The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, August 2015

School is back in session! The August 22 Catholic Schools Herald supplement to Arkansas Catholic includes how Christ the King is sheltering kids from the storm, how Google is making education more streamlined and how online auction sites raised more money for St. Joseph School in Fayetteville and St. John School in Hot Springs. Meet the new principals in Catholic schools around the state and find out why parents need to be involved in their child's education.


Internet apps in classrooms spur student collaborations

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 25, 2015   

Parents can remember when they were in school their teacher writing the day’s assignment on the chalkboard. They would then go home, complete their assignment on paper and turn it in the next day … of course walking to school uphill both ways. Their children’s educational experience is vastly different. The teacher now has the ability to e-mail an assignment to students, which they can complete on their Google Chromebooks (similar to laptops, but all the More... 

Christ the King kids have shelter from the storm

By Dwain Hebda, Published: August 20, 2015   

The din of the annual registration event was deafening as parents of Christ the King School in Little Rock stood in long, orderly queues awaiting their turn at various tables. Chatting with their peers, they made their way to purchase fleece tops and car magnets or to take note of the school’s volunteer opportunities. Many clutched the year’s school forms in one hand and a child’s hand in the other; just as many left their children More... 

Online bidding fuels a boom for auction fundraising

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 20, 2015   

While other Catholic schools around Arkansas scramble for volunteers to file, sort and keep track of the bidding on fundraiser auctions, St. John School in Hot Springs and St. Joseph School in Fayetteville have found an online bidding buddy of sorts. The two schools enlisted the help of a website auctioning company to help with the annual St. John Bazaar silent and live auction in October 2014 and the St. Joseph Fiesta fundraiser this February. Both More... 

New principals bring wealth of experience to schools

Published: August 18, 2015   

Kelly Gabe Blessed Sacrament School, Jonesboro Hometown: Murray, Ky. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and business administration, University of Mississippi; graduate work in Segovia, Spain; MASL in second language acquisition and pedagogy, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; pursuing specialist degree in Catholic education administration, St. Louis University Educational experience: Spanish teacher and advance placement courses, Jonesboro High School, five years; college Spanish instructor, East Arkansas Community College, eight years Educational philosophy: To prepare children for the world with a More... 

Schools welcome opportunities to work with parents

By Vernell Bowen, Published: August 18, 2015   

A partnership between parents and the school, especially the teachers, is crucial in ensuring that a child has the best opportunity to enjoy the school experience and learn effectively. In fact, the Church’s vision of the parent’s role in educating their child/children is put forth in the following passage from the Declaration on Christian Education from Vatican Council II. “Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their More... 

2015-2016 Catholic Schools Calendar for LR/NLR

Published: August 18, 2015   

Aug. 17: First day of school Sept. 7: Labor Day, schools closed Sept. 25: Professional Day for teachers, schools closed Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving break, schools closed Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Christmas break, schools closed Jan. 4: Schools reopen after break Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, schools closed Feb. 15: Presidents Day, schools closed March 21-25: Spring break, schools closed March 27: Easter April 4-22: Window to administer Stanford test May 27: Last day of school This calendar includes 181 days of school with three snow days More...