The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, April 2016


Staff, families pitch in to reduce tuition at Trinity

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 3, 2016   

FORT SMITH — Trinity Junior High School gave its families a pleasant surprise for the 2016-17 school year, lowering tuition by $629 for parishioners and non-Catholic families. “It caused a significant buzz in the parishes,” principal Dr. Karen Hollenbeck said. “Folks are just appreciative that we understand the sacrifices they make and try to keep tuition affordable.” Tuition for a Catholic student this fall will be $4,975 a year, representing an 11-percent decrease from the 2015-2016 school More... 

Principal has lifelong connection to Fort Smith school

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 2, 2016   

FORT SMITH — Immaculate Conception School has called its principal, Sharon Blentlinger, “Mrs. B” for 30 years, but when Blentlinger first walked through the school’s doors, she was just “Sharon,” a petite first grader in a big school with lots of hallways, stairways and students. In the intervening decades, Blentlinger has been involved with the school as a sibling, teacher, principal, mother and grandmother. She understands everyone who is a part of the school because she More... 

Joe Mallett has served St. Joseph High School 36 years

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 29, 2016   

At just 21 years old, Joe Mallett was ready to shadow a St. Joseph School teacher in Conway, part of his college studies. By what some may call rotten luck or serendipity, the teacher quit — something Mallett did not know until the day before he walked into the school. “‘Here’s this earth science book, you’re going to do this, this and this and you’re going to run the off-season program,’” for boys basketball, Mallett said. More... 

Coding Club introduces kids to inner workings of games

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 28, 2016      

Just like computer coding happens behind the scenes to make objects in a game or in other media move or make sound, students at Christ the King in Little Rock are using math and technology under the guise of projects like video game design.  The Christ the King Coding Club started in September and has had about 100 students total participate in the various coding curriculum themes offered, including game design, music and sound, art, sports More... 

Board members play critical role in success of school

By Vernell Bowen, Published: April 28, 2016   

The Diocese of Little Rock is blessed to have board members in the parish schools who contribute to the success of the school. The school advisory board members provide expertise and knowledge in areas such as finances, strategic planning from the perspective of the school community and other critical areas for the operation of a school. Several years ago the diocesan policy for boards was revised from the election of members to the selection process. This More... 

2016-2017 school calendar for Central Arkansas

Published: April 26, 2016   

The 2016-2017 school calendar for central Arkansas Catholic schools was recently released by the Office of Catholic Schools. Aug. 15: First day of school Sept. 5: Labor Day, school closed* Sept. 23: Professional Day for teachers, school closed* Nov. 23-25: Thanksgiving break, school closed Dec. 19-Dec. 30: Christmas break, school closed* Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, school closed* Feb. 20: Presidents Day, school closed* March 20-24: Spring break, school closed* April 14: Good Friday, school closed* May 26: Last day of school May 29: More...