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Trinity Times

A monthly publication of the THS PTA September 2011 Volume 9, Issue 1

Mark Your Calendar

Friday, 9th Friday, 9th Saturday, 10th Saturday, 17th Monday, 19th Tuesday, 27th Wednesday, 28th Thursday, 29th SAT Registration Deadline Buy your BEAT BELL t-shirts at the game! ACT Testing GAP Pet Fair Open House Submissions for Trinity Times Due Today Bring canned food to football games Bring canned goods to Trinity/Bell game

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your submission to by September 27th.

Notes From The Principal

Welcome to a new school year. I am very excited to be back into the full swing of things. I hope your first few weeks have been exciting and successful. I want you to know that it is always our desire to help you and your student have a successful experience at Trinity. As we start this new year I have a few things to share with you and ask of you to help make this year great. First of all, I want to thank you for the overwhelming voter support we had for the bond election that passed at the end of last year. We strive to never forget that we work for the benefit and at the will of the community. Your support for our schools is greatly appreciated. I encourage you to make contact with each of your students teachers. Making this contact now serves several purposes. First and foremost it conveys a message to your student that you are interested in their school and that you want an open dialogue with the teachers so that you can stay actively involved. This also helps the teachers share information with you. It is far easier for teachers to add your info to their address book if you email them first. It is also frequently easier for teachers to return phone calls than it is to originate them. Making contact early, before there are any problems, establishes an open line of communication that can prove invaluable if an issue does arise later. I also encourage you to sign up for PIV (Pinnacle Internet Viewer.) This allows you to see your students grades for all of their classes in real time. This can be set up to notify you if a grade falls below a certain level, if a zero is entered, or something like that. If you are not already signed up for this, you can get the registration information from the main office here at school. One last thing I would like to ask of you concerns our dress code. In the Trinity Student Planner, the first sentence regarding the dress code says, In the tradition of Trinity High School, our student body will exemplify respect for themselves and each other by dressing appropriately during the school day. I would like to ask that you please have a conversation with your student about what this really means. I do not want to get in to the game of making a list of things you cant wear. I would much rather help our students learn that they project an image based on what they wear and that it is important to make sure that image matches how they truly want to be thought of. By helping them to have a high level of self-respect, I believe that we can take care of the dress code issues without having to argue about things like is this really fingertip length or not. I want you to know that I always welcome parent calls, emails, and visits. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please dont hesitate to contact me. Thanks, Mike Harris

Trinity Trojan PTA

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year at Trinity High School! My name is Linda Grady, and this is my second year to serve as THS PTA president. I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and are as excited about the new school year as I am! We have a lot of great plans and programs in store for this year, and are looking forward to serving the needs of Trinity students, staff, and parents as best as we can. First of all, I would like to extend a great big thank you to everyone who helped the PTA feed the awesome faculty and staff with our annual welcome back breakfast. We had a bunch of yummy breakfast casseroles, pastries, and fruit, which were greatly appreciated by the staff. It was a terrific way to begin the year, and let them know how much they are appreciated for all that they do for our children. We had many of our incoming sophomore parents sign up for PTA memberships on New Trojan Night, which we were very excited about! Your students should have received a PTA membership envelope during the first week of school. If you have not seen it yet, please be sure to ask about it and sign up now. We are needing as many members as possible, so sign up all moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles--even students are eligible to join as well! Please contact our Membership VP, Sharon Armendariz, at for more information. Your $8.50 membership helps the PTA to provide scholarships to graduating seniors; to present programs that educate and inform students, parents, and the community at large; and to show appreciation to the faculty and staff throughout the year in various ways. Becoming a member does not require you to volunteer if youre not interested, so please do not let this stop you from joining PTA! This year the PTA is also planning on hosting Kona Ice twice a month. The Kona Ice truck will be coming on select Thursdays during all lunch times, and students will be able to purchase snow cones in three sizes for $2, $3, and $4 each. Additionally, the PTA will be selling cards that offer twelve $1 punches for just $10--a $2 savings! These cards can be used at all Kona ice trucks, so stock up on your cards now. Cards can be purchased from Mrs. Davenport, our Fundraising chairperson, in the attendance office. Look for us at the home football games, selling our supply of t-shirts at great prices. Be sure to buy yours before they all run out! We are planning on debuting our new Beat Bell t-shirts at the September 9 football game. Were very excited about the design, and think they will become fan favorites! Dont forget to get yours in time for the Trinity vs. Bell game on September 29. T-shirts can also be purchased from Mrs. Davenport as well.

