The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Back to School 2019

A new year of learning begins and Catholic schools are doing everything from introducing a new character-driven curriculum to providing breakfast to students who need it. There are new principals, a building project and achievements to celebrate. All of this and more can be found in Catholic Schools Herald, supplement to Arkansas Catholic, Aug. 17, 2019. 


West Memphis, Fort Smith, Russellville welcome leaders

Published: August 20, 2019   

Three new principals have joined Arkansas’ Catholic schools this fall.   Christ the King, Fort Smith Myndi Keyton • Hometown: Fort Smith • Education: bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Arkansas Tech • Educational experience: elementary teacher, Christ the King School, Fort Smith, 19 years • Educational philosophy: I believe a school should be a safe, nurturing community where high expectations are set for students and staff • What are the benefits of Catholic education? A faith-filled foundation gives students a strong start toward More... 

Little Rock school provides most important meal

By Dwain Hebda, Published: August 19, 2019   

Principal Kristy Dunn has a million things left to do before the start-of-the-year bell sounds. “We are not like a lot of parochial schools,” Dunn said. “Who we’re serving here is very different and we’re purposeful in asking the question, ‘What does our community need?’ I’m very proud of that, because I think it takes courage to be different. I think our families are demonstrating courage every day in some of the different ways they have More... 

First ‘chara-curriculum’ starts the year at Subiaco Academy

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 16, 2019   

When students pass through the halls of Subiaco Academy, the school intends to form each in faith, scholarship, character and brotherhood, keeping true to its values statement. Dr. David Wright, who became headmaster last year, said he could point to tangible evidence that backs up most components of their values, but the building blocks to forming “character” weren’t as well-defined. For the 2019-2020 school year, the academy is introducing a parallel curriculum or “chara-curriculum” for its roughly More... 

NLRCA building project: A sign of hope and commitment

Published: August 16, 2019   

North Little Rock Catholic Academy principal Denise Troutman smiles while pushing her shovel into the dirt during the groundbreaking blessing Aug. 2 for a 3,300-square-foot building that will house pre-K 3 and 4. Father Rubén Quinteros (second from right), pastor at St. Mary Church in North Little Rock, blessed the construction site and the workers who will soon begin construction, due to be complete in January. Troutman said it has been a dream of hers for the More... 

Catholic Schools Calendar for the 2019-2020 year

Published: August 16, 2019   

The 2019-2020 calendar for central Arkansas Catholic schools was released by the Office of Catholic Schools. • Aug. 14: First day of school • Sept. 2: Labor Day, school closed* • Sept. 27: Professional Day for teachers, school closed* • Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving break, school closed • Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Christmas break, school closed • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, school closed* • Feb. 17: Presidents Day, school closed* • March 23-27: Spring break, school closed* • April 10: Good Friday, school More... 

Catholic school principals shine with bruised hearts

By Theresa Hall, Published: August 16, 2019   

It is the time of year when the hot days of summer begin to wind down and the hustle and bustle for parents begin as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Teachers and principals have had a break, but they question, “What happened to those months of June and July for they pass so quickly?” At the recent Catholic schools principals’ retreat, which was held at the beautiful, peaceful grounds of Subiaco Academy, the principals and More...