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First Annual TCA Writing Contest a Success

After a decade in the Brockton community, TCA students continue to shine. The celebrations for TCA’s 10th year in existence kicked off with the first annual TCA Writing Contest sponsored by the Development Office. Students in grades 6-8 had the chance to compose a nonfiction account of his/her time at Trinity, a narrative explaining how Trinity positively impacted him/her, or a persuasive essay convincing another student why (s)he should attend our school.

With over 28 entries, our judges, including Richard “Dick” Grant, formerly Stonehill College’s Associate Dean of Academic Achievement, selected the top three places. Essay winners were announced at TCA’s Annual Holiday Concert on December 15.

Javon Brathwaite, first place

Meg-Tina Kwankam, second place

Emma Cuevas, third place

 

Thank you to all who participated, and job well done to our winners! 

Living as Jesus' Disciples

Eighth graders Bethannie and Enorguehi may be going on to high school next year, but that is not stopping these girls from making known their legacy while still at TCA. Last year, Bethannie and Enorguehi set up a toy drive for disadvantaged youth in the Brockton community, totaling more than 50 gifts given to children last year. Hopeful that they will match their record from last year, Enorguehi says, “Even if we don’t get as many gifts as last year, it’s all about the effort.”

Giving back is a legacy well known to both Bethannie’s and Enorguehi’s family households. Every holiday season, Bethannie’s family sends toys to her cousins in Haiti, and Enorguehi's family sends toys for relatives in Nigeria. Inspired by the kindness of her parents, Bethannie states her reason for giving back as simply as, “What can I do to help kids who don’t get gifts during the holiday season feel like someone will always be there for them?” For Enorguehi, the toy drive comes back to her love of kids. "I want to do something helpful that will benefit kids," she says. As a follow up, she adds, “To show that Trinity is with you.”

When it comes to their ideas and actions, Bethannie and Enorguehi take little to no credit. Bethannie remarks, “Little things can make a big difference. We’re Jesus’ disciples. Jesus’ disciples help spread the good word and we spread the word by caring for others.” 

Prayerful Intentions

At a school where religion classes are daily, school-wide Masses monthly, and seventh and eighth grade classes attend Mass weekly, students are fully engaged with their Catholic education. But for fifth grader Happy Pokraka and her classmates, it simply wasn’t enough. When Happy told her teacher she wanted to start a prayer club, Mrs. Mussari couldn’t say no. Every two weeks, students gather in the upstairs classroom to begin their afternoon in thoughtful conversation with God.

“I pray to be closer to God and to follow in God’s footsteps,” says Cadence at 6th grader. Upon learning about disadvantaged populations around the world, 6th grader Sarah answered that she prays because, “Not many people have what we have that is decent. Some people don’t have what we do in terms of natural resources.”

Building moral character is at the center of TCA’s mission and model for education. As a Catholic school, we encourage students by giving them positive reinforcement in the classroom and use the teachings of the Catholic faith to instill a moral guidance that will support them to make informed decisions in the future. Happy’s prayer club reflects TCA’s mission in action.

We asked Happy to share with us why she started the prayer club. Her response: “I love praying and giving things to others and I love helping out.” 

The Prayer Club’s latest project has included collecting holiday cards, which will be mailed to veterans this week.

 

 

Lower Campus Celebrates Halloween with Parade

On a chilly October morning, the Halloween parade at Lower Campus got our students moving as they cheered "TCA, TCA, TCA!" when preschoolers, pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners made their way around in their festive costumes. First through third grade students, parents, teachers and staff joined in on the cheers! 

TCA Parent Provides Flu Vaccinations for Staff

To help in our promotion of a healthy school environment, TCA staff was recently given the opportunity to get the seasonal flu vaccination for free on campus. The shots were generously administered by TCA parent Emma Njoroge, who volunteered her time and expertise to deliver the shots to over 15 members of faculty and staff to decrease spreading the flu to students. Thank you to CVS for providing these vaccines. 

