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St. i School Paren m es have v r Lo4 ts, fa ili deep 1o e forthei ! I .MIKIi, I ' By PAUL R. LEINGANG .  " " [ [ Mes00Ted'to00 MlSSlOn Ntatement i.i |  | St. Philip School is a well-established St. Philip School, St. Philip, Indiana, a Catholic School, rooted in thf | t' | p.arisn s.cnoo.t in an eta erman commu- spirit and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese 01 I V//,,//. ,, I re!y,', sale 5tster Bernadine Nash, O.S.u., Evansville, Indiana, is committed to a participation of the teaching missior |  | .prmclpa!. It is also a school where ,most of the Church. The Catholic school forms part of the saving mission of th |  A,T,'IfV TY" ] teachers.nave masters degrees and au are Church, especially for education in the faith. Every person has the right t0 | ,dl rl..,/L| [ endorsed intheir fie!ds for Indiana's Perfor- receive instruction and education, enabling him/her to live more fitly and .l'.I-I("]" . | mance tasea rccrealtation. . to develop a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus, who ,.,_,.t A,. .,,x.,.,v I It is a school "where parents work and co- s--" "1 n, the Alnw the Tr,,th nncl th,a lf, NI ......  ....... to, t-h, 'ther --'-..,/.--"-" ] operate very much with the school," Sister 'excerpt throuo'h  m''J"Toi, 1"'6 " ........................................... , ,, , , L,LLLL Nash continued, She qumkly hsted some of the ways parents are involved in the PTO, in the cafeteria, as Ph|losonhty playground supervisors, as car- penters and electricians, St. Philip Catholic School is a part of the teaching mission of St. philip It is a school with a well-estab- Parish. Recognizing the parents as primary educators of their children, the lished faculty and staff  "sta- pastor, principal, teachers, staff, and parents work cooperatively to guido ble" is a good word to describe the children in the teachings of Jesus, specifically in the areas of messag.e, it, where the newest fulltime comnmnity, service, worship, peace and justice. This is the mission of I 4-is teacher was hired five years ago. (Sister Nash, principal for six Son, Jesus. Acknowledging that each child is an individual, St. Philip School has 42 years of experience terns itself with the development of the total child: physical, Catholic education.) Stability moral, intellectual, emotional, social, and aesthetic. A highly q is not a recent trait of the school; fessional staff shares talents and skills in order to provide a sound it dates back more than 140 for the students. A variety of methods, materials, and equipment is years. ', St. Philip School is one of the prepare the students to deal successfully with their own immediate long-range needs. oldest in the diocese, tracing its This development includes learning Catholic doctrine, values, and atti" beginning to a one-room log tudes which will prepare our clildren to live Christian and moral lives in a school built in 1851 at a cost of $86.50, according to parish his- secular world. St. Philip School directs each student toward the realizatiO of his/her full potential and the development of his/her relationship to ' tory. The building later served as a parish hall, until its demolition God, self, family and neighbor. in 1960. St. Philip students have the opportunity to develop their personal Dorothy Scheller reads a storyto her George Schenk was the teacher in this Catholic education community through their participation in litur" kindergainers. ' : ":': .... "" ' : .: : i. : of the school, assisted by George gies, prayer services, and daily experiences in the classroom. ..... Loesch and A.T. Alles. Schenk taught school for 40 years. "With much progress being shown in the growth of the Parish a new School was built in 1870," reports the published parish his- tory. "It was a brick structure. Eighty-five pupils were now enrolled. The cost of the  School was $838, again the cost being held V down by donations of materials and labor by the Parishioners." The new "Teachers Home" was built in 1891. It is now the sisters' convent. The first sisters to teach at St. Philip were Benedictines from Ferdinand, who arrived in 1892.They are identified in parish history as Sisters Mary Columba, Ferdinand and Mag- dalen. Connie Elbrink's third grade pupils gather around her to show off The current school building -- "the old school" was built in 1904. It had two some of the artwork designed as presents for their parents, rooms on the ground floor and an auditorium upstairs. The auditorium was converted into classrooms in 1949. An addi- tion to the school -- provid- ing rest rooms and a new the liturgy in ........... heating system w,was built in 1956. :  The first lay teacher hired in almost 70 years Jane Scott, who began teaching in September :  lay teacher was hired in 1961, and a third in 1962 :: enrollment continued to increase. The new  ..... : .................... was opened in 1062. ....... ,!i::::  "The parents and families of St, Philip have a  the school," said Sister Nash, noting that there are eration students in the school today, from original parish lies. Academic accomplishments are very high, judgin .scores, she said. As for sports, "they chew on a hospital nursery," the principal said. Current enrollment is 208. Classes are held in building for the second third and fourth grades, In addition are classrooms for the first grade and grades 5-8, The new parish center, in its seventh year of use, space for a gym, cafeteria, kindergarten, kitchen, room and shower areas. Activities and excitement are music competition, for more than 140 years:, at