From December 9 through December 11, fourteen students from grades 6, 7, and 8 participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly sponsored by the YMCA. This experiential learning program allows students to serve as part of a model state government. Beginning in September, the students met to research state policy issues, develop and write new bills, and prepare displays and presentations. Once at the Assembly, they became delegates and worked with over 1,000 other students from all over Kentucky to present, debate, and pass or defeat proposed bills. Students then went to Frankfort where some of the bills were presented to this student led legislature. Not only did students learn valuable lessons about how our government works, but they also developed leadership, communication, and social skills. Holy Trinity was recognized with several awards at the closing session, including Premier Delegation, Outstanding Delegate, and Outstanding Speaker. Congratulations to all of our delegates and their advisors! The next opportunity to participate in a YMCA leadership assembly is KUNA held in March.
The fifth grade students recently celebrated the end of their poetry unit in Literature by inviting their parents and fellow students to a poetry reading. For the past five weeks, they have been immersed in poetry by reading it, listening to it, writing it and finally performing it. Students chose to present poems by various poets, but especially enjoyed the poetry of Jack Prelutsky and Paul Fleischman. They truly enjoyed creatively interpreting the poems for all who attended!
Our 6th grade classes left for a trip to Camp Piomingo yesterday. From their earliest years here at Holy Trinity Parish School, students cannot wait for sixth grade. It is in sixth grade that students spend several days and nights at Camp Piomingo at Otter Creek State Park. While there, students participate in rock climbing, cave exploration, and a ropes course, all with the ultimate goal of team building that will carry over into the academic environment.
Kindergarten students have been studying the life cycle of apples and learning about Johnny Appleseed. This week, they took a field trip to Mulberry Orchard. Students were given a lesson from the farm staff about how the apples get from the trees to the store. They were able to see the harvest process and learn about where the bad apples go. Afterwards, they enjoyed a tractor ride to pick a pumpkin in the fields. Students finished the field trip with lunch and some time on the playground.
As part of their social studies unit this month, first grade students have been studying and learning about community helpers. Today, St. Matthews Fire Department, as well as the Louisville Metro Police Department joined our students on campus.
Firefighters shared with students the importance of fire safety and fire evacuation plans. They talked to students about their jobs and how we, as citizens, can help them be the best firefighters in an emergency situation. Students were able to see tools, ladders, uniforms, and climb into the trucks!
Police officers shared with students the importance of knowing who a police officer is, what they wear, and why they're helpful in our community. They reviewed gun safety, as well as what to do in emergency situations. Students were able to climb into a retired police helicopter.
Thank you, St. Matthews FD and LMPD for these great experiences this morning!
We're proud to announce that many of our students qualified for Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP):
56% of current 7th graders qualified
64% of current 6th graders qualified
75% of current 5th graders qualified
64% of current 4th graders qualified
Last week, Mrs. Davenport emailed parents of our 4th - 6th graders, as well as our 7th graders, who qualified and are therefore nominated for their programming. Students who earned a 95 National Percentile score/ranking on any Terra Nova area, other than Spelling, qualify. More information can be found in the personalized emails, as well as Duke University's website: https://tip.duke.edu/programs. Should you have questions on the nomination process and/or the program, please contact Mrs. Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org or Duke TIP directly. 7th grade registration is now open, while 4th-6th grade registration will open Oct. 1. Congratulations to all who qualified!
Our 5th grade science classroom is full of STEAM activities. Many labs take place here with Mrs. Cohan throughout the year and this week is no exception! Today, 5th grade investigated adaptations of plants by dissecting lima beans. One bean was dry, while the other had been soaking in water. Students worked to make connections between this investigation and their experiment of growing a seed in the refrigerator vs. growing a seed in the cabinet at room temperature. Our scientists came to their own conclusions about how seeds survive the winter and how they get nutrients until they are big enough to do photosynthesis. Great work, 5th grade lab scientists!
Jr. High Religion Students Use Creativity to Share Their Faith
Ms. Wolz, our Jr. High religion teacher, believes it is important to help students explore and express their faith in a variety of ways. She often incorporates hands-on learning, art, drama, and other elements into her daily religion lessons.
For their first Totus Tuus Tuesday, students in Ms. Wolz’s Jr. High religion classes talked about how asking Mary for her intercession is like giving her a flower that she turns into a bouquet to give Christ. As a class, they wrote prayers on origami paper and made flowers to create a bouquet of prayers! This bouquet of flowers remains in her classroom in the Totus Tuus prayer area. Asking yourself, what is Totus Tuus even mean? Check out this explanation from Word on Fire.
This week in 8th grade religion classes, students are talking about the Marks of the Church. One of the marks is Holy. For Holy, students about a beautiful example of faith - St Therese of Lisieux. She taught The Little Way how much doing small things with great love can make a difference. Part of the Little Way is expressing a childlike faith - trusting in God above all else as Father and having a simple life style. With this, 8th graders enjoyed the childlike way to finger paint a picture while representing one of the teachings of Therese of Lisieux through paint.
1K loves using the Seesaw App! Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. This week they’ve used seesaw to record skip counting, sort vowels, and a quick number bond assessment. Parents and teachers can log in to see their students’ work and comment, too!
Jr. High Students Participate in Eagle Blast Events
From the Perspective of Addi V, 8th Grade Student Council Media Co-Chair: Eagle Blast is an experience that involves our 7th and 8th grade students coming together to meet one another, getting to know classmates in a new way, and starting the year off together with our teachers in a fun way! From my experience, I believe that this year was much different then it has been in the past. This year, seventh and eighth grade students went to Jefferson Memorial Forest over the course of 3 days to participate in team building activities together. One 7th grade homeroom attended each day with one 8th grade homeroom. Previously, our events have been on Holy Trinity's campus and all on the same day with all 6 Jr. High homeroom classes being mixed into each group. This year, students were split into random groups by our counselor and teachers to help us meet new people. After each team building activity, we would talk about what we did and why. Some of the activities included problem-solving games and puzzles, blindfolded activities to develop trust, and low-ropes courses where we had to depend on one another. We also enjoyed free time and conversations together during lunch. Eagle Blast really helped everyone get closer as one junior high!