Students from Kuemper Catholic Grade School perform for visitors at a Carroll Chamber of Commerce coffee held at the high school to kick off Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
Students from Kuemper Catholic Grade School perform for visitors at a Carroll Chamber of Commerce coffee held at the high school to kick off Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
Kuemper Catholic Schools has kicked off Catholic Schools Week celebration.

Kuemper hosted a Carroll Chamber of Commerce coffee this morning and will have an array of activities from today through next Friday.

Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb 2 is organized by the National Catholic Education Association.

Kuemper has 1,008 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, up nine students from last year.

At the coffee this morning, Kuemper Catholic Schools president Vern Henkenius thanked the business community for its support of the school system.

In particular, the scrip coupon program that generates funds for Kuemper recorded $2.5 million in sales last year, up 3 percent from the previous year, and 94 percent of the scrip resulted in purchases at local businesses.

Henkenius also noted that Kuemper High School founder, Monsignor Leo Lenz, was born 100 years ago - Dec. 17, 1913. Lenz served as the school's first superintendent from 1954-61. He also was instrumental in creation of New Hope Village in Carroll, which serves individuals with disabilities.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards."

Noting the opportunity for children nationwide to attend public or private schools, Henkenius said, "We believe competition of schools is good. Anytime there's competition, that raises the standards. We know we have to work hard at what we're doing to provide quality education."

Test scores in math, reading and science indicate Kuemper's success in striving for that goal. For example, 98.6 percent of the school's third-graders scored proficient in science and 94.3 percent of the 11th-graders proficient in math.

An annual report on the school will be distributed at Masses this weekend.

Friday, Jan. 25

Chamber Coffee in the KHS cafeteria.

St. Lawrence Center Iowa Assessment Reward Day at Perfect Games in Ames

Buddy Activity for the High School, the Holy Spirit Center and the St. Angela Center students

Saturday, Jan. 26

Kuemper students will participate in Masses by serving, reading and singing. A thank-you will be read after communion thanking all of the parishioners for supporting Catholic education.

The annual report for 2011-2012 will be handed out after Mass.

Monday, Jan. 28

Marketing department will send thank-you messages to individuals and businesses in the community.

Casual dress day for $1 at all centers. Money raised will support Mary's Choice, a facility in Sioux City that serves women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.

Volleyball tournament for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Game day for grades K-3.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Doughnuts and juice will be provided to all students upon arrival at school. Favorite team day: Pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students may wear a T-shirt or sweatshirt of their favorite team. Wear uniform pants. Read-with-a-friend day for grades K-5.

KHS students will deliver thank-you notes to all scrip vendors.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Red and Gold Day

Kindergarten round-up at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31

St. Lawrence Center students will participate in a Cage Ball Tournament in the afternoon.

Friday, Feb. 1

All-school Mass at Holy Spirit Church at 8:30 a.m.

A reception recognizing Eternal Knights, priests, deacons and religious will be held in Holy Spirit cafeteria after Mass.

Faculty and staff at all buildings will enjoy noon treats in the staff lounge.

Holy Spirit and St. Angela will play Minute to Win It.