Student life at Palmer Trinity is founded on the values and principles of our founding schools, which had rich traditions as character-building institutions. Comprehensive academic programming, citizenship, physical fitness and well-being, spiritual development, a commitment to service, and the development of the whole person were the common philosophies that were handed down when Palmer School and Trinity Episcopal School joined as Palmer Trinity School in 1991. Today, in order to enhance school spirit, pride, and a true sense of belonging, we must continue to provide opportunities for our students to develop stronger connections and enhance the overall student experience ultimately becoming members of the Palmer Trinity Alumni network.
Equip faculty with the tools and training to build and implement an effective and robust advisory program. Focus on the role of the advisor as one who strengthens our sense of community, generates dynamic discourse, fosters self-actualization, and supports students at each stage of educational and personal development.
ACTION AS OF MARCH 2016:
- Included in job description the expectation of all faculty to serve in the Advisor role.
- The Division Heads have reviewed the Advisory program and continue to evaluate best practices for PTS students.
- Appointed Advisory Coordinator for the 2015-2016 school year.
Manage and cultivate partnerships with local organizations to enhance service learning initiatives. ACTION AS OF MARCH 2016:
- Developed school partnerships with local organizations, such as the Deering Estate at Cutler S.E.A. Program, which is coordinated either by the Director of Student Activities or Director of Environmental Stewardship with the purpose of establishing a culture of community living.
- Partnered through our Summer Camp Experience with the following organizations: Metro Traffic Safety Institute, Museum Education Program of Miami, and Tennis Advantage of Miami, to name a few.
- Enhanced strategic partnerships through the work of the Associate Head of Communications and Strategic Partnerships and the Director of Auxiliary Programs.
Increase the presence and active participation of administrators and faculty in student activities in the arts, athletics, clubs, and service opportunities. ACTION AS OF MARCH 2016:
- Established a full-time position of Director of Student Activities to increase school spirit and faculty and staff support in overall activities and events.
- Strengthened faculty and staff involvement as Advisors in Clubs this year.
- Completed first year of training workshop for advisors; over 60 faculty and staff in attendance.
- Added the Acceptable Use Protocol (AUP) and established a committee to review all requests.
- Added community service activities and more off-site clubs, i.e. Big Buddies, Little Buddies (BBLB), Chapman Partnership, Debate Club, Mathletes.
Enhance opportunities for Middle School and Upper School collaboration focusing on internships, mentorship, service learning platforms, and academic learning. ACTION AS OF MARCH 2016:
- Appointed Director of Auxiliary Programs, in October 2016, to work with Director of Student Activities to coordinate this effort.
- Established new internship program, "Pathways", for rising seniors and Alumni.
Strengthen and encourage an active alumni community that ensures and celebrates lifelong connections among students, faculty, and the School. ACTION AS OF MARCH 2016:
- Strengthened Alumni relations through networking opportunities including: the Falcon Forum (an Alumni Speaker Series), increased regional events (including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston, Jacksonville, London, and an upcoming visit to Washington, D.C.), and Legacy Breakfast (which celebrates Alumni who are also current parents at PTS) in fall 2015.
- Instituted monthly Alumni coffees on campus.
- Added a part-time Alumni Ambassador, as well as increased Alumni Board meetings to five times a year. Added a monthly Alumni newsletter, increased social media engagement, and Summer Social Events.