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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Block scheduling Memorial, Mater Dei looking at 90-minute class By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer / Both Evansville Catholic high schools are looking at im- plementing 90-minute classes in the next year or two, al- though no final decisions have been made yet. The new scheduling could be in place as early as next fall at Memorial High School, accord- ing to Linda Eberhard, assis- tant principal, and may be im- plemented in 1996-97 at Mater Dei High School, according to Herb Neighbors, principal. At Memorial, a five-member committee is studying the idea, which would incorporate scheduling four 90-minute classes, in a two-day cycle. Committee members include Memorial teachers Randy Hupfer, Debbie Funk, Larry Mattingly, Holy Cross Brother John Stout and Eberhard. Currently, Memorial stu- dents have a seven-period day with 50 minute classes. Eber- hard said the new scheduling would allow more time for teachers and their students to concentrate on the class sub- ject. She noted that students wouldn't have to prepare for seven classes a day. "We feel that with the longer time period, we could delve more deeply into some areas of study." The longer classes would be particularly advanta- geous for science labs, music and gym. "There would be less coming and going, in changing classes, and less time taking attendance." Teaching techniques would have to be adjusted in the pro- posed 90-minute format, "be- cause teachers can't lecture for 90 minutes." Eberhard said the format would result in three types of activity: teacher activ- ity, group activity and hands- on involvement. Neighbors rules out imple- menting the 90-minute sched- ule this fall at says a task force the idea, and next Dei plans to" schedules and help t prepare for 90.minUte Neighbors said classes would lizing "time ma learning styles learning." Teachers at are studying the ing include Shea lene Quinlan, ter Mary Francis Roger Sills, Tom Rhonda Tapp. Memorial hits enrollment crunch Feast of St. Blase Benedictine Sister Christine Kempf and Father Joseph Swartz bless students at St. Matthew School, Mount Ver- non, on the Feast of St. Blase. Built in 1825 for Noon Day stage Coach Stop & Trading Post OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA 12 MILES NORTH OF EVANSVILLE 1 MILE EAST OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD OLDEST ORIGINAL LOG INN ,,Im  EARLY STAGE COACH STOP Dine in the Original Log Room that Abraham Lincoln was in -in November 1844 DINNERS SERVED by Ala Carte Menu or FAMILY STYLE for 4 or More Draught Beer - Wine - Cocktails DINING ROOM SEATING 500 Serving Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Evansville Telephone 867-3216 GENE and RITA ELPERS, proprietors I I I III record number of freshman a whether or not their child is el- school other than a: By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer There is a record number of eighth grade students in Evansville's estside Catholic feeder schools this year. That translates into a record num- ber of freshman applicants at Memorial High School, Evans- ville, and unfortunately, the need to establish a waiting list for admission for fall of 1995. Gerry Adams, Memorial's principal, said around 260 eighth graders have applied for admission into next year's freshman class. This year's freshman class started with 220 students "The building is near capac- ity," Adams said, noting that the exiting senior class has 158 students. Because the school cannot admit all 260 students, a wait- ing list has been established and parents have been notified iiii igible for admission or has been placed on the waiting list. Mainly, students who are not Catholic and who are not cur- rently attending a Catholic feeder school are on the wait- ing list, Adams said, explain- ing that the waiting list is the result of a priority policy for admission adopted last year by the Evansville Interparochial High School Board. The priority policy for admis- sion is as follows: 1) Children of active mem- bers of assessed parishes who are enrolled in a feeder school. 2) Children of active families of assessed parishes who do -not attend a feeder school. 3) Children of Catholic fami- lies from non-assessed parishes who are enrolled in a feeder school. 4) Children of Catholic fami- lies from non-assessed parishes who attend a Catholic AUTO TOPS, SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER ii ii fll school. 5) Children in lies from non-a parishes Catholic school. 6) Non-Catholic tending feeder 7) Siblings of students c or having gra ther high school. 8) Other nc dents. 9) At-any specific dren of alumni will erence over others. 10) Within e* listed above, th application will termination for with the earlie cepted first. Adams said he! with the large dents who have mission to MemOrl pleased that we al have to turn away." He added, "We those folks who in Cath look at Mater cated on Fire & Equip. Over 25 ye service In 670 E. Franklir Main Pha 217 Yo1ur HEAD 320 E.'Main