The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, August 2021

Catholic students throughout Arkansas have returned to school for the 2021-2022 academic year. In this section you'll read about safety measures schools have enacted to protect students and staff from gun violence, meet the new principals, a new shuttle service from the River Valley to Ozark Catholic High School and much more. Let us all pray for the safety and health of students, parents, teachers and staff. 


Teacher abuse on social media major concern for schools

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: August 24, 2021   

It’s common for parents to post on social media about their child’s first day of school or post a question to GroupMe messaging about the time for the next football practice.  But when a parent posts a criticism, or even an attack, on a teacher or administrator, it stings, said Elizabeth Hudgens, a fifth-grade language arts teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith.  “When I see a parent posting something negative about their child’s teacher, their More... 

Catholic schools get boost with $8.5 million in aid

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: August 23, 2021   

Catholic schools in Arkansas received $8.5 million in federal money this year to help meet the unprecedented demands of educating students during a pandemic.  Twenty-three of the 28 schools applied for funds through the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) program, part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. The fund was one component of the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSA Act), which provided $2.7 billion toward EANS. According to More... 

How to keep my kids Catholic while in college

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: August 20, 2021      

Before coming to Harding University in Searcy, Julio Montenegro of Nicaragua spoke with his parents and pastor about the Catholic campus ministry. His pastor sent a letter to Father Polycarp Ssebbowa, pastor of St. James Church in Searcy.  “They were waiting for me and once I arrived at St. James, they introduced to me all that has to do with the campus ministry,” Montenegro said, adding that it was important for him to stay connected to More... 

Say hello to the new principals at Catholic schools

Published: August 19, 2021   

Conway St. Joseph Middle School   Hannah Belew Hometown: Beebe Education: Arkansas State University, bachelor’s degree in mid-level education, 2015; Arkansas State University, master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction, anticipated spring 2022. Experience: Des Arc Elementary, sixth-grade teacher, one year; Beebe Middle School, sixth-grade teacher, five years What is your educational philosophy? I believe that all students are unique and can learn through meaningful experiences that prepare them with the skills they need to reach their full potential. What do you believe More... 

Catholic school teachers following their vocation to teach

By Theresa Hall, Published: August 19, 2021   

As a child did you ever “play school” and take on the role of the teacher? Recently, my 3-year-old granddaughter wanted to read me a bedtime story instead of me reading it to her. So I followed her directions when she said “criss cross applesauce,” which meant I was sitting on the floor with my legs crossed and my hands in my lap.  After a few minutes she was able to flip the book over so More... 

Diocese of Little Rock 2021-2022 School Calendar

Published: August 19, 2021   

The 2021-2022 calendar for Catholic schools in Arkansas was released by the Office of Catholic Schools. Aug. 16: First day of school Sept. 6: Labor Day, school closed* Sept. 24: Professional Day for teachers, school closed* Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving break, school closed Dec. 20-31: Christmas break, school closed Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, school closed* Feb. 21: Presidents Day, school closed* March 21-25: Spring break, school closed* April 15: Good Friday, school closed* May 27: Last day of school The calendar includes no snow More...