Family origin, family focus!
Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School was founded by several members of four churches on the east side of Green Bay. Seeing a need for Lutheran education on the east side, with only LCMS schools on the west side, they began the task of starting the school in 2001. In 2003, Christ of the Bay Lutheran Church, Hope Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and Our Saviour Lutheran Church created Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School Association. Tasked with starting a school the association established Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School that fall with an enrollment of 6 students in first and second grade. In each consecutive year, Trinity added a grade until it offered kindergarten through eighth grade. Green Bay Trinity is a feeder school for NEW Lutheran High School and has sent over 90% of every graduating class on to NEW Lutheran High. This has led Trinity to join the NEW Lutheran School Association in 2018 developing a stronger school system.
At Trinity we understand that it takes a village to raise a faithful child. Here you will experience the support and care of a diverse group of staff and parents. We work together to nurture our children so they are equipped to excel in high school and grow into leaders that can withstand the challenges the world will throw.
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
At Green Bay Trinity students learn in an unapologetically Lutheran atmosphere. All of our subjects and classrooms are rooted in our strong doctrinal beliefs such as the authority of Scripture and justification by faith. Luther's Small Catechism is prominently taught throughout our school which summarizes key Christian teaching. The study of the Bible is Central to Lutheran education, students engage in regular Bible studies and scipture memorization. Scripture will also be integrated into all subjects, demonstrating how our faith intersects with different aspects of life.
Students will participate in regular chapel services, providing students with opportunities for spiritual growth and community building. Our chapel follows a liturgical structure which highlights traditions in worship and the importance of regular involvement in a church family. Pastors from our association churches regularly lead these chapels and pronounce the absolution of our sins after confessing them all together as a school body.
Our Lutheran identity is prominent for all who come whether they are Lutheran or not. We welcome all.
Meeting Or Exceeding Standards
When teachers and students in Lutheran schools understand that God has a purpose for them, they respond with a desire to work toward excellence.
Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School holds its students to a higher academic standard, aiming to provide students with a rigorouous and comprehensive education. We focus on curriculum development, instructional quality, and practices to ensure academic excellence. We recognize that each student is uniquely and wonderfully made. We implement strategies to individualize learning when possible and needed. We look to support students with the tools we have available in house or as provided by the state through various services. We continue to rank second highest in our community for our state report card for schools willing to submit their results to the state.
Our teachers persue excellence in their daily devotion to be better than the day before. Faculty and staff are invovled in ongoing professional development to stay abreast of the latest educational trends, teaching methodologies, and technology. Certain days are taken off from the school year to attend workshops or work collaboratively on furthering our skills. Teachers are also encouraged to continue their learning through advanced degrees to become content area experts. Multiple teachers on staff have obtained Master Degrees from various accredited universities.
The Lutheran Mafia
One learns more of Christ in being married and rearing children than in several lifespans in study in a monastery - Martin Luther
Parents are a students' first teacher. Our staff embrace the knowledge and wisdom that can be shared from parents in efforts to meet the needs of every student. At Trinity, we stress the importance of a positive partnership between the home and the school. A main staple in this effort is regular communication. Each classroom has its own way of communicating to parents, but you can expect a teacher to communicate through: a weekly classroom newsletter, a weekly school-wide newsletter, remind app, parent-teacher conferences, and face-to-face conversations. We use FACTS as our student information system. This online portal has means of communicating to teachers and checking grades. Keeping clear lines of communication helps establish a partnership that beneifts the student.
We have many volunteer opportunities that foster a positive partnership with the classroom. As grades go on field trips, we may need parents to help as chaperones. Chaperones are expected to complete a background check and safety training. We also have an active Parent Teacher League. This group of parents is responsible for running many events around our school. The biggest of those groups is the auction committee. Parents on this group easily meet their volunteer hours, and help coordinate and run the biggest fundraiser for our school. We have multiple groups that requires a wide array of skills, talk to Mrs. Meerstein or Mr. Sawyer in the office and they'll gladly point you to a group that would fit your gifts and strenghts. These groups help enrich our overall program that benefit our students.
Planning For The Demands Of Tomorrow
People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions. - Martin Luther
Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School is not content with the status quo. Education is a fluid field and is constantly gaining insight and wisdom from previous generations. As we learn from the past we look to the future and how we can better inform our practices. Through self examination and a growth-mindset, Trinity aims to prepare our students for the world of tomorrow.
Accreditation is a method we use to keep our school on the forefront of theory and practice. We maintain accreditation with NLSA (National Lutheran School Accreditation). It is recognized as a rigorous process that keeps us moving and improving. The accreditation process ends with a five-year action plan that seeks to improve good to great and take great to best. Through this process many powerful practices are identified that demonstrate our strenghts. It also identifies areas that we need to polish so that we can be better than the day before and ready to grow.
Currently, work is being down to physically meet the need of our growth. We have consulted with the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools (ALSS) for recommendations on facility improvements and growth. We hope to put those plans into place and prepare for the growing classes that are moving through our grades.
Making Disciples For Life
The LCMS values Christian education and believes that it must address the whole person in body, mind and spirit from early chilhood to higher ed.
Discipleship is learned, not inherent. It requires mentorship and guidance. Trinity has many opportunites for students to develop their skills as given by God. Our chapel families sit together in chapel and offer an opporunity for the younger students to see proper behavior modeled. The older students are given the opportunity to model proper chapel behavior. Chapel families meet multiple times throughout the year to complete service projects and form relationships.
Discipleship often emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills within the context of faith. Students are encouraged to explore their personal beliefs, ask questions, and engage in thoughtful discussion that deepen their understanding of Lutheran theology. Lutheran education integrates faith into every aspect of a student's life, including academic studies. As a student grows in their skill they often will take the lead in offering prayers before or after a meal, volunteer for programs in their home church, and become active visible members of their church.
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