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. :: :..ByPAR! " : :: .... : : Message Editor ..... : We believe that the Catholic school is a unique Of all schools everywhere, St. James has the "best sion of the Church's effort to educate all members view" m according to Martha Render, principal. The two community. The Catholic school, besides providing school buildings, a church, a rectory and a conent are education, is also an integral part of the cated in a picturesque community on a high spot of land, istry of the Church. surroundel by farn fields and rural beauty. We believe that St. James School is a living St. James School, which serves families in portions of cmnmuni.ty where developing a truly Christian character is SCHOOLS Cibson and Vanderburgh counties, is one of the oldest our first priority, and where Christian attitudes ------F.g.---..-- schools in the diocese, according to parish history. An old are developed. It is a place where every child is tog church was Converted into the first parish when the unique and guided into reaching their full humml potential, new church was consecrated on Sept. 6, 1887, Necessary skills are also acquired so that our students ,:4]1 Traditional rural community values are as much a part of the school as is the magnifi- may be ready to live successfully in a rapidly changing, cent view, said contemporary society. Students are guided in developing Render. Disci- an open mind and an appreciation, of truth, while being pline, a strong motivated with the desire to learn in order to serve better. work-ethic, tradi- Students learn that responsibility is a part of life and are tional nuclear guided to accept responsibility for their actions. families, commu- Jli  nity spirit, loyalty m all of these qualities help de- scribe the school, she said. She emphasized that athlet- ics, extra- curriculars and other conmmnity activities are Holly Broshears, one of 12 second graders, gets some individual also part of attention from teacher, Wendi Nurrenburn. the students' : lives. : Girls vol- leyball teams par- ticipate in the Lutheran League. Boys basket- ball teams play in the Lutheran Religious posters and symbols are prominent behind students ] League and Jacob Weis and Dana Clodfelter, back ro,- and Jessica Adler, :] in the Mater Jeremy Elpers and Darice Marcoccia. " ' I Dei League. A pompon squad involves fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders; cheerleading valves students from fifth and sixth, and sixth and seventh grades. The school also participates in Math Counts arid in speech meets. Render, in her second year as principal, said she has found a "willingness to pitch in, to get done what needs to get done." She said, "Everyone is very do anything that will improve the school." The school board recently approved and supported a longer school day, said Render. Formerly, Vanderburgh County pupils arrived by bus at 8:10 a.m. and were picked up at 1:50 p.m. The parish now pays for the extra costs of busin derburgh County pupils home, so they can stay in school until 3:15 p.m. (Gibson County pupils arrive earlier in the day, at 7:30 a.m.) When St. James added a Kindergarten in 1990. members of the parish donated toys and built book Shelves. When playground safety became a concern, volun- teers did the work to make equipment safe for the children. "You send out the call and somebody Putting extra touches on the tree are eighth graders Aaron Rug- comes to do it," said gles, Curtis Knapp, Joy Kessler, Rachel ,dler and Daniel Lamey. Render. The PTA has ]. purchased health cur- riculum and music materials. Volunteers  i help with practical arts for the students. VoI- i i unteers staff the library. Volunteers work in . :., ,. the office and as room mothers. They help  - with lunch and playground duty. Volunteers .... . pop popcorn every first Friday of the month for e studehts. Enrollment is 12!, and may continue to grow, said Render, because of new families in the area, Additionally, some families send pupils to St. James School after completing Volunteer Rita Droste shows a print of an the K-5 program at Sts. Peter and Paul in Steinkuhl picture of the parish. Prints are available. Haubstadt. Increasing enrollment was the reason for construction of what is now "the old school," which re- placed the old log church building in 1909. In 195o, increasing enrollment led to a remodelling of the old school to make more classroona space, and increasing enrollment once again ledto the building of the new school in 1960. Recent renovation has improved classroom appearance in the old school, and work is now underway in the old school basement to give the parish much needed meeting space. Aubrey Adler shows off a birdfeeder she .! made in Kinde arten at St lames School Facts about the school were compiled for this article by Marlene Zenthoefer, secretmy at St. James q| maae in maergarren at r. lames cnooL Scho01. -- ....... - i .... -  - " ........  " Message Pllotos By Paul R. Leinga. I I I|