I hope to see many of you at Wednesday’s Poetry & Prose (8:30 AM in Founders Hall)! The judges for round 2 noted that this was one of the most competitive years! I am excited to see the recitations of those who advanced to the final round Wednesday morning!

Reminder – Singin’ in the Rain – This weekend!

The High School Theatre Arts Department is performing Singin’ in the Rain this weekend! Shows are tonight at 7:00 PM and tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. You may purchase tickets at the door.

ERB Testing

The emphasis of a classical, Christian education is not on standardized testing; however, it is useful for the school to have an independent assessment of student progress. To accomplish this, we have students in grades 2-8 complete the CTP4 (Comprehensive Testing Program version 4) produced by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) each spring. This testing provides information on students in a range of areas including math, writing concepts, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and reading comprehension. This test, while providing information for individual students, is most useful with large data sets and is used by Trinity Academy to identify potential gaps in our instruction or areas that we need to improve. For example, test results a few years ago showed a slight dip in writing concepts, which lead us to analyze our current programs and ultimately led to the purchase of the Writing & Rhetoric Books currently used in grades 3-6.

More information about preparing your student for ERB testing will come closer to test dates scheduled for the week of April 24th-28th. Please add this to your calendar and avoid scheduling morning appointments for your student (nothing until after 12:00) during this week. Actual testing days and times will vary by grade, but it is best for parents to plan as if testing will take place 8am to noon, each day. This helps prevent a student from missing a test and having to complete it on a different day. Your help in making sure appointments do not conflict with testing that week is greatly appreciated!

Parent Surveys

A reminder to please complete the parent feedback surveys you received on Tuesday of this week. The more people that complete the surveys the more instructive the feedback is for each individual teacher. You were also asked to complete a survey for one or two specific specialist teachers – this allows us to have enough survey responses for all 4 specialist teachers. I ask that you complete those before you complete any additional surveys; however, if you would like to complete a survey for additional specialist teachers, you may do so by clicking their name below:

July Enrichment Courses – Week of July 31st-August 5th

I have been highlighting some new July enrichment opportunities and this week will highlight, specifically, the courses that are available for the fourth week (July 31- Aug 5).

  • Grammar Review (rising 4th-8th grade students; Trinity students only) –A refresher of grammar concepts right before the new school year begins!
  • Phonograms Review (rising 2nd-5th grade students; Trinity students only) – A refresher on the phonograms right before the new school year begins!
  • Latin mythology (rising 5th-8th grade students) – Explore Latin culture by studying ancient myths and start writing your own myth!
  • Short Story Week (rising 5th-8th grade students) – Enjoy writing? Spend a week analyzing a variety of short stories and then write your own short story!

As a reminder, all of these courses require a minimum number of participants (typically around 4) and are capped at a maximum (typically around 8 or 10) so do not hesitate to sign up! Each course costs $100-$120 with a few having an additional fee for materials. The courses last for two hours each day, totaling 10 hours over the week.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Friday-Saturday, March 24th-25th – HS Spring Theatre production (7:00 PM Friday & Saturday; 1:00 PM Saturday) Purchase tickets at the door.
  • Wednesday, March 29th – Poetry & Prose Finals at 8:30 AM in Founders Hall (awards presentation at 2:15 PM)
  • Thursday, March 30th – March Madness – Double, double header of spring games on the Trinity campus! Details here
  • Monday, April 3rd -Friday April 7th – Spring break (no school for students)
  • Friday, April 14th – Whole School Easter Chapel (8:15 AM in Founders Hall) and early release day
  • Monday, April 17th – No school for students
  • Wednesday, April 19th – Private Music Lessons Spring Recital – 6:30 PM in Founders Hall
  • Week of April 24th – ERB testing in morning (Grades 2-8)

Matthew Breazeale
Lower Schol Head
Trinity Academy