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August 2012 • Volume 15 • Number 1

Honor. Celebrate. Embrace. On Wednesday, August 15, Xavier High School will open their doors for the 15th academic year. Anniversary celebrations, including community service projects in conjunction with the Kurt Warner Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, and Four Oaks, have been planned throughout the year.

the wider community who are committed to the future of our children.“ Jeff Hen-

“My prayer for all of us is that we’ll live out our destiny to build a community in which excellence will be celebrated and most importantly the love of Jesus will be exhibited in all we do.”

The Xavier High School ground breaking took place on June 22, 1997, at which Archbishop Jerome Hanus expressed his pride in the hard work and accomplishments that were making Xavier a reality. He stated, “This new Catholic high school is the result of the united effort of many in

dersen, Xavier‘s first principal and current Superintendent stated, “My prayer for all of

us is that we’ll live out our destiny to build a community in which excellence will be celebrated and most importantly the love of Jesus will be exhibited in all we do.” Xavier‘s first 15 years have yielded a long and impressive resume of accomplishments from students and faculty alike, including academic prowess, athletic success, fine arts excellence, continued physical and spiritual growth, and responsibility to our community. The driving force behind this success is faith in action. The teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are foremost in Xavier‘s mission of “Learning today. Leading tomorrow. Serving forever.“

The Principal‘s Corner

Contents

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year, Xavier’s fifteenth!

Business Office News

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Back to School Notices and Reminders

Teacher Feature

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Campus Ministry Update

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Mrs. Flores

Important dates for 2012-2013

Guidance News

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From the Nurse

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Special Feature

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ACT and ITED test dates Prescription Medications Mrs. Miltner participates in Rockwell Collins “Externship”

Organizations 9-11 XPX and Booster Club Silver Club Membership

Fifteen years ago, many who were passionate about Catholic education created a vision for taking the best of two outstanding Catholic secondary schools, LaSalle High School and Regis High School, and creating one new unified Catholic High School for the Cedar Rapids/Marion area – Xavier High School. Archbishop Daniel Kucera, Mr. Matt Brandes, Mrs. Mary Breitbach-Anton, Mr. Jim Brems, Fr. Don Bruggeman, Mrs. Anne Cunningham, Mr. Jeff Henderson, Mr. John Negro, Mr. Jim Novak, Mr. Gary Streit and Mr. Mike Tilson and our area pastors put their collective genius together to conceive, plan, and bring to fruition a school that would resonate with Catholic faith, would challenge students intellectually and physically and would support students and their families in their development as young men and women. These core eleven and so many others who answered the call as volunteers, campaign solicitors, donors, etc. took a corn field and turned it into a thriving Catholic education center. Without these visionaries, these find-a-way-to-get-it-done people, Xavier High School would not be here today. It was the vision, the faith and the incredible work of this amazing group that allows us to fulfill our mission to “educate the total person in a Catholic environment.” The very school we may take for granted, the school that gives us the opportunity to (continued on page 2)


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Back to School Night Back-to-School Night will be held on Monday, August 27 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Parents will follow their son or daughter’s schedule. Back-to-School Night is a perfect opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, learn of their classroom expectations, as well as, tour the school. The evening will last approximately two hours. Mark your calendars now to join us! Student directories will be available to pick up this evening.

Parent Meetings Freshman Parent Meeting Thursday, August 16

Junior/Senior Parent Meeting Monday, August 20

Sophomore Parent Meeting Tuesday, August 21 All meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Regis-LaSalle Theatre.

Picture Day Picture day will be held Thursday, August 16. All picture forms and money should must be turned in on that day. Picture make-up and re-take day will be held on Monday, September 17. Order forms can be picked up in the main office.

Classroom Safety In order to provide a safer and more secure environment, only backpacks that fit under a student desk are allowed at Xavier. Backpacks may be no bigger than 15” x 15” x 8” thick. Duffel type bags are not allowed. If you have any questions let us know. Please also note that cell phones, pagers, and laser pointers are prohibited at Xavier.

