Student Council is hosting its annual Scare Out Hunger Food Drive from Oct. 21 - 30. We challenge all families to "Be the Real Superhero this Halloween and Scare Out Hunger!" Homerooms will collect boxed and canned food items (no glass, please). The homeroom with the most items collected will earn an ice cream sandwich/popsicle party of their choice. Clifton Campus students will partner as one homeroom for this contest. Our 7th graders will count all items on Oct. 30 and deliver them to St. Vincent DePaul, Dare to Care, and Catholic Charities during their Louisville Service Day on Halloween.
Along with this food drive, Ms. Given and Student Council are partnering for a Halloween Coloring Contest for Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8. Coloring pages can be picked up from Ms. Given during Art classes, Mrs. Davenport's office door, or Mrs. Watkins on our Clifton Campus. All contest entries are due by Oct. 29 to Mrs. Davenport/Ms. Given/Mrs. Watkins and winners will be determined by our Student Council panel of judges.
5th Grade Girl Scouts Achievement in STEM Challenge
A few of our 5th grade Girl Scouts worked hard this summer to design an app for a local STEM challenge. Their hard work and achievement have paid off, as they continue to be honored and celebrated in our community! Check out the feature written about their work in a recent TCS communication:
"Teammates Ruby Lilla, Hadley Bazant, and Reese Thomas may be the youngest Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Virtual Innovation Lab participants - but as the old adage goes, age is just a number. As incoming fifth graders at Holy Trinity Parish School in Louisville, this all-girl team of 3, won 1st place at their local goIT App Design and Development competition and placed 4th at their regional competition where they went up against 8th grade students years older than they were. With a record like theirs, this girl power team has a lot to be proud of coming into the inaugural TCS Virtual Innovation Lab. During the 12 hour goIT App Design and Development program hosted at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, and facilitated by Best College Match Foundation, Ruby, Hadley, and Reese harnessed technology to prototype a mobile app for social good. Their app, EduAnimals, helps stop animal abuse and educate users on proper pet care. On speaking with the girls following goIT, “WE WANT A REAL APP!” they said. “One that helps animals and people learn more about their pets and how to be good animal owners and advocates. We all love animals and want to make sure they are cared for.”
Now, with the Virtual Innovation Lab, Ruby, Hadley, and Reese will be one step closer to making their app dream a reality. Working alongside TCS employee and EduAnimals team lead, Samish Jokhla, and other content experts, the team will choose 12 hours of content to further explore. These range from deeper dive into coding, business planning, and take your app to market, but all are designed to further hone students' business, technical and marketing skills in an interactive and agile approach."
Last year, students in Ms. Muller's homeroom (3M) created entries for Independence Bank's St. Matthews Time Capsule. Some of their pieces were chosen as the best representation of life in St. Matthews in 2019 to be featured and locked in the Time Capsule. The official celebration is tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 10-11 am at Independence Bank (3901 Shelbyville Road). Congratulations to our 4th graders who participated and Ms. Muller on this great achievement and honor!
Welcoming our Counseling Interns - Ms. Jordan & Ms. Mattie
Hello! I'm Ms. Jordan and I'll be in the counseling office this year. I am a graduate student at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. My background is in Psychology and Gender Studies, and my interests include Enneagram personality typing, mindfulness practice, and creative problem-solving. I love music and have volunteered with educational non-profit Girls Rock Louisville for four years. I was an avid reader as a kid—my favorite books were the Harry Potter series (House Ravenclaw) and the Little House series. I have a cat named Nora who loves to chat, and in my free time I enjoy home design projects, word games, and listening to podcasts like “Stuff You Missed in History Class”.
Hi! My name is Mattie and I am a counseling intern at Holy Trinity this year. I am a graduate student at U of L in the Kent School of Social Work. I have a background in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. My past work experience was in supportive family case management. When I'm not working, I love baking and teaching yoga. I also spend time volunteering at The West End School cooking meals for students and staff. Growing up, my family went camping and hiking frequently and I still get outside whenever I can - I love to walk my dog in Cherokee Park. I'm excited to get to know all of the students and families at Holy Trinity!
