The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, April 2018

As the school year nears its end, Catholic students have stayed busy, creating one-of-a-kind art, defending attacks in the cyber world and helping put lost youth back on the right path. Read all about their stories in this section, as well as the 2018-2019 school calendar and a fond farewell column from Superintendent Vernell Bowen. 


Kids express their true colors with mural at OLHS

By Dwain Hebda, Published: April 30, 2018   

Kelly Vogelegsang stalks the blacktop playground area behind Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock before a throng of second graders in straight, orderly lines. Paintbrush in hand, the second-year art teacher lays out the rules for the youngsters as they prepare to take their turn painting on the looming mural in front of them, an all-school project that’s at last coming to life. Pick any shape you want, she tells them, just More... 

Peer to peer: Teens take role in juvenile trials

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 27, 2018   

Chloe Kordsmeier jotted notes on a legal pad while a teenage defendant explained what led to an altercation with a much younger student. There were moments the writing stopped and all on the jury listened intently to the struggles of depression and hospitalization that plagued the life of the young man not far from their age.  In the American judicial system, being judged by a jury of your peers is a right. For juvenile defendants who More... 

Training next generation of cybersecurity experts

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 27, 2018   

While stories of widespread data breaches, privacy threats and online vulnerabilities often dominate the news cycle, students with the Cyber Defense team at Catholic High School are learning the fundamentals in combating similar threats.  “Technology has taken over every business, every company, everything we do and it’s vulnerable and the ability to protect that is in high demand,” said Col. Charles Johnson, coach for the Cyber Defense team. “I think the critical-thinking, analysis, diagnosis of problems, More... 

After 25 years in Catholic education, farewell with love

By Vernell Bowen, Published: April 27, 2018   

It is with bittersweet emotions that I write this column for the Catholic Schools Herald section. This will be my last article as superintendent of Catholic schools. I will be retiring as of June 30. I have been asked by many what my plans are going to be. The immediate plans are for my husband and me to take some road trips together to see sights we have not seen in the past, maybe a trip More... 

Catholic Schools Calendar 2018-19

Published: April 27, 2018   

The 2018-2019 calendar for central Arkansas Catholic schools was released by the Office of Catholic Schools.   • Aug. 15: First day of school • Sept. 3: Labor Day, school closed* • Sept. 28: Professional Day for teachers, school closed* • Nov. 19-23: Thanksgiving break, school closed • Dec. 20-Jan. 2: Christmas break, school closed • Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, school closed* • Feb. 18: Presidents Day, school closed* • March 18-22: Spring break, school closed* • April 19: Good Friday, school More...