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CAT SCHOOLS the principal, noting that the staff at Good accumulated experience in the classroom, ever worked with." Princip00 and faculty make 'a happy place to By PAUL R. LEINGANG' Message Editor "The number one goal at Good Shep- herd is not learning," said Sister Mary Ce- lestin Maurer, O.S.B., principal of the school. "Our number one goal is that this is a happy place to be." Sister Maurer explained that the stu- dents come to the school fi'om "a hectic world," and that establishing a frame of mind is the first thing that must be done to make learning possible, The commitment to Catholic education espoused by Good She Church is part of a larger purpose articulated in its parish mission ment: To keep doors open to the community, sharing ihith and friendship; To proclaim the good news through worship and celebration; To provide opportunities tbr spiritual growth and Catholic education; To minister to the needs of the poor, hmely, and handicapped in a of justice, mercy, and love. The principal practices what she preaches. Every day, Sister Maurer personally greets each student at the door with a cheerful "Good morning." "Since 1958, Good Shepherd Parish has demonstrated a clear connnitment to the tradition of Catholic education." That is how a recently published parish pamphlet described the school. A visit to Good Shepherd will quickly bear wit- ness to the truth of the printed word  and to the faculty's success in making the school a happy place to be. "Classes are designed to enhance the child's intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth, within an environment that encourages individuality and creativity," the pamhlet continues. A pre-Christmas tour by the Message found children learning about Christ- mas customs in other countries, making gifts for their parents, delving into lra- ditional classroom matters and making cookies in the practical arts area. Kindergartners rushed forward to hug the principal. "As an acredited school for kindergarten through grade eight, Good Shep- herd offers programs which meet or exceed the criteria of the Indiana Depart- ment of Education," the brochure explains. "As a Catholic school, Good Shep- herd also offers religious instruction, including participation in the liturgy and :.,/ preparation for the sacraments. "As a result, graduates find themselves not only readied to furlher their education in high school, but well-equipped to continue maturing as Chris- tians." p Good Shepherd Church was established in what was once known as "Fa- I':, ther Hannigan's Bean Patch," in 1955. Father James ttannigan was the found- ing pastor who served the parish from 1955 to 1963. It was during that time that the original combination church-school-living quarters building was built. The school opened its doors Sept. 8. 1958. to 217 students. Sister Annette Schipp, S.P., was the first principal. She and two other Sisters of Providence lived in three of the classrooms, until other ar- ,]__  rangments could be made. (The pastor lived in a mobile home until the present rectory was completed in 1964.) Principals succeeding Sister Schipp were Sister Mary Jane Newnam, S,P., Sister Edna Scheller, S.P., Mary Thomas, Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, O,S.B., Charles Masterson, Brenda Donofrio and Janet Greer. principal, gets a hug from second Sister Maurer, named principal three years ago, has been grader Megan Gribbins. involved in education since 1962. Fifth grade teacher Janice Frey has been teaching at GoodShepherd for 28 years, said Shepherd is very stable. Staff members have over 125 years of she said, and "they are one of the most dedicated staffs I have The principal had high praise for school secretary leanette Heidorn. who has worked at the school since 1972. "She is always up, always bubbling," said Sister Maurer "Teachers confide in her. parents confide in her." Sister Maurer also pointed with pride to the parents who volunteer their services to the school, de- spite their own busy sched- ules. and to the entire parish for its solid support. Soon after the new church building was com- pleted at Good Shepherd, parishioners "with kids Sixth grade home teacher Marian Tra plays her "troll" collection' Fourth grade teacher Mary Kolle, pupils, Clint Smith and NikM Dono off an Irish Christmas display. and without kids in school" worked day and night to get the former church building into shape as a gyr0" nasium. A stage will be added later this year. Among the innovative programs at Good Shepherd is the practical a, program, for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. During twice a week sesslOU Amy Scheessele shows off an award certificate in Kindergarten, with teacher, Jackie Mills, and aide, Sherri Beyer. students learn cooking, sewing and minor woodworking. The practical arts program is conducted in one corner of the eighth grade homeroom. The grandmother of three students donated a stove and a rofrig- rat)r. Pare nts  ax t volul lteel's donated cabinets and installed them. Kitchen utensils were donated, too. Students have made fudge to sell at the Fall Festival and other food items to donate to the House of Bread and:Peace; Studez ts  r url md 6E. N C nl -sch ment for d danced th aa LEI Wiikersi m a, atic pu "i' 'K8 enroll Is m iw 1 n all t .aV.: