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January 2012 • Volume 13 • Number 6

Catholic Schools Week The week of January 30, 2012 has been set aside as Catholic Schools Week. This is a national celebration of Catholic Schools and their importance as a part of the mission of the Church. There will be special opportunities throughout the week to share in this celebration at all of the Catholic Schools in the Cedar Rapids / Marion area.

The 2012 Catholic Schools Week theme focuses on three priorities that Catholic schools establish that make them stand out from other educational institutions. Children are taught faith – not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God. Academics, which in Catholic schools are held to very high standards, help each child reach his or her potential. Service, the giving of one’s

time and effort to help others, is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship. The highlight of the week for Xavier High School will be the Mass with grades 6-12 in the Ron Thillen Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 31. The Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Students from St. Joseph, LaSalle, and Regis Middle Schools will join with the high school in what promises to be a special moment. Parents are encouraged to join in this opportunity to give thanks to God for Catholic Schools!


The Principal‘s Corner

Business Office News


Guidance News


“We all have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a manner that is consistent with our values – commitment to faith and family, respect for all, and a striving to be exceptional.“

Tuition Assistance & XHS Social Media ACT Prep Seminars & Scholarships

Xavier Features

Student Reflection, Jack Daubitz Teacher Reflection, Mrs. Marshall Robotics Team Know Your Constitution Finalists


“You are the face and voice of Xavier High School.” That is what we share with our freshmen every year at orientation and it is what we remind our students, faculty and staff throughout the year. We stress that the behavior of each and every one of us reflects on our school and our Xavier community. Consequently, we all

Campus Ministry Update


have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a manner that is consistent with our values

Xavier Updates


easy to see that this responsibility belongs to those who walk our halls each day. What’s


Our students are viewed publicly as representatives of Xavier in a variety of roles – as

Lent 2012, Kairos, & St. Blaise

Grandparents Day & Notes from the Nurse

Activities Update

“Cinderella” and Xtravaganza Booster Club and XPX notices

– commitment to faith and family, respect for all, and a striving to be exceptional. It’s not so easy to grasp is that parents also bear some of that same responsibility.

athletes, fine arts performers, parish members and even as “regular” young people (especially when wearing their Xavier sweatshirts, jackets, t-shirts, etc.). Our school then is (continued on page 2)

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Tuition Assistance Reminder If you would like to apply for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 year, Student Aid Forms will be available in the Main Office beginning January 16, 2012. Completed Student Aid Forms must be mailed directly to Private School Aid Service on or before March 23, 2012. A copy of your tax return is mandatory; therefore, it is critical that you have your 2010 return prepared promptly. For more information or to request to have a Student Aid Form mailed to you, please contact Shea Francis at 294-6635 x 307.

Xavier and Social Media

Principal‘s Corner (continued from page 1) evaluated by those outside Xavier based on how our students conduct themselves in each of those roles. Xavier parents are most likely to be seen as “ambassadors” of Xavier at public events, including athletic contests. Just as we are evaluated on our students’ public behavior, we are also evaluated by the behavior of our parents (and other supporters). This is also true of those in our “youth” programs. While it easy to lose sight of that during the “heat of competition,” the responsibility remains nonetheless. In my time as principal here (can this really be the eighth year?), I have been very impressed with the overall level of sportsmanship of our parents and our students. I also believe that occasional reminders regarding the need for positive displays of sportsmanship are important. This is one of those reminders.

Social networking isn’t just for trendy techies anymore. In the last few years increasing numbers of parents and grandparents have climbed aboard as national and local news outlets, world leaders (even the Pope is on Facebook and Twitter!), celebrities and scores of businesses and organizations have begun to deliver their messages via Facebook and Twitter. And Xavier High School is no exception!

