From the Desk of the Principal: May Newsletter

05-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Marian devotions are those prayers and acts undertaken to honor Mary and with the intent of seeking her intercession with her Son, Jesus, and his Father. Take time this month and pray the rosary as a family learn the Memorare.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day: God made a wonderful mother, A mother who never grows old; He made her smile of the sunshine, and He molded her heart of pure gold; In her eyes He placed bright shining stars, In her cheeks fair roses you see; God made a wonderful mother, and He gave that dear mother to me. — Pat O’Reilly

Holy Communion: Congratulations to our second graders who will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th. Always know the Lord will be with you all the days of your life. May the Lord bless each one of our 2nd graders:  Athena Ameredes, Peter Baker, Luke Blatt, Sophia Colosimo, Ashlyn Curry, Derek Daniel, David DelFiandra, Ava DePace,  Landon Don, Thomas Einloth, Elin Gabor, Erin Gayliardi, Chase Getz, Adrian Jerabek, Lauralei Kroniser, Noah Latouf, Samantha Loehlein, Isabella Madden, Connor Males, Tyler Mars, Maeve McGarvey, Vivian Miller, Mia Molinaro, Aric Rigler, Nathan Sawayda,  Isabella Sedei,  Marco Sidhom, Alexandra Sipusic, Kaylee Tamburino, Zachary Teramana, Kerrigan Wallover, and  Maeve Winterhalter.

May Crowning: During the month of May, Holy Trinity Catholic School will honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will hold our annual May Crowning ceremony on Friday, May 17th, immediately following 8:15am mass. The May Crowning will include a church procession involving second graders dressed in their First Communion dresses and suits, and 2 representatives from each grade. All students are to dress up or wear their mass uniform.  May Crowning will be held in the church so dress clothes must be appropriate.

Second grade parents the photographer will be here to take individual communion pictures of your child as well as the May Crowning Court.  Additional information will be sent home.

May Crowning Representatives:

Kindergarten: Loreline Pino & Dustin Daniel
1st: Mia Gaffney & Garrett Carlowski
3rd: Catherine Schmidt & Leo Beadling
4th: Lindsay Bressler and Alex Smith
5th: Natalia Gonzalez and Matthew Sawayda
6th: Mia Crofford and P.J. Hawkins
7th: Contessa Tripodi and Michael Smith
8th: Evie Minzer and Collin Cimino
Queen and King: Kara Bridge & Danny Miller

Important Dates

Date Event
Wed, May 8 Honor League
Fri, May 17 May Crowning & Talent Show
Wed, May 22 Violin Concert
Thu, May 23 Band & Chorus Concert
Fri, May 24 End of Year Show
Wed, May 29 Miss Kugel’s Graduation, 9:30am
Miss Sutton’s Graduation, 1:15pm
Thu, May 30 Miss McGuire Graduation, 9:00am
Mon, Jun 3 Field Day
Tue, Jun 4 8th Grade Graduation
Wed, Jun 5 Battle of the Books
Thu, Jun 6 Kindergarten Graduation
Fri, Jun 7 4th & 7th Grade field Trip
Mon, Jun 10 Last Day of School, 11:45am Dismissal

In Appreciation of Mrs. Z: Mrs. Zukowski our volunteer librarian for the past 20 years will not be returning next school year.  Mrs. Z loves Holy Trinity School and has been providing library service for our children several times a week faithfully.  At 80+ Mrs. Z, took great pride in the library.  She knows the children and enjoyed seeing them weekly.

The teachers and staff have shown our appreciation to Mrs. Z every year at Christmas and at the end of the year.  I feel it is important to show our appreciation for her service.  If you would like to contribute a monetary gift for Mrs. Z please send it to the school office by May 15th marked Mrs. Z.  We will honor her at the End of the Year Program on May 24th.

Thank You Volunteers

The Gift of Time is Priceless
A volunteer is tried and true
So much thanks is owed to you
Valuable is the work you do
Outstanding in how you always come through
Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer
Untiring in your efforts throughout the year
Notable are the contributions you make
Trustworthy in every project you take
Eager to reach your every goal
Effective in the way you fulfill your role
Ready with a smile like a shiny star
Special and wonderful is what you are.

On behalf of the students and staff of Holy Trinity Catholic School, I want to thank you for volunteering this school year. We know your time is valuable, and your willingness to contribute some of that valuable time to HTS shows your commitment to the well-being of our students. The contributions you have made really made a difference in our students’ educational experience and social lives this year. As you know, students, staff, and parents here at HTS enjoy a warm, caring community that fosters the highest standards of spiritual, academic, and social growth. The efforts of volunteers like you are a vital part of that community. Thank you again, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Our Amazing Kids

The Holy Trinity School students performed High School Musical, Jr. on April 11th -13th. In the musical, Gabriella, Lily Barbisch and Troy, Kyle Rooney are encouraged to audition for the new school musical. As they try out for the play, they challenge the status quo. The students did an awesome job. Thanks to our teacher directors Anne Beck, Cassidy Shipley, and Rachael Wallover for sharing their time and talents with the students. Thanks to Dawn Lecker, Elis Minzer and Lauren Sutton for helping with the musical.

