The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, January 2017

Catholic schools help build a solid foundation of faith, values for students. In this special section, you will read about STEM teacher training, upcoming events for Catholic Schools Week, advice on what school to choose and more. 


STEM Institute aims to teach teachers differently

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 31, 2017      

At Christ the King School in Little Rock, the teachers became the students for a day on Jan. 19 as specialists from the STEM Institute at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway came to enlighten them on how to better incorporate collaborative learning between the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics for critical thinking and problem solving. “I think the whole world is more technology-based now and when you look at the globalization, you need people More... 

Marie Brakebill's class a special place for the littlest

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 30, 2017      

Marie Brakebill has three children of her own, but she has been a mother to hundreds throughout her 22 years teaching pre-kindergarten at St. Edward School in Little Rock. “You may clean the dirty nose, you may have to help with bathroom skills in the beginning of the year; you hug them, but you’re firm with them,” Brakebill, 56, said. “But you love them. I just don’t think there’s enough love given to children in this More... 

Northwest Arkansas schools form new sports conference

Published: January 25, 2017   

Two Catholic schools in northwest Arkansas participated in the formation of the Ozark Activities Conference in the fall of 2016.  St. Joseph School in Fayetteville and St. Vincent de Paul School in Rogers are joined by the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy and The New School. According to St. Joseph coach T.J. Barnes, “It was created to promote the strength and success of northwest Arkansas small and/or private junior high schools and is under the direction of the More... 

Students, teachers to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Published: January 25, 2017   

Conway St. Joseph A community open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 where student ambassadors will give tours and teachers will be available to meet visitors. Monday will be focused on celebrating the students with activities and treats. Senior Night will be held Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, an all-school living rosary will take place following the 9 a.m. school Mass. Fourth through 12th grade grandparent lunch will be Thursday and a preschool through 12th grade More... 

How to choose the best school for your child

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 25, 2017   

This is the time of year when many parents begin to think about choosing a school for their child, whether it is their child’s initial entry into formal education in kindergarten or making a change in the child’s educational setting. As the superintendent of 27 Catholic schools across the state, I am sometimes asked by parents, “Which school is the best school for my child?” Although I feel that all our Catholic schools provide quality education, I always tell parents they More...