Friday, March 30, 2012

OCMS Principal Position

The Owensboro Catholic Schools (OCS) system seeks candidates for the position of Principal at Owensboro Catholic Middle School (OCMS) for the 2012-2013 academic year. Located in the Diocese of Owensboro in Owensboro, KY, OCMS enrolls 200 students in grades 7 and 8.

General Description: The OCMS Principal provides proactive leadership and creative initiative in the dynamic environment of a Catholic middle school. The primary goal is to promote the Catholic educational development of staff and students. Responsibilities include the supervision and evaluation of administrators, faculty and staff. As an educational leader, he/she directs and coordinates planning, implementation, and evaluation of the total educational program at OCMS. The Principal reports to and works in conjunction with the OCS Director.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be a practicing Catholic, have at least four years teaching experience, a Master’s degree (preferred) and hold or working toward appropriate certification to be a principal. He/she must have a commitment to the mission of a Catholic school, strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative leadership style, demonstrated competence in curriculum and staff development, and the ability to administer a budget.

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience

How to Apply: To apply, please send resume and the names of three references via mail or email to:

Karen Taber, Accounting/HR Assistant
Owensboro Catholic Schools
1524 W. Parrish Avenue
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 686-8896

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Fling at the Elementary K-3 Campus

The Elementary K-3 Campus held its Spring Fling to celebrate the start of spring with fun, games and inflatables!


Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt

The kindergarten classes enjoyed an Easter egg hunt on a beautiful Spring day.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Director's Corner - Mrs. Ann Flaherty Accepts Diocesan Position

Mrs. Flaherty It is with great sadness and a sense of excitement that I write to inform you that late yesterday afternoon Mrs. Ann Flaherty informed me of her intention to accept the position of Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Owensboro beginning July 1, 2012. Over these past four years, Mrs. Flaherty has with great dedication, immense purpose, and incredible fortitude served the students, their families and the faculty and staff of the Owensboro Catholic Middle School. Under her faith filled leadership, OCMS has experienced a transformation and renaissance noted by all. Most effected has been her students as they experienced a servant leader who lived the OCS Mission in all she did and with all she encountered. Over these past 21 years - 4 at OCMS, 16 at OCHS and 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes - she has served our students and their families with passion and a Catholic faith filled purpose. She has left her mark on their hearts. What an incredible testimony and legacy.

As I told her yesterday afternoon, what an exciting opportunity this is both for her and our Diocese. It is truly a "Win-Win" for all of us. I congratulated her on her new opportunity and thanked her for agreeing to take on a roll that will continue to benefit not only the Owensboro Catholic Schools community but all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Owensboro. Excellent! Please join me in thanking Mrs. Flaherty for her tireless enthusiasm and ever present zeal for the students she so willingly and with such purpose has served. Also, let us share with her a heartfelt sense of appreciation for her willingness to continue to say Yes to God's call to serve.

The process of finding a replacement for Mrs. Flaherty begins immediately. In consultation with Fr. Brad Whistle and Mr. Jim Mattingly, a search committee will be established and a position announcement will be appropriately placed.

May God's blessing be showered on Mrs. Flaherty as she transitions from Principal of Owensboro Catholic Middle School to Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Owensboro!

I appreciate all you do to help us fulfill our mission of excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics. As always, your comments and insights are important to me. I can be reached via phone at 852-8028 and email at

God's Peace!
Ken R. Rasp
OCS Director

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Director's Corner - Pre-Registration and Surveys

Pre-Registration for the 2011-2012 Academic Year
As we enter the final week of Pre-Registration, I write to remind all who have not submitted their Pre-Registration Forms for 2012-2013 to do so. It is critical to have accurate enrollment counts in April as we begin to assess staffing needs for the new school year. I know for many the fact that Spring Break begins on Friday is at the forefront. I ask and implore that if you have not submitted your Pre-Registration Form that you find a few minutes while you are planning your week away to review, complete and submit the Pre-Registration Form, the $50 deposit and your Parish Voucher (if Parish Sponsored) no later than Thursday, March 29. As explained last week, our goal is to use the Spring Break Week to process as many of the forms as possible so that the assessment of staffing needs process can begin. I thank you in advance for your prompt response to this important request. Special thanks to all who have already completed their forms.

Parent Satisfaction Surveys
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage all who have not had a chance to complete the Parent Satisfaction Surveys to do so. As our Catholic Education partner, we value your input, insight and thoughts. The window to complete the surveys (one for each school) is Thursday, March 29th. We will be pulling and distributing the results to the Principals for review and evaluation following Spring Break. To access the surveys, please click on the links below. Thanks to all who have taken the time to share their valued opinions with us.

I appreciate all you do to help us fulfill our mission of excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics. As always, your comments and insights are important to me. I can be reached via phone at 852-8028 and email at

God's Peace!