We do have a few openings on our executive board, if you would be interested in serving this year. The Education in Arts (or Reflections) chairmanship is open, as is the Legislative, and Council Delegates (two positions). If you would like more information, please contact me at or 817-657-2448. I would be happy to hear from you! Aside from these positions, were always looking for volunteers to help in various ways. We need help selling t-shirts at home football games, providing food for Staff Appreciation functions, helping out at these same functions, and donating prizes for staff appreciation events. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Chairperson, Jackie Reily, at Open House will be on September 19, which will be our first official PTA meeting of the year. We need to vote on changes to our bylaws, approve our tax-free sales days, and amend our budget. Please plan on attending this brief, but important, meeting to help us get our business organized for the year. You can also sign up for PTA memberships, buy t-shirts, and get on our email distribution list for the newsletter and/or volunteers. Best of luck for a wonderful year! Please do not hesitate to contact any of our officers if you are in need of any information throughout the year. We are happy to assist whenever we can! Sincerely, Linda Y. Grady THS PTA President

Notice of Changes to Trinity High School PTA Bylaws

We propose the following changes to our current bylaws: 1) Dissolve the position of Historian 2) Our election month will be March 3) Add a fourth Vice President to the executive board, to serve as VPFundraising 4) Change the regular meeting dates to September, January, and March 5) Add Council Delegates to serve as members of Executive Board 6) Change the fiscal year to July 1- June 30 to match IRS guidelines

PTA Board Members 2011-2012

President 1st VP Programs 2nd VP Membership 3rd VP Hospitality Secretary Treasurer Fundraising Newsletter Volunteer Coordinator Arts in Education Scholarship Legislative Clothes Closet Linda Grady Connie Oster Sharon Armendariz Cyndi Boggess Stacey Merchant Lorna Darling Melody Davenport Susan Shahan Jackie Reily OPEN Andrea Morris OPEN Lisa Walton

Senior/College Information Section

Stay Informed by visiting 7-12/Trinity H.S./Senior & College Information

THS Web Site

What can I find on the THS web site?

College Jargon Internet Insight Scholarship Opportunities College Preview Days College Local Visits SAT/ACT Dates Trinity Times Newsletter Senior Events

12-Sep 13-Sep 19-Sep Sep 20-21 22-Sep 30-Sep 03-Oct 04-Oct 13-Oct 18-Oct Oct 19-21 31-Oct 30-Oct 10-Jan 19-Jan 31-Jan 06-Mar 29-Feb 01-Mar 25-Feb 7-Mar 7-Mar 14-Apr 19-Apr 19-Apr

College Night Senior Picture (Group Picture) Open House So you are a senior what now?--for Students So you are a senior what now?--for Parents Last Day to have Senior Pictures Taken (if you want to appear in the Yearbook) Deadline for Sr Name Verification Change College Financial Aid Workshop for Students Balfour AssemblyCap, gown & announcements College Financial Aid Workshop Cap, gown & announcements orders Deadline to Submit Class Song & Motto Suggestions Yearbook Order Deadline Vote for Class Song & Motto Last chance to place order at school for Cap, gown & announcements Last chance to place order at Balfour for Cap, gown & announcements to avoid late fee Senior Song & Music Auditions Financial Aid Go Center-Help fill out FASFA Financial Aid Go Center-Help fill out FASFA Deadline to Submit Pictures for Sr Slideshow Announce Prom Ticket Price Senior Meeting Prom Ticket Sales Graduation Announcement Delivery Senior SummitSr ceremony dress code, review transcript, order final transcript, pick up shot records Prom Scholarship Recognition Form Due Senior MeetingAward Ceremony & Baccalaureate instructions, Cap/Gown pick up Baccalaureate Senior Awards Ceremony Senior MeetingMandatory Meeting if Attending Graduation Graduation