Art Teacher Wins $1,000 Grant for School

A big congratulations to our art teacher Jeannine Tasho for winning the Kane Show Great Teacher Thank You Contest. Tasho was honored on the radio station on September 13th and won a $1,000 grant for classroom supplies, sponsored by Lindsay Automotive Group. Tasho, who came back to teach after a 30 year hiatus and raising 5 kids, started at TCA in 2011. She has been extremely resourceful through the past decade, going above and beyond to accumulate supplies for teaching students including reusing recyclable materials. With the addition of $1,000 grant, Tasho will certainly be able to improve her already incredible art program for students in prekindergarten to grade 8. Under her guidance, TCA has seen many students win prestigious art awards and contests. Tasho deserves this success and we couldn't be prouder of her recognition!

Back to School Night Sets Tone for New School Year

Parent involvement is one of the major contributions for youth success, and is key at a young age, especially for urban schools. We had a record turn out at our Back to School Nights. At both campuses, the Principals introduced the new teachers and explained new procedures for the school year. Then parents met individually with teachers in their students' classrooms to hear what they'll be learning, and expectations for involvement. We are excited to see our parents actively engaged with our school, and how we can work together to meet the needs of all our students!

HarborOne Donates School Supplies, Backpacks to TCA

HarborOne Bank recently worked with Merrimack Mortgage to fill more than 4,000 backpacks with back to school gear and supplies for students. TCA was one of the many grateful schools and nonprofits that accepted these backpacks - stocked with brand new school supplies - giving parents/guardians peace of mind, and ensuring that all students are equally equipped to succeed.

TCA is grateful for business partners like HarborOne, who provide our students with the necessary resources they need to fully access and participate in our educational program. Check out HarborOne in action by reading more about their good work here.

TCA Names Susan Degnan, M.Ed. as Upper Campus Principal

In late May, the Principal Search Committee concluded their exploration for who would fill the big shoes of former Upper Campus Principal John Guiggio when he had retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. It is our pleasure to announce that Susan Degnan, former headmaster at Fontbonne Academy, has accepted our offer to continue providing impactful education so that more than 180 students at the Upper Campus can thrive. Read more on Ms. Degnan here. 

Hats Off to the Grads

If you can believe it, Trinity graduated its tenth 8th grade class on June 9th. We are so proud of our students reaching the next level on their academic journeys!

According to the Archdiocese of Boston, 93% of high school students attending Catholic high schools go onto 4 year colleges (2013), compared to 70% of public high school students (US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016). Having attended a Catholic school significantly impacts a student’s likelihood of attending a 4 year institution. We’re so proud of our most recent high school graduate alumni and can’t wait to see where the road will take them next! Check out the list below for where these stellar scholars are headed:

Trinity Turns 10!

For the past decade, Trinity Catholic Academy has served the Brockton community to its best ability. Guided by the spirit and teachings of the Catholic Church, over 300 students have graduated onto prestigious local high schools such as Cardinal Spellman High School, Boston College High School, Catholic Memorial, Notre Dame Academy, Cathedral High School, to name a few. Our commitment to providing an environment where every student is given the same access to education is the cornerstone of our success.

PTO Hosts Paint Nite

TCA’s PTO hosted our first annual Family Paint night on June 1, 2017.

 

Families and TCA students came out on Thursday June 1st to spend time, hone their art skills, and enjoy each other’s company. A local company supported the event by donating art supplies, and two professional teachers. The teachers and PTO staff supported our attendees in creating gorgeous tropical summer scenes. Each person was able to create a lovely seascape with their own flair to get them excited for the upcoming summer season. Families enjoyed themselves, and look forward to trying out their artistic abilities again someday at a future family paint night event.

Thank you to all that attended, TCA PTO looks forward to continued support of family fun activities!

Grade 5 Wax Museum - An Annual Affair

On June 7 and 8, the fifth grade wing of Trinity Catholic Academy was abuzz with activity.  The children in Mrs. Calogrias’s, Ms Mussari’s and Mrs. Ryan’s classes worked hard reading biographies about famous individuals.  After collecting important information about these individuals, the children created speeches to present at the Wax Museum.  Part of the project also included making puppets to resemble the person each child was representing.

Connecting Academics to Real-World Experiences

On February 16, 2017, in honor of Presidents’ Day, 25 top senior executives gathered at TCA’s Upper Campus for the First Annual Presidents’ Leadership & Career Day.   Business leaders from the healthcare, financial, and other industries shared their on-the-job experiences during visits to classrooms, giving students the opportunity to discover how their day-to-day learning can make a difference outside the classroom walls.