Ken R. Rasp
OCS Director
List of School Site Surveys

Elementary K-3 Campus

Elementary 4-6 Campus



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OCHS Coach Openings

OCHS has openings for the following coaching positions:

  • Boys Head Soccer Coach
  • Cheerleading

If you or know of anyone interested please contact Mr. David Blanford, OCHS Athletic Director, at 852.8001 or via email at

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Health Care Career Fair

GRADD and OMHS are sponsoring a Health CareerFair on April 13th. It will feature booths and speakers about careers in the medical field. Any one interested in attending please see Mr. Lowe by April 10th.


Elementary Yearbook Orders Due

Orders are now being taken for the 2011-2012 K-6 YearBook. The YearBook will be in full color and the cost is $15.00. Please fill out your Order Form and send it in to school to reserve your copy! Oders Due April 15, 2012!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

All A Honor Roll - Quarter 3

Congratulations to the following students who were named to the All A Honor Roll for the 3rd Quarter grading period. The Honor Roll is applicable to those in 4th through 12th grade.

Grade 4
Kate Weafer, Brady Aud, Brooke Boarman, Grace Brocato, Cecilia Clemens, Austin Clements, Carson Connor, Kaitlyn Durbin, Mary Katherine Edge, Katie Hayden, Madalyn Hyland, Kendall Johnson, Logan Jones, Michael Keller, Anna Lee Meyer, Riley Miller, Lily Carol Moore, Andrew Riney, Madison Roberts, Kristina Stelmach, Celia Wright, Isabella Wright

Grade 5
Dalton Baisden-Wade, Aliyah Berry, Zachary Cecil, Gio DiGirolamo, Hank Dotsey, Taylor Dukate, Sarah Englert, Jade Flaherty, Elizabeth Ford, Josafina Garcia, Grace Goedde, Isabel Hayden, Maggie Hayden, Caroline Head, Ivory Houle, Genarose Jones, Mackenzie Keelin, Hannah Latham, Anna Lovekamp, Michael McCarthy, Makayla McCarty, Andrew Meyer, Hannah Padgett, Amber Payne, Samuel Polio, Kevin Ralph, Mary Catherine Scales, Samuel Self, Austin Stallings, Meredith Stiff, Caitlin Sullivan, Grant Toler, Madison Warren, Rachel Weaver, Sean Whitehouse, Caleb Wimsatt

Grade 6
John Henry Booth, Caleb Buckman, Abby Cecil, Benjamin Conkright, Jacquelyn Gesser, Claire Hagan, John Thomas Hayden, Samuel Hein, Danielle Keller, John David Marshall, Mary Beth Mullican, Derek Osborne, Max Reid, Payton Sanford, Patrick Schepers, Joshua Sloan, Benjamin Strehl, Dylan Wathen, Casey Wink

Grade 7
Alyssa Bickett, Sarah Brown, Ashleigh Deno, Allison Ford, Clayton Glenn, Alison Kuntz, Carson Lee, Holly Logsdon, Megan McCarthy, Maggie Mitchell, Tricia Thompson

Grade 8
Matthew Caldwell, Michael Clore, Madeleine Edge, Sarah Haleman, Samantha Horsley, Samantha Krampe, Lucy Kurtz, Emily Marshall, Olivia Miller, Annabel Moore, Cameron O'Nan, Luke Reid, Mikala Riney, Abigail Tignor

Meredith Bickett, George Bittel, Sam Booth, Lillie Goetz, Hannah Hagan, Adam Hayden, Emily Hoesli, Leslie Kuntz, Madison Mattingly, Morgan Mattingly, Anna Mayo, Gerogia McMaster, Jack Padgett, Dylan Payne, Mallorie Polston, Adney Rakotoniaina, Jansen Riney, Sara Ross, Laurine Scott, Hannah Slack, Jose Solorza, Griffin Wassmer, Leslie Wilson, Audrey Wright

Joelle Boarman, Kelsey Conkright, Marty Crowe, Erin Ford, Danielle Hancock, Jenna Ruth

Ryan Carlisle, Julie Danhauer, Michael Englert, Ben Fullenwider, Eric Johnson, Michael Kinney, Philip Lovekamp, Justin Magnuson, Bradley Norcia, Ciara Sauer, Kevin Thompson, Veronica Wethington

Katie Brown, Josh Buckman, Logan Cecil, Mary Kate Clemens, Matthew Franey, Jacob Fullenwider, Isaac Hardesty, Justin Mahoney, Katelyn Orth, Alex Riccio, Laura Riney, Stacey Schepers, Emily Taul, Megan Tigue, Thomas Weis

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OCMS Weekly Reminders March 26-March 30, 2012

Monday, March 26:
Yearbooks are selling fast! If you want to guarantee your copy, please turn in your order with payment into the office. Order forms are available at the office or from Ms. Patton.

Owensboro Catholic Schools Pre-Registration continues.

Tuesday, March 27:

Stations of the Cross practice: Stations 7-14, 7:45 a.m. Meet in the gym or cafeteria and wait for Mrs. Barr or Mrs. McCormick.

Music practice for Stations of the Cross will be from 3:00 to 3:45 in the Church. Please make arrangements to attend.

