The Upper School Senate
is Trinity’s student council: “The goal of the Trinity Upper School Senate is to represent the opinion of the student body in school issues, to provide a link between the student body and the faculty, and to improve the educational environment within the school." —Senate Constitution Preamble
The Senate is comprised of sixteen students, four elected students from each grade. The Senate President, who presides over meetings and sets agendas, is chosen by school-wide vote. Officers are nominated and elected from within the Senate. This elected body is charged with Club Registry and Chartering, student activities budgeting, daily breakfast cart management, oversight of the Trinity Upper School Constitution, and addressing concerns of their student constituency.
Upper School Club Chartering begins at September’s Club Fair. Clubs set up booths promoting and explaining their club’s mission. Clubs are widely diverse and represent cultural, political, educational, and recreational interests. Clubs with active membership include the Urban Explorers' Club, the Jewish Affairs Club, TrinLit (a student book club), the Chocolate Lovers Club, the Black Affairs Club, the Food Critic's Club, Booster Squad, the Student Diversity Leadership Council, and the Jazz Club, to name a few. Students with interests not represented at the Club Fair may propose a new club by submitting a proposal and petition. Each club is guided by a faculty advisor. Most clubs meet in the course of the school day with occasional activities planned after school or on weekends. Clubs are funded primarily by Senate budget.
Upper School programs are more formal than clubs and typically participate in competitions with other schools across the state and sometimes beyond. The commitment to a program is greater than that of a club and requires participation beyond the school day. Trinity typically fields strong and successful Model UN, Model Congress, and Debate programs.
Annual events help mark points in our school year and provide time to come together as a community in informal ways. Our most informal events are our beginning and end of school Upper School lunches. Held on the Turf or in the Swamp, the students, faculty and staff enjoy a common leisurely lunch. More formal events are our Grade Trips, which occur early in the school year. The freshman trip, which follows freshman orientation by only a month, focuses on Community Service and orienting students new to the upper school to the service program. The goals of the trips for upperclassmen aim to foster personal growth and encourage students to move beyond personal comfort zones while promoting grade unity and communication in the spirit and context of fun and activities. The last day of senior classes is celebrated by the entire Upper School with a Friday afternoon carnival on the Turf or in the gym. Free to students and organized by the Senate, it generally features inflatable slides, a dunking booth, cotton candy, bake-offs, and a variety of other attractions.
The Middle School Student Council
is made up of elected representatives from each grade. Three students are elected in each of the fifth and sixth grades while four students are elected in each of the seventh and eighth grades. The representatives meet to talk about school issues, develop special projects for the Middle School, and organize fundraising for causes of their choice. The Dean of Student Life works with the Student Council.
Middle School Electives are year-long co-curricular programs which have an educational component. Most electives meet on Wednesdays from 2:40 PM-3:10 PM. Some electives may extend beyond the school day, meet every other week or find alternate meeting times depending on the nature of the activity and availability of the faculty advisor and students. Examples of electives include: FLL Robotics, Chapel Council; Girls Learn International; the Literary Magazine, Ink; the Newspaper, and the blog, In the Middle.
Middle School Clubs begin in January and take place for the remainder of the school year. Most clubs meet on Wednesdays from 2:40 PM-3:10 PM. Examples of clubs include: Booster Squad; Break Dancing Club; Cooking Club; Dance Club; Debate Club, French Movie Club; French Theatre Club; Juggling Club; Knitting & Crocheting Club; and Scenery Construction Club.
Students receive descriptions and sign up for clubs and electives during the first few weeks of school. Students who choose to participate in Electives cannot participate in a Club. Students who choose to participate in Clubs will have study hall from October - January. Students who choose not to participate in the Club and Elective program will remain in study hall for the entire year.