Dear Friends of Trinity:
As the principal at Trinity Academy I would like to tell you about our school and why we feel that Trinity Academy is a great choice for your middle school students’ academic and social success.
I am confident that at Trinity your child will leave the middle school with foundational faith and strength of character that is a direct result of your parenting in partnership with their education at Trinity. Furthermore they will have all the tools and background necessary to meet the rigors of high school through our curriculum and differentiated instruction. High school programming will look different for each student and you, as their parent, along with recommendations from their teachers will help guide that process wherever they go for high school.
The atmosphere and culture that has been established at Trinity is unique. It is one that emphasizes life skills and character development from a Christian perspective. We have the privilege and opportunity to work with students and guide their learning academically, socially and spiritually in a much more intimate environment as they work through the process of growing up. If necessary we can drop everything to deal with a pre-teen meltdown at a moment that is critical for that child. He/she does not need to wait in a long line in the office or wait until the next day when an adult is available to work through a resolution. We provide guidance and nurturing as they work through all those fluctuating emotions and physical changes.
At Trinity students have the opportunity to grow into teenagers at a pace that is just right for you and your child. Many of our middle school students still like to swing, climb on the bars and enjoy their time outside. They like to say hello or give a hug to their siblings during the day and give a high five to the younger students. Yet at the same time, they like the privileges that come with being in the middle school, such as their limited uniforms, leadership opportunities and changing classes. This is a perfect environment for kids to muddle through those awkward years in a place that is accepting of all children and surrounded by caring adults. Trinity Academy is a place where you know your child’s peers and their families, which is a big advantage at this time in your child’s life when the peer influence starts to become greater than parental influence.
Attending Trinity Academy Middle School is an investment in your child’s future. Many Trinity alums have gone off to colleges such as UW Madison, Eau Claire, the U of M, St. Olaf, Bethel, Texas A and M along with technical and trade schools. Whatever path God has planned for your child, it is our hope that your child will leave here with the confidence and tools necessary to excel academically, have a strong faith as they have learned to let Jesus be their life guide. They have strength of character that allows them to make bold, yet positive decisions in social settings even if it means walking away from peers. They desire to strive to reach their own potential and will be disciples for Christ using their gifts and talents to make an impact in their home, community, and world.
Meet our team
Social Studies/Faith Formation: Mr. Anderson
At Trinity Academy, we incorporate the Christian life-style into all areas of the curriculum. During the middle school years, students will have a more focused and in depth study of the bible.
- 6th Grade Faith Formation: This course is the first half of a two year study of the 39 books of the Old Testament. Students will be exposed to the general history and chronology of the Old Testament as well as its main personalities.
- Ancient History: Ancient history is part of a two year study of world history. Students will explore major areas of the world from the perspectives of the social sciences. Beginning from the time period of Sumerian Society and finishing with the fall of the Roman Empire.
- Modern World History: Modern world history is part of a two year study of world history. Students will explore in depth major areas of the world. Study will begin with the time period Legacy of Roman Empire to The Age of Enlightenment.
- U.S. History: U.S. History is a full year course which uses a chronological approach to the study of America from the Native Americans through Civil Rights.
All Faith Formation classes have a service/outreach component and
Geography/ Math: Mrs. Dulon
- Geography is a two trimester long course takes students on a journey of exploration into the physical and cultural geography of the planet. The journey begins in the regions of North America and ends in the Pacific Southwest Rim.
Science/Math: Mr. Malsack
- Physical Science: Physical science is a year long introductory course to introduce matter, motion and forces, work machines and energy, the atom, interactions of matter, electricity, waves, sound and light.
- Life Science: Life science is a year long introductory course to introduce students to the importance of living things. Students will study the six kingdoms of living organisms, the earth’s environment, and biomes and genetics.
- Earth Science: Earth science is a year long course in which students will use the scientific method to gain information about the earth; the location in the universe, the changes that occur on and around our planet and its composition.
Language Arts/Faith Formation/Econ: Mrs. Straka
This course provides students language experiences in the areas of listening, writing and speaking, as well as spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills in grades sixth through eighth.
- Classic Literature: Introduces sixth graders to elements of literature and comparative
literature analysis through the study of short stories and six novels of various genres.
- English Language Arts 6-8: A yearlong course with different emphases depending on the grade, including textual structures and features; study of fiction and nonfiction genres
through reading, writing, and speaking; the art of short story; using rhetorical techniques in writing a position paper; and multimedia presentations.
- 7th Grade Faith Formation: This course is the second half of a two year study of the Old Testament with an emphasis on Jewish writing including: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastics, Song of Solomon and the major and minor prophets.
- 8th Grade Faith Formation: This is an overview of the 27 books of the New Testament. Students will be exposed to the general history of the gospels and the first century church. Scripture memorization is included.
