The Little Mermaid, Jr. Performances at The Clifton Center
Our middle school's Eyrie Theatre Company will be performing The Little Mermaid, Jr. on March 3, 4, & 5 at the Clifton Center in Louisville. Tickets are $5 for children/students and $10 for adults. There are performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. performances on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at the school office until show days. On show days, tickets, if still available, may be purchased at the door.
While preparing for the show, Broadway Across America's The Little Mermaid cast lead performers joined our cast and crew. Our students were excited to share their version of Under the Sea with them! Like Broadway, our student performers are also on Heelies to "swim" on stage.
8th Graders Meet with KHEAA to Discuss Earning College Scholarship Money with High School Grades
Today, Ms. Candice Johnson of The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) joined our 8th graders to offer the KHEAA - YOUR MAP TO HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE WORKSHOP. Ms. Johnson, Ms. Probus, and Mrs. Hill worked to coordinate this program with library classes today.
The workshop reminds and encourages middle school students that what they are doing TODAY does impact TOMORROW. The workshop can also serve as a good reminder to the students to stay positive and continue to keep expectations and standards high. The workshops discuss the importance of continuing to study hard, getting good grades, and setting their sights on education after high school (and how what they continue to do right now as 8th Graders impacts the next step – a great reminder for them to stay focused on their studies).
Students discussed the benefits of getting a higher education, exploring college choices, and things to look for in choosing the right college. Students discussed various career choices and talked about the specifics of career exploration. Presenters also emphasized to the students how important service work is in helping to discern possible college majors, careers choices (as well as being an obvious commitment to our call to be compassionate Catholics).
The presentation was packed full of additional information on how to earn scholarship funds to pay for post-secondary education and how to start building your resume in high school to help secure scholarships funds for college. Students also were able to have their questions answered during their time with KHEAA today, too.
Thank you Ms. Probus for coordinating this opportunity annually for our 8th graders. Thank you Mrs. Hill for including this presentation and important discussion in library time, as well. Thank you KHEAA for your time today! We know it will benefit our students moving forward.
On Monday, February 27, the Chick-fil-A restaurants in St. Matthews and Springhurst will donate a portion of proceeds to our 8th graders headed to Appalachia on a mission trip in March. Simply order catering trays, dine in, or drive-thru meals and mention that you want to support Holy Trinity with your order. Students will use the proceeds to buy food for an Appalachian food pantry while on their mission trip. This is our last fundraising day to support our 2 mission trips that included over 60 8th grade students. Thanks for your support!
Family & Alumni Summer Service Mission Trip to Appalachia
Interested in a service trip with Hand in Hand Ministries to Auxier, Kentucky? Join us this summer, July 26-29. As part of our Holy Trinity Parish School strategic plan, we learned families are interested in doing this immersion trip with their older children and/or spouses, and that alums and other parishioners may also be interested. Minimum age is 12 years old, enough adults (over age 18) must also be interested. Cost for trip is $250, deposit of $125 will hold your spot. Please contact Melissa Fisackerly, email@example.com or Beth Klem firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
PreK Begins Work with Service Mission: Sister Visitor Center
Sister Shellie came to talk with our PreK students about their mission, Sister Visitor Center. She told our students that some children are hungry before they go to school. She shared that some children do not have all that we do, so it is important to give back. Pre-K is so excited to begin their first of many service learning projects with Sister Shellie and Sister Visitor!
After Pre-K, they'll adopt a new mission each year to serve during their time here at Holy Trinity. Currently, our Kindergarten and 1st grade students work with Schuhmann Center. 2nd grade works with GreenHill Therapy. 3rd grade serves students at St. Joe Center. 4th grade works with Golden Arrow Pregnancy Resource Center. 5th grade works with the Masonic Home community residents. 6th grade works with Catholic Charities and their Refugee and Migration Services division. 7th grade assists Dare to Care and serves at food kitchens. 8th grade hosts indivdiuals from Harbor House.
Holy Trinity teachers and staff, along with Bricks4Kids and Chess Performance, will offer 17 different after-school enrichment classes this PEP session. Classes last for 6 weeks and many new classes are being offered. Flyers and registration forms are coming home in today's Tuesday folders. It is also available online at http://www.ht-school.org/page/academics/pupil-enrichment-program.
Congratulations Governor's Cup Regional Winners Advancing to State Competition
Governor's Cup Regional events occured this past week. We're proud of our 10 students that competed and represented HTPS. Congratulations to 8th grade student, Greyson Wintergerst, who earned 5th Place in Essay Writing Composition and 7th grade student, Adam Kamer, who earned 4th Place in Language Arts and Literature. Both students advance to State competition on March 10-11 at the Galt House. Good Luck, Greyson & Adam!
Catholic Charities: Migration and Refugee Services Guest Speakers Discuss 6th Graders Mission Work with Students
Today, speakers from our 6th grade mission, Catholic Charities: Migration & Refugee Services, joined our 6th grade students. A refugee, as well as a Catholic Charities staff member spoke to students about how CC helps new refugees coming into our country. The students were able to hear about one refugee's journey and how we have been directly able to help refugees, as well as get a few of their questions about their mission work and refugees they serve answered. The students are excited to put a face with their mission work and continue to serve others in our community.
6th Graders Join Parish Seniors for Academic Competition
Each month, our parish seniors gather together to participate in a variety of activities. This week, our 6th grade students joined them for lunch, time together, and a few academic competitions! Both our seniors and students alike had a great time sharing their knowledge with each other as they competed. Our students are looking forward to their next event together later this spring.
Here at Holy Trinity, we are engaged in teaching coding for our students in grades 3-8. Two class periods of coding were introduced to students during December, as well as the nationwide initiative, "Hour of Code". Students will complete about 6 weeks of coding through the end of February.
Students in grades 3- 8 are currently doing a 20 hour course using Studio Code that they connect to via their Google Classrooms. Videos and instructions can be viewed from any internet source and students are encouraged to work on their courses at home. There are also some great coding games, beginning at the first grade level in the strategy section of ABCYA.com.
2nd grade students did some great 'paper' coding in December where one student was the programmer and their partner was the computer, who had to follow their code or algorithm. Then, they switched and the 'computer' student became the programmer, so the new 'computer' student had to follow their code or algorithm.
Algorithms are simply step by step instructions, crucial to how computers and webpages work and important in enabling students to organize their schoolwork, whether that is writing book reports, completing projects, or keeping themselves on schedule.
Learning, being introduced, and showing interest in coding now and taking advanced coding courses in high school and college can lead to very lucrative careers. In fact, coding jobs are expected to grow at a rate 12% faster than the market average with millions of coding jobs being in demand for the next 20 years or more! We're glad that Mr. Johnson, our technology teacher and 2016-17 Faculty of the Year, has introduced coding to our students!