Being a Trinity Lion goes beyond the classroom. As a means to develop students’ confidence, curiosity, and responsibility and their sense of community, Trinity Lutheran School offers many opportunities for students to develop leadership and other skills, learn about their community and various careers, and pursue new interests.
Trinity Lutheran School’s athletics program strives to help students master coordination skills, develop attitudes for a healthy lifestyle.
Trinity Lutheran School has a rich and storied tradition of athletic excellence that supplements our academic program. Team sports stress teamwork and good sportsmanship. Beginning in fifth grade, students are eligible to participate on sports teams.
Fall sports include girls’ volleyball, co-ed soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, and cheerleading. Winter sports include boys’ and girls’ basketball and cheerleading. Spring sports include boys’ baseball, girls’ softball, and tennis.
Trinity Lutheran School is a member of the Peninsula Independent Athletic League (PIAL).
“We are lucky to teach students who are just as enthusiastic about learning outside of the classroom. We are leaving a legacy of appreciating and protecting our natural environment.”
– Sandy Butler, Outdoor Education Instructor
There are no worksheets in Outdoor Ed, and the tests sometimes involve blisters and sweat. The classroom is nature and the classroom supplies are compasses, canoes, shovels, and tents. Yet in a time when many adolescents focus their energy on iPads and iPhones, it is refreshing to know that middle school students at Trinity Lutheran School clamber each fall for a chance to head outdoors to perform physical labor and to get their hands dirty. For more than 34 years, Outdoor Education, an elective led by veteran teacher and athletic director Sandy Butler, has been a mainstay at Trinity. It is truly one of a kind!
Beginning in sixth grade, students can spend two days a week immersed in preparations for the trips that are the hallmark of Outdoor Ed. Outdoor education allows a student to practice the “leave no trace” ethics of outdoorsmanship, i.e., our responsibility is to leave our outdoor world the same or better than we found it. Outdoor Ed students also learn about preparedness, responsibility, and teamwork, and that they can achieve far more than they ever expected they could.
The itinerary includes beginning hikes on the Noland Trail, camping in Newport News Park, sharpening survival skills on a farm in South Hill, cavern explorations, National Park Civil War tours, bicycle excursions, and canoeing on the Shenandoah River.
“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”
– William Bennet, Former U.S. Secretary of Education.”
Trinity Lutheran School believes in the timeless and universal human connection of the arts, and its vital role in creativity, problem solving, perseverance, and focus. TLS also recognizes music boosts math skills, and drama can give us new perspectives and understanding. Here at TLS, our music and visual arts teachers students use their classes to complement topics being taught in core classes. Our fine arts program includes chorus, hand bells, band, visual arts, and drama.
Educational opportunities outside of the regular classroom allow students to apply and expand upon their knowledge and skills beyond their classroom curriculum. We encourage students to explore and participate in these opportunities. Here is a sampling of activities for TLS Lions.
Annual Ship Repair Virtual LEGO Competition sponsored by the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation
Middle school students use free LEGO CAD software to design a portion of a ship that may be repaired in Hampton Roads; learn about careers in the ship repair industry; practice technology and presentation skills; and increase their mathematical, analytical, and conceptual skills.
Battle of the Books
This reading incentive program for 4th and 5th grade students encourages kids to read a specified list of books and then compete in teams with other schools to showcase their knowledge of what they read.
Bayport Savings Days
Trinity Lutheran has its very own student-run Bayport Credit Union branch! This program brings real world financial literacy and financial education into our school. All of our students (PreK-8th grade) are able to open an account and make deposits every Monday from 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Students in grades 5-8 who are selected to the Honor Council assist with TLS Code of Conduct violations, such as such items as: forging parents’ signatures, cheating, lying, stealing, and plagiarism. Honor Council is one of many leadership opportunities within the school.
Trinity’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, chartered in 2002, recognizes students for academic achievement and community service.
Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA)
ISCA gives students from across the globe the chance to travel to the UK with friends and teachers from their own school and experience the culture and history of the UK in a fun and interactive way. This summer program for 7th and 8th graders allows students to expand their cultural horizons and become global citizens. Watch for news announcements regarding this educational opportunity.
Student Council Association (SCA)
The Upper and Lower Schools each elect their class officers. The Lower School’s and Upper School’s SCAs provide opportunities for leadership and community service. Some of their annual service projects include: canned food drives, Coats for Kids, PORT, and the SPCA. These projects support Trinity’s mission to the community.
This program instills in students a sense of responsibility and leadership. Each day they protect classmates going to and from school by offering assistance with arrival and dismissal procedures.