Third grade at Holy Trinity Parish School is considered a transition year that guides students from the primary grades to the intermediate grades. The foundation of our philosophy in third grade is to create a faith-based classroom community where we all respect each other and are welcome. Each morning, students remain in a self-contained classroom with their homeroom teacher for reading, math, language arts, and writing. For the first time, students change classes in the afternoon for religion, science, and social studies. It is this departmentalization that allows the student to be immersed into a content-rich environment. They also have nightly homework and use student planners to promote independence. In preparation for fourth grade, students are encouraged to take more personal responsibility in their studies and organization. Students are expected to complete assignments in cursive handwriting midway through the first trimester. Field trips include Bernheim Forest, Locust Grove, and The Cathedral. Some other traditions include learning with Junior Achievement, working with our mission - the Ronald McDonald House, the publishing of our All Souls' Day Biographies, and the making of our Historical Louisville Landmark projects and habitat dioramas.