As a principal and as a former activities director, I’ve always seen sportsmanship as a simple concept. It’s about respect and self-control. It’s about respect for ourselves and respect for others. That includes the coaches, the players, fans of the other school and the officials. Our prayer before every contest includes, “Help all of us to display positive sportsmanship.” If we truly believe that we are a faithful and prayerful people, it would seem that we should not only pray about sportsmanship but we should demonstrate it at all times. Sportsmanship is also about self-control. We may not agree with every-

The following are three verified Xavier High School Twitter accounts you may want to consider following (these are the only established XHS Twitter feeds any other variations are not Xavier High School sanctioned):

thing going on during an event but we are also capable of keeping that a thought. The

1. @XavierSaints 2. @XavierSaintAlum 3. @XHSFoundation 4. Xavier High School (Facebook page) 5. Xavier High School Foundation: (Facebook page)

different? I don’t know of a coach in this world who listens to fans for suggestions. Get-

Not ready to “tweet” or “post?” No problem. Facebook and Twitter feeds won’t replace traditional forms of communication; rather, they have been implemented to provide another way to reach out to parents, our community, alumni and the students themselves. Ideally, updates via Facebook and Twitter will provide a more casual platform for the Xavier community to see announcements and interact with one another in addition to providing a way for the high school to get instant feedback on news alerts and articles.

in the stands.

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question when we yell at coaches, players, and/or officials is “What are we trying to accomplish?” Changing a call? If that works, gyms would be full of non-stop yelling fans and officials would spend all their time changing calls. Getting a coach to try something ting players to play better? As a coach I can tell you I trained players to “tune out” fans and concentrate on their responsibilities. So what’s left? Perhaps we just feel the need to let everyone else know how dissatisfied we are. And that demonstrates selfishness and a lack of self-control. I speak from experience, because I too have been that parent

It may not seem fair but all that is good about Xavier gets ignored when people can look at us in the stands and point to disrespectful behavior. I care deeply for the reputation of Xavier and for the reputation of Catholic schools. I believe that all in the Xavier community share that same feeling. And because of that I believe I can count on all of us to represent our school in a positive way!

Tom Keating, Principal

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Guidance Department News ACT Special Testing

Scholarships Scholarships take time to locate and to prepare: completing applications, gathering recommendations and evaluations, writing essays, etc. You have to be prepared to work hard to earn a scholarship. Students are encouraged to check the scholarship folders and college catalogs and folders in the guidance office or specific college websites to locate scholarship opportunities. Consider family employers or organizations of which you are a member as resources for scholarships. Check the public library, too. Be willing to take the time to ask questions of the financial aid officers of colleges in which you are interested.

Any student with a current, documented disability, who has been professionally diagnosed as physically, psychologically or learning disabled, may request special ACT testing by completing a Request for Special Testing form. To be current, the diagnosis must have been

Applying for Financial Aid

made in the last three years. For further

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web Worksheet is available in the Guidance Office. Most colleges recommend that this form be completed by the end of February--the sooner, the better. The application can also be filed over the internet at


information, contact one of the counsel-

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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services This agency serves students with varying levels of limitations with a variety of disabilities and can assist students with career goals, possible financial assistance with college, and vocational and career assessments. IVRS can help with college by helping to determine what program is right for your student and what assistance they may need to be successful. Your student’s IVRS counselor provides guidance throughout college and assists with finding a job once he or she is finished with college. The ultimate goal of IVRS is to help your student find a job. Whether your son or daughter will pursue employment right after high school or after two, four or more years of college, they want to help along the way. If you have a junior or senior who may benefit from these services please contact one of the counselors in the Guidance Office.

Dave Schemmel

Joy St. Andrews

ACT Prep Seminars EduCare Learning Centers will hold ACT prep seminars beginning Sunday, February 26 in preparation for the April ACT. The EduCare program features five Sunday class meetings scheduled from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at EduCare. Parents may register online at or call EduCare at 832-1965 for more information. Students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment is limited.

Zaps Learning Co. ACT Preparation Workshop Zaps Learning Co. ACT Preparation Workshop will be held at Xavier High School on Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration information will be mailed to all juniors. To take advantage of this opportunity you may

Guidance Counselor (319) 294-6635 x 311

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Guidance Counselor (319) 294-6635 x 314

enroll and/or pay on-line at www.zaps. com or call toll-free 1-877-927-8378.