Wednesday, March 28:

Stations of the Cross practice at 7:45 a.m. All stations, opening prayer, and servers. Wait for Mrs. Barr or Mrs. McCormick in the gym or cafeteria.

Thursday, March 29:

Mass, 9:00 a.m.

Stations of the Cross, Immaculate, 2:00 p.m.

Pre-registration ends.

Friday, March 30

Spring break begins!!


Elementary K-3 Campus Weekly Reminders March 26-March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 28- Spring Fling/Field Day  the Elementary K-3 Gym will be transformed into an Inflatable Wonderland! Each class will have an assigned time to go to the Gym and play on the Inflatables and enjoy some extra Free Play for the day. Thank you to our PTO for funding this for our students!

Thursday, March 29-
9:00- Mass- Mrs. Morgan's Kindergarten Class
END of Pre-Registration- Pre-Registration Forms Due

Friday, March 30- NO School


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bishop Medley is Cool!

The Elementary K-3 Campus created a special song for Bishop Medley's visit.


Elementary 4-6 Campus Weekly Reminders March 26-30, 2012

Monday, March 26- Chess Club 2:15-4:00.

Thursday, March 29-7:15 Aces Crusaders meeting in the multi-purpose room. 7:50 Excellence Assembly. 9:00 Mass planned by the sixth grade class. Fr. Brad Whistle will be celebrating with us. Priest Visits. 10:30-1:30 Game In - Third Quarter AR Reward. All students who earned their AR points for the third quarter may be out of uniform this day. Lunch in the classrooms.
Last day to turn in your pre-registration forms!

Friday, March 30-No School! Enjoy your Spring Break and have a blessed Easter.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Line Art – Grade 7 Art

Do you see smaller circles inside the large outside circle? However, all the lines drawn inside the big circle are straight lines drawn in a way to create the illusion of curvature.


Edu-Play - Elementary 4-6 Campus

Options for the Spring event was Stawberries, Apples, Kiwi, Oh My!; Hole in One;CSI; Experimental Science Boom, Floats and Lava; Glup??; Tape it Up!; Can you make it, yes you can!; It's Electrifying!

The Elementary 4-6 Campus held this event after school as an opportunity to interact with other students and members of the community. They all had a great time.


'Give Me Jesus' Communion Meditation Grade 2

Grade 2 performed liturgical signing to 'Give Me Jesus' for the communion meditation when Bishop Medley visited.


ITBS Testing Reminders - Grade 4, 5, 6

Students will be taking the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) by Riverside Publishing starting April 23rd. Teachers will put their individual testing dates on their weekly reports. Below are suggestions we feel will help your child do better on the test.

TIPS FOR PARENTS                    

1.  Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night.

2.  Your child should have a good breakfast every day during testing. A study has shown that students who ate before taking tests scored better than those who did not eat anything.  Breakfast is available in the cafeteria 7:00 – 7:30 AM. 

3.  Test will be given in the mornings, as much as possible. Your child must get to school on time 7:40. A student arriving late after a test has started will have to wait until the test ends before entering the classroom.

4. Your child should bring a HEALTHY NUTRITIOUS SNACK to eat each day during testing. Please do not send sweet or messy food.  Good snacks include:  fruit, trail mix, cheese, beef stick, peanut butter and crackers, pretzels, or dry cereal like Cheerios.  The cafeteria will also be providing the Power Break snacks each morning.

5. Your child needs to bring two (#2 lead) pencils with good erasers. Mechanical pencils should not be used on these tests.  

6.  Your child should have a library book at his/her desk that he/she can read when waiting for test times to finish as all tests are timed.

7.  Please make sure that students are not out for other appointments during testing periods.  This will prevent the teachers from having to administer make-up tests.

8.  The fifth grade test is used as one source of data to determine placement for middle school classes during the student’s sixth grade year.

Please keep the students and teachers in your prayers especially during these testing days. Thank you in advance for helping us make this a good learning experience for the students.  We all want them to be successful.

Tracy S. Conkright


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Religious Freedom Rally

Friday, March 23, 2012


Southeast corner of Moreland Park (by the tennis court area)


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Director's Corner - Pre-Registration and Financial Aid Information

Pre-Registration for the 2011-2012Academic Year
As you read in the materials mailed to all currently enrolled and potential new families a few weeks ago, Pre-Registration for the 2012-2013 academic year began on Monday, March 5th, and will conclude on Thursday, March 29th.  I thank all of you who have so promptly completed and submitted their Pre-Registration Form.  We are feverishly working to enter all new information in iNow and build each tuition invoice in iNow Billing for the first time.

For those who have not submitted their completed Pre-Registration Form, $50 deposit and Parish Voucher (if necessary), please note the importance of promptly completing and submitting your Pre-Registration From at this time.  With the expectation of growth, it is imperative that we have an accurate sense of our enrollment counts for the new school year before important decisions concerning staffing needs can be addressed in mid-April.  I implore that all currently enrolled families who plan to reenroll for 2012-2013 submit their Pre-Registration Form prior Thursday, March 29th.  I also encourage all new families who are interested in making Owensboro Catholic Schools their Catholic Education partner in 2012-2013  submit their form prior to March 29th.  Our goal is to use the Spring Break week to get as many of the submitted forms as possible processed.  Again, if you have not submitted your form, whether you are a returning or new family, please make every effort to meet the March 29th deadline.  I thank you in advance for your help and support! 

