This week the 6th grade class studied ‘49ers and the California gold rush in history. They learned about the conditions the ’49ers experienced while trying to get rich! On Thursday, the students had an opportunity to find gold as they panned for it in ice cold water. Some of them were quite successful and “struck it rich” as they said, while others found very little gold. Overall, it was an exciting time and there were mixed feelings about whether these 6th graders would ever leave their homes to find gold!
Mrs. DeGraaf’s first grade science class dissected owl pellets this week. Owl pellets are undigested food that owls regurgitate. Students extracted bones from this material and then tried to identify them. The students found skulls of rodents as well as bones of birds. Amazing and fascinating discoveries were made by all of the children.
The foot bone connected to the leg bone, the leg bone connected to the knee bone, the knee bone connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone connected to the back bone, the back bone connected to the neck bone, the neck bone connected to the head bone; Oh hear the word of the Lord! The kindergarten class learned the shape and names of the bones in the human skeleton today with a little help from our fourth graders. Cutting, pasting and hands on assembly helped the young ones enjoy learning the beauty of the human frame and some sweet time with the “big kids”.
The Chem II class celebrated Mole Day on 10/23 in honor of the chemistry unit, the mole. The mole represents 6.02 x 10^23. This unit is similar to a dozen. A dozen represents 12 while a mole represents 6.02 x 10^23. Mole Day is celebrated on 10/23 from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm! Our students enjoyed presenting the mole research projects and “mole” related refreshments.
Mr. Reed’s fourth grade class is almost to the end of Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and so they celebrated at Charlie and the Chocolate Day. They made and enjoyed sweet treats straight from the pages of the book like Butterscotch, Toffee-Apple Trees, Candy-Coated Pencils for Sucking in Class, Stickjaw for Talkative Parents, Square Candies that Look Round, and Nutty Crunch Surprise. Thank-you to Mr. Reed and all the parents who volunteered to help the students realize new culinary heights.
Mrs. Degraaf’s 9th grade biology class recently explored the complex ecosystem at Mr. Gilley’s pond. Hands on experiences like handling and examining plants and fish while Mrs. Lockett Degraaf explained their complexity created a rich and memorable learning time for these students. “And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:12
The next time you gaze into the sky on a starry night, look for the different constellations. Which ones do you recognize that you too may have learned in the 6th grade? The students in Mrs. Wark’s 6th grade science class assembled their own versions of God’s majestic creations in the sky. Using pretzels and marshmallows, the students replicated familiar constellations like Orion, Cancer, Taurus, and Ursa Major. These hands on experiences are some of the many ways classical Christian education facilitates learning.
C is for cupcake! Just ask any junior kindergarten student and they will tell you what they learned today! It’s colors and numbers and letters galore in Mrs. Hadley’s kindergarten for four (year olds that is). Today they used colorful twix cereal to learn colors and to create a clown cupcake to represent the letter “C”. It was a festive Fall carnival and earlier in the day, they enjoyed a bounty of delicious food including cinnamon rolls, fruits, and vegetables. It’s good to be a Junior Kindergartner at Trinitas!
The 8th grade Physical Science class had a wonderful opportunity to visit WEAR Channel 3 News with meteorologist Kaitlin Wright. Ms. Wright shared how meteorologists predict weather, how tornadoes and hurricanes form, and how radar detects wind speed. Students practiced their broadcasting skills standing in front of the green screen. This proved to be a challenge in coordination, but the students enjoyed it immensely! Eager to learn about the weather, our students were encouraged to work hard in science and math as perhaps someday, they too, may seek to become a meteorologist. Ms. Wright was a delight and our students were inspired. Thank you WEAR and Ms. Wright for your hospitality and for helping our students gain a glimpse of what you do everyday.
Here at Trinitas we start the day off right! Each morning one of our talented pianists begins the day with a 20 minute prelude before Mr. Gilley begins morning meeting. Hymns and songs resonate throughout the Grand Hall. Students and staff can be heard humming along as they enjoy the beautiful melodies. Meanwhile, in the back of the Grand Hall, students (and often parents or teachers) can be found playing chess, cards, or other creative games. The spirit of thoughtful competition and strategy accompanied with glorious piano music from the stage affords a great start to each new day.