September 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, 

As we begin the school year, I am sending you prayers and positivity. Our students continue to amaze me with their resiliency, strength, courage, and adaptability. It has been refreshing to have the excitement and energy of our students back in the halls, in our classrooms, and on the fields. Whether your student is learning remotely or in-person, we are dedicated to providing them with a positive learning experience in which they feel safe and connected.

In doing so, one of our department's major focuses this year will be on social and emotional learning (SEL). Social and emotional learning is the process through which we acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to:

  • Recognize and manage our emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Demonstrate caring and concern for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions
  • Handle interpersonal situations effectively

Our newsletters, counseling lessons, and parent education series will all be cohesive. Each month, we will focus on one SEL topic and that will serve as our theme through everything that we do. Our focus for the fall months will include: 

  • Roles of the School Counselor
  • Skills for Success/Growth Mindset
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Internet Safety 
  • Anger Management 

As a parent/guardian, you are invited to join us in our Virtual Counselor Cafe where we will feature short presentations and provide resources on these topics for you. It is our goal to enhance our students' social and emotional learning, encourage responsible decision-making, foster positive growth and development, and promote respectful relationships as we encourage conversation around the opportunities and issues facing our students. 

I look forward to partnering with you this year!


Rachel Behren
Director of Student Services
For most parents it comes as no surprise that the pandemic has taken a serious toll on the emotional well-being of teenagers and young adults. Grief and loss, prolonged isolation and inactivity can all trigger depression and other mental health challenges. But a new report sheds light on an especially troubling trend: Over a quarter of young adults surveyed in June said that they'd seriously considered suicide in the past month.

None of us wants to believe that a child of ours is at risk. But right now, staying alert to warning signs and talking openly with kids about how they're feeling is more important than ever. To mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Month, we're providing resources to help families keep children safe. We look at risk factors and signs of trouble, as well as  ways to support kids and encourage them to get help .

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255, or text START to 741.741.
College Counseling Corner
Our traditional lunchroom college visits have moved online! Colleges and universities from around the country are excited to connect with Trinity Blazers. These 25-minute Zoom sessions will be hosted by our admissions representatives and provide an opportunity for students to get to know each school, learn more about the admissions process, and ask questions. Visits will take place on Wednesday afternoons from home and on Tuesdays & Thursdays during the second half of the lunch circle. For these Tuesday and Thursday visits, in-person learners have permission to log-on from their lunch circle location from their device using headphones. 

Click here to view our current line up of virtual college visits!
Testing and test prep will look differently for the 2020-2021 school year. Trinity will no longer be hosting the ACT/SAT on the National Test dates. Instead, we have partnered with ACT through District Testing to host the ACT on October 6th at Trinity for our junior and senior students only. Unless your daughter has completed the opt-out form, she has been registered for this test. 
On October 14th, junior students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT, while the sophomore students will be taking a practice ACT test. Unlike the ACT that will be offered to junior and senior students on October 6th, this practice ACT for sophomores will only be used for in house data purposes.

Additionally, students will be offered free online ACT test preparation through Naviance, as well as through live online instruction with One-to-One Learning. For more details pertaining to testing and test preparation for the 2020-2021 school year please visit this link.

More information regarding the details of these testing days is coming soon!
Looking for the latest news and information in adolescent development, post-secondary trends and other hot topics? Here are some great articles and resources that you may find helpful in your household:

Simply open your camera's smartphone and hover on the QR Code above to access our virtual office. Our virtual office interactively links to some of our most used resources. 
Rachel Behren
Director of Student Services

Keila Green
School Counselor

Katie Granholm
College Counselor
Maura Clark
School Counselor

Victoria Herling
School Counselor

Molly Puttin