The first Round of Tuition Assistance Awards was mailed to all completed applicants on March 15th.  The deadline for submission of the Student Aid Form and necessary forms for inclusion in the second Round is Monday, April 2nd.  The second Round Tuition Assistance Award letters are scheduled to be mailed no later than Wednesday, May 2nd.  I encourage all who are interested in receiving tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year to submit the Student Aid Form by the April 2nd deadline.  If there are questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Central Office at 686-8896.

I appreciate all you do to help us fulfill our mission of excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics.  As always, your comments and insights are important to me.  I can be reached via phone at 852-8028 and email at 

God’s Peace!

Ken R. Rasp

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Elementary Year Book Orders

 Your child will be bringing home an Order Form for a School Year Book today, Tuesday, March 20. The Year Books are in full color this year and the cost is $15.

Please fill out the appropriate form and send it back to school as soon as possible to reserve your copy!

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Results of March Market Day TOP Dessert Purchase and Raffle

The Top Dessert Purchase was Paula Thompson Sandfer who purchased 7 desserts and will receive a $50 SCRIP card.

The two $25 SCRIP raffle winners are: Lisa Kyle and Melissa Toler.

Congratulations to all the winners and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a dessert this month for our Bonus Day sale. The elementary schools earned a profit of $1,231 from this sale. The winners can pick up their rewards at the K-3 school office.

Reminder - There are only TWO more Market Day sales left this school year. Remember to stock up on your favorite items as May is our last sale and the next sale after that will be in September.

Thanks again and let's keep our freezers full!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Elementary 4-6 Campus T-Shirts

Today the CSW t-shirts were handed out to each of the students. The students may only 2012 CSW t-shirts each Wednesday along with their uniform bottoms.

The shirts are a "Thank you" from OCES 4-6 faculty and staff to our students for all their hard work during the school year. They are an awesome bunch of kids! Thank you for sharing them with us.


OCMS Weekly Reminders March 19-23, 2012

Monday, March 19:
Yearbook meeting this afternoon 3:00 to 3:30. This will be the last meeting until the books arrive. Thanks for all of your hard work!!!

Yearbooks are selling fast! If you want to guarantee your copy, please turn in your order with payment into the office. Order forms are available at the office or from Ms. Patton.

Owensboro Catholic Schools Pre-Registration continues.

Tuesday, March 20:

Regular Day

Wednesday, March 21:

Stations of the Cross practice at 7:45 a.m. Stations 7 - 12. Be in gym or cafeteria and wait for Mrs. Barr or Mrs. McCormick.

Donate $1.00 and be out of uniform. Students may NOT wear shorts other than uniform shorts.

Thursday, March 22:

Mass, 9:00 a.m.

Beta Club will meet after school until 3:45 in Mrs. Lamberg's room.

Friday, March 23:

Spirit Day!!

Wear your GREEN, GOLD, and WHITE!! Show your support for our Winter and Spring Sports, Band and Academic Team!

Policy for Spirit Day:

* No face or hair paint
* No hats or sunglasses
* Only school related hooded sweatshirts are accepted
* If girls wear skirts that are NOT uniform length, they must wear pants underneath - NO LEGGINGS
* Boys may NOT wear skirts
* No sleeveless shirts without a shirt underneath
* No pajama pants or football pants
* Jeans may be worn or School Length Shorts
* Green, Gold or White must be worn.

Note: Students do not have to participate but if you choose not to, you MUST wear your uniform! If rules are not followed, your parents WILL BE CONTACTED and WILL BE ASKED to bring your uniform.


NHS Lenten Food Drive

NHS is once again sponsoring the Lenten Holy Week Food Drive beginning next week Mar.26th- Mar. 29th to benefit the Help Office.

Each homeroom has a flyer that lists the needed items or money to donate.

High homeroom at the end of the drive will receive a pizza party.


OC FFA Geranium Sale

The OC FFA annual Geranium Sale is underway. Place your order with any FFA member through Friday, March 23. The flowers are in 6 inch pots and cost $5 each. They are available in Red, White, and Pink and must be paid for when ordered.

The delivery date is April 11th/ 12th.

This fundraiser generates the money the OC FFA needs to compete in events and pay for transportation to those events.


Elementary 4-6 Campus Weekly Reminders March 19-23, 2012

Monday, March 19- Chess Club 2:15-4:00.

Tuesday, March 20 - Brescia Music Students visit our school!

Thursday, March 22-9:00 Mass planned by Mrs. Brant's class. Fr. Carl McCarthy will be celebrating with us. Priest Visits.

Friday, March 23-Non-Uniform Day for students with coupon.


