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II II I Bt Back to School I II I K i i i ,, i iii ii iiii August16,1996 I I IIIIIII I I III i i |1 i ii Back to School: Returning with confidence By PHYLLIS BESHEARS Director of Schools In just a few days all of our 30 schools will have once again opened their doors to more than 7,400 students in .the Diocese of Evansville. Some of these students have been eagerly awaiting the first day of school for several weeks. Their school supplies have been neatly placed in backpacks and their crayons still have sharp points. School uniforms are pressed and lunch boxes are free from the crumbs of yesterday's lunch. Many students will be de- lighted to see friends whom they haven't seen since they eagerly fled the halls on the last day of school back in spring. As always, the first day of school evokes dif- ferent emotions from students, parents, teachers and adminis- trators. As I think about another school year I contemplate the challenges we may face. Each year, of course, is unique in what it demands of us. Issues will surface this year that we Principals Advisory 5 to, 00::.00,,ouncil .formed Beshears, director of schools, has formed a Principals Council. Members include, front row, Donna , principal at Holy Spirit School, Evansville; Pam principal at Holy Family School, Jasper; Beshears; sec- Ond row, Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, principal t Good Shepherd School, Evansville; Gerry Adams, princi- at Memorial High School, Evansville; Judy Blanken- principal at Resurrection School, Evansville; Vicki administrative assistant; third row, Herb Neighbors, ,al at Mater Dei High School, Evansville; Anna principal at St. Philip School, St. Philip, JeffYando, principal at St. Benedict School, Evansville. Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes tly MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Catholic Schools Office is a restructuring which the establishment of a Advisory Council, ac- to Phyllis Beshears, di- has named Vicki Kiesel administrative assistant Ann Wolber as secretary for Catholic Schools Office. principals have been to the Principals Advi- Council. Their duties will ' assisting in planning the for the monthly admin- meetings =so we can issues which are impor- them." ideas for in- for teachers. assisting in the textbook process nd coordinate the teachers who on those committees. representing Catholic schools functions within the school visits. Besheam .she will continue to do her yearly visits to each Catholic school in the diocese, but that some members of the advisory council and teachers from across the diocese will be asked to "look at schools thor- oughly every five years." Visits by the team will in- volve giving in-depth attention to "evidence of Catholicity in each school, technology in the schools, academic achievement of students, parental involve- ment, communication of the school to the school community and the community at large, the school improvement plan that is part of state accreditation, and marketing and public rela- tions." Beshears said she founded the advisory council =as an op- portunity for me to learn more about the needs of our schoois in the diocese, and to learn more about our students, teachers and our principals." She added, =My style is collab- orative in working with the prin- cipals." The new advisory council will "pull from the grass roots level the things we need to be See COUNCIL page 10 may, or may not, have dealt with before. I try to guess what key edu- cational phrases will be used to describe some "new" method of doing what we may already be doing or what trends in educa- tion will be the focal point of the educational journals. I continue to hope for ways of living up to the many expecta- tions that parents and students have for us. I plan for meetings and I detail directives that must be followed. I dream of what might be and then share those ideas with those who can help us realize those dreams. And then -- I pray, because to do all that needs to be done to ensure that our students get the fundamentals that are essential for a prosperous and faith-filled life takes more than what we mortals can do alone. It is an awesome responsibil- ity to teach each student in a way that ensures that he/she be- comes a well-educated, loving, caring and contributing member of society. We also have been commissioned to assist parents in forming their children in our Catholic faith tradition This is certainly no small task for us! Over the past few years the schools of our diocese have seen tremendous growth. Many of our schools are out of space and have waiting lists. More and more parents want their chil- dren to experience a small Christian educational setting where learning is enhanced by good discipline and a focus on spirituality. They want standards of ex- cellence and they want their children challenged to meet high expectations. These parents also want their children to learn right from wrong and to be given the tools they need to make good moral decisions in their lives. We do our best to provide these opportunities to all who enter our school doors. We feel that it is a privilege to do God's work and we strive to do our best in all aspects of the educa- tional process. We also realize that we must continue to search for ways to improve. All of these things combined contribute to our success and to the great de- mand for Catholic school educa- tion. As a new school year rapidly approaches I want to invite all parentsto be actively involved in the educational process of your children. I would also ask those of you who do not have children in our schools to make a conscious ef- fort to become aware of the pro- grams offered in the schools within our diocese. You are al- ways welcome to visit our schools and to ask for informa- tion. Please also know that I am most willing to talk with you if you have concerns or ideas that you want to share. Together we can continue our strong tradi- tion of Catholic school education which allows us to adequately prepare our young people for the many challenges that they will face as adults in an ever-chang- ing world. I am confident and optimistic as I prepare for the beginning of another school year. We have been abundantly blessed in our diocese with many who are sup- portive of Catholic schools. Many people contribute to the success that is ours. We can expect that this success will continue if we do all that we can to show evi- dence of excellence. That is our tradition, and I believe, that de- termines our future. 3 new principals, 1 director named By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Two teachers and the former diocesan Associate Director of Schools will begin duties as principals this fall in schools in the Diocese of Evansville, ac- cording to Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of schools. A director has also been named for Marian Day School, Evansville. Kathleen Sergesketter has been named principal at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, and Joyce Reitman has been named principal at Christ the King School, Evansville. Donna Halverson, formerly the diocesan Associate Director of Schools, will be principal at Holy Spirit School, Evansville. Beverly Williamson has been named director at Marian Day School, Evansville. Kathleen Sergesketter taught science and religion at Holy Re- deemer School last year. From 1966 to 1967, she taught at Holy Rosary School, Evansvill, and from 1989 to 1994, she taught at Resurrection School, Evansville. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1966 from St. Benedict Col- lege, Ferdinand, and her mas- ter's degree in 1992 from Indi- ana State University. Joyce Reitman taught reli gion, social studies and practi- cal arts to junior high students at Good Shepherd School, Evansville, since 1983. From 1973 to 1976, she taught at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, and from 1976 to 1978, she taught at St. Anthony School, Evansville. Three new principals will be starting jobs this fall. They are, from left, Joyce Reitman, Christ the King School, Evansville; Donna Halverson, Holy Spirit School, Evansville, and Kathleen Sergesketter, Holy Redeemer School, Evansville. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes degree from the University of Evansville in 1973, and her naster's degree from UE in 1975. Donna Halverson begins duties this fall at  Holy Spirit School after serving as diocesan Associate Director &Schools for four years. From 1981 to 1992. she taught English, social studies and reli- gion at St. Benedict School. Evansville. She holds a bachelor's degree in English education from Ari- zona State University, and a master's degree in secondary ed. J ,, , J , varsity. Beverly Williamson holds a mast.s degree in educati from the Univendty of Evammlle, and a bachelor's degree in elementa education frwn Southern Illinois University. From 1992 t 1995, she taught English to Japanese ex- change students attending the University of Evansville. Her teaching experience also includes working in grades one through three at Dexter Ele- mentary School in Evansville, and at Carterville and Wood River elementary schooL, both She received her bachelor's-  ucation from Indiana State Uni. in Illinois