House Romero

Written by Daisy Overmyer

Oscar-Romero

Being a part of the Romero house is great. (Especially because we are currently in first place.) My house founder, Oscar Romero, inspires me because he lived in a country of violence and injustice and tried to stop it. He grew up in El Salvador, living in a small home, with a big family, and sleeping on the floor. While this was happening, he demanded peace and raised awareness about the amount of people that had died or “disappeared”. Before he died, he saw the past weeks previous death toll and said to the policemen, “I beg you, I implore you, I order you… in the name of God, stop the repression!” Then the next day, while he was saying Mass, Oscar Romero was shot dead by a paid assassin. That is why Oscar Romero inspires me. I hope people will know who our founder is and how he, (Oscar Romero) showed Justice throughout his life. Romero’s house trait is justice. I think that that is the best trait out of all of the other houses because justice is fairness and righteousness which is a very important thing to show around school, around your family members, around work, in public, and you should really show it wherever you go. Anyone can display justice. You can do it at school by sticking up for your friend, or tell a teacher that you cheated on a test if you did but didn’t want to tell anyone. In your own home you can stick up for your younger sibling when your older sibling is being unfair or you can help your mom for your other sibling with the dishes. You can show it at work by helping your colleague when they need help or with someone who is new to the job. On the street, if you see a homeless person, you should stop by, and give a friendly greeting to them. There are many different ways to show justice on many different occasions and at many different places too. The house system is a really fun upgrade to my eighth grade year and I love how we can earn points along with it. I have seen that the points system has really encouraged students to be kinder in the classroom and hallways eager to earn points. It’s fun to have competitions in class for house points and to see who wins in the end. (Except when the person that is given points is in a different house.) My favorite thing about the house system is the competitions that we play against each other. We have played a whole school dodge ball game, had fundraising competitions, and, of course, the house point system. I am really looking forward to Romero day which is on March twenty fourth. We have some fun things planned and are excited to share them with the school. 

 

Past Present and Future of the House System

Written by Jacob Oh, Eamon Randall and Olivia Tirol

Last week, Eamon Randall, Jacob Oh and Olivia Tirol interviewed Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger about the house system. We chose to interview the two of them because they were the two teachers who started the house system at Holy Trinity. Our house system is made up of 6 houses: Xavier House, Day House, Juana House, Romero House, Arrupe House and Becraft House. The house system breaks students and teachers up into 6 competing groups, but we still think and act as one. We found this interview to be very interesting and we learned a lot about out house system. 

First, Eamon interviewed the teachers about why they started the house system. I wanted to know if they researched house systems at other schools. It turns out, they looked at the Ron Clark Academy in Georgia and other schools with house systems, to see how others do it. Some teachers have gone to Ron Clark Academy to see their school and they thought it was a really active school with a good sense of community. Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger thought that the competition would also be fun, so they wanted to bring it to Holy Trinity. I also asked them how they chose the house names. Each house is named after a famous Catholic or Jesuit person. They thought that the house founders would be good role models for us. 

Next, Jacob interviewed Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger about how to share our house pride with people outside of HTS. They had lots of ideas. Mr. Devlin suggested wearing our house shirts and taking pictures of ourselves doing our activities outside of school. We can send the pictures to our house captain. He also thought we could watch fun videos of our house mascots when we have free time. Mr. Rosenberger says we should try to live out our house traits over breaks and everyday, have house get togethers and plan out service projects or other events for the rest of the year.  Both teachers thought that we should tell our families about the house system. We can explain the house system to them and describe our strategies for taking down the other houses!

Finally, Olivia wanted to find out more about Mr. Devlin’s and Mr. Rosenberger’s vision for the future of the house system. I wanted to know if they saw any problem with rewarding students for kind things that they should be doing anyway, without expecting a reward. Mr. Devlin said that at first students may do kind things only to earn points, but eventually we will start to do kind things because that is who we are becoming. Mr. Rosenberger hopes that the points will make students think more about their decisions and that they will focus on how good it feels to do the right thing, not just on the points. Both teachers also hope that students are being competitive, but also respectful of their opponents. They think that we need positive competition, just like in sports, to bring out the best in us. Their vision for the future is that we continue to celebrate each house, represent our houses, become more ambitious with service projects, open more options for house themed clothes and build student leadership.

