Diversity & Equity Initiative

Weekly Updates

First World Day of the Poor

Sunday, November 19th is World Day of the Poor. Please read Pope Francis' important message about social justice, community, and love.

November is American Indian Heritage Month

Test your knowledge about American Indian history and culture. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites all of us to find new perspectives and challenge common misconceptions. Check out their Native Knowledge 360 initiative for more information!

November is Black Catholic History Month

On November 18th, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in D.C. will be hosting a movie screening and discussion of the documentary 13th. For more information, please visit their website. Furthermore, please read the very important Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Wuerl entitled “The Challenge of Racism Today.”

Identity Posters

All HTS students and staff will make their own identity posters to share with the community. How do we define ourselves? How do others see us? Teacher posters are currently on display in the Upper School cafeteria and the Lower School. Students will work on their posters both at home and in school. Student posters will be displayed during Catholic Schools Week.

Pre-K

PreK is focusing on how God made each of us special in his own eyes. Each of us with our own gifts, talents, likes, dislikes, and that makes us who we are! We will be using books about God's love and purpose for us to help shape our Identity Posters over the next couple weeks. With Mrs. Pierno and Ms. McGowan using their posters as models, the kids will think about what others see and what they feel and believe inside.

4th Grade

In Spanish class, 4th graders will be reciting a poem for Grandparent’s Day by Gina Valdes called Where You From? about having a dual identity in being Mexican-American and an immigrant.

5th Grade

Fifth graders are culminating their Wonder unit in ELA by seeing the movie, which is coming out this Friday. Wonder is about a young boy, Auggie Pullman, who enters fifth grade and tries to balance the hardships of middle school while having Treacher Collins syndrome. Treacher Collins syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects one's appearance. It also makes his transition from homeschooling to middle school a more challenging one.

Library Updates

HTS' librarians, Julie Ingoglia and Mary Beth Morell, worked with the librarians at DC Public Library to obtain library cards for all students in third through eighth grade. With a DC Public Library (DCPL) card, students are able to use all of the online research and reference books the library has to offer as well as check out books at any DCPL.

We have already begun using the online online encyclopedias and databases for core subject projects and teaching research to our third through sixth graders. Seventh and eighth graders will begin using some of the resources this week.

If you have questions about the resources or cards, please contact Julie Ingoglia at jingoglia@htsdc.org

Read Around the World

In the library, our reading challenge through Christmas is “Read Around the World.”  We are encouraging students to read books set on (or representing through immigrants or refugees) four continents and in two different states.  We have marked books in the library to identify titles that would fit in the challenge.

Resources for Parents

Community Voices

"HTS is a vibrant, warm, faith-filled community that loves and welcomes our children, appreciates their strengths, helps them overcome challenges, and, most importantly, teaches them to be people for others." -HTS Parent

"In the aftermath of the events of Charlottesville and as part of our commitment to justice (a core component of our Jesuit tradition), teachers at HTS are engaged in ongoing discussion about how to raise awareness for peace and justice (in developmentally appropriate ways) across the curriculum. " -HTS Teacher

Inclusion and Equity Coordinator

Questions about Holy Trinity's diversity and equity initiative? Please contact Lauren Bly at lbly@htsdc.org.