Have you heard? Last year the teachers joined the students in reading 600 minutes a month as part of our reading program. This year the challenge has been issued to our parents and grandparents as well so print an extra reading calendar and get to reading! Turn in your first reading calendar to one of your children’s teachers on October 1st and the 1st of each ensuing month.
Trinitas students in the ninth through twelfth grades pledged to present their bodies as living sacrifices, to resist conformity to the world, and be renewed by the purifying light of God’s Word during the Convocation Ceremony Monday, August 31st. Pastor Dennis Lewis addressed the students, staff, and families encouraging them all to achieve the Christian mind by saturating their minds with Scripture. All appreciated the encouragement and words of wisdom shared by the faculty and Pastor Lewis.
Trinitas 5th grade teacher Mr. Ron Gilley took his fifth grade class and their parents on the Nathaniel Bowditch, a classic sailing schooner named after the father of scientific navigation and author of The American Practical Navigator, a book still used by sailors today. The class enjoyed sailing and the teaching of Captain Rex as part of their study of the book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, a biography of Nathaniel Bowditch. In the book, the students learned about Captain Bowditch’s tenacity, loyalty, and self discipline. To accomplish what he desired, he even taught himself Latin, an inspiration for all students!
The kindergarten and 12th grade classes, along with their parents and teachers, celebrated both the end of the school year and a kindergarten scientific study of plants with a trip to BJ Farms in Elberta, Alabama to pick strawberries. The students rode in a wagon to the fields where they picked (and ate) of God’s and BJ Farm’s bounty. Afterward, they enjoyed a picnic lunch on the water before returning to school to share their harvest.
The Trinitas eighth grade class visited Historic churches in downtown Pensacola as part of their study of medieval architecture. Sketchbooks in hand, they walked and toured First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, Christ Church, and St. Michael’s Basilica. They enjoyed sketching architectural details and learning about the unique construction of each of the churches.
The sixth graders journeyed back in time to WWII as they visited the battleship USS Alabama and submarine USS Drum, in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Their comments: “Wow! We get to touch history!” “It is amazing being in the same place as people who were alive way before I was born.” “This is so nice to learn WWII history outside of our classroom.” “I loved that we were able to touch all the buttons and levers in the engine room!”
As part of their study of medieval culture and history, the fourth and eighth grade classes celebrated Medieval Day, Thursday, March 5th. The ladies and gentlemen dressed as literary or historical characters of the period and enjoyed life as peasants and the gentry. The rainy weather couldn’t dampen students’ spirits or the activities of the medieval village in the morning. Students participated in trades such as bread making, scaling fish, chopping wood, and plucking chickens. The resident jailer caught many erring in the code of chivalry who were promptly imprisoned until a generous benefactor paid for their release. Students feasted on vittles characteristic of the time at lunch and ended the day with games and a hunt for the white stag. It was truly a highlight of the year for students and parents alike.
Trinitas Administrator, Ken Trotter, loves telling stories. The students’ favorites, by overwhelming majority are the stories of Kaleb, Jah, and Rusty, figments of Mr. Trotter’s imagination. After one such story day, first grade student Libby Hazewinkel explained to her teacher after Mr. Trotter left the room, “I wake up every morning thinking, I just love coming to school. I have a funny principal and I have fun every day! I love coming to school to see everyone and learn.” Aren’t we blessed?
The sixth and twelfth grade classes recently celebrated the American cowboy of the late 1890’s as part of their Modern History studies. They spent the day as cowboys and cowgirls, enjoying digging and tending their campfire, riding horses, practicing lassoing skills, and “branding” name tags for their mason jars. Campfire cowboy stew was doled out by “Cookie”, along with biscuits, pie, and bottled root beer, as an authentic trail lunch for everyone to enjoy. The shooting range and quick-draw contest were highlights of their exhilarating day!
The Greek gods and goddesses of third and seventh grades recently descended upon the Trinitas halls. After presenting their stories of trial and triumph, the gods of Mount Olympus created mosaic masterpieces. The highlight of their day was Zeus’s Family Reunion where they gathered for an authentic Greek meal, feasting on roasted asparagus, dolmathes, nectar of the gods, olives and cheese, spanakopita, and baklava. Trinitas is safe, once again, from those meddling menaces until next year.