Your Map to High School & College: a KHEAA Presentation for 8th Graders
Ms. Candice Johnson of The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) joined our 8th graders today to offer the KHEAA - YOUR MAP TO HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE WORKSHOP. 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 will learn the benefits of getting a higher education, explore college choices and things to look for in choosing the right college. Students will discuss various career choices and talk about the specifics of career exploration. We also emphasize 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 is 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. They will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end. As stated, Ms. Probus has solicited the expertise of Ms. Candice Johnson from KHEAA to present this valuable workshop.
The Holy Trinity School Counseling Office is very excited to announce a new pet therapy/literacy dog in partnership with our reading specialist, Dr. Meka Barry. Mrs. Brenda Blincoe, a certified pet therapy handler, and her dog, Midas, are working with some first, second, and third graders in the READ program once a week. Mrs. Blincoe is a former elementary teacher from Holy Spirit. Midas, is a 6-year-old purebred Golden Retriever. He loves children, and is very mellow, gentle, and smart. Midas is certified and insured with Therapy Dogs International. He is clean and well-groomed, and always on a lead and under the control of his handler. He is also up to date on all vaccines. Midas has also passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test-- a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. We are very blessed and grateful for their service to Holy Trinity!
Dine at Salsrita's Fresh Mexican Grill on Wednesday, February 13 from 11am - 9pm and support the 8th Grade Appalachia Mission Trip. Join us at the 285 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207 location. Dine-in and carryout both count - simply mention you are with Holy Trinity and you want your meal to support our Appalachia trip (Show our post about it on social media). A percentage of these sales support our 8th graders' efforts to fill a food pantry while on their March mission trip.
This weekend, many of our Jr. High students participated in Governor's Cup Regional events at Crosby Middle School. Congratulations to 8th grader, Emily H who advanced to State Competition in Composition writing with her 5th place regional finish. Congratulations, as well, to our Quick Recall team who earned the Hume Sportsmanship Award at this weekend's competition.
We are excited forBE A P.A.L. DAY (PEACEBUILDER AT LUNCH DAY) on Wednesday. This special daytakesplace during Catholic Schools Week and as a PeaceBuilder School, this is an awesome opportunity for our students. The message is simple – to encourage all to practice compassion daily in all of our interactions, to be kind to everyone, to give each other a chance, that it matters how we treat each other and we are all more alike than different (all of these are contained within the PeaceBuilder Pledge in some capacity, which we commit to live daily at Holy Trinity). During lunch, students will sit by a new person, learn about others through interactive questions, and listen to live music. Be sure to check in with your student and talk to them about this great opportunity!
This weekend, we hosted KAAC's Governor's Cup competition for District 27. Congratulations to our middle school Governor's Cup award winners who now advance to compete at Regional Competition in 2 Weeks:
Quick Recall team earned 2ndoverall – Elise Elder, Nicholas Frey, George Simpson, Simon Mayers, Sophia Rogers, & Jacqueline Teague
Our Faculty and Staff are extremely proud of our 8th grade students and their performance on the high school placement test. Close to 60% of our students scored in the high category(76-99) with the other 40% scoring in the average category(24-75). We had seven of our students score in the highest category(96-99). Our students scored significantly higher than their peers entering these local Catholic High Schools. Using the Scale Score Model, our students scored between 63-85 points higher in every category (Reading, Math, Language, Verbal, Quantitative, etc.) than other students taking the entrance exam. Our local high schools will provide individual results to students and families at the time of their registration. Congratulations to our students and 8th grade parents! We know what a bright future awaits you in high school and beyond.
The Holy Trinity School Counseling Office is very excited to announce a new pet therapy/literacy dog in partnership with our reading specialist, Dr. Meka Barry. Beginning February6, Mrs. Brenda Blincoe, a certified pet therapy handler, and her dog, Midas, will work with some first, second, and third graders in the READ program once a week. We are so grateful that Mrs. Blincoe has offered to volunteer her time and talent (and her sweet doggie Midas) to serve here at Holy Trinity!
We are very excited to announce the Project R.E.A.L. Parent Presentationwith Mark Parrish, M. Ed., LMFT from The InnerView Counseling and Consultation. It is available to any parent in our Holy Trinity Parish and School Community and is offered free of charge thanks to the support of the Holy Trinity Parish partnership. Project R.E.A.L. is designed to help parents and caregivers support and implement strategies to help their children/students identify and implement safer, healthier choices. It also has great insight and tips for promoting a culture of accountability and responsibility for children to foster a healthy self-reliance. The Project R.E.A.L. program also reinforces our Catholic values, and aims to help students identify and implement these values more consistently. Questions regarding the program should contact our school counselor, Ms. Probus.
Project R.E.A.L. focuses on:
Respectfulness of self, surroundings, authority, and others
Effort in all you do
Accountability for choices, actions, decisions, and behavior
Listening authentically to others to receive important information and attach meaning to what you heard
The Project R.E.A.L. Parent Presentation will be offered on two nights in January, with each night focusing on the parents of different age groups (if you cannot make one night, please join us on the other night as the information will be applicable to all children).
**PK-4th Grade parent presentation is on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the cafeteria.
**5th-8th Grade parent presentation is on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the cafeteria.
Any parent who attends one of the presentations will earn a spirit dress down day pass for their student(s) as a special incentive (for Friday Feb. 8).