So there you have it, the entire vision for the house system. Past, present and hopes for the future, all thanks to Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger. 

House Xavier

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Thoughts on House Xavier by Thomas Szymkowicz

Our house founder is St. Francis Xavier. St Francis was a friend of St. Ignatius, who started the Jesuits. He was one of the very first Jesuits and his life inspires me to look for God in new ways. St. Francis was very courageous to join the Jesuits and to be a missionary. He traveled all over the world and needed to have courage when meeting new people or taking on new tasks. Because of this, courage is our house trait. I hope that everyone knows that we are courageous, people for others.  Out house mascot is also related to our trait. Our house mascot is a Lion. Lions are a good fit for us because they are the kings of the jungle and a king needs to have a lot of courage.

Students, staff, and parents at Holy Trinity can show courage by stepping up to the plate and doing the things that they are afraid to do. You will never regret being brave and powering through, but you might regret backing down and being afraid. For example, if you are really scared to give an oral presentation, you should just commit to doing it rather than trying to avoid it. If you are courageous and just do it, you will get a better grade than if you don’t.

So far I have really enjoyed the games that we have played as a whole school, especially the dodge ball game. It it fun when all of the houses are together. I think that when we are all together we get a lot of different ideas from people in other houses. I am looking forward to the last day of school to see what kind of celebration we have for the winning house. I think that day should be mostly fun, with not a lot of school work and we should really focus on the winning house. 

House Arrupe

Pedro Arrupe

Written by Aly Bradshaw

Our house founder is Pedro Arrupe. He inspires me because of his positive spirit. His positivity could fill an entire room. He always looked on the bright side of things and found ways to help people and to be compassionate. That is why the Arrupe house has compassion as our house trait. I hope people know that the Arrupe house is always determined and compassionate, ready to help whenever we are needed. Compassion is our trait and the students all around the school show that by caring for others. Our house day is February 5th and I can’t wait to see how everyone celebrates. As a school we will practice being compassionate and we will connect with Pedro Arrupe’s legacy in a special way.

My favorite thing about the house system is that we are all one family. Even though everyone is sorted into 6 different houses, at the end of the day we are all one. We cheer for each other, celebrate all of the other houses, and we should all try to embody each of the house traits: Compassion, Perseverance, Gratitude, Humility, Justice and Courage.

House Juana

Juana

Written by Anne-Sophie Gray

The House of Juana is named after Juana de Austria, a princess who demonstrated strong Jesuit identity. She completed St. Ignatius’s spiritual exercises and is the only woman to have taken Jesuit vows. The trait for our house is humility. Humility means being humble. When you show humility you do not brag or say that you are better than anyone else. Showing humility is important to me because it shows that you care for others, not just yourself. The students at Holy Trinity can show humility in a number of ways. An eighth grader might show humility by being a good sport even when they lose the spelling bee to a younger student. A first grader showing humility would look different. They might show humility by being calm and respectful to their classmates, instead of trying to steal their classmates’ attention.

Our house animal is a frog. We are the Juana frogs because frogs transform over time from a tadpole to a frog. This is similar to our founder’s transformation from a princess to a Jesuit. Frogs are often overlooked for their strengths because they are small. This makes them the perfect mascot for the humble Juana house! 

My favorite things about our house are two of the teachers in Juana, Ms.Nolan and Mr.Singleton. They are very fun and get everyone excited about our house.  They had great ideas for celebrating our house day. There were frogs hidden around the school, in all of the house colors. If students found the frog that matched their own house color, they house earned points. The school was covered with green decorations and students wore green with their uniforms. A member of the Juana house got to spin the points wheel to earn extra points for our house. It was a really great day!

