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The BACK TO SCHOOL m AUGUST 19, 1994 Growing in numbers and growing in kindness r PHYLLIS BESHEARS Director of Schools just a few days students be heading out the doors of homes to board buses, or scurry for the window in their cars as they anx- begin "another school It is still very warm, but August and it's supposed b be warm in August. And we now begin school be- Labor Day we know that it going to be sdme- mt uncomfortable for the few days unless air condi- has been installed in classrooms of the school. even with the heat, we off to a good start once again. Our schools will con- tinue to experience success as we grow and learn during the 1994-95 school year. The enrollment of our schools is increasing. We are proud that so many have cho- sen a Catholic school. While Catholic schook in some parts of the country are experiencing decreases in student enroll- ment, the schools in the Dio- cese of Evansville continue to have a growing student popu- lation. Many of our schools are feeling somewhat of a crunch as more and more students are wanting a place in our class- rooms. Some of our schools are adding classrooms or are plan- ning to do so soon. Our admin- istrators, teachers and staff are to be congratulated for the wonderful job they do. It is easy to market our schools when the product we offer is excellent. We are growing be- cause people know that we are doing a quality job and they see a good education as a sound investment for their children. Recent publicity re- garding ISTEP scores is an ex- ample of our continuing suc- cess. We are insisting on high standards of achievement and we continue to strive for new and better ways to assist our students in the learning process. We have made a con- scious effort to resist the status quo. Yes, our numbers are in- creasing, but I would like to talk about other ways that I hope we are also growing. First, each day in a Catholic school we offer an opportunity for our students and staff to grow in their faith life. Each and every day our schools meet the challenges of life with prayer. In a Catholic school liv- ing a good, Christian life is an expectation for all. We work to- gether to make the world a lit- tle better and to live out the Gospel message. It is not enough just to know the basics in education. Part of successful living is knowing how to treat our neighbor and how to live and work with integrity, char- ity, and a sense of right and wrong. These attributes and a belief in God will take us be- yond this life into our reward of everlasting life. In addition to the many things that we already do as Catholic school educators, I am asking each of our schools to join me in leading our students in a campaign of "growing in kindness." During the summer, I had the opportunity to read a new book entitled Random Acts of Kindness published by Conari Press. It is an incredi- ble book. It cites examples of kindness shown to people and is written in a way that really touches the heart. I have writ- ten a letter about ideas that have come to mind after read- ing this book. That letter will be shared with every teacher and staff person in our schools within the diocese. The Office of Education has also pur- chased a copy of the book for each school so that it can be available for all staff. The concept of doing "ran- dom acts of kindness" can be understood by students and adults of all ages. My hope is that teachers will offer oppor- tunities for students to share examples of acts of kindness that they, themselves, have ex- perienced and those that they have shown to others. Basi- cally, we will create among our 7,000 students and 500 plus employees in the schools an awareness thatthey can make a difference in a world that is so torn by violence and war, and a world that is crying for us to care for one another. I be- lieve that all of us would like to change many of the things that we see right now in our world. We want to help those who are starving and dying of disease in many parts of our globe. But, we can become de- pressed and overwhelmed with the monumental task of caring for the whole world. We shake our heads, make comments to our friends about the plight of so many, and then because we don't know what to do other than to pray and/or donate any resources that we have to cer- tain charities, we may put it out of our minds. I am suggesting that we can do more than that. We can show many kindnesses that can and will make a difference in our everyday world of work, school and home. We do some of these things already, but making a conscious effort to do this will create many more op- portunities. With so many stu- dents, their families, and our teachers and staff and their families becoming more con- scious of things we can do for others, I believe that we will make an impact and we will create some happiness for those with whom we come in contact each and every day. My hope is that this cam- paign will take off in each classroom and that every per- son in each school will be grow- ing in kindness throughout this school year. Through a united effort, perhaps we can do something to bring about some peace and goodness in a world so torn apart by evil. Do something nice for someone and start right now! New principals, director begin duties MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer new principals and a have been hired for 1994-95 school year, ac- ling to the Office of Education. Schools mls include St. School, Evansville; St. School, Rockport; Sts. and Paul School, Haub- and Holy Family School, Marian Day School in also has a new di- new administrators in- Anne Marie Brandle, St. Karen Riordan, Sts. and Paul; Lee Berg, St. Pam Bell, Holy Fam- , and Rodolfo "Rudy" Monte- Marian Day School. Anne Marie Brandle, at St. Theresa School, has served as princi- st St. Paul School, Marian, ", since 1983. She was prin- at St. Louise School in Haven, Ind., from 1978 to She also taught at Sts. and Paul School, Hunt- Ind., and at St. Paul's is currently enrolled at State University, pursu- aa Ed.S. degree in School . She holds an degree in School Adminis- from Indiana Univer- and a B.S. de- elementary education State. ANNE MARIE BRANDLE * Karen Riordan, principal at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt. Riordan served as principal at St. Theresa School, Evans- ville, from 1991 to 1994. From 1990-91, she was principal at St. Ann School in Morganfield, Ky. She taught at St. Joseph School in Madison, Tenn., at Bishop Byrne High School in Memphis, Tenn., at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Memphis, and at St. Edward School in Nashville, Tenn. She holds a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State Uni- versity and a Master of Educa- tion degree from Trevecca Col- lege in Nashville. Lee Berg, principal at St. Bernard School, Rockport. Berg returns to Rockport from Kentucky where he re- KAREN RIORDAN cently served as pastoral asso- ciate at Immaculate Concep- tion parish in Hawesville and at St. Columba parish in Lewisport. He has worked as principal at Mary Carrico Memorial School in Philpot, Ky, and was princi- pal and teacher at St. Bernard's School from 1977 to 1985. Berg holds an associate de- gree from Vincennes Univer- sity, Jasper, and a B.S. degree from ISUE. In 1980, he re- ceived a Master of Arts degree from the University of Evans- ville, and in 1985, he received his administrator's license. * Pam Bell, principal at Holy Family School, Jasper. Bell holds a bachelor's de- glee in special education from Indiana University and a mas- ter's degree with counseling education from Indiana Uni- LEE BERG versity Purdue University In- dianapolis. She also has an edu- cation specialist degree in coun- seling and school adnnnistration from Indiana University. Her teaching experience in- cludes work at Heritage Hills middle and high schools, at Rhoades Elementary School in Indianapolis, and at Perry Worth Elementary School in Lebanon. * Rodolfo "Rudy  Monte- jano, director, Marian Day School, Evansville. This fall, Montejano begins duties as director at Marian Day; he will also continue as executive director of the Catholic Education Founda- tion, Diocese of Evansville, Inc. He holds a bachelor of arts degree and a J,D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Suzanne Dodd is Special Ed- PAM BELL RUDY MONTEJANO ucation Coordinator at Marian Day. A complete listing of schools, principals, secretaries and other school information may be found inside this special sec tion of the M.