First Grade has been learning about China and how they celebrate the New Year. They've learned that 2015 is the year of the Sheep. Today they celebrated with a feast of fried rice, egg roles and fortune cookies, as well as learned how to eat with chopsticks. The celebration concluded their studies of Chinese traditions and culture. The students enjoyed all of the cultural symbols and relics our parents sent in for them to view. They were even lucky enough to receive candy suckers straight from China! Thanks Parents!
7th Grade Explores Bones & Joints in Science Class
Today, in science class, seventh grade students observed and manipulated model bones to determine how the structure of bones affects the type of motion that is possible at each joint. Students synthesized their own observations and Internet research to categorize the different types of joints based on the motion produced. The students worked together and shared great ideas with one another! Great work 7th Grade!
8th Graders Discuss High School Grades and KHEAA's College Money
Your Map to High School and College: Ms. Candice Johnson of The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) joined us once again this school year to offer the KHEAA - YOUR MAP TO HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE WORKSHOP. Ms. Johnson, Ms. Probus, and Mrs. Hill have worked to coordinate this program with library class. The workshop lasted one class period on Wednesday. This workshop reminds and encourages middle school students that what they are doing TODAY does impact TOMORROW. The workshop can also serve as a good reminder to us all to stay positive and continue to keep expectations and standards high. The workshops discuss the importance of continuing to study hard, getting good grades, and setting their sights on education after high school (and how what they continue to do right now as 8th Graders impacts the next step – a great reminder for them to stay focused on their studies).
Students will learn the benefits of getting a higher education, explore college choices and things to look for in choosing the right college. Students will also discuss various career choices and talk about the specifics of career exploration. We also emphasize to the students how important service work is in helping to discern possible college majors, careers choices (as well as being an obvious commitment to our call to be compassionate Catholics). The presentation is packed full of additional information on how to earn scholarship funds to pay for post-secondary education and how to start building your resume in high school to help secure scholarships funds for college.
They had an opportunity to ask questions at the end. As stated, Ms. Probus has solicited the expertise of Ms. Candice Johnson from KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) to present this valuable workshop. This took place Wednesday, February 25, 2015 and students brought home resources to share with their parents. Please contact Ms. Probus with any questions and/or concerns.
Each year, Ms. Probus, our school counselor, and teachers speak to students about personal safety and setting appropriate boundaries. This week, Ms. Probus began speaking with the 4th grade students about our new Speak Up Be Safe program, which will replace the Good Touch, Bad Touch program previously used in Archdiocese of Louisville schools.
Students discussed personal safety rules and building a safety net of "wise people" to help keep us safe. They'll also review internet safety ideas previously covered in Technology classes with Mr. Johnson. Please remember to continue these discussions at home with your children and answer any questions they may have regarding the various topics. If you have additional questions as a parent, please talk to your child's religion teacher or our school counselor, Ms. Probus.
The children in Pre-K Gray and Pre-K Skinner participated in a Lenten activity involving one of their favorite snacks! The pretzel was created to be a symbol of praying hands. The students use their prayer hands when they go to church on Wednesdays. They learned that a long time ago children crossed their arms and put their hands on their shoulders like a pretzel when they prayed. Great work Mrs. Gray in leading this activity!
Spanish Students Participate in Rosetta Stone Program
With Mrs. Monohan as their Spanish instructor, our students in 2nd-6th grade also particiapte in the Rosetta Stone Language Program. Rosetta Stone is a language learning program that utilizes photographs and spoken and written language to help the learner master words, phrases, and sentences in Spanish. It is a great tool to use in the classroom and dovetails beautifully with our textbook lessons and classroom instruction. One of the best things about Rosetta Stone is that it fosters differentiated learning since each student works at their own pace. It also works quite well with students who are distracted easily because they have their own laptop and are wearing headphones which helps them focus on what is in front of them. Lessons are re-taken as necessary until the material is mastered.
The 6th grade is using an article about a current animated movie with familiar characters, SpongeBob, to help learn and speak Spanish. They work in small groups to translate a paragraph from the article. Then each group reads their paragraph in Spanish and translates it. As you can see from the pictures, the students have a lot of fun and it is great to watch them collaborate! Great work Mrs. Monohan and 6th Grade Students!
Tinikling, a dance from the Philippines, is a wonderful example of incorporating history, rhythm, creativity, agility, and coordination for the students in Physical Education class. The 8th grade was introduced to Tinikling in Kindergarten and has become excellent with step and pole movements. Check out their great work with this art form this week!
VIP Night- A Huge Success Raising over $128,000 for HTPS
Dear Holy Trinity Families,
I wanted to update you on the huge success that we had at our school wide fundraiser, VIP Night. I know you heard from the PTA and VIP Committee many times leading up to the event and we wanted you to hear about the amazing results.
There are still some outstanding receipts and invoices but the event grossed approximately $128,000 and will net just under $100,000 for the school! Thank you to everyone for this unbelievable support of our school and our mission. New to the evening this year was Fund a Mission which raised over $17,000 and the PTA is going to match those dollars raised so we are moving forward with new SMARTboard projectors and Apple TV for EVERY CLASSROOM!
I hope that if any of you see Somer Neff or Ashely Klein, the VIP Co-Chairs, please give them a huge thank you for all of their hard work. Each of the committee chairs also deserves our deepest gratitude.
Auction Chairs - Mary Nancy Chatel and Sarah Frey
Decoration Chairs - Molly Webber and Kelly West
Class Art - Kim VanSlambrook
Luck of the Draw - Aimee Schwiers and Candy Davis
Sponsorship - Amy Bergeron and Beth Clingaman
Volunteers - Shannon Klimek and Karen Willis
I do not want to miss this opportunity to once again thank all of our generous sponsors. This event would not be possible without their very generous financial commitment to the evening.
Mary Nancy Chatel with Lenihan Sotheby's
L&N Federal Credit Union
Beth and Michael Clingaman
Forcht Bank, Jason Stuecker
Hilliard Lyons, Thorp Harrison
Holy Trinity Parish
The Houlihan Family
Mellwood Arts Center
The Moore Family
Margot Lipinski with Semonin Realtors
Somer and Tom Neff
A very special thank you to Brian Masterson and Mastersons Catering!
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the award winners from Holy Trinity Parish and School.
Teacher of the Year - Angela Muller
Holy Trinity School Volunteers of the Year - Alana Lauber and Sarah Hardy
Holy Trinity Parish Spirit of Stewardship Award - Dan Kelley and George Higgins
Thank you again to everyone who donated their time, talent and treasure to this remarkable evening that made us all so proud to be part of the Holy Trinity Community.
WaterStep Shoe Drive Results: Over 850 Pairs Collected!
Thank you to all who supported Student Council's WaterStep Shoe Drive! Over 850 pairs of shoes were collected and donated during conferences! If you still have shoes to donate, send them to Mrs. Davenport or Therese Caruso for the GIFT program's Lenten Shoe Drive to support WaterStep. Waterstep has set a goal to fill a semi-trailer with shoes and we can still help!