6:00-8:00 pm 9:30 AM 6:30 PM 4th per 6:30 PM By Appointment Only 4:00 PM Advisory 2 per 6:30-8:30 PM Lunch 4:00 PM

Hurst Convention Center Band Practice Field THS Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Marcel's at Monterra Mrs. Garners Office Auditorium THS Gym THS Auditorium Hall of Flags Ms. Renee Coffey (S206) Online (

Advisory Lunch 5:00 PM 4:00 PM 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 9:00 AM-8:00 PM Noon

Advisory Class Hall of Flags Balfour Choir Room Front Parking Lot Front Parking Lot Ms. Renee Coffey (S206)

TBA 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Senior Summit During English Class or Other Designated Time 7:00 PM-midnight 4:00 PM 2 per 3:00 PM 6:30 PM After Finals 2:00 PM

Auditorium Auditorium THS Gym THS Gym

28-Apr 01-May 17-May 20-May 21-May 24-May 26-May

Dallas Infomart Mrs. Mieyr or Counseling THS Gym THS Auditorium First Baptist Church Euless THS Auditorium Ft. Worth Convention Center

Early graduates will not receive reminders about important dates. It is the early graduates responsibility to keep up with dates & deadlines.

Join the Euless Trinity High School Seniors Facebook page to stay up to date with college information, scholarships, and senior announcements.

Balfour Dates
Date Event 10/13/11 Balfour Assembly Senior Cap, Gown & Announcements Junior Rings 10/19/11 Take orders 10/20/11 Take orders 10/21/11 Take orders 11/17/11 Take orders 12/15/11 Jr. Deliver Rings & Sr. Take Orders 12/16/11 Jr. Deliver Rings & Sr. Take Orders 01/19/12 Make-up day for orders 02/16/12 Make-up day for orders (Late Fee Applies) 04/19/12 Deliver Announcement (@ Senior Summit) 05/17/12 Deliver Cap & Gown (@ Senior Meeting) Time 2nd period Place Gym Auditorium Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Hall of Flags Gym Gym

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch All Day 2nd period

Lending a Hand for Those Special Occasions

HEB Prom Closet

1725 Bedford RoadBedford Hours: Wednesday 6-8 pm, Saturday Noon-3pm The HEB Prom Closet lends special occasion attire to all local residents students and adults for events such as banquets, homecoming, proms, weddings, and quinceaneras. Do you need something for a special occasion? Come borrow it from us! Lends Out at No Cost (However, a donation of$10 or more is greatly appreciated to help pay for cleaning and other expenses) Women's current formal or semi-formal gownsbanquet dressesprom dresses wedding dressesbridesmaid dressesfancy partydresses (short or long) dress shoes wrapspursesnecklacesbracelets, etc. Men's tuxedoessport coatsdress shirtsslacks. dress shoesbelts, etc. Also seeking Trinity Graduation Gowns, Caps, and cords Also recycling Homecoming mums and garters (any school) If you have questions contact: Melody DavenportTHS Attendance Secretary817-319-0321 before or after school or during 3rd period, or contact us at or on Facebook HEB Prom Closet Leadership Board: Dr. Robin Witt, Brenda Harris, Melody Davenport, Holley Hendrickson, Arlissa Schober, Sissy Smyer

Trinity High School Students to Head to China on an Educational Adventure! ESL teacher Stephanie Cronk is currently organizing a trip for interested Trinity students to discover the history and beauty of China on an EF educational tour in June of 2012. The eight-day tour includes staying in Beijing and visiting such sights such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China among other wonderful sites. There will be amazing cultural experiences, as well, such as participating in a taiji lesson and a tea ceremony, as well as enjoying a traditional Chinese dinner with Hutong families. If you or your student is interested or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Cronk at You can also visit the tour's site by going and entering the tour number 1013062. The next informational meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 19, at 5:30 in Room A203.State law now requires that students living in the dormitory receive the meningitis vaccine. We will be having a clinic on Friday, May 20th at 9:00AM in the nurses office to administer the vaccine. The cost will be $14. Consent forms may be picked up in the clinic. You may call the nurses at 817-3993653 or 817 399-3666 for any questions.