- In Economics students will learn personal financial planning with issues related to income, spending, saving and credit. They will explore career interests and opportunities. They will be introduced to societal roles in economics such as lifelong decision making, lifelong decision maker, knowledgeable consumerism, productive workers, responsible citizenship, global participant and becoming a prudent saver. The highlight and culminating activity is the field trip to Junior Achievement’s Finance Park.
Math: All Staff
- Math Course I: Core units of study include: numbers, operations, statistics, decimals, fractions, patterns relationships, algebraic thinking, measurement, and geometry. Typically a sixth grade course.
- Math Course II: Core units of study include: Introduction to algebra and functions, fractions, proportions, percentages, statistics, data analysis, probability, geometry and measurement. Typically a seventh grade course.
- Pre-Algebra: Core units of study include: Rational numbers and equations, proportions and similarity, linear and nonlinear functions, two and three dimensional space and data sets. Typically a seventh or eighth grade course.
- Algebra: Students will explore the various forms of the language of which Algebra is basic in the understanding to advanced mathematics. Students will gain confidence in using variable and functions to model numerical patterns and relationships. Students must have mastered the arithmetic of whole numbers and fractions to be successful in Algebra. Typically an eighth grade course.
- Geometry: Curriculum is offered through Wisconsin Virtual School. Students who complete this high school course are ready to progress to Algebra II.
Art: Mrs. Steffen
General Art will be one trimester each year, meeting twice a week. Students will learn through hands on experiences both elements and principles of design. The class culminates in a final student art show.
Music: Ms. Benschine
My Favorite Bible Verse
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
My Greatest Joy in working in a Christian School
Being able to share freely about God.
I Love Trinity Academy Because
The smaller environment creates a warmth and opportunity to be more connected with the students and staff. I feel that God’s joyful presence and the dedication of my colleagues makes this a wonderful place where genuine faith is nurtured.
Band & Orchestra
Grades 4–8: Students will rent or purchase their own instrument. This is a one year elective course. Students will participate in a large group setting under the direction of the St. Pat’s music director. The course will include semi private music lessons once a week. Band rehearsal is held at St. Pat’s and /or Trinity, students will be excused from study hall for this class. Public concerts throughout the school year and the mandatory Christmas program and Spring Concert will be considered.
Middle School Choir: Mrs. Karg
Grades 7–8: Trimester Elective for 7th and 8th Graders. Students learn and perform chorale pieces under the direction of Ms. Karg. Students perform at Christmas and Spring Concerts, church services, Mall of America and produce their own Night of Inspiration in May.
Physical Education: Mrs. Baar
The Physical Education curriculum rotates on a two-year cycle of instruction in which the units meet academic standards. The goal is to teach students a variety of physical and social skills through instruction, physical activity, and peer interaction while building on the Christian faith. Social skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, proper use of equipment, and overall respect are reinforced.
I earned my teaching degree from UWRF in 2002. I taught at Trinity from 2003-2011. In 2011 I left education to pursue my other passion of health & fitness and earned a Diploma and Advanced Certified Personal Trainer certification from the National Personal Training Institute. After years of focusing only on personal training & fitness classes, I came back to Trinity in 2016 to return to teaching while having my personal training as a side job. I live in River Falls with my husband, our children Karissa (15), Blake (13), and dog Jordy. I am a diehard Green Bay Packers fan and enjoy watching games with my family. I am an avid runner, weight lifter, and fitness junkie! I enjoy a good book, time with friends & family, playing games, and any type of outdoor activity.
My favorite Bible verse
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. -Hebrews 12:1
My greatest joy in working in a Christian school
Seeing and hearing the faith of the students in all that they do.
I love Trinity Academy because
I love that I can call my co-workers my friends. I get the opportunity to get to truly know each student and to develop relationships with families.
Spanish: Mrs. Wesley
Hola! Me llamo Señora Wesley! Hi! My name is Mrs. Wesley. I live in River Falls with my husband, Jeff, and our two young children—Henrik and Audra. I graduated from UW-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. My greatest joy in life is spending time with my kids and being Mom. I also really like strong, black coffee, reading, and listening to podcasts. I love being a specialist and getting to know every child in the school. It is so fun to watch them grow, change, and learn throughout their years here at Trinity!
My favorite Bible verse
Nothing is impossible with God. – Luke 1:37
My greatest joy in working in a Christian school
Being able to fully and completely teach how religion and faith are intricately intertwined with the Spanish language and culture.
I love Trinity Academy because
I love the small school environment which allows the students, families and staff to get to know each other and work together. It is supportive and welcoming and a FUN place to be!
Technology: Mr. Malsack
Technology is taught weekly to Kindergarten through fifth grade. Instruction is delivered by our technology teacher, Mr. Malsack. Middle School technology is taught by trimester. Click here for detailed information.
We offer many elective choices for our 6-8 students. Electives are taught the last period of the day twice a week offset with study hall. Options include:
- Lifeskills Worship Band
- Choir Band/Orchestra
- Fantasy Geo Politics
- Art Design
- Discipleship 101
- Warrior Wellness
- Computer Science