Monday, January 23, 2017

10 Reasons to Come Join the Holy Trinity School Family!

As Sunday's Open House quickly approaches, guests that were invited may start to ask why they should choose Holy Trinity School.  On top of the answer you have, here are some other facts about the school that can help persuade your guest to join our family.

1. HTS offers an established, time tested, proven full-day Kindergarten program with structured learning, cooperative activities and recess twice a day.  Your child will master the skills of beginning reading, writing, addition and subtraction, participate in hands-on science activities, learn about other cultures and receive Catholic religious education.

2. HTS has a state of the art computer lab and technology program.  Classrooms have iPads and Smart Boards, and technology is integrated into your child's daily curriculum.  Your child will graduate with an above-average knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Google Docs, internet proficiency and safety, and simple computer programming.

3. HTS offers Spanish in all grades and Advanced Math in Grades 5-8. Our eighth graders graduate from HTS with such a strong proficiency that they often test into Spanish 2 in high school.  Grade eight students taking Advanced Math follow an Algebra I course and typically test into Geometry or Algebra II in high school.

4. HTS students have daily religion class, and morals and values are incorporated across the curriculum.  Your child will be fully prepared to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and Holy Communion in second grade, so there is no need for religious education classes in the afternoon while your child is enrolled at HTS.  In addition, students attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation and participate in prayer services. 

5. HTS students of all faiths are welcome.  Our mission statement emphasizes Gospel values and Catholic social teaching.  Students of other faiths compose 10% of our school community.  Your family will be welcomed into a diverse school community that teaches respect for all cultures, ethnic groups, and faith backgrounds.

6. HTS students test in the top 15% in standardized testing scores.  HTS has rigorous academic standards and curriculum that correspond to the high expectations set by the Office of Catholic Schools and exceed Common Core standards.  Your child will attend the only elementary school in Wallingford accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

7. HTS graduating eighth graders have a 100% acceptance rate into private and Catholic high schools.  Notre Dame, Xavier, Sacred Heart, Mercy, Lauralton Hall, St. Paul Catholic High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Miss Porter's School, Hamden Hall Country Day School and Hopkins School are some of the prestigious schools that our graduates attend.  Your child will be well prepared for high school.
8. HTS students enrich their academics with participation in the arts and athletics.  Cadet and Advanced bands are led by Connecticut Future Musicians, and our students are well-represented in Regional and All-State Bands which perform at Central Connecticut State University and at Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City.  HTS presents a full-scale large musical cast musical every other year. Competitive sports teams offered are Boys' and Girls' JV and Varsity basketball, co-ed soccer, baseball and softball.  We believe in "Hustle-Teamwork-Spirit" and most importantly, good sportsmanship.

9. HTS students are actively involved in community service.  "Faith in Action" is a voluntary community service club for students in Grades 5-8 who organize collections such as holiday food baskets for the needy, pet food and toys, socks, and hats and scarves for cancer patients. Your child will be able to reach our and actively help those in need.

10. HTS isn't just a school, it's a family.  There are Family Fun events such as McDonald's Night, Family Bingo Night and Parent-Child Special Outings.  Your family will be welcomed by Parent Ambassadors, and eighth graders act as Student Ambassadors to your child in their first few days at HTS.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Holy Trinity School Meets Tate!

Did you know our Wallingford Police Department has a Police Dog?  Second Grade did and they invited Tate, a Yellow Lab, to visit with his Police Officer, Officer Brangi.  Our guests were led by Second Grade to each classroom so the whole school could meet Tate.

The students had many questions for Officer Brangi and Tate. We learned about Tate's everyday life which included the following facts.

  • Tate is trained to look for evidence, guns, drugs and missing persons.
  • Tate is very energetic and friendly and not aggressive.
  • Tate works eight hour shifts along with Officer Brangi and then he goes home with Officer Brangi.
  • Tate is the Police Department's only dog.
  • Police dogs are chosen if they have a high drive or motivation to do a task for which they will be rewarded.  If Tate finds something, he gets a reward, like a toy, and then he wants to keep searching to get his next reward.
  • Tate went through three months of initial training with Officer Brangi, but continues to train almost daily.  Twice a month Officer Brangi and Tate go to a special training with other officers and dogs in surrounding towns.
  • Tate rides in a special Police Cruiser that can be temperature controlled so he stays comfortable the whole time.
We are having a casual day for Tate to help raise money for training equipment and trading cards on the Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week!  

Here are some pictures from the day:




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

After a brief hiatus due to the holidays we are back interviewing our cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  This week we interviewed the Aristocratic Ladies and the School Girls.  For most of these girls it is not their first musical, but for Laiza, Ava M, Addison and Audrey, this is their first time on stage!

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "Be Our Guest is my favorite."- Laiza, Ava K, Addison, Halle, Olivia, Ava M and Audrey

- "I like the Mob Scene."- Sydney

- "Belle (the opening scene) is my favorite."- Mikayla

- "I like Human Again."- Ava C

-"The battle between the Beast and Gaston."- Reilly

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "It's really fun!"- Laiza

- "The people are fun and so is singing!"- Mikayla

- "It's fun to act with friends."- Sydney

- "Dancing!"- Addison, Halle, Ava K, Olivia, Ava C, Ava M

- "Being with friends."- Olivia

- "It's my favorite movie!"- Audrey

- "We get help from experienced people."- Reilly

Friday, January 6, 2017

January's Library Corner

Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for 6-7-8th Grade

Title: Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

Author: Rush Limbaugh

Summary: A middle school history teacher takes his students back in time to experience Colonial America.  The second book of the series, this story focuses on the Boston Tea Party and how the event came about.  A modern day story for an historical event which makes history fun to read about!

Recommendations for 3-4-5th Grade

Title: Nightmares!

Authors: Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Summary: The first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.  Charlie is suffering from terrible nightmares that take place in a purple mansion.  There are lessons to be learned about facing fears and uncovering the real enemy in this tale!

Recommendations for K-1-2nd Grade

Title: Each Kindness

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Summary: Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya.  Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her.  Eventually Maya stops coming to school.  When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she's shown a little kindness towards Maya.  This is the perfect book to teach kindness towards others.

                                                  Check back next month for more suggestions!