Technology has recently
arrived at Trinity Lutheran School,
Toledo, but children remain
instructed in basics including
reading, science and effective
“Our overall performance
or curriculum results are based on
tests we provide to our students,”
said Principal James Landskroener.
“Our middle-school kids are usually
two grade points above national
A review of Trinity’s web
site indicates lesson plans which
account for why about 20 different
churches look to the Glendale Avenue
entity. For instance, kindergarten
lessons integrate Starfall, a free
public service reading program, into
a daily curriculum which teaches
children to read with phonics.
The technique allows for
special education and English
language development. Struggling
readers are given an opportunity to
retain social networking by learning
In first grade, days are
started with pledge of allegiance to
the United States. The class begins
and ends with prayer. Time is
reserved for six other religious
experiences including learning sign
of the cross and invocation.
Religion is a boon for students at
“We also teach children
from homes which are unchurched,”
Sandwiched in between
prayer are two hours of writing
practice and writing for reading.
Art lessons include folding and
cutting—two exercises which improves
motor skills of youngsters. One hour
of math includes a review of
homework and following an hour each
of science, social studies, and
health. In those lessons, children
use both a text and perform exact,
Fifth graders are schooled
in the fine art of communication by
being required to maintain written
journals. Class functions include
being able to present information
through clear, oral recitation.
Pupils must also network by working
cooperatively on projects.
“We have Smart boards in
each classroom and I-pads for all
eighth graders,” Landskroener said.
“Technologies are part of basic
instruction in each classroom.”
To fill out an
all-inclusive program, physical
education to complement academic
learning includes basketball, track,
baseball and similar athletics for
about 178 students who are enrolled
for academic year 2012-13.
Trinity Lutheran School
maintains an excellent rating. The
system used to gauge teaching is
determined in the Lutheran LCMS
“We are part of a larger
system of over 2,000 schools in the
United States and nationally
accredited,” Landskroener said.
“Additionally, we are known for
success of alumni and word of
A roster of potential
awards for excellence includes
students going to state academic
competitions May 11, 2013.
“This year, students from
Trinity participated in state
geography bees and other
competitions,” Landskroener said.
Tuition is based upon
research among other schools, what
Trinity Lutheran requires to
maintain its operational budget and
input from Trinity Lutheran Church
with whom the school is affiliated.
“We get three to four
different grants per year from the
government and from the other
educational agencies throughout
Ohio,” Landskroener said. “That is
how our school is funded.”
The private school employs
11 teachers, one principal and a
full support staff.
“We get some money from
state, some from tuition and get the
remainder from the generosity of our
congregation,” Landskroener said.
Also in keeping a hand on
the pulse of graduating students,
Trinity performs a survey each year
and gleans data from that input to
make any necessary additions. The
entity is in a state of flux for
about the last three years. Some of
the changes made include allowing
the community of Toledo to realize
Trinity’s educational assets.
“The most difficult aspect
of my position is making and trying
to meet all the diverse input which
is met throughout the educational
process,” Landskroener said.
According to Landskroener
his efforts include trying to
improve staff and conditions for
good of the students. Landskroener
has been principal since July 2012.
He previously taught 22 years ago at
Trinity Lutheran. His role as
principal is a constant exercise in
administering to students and is an
enjoyable segment of his
“It is a joy to serve
here,” Landskroener said, “coming to
work every day and having my kids
Lutheran Church and School was
organized July 19, 1874 in a
German-speaking community. First
worship services were conducted by
The Reverend H. W. Querl who
conducted worship services in
German. He also taught the school in
both German and English.
Originally, the student
body counted at 14 children. By
Christmas that same year, there were
98 students enrolled. In 1958, a
new facility was built on a 12-acre
plot. Other expansions occurred in
1968, 2001 and by 2010, the
congregation celebrated the burning
of its mortgage note.
“Really, we are increasing
awareness we are here,” Landskroener
said. “We are doing much to improve
projects through accreditation, to
continue to do things we are doing
well—through communication with