Elementary K-3 Campus Weekly Reminders March 19-23, 2012

Thursday, March 22- 9:00- Mass with BISHOP MEDLEY- Mrs. Taylor's Class

Friday, March 23- FREE Dress Day- Last Friday of the Month


Friday, March 16, 2012

‘Lose the Wheels’ Volunteer Spotters Needed

Lose The Training Wheels, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, brings its innovative style of teaching children with disabilities how to ride a bicycle to Owensboro.  People with mental and physical disabilities typically have a more difficult time learning to ride a bike compared to their peers. Lose The Training Wheels’ 5-day camp provides each camper with approximately 1 hour of instruction each day using a series of adapted bikes and techniques. At the end of the camp, more than 80 percent of campers can successfully ride a conventional bike.

Are you looking for a rewarding experience?

What is a spotter?  Join GRADSA (Green River Area Down Syndrome Association) for an informative meeting to find out and see if you are up to the challenge.  Informational only, you will not be committed by attending.  Must be 16 years of age.  Volunteer spotters are a necessity in making “Lose the Training Wheels” a huge success! 

If you are interested please join us:
Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA
Please RSVP by April 15th @ 270-925-0195 or

Thank you so much for your interest and support.  We look forward to seeing you there.


OASIS Chair-A-Tea Auction

OASIS chair OASIS, the local domestic violence program and substance abuse treatment facility for women and their children, is hosting a Chair-A-Tea fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church in Owensboro, KY.

The event will feature a collection of hand painted chairs from individuals in the community, as well as a large variety of gift baskets donated by local businesses. Enjoy tea, light snacks, and spirited silent auction bidding while supporting a local nonprofit organization. Bidding will begin at 2:00 and end at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 a piece and can be ordered by calling (270) 685-0260.
OASIS Website

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All Catholic Baseball Tournament - Friday and Saturday, March 16-17

Tonight, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 OCHS is hosting an All Catholic Tournament at Chautauqua Park.

All OCS students will get in free if they wear an OCS shirt.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 16
6:00 pm Owensboro Catholic v St. Mary Paducah
8:00 pm Lexington Catholic v St Mary Paducah

Saturday, March 17
11:00 am Owensboro Catholic v Lexington Catholic
1:30 pm St. Mary Paducah v Lexington Catholic


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Godspell Flash Mob - OCHS

Check out the Godspell flash mob after mass today at OCHS.

The Owensboro Catholic High School theatre department will perform Stephen Schwartz’s and John-Michael Tebelak’s Godspell March 24 (Saturday) at 7pm and March 25 (Sunday) at 2pm at Owensboro Catholic High School’s Soenneker Hall.

The production includes the following students: Band: Beth Buntin, Nicholas Grey, Katherine Hagan, Dylan McKay, Tyler Wilson, Eric Johnson, Mary Catherine Carter, Morgan Oller, Marissa Wilson
Cast: Anne McNulty, Joel Ciaccio, CJ Glaser, Stephanie Dooper, Kevin Thompson, Ryne Wilson, Becca Boom, Allie Payne, Blake Hayden, Amanda Gross OCHS Faculty Advisor Mrs. Katie Pagan


Canned Food Drive - Elementary 4-6 Campus

This week the Elementary 4-6 Campus have been collecting canned food items for the Help Office. All students who bring in canned food items will be given a raindrop for their class. The grade level with the most raindrops at the end of the week will earn a non-uniform day. This collection goes along with our Lenten Project, It's Raining Respect."


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Director's Corner - Surveys

checklist With Spring Break and Easter just a few weeks away, we all are looking forward to the beauty and warmth that comes with Spring. We are ready and more than willing to be revitalized and reborn. My prayer is that we use these last few weeks of Lent in preparation for the resurrection that awaits each of us on Easter. May God bless you with the graces needed to see beyond the despair of not being worthy of the glories that await because our Lord and Savior died to save us and then rose from the dead. Glory is His name! How incredible is His love for each of us and for our wonderful Catholic school system.

Parent Satisfaction Surveys
We at Owensboro Catholic Schools appreciate the confidence and trust you place in us to educate your child/children in a Christ-centered, Catholic faith based environment. As our Mission directs us, we are committed to providing excellence in faith formation and academics.

Please note the links below to Parent Satisfaction Surveys for the Owensboro Catholic Elementary K-3 Campus, the Owensboro Catholic Elementary 4-6 Campus, Owensboro Catholic Middle School, and Owensboro Catholic High School. As partners in the education of your child/children, your opinions and insights are valued and will help us as we continually work to improve. We ask that you take a few minutes to complete the survey for each school in which you have children. All responses are confidential.

After completing the survey, please be sure to click the "Submit" button at the end of the survey so that your responses will be properly recorded. A detailed report of the responses will be available for all to review. These electronic surveys will be open until Friday, March 30 so that you will have ample time to share your opinions and insights with us. It is our intention to conduct similar surveys annually so that we can use the information to gauge our many successes and better understand where improvements are needed. We appreciate your assistance and continued willingness to choose Owensboro Catholic Schools as your Catholic education partner.

