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.
Our second grade teacher, Mrs. Poorman, led our students on a journey in time to the prairie. Like the book they finished reading, Little House on the Prairie, they enjoyed activities like tilling soil, chopping wood, cooking over the open fire, quilting, whittling, and making homemade pies with lard crusts. Girls in their bonnets and boys in their suspenders they looked the part of the dutiful prairie children.
The freshman biology class dissected earthworms last week. In their study of invertebrates, they learned about these creatures created by God to till and compost our soil. Specifically, they observed the digestive system including the esophagus, crop, and gizzard. And what experiment could conclude without creating a gizzard kabob? Our gentlemen always find an interesting manner to enjoy the guts of the investigation. Mrs. DeGraaf was kind to share a worm that was somewhat still intact with our third grade class.