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Catholic Schools Week 2013

Each year, Catholic schools nationwide celebrate Catholic Schools Week, observed this year from Jan. 27-Feb. 2. The theme for 2013 is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards,” referring to the launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, which ensure the effective operation of Catholic schools.


The wheels on this bus go round and round — safely

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: January 29, 2013   

ROGERS — Keeping children safe is priority number one. So, to that end, the acquisition of a big, yellow school bus Nov. 5 for St. Vincent de Paul School in Rogers became an early Christmas gift. The parish school had previously owned a bus, donated by parents, from 1996-2009, but some high-dollar maintenance issues on the aging behemoth relegated it to the parking lot for several years until it was sold. “We remember how convenient and easy More... 

Security gets close attention in schools

By Dwain Hebda, Published: January 26, 2013      

The school day was just beginning when the phone rang in the office of St. Paul School in Pocahontas late last year. First-year principal Maria Dickson remembers the message clearly. “Lock down your school,” said the 911 operator on the other end. “They told me that there was a person with a gun and he was headed to one of the schools in town, but they didn’t know which one,” she said. “I went to each classroom More... 

Teachers’ formation key to keeping Catholic identity

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 24, 2013   

For the past few years, the Office of Catholic Schools has felt the need for continuing education in the area of faith formation for Catholic teachers. Principals have also stressed this is a priority need in the Catholic schools. In the past few years, the majority of faith formation for teachers has been what the principals have provided. A newly formed committee made up of religion teachers; parish directors of religious education; principals; Theresa Hall, associate superintendent for Catholic More... 

"Harry Potter" sorting hat sparks St. Joseph program

By Patricia May, Published: January 24, 2013   

FAYETTEVILLE — Some schools have clubs; St. Joseph School in Fayetteville has orders:  Jesuit, Franciscan, Dominican and Maryknoll, and all students in the three highest grades are active participants. The overt goal is to earn points throughout the school year. The order with the highest score when the school year ends gets bragging rights to the Panther Cup, an award named for the school’s mascot. But this being a school, and a church school, to boot, one More... 

Catholic Schools Week: a time to give back, give thanks

Published: January 24, 2013   

The Diocese of Little Rock has 30 Catholic schools and many of those schools will offer special events and Masses Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 to observe Catholic Schools Week. Conway St. Joseph All week, each campus will pray a decade of the rosary every day, food will be collected for the poor and a Loose Change Drive will be held. The students will create cards for shut-ins, the sick, endowment fund supporters and for other Catholic schools More...