New Hires & Other Faculty Changes for 2017-18 School Year
Parents, I hope you and your children are enjoying the summer. It is hard to believe it is already the middle of June. I wanted to share with you the most recent hiring of new teachers and to recap other staff changes that were communicated in May.
Our new junior high Spanish teacher is Mrs. Sara Silva. Here is an excerpt from a recommendation letter for Mrs. Silva written by Mrs. Tapia. “Since 2005, Mrs. Silva has been working with Los Monitos Language Company, formerly known as Los Monitos Language Center. Within this company, Mrs. Silva has worked as a Spanish Instructor, Office Manager, and as the Director of Program Development. I have known Mrs. Silva for more than 7 years. She is native from Mexico and, like myself, she is highly motivated to teach and share the importance of learning Spanish as a second language. I know that Mrs. Silva will continue developing and improving the Spanish program that I started eight years ago at Holy Trinity. We met to talk about the expectations of the program, in order to have a smooth transition for all of our students. I am confident that Mrs. Silva will be a great addition to our school.” We are excited to have Mrs. Silva on our staff. Ms. Leo Provan has been hired as our new Pre-K through 6th grade Spanish teacher. She will also teach public speaking and drama to our 7th and 8th graders. Ms. Provan, a native of Santiago, Chili, has most recently been teaching as a Spanish instructor with Los Monitos Language Company. We were impressed with her enthusiasm, her comprehensive view of language development, and her creativity.
Ms. Morgan Linden will be our new junior high science teacher. Ms. Linden has taught junior high physics, chemistry, and biology for the last three years in Arkansas. In a recommendation letter from her former assistant principal, it states: “Morgan is extremely creative and she thinks outside the box. She has shown excellent classroom management skills and developed a sound rapport with students, colleagues, and parents that is characterized by mutual respect. It’s this commitment to personal growth and the never-ending success of her students’ well being that makes Morgan an outstanding educator. Morgan has my highest recommendation for any teaching opportunity that you may offer and I look forward to learning more about her accomplishments that lie in her professional future.” We are happy to announce that Mrs. Pat Hammer will be working with our 7th and 8th graders during their resource day with additional science lab classes as we embark on our STEAM initiative.
Ms. Clare Wolz will join us as the 7th and 8th grade religion teacher. Ms. Wolz has a degree in Theology from Bellarmine University and comes highly recommended by all who she has worked for previously. Ms. Wolz had multiple job offers from other Catholic schools in our area, and we are proud that she chose Holy Trinity.
In social studies, Mrs. Morgan Vihlidal will be returning to Holy Trinity to teach 7th and 8th grade. Mrs. Vihlidal taught ten years at KCD, and also three years at Holy Trinity. She does a great job of connecting writing into her subject matter, and brings experience and leadership to this position. Additionally, she has worked with the current 7th and 8thgrade students and we are excited to have her back at Holy Trinity. We will definitely continue our Washington, D.C. trip and hope to utilize Mrs. Murphy’s knowledge and passion for D.C. for many years to come.
Ms. Ashley Samuel and Mrs. Michelle Hartlage will be teaching mathematics for 7th and 8th grade. We will be dividing up 7th and 8th grade math classes to make sure each group is challenged according to their potential, with Mrs. Hartlage assisting in 7th and 8th grade math and serving in a new role as Math Resource Teacher.
Ms. Elizabeth Przystawski will be our third Pre-K teacher. Ms. Przystawski graduated from Bradley University, where she earned her degree in elementary education and played tennis. Last year she taught third grade at St. Bernard School here in Louisville. Through the interview process as well as her recommendations, we were impressed with her nurturing spirit, her dedication to Catholic education, and her devotion to her students.
In 4th grade, Mrs. Brooke Bertsch, one of our current junior high teachers, will replace Mrs. Michelle Hartlage as a homeroom teacher. Mrs. Bertsch will teach math and science in 4th grade, and Mrs. Schuhmann will teach religion and social studies. Mrs. Becca Weibel will replace Mrs. Carol Bissmeyer as the reading resource teacher. Mrs. Weibel has been at Collegiate for ten years as their reading resource teacher. Mrs. Michelle Harrington will move to the 3rd grade to replace Mrs. Katie Baker, who is moving to Kindergarten. Mrs. Wendy Stewart will be the new 5th grade social studies and religion teacher, replacing Ms. Samuel. Mrs. Stewart taught for over ten years in Catholic schools in Memphis, Tennessee. She taught English, social studies and religion.
