Student Organizations

Academic Team Grades 6 – 8

The Academic Team is a four time Canevin quiz bowl champion and has placed 2nd in the state of Pennsylvania in on-line trivia competitions. The academic team plays games, learns facts and information in a competition but fun atmosphere. Holy Trinity Academic Team meets at lunch time at11:15AM to 11:50 AMin Mr. Betten’s room. On-line competitions are from3:00 PM to 4:00PMat HTS. Outside of school competitions require parent transportation. Our first meeting isThursday November 3rd 2016.

Battle of the Books Grades 4 - 6

Students are invited to participate in an academic reading competition called Battle of the Books. This is a reading incentive program that is held across the country. The books are carefully selected over a range of reading abilities so that all students can participate. Students will work in teams of up to six members. Each team is responsible for reading all of the books on a given list (usually 8 books.) Each student is encouraged to read as many on the list as possible. Teams, equipped with their books and parent leader, meet to review facts from each book to prepare for the battle. The competition quizzes the students on specific facts from each book, and score is kept during the four rounds of questioning. Trophies are awarded to the top three teams, and refreshments are shared by all participants.

The Battle of the Books is a valuable academic enrichment program that allows students to enter into a world of new authors and literature. It is also a fun way for classmates to interact socially when their team meets to discuss the novels. Parental involvement is needed.

Bowling Club Grades Kindergarten – 8th

Holy Trinity Bowling Club is now taking registrations for its 2016 – 17 season.  This activity is open to grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  Please consider joining in the fun!  We have 50 / 50 raffles, a cosmic Christmas party, and an end of year party. Kindergarten through 2nd grade bowl two (2) games with bumpers, 4th grades bowl two (2) games without bumpers, and 5th through 8th grades bowl three games (3).

 Dates for the 2016 – 2017 season (all dates are Sundays):

Dates
October  9, 2016 January 8, 2017
October 23, 2016 January 22, 2017
November 6, 2016 February 5, 2017
November 20, 2016 February 19, 2017
December 4, 2016 March 5, 2017
December 18, 2016 March 19, 2017

Time: Starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Location: Crafton Ingram Bowling Lanes in the Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center.
Cost: $3.25 per bowler per game.  Shoes are included in this fee.  There is no fee for weeks where bowlers do not attend.
Registration Fee: There is a yearly non-refundable cash registration fee of $10.00 per bowler.  For families with 2 or more bowlers, the fee will be $10 for the first bowler and $8 for each additional bowler.  The registration fee will be collected on the first bowling date. (Do not send in now.)
Sign-Up: Please complete the bottom of this form and return to Nancy Parker, c/o Leah Parker – 3B, by Friday, September 30, 2016.
Contact: Any questions, please contact Nancy Parker at 412.576.5471 or nancy.parker@oracle.com.

Chess Club Grades 1 – 8

Learning the game of chess is very beneficial to children.  The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought and self-discipline. Chess is a competitive activity, but, good sportsmanship and fair play are taught as essential elements of the game.  The chess club meets one day a week after school.  We are currently looking for a chess instructor. 

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

Scout troops meet weekly in the cafeteria.  Scout troops are divided up by age.  They are involved in outdoor and special interest activities.

Forensics Grades 6 - 8

Forensics is a competitive speech program where students compete in one of six categories: drama, prose, poetry, declamation, impromptu, and multiple reading.  The students are judged on their abilities in verbal skills, vocal performance, pacing, eye contact, facial expression, understanding of mood, and poise. Regular meets are held on Saturday mornings three times a year with additional finals and all-star meets occurring in March.  Forensics is a great program that helps students become more comfortable in speaking publicly, which is a skill that will be beneficial throughout their lives.  Practice will be after school on Tuesdays from 3:00pm-4:00pm.  Students who are not picked up by 4:10pm will be sent to the Extended Day Program. 

Geography Bee 5-8

5th through 8th graders compete in classroom geography bees. The finalist from Holy Trinity must pass an additional geography test and will be sent on to represent Holy Trinity in state, and possibly national Geography Bee competitions sponsored by the National Geographic magazine.  Mr. Betten is the teacher coordinator.

STEM

The STEM team participates in a STEM Design Challenge every year. Each team was challenged to design an environmentally friendly building over using no more than 1,400 K'NEX pieces. The teams spend weeks with Mrs. LaGrosse and parent volunteers perfecting their designs and presentations for the STEM Design Challenge.  At the competition they have two hours to construct their design and give a presentation on how the team meet the challenge. Mrs. LaGrosse is the teacher coordinator and Mike Flanagan and Steve Ludwick are the mentors that help the teams develop blue prints and teach the students the engineering process.

Number Fun K-3

Number Fun is an after-school activity for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students. A group of volunteer parents support the teachers to run a variety of math-related activities that help the children to review math in a fun way. Activities include flashcard relays, working with money, number and shape recognition, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and logical reasoning games. They break off into smaller groups and use a variety of centers, computer lab software, and even a school-wide treasure hunt to help students learn and retain their math lessons. 6th through 8th grade helpers are also available to assist the younger children in the activities.  Miss Golden and Miss Sutton are the teacher coordinators. 

PJAS Grades 7 & 8

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. Those interested will meet on Wednesdays after school to prepare for the competition. The Regional Competition held at Duquesne University is normally in February. Those students receiving a first place award advance to States at Penn State, usually held in May.

Robotics Grades 6 - 8

Holy Trinity School will participate in the BEST Robotics competition. We are looking for Middle school students who interested in learning engineering, marketing and presentation skills.  These skills will be used to create a robot with materials supplied by BEST Robotics. Mr. Miller is the teacher coordinator.  He will work with Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Ludwick.