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12 Years of Catholic Schools: A Reflection Submitted By: Jack Daubitz (X12) “...the most important factor of my education has been the aspect of faith. My faith life has been the one area of my total experience that will be with me long after I graduate.” As the winter months arrive, I relish the fact that with these months also comes my twelfth and final Catholic Schools Week. As I reflect on my twelve years of Catholic schools, I will always see Xavier as the culmination of three areas in my life: academics, service, and most importantly, faith. In my four years at Xavier, I can say without a doubt that my academic proficiency is far superior than students elsewhere may receive. This is attributed to the teachers and their constant dedication. This learning transcends the classroom, with many teachers offering unique opportunities. These have ranged from after school one-on-one teaching to insure the information is retained, to an opportunity that I received this year, to shadow a teacher for a day at a conference to receive special insight to a possible career. I can say with absolute certainty that my academic history at Xavier will insure my future success. Service is also a very big part of the Xavier community. Every year, we have school-wide Community Service Day to help those in our community most in need. As a school, we also offer multiple service trips, including trips to Guatemala and areas in need around our country. However, the most important factor of my education has been the aspect of faith. My faith life has been the one area of my total experience that will be with me long after I graduate. Through teachers who live their faith every single day, to the retreats offered, Xavier supplies the most in depth stimulation of faith that I have ever witnessed. The most powerful of these experiences was the Kairos retreat my junior year. Through this retreat and many others, Xavier has shown me something that most books cannot, faith. When I look back on my years at Xavier, I know that this was the best possible total education I could have received, and I know that during this Catholic Schools Week, I will truly be grateful for the building that is more than a school, but a home.

@MrsMarshall223: Using Twitter in the Classroom Submitted By: Mrs. Tracie Marshall, English Teacher I teach sophomores and seniors, and in an effort to reach more students on a regular basis, I have started a school Twitter account for my classes. Even though cell phone usage is not allowed in class, I know Facebook and Twitter are social media tools my students use on a daily basis. I use Twitter in the classroom for many purposes. First, it lets me send quick reminders of homework and tests. Secondly, I am able to embed education links to sites that are helpful. For example, my students had to study for a vocabulary quiz and I noticed some students had left their vocabulary books in my room. I wondered how they were going to study when their best resource was at Xavier. I immediately tweeted a link where students could find all of their vocabulary words online. Lastly, it’s one more way to stay connected with my students. School doesn’t end at 2:45- learning happens all the time. I have developed a few guidelines for my school Twitter account including: anyone can follow me on Twitter, but I do not follow my students. I do not make my students follow my account or even sign up for Twitter. It is completely optional. All students are able to see all homework, test, and handout information on my classroom website. Twitter has helped me connect with students on a different level. For example, I have seen tweets from students to me that rarely speak in class. If I tell students their classroom examples will be tweeted, most are excited and check in with me to see if I have mentioned their name or class period. So far, I am very impressed with my students and how well they can handle this social media site. Students who are absent for various reasons know all homework and assignments are posted on my classroom website, and if they choose, on Twitter. Using the technology available to me, I‘ve made sure that there’s no excuse for a student and/or parent to not know what happens in my classroom!

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Robotics Team Prepares for Competition The Xavier Robotics team, “The Xpendables,“ comprised of nine students and two coaches, just completed a successful first year. It is one of more than 50 teams in Iowa competing in the First Tech Challenge (FTC), part of the world-wide FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program. After receiving grant funding from Rockwell Collins, the official FTC program sponsor, Xavier‘s first Robotics Team, “The Xpendables,“ was created. The team, who receives support and mentoring from volunteers from the University of Iowa‘s College of Engineering, (affiliate partner for FTC in Iowa) spent first semester preparing to compete in this a widely-accessible high-school robotics program that promotes project-based learning. More than 21,000 high-school-aged students world-wide are expected to participate in this year’s competition, in which the object of the game is to design and build robots robust enough to push a bowling ball uphill, yet sophisticated enough to pick up racquetballs and place them into crates, and then stack the crates to score points. Matches last two minutes, and begin with a 30-second autonomous period (when the robot is run by a program the students have created on the computer) followed by a two-minute driver-controlled period. Xavier‘s team, including students Claire Felser, Noah Hagan, David Kirpes, Brett Liss, John Peloquin, Steven Swiderski, Alex Tietz, Matt Wardlaw, and Chris Williams and coaches Mrs. Jennifer Dircks (Physics) and Mrs. Barb Miltner (Mathematics), participated in their first official competition at Linn Mar in December. The team most recently competed on January 7, 2012 at Cedar Rapids Prairie Point Middle School, where they nearly qualified for the state championship, to be held in February at the University of Iowa. Teams who win state go on to compete in the World Championship held in St. Louis in April. “I really like being involved in this program, because it promotes an awareness of how math and science can be applied with engineering and technology. It gives students a glimpse into a real-life design-build scenario that requires teamwork, cooperation and professionalism,“ states Coach Miltner. All interested students are welcome to join the team next year.