Our Amazing Cast: Sierra Abbott,  Henry Barbisch, Lily Barbisch, Carrie Betten, Ashley Boehm, Kara Bridge, Kaylie Butts, Isabella Cardimen, Mia Crofford,  Julia Davoli,  Sofia Davoli, Maria DelFiandra,  Sean Frosell, Jimmy Gaffney, Sammy Gaffney, Ashlyn Gill, Christian Gill,  Bianca Golomb, Natalia Gonzalez, Hunter Gorsuch, Tanner Gorsuch, P.J. Hawkins, Chloe Hornyak, Elise Hornyak,  Lily Ireland, Isaac Jones, Jordan Jones, Gianna Kennelly, Lexi Kolocouris, Natalie Krulac, Kailee Kunchick, Riley Lecker, Rachael Lucas, Aubrey Males, Jack Marcello, Melaina Merlo, Kate Mickle, Evie Minzer, Clare Mulvay, Olivia Mulvay, Ricky Murray, Marina Nickolas, Angelina Osso, Gianna Osso  Natalie Paluso, Leah Parker, Marin Reinhardt, Kyle Rooney, Sophia Saginaw, Izzy Seibel, Sarah Sellmen, Julia Seng, Lindsey Sperandeo, Harold Tarr, Triumph Tarr, Andrew Taylor, Contessa Tripodi, Roman Tripodi, Jack Turina, Armando Velasquez, McKinley Walsh, Allison Weaver, Lydia Wegrzynowicz, Olivia Wegrzynowicz, Victoria Wegrzynowicz, Piper White, and Zoe Woessner

Our Super Stage Crew: Alan Betten, Collin Cimino, Damian Davila, Vincent Frank, Billy Fryer, Marco Iacchetti,Tyler Gaffney, Joey Leininger, Karolina Lucas, Corinne Ludwick, Mason Moore, Nathan Schmind,  and Grace Murray

HTS Spelling Bee Champ: Holy Trinity Catholic school students in grades 4-6 participated in a Spelling Bee on March 28th to determine the HTS representative for the Diocesan Spelling Bee.  The bee lasted 10 rounds and the winner was sixth grader Alexandra Loehlein.  Alex correctly spelled the word absolutely for the win. She will attend the Diocesan Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 15th at    St Louise de Marillac School in Pittsburgh. Good Luck, Alexandra. We are proud of you!

Holy Trinity Catholic School Honor Roll March 2019: Holy Trinity Catholic School proudly announces our Honor Roll for the 3rd quarter. All students in grades 6th – 8th can earn a place on the quarterly Honor Roll by meeting the following criteria.

Honors: Quality point average of 3.25 – 3.74
High Honors: Quality point average of 3.75 – 4.0

Congratulations to our students in grades 6-8 who earned a place on the HTS Honor Roll!

  • 8A High Honors: Lily Barbisch, Alan Betten, Tyler Gaffney, Corinne Ludwick, Kate Mickle, Danny Miller, Evie Minzer, Clare Mulvay, Lorin Planinsic, Sage Sonnett and Allison Weaver.
  • 8A Honors: Sierra Abbott, Steven Baker, James Gaffney, Samuel Gaffney,Kyle Janas and Olivia Mulvay.
  • 8B: High Honors: Kara Bridge, Collin Cimino, Karolina Lucas, Nathaniel Schmid, Amanda Stub, Olivia Wegrzynowicz, Alexis Zurbola
  • 8B Honors: Isabella Cardimen, Gianni Domenico, Vincent Frank, Isaac Huang, Joseph Leininger, Caiden Ohrn, Kyle Rooney, Isabelle Seibel, Victoria Wegrzynowicz
  • 7A High Honors: Eliza Bell
  • 7A Honors: Luke Baker, Dominic Bodek, Bianca Golomb, Ryan Saginaw, Samantha Sawayda, Julie Seng, Michael Smith
  • 7B High Honors:  Aaron Williams
  • 7B Honors:  Maddie Ashbaugh, Reighan Bean, Anthony D'Orazio, Sofia Davoli, Jenna Gardner, Julian Myron, Marie Pigoni, Contessa Tripodi
  • 6A High Honors: Carrie Betten, Sean Frosell, Chloe Hornyak, Joelle Ludwick, Jack Marcello, Liam McAndrews, Luke Miller, Hannah Zurbola
  • 6A Honors: Henry Barbisch, Riley Lecker, Corinna Martella, Matthew Mickle, Natalie Paluso, Ava Tournay
  • 6B High Honors:  Tommy Butts, Sarah Buzzard, Josie Einloth, Ashlyn Gill, Gianna Kennelly, Rachael Lucas, Tyler Sidhom, and Bailey Ye
  • 6B Honors: Lydia Bartlett, Mia Crofford, Tanner Gorsuch, Alexandra Loehlein, and Angelina Osso

Pep Rally: The HTS Pep Squad and Cheerleaders had the students rocking their school spirit at the prep rally on Monday, April 22nd.  The girls entertained us with dances, stunts and cheers.  Each grade was challenged to show their spirit.  The grades were so loud but the 5th graders were the loudest and were awarded the spirit stick.

