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TLo M E 5 SAGE Back to school m i 19631 New teachers, assignments il/iii,i,:'?ii:',d  " •  .:, ,,: li!i/:!'ii!!  " : ..... -: [ [ [ i ]; • :: £i ii i  'i:://ii:((iii!:,:/'  i ' !;i ¸ : L • :i b' First and second grade, St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville -- 1963 In 1963, first and second graders in Sister Mary Justin's classroom at St. Francis Xavier School, Poseyville, paused for a Back to School photo. The students are, row one, front to back, Jeff Memmer, Steve Wasmer, Rhonda Hill, Thomas Theresa Jochim, Bill Bender, row two, front to back, Barbara Ousler, 'Randy Riedford, Debbie Schmitt, Ronnie Schmitt, Beth Robb, Carl Voegel, Linda Bender, Mary Jane Fields, row three, front to back, Bill Hopf, Becky Butler, Debra Crawford, Jackie Daughtery, Joe Eisterhold, Jo Mary Erbacher, Mike Fields, Mary Heldt, row four, front to back, Paul Beuligmann, Joe Hopf, Lynne Jochim, John Paul. Sharon Schmitt, Joyce Scheller, row five, front to back: Nlta Scheller, Janet Schmitt, Jane Strange, Cindy Straub, Mike Tenbarge, Patty Thornburg and David Williams. Students ab- sent from the photo were Debra Johns, Beverly Johns and Lois Scheller. are announced New teachers and teachers with new assignments in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville have been announced by Phyllis Beshears, director of schools. They include: * Laura Ackerman, art, Cor- pus Christi School, Evans- ville; • Donna Adams. sixth grade, Washington Catholic Middle School, Washington; • Theresa Berendes, math and computers, St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh; • Margaret Blakeslee, art, St. JosephSchool, Vander- burgh County, and music and art, St. Wendel School, St. Wendel; • Barbara Bridges, music, Good Shepherd School, Evansville; • Margaret Dozer, physical education, St. Benedict School. Evansville; • Dana Dupps, kinder- garten, St. James School, St. James; • Nora Elliott, fmrrth grade, Corpus Christi School, Evans- ville: • Mary Kay Elpers, science, Corpus Christi School, Evans- ville; • Maria Giesler, language arts and social studies, Holy Family School, Jasper; • Ruth Ann Hall, computer and library, Holy Spirit See NEW Page 19 New goals, objectives challenge us in 1992-93 school year Having been out of the classroom now for several years, I am still amazed at the feeling that I get when the evening air seems cooler and the ack To School adverhsements begin appearing. Perhaps only those teach- ers and administrators who really love and enjoy their work know the feel- ing I mention here. Pulling out the fall colored leaves and the alphabet chart always brought a special thrill that ran through my blood. If it were possible, I'd like to gather every teacher and administrator in our diocese in-a wide open area before school begins. I would then ask those who are really excited about the new school year and the awesome task that is theirs, to stand on one side of this large space where we had!gathered. • For thosebursting with enthusiasm, I would have a grand celebration-- a celebration.of life. and learninu. We ould andther for • • having chosen suchla woiidedu career. We Wou'ld share idea s and think of all the children we have touched and those we will touch in the future. We woldiank God for blessing us with teaching[alent and the opportunity to touch liv'e We would cheer and wish each other tle best for another won- der! year .... ': ,, T:,, IS it s[unbelievable or unreasonable to expect to have only the most tal- eec[ and best teachers and administrations in every school? I don't think "so; in fact.'l believe that to have truly excellentschools, it is essential. During thee ast summer months I have put many hours of thought into how we can c'ontinue to improve our scho'ols. We do have excellent schools, but educational techniques and expectations can never remain con- stant. We must always be striving for improvenbnt. We must continue our efforts to insure that we meet the needs of individual students and that we are teaching our students the skills that they will need for life. We must con- stantl, y remind ourselves that our first prpu ose is to pass on our faith and gve students an understanding of Christian values and living. only happen with excellent and qualified staff. It can only happen in an en- vironment of collegiality and respect and in places where everyone is ex, pected to take part in a real "community of learning --a place where stu- dents, along with administrators and teachers, continue to learn. Another issue that I have addressed is that of treating all students with dignity and respect. I believe that good teachers love their students and real- ize daily that some children are facing challenges in their young lives that we, as adults, would have great difficulty wi!h. Good teachers am empa- thetic. They tr to'understand their students behavior and work with them almost tirelessly to assure that they meet with success. The challenge of doing things differently is also given special attention in the direction I have outlined. Today's students am itifferent from students of years past, styles must reflect an understanding ofthos differ- : ences. Using only the lecture method, for example, must cease. Children, and adults for that matter, learn best by doing---y participating in the process. Students must be challenged to work co0pemtive]y, to think cxiti-. cally, and to realize that "real life work" wall reqmre them to work llabo- ratively to solve problems that our world faces, " We will continue to stress values and discipline as an essential part of our schools' mission. Parents will continue to be seen as collaborator in the educational process. Their involvement will be welcomed and expected in order for the school to provide the best education for the child/children, And finally, teachers will be asked to help plan creatively for a better school environment and for greater achievement among the students. They will be expected to continue eir own pro.fessional and spiritual growth, and to be models of Christian tivingto theirstudants. They will be asked to ......... consider what needs there are that would ensure a better education for all of So, what have my thoughts brought me to do? As the Director of Schools, I felt a need to decide upon some goals and objectives for our schools. Early in the summer I asked myseff, What do I want our schools to be like?" and, "How can I get them to be that way?' With those thoughts in mind, I began to read success stories of other schools and districts andl began to write down the things that I felt we should concentrate on during this school year and beyond: .... At the August 4th Administrators' meeting, I distributed these goals and objectives and asked the principals to consider how they might address these issues in their school. Pastors and Boards of Educatmn will also get copies of this document. One of the things that I feel most strongly about is !he whole issue of hiring and retaining only the best teachers and staff. Qual- zty schools must be able to trust teachers to do an incredible job. That can our students. I look forward to working on these goals dtiring the 1992-93 school year. It is truly a challenge, but one that will brin great rewards. Together we can do iL With a clear sense of purpose and drection, we can make our schools better. That should alwaysbe foremost in our minds. Roland Berth, in his book titled Improving Schools From Within, states: "Without a clear sense of purpose we get lost, and our activities in school become but re,a, pty vessels o our discontent." We have our purpose before us. Let us now 11 our vessels to overflowing with that tradition of excellence that has so long been ours.