XHS “Know Your Constitution” State Finalists! Congratulations to the state finalists in the Know Your Constitution Contest, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa Bar Association! Students completed a multiple-choice test and wrote an essay involving knowledge of the United States Constitution. 100 state finalists were selected and Xavier qualified 9: Amber Burns, Sarah Chicchelly, Elizabeth Gust, Noah Hagen, James Krouse, Allysia Oberfoell, Joe Pape, Daniel Pape, Carolina VonKampen. The students and their teacher, Mrs. Donna Winter, will be honored at a luncheon in Des Moines, where five names will be drawn to determine the winners of the weeklong study tour of Washington, D.C.

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XHS Updates Post Prom

Planning for Post Prom 2012 is underway. Turn-out at the initial planning meetings was wonderful; however there is still a lot of help needed! If you are interested in helping, please contact Dawn Sweeney at stevendawns@ or Kara Callanan at karac@

Get Your 2011-2012 Yearbook!

Xavier 2011-2012 Yearbooks can still be ordered. Visit www.jostensyearbooks. com to place and pay for your order. The cost of a yearbook is $70.00.

Saints Shop Debuts Website

The Saints Shop is online! Visit to browse merchandise. This site is for viewing only. Online purchases not accepted at this time.

Sixth Annual Band Garage Sale If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to simplify your life and clear the clutter, please consider setting aside items for donation to the Xavier Band’s Sixth Annual Garage/Bake Sale Fundraiser! Donating is much easier than having your own garage sale! No need to mark prices, haul stuff out to the garage, worry about the weather or dispose of what doesn’t sell. The sale will take place at Xavier High School on Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Commons. Donations can only consist of clothing for infants, children, and adults. We also accept toys, games, household items, small appliances, and hand-held electronics. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept large furniture items. All donations can be dropped off at the school on Friday, April 20th between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A tax receipt will be available for those who offer donations. Proceeds from this sale will assist the band in purchasing new equipment. For further information contact Carol Vester at 378-8326 or cavester@mchsi. com.

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Campus Ministry Update March for Life: Thirteen students and three adults from the Xavier community will be attending the March for Life in Washington D.C. January 22-26. This pro-life pilgrimage includes Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Rally and March up Constitution Avenue to the steps of the Supreme Court. The March for Life is held on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion in the United States. Those who attend send a powerful message to our legislators, Supreme Court Justices, and our President about overturning the decision to legalize abortion. This also is a powerful witness to other students about the importance of standing up for life. Tune to EWTN to see live coverage of the March. Kairos #11 will be held for Xavier juniors on January 26-29 at the American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls. Please pray for the thirty-five juniors making the Kairos retreat as well as the seven seniors and seven Xavier faculty members leading the retreat. Fr. David O’Connor will serve as the spiritual director for the retreat.

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated January 29- February 5. Activities for the Week include: January 31 – Metro-Catholic Liturgy 10:00 a.m. Students from LaSalle, St. Joseph, Regis and Xavier High School will gather at Xavier to celebrate the Catholic Schools Week liturgy.

forward as young adults. Dates for upcoming TEC retreats can be found at www.Arch. Registration forms are available in the Campus Ministry office at Xavier, on-line and at all the local parishes.

This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools. Faith. Academics. Service. Further activities are being planned. Watch the Xavier web site for updates. The community is welcome to join us at all events of the week. Lent 2012: Ash Wednesday Liturgy: February 22, 2012 at 9:50 a.m. Lenten Reconciliation: March 15 and 16 from 12:25-2:45 p.m. Senior parents: Please encourage your student to attend one of the TEC (Teens Encounter Christ Weekends) held throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This three day retreat centers on the Paschal Mystery. TEC is a great opportunity for seniors to reflect on their relationship with Christ as they complete their high school career and move

St. Blaise: Patron of Those Suffering from Ailments of the Throat Submitted By: XPX Spiritual Committee

