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!
Kindergarten uses daily centers to reinforce literacy and math skills in a small group setting. Students rotate through three centers: teacher-led, independent, and iPads. Center time allows educators to differentiate learning for each student and help support and enrich them throughout the year. It is also a great time for the student to practice listening and independence.
Hello! My name is Amy Cundiff and I am the Student Counselor Intern at Holy Trinity for the 2018-19 school year! I am a Louisville native and a current student at the University of Louisville, where I am working towards my master's degree in social work. You can find me in the counselor's office with Laura Probus, and I can be reached email@example.com. As a reminder, each child can meet with Ms. Probus or myself 1 time before a parental consent form must be completed. After we have a consent form on file we can provide additional counseling sessions. Please contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to check-in. :) I am so thankful that my path has brought me to Holy Trinity, and I look forward to getting to know many of you throughout my journey here!
5th Graders Participate in Cross-Curricular Literature Circles
In Literature Circles the first two weeks of school, fifth graders have been reading non-fiction books on a variety of science and social studies topics - putting into practice the reading strategies they have learned these first weeks of school. Looking at text features, recognizing text organization, and distinguishing between fact and opinion will assist them in reading in their content area classes all year long! Great work, 5th grade teachers and students on these ongoing cross-curricular connections.
Pre-K teachers attended a Fine Motor Skills Workshop this summer. With what they learned, Pre-K students have started a Fine Motor Boot Camp in class. Today, Pre-K students used tweezers to pick up erasers and place them in cups. The students sorted the erasers to be in groups of the same kind. Pre- K students also counted how many erasers went into each cup. Great work, Pre-K!