The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald -- January 2014

Catholic Schools Week 2014

Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

A collection of stories highlighting what's new and great about Catholic education in Arkansas


‘Hall Pass’ provides added layer of school security

By Dwain Hebda, Published: January 28, 2014   

Diane McDaniel, secretary at Christ the King School in Little Rock, can’t stop gushing about Hall Pass, a security system that all visitors must clear. The new system scans a photo ID and if the visitor is approved, spits out a stick-on visitor’s badge. “It’s very easy to use, very easy,” she said. “It’s really helpful in keeping track of who’s in the building. I also like it because it helps me learn names and faces, More... 

No more snow days in future? Pilot program = 'Maybe'

By Dwain Hebda, Published: January 27, 2014   

Catholic schools in Arkansas have been piloting a program that, if endorsed by its accrediting body, will dramatically change the way inclement weather days are handled in the future. “Cyber days” combine online educational tools with impressive levels of teacher planning and creativity to help students make the most of days where inclement weather forces cancellation of the regular school day. Superintendent of schools Vernell Bowen said the 12 Catholic elementary, middle and high schools in central More... 

Fast Facts

Published: January 26, 2014   

The following statistics are from Catholic schools in Arkansas for the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment Schools: 28 (Located in 18 cities) Total enrollment: 6,790 (down 2 percent from 2012-2013) Elementary enrollment: 4,837 Secondary enrollment: 1,953 Total enrollment in preschools: 619 Catholicism and race Percentage of Catholic students: 79.2 Percentage of non-Catholic students: 20.8 Percentage of white students: 87.8 Percentage of Hispanic students: 11.35 Percentage of Asian students: 3.67 Percentage of black students: 2.18 Percentage of two or more races: 2.99 Remaining students are Native American, from the Pacific island region More... 

Schools celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

Published: January 26, 2014   

For 40 years National Catholic Schools Week has been held in the United States. Here is how some of the Catholic schools in Arkansas will be celebrating Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. Conway St. Joseph During Grandparent Day, grandparents are invited to spend the day with their grandchildren on Wednesday. The day will include Mass and lunch. Students can wear any school-affiliated shirt throughout the week except Wednesday. This allows the community to see the students’ school spirit More... 

Mount St. Mary shows holiday spirit, school unity

Published: January 26, 2014   

Mount St. Mary Academy senior Ella Thomas directs a student group during the video shoot of the all-school “lip dub” created as a project for the school’s International Baccalaureate program. The “lip dub” to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” made many appearances on Facebook in December. The video was filmed during a 90-minute class period Dec. 3, undertaken by Thomas as her Information Technology in a Global Society class project. Collaborating on the More... 

Catholic schools are instruments of evangelization

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 26, 2014   

In our diocese, which is approximately 4 percent Catholic, it is critical that the Catholic schools stay vibrant and accessible to parents who wish to send their children regardless of faith or ability to pay. Catholic schools play a vital role in the evangelization mission of the Church. The past two popes and the current pope have called Catholics to evangelize. The New Evangelization calls the Church to spread the Gospel — to bring joy of the Good News of Jesus Christ to a More...