The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald January 2015

The Jan. 24 Catholic Schools Herald supplement to Arkansas Catholic marked Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 25-31, and highlighted ways that schools meet the needs of students with learning differences.


Getting in tune with dyslexic students

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 28, 2015   

In Catholic High educator Kim Head’s home, her two sons, Noah, 9, and Isaac, 8, argue over who is more dyslexic. She emphasizes it is not a learning disability, rather, a difference and one that should be celebrated. “It’s an advantage,” said Head, pointing to strengths many children with dyslexia tend to have, including talent in the arts, architecture and engineering. It’s this mentality that Head is bringing as the Catholic High School for Boys in More... 

Helping children learn

Published: January 28, 2015   

Several other Catholic schools around the state have implemented programs to help children with dyslexia. Patty James, a resource teacher and curriculum coordinator at St. Edward School in Little Rock, has worked with students since 2000 that have varying degrees of learning disabilities.  “They say one in five children has dyslexia. That means 20 percent of kids in our schools have dyslexia,” James said. “They think children aren’t trying hard enough, they think these children aren’t More... 

Superintendent: Cyber days may return this winter

Published: January 26, 2015   

Where is the snow? So far no Catholic schools have had to use a snow day, but they are more prepared this year when it occurs. In 2013-2014 some Catholic schools were taken a little off guard by the number of snow days needed and came up with a pilot program to allow students to complete assignments while home on snow days and count it as a school day. For 2015, Catholic schools are ready with written More... 

Schools to explore faith, fun and service

Published: January 22, 2015   

National Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in the Diocese of Little Rock Sunday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 31. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”     Conway St. Joseph During weekend Masses, St. Joseph School band flutists will join the music ministry and play a song for the parish, the 2015 senior class banner will be presented and students will bring up the gifts during the offertory. Teachers will pass out a More... 

Parents, don’t pass your math anxiety to your children

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 22, 2015   

It is often expressed by parents to teachers, that they do not know how to help their children at home with school work. Math seems to be one of the most common areas that parents express their lack of ability to assist their children. Some of the most often heard comments are “I never did well in math,” or “I just don’t understand this new way of teaching math.” The first thing that parents need to do is to not pass on their More...