Congratulations to our volleyball and baseball teams! For the first time in Trinitas baseball history, our team won the 2018 Regional Championship. Also breaking records for the volleyball team, the Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball ladies both won their 2018 Conference Championships! We are exceptionally proud of them and all of their hard work. At long last, Mr. Gilley presented the teams with banners to commemorate these accomplishments. These banners will hang proudly in the Grand Hall and we congratulate our athletes on a job well done!
The Peter Rabbit Tea is just around the corner and our first grade class started preparing by planting vegetables today. With the help of a dedicated room mom, the first graders planted seeds to grow carrots, radishes, and arugula. In three short weeks, these beautiful pots full of veggies will serve as centerpieces for our annual tea party.
Even our four year old students are learning to appreciate the beautiful art here in Pensacola. Our Junior Kindergarteners took a field trip to the Pensacola Museum of Art to see pieces from a wide range of artists and styles. They viewed masterpieces ranging from impressionism to modernism, including art by Mattisse and Chagall. A trip to this museum affirms our goals at Trinitas Christian School of cultivating love for truth, beauty, and goodness.
Our third, ninth, and tenth grade classes became the gods and goddess of Mount Olympus this week. The students gathered together to tell their story and enjoy a feast at the annual Zeus’s family reunion. Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Aphrodite, and other deities of the Greek pantheon dressed in togas and elaborate costumes and dined on authentic Greek fare like baklava, spanikopita, hummus and olives, all generously provided by our parents. The students built beautiful mosaics with ceramic tiles and delivered extensive speeches using dramatic expression.
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.