Correction In the June 2012 edition of the Navigator, Amanda Heeren was inadvertently left off of the 2011-2012 Second Semester Honor Roll listing. Our apologies for the oversight.

Matt Brandes at the Xavier High School ground breaking

Archbishop Hanus at the Xavier High School ground breaking

Anne Cunningham and Jeff Henderson at the Xavier dedication

Principal‘s Corner (continued from page 1) explore, deepen and share our faith, the school with the 100 percent graduation rate, the school with the 96 percent college-bound rate, the school whose students go on mission trips and serve their community, the school that brings home Division I fine arts ratings and grand championships, the school that has won 44 individual and team state championships in its first fifteen years, Xavier High School, would not have become a reality without the dedication, commitment, blood, sweat and tears of that faithfilled and faithful group. The teachers and staff who were part of the transition from LaSalle and Regis to Xavier High School made sure that the core focus remained the same at Xavier – a deep and unwavering commitment to the development of the faith of our young people. Mr. Ballinger, Marge Carson, Ms. Davis, Shea Francis, Mrs. Glass, Mr. Goldsmith, Mr. Hauschildt, Mrs. Hrncirik, Mr. Kadlec, Mrs. Kadlec, Mrs. Kemp, Mr. Kramer, Mr. Lilly, Mr. Schemmel, Mr. Schulte, Mrs. Slinger, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Winker, and Mrs. Winter have carried on the tradition of outstanding Catholic education in the Cedar Rapids area. They will tell you that it was no easy task. To combine the cultures of two school communities was indeed a challenge but one made easier by a central value – a belief in Jesus Christ. It is truly hard to believe that it has been fifteen years since the doors opened. In those fifteen years we’ve built an incredible identity and an incredible tradition. We’ve prayed together. We’ve celebrated together. We’ve grieved together. We’ve grown together. Xavier has become everything those visionaries hoped and prayed it would be – and more. Our commitment to our faith, to our learning, to our service and to each other has helped us become a phenomenal community. We are the Saints, the mighty, mighty Saints.

We will celebrate this anniversary in a variety of ways throughout the year. You will notice that a special Xavier logo has been created to reflect our 15th year. A big thank you to Connie Collins of cSquared Creative for her work in the design of that logo. The major focus of our celebration will be to get our students involved in two major service projects. The first will be a book drive, renovation of reading areas and building shelves for Four Oaks. Our students will help the Four Oaks students celebrate their new area and materials by reading with them this spring. The second project will involve our students with the Cedar Rapids chapter of Youth United (associated with Habitat for Humanity) to assist with many elements of one of their builds. Our students will be involved in the organization, promotion, family support services, raising funds and to some degree, the actual build. This is an exciting project because it will help a family in need and it will also connect our students to Regis High School alumnus Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation. We thank our Lord for the gift of Xavier High School and the blessings He has bestowed upon us. We are grateful for all of the wonderful people who helped make Xavier High School a reality. We honor the wonderful traditions of LaSalle and Regis High Schools upon whose shoulders we proudly stand. May we never take for granted what Xavier has become for all of us. May we continue to grow as a school that gives glory to God and a school that challenges students to become the kind of young men and women who will make the world a better place. Sincerely,

Tom Keating, Principal


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Business Office News Tuition Payment Reminder Please note: the first tuition payment for the 2012-2013 school year is due on Friday, August 10, 2012 for all payment plans. If you have questions, please contact Shea Francis at shea.francis@xaviersaints.org or (319) 294-6635 x 307.

Xavier Time Schedule Regular Schedule Monday-Friday Warning Bell

7:48

Start Bell/Prayer 7:50-7:53 Period 1

7:53-8:37

Period 2

8:42-9:26

Food Services Information

Announcements 9:31-9:34 Period 3

9:34-10:18

For online account payment visit http://www.xaviersaints.org/services/food-service/ and follow the prompts to set up an account using your students ID number. Contact Marge Carson at (319) 294-6635 x339 or marge.carson@xaviersaints.org with questions.

