Summer PEP Classes - Registration Information Available Online
The packet on Summer PEP classes, as well as permission slips came home a few weeks ago in Tuesday folders. It is also available to download on all of our myHTPS parent pages. Do you have a friend from another archdiocese Catholic school that wants to join us? Direct them to www.ht-school.org/page/academics/pupil-enrichment-program to download the classes list and application. They can join us, as well, simply by submitting the paperwork and payment to our school office. Questions? Contact the instructor for each class or our Director of Student Activities, Mrs. Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 7th grade religion classes, students are talking about virtue. Their assignment was to create a song based on an assigned virtue to the melody of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, because if you are lving a virtuous lifestyle and a life centered on God, you will go far and do so many great things. Keiko, Emily, and Shelby wrote this in class and beautifully portrayed the importance of faith (their assigned virtue). Great job to this group and all of our students who worked so hard on this fun project!
8th Graders Participate in Project R.E.A.L. & Upcoming Parent Presentation
Today, our 8th grade students participated in a special program called Project R.E.A.L. The program was led by Mark A. Parrish M.Ed., LMFT from The InnerView Counseling and Consultation, and focuses on being aware of choices we make today (and changes we can make) and how they impact our tomorrow. Project R.E.A.L. is a combination program that puts character education with prevention science and is designed to help students identify and implement safer, healthier choices and focus’ on personal decision making. The Project R.E.A.L. Program reinforces our Catholic Christian values and is designed to help students identify and implement their values more consistently, especially at a time when they are so often pressured by peer acceptance.
The curriculum focuses on:
Respectfulness of self, surroundings, authority, and others
Effort in all you do
Accountability or choices, actions, decisions, and behavior
Listening authentically to others to receive important information and attach meaning to what you heard
Also focusing on:
Self-awareness, personal responsibility, self-motivation, character building, and values restoration
In addition to the presentation/program for our 8th graders, we are very excited to announce that there is a Project R.E.A.L. Parent Presentation/Program with Mark Parrish, Ed.D., LMFT from The InnerView Counseling and Consultation on Monday, April 23 6:30 p.m. until 8 in the Multipurpose Building. The Project R.E.A.L. Parent Presentation/Program is offered free of charge thanks to the support of the Holy Trinity Parish partnership. A special thanks to the Holy Trinity Parish for their continued partnership and support!
The Project R.E.A.L. Parent Presentation/Program is encouraged for all 5th through 8th grade parents (and any parent is invited who has an interest in attending). All are strongly encouraged to attend as we truly believe it takes a village and these parenting presentations can be such a benefit.
As an extra perk, any parent who is able to attend will earn a Holy Trinity Spirit Dress Down Day pass for their student(s) to be used on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
Please contact Ms. Probus with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, April 23 in the MPB at 6:30 p.m.
3rd Grade will be performing the musical, Character Matters, on Monday, May 14th at 7:00pm at our Clifton Campus. This play is part of a final project tied to their international fairy tale unit in reading. With the play, they are reviewing character traits and working on building team working skills and respect. All are welcome and invited to attend!
4th Graders Design House Blueprints and Build Electric Models in Math & Science Classes
Focusing on the math standard "Draw and identify points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, and perpendicular and parallel lines," along with science standards on electricity, "observe and evaluate results of electricity and light under a variety of conditions" and science in real life, "understand scientific ways of thinking and working, and then use those methods to solve real-life problems," our 4th grade students have been working to design blueprints, and then build a lit house. Within their collaboration groups, they worked to design the house first. Then, they built the house based on their specific blueprint measurements. Students had to work together, create, and problem solve. To incorporate what they've learned in science, the students also had to make a closed circuit to light their house! There were lightbulbs poking through the sides of the walls and all of our students were able to get their house lit! Great work Mrs. Bertsch & 4th grade students!
Congratulations to 8th grader Adam Kamer! On March 24, Adam competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee; this was the final competition for the state with winners of this bee going on to compete at the national level. Adam showed his skills and expertise, battling among the states’ top spellers, correctly spelling words such as “loiter,” “Capricorn,” “maraca,” “fresco,” and “croquette,” just to name a few. He tied for fourth place and did a fantastic job representing Holy Trinity, we’re so proud of him!
Students Participate in Chalice Program to Pray for Vocations
At our weekly school liturgies, a class is chosen to participate in our Chalice program. That class receives a chalice, as well as an accompanying vocational prayer book. Throughout the week, the class prays for an increase to religious vocational life, as well as prays about their own vocations. In March and April, our PreK and Kindergarten classes have participated in the Chalice program.
This week, our 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students have been competing in the Spher-Olympics in Technology classes. Using our Sphero robots, our students are using coding programs to operate and move the balls through a variety of challenges. For this great event, technology classes moved to the multipurpose building, where students were able to challenge themselves in the Olympics. Challenges included moving the Sphero ball through a marathon-like event, running the bases and landing successfully on the marked bases, and moving them to different levels of a target, much like an Olympic curling or discus throw event. Great work, students!
7th Graders Lead Good Friday Stations of the Cross
As part of our annual Good Friday traditions, our 7th grade students led our school community in the Stations of the Cross. Students acted out each station, while also reflecting on how this station may be evident in our daily lives today. What choices do we make in regards to ourselves, our parents, and those around us? Do we help others with their crosses? How do we remember Jesus's sacrifice for us?
Our students also observed Sacred Silence - a practice in the Catholic faith on Good Friday. Today, our students, faculty, and staff remained silent in the halls, cafeteria, and common areas out of respect for what Jesus gave us, his life.
Textbooks, working out problems, and learning videos are all helpful, but our students especially love hands-on opportunities that make learning fun! On Thursday, 5th grade played Battleship using a 4 quadrant coordinate grid to practice their ordered pairs on x and y axes. 4th grade used an Easter egg hunt to find decimal values. Then, as part of their exploration and learning of decimals and fractions in math, they ordered their decimal values from greatest to least and least to greatest!