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for the week of September 21, 2020.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week I watched the highly acclaimed documentary The Social Dilemma on Netflix. Former technology executives and engineers came forward to explain the algorithms used by search engines and social networks. There were too many “Ah ha!” moments to list, and I highly recommend you and your family watch it. My 15-year-old son will be not-so-pleased to hear that we will be watching it in the coming weeks. Social media can be a dangerous place. It’s easy to forget that the people on the other side of the screen are real human beings, and what we post can have real consequences.

As a Sinsinawa Dominican Institution, Trinity encourages life-long learning and teaches critical thinking. There are few things more advantageous to learning than the free expression of differing opinions. Justice Ginsberg – a life-long close personal friend of Antonin Scalia – lived this in her own life, and as empowered women, striving to make an impact on the family, church and society in the 21st century, we emulate her example of reasoned, collegial, free exchange of opinions.

We cannot and will not tell any young woman that having, or expressing, her personal views is not allowed. We encourage our students to exercise their First Amendment rights and engage in the political process. This is why we have supported student protests and invite the League of Women Voters to hold a voter registration drive on campus. Doing otherwise would be directly contrary to our Mission of educating self-reliant, individual, and critical thinking young women.

The coming election is likely to leave hard feelings on all sides, regardless of the outcome. Students are part of the culture, and our culture is encouraging statements of strong support for each side and (more unfortunately) statements of derision against “the other.” This kind of personal attack for opposing viewpoints removes the very humanity of individuals and replaces it with stereotypes. Never in human history has dehumanizing people led to positive change. Here, they are free to express themselves (politely, constructively), but must be open to other views if we are to create real, lasting, global change. While political views of all sorts are encouraged at Trinity, name-calling and stereotypes will not be tolerated. We do not regulate the thoughts and opinions of our students, but we most certainly do mandate and enforce a code of conduct that includes treating one another with respect, no exceptions. 

If you have not yet done so, speak with your children about the current socio-political climate. Encourage them to deliberately seek out information on “the other side,” as social media increasingly pushes us all into an echo chamber that only divides society further (as explained in The Social Dilemma). Above all else, teach them to think for themselves, as we are trying to do, so that they are purposeful and bold once they leave Trinity as empowered women.

Blessings to you all for a wonderful week ahead!

Laura Curley
Important Updates

October is an important month at Trinity for Standardized Testing! Please see below for specifics on dates.
On October 6th -Trinity will host the ACT for our junior and senior students. The ACT is a College Entrance Exam. All junior and senior students have been registered for this test unless they completed the opt-out form.

On October 14th- Trinity will host the Practice ACT for Sophomore students and the PSAT for Junior students. The Practice ACT will prepare students for the ACT and the PSAT will prepare students for the SAT, as well as give them a chance to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Trinity registers students and pays for these tests.

Please click on the links below for more detailed information.

No Schedule Changes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year 
The Leadership Team is finalizing plans for the continuation of in-person for Block 2. As part of the process, we are evaluating each learning space currently in use and making modifications as needed. The most essential aspect of the planning is ensuring student safety though social distancing. As such, we cannot allow students to change their schedules for the remainder of the year.  
To the Parents of eLearners Counselor Calls: Sept. 20-Oct. 2
As we head into the second half of block one, the Department of Student Services is working to create a strategy to support our eLearners. The first part of the process involves gathering data from families. From Tuesday Sept. 29 until Friday Oct.2, each counselor will call the homes of their eLearning students to check in with parents regarding their daughter's experiences thus far. The purpose of the brief call is to gather information on ways that we can support your daughter in her learning and social emotional development during this difficult time.
Calendar updates: 

Tuesday October 6:
ACT Day for Juniors and Seniors / No class for Freshmen and Sophomores 
On Tuesday October 6 there will be no in-person or eLearning for Freshman or Sophomores. Those Juniors and Seniors who have signed up to take the ACT will report to school for their test. Please note that there will be no Trinity transportation that day. Please see the attached information for times and details. 

Wednesday October 14: National Testing Day for Sophomores and Juniors / Virtual Retreat for Freshmen / No class for Seniors
There will be no classes or eLearning on Wednesday October 14. Instead, Sophomores and Juniors will use the day to take practice standardized tests. Note that Trinity transportation will be available. Please see the attached information.

On this date Freshmen will attend an online retreat via Zoom. Links and information regarding exact times and expectations will be emailed out to students and families in the upcoming week.

Seniors are not required to attend class on this date. They are encouraged to use the day to research and schedule virtual tours of the colleges and universities they are interested in attending.
September 30th is walking day!  
This week we ask all Trinity students to walk a 5K (3.1 miles) independently in their own neighborhoods. Even apart, Trinity Blazers will be together in this philanthropic effort. If you have any questions, please contact:

Mary Beth Lavezzorio - mblavezzorio@trinityhs.org
Nicole Neyenesch - nneyenesch@trinityhs.org
Join the Conversation
You are invited to the NextGen Task Force for A Multigenerational Conversation on Empowering Girls, via zoom or Facebook live on Thursday, October 15th at 11am EST
Student Book Club
The new Blazers Lit student book club has announced the first book of the year! Please let your daughter know all are welcome and she's just in time to read our first book. Trinity has the book in print, eBook and eAudiobook. Reach out to Ms. McGreal, our librarian, at lmcgreal@trinityhs.org to join or get a book.

Happy reading!
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book