St. Blaise was tortured and beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith and love of God. As a physician, bishop and martyr, the courageous life of Saint Blaise inspires us in our mission of “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow and Serving Forever.” Have you ever received the special blessing of the throat on the feast day of Saint Blaise? The priest uses two consecrated candles tied with ribbon in the shape of an X. He positions these candles next to the person’s throat and gives this blessing “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from the ailments of the throat and from every other illness. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” Born of noble parents, Blaise had been a physician before he was ordained a priest. He was later named bishop of Sebastea, which is now central Turkey. Blaise lived during a time of intense persecution of the Catholic Church. He received a divine message to go into the hills to escape. His captors found him in a cave healing sick wild animals. On the way to imprisonment, he rescued a poor woman’s pig from the jaws of a wolf. While in prison, a mother brought her son to Blaise because he was choking on a fish bone and was close to death. Blaise prayed over the child and he was healed. This led to the blessing of throats on Blaise’s feast day. Many miracles have been attributed to the intercession of this blessed saint. St. Blaise, pray for us!

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Fourth Annual LaSalle, Regis, Xavier Alumni Basketball Tournament

Note from the Nurse‘s Office

Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Xavier High School The Fourth Annual LaSalle Regis Xavier Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in the Ron Thillen gymnasium at Xavier. The tournament, sponsored by the LaSalle – Regis – Xavier Alumni Board will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Teams will be organized by decade of graduation. (Team 60s and 70s, Team 80s, Team 90s, Team 2000s, and Team 2010.) The consolation game will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the championship game. This fun and family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The concession stand and Saints Shop will be open. For more information about the tournament contact the Xavier Foundation at (319) 378-4571 or visit

Third Annual XHS Grandparents Day Mass Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Xavier High School The Xavier Foundation will host the third annual Grandparents Day Mass on April 11, 2012. If you would like your Xavier student‘s grandparents to be invited, please send their name and address to the Xavier Foundation by February 6, 2012 at or 319-378-4571.

Parents Are the Most Important Influence in a Child’s Life DRUGPRX (Drug-Parent Request Xavier) If you suspect or know that your child has been drinking or using drugs, take action to stop it as soon as you can. Research shows that parents are central to preventing teen drug use. In fact, kids themselves say that losing their parents’ trust and respect are the most important reasons not to use drugs. As a parent, your actions matter. When you suspect, or know, that your child has been drinking or using drugs, take action to stop it as soon as you can. It may be the most important step you ever take. 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. Instructions for having your child screened can be found on the Xavier High School Web Site under Services/Health. Please print off the DrugPRX form and bring it with you to Mercy when you use this program. Any questions, please call Kris Naeve at 319-294-6635 x 318.

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Important Reminders For Cold and Flu Season! Influenza can spread easily from person to person. We continue to take precautions at Xavier to reduce the spread of influenza and other viruses among our students and staff. Here are a few things you can do at home to help us reduce the spread of influenza and other viruses: • Remind your children to wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer • Remind your children to not share items such as drinks, cell phones, and food • Teach your children cough etiquette— cough into tissue or elbow • Recognize signs and symptoms of the flu. Typically, fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, and fatigue. Seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY with any breathing concerns. • Keep sick kids home until fever free without medications for 24 hours • Encourage your kids to take care of themselves by getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious meals, and staying physically active to keep their immune system strong. • Remember the 3 C’s: Cover your cough, Clean your hands, Contain germs For more information about the flu visit or Reminder: Xavier reports absences daily to Linn County Public Health. We appreciate your diligence in calling in specific symptoms when you report your child sick to help better track illnesses in our community.

