Whether from a casual glance at our website, our Growing Together logo, or from a leisurely stroll through our campus, you will be convinced that Trinity is indeed Growing. Growing at Trinity is hardly cliché, and there is evidence of real growth all around us. Our Future is joyful and bright:
Our students are growing
- in Measures of Academic Progress. Every 12 weeks students in Grades 3 to 8 take MAP assessments in Reading and Mathematics. These are formative tests because the frequent results “form” the basis of instruction for students. From the student data, teachers know to plan for remediation of missed standards, and when to enrich those areas where students exceed grade level standards. Students take MAP formative assessments in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. At the end of the year student MAP results convert to a summative examination in which a year’s worth of learning is “summed” up in norms and percentiles according to Florida and national standards. MAP measures student growth!
- as assessments progress from infants, to toddlers, and preschoolers. Teachers in the CDC perform developmental screenings two times each year with a developmental checklist as a baseline, at mid-year and the end of the year. In VPK/Pre K 4 they complete the VPK Assessment three times each year with a family conference and midyear and end-of-year written reports.
- in their physical health. Through our work with the Nemours Healthy Habits Collaborative our children are growing more healthy as we strive to improve the quality of the food we feed them at snacks and lunches, limit screen time and plan intentional and free play outside play activities. At Trinity our young children are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and eating less sugar by removing dessert, apple juice and chocolate milk from the menu.
Our teachers are growing, professionally through workshops and training activities
- at Concordia University, Rollins College, UCF, and more, on-line and on-site
- through on-going training with Numours
- through Teach-FL scholarship opportunities for Child Development credentialing and assistance leading to an A.S. in early childhood education. All Trinity early childhood teachers are required to earn 30 hours of in-service education each year.
- via Trinity’s regimen of professional development days covering iPad deployment, Google Classroom, Restorative Justice, Metrics for Measures of Academic Progress
- through Faculty discussion groups studying educational books, for example Overcoming Textbook Fatigue by ReLeah Cossett Lent
- off-campus at the Florida-Georgia District Convocation and the National Lutheran Education Convocation
- through the PTL, which continues to fund the purchase of enriching classroom materials, most recently the Arts Attack curriculum, developmental PE Equipment, handheld technology, upgraded teacher workstations, grants for outdoor education, and Full-Option Science Inquiry Kits…and more is to come!
- with participation in Parent Teacher Conferences, at an all-time high.
- with parent representation on the School Board.
- with Head of School and Teacher-led Curriculum Nights.
- with their own children at Family Growth Nights and Family Math Nights.
Our Campus is growing….
Trinity Downtown, the combined ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church & School, has been on its current campus since 1926 and through the decades has expanded to one of the largest church campuses in Downtown Orlando. We are thankful to the Lord for all the good gifts He has given us! Now it’s time to use His gift of property more efficiently. So, in February, 2014, we began our latest project of matching the campus to our mission of bringing people one step closer to Jesus, with a $7.1 million school ministry expansion. The project is the first phase in the 97-year-old congregation’s Century II Campus Renewal Project to redesign its 5.2-acre property at 123 E. Livingston Street, one-block east of the Orange County Courthouse.
“In 1919, Trinity’s founding congregational membership set out to establish a Christ-centered ministry to share the message of God’s love to people in the early, 20th-Century downtown community,” said Tommie Smothers, then president of the congregation. “Now nearly 100 years later, Trinity Downtown’s congregation seeks to prepare ourselves for Trinity’s Century II Mission — outreach to the community by committing God’s people through Word, Worship and Community to be actively engaged to meet the many diverse needs in sharing Christ’s love through educational opportunities in the Downtown Orlando community.”
To that end, Trinity Downtown completed Phase I of a comprehensive campus development plan in February 2016, the “New Century Center,” which includes a state-of-the-art facility for Trinity’s Child Development Center on the first floor. This 28,000 square-foot building has enlarged Trinity’s Child Development Center which can now accommodate more than 300 children from infancy up to 4-years-old.
The kindergarten through 8th-grade education center, designed for 240 students, is housed in buildings along Livingston Street and includes classrooms, a kitchen, lunchroom and full-size gym. In the Summer of 2015 the gym went through a complete renovation with the installation of new wood flooring and a new roof. Fresh interior and exterior painting will soon follow.
There are five phases in the congregation’s long-range development of the campus master plan that was approved by the City of Orlando on Feb. 4, 2013 in Ordinance No. 2012-52. The entire church property has been rezoned to Planned Development District with the Traditional City and Historic Preservation Overlay districts (Trinity Lutheran Church PD). Phase II is the expansion of the K-8 school facilities. In the development process, changes have been and will be made to the original design concepts but it shows the philosophy behind the master plan and proposed campus redesign.)The Trinity Downtown campus also includes a two-story office/ministry center, the “Magnolia Center” at 427 North Magnolia Ave.
We eagerly anticipate many more changes to this Downtown Orlando campus as we look ahead to the next century of ministry in Orlando, bringing people one step closer to Jesus. Trinity’s mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministries which strengthen and equip people for Christian witness and service in downtown, metropolitan Orlando, and the world.
We are all growing in Christ, and as we live each day our beliefs are challenged and strengthened as we grow and learn in this downtown community. This is our future:
- Respect, responsibility, and hard work are ways to think about ourselves and others
- Studying God’s Word, as revealed in the Bible, is a way to understand who God is, what humankind is, and what God is doing about this each and every day
- Worshipping in spirit and truth is a way to draw together, for the right reasons, in our community of faith.
Truly, there is nothing at all casual about our growth at Trinity. To sum this all up, “What is our future?” It’s bright and joyful! As forgiven and restored children of God, we are all meeting standards, building relationships, becoming wiser, and we all know that in all things, at Trinity and beyond, God works together for good for those who are loved and called according to His purposes (Romans 8.28).