The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, November 2014


Resources come to where the kids are

By Dwain Hebda, Published: November 10, 2014      

In her many years shepherding North Little Rock Catholic Academy and the former St. Mary School, principal Denise Troutman has never lost one of her little lambs, but she found one once. On a field trip one year, counting noses yielded all of the students and one extra, confused and scared little boy. “You always worry about sending children off on a field trip,” Troutman said. “You never know what can happen. I was never fully More... 

Bailey retiring: ‘The stars have aligned for me’

By Aprille Hanson , Published: November 9, 2014   

When Sacred Heart School principal Brian Bailey was 15, he recognized his calling in life. “We had a Boys Club in Clarksville where I grew up. I hung out there from 8 in the morning until 4 p.m. all my (young) life” and when he turned 15, they asked him to direct activities in the club such as Pee Wee sports. “It scared me at first, but it was one of those things that was natural. I’ve More... 

Language curriculum binds diverse students at Subiaco

By Dwain Hebda, Published: November 8, 2014   

“They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, ‘Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language?’” Acts 2:7-8 There are a lot of different dialects flying around Subiaco Academy these days with students from China, Korea, Mexico, Vietnam, Germany, Russia and many other points around the globe joining in among the homegrown sons of the Arkansas hills surrounding the all-boys middle and More... 

Catholic schools and Common Core questions

Published: November 7, 2014   

Common Core State Standards have been debated among educators and parents since it was first adopted for public schools in 2010. Vernell Bowen, superintendent for Catholic schools, said the Diocese of Little Rock has not adopted Common Core for its 28 schools but has reviewed them in light of updates to the diocese’s math and English curricula. “Common Core has been adopted in certain Catholic dioceses, but not ours,” assistant superintendent Theresa Hall said. Bowen and Hall said More... 

Catholic schools by the numbers

Published: November 6, 2014   

These statistics are from the 2014-15 school year.   Enrollment Schools: 28  Total enrollment: 6,889 Elementary enrollment: 4,911 Secondary enrollment: 1,978 Percentage of Catholic students: 74 Total enrollment in preschools: 732   Race and ethnicity Percentage of white students:  88 Percentage of Asian students: 3.9 Percentage of black students: 1.8 Percentage of multi-racial students: 2.6 Percentage of Hispanic students: 10.2* The remaining students are Native American, from the Pacific island region or unknown. *Hispanic is not considered a race but an ethnic group.    Staffing Total professional staff: 662 Percentage of staff who are laypeople: More... 

Schools assess knowledge gained in religion classes

By Vernell Bowen, Published: November 5, 2014   

The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Little Rock annually assess the students’ achievement in the academic areas through the Stanford 10 test at each grade level. In February 2014, students in fifth and eighth grades in Arkansas Catholic Schools were administered the Assessment of Catechetical/Religious Education (ACRE). This is a test published by the National Catholic Education Association and is designed to strengthen catechetical/religious education programs. The assessment is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and More...