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0 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Portfolios: Helping students assess their By MAK'Y ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Portfolios. They are the newest teaching tool, designed to help students, as well as teachers, assess classroom learning. And this is the year they are being introduced into classrooms all across the state of Indiana. When used correctly, portfo- lios should help students dis- play and evaluate what they have learned in the classroom. As the portfolio system is phased into the standard as- sessment process over the next five years, students should also be learning to assume respon- sibility for collecting their work and keeping it in their portfolios. The portfolio process begins at the beginning of each school year, as each student begins to select work to put into his or her own portfolio. Ideally, this work will include finished work, unfinished work, work they don't like, and work they want to complete. Each stu- dent's portfolio should contain items from language arts, so- cial studies, math and science classes. Dr. Roger Farr, a professor of Education and director of Treating accidents at school, sporting events By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff writer In 1978, when a student in Katie Schwenk's class got a nosebleed, she got out her paper towels, cleaned up the mess, and threw the waste in her classroom wastebasket. That was long before the AIDs epidemic. Now, when a third grader at Corpus Christi School gets a nosebleed, Schwenk immedi- ately sends him or her to the office. There, the school secre- tary puts on a pair of plastic gloves and begins to clean the child using guidelines from the Bloodborne Pathogens Expo- sure Control Plan. While the students probably aren't attuned to the new guidelines, teachers in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville, know that "when there is any sense of blood, we don't handle it unless we have gloves on," Schwenk said. "As teachers, we have had that drummed into US." The same guidelines also apply to coaches, both paid and volunteer. Joe Dippel, athletic director at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, said a pol- icy directs that any player "with blood has to be removed from the game." A player with blood on a uniform must change uniforms. Sports with the most fre- quent accidents include foot- ball and wrestling, and during wrestling meets, disinfectant, rubber gloves and towels must be on hand, Dippel said. Dur- ing basketball, whenever blood is spilled, the game must be stopped, and the area cleaned. The diocesan Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan which speaks to these types of accidents, both in schools and at athletic events, was instituted because of the potential of spreading hepatitis B and the AIDS virus. Federal laws now mandate that certain procedures be used when collecting poten- tially infectious wastes. Infec- tious waste is defined as waste that is capable of transmitting a dangerous communicable dis- ease. In particular, there are cer- tain precautions that must be used when dealing with blood or bodily fluids that contain blood. When potentially infec- tious waste is collected at a school facility, it must be placed in a specially marked container. Items labeled "sharps" also need to go into this container. Sharps might include needles, broken glass or a knife in the kitchen that has cut somebody. The on-site storage must be in a safe, clearly identifiable bag or con- tainer, preferably maintained in a locked locker or cabinet marked with the universal bio- hazards label. Four locations have been es- tablished in the diocese for dis- posal of these wastes. They in- clude St. John Church in Vincennes, St. Joseph in Jasper, and Holy Rosary and Resurrection churches, both in Evansville. These drop sites will be emptied by a properly licensed biohazardous wastes disposal contractor. KREMPP LUMBER CO. BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPUES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6838 JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER SUBSCRIBE TO THE MESSAGE the Center for Reading and Language Studies at Indiana University, and a proponent of the portfolio system, was in Evansville recently to explain their value and their use in the classroom. He believes that the assess- ment process should show stu- dents what they can do, in- stead of "labeling them or dishonoring them for what they cannot do." The strength of portfolios is that they help students learn to discern the value of their work. As Dr. Farr explained the use of portfolios, he first ex- plained what they are not: they are not report cards. The portfolio system should fulfill two purposes, according to Dr. Farr. The first will be to help students become self-as- sessors, that is to help them look clearly at their own work and decide if they like it or not. Secondly, the portfolio can be used as a back-up system for students who do not do well on state assessment tests. "Portfo- lios show what the kids really can do." During the school year, Dr. Farr recommends that each student and teacher meet at least four times to work in the portfolio. courages students to these conferences with and paper in hand, set goals for on their conferences teachers. During his Evansvi sentation, Dr. Farr the teachers that education is to honor students can do, not them for what they "We have to help make the best of have." Time for sharing Student acceptance policy for Evansville Catholic high sc By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer The Evansville Catholic In- terparochial High School Board has approved a Student Acceptance Policy, which will be used to determine which students are accepted into Memorial and Mater Dei high schools, if there comes a time that either school reaches max- imum total enrollment or max- imum class size. Figures for maximum total enrollment and maximum class size will be determined by the Evansville board, work- ing with the two high school principals. Herb Neighbors, principal at Mater Dei High School, Evans- ville, said a maximum total en- rollment figure has not been set for his school, although he believes 650 to 660 students would be the maximum num- ber of students the facility could hold. Currently, Mater Dei has an enrollment of 569 students. Memorial High School in Evansville currently has a stu- dent enrollment of 774 stu- dents. Gel;ry Adams, Memor- ial's principal, said 800 students would be "close to ca- pacity for us." He noted that this year there are "significantly more stu- dents in eighth grades in feeder schools than last year." 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 school other than a feeder school. 5) Children in Catholic fami- lies from parishes attending Catholic school. 6) Non-Catholic tending feeder schools, 7) Siblings of students currently or having graduated ther high school. 8) Other dents. , 9) At any specific dren of Alumni will erence over others. 10) Within each listed above, the date of application will be the termination for with the earliest date cepted first. According to the "active family" is "those Catholic are accepted as such by sessed parish." schools" are defined maintained by an parish. First-year teachers in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville to attend meetings throughout the year, according to Donna Halverson, diocesan nator of Support Services. At the first meeting, three veteran teachers were field questions from the new teachers. Attending the meeting were, first row, nemuehler, Resurrection School, Evansville; Nora Elliott, Corpus Christi ville; Angie Will, St. Joseph School, Princeton; second row, Monica Johnson, St. School, St. James; Amy Norris, Resurrection and St. Joseph School, County; Tammy Rust, St. Bernard School, Rockport; Dina Harter, St. Theresa Evansville; Sandy Lasher, Memorial High School, Evansville; Diane Alvey, St. School, Evansville, and Cyndi Schneider, Memorial. -- Message photo by Paul R.