Period 4

10:23-11:07

Period 5A

11:12-11:33

Period 5B

11:33-11:56

Parent/Guardian Directories

Period 5C

11:56-12:19

Period 6

12:24-1:08

Directories will be published listing your student’s name, grade, parent/guardian name, address, and phone. Directories will be distributed at Back-to-School Night on August 27th. Please contact Melissa Slinger at (319) 294-6635 x 309 or melissa.slinger@xaviersaints.org by Wednesday, August 22 if you do not want your information published.

Period 7

1:13-1:56

Period 8

2:01-2:44

Prayer

2:44-2:45

Handbooks/Planners Distributed On registration day, every Xavier student received a copy of the Xavier Student/Parent Handbook and planners. The handbook is an important document that contains many important policies and procedures. If your son or daughter did not receive a handbook, please call the school to make arrangements to pick them up. Click here to view the handbook online.

Student Illness Reminder/Calling In Sick If students are ill and will not be attending school, parents must call the school at 294-6635 by 9:00 a.m. We have begun the process of reporting illnesses to the Linn County Public Health Department on a daily basis for better tracking of diseases in the area. We are asking that when you call your child in as absent due to illness that you report any symptoms or confirmed diagnoses at that time so we can be more accurate in our daily reports. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Kris Naeve, School Nurse at 294-6635 x318 or kris.naeve@xaviersaints.org. We thank you and appreciate your help!

Parking Permit Information Students who drive to school must register their vehicles in the main office and have a parking permit hangtag hung from their rearview mirror. A $40.00 parking fee per year will be assessed to each student who drives to school. The student parking lot is located on the east side and the south side of the school. The purpose of this fee is to provide 24-hour surveillance cameras to protect cars in the parking lot, as well as the school itself. Students who park improperly, do not register their vehicles, or fail to display their permits in the proper location will be fined $10.00 and/or have their cars towed at the owners expense. These fines must be paid via paper currency or check. Students who do not have a parking permit may park on the north side of 42nd Street only.

Student Work Permits If your student needs a work permit, please see Melissa Slinger in the business office. Please note that in order to start the process, your student will need to bring in a certified birth certificate.

Jostens Family Ring Night Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be able to purchase class rings at Jostens “Family Ring Night” session on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Commons. For those that can’t make it to Family Ring Night, ring packets will be available in the main office.

College Visits In order to assist students in making an appropriate college choice, Juniors are allowed one day of excused absence and seniors are allowed two days of excused absence for college visitation. Students must inform their teachers of their expected absence and turn in the College Visitation form (click here) to the Main Office three days prior to the visit. Missing assignments should be made up in advance.


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“Like Mary... We Say YES To the Impossible!“ Submitted By: Mrs. Michelle Flores, English Teacher Mary said, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word... ” Luke 1:38 The beginning of the school year presents many challenges for educators. One unique to Xavier is finding ways to integrate the school year theme into classroom daily. The 2012-2013 school year theme-- “Like Mary... we say YES to the impossible!”-- causes one to take pause. How can we as educators connect Mary’s willingness to accept God’s call to be Jesus’ mother to the lives of today’s teenagers? While it is certainly not on par with Mary’s situation, this can vex the greatest of professionals, but like Mary, we must, as educators called by God to work at Xavier, say yes to this blessing. So, how will I tackle the theme in my own classroom this year? Of course, I will give the theme a place of prominence in my classroom, placing it in a space where students can be reminded of Mary’s strength and faith. This is merely a cursory step; the true work of incorporating the theme will come in discussion with students. When Kairos sign-up is announced, I will look my juniors in the eye and tell them to act as Mary did by casting aside their trepidation about the retreat in favor of the great opportunity before them to change their lives and their relationship with God. When my AP English students fear the work associated with the class and doubt their own skills, I will remind them of Mary, asking them to exhibit her hope in saying yes to the rigors of the course. When a student comes to me, wondering about whether or not to take the next step in her faith journey, I will point to my board and encourage her to acknowledge the invitation laid out by God before her. As I walk side-by-side with my students in these calls to action and faith, I will remind them that their journeys, while not always easy, are ALWAYS worthwhile-- just like Mary’s own.

