A First Day of Firsts!

This year, the first day of school was very different from any other first day of school that we have ever experienced! A first day without family pictures on the steps of lower school? A first day without handshakes from Mr. McShane? A first day without meeting new classmates, face to face? How strange! And yet, we have so much to be thankful for from the first day of the 2020/2021 school year. This really was a first day of firsts!

This year, we were able to eat breakfast while we listened to the morning announcements. We got to teach the honor code and suscipe to our families. We had time to read books while snuggled up on the couch. We were able to have lunch with our siblings and parents. We spent extra time with our pets. Some of us took our classes outside. Some of us wore our house shirts. I bet some of us even wore pajama pants! Yes, this first day was different, but it was great in its own special way! Here are some pictures of Holy Trinity students and teachers, ringing in the first day of school.

House Becraft

Anne Marie Becraft

Written by Robby DeFrancesco

Becraft house is all about learning, growing, and most importantly persevering together. In Becraft, we do not give up. Perseverance runs deep in Becraft. As members of Becraft we want to inspire our peers as well as the staff and teachers.

Personally my favorite part of Becraft is the fact that we support each other so much. Nobody in the house is alone, because ultimately we can’t accomplish our goals alone. One of Becraft’s most elusive goals is to win the house cup this year (spoiler alert, we did it!).

We look for inspiration from our elders, especially our founder, Anne Marie Becraft. She inspires us with her determination and her fighting spirit. Becraft’s perseverance through racism and sexism in America, helps us to see our own problems and push through. Her memory helps us to keep trying.

House Romero

Written by Daisy Overmyer


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.