Dear Parents and Guardians,

Presented here are the data results of the climate surveys taken by last year's parents and students. They are presented without analysis, and the free-form comments are still being reviewed. I am working on a way to host a conversation about the results, and will share more detail in coming newsletters. While the response rates weren't as robust as we would have liked in order to make these results statistically significant, I am happy to have a place to start; a baseline from which to begin our work.

Thank you for your participation in the survey. I intend to make this an annual endeavor, and hope you will continue to work with me to make Trinity the best it can be.

Gratefully yours,
Laura Curley
Special Prayer Request
Today we ask that you pray for a special person in the Trinity community. Sister Michelle Germanson, O.P., Trinity's first president who led the school for 27 years, is in hospice. For those of us who know her, she is Trinity's biggest cheerleader. Her spirit inspires generations of Trinity alumnae, friends, and families. She happies the heart as she encouraged and empowered the dreams of Blazers young and old. We pray for SMG as she journeys home to her sweet Jesus and with the most profound gratitude we wish her the fullness of peace. Today and always, remember to #BeAwesome!
Important Updates
Update on block one final exams 
Block one final exams are scheduled to take place on Wed. Oct. 28th and Thurs. Oct. 29th this year. The way that students will take exams will not be formal written examinations. Similar to the final exam format in block 4 of the 2019-20 school year, this time around the exams will be fully virtual. Therefore, students will not be in attendance on either of the two dates. Instead all of our students - both in-persona and eLearners - will complete and electronically submit a final project or assessment for each of their 4 courses. 

On Friday October 23rd each teacher will assign students a final project for their course. The objective of the final project is to allow the students to demonstrate mastery of the content and skills they have developed. Additionally, the students will have an opportunity to reflect on their learning. In the final 2 class days of the block teachers will work with students and give them time to work independently on the projects. On the days marked as final exam days, during the designated exam period, (see calendar below) the students will have the opportunity to Zoom with their teachers to ask any last minute questions regarding the project. Students will electronically submit their final project for each course at the end of each exam period. If a student is ill and will not be able to submit her final project, a parent must call in and report the illness. If a student is experiencing technical difficulties at the time an exam is due, a parent must call in and report the technical problem. If there is no parent contact and a student submits her project after the time it is due a percentage will be taken off of her final score: 

  • Up to 2 hours late - 10 % reduction in grade for the final project
  • More than 2 hours late - 15 % reduction in grade for the final project.

Virtual Exam Day Schedule (No in-person learning)

Wednesday, October 28 
Period 1 - 8:30 to 10:30 / Exam due on Google Classroom by 10:30 AM
Period 2 - 11:30 to 1:30 / Exam due on Google Classroom by 1:30 PM

Thursday, October 29 
Period 4- 8:30 to 10:30 / Exam due on Google classroom by 10:30 AM
Period 5 - 11:30 to 1:30 / Exam due on Google classroom by 1:30 PM
Attention Parents of Sophomore and Junior Students: 
Wednesday, October 14th, is National Testing Day. Sophomore students will take an ACT Practice Test and the Junior students will take the PSAT/NMSQT. These tests will be hosted at Trinity and will begin promptly at 8:15 am. Your daughter should arrive by 7:45 am for check-in.

She should report to the following entrances based on the first letter of her last name:

(A-L)- Check-in at the main entrance on Lathrop Avenue
(M-Z)- Check-in at the Division Street entrance

She will need to complete the Appian app before school. If your daughter is an e-learner and is struggling to get the app to work, she may print out the attached form instead and present it at check-in with a parent signature. The Practice ACT and PSAT will conclude between 12:30 pm-12:45 pm for Standard Time testers and between 1:45- 2:00 pm for Extended Time testers.  There will be Trinity transportation this day, buses will depart at 12:50 pm. If your daughter is afforded extended time testing accommodations and is a bus rider, please make alternative arrangements for her travel home as the bus will depart prior to the completion of her examination.

In addition, on test day please remind your daughter to bring the following items with her:
1. A few #2 pencils
2. A calculator
3. A school ID 
4. A large snack/drink

If you have any questions email Mrs. Herling at vherling@trinityhs.org.
Honor Society Induction
On Thursday, October 22nd, the postponed Honors Society Induction Ceremony that had been scheduled for April of 2020 will be shared with all parents/guardians/students/faculty/staff. The Ceremony will honor the 2019-20 inductees to the following honors societies here at Trinity:

  • French Honors Society
  • International Thespian Society  
  • National Art Honors Society
  • National Honors Society 
  • Quill and Scroll Society
  • Spanish Honors Society

The Ceremony and Induction will be a video that can be shared with family and friends to celebrate your Blazer's scholarship, leadership and service.

If you have questions about the Virtual Induction Program, please contact Ms. Kerry Brown (kbrown@trinityhs.org), National Honors Society Moderator.
Walk-A-Thon Update
Shout out to all Blazers for making the annual Walk-A-Thon a fabulous virtual event! If you have not turned in your Walk-A-Thon Pledge Money ($175), please turn it in on Monday October 12th. Pledge money can be dropped off at the front office or the Institutional Advancement Office in Room 102. Monday October 12th is the last day for pledge money that is turned in to be counted towards the November 30th day off - Blazers you are so close!  
Do you know a #FutureBlazer?
Be a Trinity Parent Ambassador by sharing information on the amazing education your daughter is receiving at Trinity!

Share information on #FutureBlazer opportunities at Trinity on social media or call/email a #FutureBlzer and invite them personally.

Lawn signs advertising Trinity tours are available for pickup. Email pwilliams@trinityhs.org if you would like a Trinity lawn sign.

Check out Trinity's website for in-person and virtual #FutureBlazer opportunities!

Trinity is committed to ensuring the safety of all faculty, staff, students, and guests. We will abide by the CDC and State of Illinois guidelines in regard to all #FutureBlazer admissions events.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed it)
Important information from last week's newsletter
Indoor waiting space for students: beginning Monday, October 12
As the temperatures are dipping into the realities of the new season, we realize that our students cannot wait outside every morning. As such, beginning on Monday October 12, our students will be able to wait inside of the SMG (gym) if they arrive to school anytime between 7:00 and 7:50 AM. The waiting space will be supervised by an adult, and all of our health and safety protocols will be in place. That is, parents must have completed the Appian screening for their daughter, students must remain masked, and they must practice social distancing. 
Trinity Uniform Update
Calendar Reminders: 

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.

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.
Coffee with the Counselor
Trinity's Student Services Department just launched their monthly Coffee with the Counselor presentation on Growth Mindset. Check it out!
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book