Second Robotics Season To Kick Off Soon! After a successful first season last year, Xavier’s robotics team, the Xpendables, is looking forward to this year’s First Tech Challenge. The season kicks off with the game reveal on September 8th at VintonShellsburg High School. Xavier is the recipient of a $275 grant from Rockwell Collins. The grant will cover the cost of registering the team for the 2012-2013 season. Rockwell Collins recognizes the value of forming positive relationships with students who will become the next generation of engineers and innovators. That is why they have teamed with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to dramatically increase FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams throughout Iowa and across the nation. More information can be found at http://www.rockwellcollins.com/Our_Company/Corporate_Responsibility/Community_Overview/FIRST.aspx and at http://drupal.engineering.uiowa.edu/first-tech-challenge/ Volunteers are welcome to join us as we design and build the robot and game arena. Fans should come and cheer us on at scrimmages and competition! Watch for the upcoming schedule. Better yet, anyone who is interested in what the robotics team is up to should follow on Twitter @ XpendablesFTC. Team members and anyone interested in joining the team should also watch for announcements at school. See Coach Miltner for more information or contact barb.miltner@xaviersaints.org.


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Feast of the Assumption August 15th Submitted by XPX Spiritual Committee What is the Feast of the Assumption? The

Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things.”

Why is this feast so important? The As-

with Mary in heaven.

sumption completes God’s work in Mary since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God Himself should ever undergo decay. The Assumption is God’s crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. This is the most important of Marian feasts: it is a holy day of obligation. On this day, we reflect upon our lives and our hope that we too will spend our eternity

There are many distractions in the world to divert our attention from this heavenly goal. Mark 8:36 reminds us “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Wealth and power will not gain you entrance into God’s kingdom. Saying “yes” to His will for your life, as Mary and Jesus lovingly did, are our examples of success. Saint Augustine shares this golden nugget of truth, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” If you want peace in this life, seek out God in prayer. He alone is the source of peace, both in this world and the next.

Campus Ministry Update The Campus Ministry Team is looking forward to the 2012-13 school year and the opportunity to work together with the Xavier faculty, students, and community in deepening our personal commitment to Christ and sharing our faith with others. We will be working on the following theme for the school year: “Like Mary...

we say YES to the impossible”

We have been chosen by Christ and given a clear goal. His goal for our lives is personal holiness, to strive to be the best person we can be or the best version of our self as Matthew Kelly teaches us. We will strive to accomplish this goal for sainthood this year in Campus Ministry by working with each student to be Christ-centered wherever they are and whatever they are doing. How a person acts when no one is watching is the true test of living a holy and saintly life.

Important Dates:

Xavier TEC – November 17-19 Class Retreats: Freshman Retreat – Friday, September 7 Sophomore Retreat – Friday, October 12 Junior Service Retreat – Friday, April 12 Senior Retreat – Friday, April 26 Kairos Weekends for Juniors K13 – October 25-28 K14 – January 17-20, 2013 K15 – April 18-21, 2013 Kairos applications will be available the first week of school and are recorded by time and date returned with deposit. Space is limited and waiting lists are formed. Please plan ahead so your student can attend this great retreat! Please call Jody Esker, Nick Satterlee or Fr. Vu in the Campus Ministry Office at 294-6635 Ext.350 or 384 if you have questions about any of the spiritual programs being offered this year.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration will be resuming on Fridays in the Xavier chapel beginning in late August. The schedule is being established presently. Adorers are needed for all hours, as two responsible individuals are to be present for every hour. Adoration begins following the 7:00 a.m. Mass and continues until 3:00 p.m., at which time the Divine Mercy Chaplet is publicly prayed (all are welcome to join in). Please consider committing to an hour of quiet, personal prayer on Fridays at Xavier. Contact Jeani Murtha for more information and to designate a particular time: jmurtha@ mchsi.com or 369-9833. This ministry can only be available with the committed and collaborated efforts of many individuals.

