One of our all time favorites here at Trinitas is Zeus’ Family Reunion when the seventh and third grades combine to present the fictional lives of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. The students’ favorite is probably the mosaic project and, of course, the food. Nectar of the Gods, Pastichio, Domathes me Lahano, Loukoumades, Spanakopites, Baklava, and Ambrosia will delight the most distinctive palates next Thursday.
Not to be outdone by their children, many of the Trinitas staff and parents have been taking lessons from our friends at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in preparation for the Grand Hall Winter Ball. Our Rhetoric School parents were invited to join their children for an evening of food, fellowship, and historic dancing. Our guests are certain to enjoy the waltz, foxtrot, Virginia Reel, pattycake polka, and the like.
Don’t all children like to play cowboy? Our sixth grade class, as part of their westward expansion studies, celebrated the wild, wild, west last week. They enjoyed target practice, horseback riding, roping, and campfire cooking.
The Trinitas ninth through twelfth grades have been taking dance lessons in PE this month from professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Pensacola. All have enjoyed dancing (and watching) the waltz, foxtrot, Gay Gordon, and Pattycake Polka. The Rhetoric School will join with their parents for an evening of dance and feasting at the Grand Hall Winter Ball in February.
Today the freshman class created DNA models using twizzlers and marshmallows. This was such a treat on so many levels!
At Trinitas, it’s traditional for the senior class to decorate their teacher’s room for Christmas and it’s always a surprise. We’ve seen some crazy things over the years with the decorations somehow reflecting the personalities in the class. We’d say the seniors this year are classy, simply elegant. All are enjoying the homey feel sitting in Mr. Johnson’s room brings. Well done!
Sixth grade recently finished reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, accompanied by Trinitas’s parakeet Beauregard and the science department’s skeleton. A story of murder, mayhem, marooned seamen, and search for treasure, the book inspired a scavenger style treasure hunt in the school building and on campus grounds. All lads and lassies enjoyed the activity but Billy Bones’ Bandits comprised of Brooklyn Weihenmayer, Isaac Hennessey, and Sam Tenniswood triumphed over all to win the treasure.
The seventh grade class concluded their study of simple machines last week with a race of their rat trap cars. The ladies team with members Chloe Malloy, Amanda Schwartz, and Emma Todd won the race by shortening the lever arm to maximize the effort. Well done ladies!
Our seventh grade class is studying six simple machines in General Science: wheel and axle, lever, pulley, screw, inclined plane, and wedge. Today they used each of these to build a mouse trap car which they will race in class Tuesday. Stay tuned for the winner.
Today we have another student sonnet. This poem by Parker Gilley is a bit less whimsical than our last, taking on a more thought-provoking tone. Master Gilley invokes the image of his poem’s namesake in a powerful, imaginative way, allowing his use of language to transport his reader to something both sacred and ordinary at the same time. Enjoy!
With wand in hand the wizard raps his alter,
And flicks his wrist to initiate the psalm;
His acolytes, now set upon the psalter,
Begin to rend the crisp air which was calm.
Their tune now rises up into the aether
And rains choleric fire upon the dead;
Their ode now swells and stirs the wond’rous weather
And bursts in melancholy on their heads.
Their song traverses borders fixed by nations
And penetrates the darkness ‘round the earth;
Their notes return to old men animation
And steal away the pain of childbirth.
Their breath also drips to the Inferno
Yet they must not respond because they know.