asked a question and every student put their hand up,” he said.
The friendliness and willingness to help which has been exhibited by the Trinity Lutheran school and church family also has left a positive impression already. On a recent Saturday, the congregation helped Pete, wife Becky and children Evan, 6, and Hailey, 3, move into their new home in Chilton. Pete said the work crew was so large and hard working that they had the truck unloaded in about an hour and he hardly had to lift a finger.
The harder work begins now, however, as Monfre and his staff begin to prepare for the coming school year—one which will see the pattern of improvement continue at Trinity Lutheran School.
The math curriculum will be changing and will be more aligned with Common Core standards and the requirements found in public school systems. When Trinity Lutheran School students leave the school after eighth grade, they need to be ready for their high school years at Chilton, Hilbert, Brillion or other area high schools. The fact that valedictorians at Chilton and Hilbert high schools have been Trinity Lutheran School graduates shows their students are indeed ready for their high school years, and revisions in the math curriculum should only help, Monfre said.
The same is true of the fact that every student at Trinity Lutheran School this year will receive at least some instruction in Spanish, courtesy of new teacher Amber Beran who is coming to Trinity Lutheran from Nebraska. Monfre said, “When you look at foreign languages, it’s best to start younger.”
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In recent years an emphasis has been placed on improving the technology offerings at Trinity Lutheran School, and that effort continues with the recent addition of five more MacBook computers for the school’s mobile cart. The school also has tablet devices for the students to use, and textbooks are found online at Trinity Lutheran.
The school also features experienced teachers such as Ellen Zutz and Kathy Lemke, who have 50 years of teaching experience between them. Monfre said the ability to work with such veteran educators was one more reason he was excited to accept the principal’s position.
Despite all those positives, Trinity Lutheran School faces many of the same challenges most schools face today—including smaller family sizes leading to smaller school enrollments. To try to counteract that challenge, Monfre said he would like to look at adding programs “sooner rather than later” for the youngest segment of the population, including infants and toddlers.
With Trinity Lutheran having a relatively new day care building located next door to the school, it has the ability to begin serving children as young as 6 weeks old. Leah Meyer is the director of the day care as well as being the secretary of Trinity Lutheran School, while Eliza Vollmer is the day care, 3K and 4K teacher.
Enrollment is up at the day care including among infants and toddlers, so the opportunity exists to add more basic and beginning curriculum for those children.
The day care also provides a nice advantage for Trinity Lutheran School students and their parents in that it is open from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m. weekdays all year long, allowing the option for school children to walk over to the day care after school until their parents can pick them up. Payment is calculated by the hour, and drop-in care is offered as well. In addition, day care children receive home-cooked meals and snacks.
These are features the new principal’s own children soon will be experiencing. Monfre said he looks forward to introducing more area parents to the benefits of Trinity Lutheran School and Day Care in the weeks, months and years to come.