Is Christ the Center of Your Life? Save the date Saturday September 22nd for the Christ Our Life Conference. Don’t miss this fantastic day of inspiring speakers, awesome music and celebrating our Catholic faith! Join other Xavier families as we make a “Day trip to Des Moines” to attend the largest Catholic Conference in the United States! We’ll be carpooling from the Xavier parking lot at 6am and returning that evening after the Steve Angrisano concert. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults. For tickets and further information contact Kendall Krouse 373-7558 kendallkrouse@aol.com or ChristOurLifeIowa.com

Xavier Book Club Meet and greet on Tuesday August 21st 10:00am at the home of Kendall Krouse 7011 Kiowa Trace NE. This year we are reading “Living the Mass – How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life,” by Fr. Dominic Grassi and Joe Papcocki. Copies of the book will be available to purchase for $10 on this day. Xavier Book Club monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 10 -11:30 a.m. during the school year. All members of the Xavier community are welcome to join in this enriching time of discussion, faith sharing and fellowship. For more information contact Kendall Krouse 373-7558 kendallkrouse@aol. com


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Guidance Department News • PSAT/SAT Preparation Workshop Saturday, September 15,

9:00 am to 3 p.m.. This five-hour workshop enables students to prepare for the PSAT and/or SAT college admission test. Participants gain valuable insight through close examination of each type of question. The workshop teaches students strategies necessary for answering specific question types and general test taking tips. The PSAT score is used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Registration information will be mailed to all junior parents. Additional information will also be available in the guidance office.

• Eastern Iowa College Fair at Kirkwood Community College

– Wednesday, September 19 from 9-11 a.m.. The college fair is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to talk with, ask questions of, and receive information from an excellent representation of colleges and trade schools on exhibit.

Golden Circle College Fair – Sunday, September 30, 2012

12:30 -3 p.m.. Iowa Events Center-HyVee Hall, 730 Third Street, Des Moines. The annual Golden Circle College Fair is traditionally the largest college fair in Iowa. Last year, more than 150 institutions exhibited to more than 2,000 students and families. Click here to learn more.

Meet the Counselors Dave Schemmel

Joy St. Andrews

• 2012-2013 ACT Test Dates at Xavier Xavier will be hosting the ACT only twice during this school year, October 27, 2012 and April 13, 2013. Please encourage your student to register early if they are planning to test at Xavier. Students can register online at www.actstudent.org.

• ITED Tests On September 25, 26, 27, ITED tests will be given to

9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. We would ask that you try not to schedule any outside appointments during test dates. Seniors are to report to school at 9:50 a.m. on test days.

Guidance Counselor (319) 294-6635 x 311

Guidance Counselor (319) 294-6635 x 314

From the Trainer Avoiding Heat Related Illnesses Submitted by: Heather Boyer As fall sports season rapidly approaches, I just want to emphasize the importance of heat-related illnesses. Heat Cramps: painful spasms of the muscle caused by dehydration. Prevented by proper pre-hydration and relieved with gentle stretching, ice, and increased fluid consumption. Heat Exhaustion: the most common type of heat illness. It is caused by decreased blood volume due to dehydration. Characterized by dizziness, headache, nausea, profuse sweating, cool/ clammy skin, rapid/weak pulse, and body temperature elevated. To treat, remove from hot environment and cool as quickly as possible. Heat Stroke: the least common but most serious, even fatal. Caused by the body’s cooling system shutting down and blood volume being so low that the person stops sweating and goes into shock. It is characterized by disorientation, unconsciousness, no

