Page 5


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.

January12-FINAL.indd 5

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.

1/11/2012 11:01:46 AM

January 2012 Navigator  

January 2012 Edition of the Xavier High School newsletter.

January 2012 Navigator  

January 2012 Edition of the Xavier High School newsletter.