5th Graders Write Mayflower Compacts for Ideal New Country
5th grade has been learning about the first colonies to be settled in America and created modern day Mayflower Compacts in small groups. Students were engaged in exploring the historical document that outlined how pilgrims at the Plymouth Colony would implement self governance and utilized cooperative learning and critical thinking skills to apply their understanding in a new context! Great learning
In 7th grade language arts, students recently began the Argumentative unit of study. Students were presented with the topic, “Should children play competitive, high contact sports?” They were asked to choose a side, and work together with a team to prepare for a debate. Students have written thesis statements and prepared arguing points by doing research online. Some students even went as far as to make graphs and interview professionals! The debate was a huge hit, and students were engaged and excited to participate! For their final essay, students will choose a topic that has challenged them to think “globally, not locally”. Great work by our students, as well as Ms. Vassar in leading this great unit!
This week, our 7th & 8th grade students joined together with their Kindergarten and 1st Grade little buddies for Mass. Students helped each other participate and sing in Mass. It was a great experience for all and we're especially thankful for our Big Buddies serving as Mentors to our Little Buddies each year.
Counseling Office Collaborates with Morton Center for Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention
This week, the Counseling Office and Ms. Probus, our school counselor, partnered with the Morton Center and Michael Gosser, to speak to and work with our 8th grade students on the importance of avoiding drugs, alcohol, and addiction. During their CCE Enrichment time, students met with Mr. Gosser to discuss the dangers of such use, as well as how they can say no and prevent peer use, too.
Mr. Gosser also met with parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students for an hour on the same day to discuss these ideas and provide parents with strategies. Parents discussed ongoing temptations and peer pressure, as well as ways to speak to their children and encourage open and honest communication. Thanks to all who participated and thank you to Mr. Gosser and Ms. Probus for hosting these great sessions!
Congratulations to our graduates who recently finished their performances in Assumption High School's The Drowsy Chaperone. Actors, Actresses, Dance Ensemble, Set, and Crew members included Thomas Sheffer, Celeste Newman, Campbell Geisler, Logan Mattingly, Trinity Gonzalez, Erin Cahill, Elyssa Werner, Charlotte Yang, Maddie Harrington, & Hannah Gruneisen. Nice Work Graduates!
Guatemalan Exchange Students Present to 5th-8th Grade Students
This year, for 8 weeks, Holy Trinity is serving as host to three exchange students from Guatemala. These students are taking part in all of our 7th & 8th grade activities, both in and out of the classroom. The students have truly immersed themselves in our Holy Trinity community, as Eagles participating on sports teams, academic teams, and KYA. They have also served as volunteers and leaders for after-school activities for younger students in art and science clubs.
This week, as their time here comes to an end, the students spent time teaching their classmates about Guatemala through a multimedia presentation complete with pictures, music, and videos. They also prepared and served cultural dishes to their classmates.
Next week, our 3 exchange students will meet with all of our 5th and 6th grade students to share their presentation, discuss their culture, talk about their life in Guatemala, and answer students' questions. If you're interested in joining us, this presentation will be from 8-8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2 in the AFR.
Seventh and eighth grade students have been working on converting text to media by planning and filming chapter trailers using iMovie. Students worked in groups and used the events in Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone to create these iMovie trailers. Great work Jr. High!
KYA to Present Bill to End Death Penalty in Kentucky
Our YMCA KYA, Kentucky Youth Assembly, students have been working since August to research various bill ideas for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. After reviewing and voting on a variety of ideas, students settled on the idea to end the death penalty. The 15 students have written a proposal that calls for the end to the death penalty, inviting Kentucky to be the 19th state in the USA to abolish it.
During their research and practice time, students have presented their idea to their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade peers to gain feedback and perspective from peer voters. They also met with Father Dick Sullivan, who has worked extensively with prison care and Catholics working to end the Death Penalty.
The students are very excited to attend the state-wide conference with 800-1000 of their middle school peers on Dec. 4-6. They are especially excited to hopefully present their bill in Frankfort, based on approval and voting from their peers on the 1st night of the conference. Good Luck Students! We are proud of your work!
For 3 days last week, 18 eighth grade students, 6 parents, and 3 administration members worked with Hand in Hand Ministries in Appalachia. The students worked out of the HIH center in Auxier, Kentucky, serving families in Johnson and Floyd counties. After meeting and getting to know the families, students worked to repair and improve the homes of 3 families, as well as the Hand in Hand complex. Because of the Spirit Day they hosted the day before they left, the students donated $700 to the food pantry, on behalf of Holy Trinity. Tt 21 cents a pound, this will buy 3,333 pounds of food for the pantry! Thanks to all for their support and prayers during our trip!
Congratulations 2nd Graders who Received Reconciliation
Congratulations to our 80 second graders who received the sacrament of Reconciliation this past weekend here at Holy Trinity. We are proud of all of your work and preparation for this great sacrament. A special thanks to all of our parents, teachers, and extended family members who helped them prepare, as well as celebrated this great sacrament with them!