Building Faith & Family Using Peacebuilders and Second Steps Programs - Message from Ms. Probus, School Counselor
The theme for the 2019-20school year isBUILDING FAITH AND FAMILY. Through this theme, we have committed to more fully reach out and work with others to be there for and with them on our journey to live our FAITH dailyas we continually grow each day working to build community.
We are delighted to share with you two programs that we will continue to use this school year that support our theme wonderfully as well as our Holy Trinity Parish School Mission Statement. The first program, The PeaceBuilders Program, is utilized in many Archdiocesan schools (and a number of schools across the U.S and World). The PeaceBuilders Program is described as a comprehensive program launched in schools that shifts the entire climate to a more peaceful, productive and safe place for children, parents, staff, and faculty. The program is designed to alter the climate by positively changing our language and allowing us to be more consistent across all grade levels in teaching peaceful and nonviolent attitudes, values, beliefs and promoting that ALL people display the behaviors in the school and/or community setting. The program essentially teaches six basic principles through school-wide reminders, events, teachers and staff incorporating the principles and language in the curriculum and always being on the lookout for “teachable moments” and coaching opportunities as well as offering instructional support: Praise People, Give Up Put-Downs, Seek Wise People, Notice Hurts, Right Wrongs, Help Others. These daily practices and reminders become routine, and when taught and used faithfully, move youth in the direction of “caring, altruism, self-regulation and positive relationships with key social agents in their lives (peers and adults)”.
In order to help us be better PeaceBuilders, we will continue the Second Step Program (from the Committee for Children). I often explain that this program reminds us (and helps us learn and develop) the skills that we need to live daily to be better PeaceBuilders. This program is used in the classrooms and tied into the curriculum in support of Peace Builders. Second Steps is a classroom-based social-skills program for children 4 to 14 years of age that teaches social-emotional skills aimed at reducing impulsive and aggressive behavior while increasing social competence and helping students relate to each other better. Each grade level features developmentally appropriate ways to teach core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, and problem-solving. The program builds on cognitive-behavioral intervention models integrated with social learning theory, empathy research, and social information-processing theories. The Second Step lessons teach children to identify and understand their own and others' emotions (which ultimately increase empathy and COMPASSION), reduce impulsiveness, helps them choose positive goals, helps them to manage their emotional reactions and to use the decision-making process when emotionally aroused. Lessons are sequential, developmentally appropriate and provide opportunities for modeling, practice, and skills reinforcement. The program is teacher-led with counselor support and generally takes place every other week to once a month during various classes for a portion of the school year. Most levels tie it into their PeaceBuilders lessons.
We are very excited once again to incorporate these two programs into our daily routines. We feel both will help us more fully become PeaceBuilders in our school and community. We hope they will allow us to truly live our theme and have a great school yearas we BUILD FAITH AND FAMILY. We all know that Christ is the reason for our school and our goal is to walk in that awareness daily.
8th Grade WHTS Students Appreciating Studio Updates
Over the summer, the WHTS Studio was remodeled, using funds raised through our PTA's Annual Fund and VIP efforts! Not only do we have new carpet, furniture, and new equipment, but we also have a full wall of green screen! Through the remodel, we created more space, allowing for the Studio to also serve as a breakout room. This can be utilized for small group testing or for a place students can go should they need a break.
The WHTS News broadcast is a daily news segment we do at Holy Trinity. 8thgraders volunteer to write scripts, produce, and direct each broadcast. The entire school is involved as guest Pledge readers. Every classroom tunes in first thing in the morning to watch as the anchors deliver HTPS news, pray together, and give special announcements.
Within this space, you can also find the office of Mrs. Thompson, our new Technology Coach. She'll continue to serve as our 5th - 8th grades' Technology teacher, too. As our Tech Coach, Mrs. Thompson supports our teachers and students in their use of technology within the classroom, Google Classroom, iPad apps, and other useful resources. We're excited to have her in this role to support all students throughout the day, not just during tech time. Mrs. Thorton, previously our 4th grade teacher, is now serving as the PreK - 4th grades' technology teacher, after having served in this role at a previous school.