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8 X Game Winners Week 1 1st place: Mary Chizek 2nd place: Mary Ryan 3rd place: Duane Jasper Last place: Jim Sigmon Week 2 1st place: Tammy Wawro 2nd place: Deb Axline and Deb Berns 3rd place: Theresa Daubitz Last place: Nick Barp Week 3 1st place: Abby Yates and David Bemus 2nd place: Diane Dalton 3rd place: Jackie Harris Last place: Teri Donnelly Week 4 1st place: Tom Hazelton, Tim DeWit, David Perry and Dan & Carol Vorhies 2nd place: Lori Jantzen 3rd place: Tom Henneberry Last place: Laura Burke Week 5 1st place: Peter & Molly Iversen 2nd place: Bob Davis 3rd place: Lisa Breitbach Last place: Gail & Paul Williams Week 6 1st place: Jeff Frazier 2nd place: Steve Dickes 3rd place: Lisa Breitbach, Michele Busse, Ann Robinson, and John Breitbach Last place: Comfort Care, Inc. Week 7 1st place: Gorden Kaltenback and Tom Burd 2nd place: Steve Boyer 3rd place: Abbey Yates Last place: Michele Busse Week 8 1st place: Katie Giorgio 2nd place: Carrie Demsey 3rd place: Michelle Frisch Last place: Duane Jasper Week 9 1st place: Nicole Heinricy Schmitz 2nd place: Mark Daubitz 3rd place: Lucille Harris, Gwen Herder and Carol & Michael Schueller Last place: Ed George

Week 10 1st place: Tom Rowan and Terri Donnelly 2nd place: Doug Chalupa 3rd place: Chad Fisher and Elaine & Rick Samek Last place: Ann Kortemeyer Week 11 1st place: Luke Decker 2nd place: Dawn O‘Connell and Kelly Haag 3rd place: Jeanne Wampler Last place: Jacquie Buschette Week 12 1st place: John Hasley 2nd place: Kris Wright and Tim DeWees 3rd place: Janet Van Hoeck Last place: Kari Winders Week 13 1st place: Jill McDermott, Aaron Schulze and Roger Lowe 2nd place: Chris Laceyand Carol Diegnan 3rd place: Teri Donnelly Last place: Ron Shipley Week 14 1st place: Tammy Lux 2nd place: Al Keller 3rd place: Sandra Frasher and Anne Thing Last place: Judy McLain Week 15 1st place: Brian Morrow 2nd place: Dan Kellen and Bill Lehner 3rd place: Kylee Estenson and, Benard Drahozal Last place: Kathleen Reinhart and Steve Oldridge Week 16 1st place: John Breitbach 2nd place: Christine Rokos and Matt Chute 3rd place: Linda SojkaParman Last place: Tom Trcka Week 17 1st place: Daniel Fabiano and Michael Stadmueller 2nd place: Mark Trcka 3rd place: Karen Vondracek Last place:Joe Bedell

The complete list of X Game winners available at

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Food collected at Christmas With Xavier

Christmas With Xavier

Gifts collected for XHS Angel Tree

Booster Club News Thanks!

The Booster Club would like to thank all our winter concessions volunteers. Your support is greatly appreciated! Thanks also goes out to all who purchased tickets and congratulations to our many X-Game winners. The proceeds have helped the many Xavier student activities supported by the Booster Club. A complete list of X-Game winners can be found on the Xavier High School website at under “Booster Club“

Next Meeting

The next Booster Club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st, at 6:30 p.m.

Xavier’s Children’s Theatre Presents Beloved Classic Fairytale: “Cinderella” February 16-18, 2012 in the Regis-LaSalle Theatre at Xavier High School. The Xavier High School Drama Department will be presenting the classic children’s story “Cinderella” for its Children’s Theatre production February 16-18 in the Regis-LaSalle Theatre at Xavier High School. Come join us for this beloved story of Cinderella and Prince Charming; see how Cinderella’s animal friends and her Fairy Godmother help get Cinderella to the Prince’s ball. Laugh at Cinderella’s silly step-sisters and cheer on the Prince as he searches for Cinderella with the Glass Slipper. Sure to be fun for the whole family! The cost is only $2.00 per person and everyone gets a free Cinderella coloring page. Show times: February 16: 4:30 p.m. - February 17: 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. - February 18: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

YES, I would like to be a Xavier‘s Children‘s Theatre patron! Contributions help meet the high costs of a production. If you are interested in helping us, please fill out the form below and send it along with your check payable to Xavier High School. Contributions should be addressed to the Business Office and must be turned in by Monday, February 13 so that we can give our patrons recognition in our program. Thank you for your generous support of the Xavier Players! __ Honor Patron $30 and up __ Star Patron $20 and up

__ Saint Patron $25 and up __ Patron $15 and up

Name to appear in the program: ____________________________________ Phone: _________________ E-mail: _________________________________ Patron Donation: $____________

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From the Trainer: Prevent Colds! 1. Get a good night’s sleep of 7 to 8 hours.