Student Council Grades 5 - 8

Student Council is a great opportunity for students to express leadership and community involvement skills. Students in grades 5th through 8th can run for homeroom representatives. One boy and girl will represent each homeroom. Eighth grade students can also run for president, vice president, secretary, public relations and treasurer these are 8th grade offices only. Student council meets at lunchtime11:15-11:50 pmin Mr. Betten’s room twice a month beginning in October.

Fine Arts Grades Kindergarten – 8th

Band 4-8

The Holy Trinity band program is under the direction of Miss Iksic. Students in grades 4-8 are given the opportunity to learn a band instrument and play in our school band. The instruments offered through the program include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The oboe, and French Horn may also be recommended by the director. Students receive a 1/2 hour lesson and 1/2 hour rehearsal one a week for $30 per month. (Monthly cost may changes for families with more than one child in the program. Price does not include the rental of an instrument.) The band performs in two concerts each year. Students may also have the opportunity to play at mass or other school events. Additional lessons over the summer are available to students entering 5-8 grade.

Violin

Students may start violin at any grade level and continue their lessons through eighth grade and beyond at Holy Trinity. The violin classes - which are taught in a style that is known as the Suzuki Method - meet during school two days a week on a rotating basis so that the students do not miss the same class more than once a month. The group classes cost $35 a month plus the violin rental and some supplies. Partner and private lessons are also available during the school day or after school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like more information about violin lessons or have questions, please contact John Ott at ott.johng@gmail.com.

Triple Threats Group Grades 4 – 8

This group is a musical theater groups for students in grades 4 - 8.  Students will work together to write direct andchoreograph an original musical.  The teacher is Jason Swauger.  There is a monthly fee.

Improv 4 – 8

Improv is a chance for students from fourth to eighth grade to show their creativity through games and improvisation. The teacher is Jason Swauger.  There is a monthly fee.

Stars of Tomorrow Grades Kindergarten – 3

The Stars of Tomorrow is a musical theater group. Students will learn how to put on a play through rehearsals involving direction choreography and team work Students will focus on acting and singing.  The teacher is Jason Swauger.  There is a monthly fee.

The groups will be involved in 2 performances this year.  The first will be a Christmas show. They will be performing a musical on December 14th. The musical is the story of Santa’s elves reading letters from children across the world when they come upon a letter from a child asking for eternal life. The elves go on a mission the give the child his wish when they come upon the story of the birth of Jesus. The Stars of Tomorrow will then tell the story through acting and songs. This show will be filled with classic Christmas carols and modern day favorites. In the end the elves give the child a bible and explain this is the way to eternal life.

The second opportunity for the students will be in the spring.  The students will perform as an opening act before the school musical Alice in Wonderland.

School Musical Grades 4 - 8

The annual HTS Musical is a great opportunity for students to showcase their creative side! Whether it’s as an actor / dancer / singer or as part of the sound / lights / stage crew, there is something for everyone. Auditions for the show are held in November with rehearsals beginning immediately after the return from Christmas break in January (2+ days per week after school). There are three performances of the show in May. Students in 4th through 8th grades can participate. There is an activity fee of $30 per student to cover costs of cast t-shirts and food/snacks the week of the show. This year’s show is Alice in Wonderland Jr and performances will be May 11-13, 2017. The show is directed by Mr. Jason Swauger.

All students in grades 4 - 8 are invited to join the chorus.  Under the direction of Mrs. Natalie Rauch, the chorus practices each Wednesday afterschool from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.  Members are responsible for serving as cantors for our weekly school masses.  In addition to cantoring, the students participate in 2 concerts and sing at school events. 

Art Club Grades Kindergarten – 4

Students will enjoy painting ceramic pieces supplied by the Clay Café.  This club meets on Mondays and runs for a 5 week period throughout the school year.  There is a fee for this club.

Service Projects and Clubs

Praise, Worship, and Service Group Grades 3 - 8

The Praise, Worship, and Service Group is a wonderful faith-based after school opportunity at Holy Trinity School. The purpose of the group is to pray together, praise together, sing together, and serve together. The group is open to children in grades 3 – 8 and will meet twice a month from October through May.

In the group, we will be listening to Contemporary Christian Music (the kind of music you would hear on Christian radio stations like K-Love; 98.3 FM). We will sing, examine lyrics, and look at the artists’ reason “behind the music”. We will read the Bible verse that corresponds with the theme or inspired the artist and then do a service project associated with the theme of the song. The service project will consist of making a craft/project for a specific organization. Approximately, once a quarter, we will go “off-site” and have a “hands-on” family service day. (Please do not worry if a younger sibling is crying or needs attention, or if someone has to step out--the purpose is to serve God together as a family, and all are welcome.)

The goal of this group is to inspire our students to want to serve others, serve God, learn different ways of praising God, and find the joy in giving. This group will give the children a chance to bond together while being exposed to positive music with a positive message. It is also a great way to connect with our community and let them see Jesus working in our students!  Contact Anne Gabor at anneontherun@gmail.com.

Proclaimers Grades 6 -8

Come one, come all who want to proclaim the word of God.  Come and join The Proclaimers.  The Proclaimers will be our lectors during our school masses and prayer services.  We are looking for students in grades 6-8 that enjoy reading and participating in mass. The Proclaimers will also help with school prayer services during the year.  Practices will be held during the school day on Wednesdays.  So if you are interested in growing closer to God by helping lead our school in our weekly masses and prayer services sign-up.