One for the History Books

Our 8th-grade class has returned from their whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., where they took in the sights and sounds of our nation's history for six fast-paced days. Phil Ribaudo, program leader of the annual trip, says that this "might have been the most intellectually curious and engaged class" he has seen in recent years.

The students visited more than forty historic sites while exploring the landscape of our nation's history, as well as delving into art, science, communications, literature, and mathematics where relevant. Some of those sites included:

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • The Capitol: Visitor Center and Tour
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • George Washington's Mt. Vernon
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Jamestown Historic Settlement
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Library of Congress
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • Native American Village
  • Smithsonian | Air and Space
  • Smithsonian | American History
  • Smithsonian | Natural History
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy: Air and Space Smithsonian
  • Supreme Court
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Changing of the Guard
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • The White House
  • World War II Memorial

Mr. Ribaudo remarked, "Our students' behavior and manners were continuously complimented by random people everywhere we went, in every activity in which we participated, and at every event we attended. I couldn’t be prouder of this 8th grades performance from the time we left Pinewood to the time we returned—COMMENDABLE!"

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Mr. Ribaudo received his degree from Johnson and Wales University and after graduation, spent over twenty years involved in every aspect of the hospitality industry including: owning his own restaurants and catering facilities, training, human resources, and managing restaurants and hotels. Later, he enjoyed a very successful career as a private chef in San Francisco and Los Angeles and still consults at Cole Bailey Vineyards. Additionally, Mr. Ribaudo earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in Multimedia and Visual Communications from the University of Phoenix. He teaches computer science, technology, and communications classes, he is the Computer Science Department Chairperson, Online Program Administrator, 8th grade advisor, and program leader for the 8th grade Washington DC trip. Mr. Ribaudo is an accomplished and published fine art photographer and has served as Chairman of the Board and a juried member of the Gallery House in Palo Alto. He has written two books, The Princess and the Servant Boy, an illustrated fairy tale, and The Road Letters.

Phil Ribaudo | Dept Chair-Computer Science, Communications/Computer Science/Digital Multimedia (JH) | pribaudo@pinewood.edu

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