Mrs. Wark’s first grade class created a plentiful pile of pancakes this morning. After reading Nate the Great, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, the students learned that Nate, the great detective, LOVES pancakes as well as solving mysteries! The students followed a recipe to make a bounty of delicious breakfast treats. They learned about correct measuring, cracking eggs, mixing ingredients, and following directions. They worked together and reaped the benefits by enjoying chocolate chip pancakes and sausage galore.
The days of the westward expansion were a time period filled with Conestoga wagons, horses, Indians, and cowboys. Our 6th grade class enjoyed another fun, hands-on day of learning this week as they rode horses, learned to lasso, and ate cowboy stew while singing songs around an open campfire. The students learned some lessons in working hard such as chopping wood for their fire, cleaning horseshoes, and grooming their horse. They also learned some of the skills a cowboy needed such as braiding leather, branding, and shooting a rifle. The day ended with a good ‘ole shoot out (using cap guns – of course). The students enjoyed their day in the life of a cowboy and are thankful to Mrs. Usita and all of the parents who helped make their special day a success.
The Trinitas Classical Christian School curriculum includes studying ancient Egypt in the second grade. In the process of learning about Egyptian times and rituals, Mrs. Robson’s class is creating mummies. What better way to appreciate and understand the process of mummifying than to mummify a chicken? Her students completely agreed and enjoyed the process of mixing the baking powder, salt, and baking soda to prepare the hens for the 40 day waiting (or mummifying) process. Once the preservation project is complete, the students will wrap the hens with glue and gauze, creating the long awaited chicken mummy!
Our science and math teacher, Mrs. Kaunitz, was taking a break from her academics to practice piano. Several of the staff members at Trinitas Christian School are accomplished pianists, many of whom lead music in their own churches. Our teachers are gifted in singing, in math, in art, in history, in cooking, in creating, in science, in speaking, and in teaching. With so many gifts to share, it is no wonder what a blessing any time at Trinitas can be for those who work and attend school here.
Inspired after reading the 1947 book, Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry, the third grade enjoyed “Pony Penning Day.” The original event celebrated in Chincoteague, Virginia has been a tradition for that community since 1925 but dates back to the 17th century. Ponies are herded across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island and then sold at auction to local buyers. Our students were able to see a glimpse of what those in Virginia experience because of the generosity of one of our founding families, the Zepps. Students went horseback riding, pitched hay, tossed horseshoes, and tried pony penning fare for lunch. Life on a farm is rewarding but rigorous, and students learned to appreciate the many facets of maintaining animals, especially of the equine sort!
Mrs. Phillips’s class visited Old Christ Church in Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. The children were treated to various Christmas carols and orchestral music by the University of West Florida music students, directed by Heidi Salanki. Surrounded by the rich colors of stained glass and the amazing architecture of this old church, the students developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of both the music and the building itself.
After a walk through our foyer, which had become tree lined Central Park, attendees beheld the amazing transformation of the Grand Hall Saturday evening. “A Night in New York” was the theme our seniors chose for the Rhetoric Ball this year. They created the spectacular New York City skyline and constructed illuminated clouds to hang from the ceiling. The tables featured feathered sparkling centerpieces with a floral masterpiece center stage. With help from our dance instructor, Margaret Sims, the students and parents danced the night away to favorites like the foxtrot, the waltz, the gay gordon and the Virginia reel. It was an incredible night complete with delicious food and wonderful fellowship. Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to help create such a memorable night!
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”.