Clothes Closet
Volunteers are needed to help at the Clothes Closet. Hours during the school year are: Monday 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm Friday 10 am - 2 pm If you can help, call Joyce at 817.399.2559.

The Black & Blue Community-wide Food Drive Kick-off is September 28-29.

Black VS. Blue celebrates the friendly rivalry between Trinity High School (black) and Bell High School (blue). Black & Blue celebrates the collaboration taking place and rallies the community to support those families in need in our own backyards.

The 2010-2011 school year saw 52% of the students enrolled in the HEB ISD classified as "economically disadvantaged." Hungry students do not typically correlate to successful students. In 2010, 6 Stones helped over 14,000 residents with emergency assistance of food and clothing, among its other community projects.

We need your help helping those in need.

There are several ways to give:

Bring food to any Trinity or Bell home game starting with the Bell/Trinity game. Drop off food at 6 Stones

Visit for details.

Trinity Counseling News

Sophomore parents will be contacted about a Trojan Individual Planning Meeting (TIPS) for Sophomores throughout the first two trimesters of the 2011-2012 school year. It is an informative meeting about up and coming classes needed for graduation and two years beyond graduation. Preparation for this meeting will begin with the student completing a tour in Edugence, our new career planning model. A brochure outlining the meeting will be sent home through their World History A classes. Students and Parent alike are welcomed to visit the counselors website where they will find registration dates for the PSAT, ASVAB, SAT and the ACT, up and coming dates for important deadlines, and timelines for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. The counselors are here to serve and guide students into the programs to meet students needs. Please do not hesitate to call or email us at, Trinity High School, Trinity Counselors. Have a spectacular year! Kathryn Lorusso, Paul Durapau, Leslie Norton, Richard Thompson, and Sherry Heiser Trinity High School Counselors

Trinity Photography Department

The Ft. Worth Camera Club used five members of Trinity's Photo Department as their judges for the August club competition. The participating students were Alyssa Acree, Caroline Garcia, Kristin Williams, Lauren Corbet, and Paul Pizana. It was the first time students had been asked to judge for the club that has well over a hundred members and most often defeats the much larger Dallas Camera Club in their annual competition. The Trinity Photo Department photographed the Hico (TX) Six-Man Super Saturday football competition the last week in August and also the Kirk Herbstreit Football Classic in September in order to provide free photos to the participating schools which did not have photographers available to cover the special high-profile games.

Robotics Kicks Off at THS & Looks for Engineer Support

The HEB robotics team is back in full swing this year, hoping for another outstanding year. We compete in the local chapters of TCEA and FIRST robotics. We have teams for inventions, arena, and the FIRST FTC game (to be released on September 10th). This year we are bringing in 9th graders from area schools to mentor and grow our team for the future. Last year, we placed 3rd, 7th and 8th in district competition in inventions (and sent a team to state competition), 7th in arena (narrowly missing a wildcard bid to state), and won the Connect Award for FIRST (for our community involvement). We are in desperate need of an engineer! If you are an engineer and would be available for approximately one hour a week, we would be forever grateful! We would also welcome college students that are studying engineering. Do you work for a company that would be interested in sponsoring our team (either as volunteers or with financial support)? Robotics is an expensive venture for our school, and we are entirely self-supporting. We were able to start a team last year through the gracious support of several grants, and private donations to our team. We hope to continue our success and grow our team. We realize we cant do it without community support. For more information, please contact Donna Orozco at or 817-571-0271 extension 6102. Thank you!

IB News
The IB program is off to a fast start this year, with over 170 IB Juniors and Seniors. Students participated in the traditional, What I did over my Summer Vacation lunch meeting and listened to guest speakers from Nothing But Nets. Students held a bake sale on Aug. 26th. Funds were raised to support the Khaled Hosseini, Students Outreach for Shelter(SOS). IB students have also started a new group on campus, Make It Rain. The purpose of the group is to support small acts of kindness toward others.

