WESTFIELD, NJ -- Mrs. Maloney’s sixth grade science classes used the scientific method, deductive reasoning, critical thinking, and a whole lot of fun in this week’s experiment. Students worked together to create good old-fashioned paper airplanes from a variety of different weighted types of paper.

“We tried to fly them inside the building to measure how far each type would travel after we made our guesses,” Grace Azad shared. Her partner, Alivia Ramsey, added: “We also figured out how far they would travel when we flew them outside. This is a fun experiment.”

Sophia Klock’s group chose a good spot to fly their planes outside. Morgan Maloney’s copy paper airplane looped the furthest in the air and the team ran to record the measurements. Not to be outdone, Charlie Gosda’s team changed directions to test the effect of the wind on the plane. Once he found the best spot, his plane flew the longest and was only stopped by hitting the school building. Until that throw, the group was sure that the planes flew better indoors. Max McDonagh took up the challenge to find the best tailwind to beat that record.

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STEM has always been a top priority for student learning at Holy Trinity. Following the state and archdiocesan curriculum, students in all grade levels have hands-on experiences that foster curiosity and critical thinking.

“One thing that I have always felt made science experiments interesting is that it's just as fun to be 'wrong’ as it is to be right’. Thomas Edison failed many times before he created inventions that we successfully,” adds Dr. Adele Ellis, Principal.

Holy Trinity School is accepting registrations for the 2021-22 school year at this time. There are waiting lists for several grades, however, the lists are short.

“Now is the time to sign up”, adds Dr. Ellis, “We are preparing ineffectively used spaces to accommodate families who would like to join us.”

An in-person, by appointment Open House is set for Jan. 31 with already pre-registered families. Those who can not attend will be able to view a Virtual Open House that will be posted on the school website and social media. For more information on registration, go to holytrinityschool.org/admission.

Since 1916, Holy Trinity School (336 1st St, Westfield) has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate our students to actualize their full, individual potential both spiritually and academically, while adhering to the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church. This will enable them to become responsible members of their families, high schools, churches, and communities in an ever-changing world. We teach more.