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.
Each of the Trinitas houses met during lunch last Wednesday to elect a house representative and scribe to sit with the four appointed stewards to act as the student council. Each of the stewards reviewed the offices with members and introduced the candidates. Candidates were given a minute each to present their platform followed by a ballot vote. Congratulations to our 2016-2017 student council:
Steward – Reagan Chandler (junior)
Representative – Bennett Looper (senior)
Scribe – Leah Strickler (senior)
Steward – Parker Gilley (senior)
Representative – Alex Johnson (sophomore)
Scribe – McKinley Traylor (junior)
Steward – Phillip Myers (senior)
Representative – Cate Price (junior)
Scribe – Jimmy Hunter (junior)
Steward – Sarah Fletcher (senior)
Representative – Levy Siverio (senior)
Scribe – Tim Parsley (senior)
Trinitas 7th – 12th grade students gathered with parents to attend the Convocation Ceremony last Monday. Miss Brittany Hartke, Mr. Sean Hadley, and Mr. Sean Johnson, Trinitas Rhetoric School faculty members, encouraged them in redeeming time and Mr. Josh Butcher lead the students in their pledge:
“This year I pledge to walk circumspectly before the face of God; to hear and heed God’s Word, to question and doubt my own desires, to think soberly and act reverently, to make melody with my heart to the Lord in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, to submit to my brothers and sisters in the fear of God, and to give thanks to God always for all things.”
Headmaster Ron Gilley shared the history of the senior ring from the inception of the practice as well as the Trinitas philosophy for continuing the tradition. Mr. Gilley and senior traditio teacher Sean Johnson presented the seniors their signet rings as a rite of passage during the ceremony.
Uniform clad Trinitas students gathered supplies and bookbags, loaded up in cars, kissed parents good bye, and headed to class for student orientation last Friday. They enjoyed the reunion with friends and teachers while preparing for the new school year. We welcomed ten new families with thirty four students, so glad to have them in the Trinitas family!
Trinitas students Emily, Tim, Bryce, Judah, and Brandon took a break from serving at the Pensacola North Rotary Charity Bowling tournament this past Saturday for a quick picture with Trinitas head of school Mr. Ken Trotter and Pensacola Blue Wahoos mascot Kazoo. Funds generated by the event are distributed by the Pensacola North Rotary Club to various charitable needs in the greater Pensacola area.
Trinitas freshman have been dissecting worms, crawfish, perch, and now frogs in biology. But a surprise was waiting for them Tuesday in class, yet another frog to dissect. Mrs. DeGraff prepared a frog from cake, rice krispies, and edible clay. The students dissected each innard and enjoyed devouring each piece.