I appreciate all you do to help us fulfill our mission of excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics. As always, your comments and insights are important to me. I can be reached via phone at 852-8028 and email at Also, my door is always open. Please feel free to stop by Central Office and ask for me.

God's Peace!
Ken R. Rasp
Director, Owensboro Catholic Schools
List of School Site Surveys

Elementary K-3 Campus

Elementary 4-6 Campus



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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Balfour Class Ring

Balfour will be at school today, Tuesday, March 13 from 8 - 10 am and 5 - 7 pm in the Media Center for the School Class Ring Order Taking with the juniors. Seniors may also order at this time. Extra ring packets are available in the office. Rings will be delivered to the school Fall 2012 Ring Mass.


Monday, March 12, 2012

OCMS Weekly Reminders March 12-16, 2012

Monday, March 12:
  • Yearbook meeting this afternoon 3:00 to 4:00.
  • Academic team competition at state finals in Lexington
  • Track begins after school at OCHS. Come prepared to work out! Track practice ends at 4:30
  • Owensboro Catholic Schools Pre-Registration continues.
Tuesday, March 13:
Youth Summit at Ky Wesleyan College.
Wednesday, march 14:
Regular day.
Thursday, March 15:
  • Mass, 9:00 a.m.
  • Parish priests hand out report cards to students.
  • Beta Club wll meet after school until 3:45 in Mrs. Lamberg's room.
Friday, March 16:
Regular day.


Elementary K-3 Campus Weekly Reminders March 12-17, 2012

Tuesday, March 13- Market Day Orders Due

Thursday, March 15-

9:00- Mass-2C
6:00-7:00- Elementary K-3 Campus and Elementary 4-6 Campus Open House

Friday, March 16- Report Cards Go Home

Saturday, March 17- 10:00-11:00- Pick up Market Day Orders at Elementary K-3 Campus Cafeteria


Elementary 4-6 Campus Weekly Reminders March 12-17, 2012

Monday, March 12- Lenten Canned Food Drive begins today. All students who bring in a canned food item will receive a raindrop for their class which goes towards our Lenten "It's Raining Respect" Project. All food items will go to the Help Office.

Tuesday, March 13 - Market Day Deadline!

Thursday, March 15-

9:00 Mass planned by Ms. Brown's class. Fr. Mark Buckner will be celebrating with us.
Priest Visits.
Open House 6:00-7:00 pm. If you know of anyone who is interested in our school, please share this information with them.

Friday, March 16-

Faith in Education Shirts.
Report Cards go Home.
Sixth Grade goes to the RiverPark.
12:45 Gasper River presentation in gym.

Saturday, March 17-
Good luck to Cambron Johnson, Genarose Jones and Brooke Boarman who will be representing our school in the Regional Governor's Cup.
Market Day order pick-up at the Elementary K-3 Campus.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Easter Smoked Hams and Smoked Turkeys

The OCHS Basketball Team will be smoking Hams and Turkeys on Saturday, April 7, the day before Easter.

Smoked Hams - average 8 lb.

Cost $32.00 -$5.00 extra Sliced

Turkey Boneless White Meat - average 8 lb.

$38.00- $5.00 extra Sliced

Pick—Up on Saturday, April 7 from 1-3 pm at Immaculate 

Please order by Monday, April 2nd.

Contact : Ben Murphy 314.1740, Sara Murphy 314.1739 or via the OCHS Athletic Office at 852.8001

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Netword

Date:           Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time:           5:30 — 7:00 pm

Location:   O.M.S. South/5-6 Center at the corner of Scherm and S. Griffith Ave

Open Discussion; For more information, contact Tonya Barr at 686-1159

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Elementary PTO Used Uniform Sale Scheduled

The PTO Used Uniform Sale will be held Saturday, March 24 from 12:00 to 3:00 in the Elementary K-3 Campus Cafeteria.

Uniforms for grades K-12 will be available for $2.00 per item. Donations of gently used items including shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and sweatshirts are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Central Office or any of the school offices by March 23.

Volunteers are needed! We need help setting up Saturday morning at 8 am, keeping items neat during the sale and take down at 3 p.m.

If you can help at any of these times, please contact Kristy Fulkerson at 302-4257 or  or Brandi Kessler at 314-9634 or

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OCHS Student, Jenny Beth Willis, to Sing Anthem at KHSAA State Basketball Tournaments

Congratulations to sophomore Jenny Beth Willis on being selected for the 4th year in a row to sing the National Anthem at the KHSAA boys/girls State Basketball Tournament.

Each year over 100 applicants vie for 10 slots to sing the anthem. Way to go Jenny Beth!


OCMS Football Information

Owensboro Catholic Middle School Football begins its off-season athletic development program on Monday, March 12.  Athletic development is open to current 5th, 6th and 7th grade boys interested in playing football for the OCMS in the fall.  We will workout on Mon.-Wed.-Fri.  Beginning on March 12, conditioning will be behind OCMS (or in the gym depending on the weather), from 3:00 to 4:30pm, until spring football practice begins in May. Spring practice will continue on the M-W-F schedule.

