The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, November 2017

As the first semester draws to a close, Catholic schools in the state are looking closer at what makes their school unique and what parents are saying. Also in this section, readers will find commentary on social media usage and find out about enrollment, diversity and the average of test scores compared to the state averages. 


Schools express their unique qualities

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 21, 2017   

Charlotte Hylden, 6, a first-grade student at Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock, proudly wore her sticker with a red heart and blue cross that read “Wabbits Have H.E.A.R.T.” Hylden earned her sticker for being engaged in her math assignments, working quietly so as not disturb others. That dedication to school work rings true to the characteristics of “H.E.A.R.T” — honorable, engaged, academic, respectful and a team member. But it’s more than a sticker and More... 

Parents’ voices important in success of schools

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 20, 2017   

School administrators, teachers and students are on the front lines of whether a school is achieving the success it desires. But parents are also part of the equation, making their voices crucial in the overall development and promotion of the school. The Catholic Schools Office has encouraged all 27 Catholic schools in the state to conduct a parent satisfaction survey this month to gauge how they feel about a school’s strengths and weaknesses and also their More... 

Social media can prevent our doing greater things

By Vernell Bowen, Published: November 20, 2017   

In the past two years, school principals have begun to deal with issues with inappropriate uses of social media not only by students, but by the parents. There are many positive things about the ways social media keeps us informed and connected with family and friends. However, when social media is used to degrade persons and institutions and create negative and hateful statements toward each other then it becomes an instrument that can be powerfully evil. More... 

Schools reveal enrollment, diversity, average test scores

Published: November 20, 2017   

The Office of Catholic Schools provided the following statistics for the 2017-18 school year for the Diocese of Little Rock.   Enrollment • Schools: 27 • Total enrollment: 6,706 • Elementary enrollment: 4,836 • Secondary enrollment: 1,870 • Percentage of Catholic students: 77 • Total enrollment in preschools: 734   Race and Ethnicity • Percent of white students: 89 • Percent of multi-racial students: 4.6 • Percent of Asian students: 4 • Percent of black students: 1.6 (The remaining students are Native American, Pacific islanders or unknown.) • Percent of Hispanic More...