Each year, our third graders participate in Writer's Workshop. This writing curriculum program design includes an opening mini-lesson, writing time, and sharing. During the mini-lesson, the teacher introduces or reviews the writing skill of the day. Sometimes, this time can also include sharing a piece of literature that represents the writing style. Then, students are allowed time to write on a topic of their choice using the elements they've learned about in the mini-lessons. Finally, students are able to share their work.
Today, Ms. Muller's 3M class took their writing workshop outside. Students discussed building up writing stamina and using their time wisely to write during each writing workshop opportunity. Then students went outside to our courtyard area to write about a topic they listed earlier this week on their preferred topics list. Finally, they partnered with students in their class to share what they had written. Great work, 3M!
Jr. High Participates in Eagle Blast Community Building Day
Each year, our 7th and 8th grade students participate in Eagle Blast — our junior high community building day - during their first week of school. This year's theme for Eagle Blast, as well as our 2016-17 School Year, is ONE MORE STEP. It is a reminder of how we are to live out our FAITH daily and in doing so, build the Holy Trinity Parish School Community we desire. By recognizing our journey as an individual and community and by taking that extra step in all we do, it does make a difference.
For the past two years, the day has primarily been led by Mr. Michael Harper of TeamWorx and formally with Workshop Louisville. The goals of the day were to build community and strengthen relationships between students, as well as between students and teachers. The day also continues to build the foundation for creating and continuing our positive and welcoming environment in junior high where each of us can be who God created us to be.
This year, the morning included opening team activities, scripture reflection, skits of the Good Samaritan today at Holy Trinity, and discussion of what it means to take "One More Step" in our daily lives at school and at home. After lunch with our small groups, students participated in team adventures. The course included a variety of stops:
Scripture Reading & Activities
Team Writing- groups used one marker controlled by 10 strings/individuals to write a message on a piece of paper
Song Writing- writing a song using the theme of "One More Step"
WaterStep - students learned about WaterStep's work for clean water globally, as well as used the Water Ball and buckets to experience the steps it take to carry water to feed and clean one's family
Spiritual Reflection- taking time out to talk to God and reflect on one's goals
Footprint & Cross Building- students wrote goals on footprints to share on a cross in their school hallway this year
Slingshot Teamwork- students used soft balls and large slingshots to work together towards a common goal- reaching the target
Good Samaritan Artwork- students created posters to display around the school with ideas on how to be a Good Samaritan every day at Holy Trinity
Thank you to all involved in making this day successful, especially our students and teachers who truly worked together to make the day successful.
6th Graders Use 1-1 iPads for Research in Social Studies Class
In our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms, each student has their own iPad to use for their daily educational work, projects, and research. The students take this iPad to and from home, as well as their various classes. It truly serves as an educational tool and resource.
This week, the sixth grade students are using their new iPads to do research for a social studies project. They are labeling mountains, rivers, deserts, continents, oceans, countries, and capital cities on a world map, as they begin their exploration of geography in Mrs. French's social studies classes.
Congratulations Sophie Renda, 4th Grader, on Art Achievements
Congratulations to 4th grade student, Sophie Renda, for earning a 4th place ribbon for her painting in the 3rd-6th grade painting & drawing category at the Kentucky State Fair! We're proud of your artistic achievements!
Emily King, a full-time student at the University of Louisville: Kent School of Social Work and a full-time clinical assistant at Childplace Counseling, will be interning with Ms. Probus, school cousenlor, this school year. She is a graduate of St. Martha & Assumption schools, has five years of experience working with at-risk youth in a residential treatment facility, and has been working with children since 2006. Learn more about her in her introduction letter via the "Read More" link.
Kindergarten Works with Rhymes in Daily Centers & Activities
Kindergarten explores their learning in a variety of ways each day. Students work together in learning centers, whole-group read-alouds, and independent learning centers throughout the day.
This week, Kindergarten is specifically working on rhymes. The students read Chica Chica Boom Boom with their teachers, created rhyming headbands, and worked to find sets of rhyming words throughout the day in various activities. In KP, the students worked to find words that rhymed with tree in their independent learning center. While working to find the items that rhymed, the students also worked to follow multi-step directions to complete the tasks.
Our students are truly working hard every day to do their best and our teachers are very proud of them. Great work, Kindergarten students!
The Summer Olympics ended in Rio this week, so Ms. Ledene's Kindergarten class enjoyed Olympic lessons and snacks to celebrate! KL enjoyed a fruitful snack in the shape of the Olympic rings after decorating their own Olympic flags and rings with grapes, blueberries, bananas, and apples.
