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Tributes to the Class of 2017

Some of our 8th grade faculty gave heartfelt and hilarious tributes at our annual "8th Grade Tributes" Chapel. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Rebecca Andersson
Middle School Dean Of Students


Paul Elmendorf
Middle School English Teacher

Karyn Rayburn
Middle School Spanish Teacher

Laura Robinette Minor
Middle School Science Teacher

Roxanne Thurman
Middle School Math Teacher

Posted by Preston Ashby on Monday May 15, 2017
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Brain-Based Parenting: Understanding Your Child's Growing Brain

Parenting expert Dr. Carrie Contey presented an overview of Brain-Based Parenting, part of Trinity's Parent Speaker Series.

Understanding some basics about brain science could help you be a better parent, according to a nationally recognized parenting coach and consultant. Dr. Carrie Contey explains how.

In one of our most popular Parent Speaker Series, Dr. Carrie Contey explained the science behind brain development and illustrated how that knowledge can help parents be better caregivers and improve relationships with their children.

Contey has a Ph.D. in prenatal and perinatal psychology. She has been featured by the Today Show, and she's extremely passionate about helping parents.

See the series of videos in which Contey shares useful and practical …

Posted by Preston Ashby in Parents & Families on Thursday May 11, 2017 at 12:20PM
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Class Trips 2017 — Exploring Beyond the Classroom

The big class trips of 2017 have come and gone, but the memories—and photos—will last forever! View the slideshows.

We love our beautiful campus, but there’s a big, wide world to explore! We’re always looking for learning opportunities outside the classroom, and our yearly class trips challenge students to discover new environments, new people and themselves.

These excursions are offered beginning in 4th grade, and each adventure is another way to nurture our kids academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Until next year!

Posted by Preston Ashby in Student Life, Trinity Events on Tuesday May 9, 2017
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Building a Skyscraper of Learning, by Kristi Jordan

Teaching independence in first grade | 

Moving from kindergarten to first grade can be a huge leap for many of our young learners. They go from a more supported and structured environment to one of confidence and independence. It’s a time when we, as faculty, help them get to know themselves as people, learners, and members of a larger community, so they can be prepared to take on new challenges in the years ahead.

For most first graders, the road to independence can come with with a few speed bumps. That’s why we give our students the building blocks for success starting from day one. Here are five key strategies we like to use in our fist grade classrooms:

Five Building Blocks for Success

1.   Teach into procedures and routines
2.   Set clear …

Posted by Kristi Jordan in LS Acadmics on Monday January 23, 2017
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As I Begin Noticing, by Leslie Vaughn

The feeling of community at Trinity 

As I write this blog, I keep thinking about what we've been talking about in chapel as of late—community. This word around the Trinity campus can mean many things to our students, families, and parents, as well as the staff.

From my perspective, I have witnessed a great feeling of community in the sports arena this year. I have seen football and volleyball teams come together in an effort to “win;” but more than that, they have come together to be friends and teammates on both the field and the court. They have welcomed back former students and parents with open arms—even though they may now play on the opposing team, our students made sure these families did not forget their prior home of Trinity. I have also …

Posted by L. Vaughn in Faculty & Staff, Student Life on Monday November 28, 2016
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Celebration of Light, by Marie Kidd

Honoring the commonalities and differences of three faith traditions |

Here at Trinity Episcopal School, we seek to educate as well as demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. Each year we use our Celebration of Light festivities to honor the commonalities and differences of three faith traditions, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity. Diwali, Hanukkah, and Advent all share the powerful symbol of light. 

The celebration kicked off last week with Diwali. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil, light over dark. In a combined chapel, the children learned more about how Hindu families in our community celebrate in their homes and will also participate in decorating a …

The Path to Achieving Peace, by Kenny Chilton

Trinity -- a place where people look, live, and believe differently |


I wrote these words in a Trinity Tales blog post about five months ago, and I’ll say and mean them again now: "At Trinity, the faculty and staff are so welcoming that it’s easy to forget that you are in the minority." At the time, I was writing about being a male teacher, but this time I wanted to write about something a little different. Not only am I a minority due to my gender, but I am also a person of color.

Specifically, my mom is from the Philippines and my dad is from England, but I get my skin color from my mom. My experience as a person of color has not always been positive, but Trinity and Austin, Texas have shown me the true meaning of diversity and inclusivity. As former Trinity …

Fall Spirit Night, by Kerri Lewandowski

Trinity Tornado tears through Spirit Night

This year’s Spirit Night was one for the ages. Our campus was filled with such joy, laughter, and unwavering support for Tornado Athletics that it radiated throughout the walls of the gym, the air above the playing field, and everywhere in between.

Everyone from our littlest kindergartners to our eighth grade trailblazers joined in on the fun, with Middle Schoolers taking the lead. They painted the faces of our Lower Schoolers, handed out concessions, led the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem, and so much more. It was truly wonderful to see these kids set such a great example for our little ones. They have a lot to look up to.

While it is a long-standing Trinity tradition, Spirit Night was a new experience for many. …

It's Time for Kickoff, by Vicki Ainsworth

It’s time for kickoff – and not just in the world of football! At Trinity, we are gearing up to host a series of admission events for prospective families this fall and winter. 

Portions of our admission playbook will remain the same this season. Stacey (England) and I will continue to offer personal tours on a daily basis. We believe these “walk and talks” are a great way for us to begin to learn about your child and family. We cover the breadth of the campus – highlighting important aspects of the entire K-8 experience – so please allow at least an hour for your tour and wear comfortable shoes!

We’ve also added a new option to our playbook this fall:  a Prospective Parent Info Series. The series will be offered in an informal …

Back to School, by Marie Kidd

Striving to build sharp intellects and compassionate hearts

The count-down to the first day of school is now measured in hours instead of days. The talented Trinity faculty and staff, new and returning, have been hard at work to prepare for the students’ arrival and a great 2016-2017 school year.  With eager anticipation, we wait for the students to enter the gates and for classes to get underway.  But, first, tradition requires that on Monday we indulge in a bit of fun. New classrooms, new teachers, new and renewed friendships, lockers, and snow cones are the business of the day.  We hope the rain will move on without interrupting the festivities.  After Monday’s preparations, Tuesday we will be in uniform and classes will begin. 

I took a …

Posted by in Faculty & Staff, Student Life on Tuesday August 23, 2016
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