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Page ,IO:ARKANS; S 45 CA'rHOL.l 2.-]anuary.'Zg.,', 1994,,., St. Joseph plans full week PARIS -- St. Joseph School will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with Ftrst Holy Com- munion Sunday, Jan. 30, at the 10 Mass. A reception for family and Mends will follow in the school car- eteria. Other activities during the week indude a book fair, school-wide spell- ing bee and grades K- 2 visiting a local retirement home and singing for residents. Dc. Robert Cowie will visit the school and share his recent visit to a mission in Central America. Thursday night, Feb. 3, all school children and families are invited to attend a skating party at Subiaco Skating Rink. Parents and grandparents can also enjoy lunch one day during the week. Students will also be sending a message in the mail to relatives and other Cathofic students in the state. LITrLE ROCK -- The 1993-94 school boarding/word processing, introduction to profit organizations selected by the Student year has brought a number of changes to computers and desktop publishing. All of Faculty Administration Board. aa Mount St. Mary (MSM)Academy. 'We Are the computers are equipped with Claris MSM administration has engaged in a Family" is the theme students chose for the Works which includes painting, drawing, strategic planning process to develop a three- year. word processing, database and spreadsheet year plan. The planning committee consists Each year a theme is chosen to focus the appfications, of representatives from the adminLstmfion, hopes, beliefs and unique character of the MSM seniors Ashley Byers and Laura MSM's Board of Trustees, Parent-Teacher school. According to Rebecca Hubbell, Cupples were named 1994 National Merit Organization and Economic and Education I fly MSM student body president, "I believe that Semi-Finalists. These girls are among the Coundls. being a part of the Mount family gives every 168 semifinalists in Arkansas. They are now Every ye , Founder's Week is held to cel- Ca student a strong sense of belonging that partidpafing in the competition for merit ebmte MSM s birthday," observed Feb. 5. they might not have at another school." scholarships to beawarded this spring. This year's Founders Week coinddes with Pr, Last fall MSM implemented a two-dayThe 1993-94 MSM volleyball team de-Catholic Schools Week. 0t extended schedule. This schedule is de- featedConwayinOctober towin theAAAAOn Monday, Jan. 31, smdentswill gather signed to provide 90-minute classes with General Conference Championship. Mter in their extended "families' to ,create a por.- activity and study periods incorporated into defeating North Little Rock High School at tion of a timeqine depicting MSM s 143 )ears the day. These 90-minute class periods pro- the district tournament held Oct. 23, the in Arkansas. This year s theme is "Memory, ca] vide both the students and teachers with Belles won the AAAA State Tournament in Moment, Mission and Mercy. de more focused learning and also challenges Fort Smith Oct. 30. Tuesday, Feb. 1, students will enjoy a flee be them to use a variety of creative teaching Robin Hood Days are held each year to off-campus lunch and tag day. An assembly and learning processes into this extended collect canned food and to raise money for will be held Wednesday, Feb. 2, featuring grq time. the needy at Thanksgiving. As a result of student lip-sync performances as well as a hll MSM's 519 students attend four class pe- the tremendous effort by all dasses and skit by the senior class. he riods on an"A" day and three class periods faculty members, the total number ofThursday, Feb. 3, a Eucharistic celebra- with the opportunity for an activity/study canned goods collected amounted to tion will be held in McAuley Center with Ft. By reducing the num- block on a "B" day. 11,503. The junior class brought in 5,510 Lawrence Frederick presiding. The members a ber of dines classes change, "down-time" is cans. For their efforts their entire class was of the sophomore class will receive Mercy transformed into quality "learning time." treated to a movie Jan. 27, courtesy of United pins at the Mass as a symbol of their commit- re( MSM's computer lab was updated with Artists' Cinemas. ment to MSM. 1 the addition of 25 LC520 Macintosh corn- A mother-daughter off-oanpus lunch, tag The week will condude with '"oirthday" ' puters, three dot-matrix printers and two day and father-daughter dance were held cupcakes being served to the students, fac- laser printers. The lab is used to teach key- to raise $1,047 which was donated to non- ulty and staff Friday, Feb. 4. Our Lady 0f Goo ounsel School, Little Rock Faculty and Students wish to thank the parents who volunteer for countless hours of work. Your spirit of volunteerism makes it possible for us to say happy lOOth birthday to Our Lady of Good Counsel School.V Thank you. St. Mary includes everyOne in Catholic. Schools Week NORTH ROCK The 1994 involvement in Catholic schools. Mary's faculty and staffwill be honored for Catholic Schools Week celebration at St. Celebrating the academic successes of the dedication and love which they bring to Mary School includes all members of the students is another tradition at St. Mary. An the school community. school community. Parents, students, teach- Honors Tea is held each semester to recog- The final event for Catholic Schools Week ers and parish families will be reminded of nize not only students making "As" or "A/ at St- Mary will be a Eucharistic Celebration the mission of Catholic schools. Bs," but also the children who have brought involving both the parish and the school. Tuesday, Feb. 1, has been declared Faro- up their grades in at least two subject areas. Sunday, Feb. 6, Fr. Scott Marczuk will ily. and Volunteers Appreciation Day. On After receiving honor roll ribbons and cer- celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. this day parents will eat lunch with their fificates, these special students and their This special liturgical event unites the parish children. In previous years almost 100 par- parents will have punch and cookies, and school in offering prayers of thanksgiv- ents have attended St. Mary's Parents' Day This year's Honors Tea will be held Fri- ing for the many blessings which God has Luncheon. The tremendous response sig- day, Feb. 4, which has also been designated bestowed upon St. Mary School "The litde nifies the importance parents place on theix/ Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. St. school with the big heart." IMMII S . "Catho//c schoo/s prov/de huge/y amsequ t/a/ oases of impact and hope. Their value is --- lit- erally and figuratively -- beyond measure." -- The late Malcom Forbes, taken from ' /hat Big Cities Owe to Catholic Schools." The U.S. Department of Education and Dr. James S. Coleman, sodologist and au- thor of many landmark studies on Ameri- can education, have unearthed some ira- wantaged families show no corresponding academic defidendes in math or verbal achievement, while similar students in pub- lic and other private schools show substan- tial academic defidendes; in Catholic schools, minority students from underprivileged backgrounds outper- form their public school counterparts; 3 percent of Catholic high school stu- dents drop out of school compared to 14 66 percent; Catholic school students surpassed public school students by an average of 4.5 percent in math, 4.8 percent in sdence, and 125 percent in reading in the three grade levels of the National Assessment of Educa- tional Progress test of the federal govern- ment; and Catholic high-school ,sophomores are four times less likely to drop out than their pressive statistics: percent of public school students; public-school counterparts. Once graduated, in national and sdence achievement Catholic school graduates of every eth- they are much more likely-by 40 percent to tests at both the elementary and secondary nic background choose a pre-professional go on to college. levels, Catholic school students outscored college curricuium twice as often as public their public school counterparts; school graduates; in all subjects, Catholic school students 83 percent of Catholic high school show greater academic achievement gains graduates go on to college as compared to Reach Catholic customers between 10th and 12th grades than do pub- 52 percent of public high school graduates; through your ad in lic school students; The graduation rate for all Catholic Arkansas Catholic. Catholic school students from disad- students is 95 percent and for public schools Call Ron at 664-0340, ext. 326. l