Watch for articles about classical Christian education, from the philosophical to the practical. We will include reflections on Scripture, poetry, philosophy, literature, summaries of relevant books, articles, podcasts, and “best practice” tips from fellow travelers on this journey toward “lives well-lived”.
Our 5th-8th Latin students spent several weeks preparing for the National Myth Exam this past winter. They all did very well! Earning an award for this exam is difficult as you can’t miss many questions, but over 70% of our students received honors this year. We had eight perfect scores!
5th/6th – General Mythology and Transformation Stories (40 questions)
Perfect Score – Aaron B., Gabriel F., Justin M.*, Vency R., Sonia T.
Summa Cum Laude – Jeffrey H.
Maxima Cum Laude – Fiona M., Timothy G.
Cum Laude – Joseph S.
7th/8th – General Mythology, Transformation Stories, Aeneid (50 questions)
Perfect Score – Ivana R., Sophia S., Lily T.**
Maxima Cum Laude – Isaac S.
Magna Cum Laude – Jacob M.
Cum Laude – Abigail G., Ayanna S., Thomas T.
*Justin has earned two perfect scores on the NME (2020, 2021)
**Lily has earned three perfect scores on the NME (2019, 2020, 2021)
All the signs of spring are now here, including poison ivy and wood ticks in the areas around the retention ponds. If you allow your child(ren) to play in that area after school, please conduct a regular tick check and educate your child(ren) so that they know how to identify and avoid poison ivy and how to identify and dispose of ticks.
As we continue to practice LOYALTY, this week is a good time for words and acts of love and loyalty for our mothers or anyone who has been a mother to us in some way. May you be blessed as you are a blessing.
In this post, we look at the third “R” of education: ‘Rithmetic. In our next post, we’ll include a discussion of science and logic at Trinitas to complete the picture of how our classical school measures up in the area of STEM. At the outset, we should be honest that classical schools may often be thought of as great books programs or humanities schools. From the time of its founding in 2006, however, Trinitas was committed to providing our students an excellent education in the sciences. Not content to simply adopt the curricula many classical schools were already using, we were somewhat “cutting edge” for classical, and even non-classical, schools.* We think our math and science programs map nicely onto the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages of the Trivium.
When choosing a math curriculum, it seemed to make some sense to find out what the best students in the world are using. Math students in Singapore are consistently at the top of The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). These students use the Primary Mathematics Series (otherwise known as Singapore Math). Lest we commit a logical fallacy, we won’t assume that simply using the same curriculum will produce the same results (there are very likely multiple factors at work), but it is probably fair to be optimistic about the possibilities. When we examined Singapore math pilot studies in the US, we found that students were, on average, a grade ahead of their peers. And, they liked math more. We’ve found this to be true of our math students as well over the last fifteen years—they are typically advanced in math, do very well on standardized tests, and go on to honors and AP math tracks in high school. And, importantly, a large percentage enjoy the subject.
Congratulations to the following students for their diligent preparation for the National Latin Exam and their stellar scores. (Can you find all the Latin derivatives in that sentence?) Three of our students had perfect scores this year! Optimē, discipuli!
Introduction to Latin:
Gabriel F. – summa cum laude (perfect score)
Ellie G. – summa cum laude
Justin M. – summa cum laude (perfect score)
Abby G. – summa cum laude
Ayanna S. – magna cum laude
Lily T. – summa cum laude (perfect score)
Jacob M. – maxima cum laude
Sophia S. – maxima cum laude
Please note that financial aid applications for 2021-2022 are due on May 15. If you have applied for aid in the past, you should receive a direct email from the office.
Recess time is running time! Our Mileage Club started this week. Students in all grades will be able to run (or briskly walk) laps during lunch recess which will then be logged on our mileage chart. Please remember to send running shoes with your child even if it’s not a PE day.
Our virtue of the quarter is LOYALTY. Woodrow Wilson said, “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.” Talk together about ways to show loyalty to each other in your home.
Fine Arts Night Intent Forms are due tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14. Parents, please check for accuracy and completeness and make sure a copy of your student’s piece is included. Please check the email message sent Tuesday afternoon if you need another copy of the form.
N.B. All full-time students will be participating in Fine Arts Night (Friday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m.) as the music classes will be performing in the program.