They also tied the Olympic lesson into their August virtues of friendship and good sportsmanship. The students discussed how they can each be good friends and support each other as teammates in the classroom, at recess, and at lunch. Ms. Ledene reports that the students are doing a great job supporting and loving one another in and out of their classroom this week. Way to go, KL!
“Is there a dominant color in a bag of skittles?” is an activity that
reviews the scientific method through exploration. This week, the 4th graders worked through the scientific method step by step using skittles! The purpose of the experiment was to determine if one Skittle color occurs the most in a bag of skittles. Our fourth graders' data showed that yellow is the dominant color, and green occurs the least times. The highlight of the lab was getting to eat the skittles!
184 Students Qualify for Duke TIP 4th-7th Grade Programs
To qualify for Duke TIP – Duke University’s Talent Identification Programs - students have to earn a 95 National Percentile or higher in at least one of 12 areas on the Terra Nova test. We are excited to announce that we sent home 184 nomination emails this past month! 7th grade emails were sent in early September, while all 4th-6th grade emails were sent on October 1.
In 4th grade, 51 of 82 students or 62% qualify for Duke TIP’s 4th-6th Grade program.
In 5th Grade, 48 of 63 students or 76% qualify for Duke TIP’s 4th-6th Grade program.
In 6th Grade, 43 of 84 students or 51% qualify for Duke TIP’s 4th-6th Grade program.
In 7th Grade, 42 of 82 students or 51% qualify for Duke Tip’s 7th Grade program.
If your child qualified and you're interested in him/her participating in the program, please remember to be mindful of deadline dates for the two separate programs: 4th-6th grade and 7th grade.
4th-6th graders may enroll in the program through March 31, 2016. However, there are earlier deadline dates if you'd like your child to take the Explore test. The Nov. 7 Explore test offered here at Holy Trinity has an October 8 registration deadline, so act fast! Additional dates and sites are available online.
7th graders may enroll in the program throughout the year, but must do so by February for the school to be notified of your enrollment. There are additional deadlines and dates regarding the ACT and SAT tests available to these students. Students must take their test by Feburary for the school to receive your scores. Check online for more information regarding dates.
8th graders are not eligible for nominations or new enrollment opportunities, but instead continue their participation from their 7th grade year.
If you have additional questions regarding this program for our students, please contact Mrs. Davenport, Director of Student Activities.
Archbishop Kurtz Visits Holy Trinity Parish School
On Wednesday, March 2, Archbishop Kurtz visited Holy Trinity students. He said the weekly all-school Liturgy, before greeting students as they left Mass. After Mass, he visited a variety of classrooms.
Pre-K-G students recently drew portraits of Archbishop Kurtz while studying him. Archbishop Kurtz saw the portraits on Twitter and wanted to see them, as well as meet the students in person. The students truly lit up and were so excited when he surprised them in their classroom.
KG Kindergarten students have minion characters on their hallway bulletin board. Each month, they dress the minions with hats to represent something they are studying. This week, they decided to add the Archbishop's mitre and celebrated "A Minion Reasons to Love our Archbishop". The students loved sharing who came up with the idea, as well as other ways they've dressed their minions when he visited.
1st Grade students completed an Archbishop report on Archbishop Kurtz, much like the Saint reports they completed in October for their All Saints Day presentations. When he visited, they reminded him of his birthday on August 15, so he asked that they pray for him, too. He said he was going to be 70 and some students pointed out that they were 7 and both numbers had a 7 in it!
2nd grade students were excited to share stories of their recent first Reconcilation with Archbishop Kurtz. The main reason Archbishop Kurtz came was with an invitation to visit the 2nd graders as they prepared for their First Eucharist. He spoke about his staff and the symbols on it, as well as how and why he became a bishop. He also talked to them aabout the importance of not just their first eucharist, but more importantly, he said, their 20th Eucharist. He explained that when you've received the Eucharist 20 times, you're building a tradition and habit of going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist. That's more important than the 1st one, he said.
8th grade Spanish students invited Archbishop Kurtz into their classroom to share their Catholic spanish studies with him. Each class begins with students praying either the Hail Mary or Our Father in Spanish, so the Archbishop joined them in prayer. They then shared their studies of the Pope's visit to Mexico and sang their Pope Francis song with him that they've been singing in class, as well. Finally, they shared their monthly Year of Mercy prayers in Spanish with Father.
All students enjoyed meeting and visiting with the Archbishop. We're grateful to Father Nick Brown for organizing his visit and appreciate him spending his morning with us!