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ii St. Henrietta Hockle, OSB, EdS Superintendent of Schools Beginning againl Yes, on Aug. 22, for the 152nd year, Catholic schools of Ar- kansas will open their doors for a new school year. According to preliminary reports, enrollment will increase for the fifth consecutive year. What are some of the factors causing this increase in enrollment? Two reasons I have observed are emphasis on Chris- tian values and a strong academic pro- gram. The religion curriculum guides introduced in 1987 and 1988 are being used to strengthen religion programs. Academic achievement has improved in a significant manner over the last several years. In particular, math scores of this past year show a definite improvement in every grade level. In order to accommodate for some of this increase, five schools have undertaken expansion programs -- Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Marche, St. Joseph School, Fayetteville, St. Vincent de Paul School, Rogers, St. John School, Hot Springs, and St. Joseph School, Paris. These schools have expanded their facilities, or are in process of expanding. (See related ar- ticles). St. Joseph in Paris will offer a kinder- Revised June 4, 1990 SCHOOL CAUgNDAR 1990-1991 Catholic Schools of Arkansas Diocese of Little Rock FIRST QUARTER September 3 (Monday) September 28 (Friday) September 29 (Saturday) November 2 (Friday) - LABOR DAY (schools closed) -Annual Educators' Professional Day - Arkansas Catechedcal Day - Last day of first quarter '(51"days) SECOND QUARTER November 5 (Monday) November 22-23 (Thursday-Friday) December 21 (Friday) (end of day) January 3, 1991 (Thursday) January 18 (Friday) - Second quarter begins - Thanksgiving holidays - Christmas holidays begin - Schools reopen - Last day of second quarter (45 days) END OF FIRST SEMESTER a nsn QUARTER January 21 (Monday) March 4 (Monday) March 15 (Friday) March 27 (Wednesday) March 28-29 (Thursday-Friday) April 1-5 (Monday-Friday) - Second semester begins - Begin ARK MPT tests (grades 3-6-8) - Deadline for MPT answer sheets in mail to scoring center - Last day of third quarter - HOLY THURSDAY/GOOD FRIDAY (schools closed) - Spring break (48 days) FOURTH QUARTER April 8 (Monday) April 10 (Wednesday) April 19 (Friday) May 27 (Monday) May 31 (Friday) - Fourth quarter begins - Begin Achievement tests - Deadline for answer sheets in mail to scoring center - MEMORIAL DAY (schools closed) - Last day of fourth quarter (39 days) END OF SCHOOL TERM Calendar includes I78 teaching days, and 5 snow days. If five snow days are not needed, individual schools may use the extra days as free days. Schools outside the greater Little Rock area may make the necessary adjustments for local area needs. Any calendar changes are to be submitted to the diocesan school office for approval. Arrangements for parent-teacher conferences will be made by individual schools. CARDS ARE TO BE DISTRIBUTED ONE WEEK AFTER THE CLOSE PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AHGUST 26, garten program for the first time in 103- changes. During the summer, dioce~[ year history. With this addition, all Catho- school consultants assisted in refining~[ lic elementary schools in the state now offer kindergarten programs. A number of other school buildings have been refurbished during the sum- mer by a coat of paint and some schools have added new equipment, such as com- puters and printers. In many instances, parents have volunteered their time and talents. This is another reason for the in- creased interest in Catholic education. Parents have a vested interest and they are showing this interest by their efforts. Principals and teachers are also im- proving their skills by taking additional course work or summer workshops to meet the needs of students in the 1990s. Forty principals, teachers, and secretaries from 18 different schools attended diocesan computer workshops to learn how to im- prove services from the school office. Rev. Thomas Sebaugh, diocesan director of data processing, andJoey Halinski, systems manager, have been untiring in their ef- forts to assist schools in moving into the electronic age of the 1990s. Catholic schools are charting a new course in Arkansas by joining other nonpublic schools in seeking accreditation from the National Federation of Nonpublic School Accrediting Agency. The Arkansas Chapter was granted an official charter for accrediting schools this past November. This change was made since the Arkansas Department of Educa- tion no longer accredits private schools. (See related article.) A new 1990 edition of the diocesan Manual of Policies and Regulations is being introduced this school year. Nu- merous changes have been made since the 1985 publication. A new manual was needed this year due to many changes in policies concerning employee benefits and hiring practices. The diocesan board of education assisted with the needed formalizing the document. The diocesan Board of Education rne a full day on a quarterly basis at St. J01al Center to develop and critique policieS give leadership and guidance for the c eration of Catholic schools. The ti!l meeting for the 1990-91 school year be Aug. 28. Officers for the new year elude: Nancy Hughes, Christ the parish, Little Rock, president; Maril I Yocum, St. Boniface, Fort Smith, vie| president; and Mike Stewart, Immacul l Conception, North Little Rock, secre ! Other members of the board are: I@| Christian, Our Lady of Fatima Belat#[ Tom Cogan, Holy Redeemer, Clarl ,[ Theresa Kleinhenz, Hot Springs; Leota [ Kremers, St. Theresa, Little Rock; J~[ Miller, St. Mary, North Little Rock; Rohlman, Sacred Heart, Morrilton; Jo# [ Smith, St. Michael, West Memphis; Ver0vl Thomas, St. Bartholomew, Little RoCk; J. Alvin Turner, Blessed Sacra ' I Jonesboro. Movin~ into the 1990s Catholic scb~" u ' #! accept the challenge to strive for e .j lence in educating young people to fullest development of their talents a J dividuals, while preparing them for ership in society and the Church 0/d ] morrow. This excellence involves a doscope of people: parents, teacherS, port staff, pastors, school boards and ; merous others who support the Ca~l ] school. Just as a kaleidoscope refled merous patterns of light, so the school reflects patterns of growth, ity, diversity, harmony, and joy. Nooz? I Send us yours! Child Nutrition Programs Standards for determining eligibility for free and reduced price m~...... Family size Effective from July 1, 1990 to June $0, 1991 Eligible for free meals if family si'ze Eligible for reduced ~eals if f~[ Annual dollar 1 t8.164 10.946 $ 13,728 4 16,510 5 19,292 6 ? 8 For each and income undo. addidonal member add: 22,074 24.856 27.638 +2,782 Monthly dollar $681 913 1,144 1,376 1,608 1,840 2,072 ~,304 +2S2 Weekly dollar $157 211 964 318 371 425 478 532 +54 size and income under. Annual Monthly dollm" dollar $I 1,618 $969 15,577 1,299 19,556 1,628 2S,495 1,958 27,454 2,288 31,413 2,618 35,372 2,948 ~,331 3,278 +$#59 +330 W d