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Kalispell, MT 59901
21st Century Learning
Trinity Lutheran School maintains a foundational focus on academics in a Christian setting. Success in the 21st century learning is reliant on far more than basic systematic or fluent reading, writing, math, and computing skills. To function well in the context of modern life, learners must also develop key interpersonal skills, independent and collaborative work habits, discernment about information and media, and a global perspective through a Christian lens.
Trinity’s 21st century skills can be categorized under four areas:
Global Awareness from a Christian World View
Critical Thinking and Innovation (including the arts)
Information, Media, and Technology Literacy
Communication and Presentations
Global Awareness with a Christian World View
Did you know? Trinity students score well above average in social studies on national tests. Within Trinity’s 21st century focus, global awareness is a high priority in Religion, Social Studies, and Christian Leadership. It is our hope to instill in students a deeper understanding and appreciation for other peoples, as well as having them visualize the challenges around the globe. Our school prepares learners to address the complex issues in other countries in an increasingly interdependent world. Trinity focuses on service learning projects, school-sponsored travel/missions opportunities, guest speakers on international issues, connections and partnerships with schools and communities, and a focus on current events.
Critical Thinking and Innovation
All subject area lessons and activities explore “Depth of Knowledge” (DOK levels) from basic recall to strategic thinking. Upper elementary students have the opportunity to engage in deeper discussions and activities throughout the day. In upper elementary and Junior High, TLS Strategic Seminars may be implemented, in addition to “Purposeful Talk”, or “Literature Circle” formats. Lower elementary may also access “Depth of Knowledge” questioning through discussion groups.
Innovation and creativity is practiced in many ways, but mostly through STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Design).
Science Extensions - Hands On Science Lab 5-8
Did you know?
TLS students score well above average in science on national tests.
TLS offers a hands on lab experience beginning in 5th grade, where other local schools start a formal lab experience as late as 7th grade.
At TLS, we know that Christian education and scientific principles are not mutually exclusive. All of creation declares the glory of God (Psalm 19:1-6). TLS students do the same because they study science with a discriminating lens using Christian standards with supplemental resources. A comprehensive curriculum is provided and integrates the inerrant Word of God with inquiry based principles. Students maximize higher level thinking skills to grasp the complexities of God’s design.
Junior High Academy science students participate in the Introduction to Programming EV3 Curriculum during science. This is a curriculum designed to teach core computer programming logic and reasoning skills using a robotics engineering context. Lessons are organized around key robotics and programming concepts. Students are provided an introduction to a “real world robot” and the context in which it operates. Students may engage in challenges that their robots might encounter. TLS students have the opportunity to participate in a regional Robotics challenge.
Outdoor Education K-8
Whether it’s planting seeds, snowshoeing at Glacier, fishing or camping, students at TLS have the opportunity to participate in some form of outdoor education. Nature instills awe and wonder as students learn to become stewards of God’s creations. Students engage in a unique learning and spiritual experience in the beauty God created for us. Outdoor education is multi-disciplinary as it integrates disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, earth science, atmospheric science, mathematics, and geography. Students may go on simple nature hikes, fishing trips, or even camping (6-8) where they take cliff challenges, singing and praying around campfires, and building lasting relationships.
Information, Technology & Media
Did you know? TLS students have access to a full computer lab up to twice per week. Our lab provides learners with the skills to use computers for higher level purposes.Trinity students K-8 have access to IPADS and Smartboards in class on a regular basis. It is our goal to have 1:1 computing for Junior High Academy Students (7-8).
Students learn about the various functions of computers. Classroom projects often incorporate the use of computer programs. For example,students collaborate on "Google Docs" for writing and more. Last year, Junior High Academy students practiced computer coding using a program called “Scratch.” Students wrote computer code and applied programming skills to Robotics. TLS students learn to use the internet safely for research, topical interests, and communication. Keyboarding skills are also taught to help learners gain accuracy and speed. Students also have options for individualized technology based programs using IXL math in the lab. Future computer lab learning will incorporate video editing for the film making of Christian Service Announcements, and may include a digitally based foreign language program.
By the completion of 8th grade TLS students are expected to demonstrate ethical Christian behavior and work responsibly and collaboratively with others to meet individual and team goals. Students will solve problems and make decisions using technology tools. They will use expanded features of spreadsheet, presentation software, digital storytelling, and visual language as forms of telecommunications to publish information.
Communications and Presentations
Students at Trinity have a long history of being effective communicators and presenters. TLS students have always demonstrated they are cognizant of their audience and purpose as they articulate ideas. Effective communication begins in kindergarten. Next year, students will focus even more on written communication, group collaboration, and multimedia communication. Students will work productively in a group setting and demonstrate flexibility in assuming different roles and responsibilities. Writing assignments will increase rigor and variety to ensure preparation for high school. Multimedia communication will extend beyond PowerPoints and may include video development, google document collaboration, tweets to Jesus, the arts and more!