sweating, hot/dry skin, increased body temperature, rapid/strong pulse. Treatment requires rapid cooling and immediate transportation to the hospital. To prevent any heat related illnesses from occurring drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise. Avoid caffeinated beverages and take several breaks when it is hot outside. Also, it is important to acclimate yourself to the heat gradually before beginning any kind of strenuous activity. This process usually takes at least a week, so plan ahead. Heather will be in the training room starting August 13 from 2:304:30pm everyday (or as noted on the training room door), so if you have questions or concerns feel free to stop by or give call her at Linn County Physical Therapy (319) 362-6994 during morning hours.


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Health Services News Prescription Medications Submitted by: Kris Naeve Students who need to take prescription or over the counter medications at school need to bring their medication (in the Kris Naeve original prescription or over the counter bottle labeled with directions and prescribing health care providers name) to the nurse’s office or the main office. Students should not carry ANY containers with prescription medications with them in the school. Students are allowed to carry their inhalers. Students who need to take medications at school must have a signed consent form on file in the nurse’s office for the staff to administer this medication. This form is available at the Xavier web page under Services, then Health, then Forms (or click here).

Here are some tips if your student needs to be on a prescription medication during the year: • Ask your health care provider for a medication that does not require a lunch time dose • Ask the pharmacy to prepare a “school bottle” that can be left at school For those students requiring emergency medications such as an Epi-Pen, Glucagon Kit, or Albuterol for nebulizer treatments, those would need to be provided by you to the school along with same consent form described above. I look forward to seeing returning students again this year and welcome new students. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 2946635 x318 or kris.naeve@xaviersaints.org if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s health.

Parents Are the Most Important Influence in a Child’s Life DRUGPRX (Drug-Parent Request Xavier) is an ongoing service for parents of Xavier students who question if their child is under the influence of drugs. This is a collaborative program with Mercy Medical Center and Sedlacek Treatment Center. There is no charge for the first two screenings. Results are solely for the purpose of parental concern and is not a legal collection. All results remain confidential between Mercy Medical Center, Sedlacek Treatment Center, and parent. Xavier will not be made aware of results unless a parent self reports. Instructions for having your child screened can be found on the Xavier High School Web Site under Services/Health. Click here for the consent form. Please print off the DrugPRX form and bring it with you to Mercy when you use this program. Any questions, please call Kris Naeve, 2946635 x318.

Skin Infection Prevention: Submitted by: Kris Naeve It’s that time of year again when students are back and participating in various activities. Here are a few reminders to help protect your children from the possibility of staph infection as they are in activities that they come into contact with each other. Staphylococcus aureas (known as “staph”) is a common bacterium that is carried on the skin of even healthy people. Around 30% of people carry the staph bacteria and never develop any symptoms. When an infection does occur, it is usually mild. However, there is a chance that the infection could become invasive and that is when we have a more serious threat to their health. Because of the chance of a more serious infection, we want to pass along a few helpful reminders. 1. Students should not share personal items such as towels, bar soap, razors, etc. 2. Students should shower after every athletic activity using soap and clean towels 3. Students should take equipment home daily to disinfect (i.e. protective pads, helmets, etc with disinfecting wipes or spray) 4. Students should wash hands regularly with warm soapy water for 20 seconds frequently 5. Skin cuts or breaks should be kept clean and dry to minimize the chance of developing staph 6. All wounds must be covered Xavier follows protocols to keep locker rooms, weight room, and the building clean, as they always have. Coaches and Moderators will stress the above recommendations to their students as well. However, if your student has any suspicious sores or rashes, we recommend immediate follow up with a physician to determine if it is staph infection and getting appropriate treatment. The following link is for the Iowa Department of Public Health and may help to answer any other questions, but as always, feel free to call or e-mail me with questions or concerns at 294-6635 x318 or kris.naeve@xaviersaints.org. http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/common/ pdf/abx/mrsa_faq.pdf.


