St. Edward Catholic Church and School

Established 1885
The longest operating elementary or middle school in Little Rock.

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013



Happy Halloween from the teachers (or should we say students?) of St. Edward!

Future Leaders Speaker Series

October 16, 2013



Mr. Ron Lensing spoke with the middle school students today as part of our Future Leaders Speaker Series.  Mr. Lensing is one of the founding partners of the Ramsey, Krug, Farrell, & Lensing insurance company in Little Rock.  Mr. Lensing has also been active in the Church for many years.  Mr. Lensing shared stories of his success including attending college on a basketball scholarship, choosing his career path, and the struggles and rewards of founding a company and running a business from a faith perspective.  We thank Mr. Lensing for sharing his wisdom.

 

Congratulations to St. Edward Seniors

October 13, 2013



Congratulations to the St. Edward Class of 2010 who are high school seniors this year.  Catholic High School for Boys recently presented the seniors with their class rings.  As always, St. Edward is well represented by our boys.

Teacher wins iPad!

October 10, 2013



For the past two years St. Edward has been using an online program called ALEKS as a supplement to its math program.  Last year 67 percent of participating students increased their standardized test scores in math at an average of seven percentile points per student.  Last year's 8th grade class increased their overall class average by 14 percentile points, and one third grade student went up an amazing 59 percentile points!  ALEKS recently ran a contest looking for the best ALEKS success story.  Mrs. Patty James, the Resource teacher at St. Edward, submitted a story, and it was selected as a winner! The story was included in ALEKS’ fall newsletter and St. Edward was awarded a new iPad mini!  Mrs. James’ submission can now be viewed on the ALEKS website.  

Bishop Visits St. Edward

October 4, 2013



The Most Reverend Anthony Taylor, Bishop of Little Rock celebrated an all-school Mass at St. Edward this morning.  Following Mass Bishop Taylor toured the school and visited the classrooms.  We were very excited to have him take some time from his hectic schedule to come see us.

Future Leaders Speaker Series Resumes

September 25, 2013



We have resumed our Future Leaders Speaker Series for the 2013-2014 school year.  Each month a leader from the community will speak with our middle school students.  The speaking prompt for our speakers is: "Please tell us about your successes in life and how your faith and education have helped you to achieve them."
 
This is our 4th year conducting this series.  Our speaker to start this year was our very first speaker when the series began in 2010, Colonel J.R. Dallas.  Col. Dallas attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School and Catholic High School for Boys before entering the Air Force Academy and becoming a fighter pilot.  He currently flies a 767 for American Airlines.  The presentation was very enlightening and informative, and the students asked many great questions.  We thank Col. Dallas very much for his time and efforts this morning. 
 

 

2013-14 Student Council

September 23, 2013



The students have spoken!  The 2013-2014 St. Edward Student Council has been chosen.  Our students have elected a president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer.  Eighth grade students are eligible to run for president and fifth-eighth grade students were eligible to run for vice president and secretary/treasurer.  Two representatives have also been chosen from each class.  In the past week, candidates have plastered the halls with campaign posters.  Yesterday candidates gave campaign speeches to the student body.  Today students have voted and have elected President Logan, 8th; Vice President Leah, 8th, and Secretary/Treasurer Leah, 5th.  

     

8th grader and Vice Presidential Candidate Leah gives her speech.

Officers from left to right: Vice President Leah, 8th; Representative Peyton, 6th; Representative Sabrina, 8th; Secretary/Treasurer Leah, 5th; President Logan, 8th; Representative Mary, 5th; Representative Charles, 8th; Representative Madison, 6th; Representative Rosi, 7th; Representative Hannah, 7th; Representative Bryan, 5th.  

Yarn bomb anyone?

September 18, 2013



The Arkansas Arts Center has been the "victim" of a "yarn bomb."  The entire main entrance facade has been wrapped in yarn.  The Pre-K and Kindergarten walked across the street today to see this interesting sight.  The yarn has been woven into a wide variety of animals, landscapes, and other designs.  When the exhibit end, the Arts Center will wash the yarn and re-weave it into sweaters and hats to be donated to local groups. 

Powering On Without Power

September 10, 2013



Today our students got to spend an hour in the dark.  Around 1:45 this afternoon the power went out across downtown.  When this happens, we are very thankful for the great windows we have in our classrooms.  The teachers and students adapt very quickly.  The newspaper even stopped by to check on us.  Thank you to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for this photo.

New Little Flowers Group Begins

September 5, 2013



This year we have begun an extracurricular activity for Kindergarten-2nd grade girls called the Little Flowers Girls Club.  The Little Flowers Girls Club aspires to accomplish the mission of St. Edward Catholic School by forming well-rounded girls through extracurricular opportunities that build faith and self-confidence through outdoor and other life skills in a safe and family oriented atmosphere.  Ten girls are participating in this first year.  The first meeting was held tonight.

