Holy Name Catholic School
Holds Open House
By Marie L. Monyak
April 24, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Holy Name Catholic School located at 433
Jackson Street held their open house last Tuesday so that interested
parents could explore the options available to them to fulfill
their children's educational needs for the upcoming school year.
Children were treated to ice cream in the dining hall while their
parents wandered from room to room, meeting with faculty, inspecting
the classrooms and observing the many student projects that lined
the walls, shelves and tables.
Established in 1946, Holy Name School in Ketchikan has offered
an alternative to the public school system for 60 years. As HNS
Principal John Dickinson said, "It's wonderful for parents
to have options when choosing a school, the more options, the
Holy Name Catholic
Photo By Marie L. Monyak
HNS offers kindergarten through sixth grade as well as preschool.
For those working parents that must provide care for their children
before and after school while they're working, HNS also offers
extended-hours programs in both the morning and afternoon at
a cost far below the average day care center.
While inspecting the school, the classrooms themselves were remarkable.
Most noticeable at first was that the classrooms were spacious,
bright and stimulating. The science lab and computer room are
both modern and furnished with up-to-date equipment. Countless
class projects were displayed throughout the hallways and in
each classroom, instilling a feeling of self-worth and accomplishment
in the students. Many of the classrooms were furnished with a
reading area complete with sofas and chairs in addition to the
student's desks. The atmosphere in the rooms spoke of excitement
to learn and explore.
The second and most important element of HNS is the class size.
One couldn't help but notice that there were only 12 desks in
each room. With a student-teacher ratio of 1/12, personalized
attention can be provided resulting in more productive and effective
According to their website, the American Federation of Teachers
has long been a proponent of reducing class sizes in the public
school system. Their research has shown that smaller classes
raise student achievement, improve the atmosphere by lowering
the noise level, have fewer discipline problems and enable teachers
to know their students better and offer individualized attention.
If one needed further proof of the remarkable effect of the smaller
class size, HNS Principal Dickinson said it best, referring to
the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, "Of all our classes that
were tested, we consistently scored well above average. As a
group we were in the 60 to 70 percentile range."
When asked what he felt was most important for parents to know,
Dickinson replied, "We have a dedicated staff with a small
number of students along with the Holy Name community which supports
the school and our Pastor, Father Pat Travers who is very supportive
of childrens education."
Although HNS teaches Religious Education, students from different
faith communities and church backgrounds are welcome. In addition
to the religion class, the basic curriculum includes Language
Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Art, Computer Science,
Library Skills, Family Life, Computer Science, Physical Education
and Substance Abuse Awareness.
Rounding out their challenging curriculum, students are offered
extra-curricular activities and special programs such as Music
and Foreign Language. Field trips and community service are also
available for the students to participate in. Bus transportation
to and from school is provided by Laidlaw Transit and the school
furnishes a hot lunch program.
Parents in Partnership (parents includes sponsors, guardians
and caretakers) is the HNS program of parental involvement that
includes active participation in their children's education and
volunteer work as a means of involving the parents in the educational
For those parents wanting to provide their children with the
best academic start in life and realize their highest potential,
Holy Name Catholic School will provide just that, along with
good study habits and personal accountability so that each and
every child can grow in mind, body and spirit.
HNS is currently enrolling children for the 2006-2007 school
year, for further assistance and tuition information you may
use the link below to visit their website or contact the school
directly by calling 225-2570.
On the Web:
Holy Name Catholic School
American Federation of Teachers
Marie L. Monyak is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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