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Grandparents’ Day – October 12, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

September 30th, 2016 by Jill Vanderhyde

Full-time students are encouraged to invite their grandparents, god-parents, or other special grown-ups to join them for part of the school day. Students should come to school in dress uniform as they will present a special program for their guests at 9:00 a.m. prior to inviting them to visit their classrooms. Guests are welcome to take their students off campus for lunch at 10:50 a.m. All classes will resume at noon.

Grandparents’ Day Visitor Registration Forms were sent home on September 30.  The completed forms are due by Friday, October 7.


Improved Traffic Flow for Safety and Efficiency

September 9th, 2016 by Peter Marth

Platooning Drop-off/Pick-up System

We now have two (un)load and go spots and a crossing lane for pedestrian traffic. Please note that there is no parking anywhere alongside the grass, and parents who have to exit their vehicle(s) for any reason are asked to park in a parking space.

In this platooning system, all vehicles are unloaded/loaded simultaneously, then proceed to the exit. If a vehicle unloads or loads more efficiently than the vehicle in front of it, the rear vehicle must wait for the lead vehicle to finish the unloading/loading, then follow it out of the loop. In this system, no vehicle should ever have to drive around another.

Read more and see an image here: platooning-drop-off-and-pick-up


Welcome to Mr. Fletcher, Gr. 1-2 Classroom Aide

September 9th, 2016 by Jill Vanderhyde

Kyle Fletcher (B.A., Calvin College)

Kyle has four years of teaching experience at Grand Rapids Christian and Hope Academy of West Michigan. He was a math major and has taught Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry and coached JV baseball. Outside the classroom, he enjoys playing sports (mostly baseball), working on DIY projects, and spending time with his wife and two young girls. Mr. Fletcher brings to Trinitas the combination of engaging energy and gracious patience with children of all ages. He is very much enjoying his work with the 1st and 2nd graders!


Parent Coffee – September 16, 8:15 am

September 9th, 2016 by Jill Vanderhyde

Please join us for coffee after Morning Prayer on Friday, September 16 to greet new parents and visit with returning parents. We will meet in the Studio 1 room in the lower level.


Grandparents’ Day – October 12, 9:00 am -12:00 pm

September 9th, 2016 by Jill Vanderhyde

Full-time students are encouraged to invite their grandparents, god-parents, or other special grown-ups to join them for part of the school day. Students should come to school in dress uniform as they will present a special program for their guests at 9:00 a.m. prior to inviting them to visit their classrooms. Guests are welcome to take their students off campus for lunch at 11:00 a.m. All classes will resume at noon.


Why Teach Handwriting in a Digital Age?

June 30th, 2016 by Peter Marth

YoungAuthors_400x300A recent New York Times article again raised the question since fewer people are using cursive these days (some even struggle to be able to read it). With our technologically-driven society, why does Trinitas continue to teach cursive (or even manuscript) handwriting? Simply put, it’s good for the brain. The act of forming letters by hand in manuscript and in cursive activates and develops parts of the brain that help students become better readers and writers. (Cursive offers additional benefits compared with manuscript.) The cultivation of discerning readers and persuasive writers isn’t something that occurs only in Trinitas literature and composition classes (and history, and logic, and Bible); it’s even built into our handwriting curriculum. It is also worth noting that students are likely to retain information better if they take handwritten notes rather than notes using a keyboard. Perhaps a point worth passing on to your high school and college students.


Standardized Test Results for 2007-2016

June 30th, 2016 by Peter Marth

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How have our students performed?

Since the Spring of our inaugural 2006-2007 academic year, Trinitas students have taken the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to measure objectively their aptitude in vocabulary, reading comprehension, language, math, science, and social studies. These tests provide a standard for comparison with other mainline schools. It deserves mentioning that Trinitas spends no time at all “teaching to” this test.

When compared with students taking the same test at the same level nationwide, the composite average of every class over the history of our testing has ranked significantly above grade level as seen in the following table:

Grade Tested K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
National Percentile of Schools* 98 98 98 96 97 97 96 98 99
Grade Equivalent Results 1.8 2.7 3.9 5.3 7.4 9.2 10.9 12.4 13.0

This means, for example, that over the past ten years our fourth grade classes have performed on average as well as the median seventh grade class would in the fourth month of its school year taking the same test, and so on. In most of the individual test components, our classes ranked far above their grade level. This was the case with our seventh and eighth grades, which consistently score at or above the level of high school seniors in Reading, Language, Mathematics, and Science, and our third through eighth grades, which place at least two years ahead of their peers nationwide.

*Data prior to 2010 not available.


Faculty Opening: Part-Time Music Teacher

June 15th, 2016 by Peter Marth

Trinitas Classical School is seeking a part-time music teacher for grades K-8; classes meet one day per week between the hours of 10:15am and 2:45pm. For more information about our school, please visit our website: www.trinitasclassical.org. If you would like to be considered for the position, please submit a resume with cover letter to Headmaster Peter Marth at

pmarth@trinitasclassical.org,
• 616.855.6962 (fax), or
• 1934 52nd Street SE, Kentwood, 49508

You may also email the same address or call 855-6518 with any questions.

Trinitas Classical School is a community of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians committed to educating children in an environment that is academically challenging and joyful. Trinitas offers substantive classes for both full-time and homeschool students grades K-8.


Meijer Community Rewards Program Discontinuing

June 2nd, 2016 by Jill Vanderhyde

We would like to thank those who have participated in the Meijer Community Rewards program and designated Trinitas as their nonprofit organization of choice. Due to declining participation in the program, however, Meijer has made the decision to discontinue it at the end of June. If you know of other opportunities for Trinitas to receive contributions as a result of purchases families are already making, please let us know.


National Mythology Exam and National Latin Exam Winners

April 27th, 2016 by Jill Vanderhyde

Several Trinitas Latin students took the National Mythology Exam and the National Latin Exam in March. The Mythology test covers Greek and Roman Gods, a theme which varies annually, and a literary work such as the Aeneid or Odyssey. Awards are given in the categories of bronze, silver, and gold. One student received a gold medallion for a perfect score, five students received silver medallions, and two students were awarded bronze medallions.

The National Latin Exam is given to over 153,000 students in the US and 20 foreign countries. The questions cover translation, grammar, geography, mythology, Roman life, history, mottoes, derivatives, and oral Latin. Trinitas students received ribbons, certificates, and medals (as detailed below) for scoring well on the following exams.

Introduction to Latin Test – 8 students earned certificates with one being a perfect score
Latin I Test – 2 Gold Summa Cum Laude and 1 Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Latin II Test – 4 Gold Summa Cum Laude, 2 Magna Cum Laude, and 1 Cum Laude
Latin III Test – 2 Magna Cum Laude