Specialized Services

Specialized Services

Specialized Services

Specialized Services

Holy Trinity Catholic School lives out its mission
by providing for the needs of EVERY child.
Embodying our mission we meet the individual needs of our students
with certified specialists on staff who can provide the best instruction
in a nurturing setting for students.



Holy Trinity   Catholic School has two certified special education teachers with expertise   in working with students with a range of disabilities in a variety of   settings. These teachers ensure the learning of students with service plans   that have been developed in a team effort between our school and the local   public school district. The students may need direct instruction in basic   skills or they may need instructional support to complete grade-level   assignments given in other classrooms. The special education teachers use a   variety of techniques to assist students and promote academic mastery.


Four years ago, as part of our   special services, Holy Trinity Catholic School began Reading Revival, which   is a formal reading intervention program. Using the Dynamic Indicator of   Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) which are a set of procedures and   measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills, our teachers   and reading specialists have assisted our children in making significant strides   in reading.

Our Reading Revival program   utilizes student assessment data for benchmarking student reading three times   each year. The results are used to determine the correct plan of instruction   for each student based on individual needs. The reading specialist shares   results of benchmark and progress monitoring assessments with teachers. This   assists teachers in forming learning groups as well as individual lessons   aimed at the necessary content and skills. Reading Revival is also offered   through the encore program at the junior high. Students improve their ability   to think critically, analyze text, make inferences and make predictions.

Dedicated to a wide variety of   scientifically tested materials, Holy Trinity Catholic School is utilizing a   web-based computer program. Lexia Reading® is an award-winning,   technology-based program that provides practice, assessment, and instruction   to improve all students’ reading abilities. Lexia Reading follows the proven   approach recommended by the National Reading Panel, Reading First, and   leading experts. Students learn skills in sequence, logically building an   understanding, while gaining competency and preparing for the next skill.

The Reading Revival program has   been extremely successful and contributed to the outstanding reading outcomes   of our students. The current fourth grade students are the first class to   receive formal reading intervention beginning their kindergarten year. Using   DIBELS assessment, in kindergarten 32% of these students qualified for reading   intervention. The number of students qualifying for reading intervention   services decreased each school year with 9% in 2008 and 8% in 2009. In   kindergarten, 5% of these students needed intensive reading intervention   services, but by the end of first grade no students required this level of   service. Also, in kindergarten 27% of students initially required moderate   level of services. This number decreased each year. In September 2010, there   were NO   students in this grade that   qualified at any level.


Last year, Holy   Trinity Catholic School began another chapter in our special services, the   Math Mastery program, which is a kindergarten through fifth grade program.   Students were assessed using the EasyCBM Math Assessment. The EasyCBM math assessments   were developed by University of Oregon which also developed the widely used   DIBELS program. The assessments are computer based with each grade having   three subtests based on the focal points laid out by the National Council of   Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Utilizing the assessment results and   recommendation of teachers, students were selected for additional instruction   from the Math Mastery program.

Math Mastery has   also begun at the junior high as part of the students’ encore selection using   the ALEKS software program. Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially   intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS provides the advantage of   one-on-one instruction and uses adaptive questioning to quickly and   accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a   course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to   learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the   student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are   very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice   questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course   will be successful in the actual course she is taking.

By duplicating the   configuration of our highly successful reading intervention program,   including scientifically-researched curriculum, dedicated intervention   teacher, and highly knowledgeable teaching staff, we are confident in the   impending success of our Math Mastery program.


Holy Trinity Catholic School is   one of the only private schools in the area to have a certified speech   language pathologist (SLP) on staff to diagnose and treat students for   speech, language and related disorders. Our SLP helps students improve their   language and communication skills, and leads them to a stronger academic   performance.Holy Trinity Catholic School has developed an intervention   program to address minor articulation concerns. The SLP also services   students with speech language service plans.


The Holy Trinity   Challenge program is in its second year. Led by a certified teacher, the   Challenge program is a way to help extend students’ knowledge and love of   learning. The activities provide students with the opportunity to expand   their inquiries and enhance their thinking skills in ways that differ from   what they accomplish in the classroom. An advanced learner curriculum is   being utilized in the program as well as self-study techniques.