In a few weeks we will be sending out a letter which will include links to various registration materials as well as pertinent information for the coming school year, e.g., handbook, calendar, etc. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Student Council Completes End of Year Service Projects
During the last week of school, Student Council collected textbooks to be recycled, school supplies to be donated to Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, and crayons to be melted down and reshaped for children in hospitals with The Crayon Initiative. After school ended, they loaded up all of these deliveries in various parent volunteers' cars, as well as cleaned out the Lost and Found to donate items to Catholic Charities, organized bins and resources for Vacation Bible School, cleaned classrooms, and organized all of the church hymnals.
We're happy to report the following was donated and/or recycled:
1, 014 pounds of textbooks were recycled
75 pounds of crayons were recycled to be reused
3 SUVs of school supplies, coats, and uniforms were donated
Great work, Student Council! Thank you to all of our families for their donations and support of these great outreach efforts.
Congratulations to our 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students who earned awards during our End of the Year Awards Day celebration. We were excited to honor those who performed well in their academic classes, as well as celebrate the achievements of our academic teams and organizations. We also recognized those teachers who will be retiring or leaving HT after this year. We wish all of our students and teachers a great, relaxing, and fun summer. We'll see you in August!
It has been an exciting week at Holy Trinity Parish School. We celebrated the graduation of our 8thgrade class, a class that earned 17 academic scholarships to local Catholic High Schools. Our Pre-K and K programs were highlighted by the energy and love that our students have for this school and their teachers. We are excited to wrap up the school year next week, and I personally want to wish you and your family a happy and relaxing summer break.
As a principal, there is no more important job that I have than to make sure our students have outstanding teachers in all subjects - teachers who not only care for them, but also challenge them to reach their potential. This year we have several junior high teachers who are retiring or leaving Holy Trinity. First and foremost, please know of our positive relationships with each of these teachers. We thank them for their years of service to Holy Trinity, and are proud to say they will always be a part of our HT family. In saying that, we are pleased to announce several new hires/new placements for the 2017-2018 school year.
In Social Studies, Mrs. Morgan Vihlidal will be returning to Holy Trinity to teach 7thand 8thgrade. Mrs. Vihlidal taught ten years at KCD, and also three years at Holy Trinity. She does a great job of connecting writing into her subject matter, and brings experience and leadership to this position. Additionally, she has worked with the current 7thand 8thgrade students and we are excited to have her back at Holy Trinity. We will definitely continue our Washington, D.C. trip and hope to utilize Mrs. Murphy’s knowledge and passion for D.C. for many years to come.
Ms. Ashley Samuel and Mrs. Michelle Hartlage will be teaching mathematics for 7thand 8thgrade. Ms. Samuel returns to junior high after teaching math and science in 7thand 8thgrade last year. We will be dividing up 7thand 8thgrade math classes to make sure each group is challenged according to their potential, with Mrs. Hartlage assisting in 7thand 8thgrade math and serving in a new role as Math Resource Teacher.
Ms. Clare Wolz will join us as the 7thand 8thgrade religion teacher. Ms. Wolz has a degree in Theology from Bellarmine University and comes highly recommended by all who she has worked for previously. Ms. Wolz had multiple job offers from other Catholic schools in our area, and we are proud that she chose Holy Trinity.
We are still in the process of hiring a Spanish and Science teacher for 7thand 8thgrade. We are happy to announce that Mrs. Pat Hammer will be working with our 7thand 8thgrade during their resource day with additional science lab classes as we embark on our STEAM initiative.
In addition to the changes in junior high, there will be some additions/changes in the lower grades.
In 4thgrade, Mrs. Brooke Bertsch, one of our current junior high teachers, will replace Mrs. Michelle Hartlage as a homeroom teacher. Mrs. Bertsch will teach math and science in 4thgrade, and Mrs. Schuhmann will teach religion and social studies. Mrs. Becca Weibel will replace Mrs. Carol Bissmeyer as the reading resource teacher. Mrs. Weibel has been at Collegiate for ten years as their reading resource teacher. Mrs. Michelle Harrington will move to the 3rdgrade to replace Mrs. Katie Baker, who is moving to Kindergarten. Mrs. Wendy Stewart will be the new 5thgrade social studies and religion teacher, replacing Ms. Samuel. Mrs. Stewart taught for over ten years in Catholic schools in Memphis, Tennessee. She taught English, social studies and religion.
As principal of Holy Trinity Parish School, I take great pride in our academic standing within our community. We are committed to providing the same type of high quality, blue ribbon status education that we have provided at Holy Trinity for the last 135 years. We take these hires seriously, as we work hard to fill these positions with individuals who have the passion, personality, and ability to take Holy Trinity from good to better and from better to best. We appreciate you, as parents, being champions for Holy Trinity, and thank you for your support of our school and faculty.
