Central Catholic launches its school year

Central Catholic Principal Vic Bonnaffee, right, welcomed back students in grades 10 through 12 today. Seventh through ninth grade students will attend Tuesday for an orientation and abbreviated schedule run-through. All Central Catholic students will report to school Wednesday.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean L. McCorkle)

On Monday, the Central Catholic administrative board prepared for the new school year at Central Catholic in Morgan City. Standing from left, are Karen Tyler, counselor; Maria Barbier, development; Gerrie Byrne, curriculum director; Debbie Stanley, office manager; and Sandy Daigle, administrative assistant. Seated, from left, are David Irwin, information technology specialist and Vic Bonnaffee, principal. Members of the board, not photographed, are Anna Saleme, technology; and Tyler Jensen, discipline.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean L. McCorkle)

By JEAN L. McCORKLE jmccorkle@daily-review.com

Half of Central Catholic’s students returned to school today for an orientation and an abbreviated run-through of their classes.
Students in grades 10 through 12 were given about “10 minutes to chat, talk and visit and welcome each other back,” Principal Vic Bonnaffee said. Following that, orientation began.
“We took the whole student body last year to see the movie “God’s Not Dead,” so our theme this year is ‘God is good all the time. All the time God is good’,” Bonnaffee said.
When the principal began the orientation, students chanted the phrase with him.
Gerrie Byrne, curriculum director, works with the administration in developing curriculum, observing teachers and working with the dean of discipline.
Her hope for the new school year is “for the students to grow together. I want them to develop a greater sense of service,” she said.
“I think we have to develop the person for the academics to be good,” Byrne said.
Seventh through ninth grade students will attend for orientation and an abbreviated schedule run through Tuesday. All students will return to classes Wednesday, Bonnaffee said.
School began Thursday for St. Mary Parish public schools and Holy Cross Elementary grades 1 through 6.
Donald Aguillard, St. Mary public schools superintendent, said via email student enrollment increased by 195 students from Thursday’s count of 8,471. The second-day student count Friday was 80 students greater than the prior year’s second day enrollment count, he said.
Immanuel Christian in Morgan City begins classes Friday, and Holy Cross pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin attending school Monday.

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