If you’re reading this letter, your child has decided to join (or at least look into) Model United Nations (MUN), a debate and diplomacy club at Pine View. My name is Kris Selberg, and I am the Logistics Coordinator of the club. MUN is a great opportunity for all types of students; it improves public speaking abilities, encourages students to keep up with current events, develops diplomacy skills, and is also the perfect place to make friends and connections.
What is Model United Nations? As a member of the club, your student will represent a country in a simulation of a committee of the United Nations, such as the World Health Organization, and debate important issues in order to create resolutions. In order to compete in these committees, we attend conferences around the state of Florida (and outside of it), usually hosted by universities, where students will have a wide range of committee and country options. These conferences typically (but not always) last three days, as we leave on Friday morning and return Sunday evening. We will be attending the following conferences this year:
- KnightMUN (October, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando)
- PythonMUN (November, a single day conference at Pine View)
- GatorMUN (January, at the University of Florida in Gainesville)
- NAIMUN (February, at Georgetown University)
- MICSUN (April, at the University of Miami)
Pine View’s MUN team is consistently ranked among the best in the state, and we win many team and individual awards at each of these events.
In order to take these trips, students will need to fill out various forms and pay a fee which covers conference fees, transportation and lodging — these are typically about $175 to $190 per conference. We will provide more information about forms and money as conferences grow closer, and keep you parents as updated as possible on due dates, fees and forms.
We do have a policy regarding payment and the dropping of conferences that students had been registered to attend past a certain date. More information about this policy, as well as a signed agreement to it, is included in this packet.
In order to take these trips, we require the participation of parent chaperones. For each trip we attend, we have 1 chaperone per every 10 students. If you have any questions regarding chaperoning, please feel free to send me an email and I can give you any information you may need and answer your inquiries; my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our club’s staff sponsor, Maureen Condiotte, can also help with any concerns you may have. Feel free to contact her if you need anything at email@example.com.
I will be sending out email newsletters like this for parents throughout the year regarding fundraisers, deadlines and more. In order to sign up for these newsletters, please fill out the quick form at the top of the page.
On behalf of the whole officer staff of PV MUN, we’re so excited for your student to be a part of our club, and are looking forward to an incredible year!
PV MUN Logistics Coordinator
If you are interested in chaperoning a Model UN out-of-county trip, you will need to be PALS Level 2 approved, which involves a free criminal background check, as well as an FBI fingerprint background scan, which will cost $38 and must be done at The Landings. You will have to make an appointment in advance. Click here to go the county's information page, which will tell you how to set up an appointment, who to contact, where to go, and some other useful things.
You will also need to fill out a chaperone guideline form (click the button below to access this).
In order to drive a private vehicle, you will also need to have active 100/300 insurance, and complete a form proving this (found at the button below). Most insurance companies allow you to change your insurance for just a few days in order to chaperone the trip, and then change it back upon our return.
All fees (lodging, gas, tolls, transportation) are paid for by the club, so chaperones don't need to worry about any expenses besides food.
If you're interested in becoming a PVMUN chaperone please reach out to Kris Selberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).