Join us for Open House & Invite Others to Do the Same
Holy Trinity Parish School invites you to join us and invite others interested in HTPS to join us for our annual Catholic Schools Week Open House. Our administrators will be available from 8-9:30am on Thursday, Feb. 2 to tour the school, answer questions, and help you register for the 2017-2018 school year. Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers will also be available to answer questions and show you their classrooms.
PreK & K Students Complete Minds-in-Motion Courses
Throughout the week, our 6th grade student volunteers set-up a Minds-in-Motion course or maze in the cafeteria and connecting hallways for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The students, with the guidance and leadership of their teachers, complete the course to help build their nervous and sensory systems.
They "walk the walls" using a slide motion and focusing on what's in front of them, not what's next to them. They walk on balance beams and step over obstacles to create their own sense of balance without holding onto other objects for stability. They roll down mats, walk backwards up steps with one foot at a time, and push walls for stability and balance. They throw and catch balls, follow an object, usually a pencil or small object, with only their eyes (avoid having their full heads turn/move), and focus on different objects on a string in front of them with verbal commands- all in an effort to help train their eyes to focus on different points in their classrooms and learning environments. Think- how do your eyes react when you're reading a book and then look at someone across the room or a notebook that you may be writing in at the time?
For more information on specific activities that our students complete, check out the Minds-in-Motion bulletin board outside the cafeteria near the Lost and Found. The course builds throughout the year to include more activities for our students.
Learning is a function of the whole nervous system. Children have difficulty learning if all of the sensory systems are not helping them to process what is on the page and in their environment. The more fine-tuned the sensory and motor systems – the more one can learn and the easier it is to learn.
Poor integration and inefficient coordination between the brain’s systems can be IMPROVED through exercises and activities developed by Minds-in-Motion.
Scientists are now using balance as the central component to address sensory integration disorders that cause learning problems – such as ADHD, auditory processing, speech problems, visual processing problems, etc.
Minds-in-Motion is a unique program developed by a reading specialist using clinical data and a machine created for the astronauts by NASA.
As the sensory and motor functions of the brain and body integrate to a higher level, then the academic, athletic, and social behaviors of children increase to a much higher level.
Minds-in-Motion has discovered this is scientifically provable by measuring the visual, auditory and motor processing ability and function in children.
4th graders are studying forms of energy, and today's lab was an example of light energy. The Light Color Wheel is made up of the six primary and secondary colors. When the wheel spins rapidly, the colors blend together. With this lab, students learned that “white light” is created because our eyes cannot keep up with the rapid rate of the spinning colors. The students enjoyed combining ideas of art and science in this lab about light energy!
Congratulations to our all-school Geography Bee participants and winners. In our school competition, 7th grader Jake S. earned 2nd place while 8th grader Andrew F. earned 1st place and will advance to compete in the online qualifying test for the state competition. Good Luck Andrew!
In January, our 4th-8th grade classrooms hosted their Spelling Bees. Each class winner participated in our school Spelling Bee this past Friday. Congratulations to our school winner, 6th grader Elise E. who will advance to the Archdiocese Spelling Bee. 4th grader Abby G. earned 2nd place and Jacqueline T., a 6th grader, earned 3rd place. Congrats to all who competed!
Join us for Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off, Sunday, Jan. 29
Join Holy Trinity Parish School’s Student Council, PTA, school leaders, and families to kick off Catholic Schools Week at the 11am Mass on Sunday, January 29. School and PTA reps will be available after Mass to help parishioners and families sign-up to follow HT on social media, support the school and parish with your Kroger card, Amazon accounts, and Boxtops, as well as show you how to access school and parish websites on your phone or computer media. Join us for the 11am Mass and muffins afterwards.
Support 8th Graders Appalachia Mission Trip by Eating at ChickFilA on Feb. 2
On Thursday, February 2, the Chick-fil-A restaurants in St. Matthews and Springhurst will donate a portion of proceeds to our 8th graders headed to Appalachia on a mission trip in March. Simply order catering trays, dine in, or drive-thru meals and mention that you want to support Holy Trinity with your order. Students will use the proceeds to buy food for an Appalachian food pantry while on their mission trip.
5th Grade Turns Literature Lessons into Board Games
Our fifth grade students just wrapped up a genre study of realistic fiction. Students formed literature circles and chose a novel to read from the genre. As the culminating activity, each group created a board game based upon their chosen novel. The games had to demonstrate the students' understanding of the characters, setting, and plot of the novel. They designed the boards, created the pieces, and wrote directions for the games. After presenting to the whole class, the games were exchanged for other literature circle groups to play all of the various games. Great work 5th grade! We'd love your recommendations for our new 2017 Reading Lists.
K-3 Students Complete i-Ready Reading Diagnostic Assessment
Here at Holy Trinity, Mrs. Carol Bissmeyer leads our Book Club reading program. This program allows students to step away from the mainstream classroom and work in a smaller group setting with more teacher-directed learning. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade often work with Mrs. Bissmeyer to improve their phonological awareness and phonics. Our 2nd and 3rd graders focus more on comprehension and vocabulary development. It is our goal that with this added specialized instruction, students will become more proficient in their individual reading skills.
To help our classroom reading teachers, as well as Mrs. Bissmeyer, design appropriate reading lessons, our students participate in an i-Ready diagnostic assessment three times a year. Through the use of this online learning tool, teachers can see the achievement levels of each individual student in a variety of specific areas related to phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, vocabulary, comprehension of literature, and comprehension of informational texts. This helps our teachers design need-specific in our reading classrooms.
Thank you to Mrs. Bissmeyer, who has worked at HT for 37 years now in a variety of classrooms, for leading this great Book Club program and this week’s iReady testing.
Kindergarten Uses 5 Senses & Detective Skills in Experiment
This week, our kindergarten students were detectives who used their five senses during a science experiment!
In KG, Mrs. Gray reported, "Uh oh! The labels came off my containers and I need your help!" KG students had to use their five senses to figure out which one was salt and which one with sugar.
In KP, the students had to determine which baggie contained salt and which contained sugar. In some photos, you'll see them using their sense of taste. From the looks on their faces, can you tell which one they are tasting now?