We will be utilizing a new program that specifically focuses on the middle school age player, designed to develop a player’s overall athletic ability and core strength vs. strength training alone. Players will need to have a current KHSAA physical completed prior to participating in the program.

Students interested in playing football next season are encouraged to participate in the conditioning program/ Spring Practice.  This is an opportunity to begin to learn the offensive/defensive concepts prior to fall season, participate with other players in development and team building. 

Since the majority of our offense is passing, Spring practice will focus on the passing game and defense of the passing game. We will then play in two 7 on 7 passing tournaments. I hope to have two teams participate at the KWC’s tournament on June 2th but will only take one team to UK’s tournament on June 9th.    

Please contact me with any questions.

Teacher/Head Football Coach
Owensboro Catholic Middle School
(270) 683-0480 School
(270) 993-9570 Cell

Please note:  We are getting additional invitations to compete in 7v7 passing tournaments for May and June.  I will get the final schedule as soon as it is confirmed.

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Elementary PTO Auction Results Are In

The OCES PTO Dinner & Auction results are in and we are pleased to announce a grand total of
$52, 850.00 was the net profit of this single night event.

Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, community, patrons who attended and all of our parents, grandparents, and teachers and staff.

The PTO voted to purchase 2 IPad stations and these stations are around $24,000 a piece. The Elementary K-3 and Elementary 4-6 campus will receive a station which comes with over 30 iPads, chargers, a rolling cart and various apps.

Gold Sponsors
John & Kathy Wright * Brescia University * Bluegrass Internal Medicine * Owensboro Grain * Nations Medicine Hwy 54

Purple Sponsors
REMAX REALITY * Roberts Asphalt King Drug & Homecare * Ebelhar Seed Solutions / Becks Hybrids Dealership

Green Sponsors
Active Adult Day * Rudy Grain Farms * Ohio Valley Sprinkler Systems * Mainstreet Family Medicine - Dianne Birkhead * Gateway Urgent Care * Your Physical Therapy Solutions

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Owensboro Catholic Summer League – Softball Evaluations

Saturday, March 10th

Girls 12U, 10U, and 8U Divisions

Pitchers for 12U       8:00 am

12 year olds             9:00 am

11 year olds             9:45 am

10 year olds            10:30 am

9   year olds            11:15 am

8   year olds            12:00 pm

7   year olds            12:45 pm

12 U Division will be LIVE pitch this year.

Evaluations will be held at:
463 Double Play
5931 Hwy 56 (Former Tennis House)
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 771-0032

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Director's Corner - Storm Alerts, Pre-Registration and Financial Aid Notices

 I think you will all agree that God surely blessed us last week. So many families and communities are suffering due to the outbreak of severe weather across our region. Certainly, we join all across our state and nation in prayer for the families who lost loved ones due to the tornados and wind. We count our blessings while asking our Father God to share the His graces and peace with those families in need.

I have already shared a thank you message with Mike Gray, Interim Superintendent of Schools for Daviess County Public Schools, for making the right call on Friday to release early. Although a bit chaotic, the early release allowed us to make sure all of our students were in the safety of their own homes before the outbreak of the storms. I have been asked to attend a DCPS Administration meeting this morning (Monday, March 5th) to evaluate all processes needed when an early release is anticipated. I told Mr. Gray that I would be happy to attend. I ask families of all bus riders to specially thank their bus drivers for acting with such professionalism and care on Friday. I know our students, especially the younger ones, were nervous and afraid as they walked out of school onto a bus knowing that the storm was approaching. The drivers and their assistants did an excellent job of calming the students as they provided a safe ride home.

I thank all of you who emailed and texted me concerning the One Call Now message on Friday. I appreciated the reminders. As I stated in the 2nd message I sent out, I did send one out at 11:05 that for some reason aborted. As you can imagine, the system was amazingly overloaded. Immediately after sending the message I left the office to help at OCES K-3 Campus with the early dismissal. Your reminders informed me that for some reason there was a problem with the sending of the first message and prompted me to send the 2nd message. Thanks to Karen Gross for sending out an In The Loop that effectively informed many of you of the early dismissal. I am working with One Call Now to figure out why the first message was not distributed.

Pre-Registration for the 2012-2013 Academic Year
Late last week, we mailed the Pre-Registration packet to all current and potential new families. Pre-Registration for the 2012-2013 academic year will continue until Thursday, March 29th. It is IMPERATIVE as we look forward to next year that all families submit complete Pre-Registration Forms along with the $50 fee and Parish Voucher (if necessary) prior to March 29th. As last year, we are anticipating an increase in enrollment. Having an accurate sense of our enrollment for 2012-2013 is integral in helping us make important and necessary decisions concerning our staffing needs for 2012-2013. I ask, actually I implore, that you take a few minutes to review the information on the form, complete the information on the back of the form and submit it prior to the 29th of March. Please note that Parish Sponsored families are required to attach their Parish Voucher to the Pre-Registration Form. If you did not receive the Pre-Registration Packet, please call or stop by the Central Office (686-8896).

