The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, January 2019

Catholic Schools are keeping up with an ever-changing society, while staying rooted in the faith. To keep students safe, principals have reevaluated active shooter drills. In preparation for STEM careers, students are programming and building robots, learning skills that will last beyond graduation. Superintendent Theresa Hall shares how Catholic education is a gift and schools discuss their plans to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.


Shooter drills: schools prepare to prevent the worst

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 25, 2019   

Coach T.J. Barnes is used to mapping out various scenarios in his head. As athletic director for St. Joseph School in Fayetteville, having a game plan is crucial. But while participating in an active shooter drill, those preconceived ideas of what he would or would not do were discarded. “There’s no way to prepare for every single scenario and everyone responds to every scenario differently,” he said. “… It makes you think of many different solutions More... 

Grooming new generation of scientists, engineers

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 25, 2019   

For young people, the words “coding” and “programming” may not have the flair as “manipulating robots,” but they are one and the same, used by school robotics teams worldwide. In an effort to prepare students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, Sacred Heart School in Morrilton, St. Joseph School in Paris, Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock and Subiaco Academy started robotics teams, allowing students to master skills as simple More... 

Schools will pray and play to observe special week

Published: January 24, 2019   

Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association, Catholic Schools Week, set for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.   Benton Our Lady of Fatima Our Lady of Fatima in Benton will begin the week Saturday, Jan. 26 with a cookout in More... 

Catholic education a long-lasting gift, never forgotten

By Theresa Hall, Published: January 24, 2019   

Mom stood on the sidewalk like a plane stewardess directing the seven children exiting the station wagon. Dad came around the rear of the car like a pilot who had just commanded another routine landing for his passengers. A man wearing a hat and overalls said something and the two men laughed. Was it my four brothers still tussling with each other? Was it our car, the Rockefeller green, second-hand station wagon that dad said More...