2nd Grade Completes Summer Vacation Problem Solving Activities
2P is getting ready for summer vacation with a problem solving activity. The students were challenged with packing a trunk for a summer vacation. Students must decide how to fit the necessities and fun items into a trunk for their trip. Different points are given to items based on their size. Students will plan how to fit the most items with the highest points into their trunks. We can’t wait to see what they pack!
This year, 78 students graduated from Holy Trinity Parish School. We are proud of all of our graduates and wish them many blessings as they begin their future as Lifetime Eagles. We are especially proud of our 17 graduates that earned high school scholarships! Congratulations to all!
Brooke Clemons Memorial Scholarship Recipient: John Vanetti
Mary T. Meagher Boosters Award Recipients: Evan Elder and Peyton Gahm
Assumption High School McAuley Scholar Scholarship: Sarah Sheffer
DeSales High School Colt Development Scholarship: Hayden Hartlage
Sacred Heart High School St. Angela Scholars Scholarships: Amanda Isaacs, Julia Jardina, Emiko Ohta, and Emma Smith
St. Xavier High School Designated Xavier Scholars Scholarships: Andrew Frey, Boland Grayson, Noah Klimek, Benjamin Sheehan, & Greyson Wintergerst
Trinity High School Monsignor Steinhauser Scholarships: Jack Furlong, Will Horan, Aidan Koch, Thad Lipinski, Riley Moremen, & John Vanetti
Congratulations to our 2nd grade students who celebrated their First Eucharist! While preparing for their special day, they also collected items for the NICU department at Norton Children’s Hospital. They donated diapers, tissues, clothes, food gift cards, and baby gear. Congratulations and Great Job, 2nd Grade!
This week, we celebrated our annual Derby day festival activities. We started off with the kindergarteners parade to show off their handmade derby hats. Next, we had the fourth graders walk their pets, and show all of the school their adorable cats, dogs, hamsters, and a SNAKE in our annual Pet-a-sus Parade. After that, we had a new event where the eighth graders competed in many Derby-themed relay races, including a race where they balanced cups of water on a lunch tray and poured them out into an empty milk jug. Whatever team filled to the line quickest won. They competed in this race along with many others that mimiced the Thunder air show, Boat Race, Bed Race, Marathon, and Derby Race. During their lunches, students enjoyed a chow wagon cook-out lunch, where the Flik chefs grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. Finally, we had a dance party during recess, enjoyed cotton candy from Student Council, and the third graders had a lemonade stand and bake sale to support their mission, St. Joseph's Children Home. We, the 6th-8th grade members of Student Council, hope that all of our students and their families enjoyed our school day Derby festival activities! We definitely enjoyed planning and organizing them again this year.
EdChoice Kentucky Requests Support of Scholarship Tax Credits
"[Scholarship Tax Credits] will be on the table. There is a lot of support, bipartisan support." - House Appropriations and Revenue Chairman Steven Rudy
EdChoice Kentucky is working hard to put Scholarship Tax Credits at the forefront of the tax reform debate should Governor Bevin call a special session later this year.
Monday night on KET, House Appropriations and Revenue Chairman Steven Rudy and Kentucky Chamber Vice President Ashli Watts praised the bipartisan support for Scholarship Tax Credits. Chairman Rudy went as far to say that Scholarship Tax Credits are on the table in the tax reform debate.
The wide-ranging discussion about Scholarship Tax Credits is the latest sign that our efforts to educate the public and lawmakers are being successful.
I am encouraged that we will soon make a real difference for families and students across the state. Please continue to spread the word about Scholarship Tax Credits by keeping up with us on Facebook andTwitter.
You are our best ambassadors. Thank you again for supporting EdChoice Kentucky and working with us to expand educational opportunities for all Kentuckians.
This week, we hosted our annual Art Fair! Students shared performances on the Cafeteria stage, as well as showcased their art projects in the gym. 1st graders performed a bucket of water game song, while 2nd graders shared renditions of their Acka Backa Soda Cracker and Lemonade playground games. 4th grade played the opening riff from Brown Eyed Girl on recorder, as they learned it in Music class. 6th grade performed Spring on the xylophone by Vivaldi, as well as shared poetry they wrote in their literature classes. Our K-2 and 3-5 musical theater clubs performed the opening or closing number for their upcoming musicals, as well.
Congratulations to all of our Art Fair Winners, listed below. All of our students also shared at least one art piece in the Art Fair. Congratulations to all of our students for their great talents in art, music, theater, and poetry!