The 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start. Thank you to everyone for all of the enthusiasm and effort you have brought to the start of the Fall semester. The future in our school district and region is bright and very exciting.
The Allegheny Conference for Community Development estimates that 29,000 new jobs will be opening due to retirements each year for the next 10 years. Trinity Area School District is poised to provide our students with the opportunity to fill those positions. Our focus on personalized education and STEAM curriculum will enable our students to be college or career ready upon graduation. We have recently arranged partnerships with California University of Pennsylvania and Penn Commercial’s Toni & Guy Cosmetology Program for students to complete college and career training while enrolled in high school.
Thanks to the generous support of Exxon, we have also participated in the National Math and Science Initiative during the past year. As a result, the number of student enrollments in advanced placement courses has grown considerably. More importantly, our students achieved a 188% increase in qualifying scores!!! To assist in preparing our students, California University of Pennsylvania agreed to provide online tutoring for mathematics during the school day, as well as in the evening. Additionally, the innovative initiative supported by grants from Southwest Training provides our students with the opportunity to remediate and advance their mathematical understanding. We have several exciting new programs to share with you.
This year, the implementation of our Freight Farm is well underway as is the transition to our new Naviance Career and Academic goal setting. Each of these new initiatives will substantially contribute to improving our curriculum and our educational structure which will in turn improve our students’ preparation for life after graduation.
Finally, our Counseling Department has been focused on providing additional supports for students regarding career and college readiness. At their recommendation, the District is pursuing “Career Pathway” curriculum. This program provides students with the opportunity for self-discovery, career planning, college exploration, and academic preparation. Please contact our School Counselor to learn more about how your child can benefit from this opportunity. We look forward to seeing the benefits of our newest educational and STEAM developmental initiatives throughout the school year.
The Trinity High School faculty is very proud of the efforts being made to promote academic and personal success for all students and we look forward to supporting our total school community with continued excellence. We remain committed to the best, most differentiated and personalized instruction we can offer every student and we believe our relationships with local universities, employers and nonprofit organizations will provide the rich experiences that will enable our students to fill the upcoming employment opportunities our region will experience.
If you have any questions, please contact the high school office or contact me directly at 724-223-2000 ext. 6501.
Thomas J. Samosky