5th Grade Students Create & Share Plant Books with 2nd Grade Students
5th grade extended their knowledge of how plants reproduce by writing creative short stories! Their target audience was 2nd grade students, so they created picture books. They learned about how technology can enhance their books by writing their stories into Keynote on their iPads. The pictures for the stories came from the Internet or from photos they took of their own illustrations. Some students even learned how to share photos by air dropping them between iPads for this project! The fifth grade then read their stories to the second grade as the younger students were just finishing up their lessons on plants, too. The fifth grade enjoyed learning that they can use their knowledge in creative ways and that teaching is hard work! Great job 5th Grade!
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.
6th Grade Works to Grow Presentation and Public Speaking Skills with Book Review Talks
Students in 6th Grade are using their ipads to present Book Reviews! Students have made presentations in Keynote on their ipads and then using wireless technology and Apple TV, students are able to project their individual presentations on the classroom SmartBoard. While they give their reasons for or against reading their specific book, a classmate or teacher records them. With airdrop sharing and the wireless technology, students are able to share the video footage with the speaker, who can then evaluate their own performance.
6th grade LA & Lit teacher, Mrs. Moretti explains, "I was looking for a way for students to be able to present to the class and get immediate feedback on how they did (using good volume, eye contact, posture, etc.). I also wanted them to be able to watch their public speaking progress over the course of the year. Having the video files air dropped to their own iPads to keep all school year was the perfect solution."
6th grade students use these presentation and technology skills across the curriculum in all three classrooms throughout the year as they present on their cultural presentations in social studies, religion presentations, science fair projects, and math demonstrations! Great work 6th grade students and Nice Job collaborating 6th grade teachers!
Families Celebrate St. Francis Feast Day with Pet Blessing
Each year, families gather with their pets for our annual St. Francis Pet Blessing. Pets of all kind join us- hamsters, turtles, cats, dogs, and fish. Thank you to all of the families that participated. May your pets bring you many happy days this coming year!
Along with this event, Student Council hosted a Pet Food & Supply Drive to support the local Kentucky Humane Society and My Dog Eats First organizations. Thank you to all of the families that supported this outreach effort for our community!
Each year, our PTA sponsors and organizes our annual Walkathon event in October. Students, families, and friends of Holy Trinity Parish School gather to take part in a variety of events to celebrate the fundraising goals and accomplishments of our PTA. This year, students from Trinity High School's drumline shared some great beats with us as we prepared to stretch and walk. Deacon Andy led us in a prayer that celebrated our accomplishments and focused on our future as God's children. Lifetime Eagle Alums from HT who now attend Trinity and currently play a sport led us in stretching exercises. Students from various grade levels led us in a danceoff to the current hit, "Watch Me", more commonly known as the "Whip, Nae Nae". 8th graders competed against Faculty and Staff (1-2) in a Tug O' War competition. (Footage of the 8th grade's win is available on our social media pages.) All of this was before we completed our actual Walkathon! Following our Walkathon, students enjoyed popsicles and more dancing with their Big Buddies/Little Buddies, classmates, and family members. Some teachers even shared dance moves!
Thank you to all of our families, friends, and supporters who helped make the day a great success! A special shoutout and thank you to our PTA organizers!
One challenge still remains: If your homeroom has 75% financial support participation from families by Friday, Oct. 9, your homeroom will receive a Free Dress Day from Mr. Richards! Donate now at bidpal.net/walk and be a part of this year's successful Walkathon Fundraising efforts!
Kindergarten Students Create Self Portraits in Art Class
Kindergarten students are working on their crayon self-portrait projects in art class. To start this project, students listened to the book, “The Day the Crayons Quit”, and discussed how they are like a box of crayons. Students also discussed how being a Peace Builder helps us all to work together and get along in our “crayon box”- the classroom, school, home, team, community, world, etc.. Students then drew a self portrait that shows what makes them special, colored it in with crayons, and cut it out. Great work Kindergarten! Thank you to Ms. Given, our art teacher, for continuing to show and share why it is always important to be kind to and include others, even with art projects!
First grade wrapped up their Apple unit by celebrating Apple Day in the classroom this past week. Parents volunteered to help with centers all related to and centered around apples. The boys and girls did an art craft, tasted and graphed their apple preferences, made addition sentences with apples, made apples erupt in a science experiment, and made a recipe for cooked apples. It was a great day of learning and fun for our 1st graders. Thank you to all of our coordinating and volunteer parents!
2nd Grade Participates in Rosetta Stone Spanish Program
Within each of our classrooms, students in grades 2-6 participate in the Rosetta Stone program to learn Spanish, in addition to lessons taught by Mrs. Monohan. The second grade has just begun the Rosetta Stone program. Each student is assigned a certain numbered laptop for the year. They have their own unique user name and password to login. The program uses photographs, written words, and native speakers to help the students increase their Spanish vocabulary. The lessons come in a variety of formats to keep things interesting. Every time they complete a lesson, the students receive a score and a check mark for that lesson. The students love seeing their results! Ask your second grader about Rosetta Stone!
This week, third grade students made PeaceBuilder windsocks as part of their discussion on how be a better Peacebuilder and peacemaker. One strip of the windmill said, "I increase the peace by..." while the rest of the strips listed ways the students believed they could increase the peace at school, at home, and in the community. Ask your child how they plan to increase the peace in the world around them this week!