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Special Feature Xavier Teacher Uses Rockwell Collins Experience to Enhance Lessons Iowa school teachers Ben Kulbartz and Barb Miltner plan to emphasize problem-solving and teamwork in their classrooms as a result of their experiences in the Rockwell Collins summer externship program. A seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at Benton Community Middle School in Van Horne, Kulbartz worked on the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) department’s laser safety program. Miltner, a math teacher at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, also worked in the ES&H department, where she performed statistical analysis to model energy consumption. “I plan on stressing to my students that education isn’t just about gaining knowledge, but gaining skills,” said Kulbartz. “Success in a science or technology career requires not only knowledge of principles, but skills in problem-solving and collaboration.” According to Jenny Becker, manager of Community Relations for Rockwell Collins, the company for a fourth year partnered with the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) to provide “real world externships” to Iowa teachers. This is part of the company’s commitment to

“I want students to approach problem solving authentically, discovering approaches on their own, rather than following a prescribed method. This leaves more room for innovation.”

science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through our Engineering Experiences program. “These externships are designed to give teachers the opportunity to work side by side with employees who apply STEM disciplines on a daily basis,” said Becker. “The teachers then use those experiences to enhance their teaching methods.” For Miltner, the integration of “soft skills” – communication and teamwork – into her lesson plans, and the importance of self-initiated approaches to problem-solving, are examples she plans to share with her high school students. “Students are given a textbook that tells them how to solve a problem step by step. That’s not real life, and not what I experienced at Rockwell Collins,” said Miltner, a former mechanical engineer who later obtained a teaching degree. “I want students to approach problem solving authentically, discovering approaches on their own, rather than following a prescribed method. This leaves more room for innovation.” For more information about this and other Engineering Experiences program opportunities at Rockwell Collins, contact Jenny Becker at jlbecker@ rockwellcollins.com. Watch this video to hear what Kulbartz and Miltner say about their favorite part of the externship and what they will take back to their classrooms. This article was reprinted with permission from Rockwell Collins.


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Booster Club News Booster Club Barbecue Bash: The Fifth Annual Booster Club Barbecue Bash will take place on August 9th. Kick off the new school year in style and join us at 6:00 pm at the Saints Field. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE, ADULT ONLY event. Food, beverages and live entertainment will be provided! See you there!

Booster Club Membership: We hope everyone has had a great summer and an-

ticipating another great year at Xavier! Don‘t forget to turn in your 2012-2013 Xavier Booster Club Membership Form included in the school registration information found online this year. We encourage every Xavier family to join the Xavier Booster Club. The annual membership cost is $50.00. The Xavier Booster Club is a volunteer organization of parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff. We encourage interest in and provide support for ALL school related activities, with emphasis on athletics and fine arts. For 20122013, the Xavier Booster Club has allocated more than $63,000 to help fund activities and make improvements in all of these areas, and we cannot do this without the support of each family at Xavier. Our total membership to date is 154.

Golf Outing: Many thanks to the many golfers that participated in the 2012 Booster Club Golf Classic at Elmcrest Country Club. Our thanks also go out to the many volunteers, generous hole sponsors and prize donors who helped make this event a success once again. Again this year, thank you to Mike Young of Panera Bread for donating a wonderful lunch for all of our golfers and volunteers!

Next Booster Club Meeting: The next Booster Club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons.

Play the X Game: Play Xavier Booster Club‘s X Game raffle and help raise funds to

purchase new uniforms, choir robes, fine arts equipment and support other various team and activity requests at Xavier High School! Tickets are on sale now for the Xavier Booster Club X Game raffle. With every $25 ticket purchase you have a chance to win $500 each week during the upcoming National Football League (NFL) season. All tickets include three randomly selected NFL teams for each week of the football season. If your three teams score the most points in a given week, you win $500! You also have a chance to win multiple $500 prizes with just one ticket over the course of the season. More than $10,000 in cash prizes will be given away to lucky X Game ticket holders throughout the entire football season. Buy as many tickets as you like to increase your chances of winning. Tickets can be picked up in the XHS Activities Office. Thank you for your support with this fund raiser! Please email xavierboosters@yahoo.com or LaurenHammerberg@gmail.com with questions.