House Day

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House Day

Written by Stella Maloney

The House of Day was established in recognition of Dorothy Day. Day was an amazing Catholic role model, who advocated for the poor, women, and for peace. Constantly putting others’ needs before her own, she never quit. She was even arrested several times, and went even further to prove her point by going on a hunger strike after being arrested for protesting for women’s right to vote. The House of Day will be celebrated on November 7th and on this day the whole school will celebrate our house and Dorothy Day, regardless of what house they are in. The Bison is our house mascot, and it symbolizes gentleness along with stubbornness and determination. Just like the bison, Dorothy Day was extremely determined to spread her message to everyone around her and promote equality. But, while doing this she was still a gentle and kind person, making sure to give back to those in need. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, and the House of Day’s main goal is to promote gratitude throughout Holy Trinity. There are many ways to show gratitude, whether it is doing service to show your thanks to the people around you, giving back the favor if someone does something kind for you, or just simply saying thank you. It is extremely important to me to always show my gratitude for my friends, family, teachers and classmates so that they know that everything they do for me never goes unnoticed. One of my favorite things about the new house system is that it brings the whole school together. By this I mean that many people, including me, only know a few people outside of their grade. But now many different grades are getting to know each other and we all have something to root for, a house. 

 

Works Cited

“Dorothy Day.” Biography, A&E Television Networks, 24 Sept. 2015, http://www.biography.com/writer/dorothy-day. Accessed 7 Sept. 2019.

A New Start And A New System

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year, Titans! This year is already shaping up to be a great one. Everyone is ready for a new, fresh start and excited for the new house system that Holy Trinity has implemented. Each student and staff member has now been sorted into one of six houses, inspired by great Catholic and Jesuit leaders from throughout history. Students have started earning points for their houses and are beginning to build bonds with their fellow house members. We can’t wait to see how this system grows over the year!

Our six houses are The Arrupe House, Becraft House, Day House, Juana House, Romero House and Xavier House. Below you will find a brief biography of each founder along with each house trait. In the coming weeks students from each house will share what it means to be a member of their house.

  • Arrupe House-
    • Founder: Pedro Arrupe was a Spanish Jesuit Priest with a heart for refugees who served as the Superior General for the Jesuits in Japan. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, he cared for 150 sick and wounded Japanese. In 1980 he started the Jesuit refugee service, serving Vietnamese refugees. The organization has now served over 40 millions refugees from around the world.
    • Trait: Compassion
  • Becraft House-
    • Founder: Anne Marie Becraft was a lifelong educator, teaching in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. At just 15 she started the Georgetown Seminary, a day and boarding school for young black girls in The District. She eventually left the school and when she was 26, became one of America’s first black nuns, joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence. Georgetown University recently named a building after Becraft.
    • Trait: Perseverance
  • Day House-
    • Founder: Dorothy Day was a Catholic convert who felt God’s calling to serve the poor. She was the co-founder of the Catholic Work Movement, a radical but non-violent movement which provided service to the poor and homeless and took political action on their behalf.  Her canonization is currently being considered by the Church.
    • Trait: Gratitude
  • Juana House-
    • Founder: Joanna of Austria is the first and only female member of the Society of Jesus. After the death of her husband she was expected to take Franciscan religious vows, but felt called to the Jesuit community instead. The Jesuits had never accepted females, but she persisted in her efforts and ended up taking Jesuit vows under a male name.
    • Trait: Humility
  • Romero House-
    • Founder: Saint Oscar Romero was a social activist and Archbishop of San Salvador. He stood up for the poor and voiceless and passionately denounced the persecution of members of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. In 1980 he was assassinated while celebrating mass and was canonized in 2018.
    • Trait: Justice
  • Xavier House-
    • Founder: Saint Francis Xavier was one of the first members of the Society of Jesus and was the first Jesuit missionary. He spent most of his life as a missionary in Japan and is credited with developing the early Jesuit mission approach. He was canonized in 1622.
    • Trait: Courage