XPX News

2. Have a positive attitude and decrease stress.


A Christmas luncheon for Xavier faculty and staff was held on Thursday, December 22nd in the Xavier Commons. The luncheon, sponsored by XPX, was attended by over 80 faculty and staff members. XPX Hospitality chairman Denise Bandel and Dianna Richardson organized the event, with catering by Dostal’s. Thank you to senior members of the Xavier Ambassadors for providing setup, serving and cleanup labor.

3. Eat healthy - Avoid sugar (60% of

The luncheon was paid for with proceeds from the Saints Shop. Thank you to those that shop in the Saints Shop; your patronage allows XPX to host hospitality events for the Xavier faculty and staff such as the Christmas luncheon. We encourage all Booster Club members to attend and get involved in 2012!

5. Increase your body’s natural virus-

SAVE THE DATE: Xtravaganza Middle School Show Choir Competition on March 3, 2012! Mark your calendars for March 3rd, when Xavier High School hosts Xtravaganza, our annual middle school show choir competition, featuring top show choirs from the metro area and beyond, along with showcasing the talents of our own Xhilaration and Xuberance! Xtravaganza is Xavier’s largest show choir fundraiser, and we invite you to be a part of it. By making a donation, you help cover our expenses and free up funds for choreography, costumes, and other show choir needs. Your contribution also provides you with a complimentary program* with your name inside as a patron and our everlasting gratitude for your support.

YES, count me in as an Xtravaganza patron! Patron opportunities include: Front and Center: $31 and up; Main Stage: $16 to $30; Footlights: $5 to $15. To participate, just fill out the form below, and send it to the Xavier Business Office with your check so it arrives no later than February 17th. Contact Joe or Terrie Mlodzik at 378-4003 or with questions. Your support is very much appreciated! *Complimentary programs will be held at the registration table until 4 pm on the day of the event, March 3rd. __ Front and Center: $31 and up __ Main Stage $16 to $30 __ Footlights $5 to $15 Name to appear in the program: ____________________________________

immune cells are in your gut so keep it happy.)

4. Drink plenty of water. killing cells with EXERCISE.

6. Increase Vitamin D consumption -

found in tuna, salmon, eggs, beef and mushrooms and SUNLIGHT!

7. Practice good hygiene. (Wash your

hands, don’t sneeze into your hands and stay home if you are sick.)

The Importance of Safe Weight Loss and Maintenance: It‘s the same story every year - come January 1, we‘re bombarded with messages about losing weight and getting in shape. Unsafe weight management practices can compromise athletic performance and negatively affect an individual‘s health. Athletes and physically active individuals often attempt to lose weight by not eating, developing poor body image due to the influence of others, or engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors and restricting fluids. It is critical for all athletes to work with an athletic trainer, nutritionist or other qualified health care professional to establish a balanced diet and approach to weight gain or loss in keeping with their level of activity. Read more: health-safety/general-health-safety/fifteenways-parents-can-help-prevent-sportsinjuries#ixzz1ic9XWm2L

Phone: _________________ E-mail: _________________________________ Patron Donation: $____________

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Business Office News Tuition Tax Credit Tuition statements were mailed to parents and guardians on January 4, 2012. This statement serves as an acknowledgment of the tuition and registration fee payments you have made to Xavier High School for calendar year 2011. Please remember to utilize the tuition tax credit. Section 422.12, subsection 2, Code 1997, “A tuition credit equal to twenty-five percent of the first one thousand dollars which the taxpayer has paid to others for each dependent in grades kindergarten through twelve, for tuition and textbooks of each dependent in attending an elementary or secondary school situated in Iowa, which school is accredited or approved under section 256.11, which is not operated for profit, and which adheres to the provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and chapter 216. As used in this subsection, ‘textbooks’ means books and other instructional materials and equipment used in elementary and secondary schools in teaching only those subjects legally and commonly taught in public elementary and secondary schools in this state and does not include instructional books and materials used in the teaching of religious tenets, doctrines, or worship, the purpose of which is to inculcate those tenets, doctrines, or worship. ‘Textbooks’ includes books or materials used for extracurricular activities including Shea Francis sporting events, musical or dramatic events, speech activities, driver’s education, or programs of a similar nature. Controller Notwithstanding any other provision, all other credits allowed under this section and section 422.128 shall 294-6635 x 307 be deducted before the tuition credit under this subsection. The department, when conducting an audit of a taxpayer’s return, shall also audit the tuition tax credit portion of the tax return.” “As used in this subsection, ‘tuition’ means any charges for the expenses of personnel, buildings, equipment, and materials other than textbooks, and other expenses of elementary or secondary schools which relate to the teaching only of those subjects legally and commonly taught in public elementary and secondary schools in this state and which do not relate to the teaching of religious tenets, doctrines, or worship, the purpose of which is to inculcate those tenets, doctrines, or worship. ‘Tuition’ includes those expenses which relate to the extracurricular activities including sporting events, musical or dramatic events, speech activities, driver’s education or programs of a similar nature.” Please provide this documentation to the person who prepares your tax return. Thank you for your support of Catholic education. If you have any questions regarding your statement, please contact Shea Francis at 294-6635 x307.

