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,2 ,. The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Taking a look at year-round schoo By MARY ANN HUGHES _ Message staff writer As Helene Hunter sees it, one of the biggest problems with year-round school is its name. "We need to get rid of that name," she said, explaining that year-round school actually in- volves the same number of school days -- 180 m as the tra- ditional school year. The differ- ence between the traditional school year and year-round school is the restructuring of the school calendar. For example, a school utiliz- ing the year-round calendar might have four quarters in a year, with breaks between each quarter. During those breaks, the parents would have the op- tion of keeping their children home, or sending them to school for either enrichnent programs or tutoring. Hunter, principal at Christ the King School, Evansville, is a member of a task force cur- rently looking at the advantages and disadvantages of year- round school. The task force is composed of 13 Catholic school principals in the Diocese of Evansville. She recently visited with Jane Hubert Dillon, a Christ the King graduate currently living in Australia with her husband and their four children. Aus- tralian schools currently work under a schedule that resembles the year-round school concept. According to Dillon, there are four quarters, with one or two @- A sample calendar Here is a sample calendar which illus- trates how a school year would be made up of four quarters and four vacation or r Enter- I intersession breaks, ession I Third Quarter The breaks would allow time for tutor- January 9 - March 17 ' ', ing or enrichment programs. Each fam- ily would decide if their children would attend the intersessions or stay home. FIRST QUARTER: August 2 through September 30 :: Vacation or Intersession SECOND QUARTER: October 17 through December 16 Vacation or Intersession October THIRD QUARTER: January 9 Vacation THROUGH March 17 or Inter- Vacation or Intersession session :j FOURTH QUARTER: April 10 _ ..................... . , through June 16 Vacation or Intersession week breaks between quarters. There is a six-week break at Christmas. "Australia keeps the kids going so ihey don't get bored. Two weeks is plenty of time be- tween quarters." She noted that classes are "pretty much the same," how- ever her daughter does have the advantage of taking a Japanese language class. The extra time for enrichment classes would be a positive part of the calendar restructuring, Hunter believes, noting that the time between quarters could be used for language classes, art and music. This intersession time could also be used for tutoring, and shorter breaks between quar- ters would mean less time spent in review. There are also disadvantages to year-round school, she noted, beginning with the inconve= niences to families who have children in different schools with different calendars. There is also the matter of buses, and Hunter believes that entire school systems would have to coordinate their efforts to mini- mize transportation problems. There would be the additional cost of operating the school buildings year-round, and the cost of paying teachers to teach during the intersessions. Scheduling problems would also have to be worked out, espe- cially extracurricular activities such as sports, speech and music. One of the first areas that would have to be studied would be the building facilities them- selves, particularly if air condi- tioning needed to be installed. There would have to be con- sideration made in establishing a calendar so that teachers would still be able to take their summer classes for professional development. Hunter said that no diocesan school has yet expressed plans to commit to a year-round schedule, and that task force members information just in the We still need t search from StateS." : At least a possible two, before a year-round lieves. The tion would the ally wanted it. "We are and our to be fore we would do "We have a long this discussion. Celebrating Catholic Schools Wee whose vision the school and tinue the Catholic Moore, p The students Good Evansville, coY! week with a reading and called Time to 2. It was dents, grades During Catholic Schools Week, students at St. Theresa School, Evansville, enjoy a pre- sentation of "The Three Little Pigs," starring John Clark, as the big bad wolf, and Kacie DeWeese, Lindsey Mayer and Brian Tate, as the three little pigs. The student production was enhanced by the children's choir. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Students at St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, spent Catholic Schools Week cele- brating "the valuable contribu- tions that Catholic schools have made to the communities they serve," according to Bene- dictine Sister Christine Kempf, principal. In a letter to parents, Sister Kempf explained that Catholic Schools Week offers time "to reaffirm the spiritual value of our children in the eyes of.God, to encourage students to reach for academic achievement, to recognize parents for their sac- rifices on behalf of their chil- dren's education, to recognize all parish members for their fi- nancial support of the school, and to acknowledge the teach- ers and staff of our school for their loving dedication and professionalism." Students and faculty in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville cele- brated Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29 through Feb. 3 with a variety of celebrations. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein of the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis received the Distin- guished Graduate Award from Holy Family School, Jasper, according to Pam Bell, princi- pal. She noted that the arch- bishop was a member of the first graduating class at Holy Family. Precious Blood school, also in Jasper, presented the schools' first Distinguished Graduate award to Father Eugene Dr. Kent ate of Holy Branch, was during the sor at the Evansville. Sts. Haubstadt with a varie "dress Day and There are in the diocese,  high schools, rollment Schroeder, pastor of St. Theresa Church, Evansville. Three graduates of Christ the King School, Evansville, spend part of Jan. 29 with currently en- rolled students. "The gradu- ates were from the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s, and they told the students what their school had been like," said He- lene Hunter, principal. The visiting alumni include Father Thomas Kessler, cur- rently pastor at Holy Spirit School, Evansville, Bill Buss- ing and Susan Donahue. The classrooms were opened LinCo Total at St. Wendel School, St. Wen- del, on Jan. 31, allowing par- ents and grandparents to come and visit, according to Ann Friedman, principal. When they were invited, they were told that "teaching will go on as usual, so just feel free to walk into the classrooms and leave when you want." A Family Dance was held Feb. 3 at St. Joseph Church, Princeton, according to Patri- cia Endicott, principal. The dance was planned "to give ev- eryone a chance to socialize with others in the parish." Endicott estimated that about 100" students, parents and grandparents attended the dance. Students at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, celebrated "service to others" one day dur- ing Catholic Schools Week. They also attended an assem- bly which honored "those RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY ii.