 

Exploring the Arts

September 4, 2013



The Arkansas Arts Center is currently hosting a travelling exhibit from the Kenwood House in London.  The prized piece in the collection is one of Rembrandt's final self-portraits.  All of the St. Edward students in Kindergarten through 8th grades were given a personalized tour by Arts Center Director of Education, Lou Palermo.  Ms. Palermo is working with the teachers at St. Edward to create an Arts Center curriculum for the year.  In August she met with teachers and discussed the Kenwood exhibit, and did a follow up meeting in September.  She is meeting with the teachers again in October to prepare the students for another visit during their next travelling exhibit.  The focus of trip two is Language Arts in the visual arts.  

We are very grateful to have the Arkansas Arts Center, one of the top 10 attractions in the state, just across the street.

Happy New Year!

August 14, 2013



Today on the first day of school at St. Edward, students were greeted with shouts of "Happy New Year" from the teachers. The teachers were armed with party hats and noise makers.  We hope everyone is ready for a great year!

New Engraved Bricks!

July 27, 2013



We recently installed the latest round of engraved bricks in the Sherman Street sidewalk.  Thank you to everyone who used this opportunity to support the school.  It is never too late to order yours!

Busy Summer!

July 10, 2013



Even though students aren't at school these days, we still have plenty going on.  So far this summer we have installed a security camera system, repainted our gym, resurfaced the gym floor, tilled mulch, and pressure washed the sidewalks.  We still have a few other surprises to get done before school starts back in only a few short weeks.  Enjoy the rest of summer while it lasts!

End of the Year Awards

May 24, 2013



On the last day of school, we held an all-school assembly to recognize our students for their achievements throughout the year.  

The inaugural Principal's Choice Art Award was given to Yesica in the 6th grade.  Her art work will be framed and hung in the main hallway.

     

The student in each class with the highest grade average for the entire year was recognized.  A second certificate was also given to the student who had the highest average in 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th combined.  Congratulations Willow (1st), Belle (2nd), Caleb (3rd), Leah (4th), Anna (5th), Brooke (6th), Charles (7th), and Catherine (8th).

We also recognized the most improved student in 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th.  These students were selected based on their growth in any or all areas of student achievement promoted in our mission statement: academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Congratulations to Abbie (2nd), Michaella (4th), and Alexandria (7th).

Our final annual award is the Confessor Award for Christian Leadership.  This award is named in honor of our Patron, St. Edward the Confessor, who confessed his faith in all of his daily actions.  One student from 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th was chosen based on participation and effort in religion classes, participation and volunteerism at Mass and other religious activities, and overall Christ-like behavior.  Congratulations to Jake (2nd), Kaeli (4th), and Emma (8th).  

We also awarded the second annual Pati Guardado Memorial Scholarship.  The older sister of three of our students was killed in 2011.  Following this event, another of our school families generously began a scholarship in her honor.  This year the scholarship was awarded to the Alvarez family.  

 

 

ALEKS Pie Party!

May 23, 2013



This year St. Edward began a new math initiative utilizing ALEKS Math.  Our students saw great results from this program, including one student whose standardized test score in math went up 59 percentile points!  A key component of the ALEKS program is the "pie."  When each student began using the program at the beginning of the year, the math skills he or she needed to accomplish were arranged in a pie chart.  As students mastered a new skill, new sections of the pie were made available to them.  Two of our students actually completed two whole pies, and by the end of the year they were doing math work two grade levels above their current grade!  All of our students who achieved above and beyond their "pie" goal, got to participate in a Pie Party.  These students received a special lunch of pizza pies, were given a math medal, and had the chance to throw a pie in the face of their favorite math teachers!  

     

8th Grade Graduation

May 16, 2013



Tonight we say goodbye to another 8th grade class and welcome a new group of alumni.  The St. Edward class of 2013 has seventeen members and is the 127th graduating class of the school.  We began a new tradition at graduation this year by pinning each graduate with an Alumni pin.  We thank Tina Pilkington of the Class of 1974 for being present to pin our graduates.  

As always the speeches given were a wonderful send off for our students.  You can enjoy them by clicking below:

Graduate Brad Barre

Graduate Mario Garcia

Principal Jason Pohlmeier

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

 

First Grade Releases Butterflies

May 15, 2013



Earlier this year, the first grade students began a project to learn about life stages.  They started with a caterpillar habitat.  They kept the caterpillars strong, so that they could build a cocoon and transform into a butterfly.  Today the butterflies had matured enough to live on their own, and the class released them from the church flower garden.  They were very proud of their accomplishment!

National Junior Honor Society Induction

May 13, 2013



Today St. Edward held its second annual National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inductions.  The NJHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the 4 areas essential to NJHS members: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  Each member of NJHS has proven himself or herself in each of these four areas as determined by a faculty committee.  This year we inducted five new members. Congratulations to all our members!

Battle of the Books

May 10, 2013



Each year Catholic schools from all around the state compete in the Battle of the Books in Conway.  At the beginning of the year, students are given a list of 14 books to read for the competition.  Then at the competition, teams of students are asked questions about the books.  This year St. Edward finished in 6th place out of 15 teams from all over Arkansas.  Our team missed only 5 questions, and fell just short of the winning team which only missed 2.  We were very pleased with our team's performance.