cost of the trip will remain with PTO for general school expenditures.


    Preliminary Itinerary: Gates Chili Middle School 8th Grade Niagara Falls Class Trip: June 7, 2024

    6:45 AM Meet at school; BRING BAG LUNCH FROM HOME; Proceed to assigned chaperone table in the cafeteria.

    7:15 AM Departure from Gates Chili Middle School- prompt departure via chartered motor coaches.

    9:00 AM Arrive at Niagara Falls

    The following activities are scheduled for the day.


    • Niagara Power Vista

    The group will visit and rotate through all six stations of their all innovative and interactive exhibits http://nypa.gov/communities/visitors-centers/niagara-power-vista

    4:00 PM Dinner- DJ Dance Party at Banchetti’s Banquet Center  http://www.banchettibyrizzos.com

    • Dinner and dance for all
    • Menu: TBD

    7:00 PM Load Buses for return trip home.

    9:00 PM Estimated arrival back to Gates Chili Middle School bus loop.


    This trip includes: Motor coach transportation, 8th grade trip T-shirt, admission to all activities mentioned above, dinner with private DJ/Dance, and services of two 1st Choice Educational Tour Guides during the trip.

    Gates Chili MS staff members are chaperoning this trip with one adult for every ten students.

    Cost: $195.00 per student


    Payment Schedule:       #1) $45 deposit (of which $35 is non-refundable) due with Registration (Payment & registration forms required to register).

    Registration deadline: December 1, 2023 (No Exceptions)


    #2) Second payment $50 due January 5, 2024

    #3) Third payment $50 due February 16, 2024

    #4) FINAL PAYMENT $50 due March 22, 2024


    Please note: You must make all payments by the due date in order for your student to  remain registered for this trip.


    All trip checks made payable to:

    “Gates Chili MS PTO”