On Sunday, August 11, we officially opened our new school in Clifton (2117 Payne Street, 40206), to specifically serve students with language-based learning differences, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of Louisville. The school held its first day of school instruction on Wednesday, August 14. We are proud to be the first Catholic elementary school for children with language-based learning differences. This founding of this school is part of Holy Trinity Parish’s initiative, For Every Child, to broaden our reach and serve more children. To learn more about the school or set up a tour, contact Head of School, Paula Watkins at email@example.com.
We've waited all summer and the wait is over! School students, parish families, and neighbors are all excited to finally enjoy all of the activities available on our two new playgrounds. The playgrounds are named The Perch and The Eagles’ Nest. Both playgrounds have state of the art features that allow access to all children. The playgrounds are built on a poured-in-place surface which provides easier access for all. Activities include a rocking boat, swings, a climbing crab trap, climbing walls, musical instruments, slides, tetherball, and other fun activities.
These playgrounds are part of Holy Trinity Parish’s For Every Child initiative to broaden our reach and serve more children. The Eagles’ Nest was made possible due to a gift from Peg and Steve Diebold,whileThe Perch was made possible due to a gift from Maria and Andrew Beck. Thank you to Bill and Tracie Stoll of Stoll Construction, who donated the extension of the walking path to the playground. The Gaga Pit was made possible through a donation from the Chris and Dawn Mooser family, as well. Thank you to all involved!
Jr. High Students Create Playground Proposals & Campaigns in STEAM Project
This week, our middle school students are working on a STEAM project together, researching playgrounds that would serve all students. They‘re researching options, needs, and legal requirements to write their proposals this week, while also organizing fundraising ideas, events, and campaigns to present to peers later this week. Next week, they’ll adjust their budgets and advertisements to reflect what they “raised” with their fundraising campaigns.
While students are using their math class as the basis for this project, they’re using and developing more than just their math skills. They’re exploring laws, communities, and budgets through online research, before developing plans, proposals, slogans, and campaign ads. This week, Mr. Greenamyer, a parent who heard about the project shared that he also has experience with playground design through his career and joined our students to share his expertise this week! Great work, Jr. High and teachers - we‘re excited to see your proposals!
Blessing & Ribbon Cutting Events Scheduled for New Clifton Campus and Playgrounds at St. Matthews Campus
Holy Trinity Parish School will be holdingtwo separateRibbon Cutting Ceremonies at two separate locationson August 11 and 12. All media outlets are invited to join us and encouraged to feature both new resources for our community!
On Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm, we’ll open our new school in Clifton (2117 Payne Street, 40206), to specifically serve students with language-based learning differences, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of Louisville. The Blessing and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 2 pm. The school will have its first day of school instruction on Wednesday, August 14. We are proud to be the first Catholic elementary school for children with language-based learning differences. This founding of this school is part of Holy Trinity Parish’s initiative, For Every Child, to broaden our reach and serve more children.Bishop Mark Spalding (Bishop of Nashville, formerly the pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Louisville) and Father Bill Bowling, current pastor of Holy Trinity, will conduct the ceremony. The combined ribbon cutting and blessing event is open to the public and the school will be open for tours during this occasion.
For more specific information on the school or to schedule interviews with school leaders, contact Paula Watkins, Head of School, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday, August 12 at 5:30 pm, Holy Trinity (423 Cherrywood Road, 40207) will hold a Ribbon Cutting and Blessing for two new accessible playgrounds on their main campus. The playgrounds are named The Perch and The Eagles’ Nest. Both playgrounds have state of the art features that allow accessibility to all children. The playground is built on a poured-in-place surface which provides easier access for all. These playgrounds are part of Holy Trinity Parish’s For Every Child initiative to broaden our reach and serve more children. The Eagles’ Nest was made possible due to a gift from Peg and Steve Diebold,andThe Perch was made possible due to a gift from Maria and Andrew Beck.Father Bill Bowling, pastor of Holy Trinity and Jack Richards, principal of Holy Trinity Parish School will conduct the ceremony.Mayor Tonini of St. Matthews and St Matthews Council representatives have been invited. The combined ribbon cutting and blessing event is open to the public.
For more specific information on the playgrounds or to schedule interviews with those involved in bringing these great resources to Holy Trinity, contact Beth Klem, Director of Advancement, email@example.com.