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,a pledge of nonviolence, laptop computers, internet By MARY ANN HUGHES restored, and now includes day; 135 students were Message staff writer oU at. If b0t yea ose" dlo As students returned to eir classrooms in schools ]r0ughout- the Diocese of Vansville, they found new eachers, new building pro- s and new classmates. ]'hey also found a new [It'sgthe Family P!edYe of N0nviolence, and it s part of 'l!e Catholic Schools Office •me for this year which is -e Will Show We Are ristians," according to Phyllis Bussin , diocesan dictor of schogls. he pledge is designed to [aind students that peace ust start within ourselves and in our family. Each of us Rust commit ourselves to ieCOme nonviolent and aceable people." iThe pledge encourages stu- ] eats to respect themselves ]d others, to communicate tter, to listen, to forgive, to pect nature, to play cre- atively, and to be coura- leOus. ,It was developed by the I',roilies Against Violence :lVocacy Network, and ' tdorsed by the U.S. Catholic "3rfference. / Lere is a round-up of Back to [ool inforntation provided bl/ hool administrators and tlti, tholic School Office. I Spencer County E t very junior high stu- dent at St. Bernard School, kport, will have a per- nal lap-top computer this [ar, according to Stanley h y, principal. e school has added anoth- Ikindergarten classroom this hr because of increased • lhnent which is up 25 per- t at 105 students. Washington ! b FOur hundred four stu- nts were in attendance o n the doors opened day at the three Wash- . on Catholic Schools: 124 .e high school, 81 at the dle school, and 199 at the ttlentary school. Vincennes "lvo hundred ten stu- are enrolled at Rivet School, according to principal. curriculum class, credit offered Vincennes Universi- is also offering a skills class for in grades six and foreign language and com- puter labs. • Deidra Schleicher, princi- pal at Flaget Elementary School, Vincennes, reports an enrollment of 300 students in pre-kindergarten through grade five. A full-time teaching posi- tion has been created for physical education, health and religion. "We are continuing to work on classroom improve- ments. This year, several rooms received new chalk- boards." Jasper There is a combined enroll- ment of over 565 students at the two Catholic schools in Jasper. • Ron Pittman, principal at Precious Blood, rePorts an enrolhnent of 225 students. "This year, Precious Blood School has the largest nurs- ery school and kindergarten enrollment in the history of the school." The expanded computer lab and new library are "being enjoyed by the students." • Pam Bell, Holy Family School principal, reports a student enrollment of 340, with double classrooms at all levels except third grade. A new music room has been added. Warrick County "Old Catholic building has been • St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, expected a student enrollment of 355 when doors opened last Monday. Gibson County Nearly 600 students are enrolled in the four Catholic schools in Gibson County. • Karen Stewart, principal at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, says the entire school basement has been turned into a "KinderHaus'" for pre-school students. The school library has been moved into a renovated classroom. School enroll- ment, grades kindergarten through five, is 127. Kinder- Haus enrollment is 66, ages three and four. • St. James School in Haub- stadt has four renovated classrooms, according to Jo Ann Layman, principal. The "hard-working people of the parish" put in new ceilings, lighting and air-condition- ing. They also removed one complete wall and put in a new wall and windows." This year, there are 138 stu- dents enrolled at St. James. • Doors opened last Mon- day at Holy Cross School, Fort Branch, where 116 stu- dents were expected. • St. Joseph School, Prince- ton, began classes on Tues- expected. Evansville/ Vanderburgh County • Construction has begun on the $11 mil- lion building projects at Mater Dei and Memori- al high schools. The ren- ovation includes new science classrooms, new windows, air-condition- ing and an auxiliary gym at Memorial, and new science classrooms, administrative offices, an auditorium and air- conditioning at Mater Dei. Six hundred twenty- nine students are enrolled at Mater Dei. Memorial has 868 stu- dents enrolled. • Joyce Rietman, prin- cipal at Christ the King School, Evansville, said a second fifth grade and a second first grade have been added this year, due to a student enrollment of 286. • Corpus Christi School in Evansville had a first-day enrollment of 185 students. • Student enrollment at Good Shepherd School has hit 335. This includes a new fourth-grade class, which makes grades kindergarten through four all double class- es. The school is in the process of adding a class each year. Next year, there will be another fifth grade, then a sixth grade, until there are double classrooms in kinder- garten through grade eight. The gym has new bleach- ers this year, and the multi- media center has been com- puterized. • Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, had a first-day enrollment of 279 students. • Four hundred fifteen stu- dents were in attendance on the first day of school at Holy Rosary, Evansville. • Donna Halverson, Holy Spirit's principal, reports a student enrollment of 200. The teachers' lounge has been renovated, and the pre- school, Gabriel's Garden, has a waiting list. • Three-hundred-and- forty-five students are enrolled at Resurrection School, according to Judy Blankenberger, principal. This includes 45 students in the pre-kindergarten pro- gram. "We have changed our class size guidelines to 25 students in kindergarten through grade five. We will now have double sections in kindergarten through grade five." Classroom Pledge of Non-violence To Respect Ourselves and Others To respect ourselves, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criti- cism, hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior. To Communicate Better To share our feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express our: anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully. To Listen To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with us, and to consider others" feelings and needs rather than insist on having our own way. To Forgive To apologize and make amends when we have hurt another, to for- give others, and to keep from holding grudges. To Respect Nature To treat the environment and all IMng things, including our pets, with respect and care. To Play Creatively To select activities and toys that support our classroom's values and to avoid activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable. To Be Courageous To challenge violence in all its forms whenever we encounter it, : whether at home, at Khool, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairlv. • Benedictine Sister Kar- lene Sensmeier, principal at St. Benedict School, Evans- ville, reports the relocation of the school libraD, a new oak floor, new lighting and the renovation of the music room. A piano keyboard lab has been installed. Student enrollment is 275. • The building project at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, has been completed, according to Benedictine Sis- ter Marilyn Schroering, prin- cipal. This includes a new gym, new offices, teachers' lounge and workroom and parish meeting room. The remain- der of the school has been air-conditioned. One hundred fifty-six stu- dents are enrolled at St. Joseph's this year. • There is "upgraded tech- nology" at St. Theresa School, Evansville, according to Anna Bruggenschmidt, principal. "We have Internet access throughout the build- ing, with telephones and intercoms in all the rooms." Two hundred thirty-nine students are enrolled at St. Theresa. • There are 20 students enrolled in the Marian Day School program this year, according to Beverly Williamson, director. When they returned to school this year, students and teachers found a "new telephone intercom system, new car- peting and computer net- working. • A classroom has been turned into a science lab at Westside Catholic Conli- datcxt Middle School, Evans- ville, according to Martha Render, principal. One classroom has been added at the Sacred Heart campus, and another at the St. Agnes campus. Two-hundred -eighty-six students are enrolled in grades kindergarten through eight; 110 children are en- rolled in the pre-school pro- gram. Posey County The three Catholic schools in Posey County have a com- bined enrollment of over 500 students. • The first-day enrollment at St. Philip School, St. Philip, was 229 students. • St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, has a student enrollment of 116, according Larry Luig, principal. The school has added a physical education teacher to its staff. * The principal's office has been remodeled at St. Wen- del School, St. Wendel, according to Ann Friedman, principal. Classroom addi- t-ions include computers, Ws and VCRs. This year's enrollment is 164. Ferdinand • Marian Heights Acade- my, Ferdinand, has an enroll- ment of 140 students this school year. New cla include ecology, manual arts and current events. Sister Jane Arm Breen is principal of the academy which is owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand.