Mrs. Phillips’ Latin class has been full of fun and surprises thanks to our dear friend, Mrs. Emily Shafer. Each week, Mrs. Shafer mysteriously appears with a mid-day coffee latte “pick me up” for our beloved Mrs. Phillips. Last week, the class surprised her with latte mustaches to accompany the “latte surprise”. Thanks to Mrs. Shafer for her devotion to our staff and for keeping us guessing on when the next “latte appearance” might be……..
The Junior and Senior students and parents reported a wonderful and snowy trip to New York City last weekend. With 48 in attendance, much ground was covered in the city. They saw the Cloisters, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Metropolitan Opera performance and/or the Phantom of the Opera. They toured the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, CNN, and walked in the snow through Central Park. They had a breathtaking view from the top of the Empire State building and sketched their own art at the beautiful Frick Museum. They ice skated in Rockefeller Center and paid tribute to 911 victims at the memorial erected on the victims’ behalf.
They crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on foot to have one final delicious meal at Juliana’s pizza (voted best pizza in the US!). There was beautiful white snow on the ground and smiles from ear to ear! Thank you to all that participated and organized this trip of a lifetime. It was unforgettable!
This past week, the Juniors were challenged to create an art piece to accurately explain and represent Dante’s Paradisio, in which Dante the Pilgrim travels through seven spheres and three outer heavens. This art piece represents Dante’s physical and spiritual journey through Heaven in Paradiso. He travels through the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, the Primum Mobile, and the Empyrean. The seven spheres combine to form one sphere to emphasize that the souls are in unity in Heaven though Dante meets them in different spheres. This also relates to the idea that the Church is one body, made up of different parts, who all worship God in unity. The different strips of the spheres encapsulate the themes and virtues embodied in them such as Fortitude, Justice, Temperance, and Prudence. Also, the descriptions of the different spheres in Medieval cosmology, given by C.S. Lewis in The Discarded Image, aided in the design of the planets. The Heaven of the Fixed Stars is represented by the constellations of Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Canis Major, and Aries. The Primum Mobile, which is referred to as the Crystalline Heaven in the poem is expressed through the use of glitter. At the top of the art piece, there are rose petals, which are lightly shaded with red. This is the Rose of the Emphrean where the glory of God dwells. The petals are lightly shaded red to show Christ’s passion and love for all believers when He died on the cross. Finally, the background was water colored to look like the galaxy for aesthetic purposes since Dante does not give a description for what the area between the spheres looks like.
As described by Junior students Reagan Chandler and Cate Price
The 6th Grade class enjoyed Cowboy Day last week complete with shooting BB guns, wood carving, and lassoing. The Seniors joined in the fun as they practiced their archery skills and enjoyed some outdoor cooking over a fire pit. Coach K led the group in cowboy classics sung by the fire and Mr. Gilley instructed students on proper lassoing techniques. Mr. Sam Peterson assisted students with their targeting skills and the 6th grade had a “quick draw” competition as well. It was a fun filled day for all!
Learning to dance was a highlight of the winter season this year! Our 9th through 12th graders were thrilled to have our fabulous instructors return for weekly dance lessons. Margaret Sims and Kris Williams are seasoned professionals and graciously instructed our students with excellent results! Please come by the office for a certificate for a free dance lesson generously offered by their studio. Thank you to both these dancers who have since become beloved friends of the Trinitas family.
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.