Xavier High School Saints Shop 2012-2013 Saint Shop regular hours will be on Thursday‘s 11-1 starting August 23rd. Be sure to stop by the Saint Shop in the Commons during all Home Xavier Football Games. All new Nike apparel for 2012/13 will be in at the first game and much more!

XPX Welcomes You Xavier Parents for Xcellence (XPX) is a parent volunteer organization supporting Xavier High School’s mission to “educate the total person in a Catholic environment” by serving faculty and staff, students, parents and the greater Xavier community. Our activities include: • Providing hospitality for teachers and staff such as the first day of school breakfast, snacks and meals at parent-teacher conferences and the Christmas luncheon • Serving hot chocolate and treats at the Homecoming bonfire and Discover Xavier night • Coordinating spirituality activities such as the “Why am I Catholic” parent seminar, the pilgrimage to Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in LaCrosse Wisconsin, and volunteers for Adoration • Providing volunteers for events such as Grandparent’s Day • Sponsoring the Xcellence in Teaching Award (XITA) • Operation of the Saints Shop, will all proceeds going to fund XPX activities The XPX board members for the 20112012 school year are: President - Karen Thinnes, Treasurer - Michelle Pitz, Secretary - Anne Pape, Hospitality Dianna Richardson, Spirituality - Kendall Krouse, XITA – Beth Otting, Saints Shop - Kelly Hiserote, Stephanie Hoxie, Kelly Nachman, and Lynn Benkusky Karpick. XPX is open to all parents and legal guardians of Xavier High School students and we welcome all volunteers. If you haven’t already “checked the box” at registration, you can e-mail XPX at xpx. board@gmail.com or contact any XPX board member, and we will add you to the volunteer list. Welcome back to school....it’s going to be a great year!


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6300 42nd Street NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52411 (319) 294-6635 www.xaviersaints.org

John Richardson

Mrs. Hoffman

“For his work with Youth United (Habitat for Humanity), his participation in Xavier’s Catholic Art committee, his participation in this summer’s leadership seminar, and his work in writing a grant to provide swim lessons for children at the Boys and Girls club of Cedar Rapids.”

“For chaperoning the summer service trip to Guatemala and for her work with elementary students during this summer’s Xavier Academy.”

Peyton Rosencrants

Mr. Kadlec

“For her work this summer in organizing Student Senate projects for the upcoming year, creating videos for freshmen orientation and participation in this summer’s leadership seminar.”

“For mowing the Xavier grounds and fields in the sweltering heat all summer and for helping Mrs. Kadlec with the summer Fitness/Wellness classes.”

Office Staff Pam Barta Activities Secretary pam.barta@xaviersaints.org 302 Jacquie Buschette Assistant Controller jacquie.buschette@xaviersaints.org 308 Shea Francis Controller shea.francis@xaviersaints.org 307 Peggy Hrncirik Attendance/Assoc. Principal Secretary peggy.hrncirik@xaviersaints.org 301 Barbara Kemp Guidance Secretary barbara.kemp@xaviersaints.org 312 Janet Lukan Admissions Coordinator janet.lukan@xaviersaints.org 390 Kristine Naeve School Nurse kris.naeve@xaviersaints.org 318 Melissa Slinger Administrative Assist. to the Principal melissa.slinger@xaviersaints.org 309 Anne Wallraff Media Center Assistant anne.wallraff@xaviersaints.org 382

General Numbers Xavier Main Xavier Fax Activities Line Foundation

319-294-6635 319-294-6712 319-378-4266 319-378-4571

www.xaviersaints.org

Navigator, August 2012  

Xavier High School Navigator, August 2012

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