Tuition Assistance Awards - Round 1
We are working with PSAS to ensure that the Round 1 Tuition Assistance Awards go out in the mail no later than Thursday, March 15th.

I appreciate all you do to help us fulfill our mission of excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics. As always, your comments and insights are important to me. I can be reached via phone at 852-8028 and email at

God's Peace!
Ken R. Rasp
OCS Director

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OCMS Weekly Reminders March 5-9, 2012

Monday, March 5
  • Yearbook meeting this afternoon 3:00 to 4:00.
  • KUNA members in Louisville.
  • Owensboro Catholic Schools Pre-Registration begins.
Tuesday, March 6 
  • KUNA members return from Louisville.
Wednesday, March 7
  • Academy of Young Leaders presentation to OCMS.
  • FCA meeting at 7:45 a.m. for only those students who participated in the March for Life in Washington.
Thursday, March 8 
  • Mass, 9:00 a.m.
  • Last day for AR testing for 3rd quarter.
  • Skating Party for 7th and 8th grade, 6:00 to 8:00, Edge Ice Arena.
Friday, March 9
  • Student council meeting for all homeroom reps in Mrs. Barr's room at 7:50 a.m. All must be present. Mrs. McCormick or Mrs. Barr will find you in the gym or the cafeteria.
  • Writing club will meet today after school.
  • End of 3rd quarter.


Elementary K-3 Campus Weekly Reminders March 5-9, 2012

Monday, March 5- Pre-Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year Begins

Wednesday, March 7-6:30- PTO Meeting at 4-6 Campus

Thursday, March 8- 9:00- Mass- 2D


Elementary 4-6 Campus Weekly Reminders March 5-9, 2012

Monday, March 5-
  • Pre-Registration Begins! If you are interested in our Extended School Day Program for next year, you will need to register now.
  • AR Cut-off for the third quarter.
Wednesday, March 7-PTO Meeting 6:30 at the 4-6 Campus. Please join us to get the results of our Auction Dinner.
Thursday, March 8-9:00 Mass planned by Mrs. Hardesty's class. Fr. Mike Clark will be celebrating with us. Priest Visits
Friday, March 9-
  • Faith in Education Shirts.
  • End of the Third Quarter.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Early Dismissal - Due to Severe Weather Threat - Friday, March 2

Due to the severe weather warnings, OCS will dismiss as follows:

Elementary K-3 Campus and Elementary 4-6 Campus at 12:00 noon The Extended Day Program will NOT be in session today.

OCMS and OCHS at 1:00 pm

The OCS Central Office and SCRIP Office will also close at 1 pm

Prayers for all our families and emergency personnel.

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St. Stephen Cathedral March Madness Burgoo Bash

bell This is a Parish fundraiser and community participation event to highlight the St. Stephen Cooking Team's Burgoo quality and taste just in time for the March Madness basketball games.

Cook Date: Saturday, March 17
Pick‐Up Time: 3:00‐5:00 pm
Location: Pastoral Center Building Back
Cost: $14 per gallon
How to Purchase:
Ruth Ann Carrico 683‐6525
Todd Johnson 925.3058
Garry Pierce 926.4694

OCHS Head Boys Soccer Coach Opening

Soccer 1 OCHS has an opening for a Head Boys Soccer Coach. If you or anyone you know would be interested please send a resume to Mr. David Blanford, OCHS Athletic Director, at

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4th/5th Grade Academic Team - Governor's Cup District Competition

District Governor's Cup Congratulations to the 4th/5th Grade Academic team who competed in the District Governor's Cup competition.

Quick Recall - 4th Place: Team members include Grant Toler, Cambron Johnson, Grace Brocato, Kaitlyn Durbin, Emily Haleman, Kendall Johnson, Elise Kerr, Lily Moore, Amber Payne, Alex Scheithe, and Isabelle Wright.

The following students placed in their individual subject areas and will be moving on to the Regional Governor's Cup in March:
Genarose Jones - Math - 4th Place
Brooke Boarman - Science - 3rd Place
Cambron Johnson - Science - 4th Place


Important Information - Elementary Extended School Day Program

Due to increased enrollment and childcare regulations, there will be a CAP on the number of students that we can accommodate in the Extended School Day Program at the OCES K-3 and OCES 4-6 Campus next year.

It is ESSENTIAL that you sign up for the Program- DURING PRE-REGISTRATION in order to secure enrollment for your child.

Full Time students will receive first priority.


There will be only three options for paying for enrollment in the Extended School Day Program:
1. Via FACTS-this will be deducted from your designated account along with your tuition.
2. PAY IN FULL by July Registration.
3. For OCS employees only - payroll deduction.

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OCS Pre-Registration Begins Monday, March 5

Be on the "look out" in your mailboxes for information on Pre-Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year.

Pre-Registration begins March 5 and ends on March 29.

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