Next week, many of your children will be engaged in standardized testing during the morning hours. While we can all be grateful that Trinity does not treat these assessments as the ultimate test of whether or not students should be promoted to the next grade level, the ERB does help us gain insight into how well our students attack problem solving, grapple with grammar and writing, and reason critically. In this way, the ERB test measures objectives on both an individual scale and an institutional scale.
No standardized test can fully measure a school’s objectives and standards, but many private schools utilize the ERB for its connectedness to their grade level goals. While there is no standardized test that perfectly aligns to Trinity’s curriculum, the ERB seems to be the most reasonable tool out there for our particular demographic.
Standardized testing is just one piece of a pie when it comes to gaining an accurate picture of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and I’m so grateful that we belong to a school that celebrates more than just the intellect. As practitioners committed to classical, Christian education, we view children as so much more than rational thinkers with minds. Yes, we work diligently to ensure that our students think critically and grow intellectually, but we also desire that they grow emotionally, socially, spiritually and more.
As your child heads to bed a little earlier next week, eats a good breakfast, and sharpens those number two pencils, please remind them that while we want them to work hard and do their best, we also want them to remember that their ultimate value doesn’t come from a number on a test. Their ultimate value comes from being a son or daughter of the One True King, and that’s good news for ALL of us!
WOW! CHECK THIS OUT!
Each year in Mrs. Poole’s third grade class, students participate in the Carolina Hurricanes’ Pick Up a Book and Read program. This year, one of Mrs. Poole’s students, Piper Armstrong, was in the top five readers for all third grade participants. Piper read a total of 7,880 minutes and is invited to this year’s Pick Up a Book and Read luncheon at PNC Arena. The luncheon will take place on Monday, May 7, 2018, in the Arena Club starting at 11:30 a.m. Piper, her parents, and Mrs. Poole are invited to attend. Congratulations, Piper! And thank you, Mrs. Poole, for all you did to help Piper succeed!
Fall Registration is open for private music lessons for the academic school year 2018/2019!
Depending upon the grade and length of lesson, lessons can take place during recess, lunch, study periods, ensemble, break, or after school. Students also have the opportunity to perform each semester on a Fall Recital and Spring Recital. Students will receive a total of twenty-nine lessons throughout the academic school year. Parents may sign their children up for thirty minute, forty-five minute, or sixty minute lessons. Trinity offers private piano, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, and electric guitar lessons. Parents are highly encouraged to get their name on the list by filling out a registration form since slots fill quickly!! For more information regarding private lessons please contact the Program Coordinator, Vivian Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Your Calendar:
April 21: Spring Fling/5K tomorrow! Here’s the flyer with details.
April 23: Deadline to order yearbook. Link here.
April 23-27: ERB testing week. Testing will take place in the mornings for grade levels 2-8.
April 27: Early release LOWER SCHOOL ONLY. 11:45
May 2: Head to PDQ on Falls of the Neuse between 3pm and 8pm to fellowship, eat and support PATT with your dinner purchase.