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Students grow intellectually, " " u By PAUL R. LEINGANG Me00sage Ed.o, Philosophy Carrie Hurt was "student of the week" Holy Cross School is a part of the teaching mission of Holy Cross recently at Holy Cross School, Fort Branch. Parish. The School is a unique expression of the Church's effort to edu- Every one of the fifth graders in the school care all members of its community. Therefore, the School as such must be has lad such an honor, or will be honored a living organism that combines the efforts of Principal. Teachers, Stu- during the school year, dents, Priest, Staff, Parents and Community Personnel to develop an at- As student of the week, Carrie was SCHOOLS ked to bring to school some of her favorite mosphere where a Student can grow intellectually, physically and things from home  items which would spiritually. help others got to know her a little better. Bi- Necessary skills for a rapidly changing society are an integral part of the ographical information about each student is curriculum. Guidance in developing an open mind, appreciation of truth also gathered, and the story is published in and motivation with the desire to learn are the goals of Holy Cross the local newspaper. School. Students learn that responsibility is a part of life and are guided With an enrollment of 75 in Grades 1-5, every student at Holy Cross is to accept responsibility as Christians for their actions. able to get the individual attention of teachers, staff and principal, They get special a Ltion too, from Glenda Sprinkle, school custodian. Sprinkle is one of the people who makes Holy Cross School the unique place it is, said Sara Zil- iak, principal. Sprinkle decorates doors and takes an interest in the students. "This is her school, and she takes care of it." Holy Cross School has "a very, very experi- enced staff," said Ziliak, with a sense of pride. All five teachers have masters degrees. Together, their years of experience total 61. Also on staff is a teacher's aid. A secretary is shared with the parish office. Among the notable qualifies of the school, ac-  cording to the principal, is the outstanding rein-  " AI tionship with the parish, She also notes that even though many children come from families where L:J both parents work, parents are still very involved in the education of their children.   :fi:t Carrie Hurt, student of the week, Holy Cross School has a good working rela- , i!,: tionship with the public school in Fort Branch, ac- , : :: shows off a favorite placque, and cording eighth to the grades principal, are released Students from inthe sixth, public seventh ! i ::::::::::ii! " j school on Wednesday mornings so that they can at- tend religion classes at Holy Cross. under the direc- tion of DRE Ann Georges, Fifth graders from Holy Cross go to the Fort Branch Community School three times a week for band. Holy Cross has intranmral basketball for boys Lesley Money and Lexie Griffith get some hel in grades 1-3; the fourth and fifth grades each have a team. Girls in the fourth and fifth grades also teacher, Cathy Gray, have a team. Holy Cross students interested in cross country and track are invited to participate at the public school. The principal is also pleased with the support for the school from the community. The Ft. Branch Times, Lions, the Shriners, and other civic clubs, organizations and businesses always in61ude Holy Cross students in activity involving public school children, she said. The teachers "really give a lot of their time" to the students, Ziliak said. Even though the school impact of the teachers is great, as is evidenced by high test scores and successful programs." she said. "We have a small, loving school," and we are Jonathan Norris, Brian Conner "very concerned with giving a good Christian back- and Tara Maurer learn new ground and the best possible education we can." said Ziliak. wards. "Education is more than what you get out of books. It is how you live your life. what you do ibr others," she said. "I think we give them that." Holy Cross School was built in 1948, a year after Father Howard Murphy started the parish. A new church was built in 1956, replading the original building adjacent to the school, Holy Cross School is solidly anchored in the parish and the community, Ziliak con- eluded. It is a living organism in a rapidly changing society, where pupils find a loving at- mosphere and a good education. Jamie Carter and Lori Powers work desk4o.desk. 3 Sister Laura Marie Schmitt is surrounded Daniel Taylor, Travis Kiesel, Robert Spayd,