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Classroom pets enrich Catholic schools, say teachers

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 15, 2013      

When Catholic school students start lining the halls for another school year, there will be some extra-special students around them. There’s Ezekiel, “Zeke” for short, who is never afraid to comfort a fellow student. There’s the always hyper Paulie Girl, who can calm down in an instant when she’s told to “go pray.” There’s Sadie, dubbed an “angel,” who loves nothing more than attention and treats. There’s Ollie, who is a bit stocky and has a More... 

Though fewer, religious a powerful presence in school

By Dwain Hebda, Published: August 15, 2013   

Sister Joan Pfauser, RSM, is a symbol for the current age of Catholic education. Entering her 27th school year, she’s the lone remaining Sister of Mercy at her alma mater, Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. While she has never served in a time when the school’s faculty was dominated by priests or religious, the guidance counselor has been around long enough to remember double-digit numbers of fellow sisters teaching and in administration. But she is More... 

As enrollment declines, schools develop strategic plan

By Dwain Hebda, Published: August 15, 2013   

A new strategic action plan targeting Catholic schools in Pulaski County is poised to begin implementation during the 2013-2014 school year. The plan, forged over five months by a 21-person committee of educators, clergy, parents and professionals across a spectrum of backgrounds, was presented for input and approval to Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and pastors May 21. “This is a plan designed to help our schools work together to become stronger,” said Kathy House, principal of Christ More... 

Three new principals step in with start of school year

Published: August 15, 2013   

Julie Rochester, St. Joseph, Paris (interim) Hometown: Cecil, Ark. (between Charleston and Ozark) Education: bachelor’s degree in education, University of Central Arkansas; master’s degree in education, Arkansas State University and numerous post-graduate hours in music and education Educational experience: since 1976 music teacher and band director and various other positions at Ozark School District, Arkansas Department of Education, St. Joseph School in Paris, University  of Arkansas Fort Smith, County Line School District, Westside School District and North Little More... 

Calendar preview

Published: August 15, 2013   

  Sept. 27: Professional Day, schools closed   Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving holiday   Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Christmas break   Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, schools closed   Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Catholic Schools Week   Feb. 17: Presidents Day, schools closed   March 24-28: Spring break   April 18: Good Friday, schools closed   May 23: Last day of school     More... 

Strategic planning provides a vision for the future

By Vernell Bowen, Published: August 15, 2013   

Beginning in January 2013, the seven elementary Catholic schools and two Catholic high schools in Pulaski County embarked on the development of a strategic plan. After reviewing the plan from 2006, it was evident that internal and external demographic trends needed to be re-evaluated. It is critical to address trends in order to continue to provide a high-quality Catholic education to prepare students for the 21st century for the Church and society. A strategic plan is a roadmap More...