Class of 2011
The Class of 2011 was an outstanding group of young people who were very successful in IB testing, 38 of the 49 senior students received their IB Diplomas. The students are starting college this fall with college hours and a feeling of being prepared for college at the schools listed below:


Austin College Baylor University Furman University Johns Hopkins University New York University Oklahoma Baptist University Purdue University Rice University Rochester Institute of Technology Savannah College of Art and Design Southern Methodist University Southwestern University Stanford University Texas A& M University Texas Christian University Texas Womans University University of Arizona University of Mississippi University of North Texas University of Texas Arlington University of Texas Austin University of Texas Dallas

Important dates - Fall and Winter IB Calendar

Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Oct 3 Oct. 7-8 Oct. 12 Oct. 17 Oct. 28 Nov 5 Nov 9 Nov 16 Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Nov. Dec. 6 Dec. 16 Jan 23 HEB College Night, 6:00-8:00pm THS Open House. 6:30 pm IB Academic Jacket Money Due 8th Grade IB information meeting for parents, PMC, 7:00-8:30pm Texas IB Schools meeting, Austin PSAT and other testing IB Parent Network Meeting, PMC, 7:00-8:30 pm Extended Essay Due World Affairs Council, India Workshop Drama Preview Night, 7:00pm Group 4 Project, Mock ELA Exam registration deadline IB Departmental meeting, 4:00pm, N-111 IB Sophomore Retreat Theatre Showcase, 7:00pm IB Student Reunion, N-111, 11:15-1:15pm IB College Night for Juniors, 5:30-8:00pm, PMC

Class of 2012 (Seniors) IB classes have started and the students are working hard to finish their extended essays and complete college applications. Class of 2013 (Juniors) Students are starting their IB journey. Students are working to make the transition to college level coursework. Class of 2014 (Sophomores) Application packets will be distributed through Pre-AP/IB English classes or in N-109 the week of October 17th. The packets will need to be completed and returned by the end of October. The IB Retreat will be held mid-November. The retreat will be a time for students to learn more about IB and to ask questions. Parent conferences will begin in December and should be completed by mid-March. Acceptance into the IB program is determined at the Parent Conference. Questions about the IB Program? Dr. Kim Kamin 817.399.3668

GAP Club
Hello All, Welcome back! We hope yall have enjoyed your first couple of weeks back and things have started to settle down. The GAP Club stayed busy throughout the dog days of summer, and we are happy to be back. The GAP girls would like to announce their first event of the 2011-2012 school year. Pet Fair is Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The fair will feature pet adoptions from the Euless Animal Shelter. There will be $15 micro chipping, low cost vaccinations (from 10:001:00), an onsite vet, pet photographer , dog bathing, $5 nail trimming by GAP, pet contests and a cake walk. If youd like to stay current on the diverse selection of cats and dogs at the Euless Animal Shelter, please visit, We are always looking for good dog and/or cat fosters! If you are interested in being a part of our foster program, please contact Steffenie Vela ( for more information. Great to see you back, GAP girls

2012 Class Council

Liz Ngyuen, President Madden Mengwasser, Vice President Alexis Carter, Secretary Erika Hilliard, Treasurer Rychlend Martin-Horne, Historian. The 2012 Prom Committee, includes Andie Bernhardt, Leana Funa, Jonathan Gomez, Rasheed Varner, Shelly Willden, and Ashley Ngaoluangrath, leading as Prom Chair.


The Trinity Volleyball team kicked off the 2011- 2012 pre-season with an aggressive start nd this year. The Lady Trojans won 2 place in the championship game during the Granbury rd tournament and they maintain a strong finish to win 3 place in the Double T tournament. After finishing up a successful pre-season the Lady Trojan started their district season with a Relentless attack which is the motto for the team this year. With seven Seniors on the team the Lady Trojans are a strong force both offensively and defensively but make no mistake these ladies are not only relentless on the court they are also relentless in the classroom when it comes to their academic standards. The American Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced the winners of the 2011 Team Academic Award. The award is based on the cumulative GPAs of the varsity team members. Minimum GPA is 3.3 and the Trinity team achieved a 3.75 for the 2010-2011 school year. This is the 8th consecutive year the team has won the award, and they were one of 164 teams from across the nation to win. This powerhouse volleyball team is honored to have seven returning Academic All District Players: Piyusha Boteju, Remy Bucknor, Haley Major, Emily Miles, Alex Morphew, Alexus Morris and Christiana Tavo. Come out and watch the Lady Trojan wrap up their district season as they pave their way to the playoff.