Doctors Without Borders

By: Lulu C.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans frontières, MSF) is a foundation full of selfless individuals who come together and set aside their differences to help others no matter what. The seventh grade was lucky enough to go to the National mall to visit tents that Doctors Without Borders setup. The seventh grade went through an interactive course about the refugee crisis and what part Doctors Without Borders is playing in this devastating situation. We got walked through people who work for Doctors Without Borders some doctors and some every other job you can imagine. At the beginning, we were each given a card with our new identity as a refuge. I was extremely fortunate that my guide was actually a Middle-Eastern refuge so I had the privilege to get the inside hand on this rough subject. I thought it was extraordinary that someone who grew up in these traumatizing conditions would go back to help others in the same conditions instead of living in the agony of the past for the rest of his life. The seventh grade learned about real life scenarios going on and got to write letters to the amazing people of Doctors Without borders that are currently helping others in different countries across the globe. The seventh grade left inspired and ready to help our communities and beyond with our new-found knowledge and new perspective of the world and the amazing people who run it.

Creative Note-Taking

By: Carolina P.

October 19, 2016


When I am studying for a test, I want to look for my notes and immediately find what I am looking for.  I think this is something that many students want, so that’s why I am sharing my way to take fun, colorful, neat, and organized notes.

For me, the traditional way of taking notes which has columns and letters isn’t that effective. Unless my teacher requires us to take notes like that, I won’t. If you look at my notes and some of my friend’s notes, then you may at first see them and think, “Oh my, that’s a lot of information and it is so scattered!” However, if you just follow the arrows, everything unfolds. These notes seem hard to do, but with these tips, your notes will become a work of art.

The first thing you should do is get different color pens. Even if you don’t take this type of notes, I think different color pens are very important because you are able to see things easily and you actually remember things more! Sometimes I will only use two colors but sometimes I  use five colors, so it’s up to you. The next thing that is very important in these notes are arrows. My notes are full of them, they lead you to information and can connect many things.

I like using arrows more than bullet points under something for two reasons. The first reason is because with bullet points, you never know when you will need something under one. For example, if you are reading a book and you bullet the characters in your notes, you have no room to describe the characters. With arrows, you can name the characters, draw arrows and describe them. Also you can draw arrows to similarities and to something earlier in your notes. Even though arrows are awesome, they are not as good for math notes.

For math notes I recommend using frames. Just write information in rectangles and squares and then draw a cool frame around the information. The last thing you need to remember is that each page of notes is going to be different. None of them are going to be perfect, so don’t get upset if you mess up. I think taking notes this way takes a lot of practice because you need to learn how to take notes creatively while the teacher is talking. You can’t think about the color scheme to much, just take the notes and by the end I’m sure your notes will look wonderful.

I really hope these tips help you note taking skills. Taking notes is a fun way to use the gift of the creativity and knowledge that God gave you Ever since I started taking notes this way, my studying has been faster and I am remembering the notes more. Happy note taking!

October Moon Phases

Guest Writers from Mrs. Micallef’s 6th Grade Class: Tate B., Mary G., and Catherine P.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The moon rotates fully around the earth every 29-30 days. Each day the moon may stay the same or it will get a little bigger or smaller. Sometimes strange and awesome things happen to the moon. For example, last Friday there was a Harvest Moon. A Harvest Moon is when the moon gets really close to the earth and turns orange. The reason it is called a Harvest Moon is because this would happen around the time the farmers would harvest their crops for the fall. The phases of the moon cycle, are as follows:

  1. New Moon
  2. Waxing Crescent Moon
  3. First Quarter/ Half Moon
  4. Waxing Gibbous Moon
  5. Full Moon
  6. Waning Gibbous Moon
  7. Last Quarter/ Half Moon
  8. Waning Crescent Moon

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Student Council Student Store

By: Maggie G. and Lulu C.

October 13, 2016

The student council school store is open!!!

Every Wednesday morning before school, recess and lunch, Upper School students will be able to come buy supplies for as little as 50¢!😁 (Lower School, keep an ear out! We will soon be selling to you too.)

✐ You can buy this super cool color changing pencil for just 50¢! It features the Holy Trinity logo, and the Holy Trinity name on the pencil.

Also, you have your beautiful yellow eraser SHAPED LIKE A PENCIL!!! Now, this is special because you can sharpen it  with a hand sharpener!

Finally, you have a lovely blue eraser with the Holy Trinity Logo and the name on the top.

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Then there is a beautiful blue and white pen. This pen is fun size, which makes writing in cursive a breeze. This also has the Holy Trinity name on it.

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Titan Teamwork

By Carolina P. and Julia W.

October 13, 2016

This year in PE class we will be playing a variety of sports and each unit we will be on a team. Each unit will be a different sport and each sport has its own drills and skills that the team captains will teach their team. When there are activities or scrimmages  that your team does well on, you get points. There have been many questions about why the gym teachers are doing this, so here is an interview with Mr. Hayes and Ms. Toohey:

 

Why did you choose to make PE different this year?

    1. Hayes:  “We chose to make PE different this year because last year was good but we could make it better. We are always looking for ways to improve.”
    2. Toohey: “We changed it to keep kids engaged and so they could try something different. Also for those who aren’t skilled/ don’t know about the sport have a chance to learn.”

 

How will teams in each unit help students in PE?

    1. Hayes: “Teams are all about working together because it is important.”
    2. Toohey: “They will help because they are a chance to help and learn from each other. They also teach students how to interact with each other in a good way. Being able to interact with each other is not only good for PE, but it will also improve academic group projects.”

 

Will the winners of each unit get any prize?

    1. Hayes: “Pat on the back and pride because that builds up confidence.”
    2. Toohey: “We are currently deciding. We have had long talks about it. We want to encourage people to work hard by having a prize, but at the same time we want to teach students that not everything is rewarded so we don’t know yet.”

 

How did you form the teams?

    1. Hayes: “Ms. Toohey, Ms. Bradley, and I thought about teams that would be fair yet competitive at the same time.”
    2. Toohey: “It was pretty random. We made sure there was an even mix of boys and girls and different skill levels on each team.”

 

Why Dynamic Stretches?

    1. Hayes: “ Dynamic stretches are normal stretches. They make you balance and stretch better. They also make you lite on your feet which makes you better athletes. Also pro teams do this.”
    2. Toohey: “They help you move better. It is scientifically proven that it can get your muscles stretched in a shorter amount of time.”

 

How do you think having teams can relate to our Jesuit beliefs?

    1. Hayes: “Person for others, you know, working as a team. If you’re just selfish, then you won’t be able to do well.”
    2. Toohey: “Men and Women for others. Teams make sure students are always there for each other. By having a team, students need to help each other and learn to interact with winning or losing teams. It also shows Cura Personalis (care for the whole person) because kids learn how other kids play the sport/learn.”

 

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

By: Olivia Maguire

Musical Theatre is up and rolling. Each year Holy Trinity School puts on a spring musical. This year we will be presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie. Thoroughly Modern Millie is about a woman named Millie who moves to New York. While in New York, she realizes something odd is happening. When her friend disappears, she has to help figure out what happened to her.

The production will be directed by Mrs. Tober and Mrs. Ramsey. Musical theatre members are in 4th grade through 8th grade. The Holy Trinity School debut of Thoroughly Modern Millie will be this upcoming spring.