Office Staff Pam Barta Activities Secretary 302 Jacquie Buschette Assistant Controller 308 Shea Francis Controller 307 Peggy Hrncirik Attendance/Assoc. Principal Secretary 301 Barbara Kemp Guidance Secretary 312 Janet Lukan Admissions Coordinator 390 Kristine Naeve School Nurse 318 Melissa Slinger Administrative Assist. to the Principal 309 Anne Wallraff Media Center Assistant 382

General Numbers Xavier Main 319-294-6635 Xavier Fax 319-294-6712 Activities Line 319-378-4266 Foundation 319-378-4571

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Faculty And Staff Faculty Department Email Phone Ext. Stuart Ballinger Science 330 Jeff Bieber Vocal Music 321 Joann Bogguss Math 327 Russ Camacho Science 332 Michael Cervantes Drama 373 Jane Constant French/Spanish 361 Dee Davis Teacher Librarian 389 Jennifer Dircks Science 334 Philip Drey Theology 387 Jody Esker Campus Ministry 350 Matthew Farrell Theology 378 Dennis Ferguson English 368 Amanda Finley Art 337 Michelle Flores English 372 Kathleen Glady Math 328 Barbara Glass Math 325 David Glynn Associate Dean of Students/Math 303 Jaclyn Goertz Math 324 Michael Goldsmith Social Studies 366 Gaylord Hauschildt Fitness/Wellness 345 Andrew Hayward English/Reading Specialist 370 Victoria Hoffman Spanish 358 Matthew Jenkins Guided Study 379 Craig Kadlec Science 333 Julie Kadlec Fitness/Wellness 343 Erica Kearns Social Studies 364 Tom Keating Principal 305 Ashley Kimbal Spanish 362 Justin Kramer Guidance Counselor 313 Tom Lilly Psychology/Fitness/Wellness 367 Tracie Marshall English 369 Susan May Campus Ministry/Theology 350 Molly McDonald Theology 354 Sara Jo Merkey Spanish 377 Barb Miltner Math 326 Emily Moses English 371 Tim O‘Brien Business 380 Angela Olson Associate Principal 304 Philip Sanders Math 329 Scott Schaub Science 335 David Schemmel Guidance Counselor 311 Duane Schulte Social Studies 365 Makenzie Schutt Social Studies 360 Joy St. Andrews Guidance Counselor 314 Lisa Streif English 375 Barbara Sullivan Theology 355 Dave Sullivan Science 331 Dan Swanson Social Studies 359 Kelli Swehla Instrumental Music 322 Dan Thraen Theology 356 Rev. Dustin Vu Campus Ministry/Theology 384 Kellie Wagner Journalism 376 Matthew Walker Vocal Music 323 Stephanie Wendt Art 336 Mike Winker Activities Director 306 Donna Winter Social Studies 363

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Students and Staff of the Month: January

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Kevin Hosch

Mr. Goldsmith

“For his performances in football and basketball.”

“For his outstanding model of faith and service.”

Cameron Trace

Mrs. Wagner

“For her outstanding work in our fine arts program.”

“For her commitment to help students develop technology skills in her classes.”

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January 2012 Navigator  

January 2012 Edition of the Xavier High School newsletter.