Boston Butts were overflowing in our school kitchen last week! At least 10 students from 9th through 12th grades stayed after school to season pork shoulders on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Juniors and seniors sold over 320 butts with the proceeds benefiting the New York City aesthetics trip in March. Thank you to all who participated and/or contributed to this project!
The cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream was announced last Friday! The list is as follows: Theseus-Andrew Sandell, Puck-Jacob Hopkins, Philostate-Adam Strickler, Egeus-Cole Chandler, Oberon-Bennett Looper, Lysander-Phillip Myers, Demetrius-Edwin Weihenmayer, Peter Quince/Prolouge-Clayton Myers, Bottom/Pyramus-Parker Gilley, Flute/Thisby-Evan Hennessey, Snout/Wall-Jimmy Hunter, Snug/Lion-Clark Dunham. Robin Starveling/Moonshine-Nathan Peterson, Attendant/Understudy-Mitchel Peterson, Peaseblossom-Faith Heifner, Cobweb-Erica Radcliffe, Moth-Emily Hadding, Mustardseed-Laura Looper, Titania-Leah Strickler, Helena-Sarah Fletcher, Hermia-Alex Johnson, Hippolyta-Reagan Chandler, Faerie 1-Hannah McNeill, Faerie 2-Mekenzie Petersen, Faerie 3-Grace McNeill, Faerie 4-Jessica Croley, Faerie 5-Tess Dickinson. Congratulations to all!
As students prepare for the Grand Hall Winter Ball on February 4th, they are enjoying weekly dance lessons. Fred Astaire Dance Studio has come in each Tuesday and Thursday this month to teach our 9 th through 12th graders several traditional dances. Rhetoric parents, please join us for this grand affair and for dancing lessons Tuesday evenings at the Fred Astaire Studios!
On Friday, November 18th, our Lost Arts Club gathered after school in the kitchen to whip up some fall treats. They decided to test three different pumpkin pie recipes: one with only store-bought ingredients (frozen crust and canned pumpkin), one completely home-made (fresh crust and pumpkin), and a caramel pumpkin pie just for fun. To top it off, they also learned how to make home-made whipped cream. The next Monday, they met at lunch to test their baking creations. The results were: compared to the all home-made pumpkin pie, the “store-bought” pie had a superior consistency and flavor; the caramel pie was also good, but could even be improved by adding caramel on the top of the pie in addition to the filling itself.
Fun was had by all the members, and they look forward to decorating the school Christmas tree this coming month.
On November 3rd, our 6th Grade class went on a field trip to learn about cotton farming at Mickey Diamond’s farm in Jay. Students learned about harvesting, picking and growing this precious commodity God has given us. They rode on the combines and tractors and learned about the operations of this heavy machinery. After a picnic at Mr. Diamonds barn, the children were able to take a sample of cotton home as a souvenir. It was an unforgettable experience and a great opportunity to see “behind the scenes” of the cotton industry.
Thank you to all for making Grandparents Day such a booming success! We had over 130 in attendance and everyone enjoyed a wonderful day complete with a bountiful breakfast and delicious lunch. Our Grandparents were treated to presentations by the grammar school choir and a quiz checked by the K5, 1st, and 2nd grades on states, bones, and the days of creation. The 8th grade hand bell choir performed and Parker Gilley’s tribute to grandparents was beautifully presented by Sarah Fletcher. Finally, our Logic choir rounded out the morning with a lovely rendition of Dona Nobis Pacem directed by Mr. Varela. All of this would not have been possible without our many volunteers that gave of their time and resources to help make this day special for our Grandparents. We are so grateful! May our extended families grow to love and appreciate what God has so graciously blessed us with here at Trinitas.
Have you ever wondered what the study of rhetoric is? Or why we study it? Ever engaged in honing his skills and imparting knowledge to others, our beloved rhetoric instructor, Mr. Joshua Butcher, answered these questions and more in his post on the CIRCE institute’s website. In his closing, he explained:
Studying language, and in particular studying the art of persuasion, gives us a glimpse into the world-shaking and world-making possibilities that the subtlest shifts in meaning can make upon people’s understanding. The beauty of Plato’s Socratic critiques of sophistry continue to tempt men to make rhetoric a byword for flattery among many, and if students of the classics could rediscover something of the Apostles’ beautiful turn of term ekklesia, we might escape the malaise and “dumpsterfire” offerings that most contemporary Westerners consider to be the only political citizenship offered by the modern nation-state.
Our Marine Biology seniors are learning about biodiversity and succession among encrusting organisms in Santa Rosa Sound. They are currently recording data (% coverage, size, organisms) from 5 gallon buckets that were deployed in seagrass beds in the Sound over several months. This data may be included in a final report supporting a larger regional project, “Roadblocks to Seagrass Recovery”. We’re excited about the part our students are playing in this environmental study. For more information on what we’re studying in this unit, visit http://myfwc.com/research/habitat/seagrasses/projects/
The Trinitas Cross Country team had the opportunity to run in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Eight students participated in the run and others were there to cheer on the team and to walk. It was an amazing opportunity for us to show our support for those in need and was a great and fun way for us to be able to represent Trinitas in the community. Our basketball coach, Mr. Joel Dunham was the chairman of the event. Thanks for the day of fun and fellowship, Coach Dunham!
The senior marine biology and sixth grade classes visited Gulf Quest in Mobile. Senior Jacob Hopkins shared his experience.
Our trip to Gulf Quest was an insightful look into maritime activities. We learned everything from global wind patterns to navigational equipment. There were many hands on exhibits that gave a tangible experience: displaying the effects of wind on sails, the complex system of identification lights, and the importance of knots even on modern vessels. We also received a fantastic lecture and demonstration on the effects of chemicals and plastics on the environment and the steps being made to alleviate those effects.