Student driven social activism.
Students generate the ideas. Teachers help realize their projects. From idea to implementation, students apply critical thinking, academic skills, empathy, and follow through to social issues that real people face.
The Student Teacher Leadership Team (STLT) consists of student representatives from Grades 2 to 5, supported by their respective teachers and the Service Learning Coordinator. Each grade leads a project in turn, with the other grade representatives supporting their leadership. The team and their adult supporters generate project ideas, research, and scope project parameters. STLT leaders create educational background for the rest of the school through announcements and advertising about how everyone can be involved.
Here are some examples:
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten – Lunches for People Without Homes
Grade 2 – Cleaning Up the Pacific Garbage Patch
Grade 3 – Protecting Our Environment
The Penny Panic, a student-run fundraiser in October, generates money for all the projects and Heart of Trinity awards. Students earn the money they donate by doing jobs at home. Good fun competition between classes starts each school day of Penny Panic week.
How it actually works is so complicated that you have to play to get the strategy! Or ask any student.
Grade 5 students culminate their Trinity Service Learning experience by reflecting on problems and solutions in the world. They discuss past Service Learning projects and related organizations. They choose five organizations that represent core values at Trinity. Students write award letters to these organizations, explaining why they appreciate their work. Each organization receives the award letter, a Trinity School medallion, and $100 from the Penny Panic money. If available, organizations send a representative to receive the award in Chapel, to speak to all students, and to talk with Grade 5 students.
Recent recipients of the Heart of Trinity include:
World Crisis Award presented to UNICEF
World Wide Education Award presented to Save the Children
Eco-Earth Award presented to National Geographic Society
Medical Needs Award presented to American Cancer Society
World Wide Peace Award presented to Amala Foundation
We aspire for Trinity School alumni grow into productive change makers in the world. The Alumni Grant Program encourages alumni to submit a non-profit service project proposal to Grade 5 students, who will review and research the application with the potential of making a monetary grant to support the alum’s good work.
Fifth Graders awarded the first Alumni Grant to support an alumna in the Peace Corp, who is working in a remote Philippine village that is building an aquaculture system for greater food security.
Trinity’s secret sauce.
The pedagogical and caring connection teachers make with your child. Teachers respect your child as an individual person and as a member of the class. Using informal and formative assessments, teachers dive into your child’s learning styles, strengths, and growing edges. Healthy teacher child ratios of 7:1 allow teachers to thoroughly know your child and to use flexible teaching groups, whole class, and personalized instruction to engage and encourage each child’s best learning.
Technology leverages learning.
Your child explores, creates, and uses a variety of applications and web tools to help them communicate ideas more richly. Teachers use technology to amplify teaching and learning practices such as higher-order thinking, creativity, and knowledge construction.
Tech tools help students acquire and extend skills and concepts across the curriculum. These tools, along with traditional learning tools, form ways to explore and express thinking for students. Trinity teachers regularly attend professional development courses to deepen their use of technology and their curricular creativity.
Upper Campus students use a school-provided iPads to work meaningfully and over time on apps, documents, and projects. Teachers support student’s needs by differentiating tasks on apps and by providing a variety of digital tools to complete projects. Beginning in Grade 4, students bring their iPads home.
- 1:1 iPads for Kindergarten – Grade 5 students
- MacBook Cart
- Chromebook Cart
- SMART boards in all classrooms
- Document Cameras
- Green Screens and Movie Making Equipment
- Ticket to Read – Phonics and Literacy program for grades K – 2.
- Dreambox Math – Supplemental math program for students in grades K – 5
- Spelling City – Spelling and vocabulary program for students in grades 2-5
- WPP – Writing practice tool for students in grades 3 – 5
- Edmodo – Blogging tool for students in grades 4 – 5
- Express their learning digitally
- Blog to a larger audience
- Learn basic programming
- Engage with robots
- Practice digital citizenship
- Learn to keyboard
- Create and edit movies
- Collaborate with peers
- Use Minecraft for prototyping
- Search safely
- Cite sources
Because Recess Is the Heart of A Child’s Day.
Students can run around and get the wiggles out with Mr. C. before school each day on the Sports Court.
Mid-morning and mid-day students hit the playground, running to the Big Toy, the Sports Court, the Field, the Stage, the Ball Court where plenty of play equipment awaits them. Playing first and then enjoying their snacks, students eat better and socialize more calmly.
Younger or more shy children have a comfortable entry to the fun.
Joining the game led by the PE teacher is a fun way to get into the group, where everyone can play and where an adult is helping students participate.
This space inspires imaginative play and can be a meditative space to recenter.
Students can play and explore on the beautiful nature path.
In the welcoming Library your child can read, research, create small crafts, chat with friends, and more. Entrepreneurial plans for a Hula Rope Show, a crochet bracelet business, and more have hatched in the Library over recess.
Sometimes quiet play appeals.
Your child’s dream project is taking shape!
Build, take apart, explore, and make. Students create to their heart’s delight the Makerspace.
Imagine your child following their burning question with teacher guidance.
The Science Room’s open door at recess is a haven for the curious. Solar powered cars, fish tank investigations and more are student led initiatives the Science Teacher supports and encourages.
The studio is open!
Art materials and the Art Teacher inspire your child to play with different mediums. A wall mural showcases every child’s contributions to a giant and multi-dimensional collage.