Congratulations to Catholic Education Foundation Catholic Schools Week Art Contest Nominees
Congratulations to our Catholic Education Foundation Catholic Schools Week Poster Contest school winners: Taylor Frey (for the 3-5 level) and Cora Dyer (for the K-2 level). Their artwork has been submitted to CEF as our school nominees. Archdiocese winners will be announced in January.
Fr. Wayne Jenkins has been appointed Administrator, pro tempore (aka, interim pastor) from January 16, 2018 until June 20, 2018. We thank Fr. Wayne for saying “yes” once again to the Call to Serve. Please keep Fr. Wayne in your prayers.
6th Graders Learn from Local Writer and Blogger in LA Classes
Recently, Heidi Potter, a Contributing Writer for StyleBlueprint Louisville and Online Blogger for WLKY News joined all of our 6th grade Language Arts and Literature classes with Mrs. Moretti. Currently, in their classes, students are writing and editing persuasive essays about their opinions on school, trends, global issues, etc. With this, Mrs. Potter's daily work correlates directly to what students are working on in their classes, as well.
During her time with the students, Mrs. Potter shared her expertise as a writer and editor. She discussed her education and background, in addition to the various paths she took to get to where she is today. As most professionals will share, her experiences helped her to improve and land her work as a writer, editor, and blogger. Building on her professional experience, Mrs. Potter shared cool tricks for editing your own writing, checking for spelling, grammatical errors, etc. with our students. She also discussed ways to write about current trends and ways to use good leads to get your readers interested.
The 6th graders would like to thank Mrs. Potter for sharing her professional experiences with them so that they can improve their own writing! Moving forward, students will employ these techniques to edit their persuasive essays, as well as future writing assigments.
7th Graders Complete First Annual Service Mission Day
Through Holy Trinity Parish School’s Scare Out Hunger Initiative, the school collected, 3,868 canned or boxed food items that were divided between Sr. Visitor and Common Earth at Catholic Charities, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, and Dare to Care on Halloween! Along with the deliveries, 7th Grade Students participated in their 1st Annual Service Day at Catholic Charities (including Sr. Visitor Center, Common Earth Gardens, Common Table Kitchen, Migration & Refugee Services ESL Tutoring, & Clothing Pantry work), St. Vincent dePaul (including Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, & Clothing Closet work), and Dare to Care (packing Backpack Buddy and Meat Distribution program boxes/bags). Students harvested food from the garden, helped prepare meals, served in food pantries, sorted food donations and clothing donations, provided ESL tutoring, and other tasks. At Dare to Care, students sorted and boxed over 10,000 pounds of meat donations for families! With 6 teachers/administrators & 65 students involved, plus parents, we completed over 355 hours of service in our Louisville community!
8th Graders Complete First of Two Mission Trips to Appalachia
Annually, our 8th graders volunteer to serve those living in Appalachia through a partnership with Hand in Hand Ministries. This year, 70 of our 8th grade students signed up to volunteer for three days in Appalachia repairing homes, either in November or in March.
On Nov. 8-10, 35 students, along with 9 parents, 2 teachers and 2 administrators worked to repair five homes in Appalachia. Students worked to repair the walls of one home by re-framing the walls, adding insulation, and installing drywall. At two other homes, they worked to build and complete wheelchair ramps to help residents regain access to their homes. At a fourth home, they repaired the bathroom and installed a toilet to help the family gain access to indoor plumbing again. At a 5th home, they worked to repair roof leaks before winter arrives.
Students also used fundraising efforts to fill the food pantry and buy items to help the 70 families served by Hand in Hand Ministries this year enjoy a Thanksgiving meal!
Thank you to all of our volunteers that made the trip possible. Thank you, also, for being the hands and feet of Christ to our Kentucky neighbors! We're proud of your efforts and look forward to seeing what your peers accomplish in March, too.
Thank you to all who donated to our Scare Out Hunger Food Drive this week! In all, our school donated a total of 3,868 canned or boxed food items. All items were delivered today by our 7th graders during their Mission Service Day at Catholic Charities (specifically Sister Visitor Center's Food Pantry), Dare to Care, and St. Vincent dePaul. The homeroom winner (of who donated the most items) of the popsicle or ice cream sandwich party will be announced on Wednesday's WHTS.
Congrats to 5th grade student, Barrett Lockhart, who placed in the top 25 in the Cross Country “Meet of Champions”. She finished #24 in a field of 389 in the 6th grade and under girls championship race!
This week, they visited Bernheim Forest on their science field trip to learn more about various habitats. This trip supports both the plant unit they just finished and the habitat project that they have due at the end of the month. To prepare for this project, students have viewed a Flocabulary video “Foodchain” and Ducksters.com to research different ecosystems around the world. They also used an “Untamed Science – Ecosystem” video on Pearson Realize, which is part of their science textbook to explore habitats. Through the use of these technology resources and the study of the habitats at Bernheim Forest – both plants and animals, students are working to prepare and design their individual habitat projects. Great learning, 3rd grade!
First Grade has been learning about plants in their science and reading classes. Today, they had a Center Day themed around pumpkins. They did a pumpkin investigation, pumpkin slime, tried pumpkin pie, made a pumpkin glyph, and tried to build the tallest pumpkin tower. Thank you to all of our volunteers that led centers in each of our classrooms.
4th Graders Use Technology to Connect with Canadian Pals
The 4th graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud, connecting students from all over the world with one novel, The Wild Robot. They are reading chapters each week, and using the technology tool, Padlet to communicate their thoughts and respond to the text with students in Toronto, Alberta, and Ontario, Canada. The students will be sharing text, pictures, and voice notes on their Padlet with their partner in Canada!
They will also complete Mystery Google Hangout sessions where they will give another class clues as to where we are located in the world and they will guess our location. Then our students and Canadian students will video chat to ask and answer questions about the book!