Track and Field Results

Congratulations to the members of the HTS Track and Field Team.  You all did an incredible job!


  • The Developmental Girls (Grades 3 and 4) finished 2nd in a field of 7 teams
  • The Developmental Boys (Grades 3 and 4) finished 2nd in a field of 7 teams
  • The JV Girls (Grades 5 and 6) finished 2nd in a field of 7 teams.
  • The JV Boys (Grades 5 and 6) finished 2nd in a field of 7 teams.
  • The Varsity Girls (Grades 7 and 8) finished 2nd in a field of 7 teams.
  • The Varsity Boys (Grades 7 and 8) finished 1st in a field of 7 teams.

Special Recognition

Developmental Girls

  • Scarlett McGovern placed in the 50m dash, 100m dash and took 1st place overall in the 200m dash
  • Eve Betten, Eva Crofford, Lilianna Woessner and Lindsay Bressler earned points for the team

Developmental Boys

  • Andrew Ludwick placed in the 50m dash and 400m run
  • Christian Gill placed in the 100m dash
  • Wyatt Walsh earned points for the team in the 400m run
  • Andre Kolocouris placed 2nd overall in the 400m run and 2nd overall in the 800m run
  • Rylan Scott earned points for the team.

JV Girls

  • Chloe Hornyak took 2nd overall in the 100m dash, 2nd overall in the 200m dash and 5th in the 400m run
  • Lily Ireland and Sarah Buzzard placed in the 100m dash
  • Leah Parker placed in the 200m dash
  • Joelle Ludwick, Ava Tourney, Mia Crofford, Tanner Gorsuch, Zoe Woessner all scored points for the team
  • Ava Tourney placed first in the javelin

JV Boys

  • Matthew Mickle placed 4th in the 100m, 4th in the 200m, 2nd in the 400m and 2nd in the shot put
  • Christian Williams, Owen Minzer and James Baker all earned points for the team
  • James Baker placed 2nd overall and Christian Williams 3rd overall in the mile
  • Henry Barbish, Eli Latouf and Owen Minzer placed in the javelin

Varsity Girls

  • Despite having only 5 runners, the JV Girls placed 2nd overall
  • Evie Minzer placed in the 100m, placed 1st in the 200m, 1st in the 400m
  • The Varisty girls 4x100m relay team placed first overall (Evie Minzer, McKinley Walsh and Kate Mickle)
  • Hunter Gorsuch placed in the shot put
  • McKinley Walsh placed in the 100m, 400m, shot put and javelin
  • Kate Mickle placed in the 100m, 200m and javelin
  • The varsity girls 4x400m relay team finished 3rd overall

Varsity Boys

  • The varsity boys dominated the meet.
  • The varsity boys placed 4 runners in the 100m with Tyler and Sam Gaffney placing 1st and 2nd, respectively
  • The varsity boys placed 3 runners in the 200m – Vincent Frank 2nd, Alan Betten 5th and Issac Huang 7th.
  • HTS took the top 3 spots in the 400 with Sam Gaffney, Alan Betten and Mason Moore placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • Luke Baker and Dominek Bodek took the top 2 spots in the 800m race and 2nd and 4th in the mile
  • The boys varsity 4x100m took first place – Tyler Gaffney, Vincent Frank, Christopher Ireland and Sam Gaffney
  • Kyle Janas took first place in the shot put and javelin
  • Michael Smith, Luke Baker Aaron Williams and Christopher Ireland all earned points in throwing events.

Lastly, 5 HTS varsity boys placed in the top 8 in the long jump – Luke Baker, Alan Betten, Sam Gaffney, Mason Moore and Tyler Gaffney

Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair: On Friday, March 29, 2019, some of the sixth and seventh grade students competed in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by Covestro. The students completed a Science Fair Project in which they chose a topic to follow the Scientific Methods and display their work on a trifold board.  The students practiced with a mock fair before heading to Heinz Field and presenting their projects to a variety of judges and sponsors.  They all worked very hard for months and are to be commended.

Additionally, Gianna Kennelly won 2 awards for her project on the Science of Spherification.  She received a medal and gift as a merit award and a $50 check from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.  She, along with her parents and Mrs. Ford, will be invited to a banquet in May. Congratulations Gianna!