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July 2012 • Volume 14 • Number 13

Doing God’s Work Many of us have lives that we consider to be very blessed. However, I think it is safe to say that very few of us realize the full extent of our blessings. I, along with 30 other Xavier students and chaperones, had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala June 4th through the 13th. Here, we had an eye-opening, humbling, and faith-filled experience as we reached out to a needy community. During the 9 days we spent in Guatemala, we completed various service projects and activities that gave way to direct, memorable, and touching encounters with underprivileged people. Our trip and activities were organized through The God’s Child Project, which is an educational development organization that is dedicated to “breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation”. Our focus the entire trip was to work together as a team to help the people of Guatemala the best we could by allowing (continued on page 6)

Contents Business Office News

The Principal‘s Corner 2-5

Calendar Items & Tuition Reminders Campus Ministry Update Saints Shop Sale From the Trainer

“Happy Summer” to all of our Xavier families! As it is each summer, the Xavier campus is once again alive with activity. In addition to the many camps, clinics and summer workouts taking place in our activities programs,

Doing God’s Work

Service Trips to Guatemala and Tennessee


we are hosting our first “Summer Academy” for elementary age students. It’s also that time of year for our buildings and grounds crew to spruce up the facility for the upcoming school year. Our administration and office staff continue to plan for the return of approximately 760 Saints in the

Xavier Updates

Girls Soccer Makes State History Booster Club Golf Outing


fall. Our baseball and softball teams are training and competing throughout the summer. And many of our faculty will be in the building preparing for their classes. All of the work going on this summer is driven by the belief we continually

Catholic Community Catholic Envagelization Outreach


share with all of you, “We either get better or worse every day; we never stay the same.” We have an incredible school and school community but it is imperative that we persist in striving for improvement. I’m proud of the effort our faculty, staff and administration have continually demonstrated to do just that. (continued on page 4)


Summer Office Hours Summer office hours for the school are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The offices will be closed July 2 - 6 and will re-open on July 9.

First Day of School The first day of school will begin on Wednesday, August 15 and will be a full day of classes. There will be no bussing. The time schedule will be published in the August Navigator.

Student Work Permits

Athletic Physicals Family Physicians of Cedar Rapids will be offering Athletic Physicals for Xavier students (current 9th - 12th graders) on July 30, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Xavier High School Health Services Center. Physicals will cost $30 per student. Checks may be written to Family Physicians of Cedar Rapids. Students should wear casual clothes and bring a copy of the physical form found on the Xavier website The first section of the form should be completed by a parent/guardian prior to the physical. Family Physicians will give a copy of the completed physical form to Xavier personnel and you will be given an original for your records.

see Melissa Slinger in the business office.

Athletic physicals are required annually by the state of Iowa prior to competing in school sponsored athletics. Physicals will be valid for the entire 2012-2013 school year. Contact Pam Barta in the Activities Office with questions: 294-6635 x302 or pam.barta@

Please note that in order to start the pro-

All families are encouraged to contact their own health clinic or physician for advice.

If your student needs a work permit, please

cess, your student will need to bring in a certified birth certificate.

School Supplies

Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic Schools Midsummer 10k and 5k

Although Xavier High School has no offi-

Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic Schools prepare to host their First Annual Midsummer 10k and 5k!

cial school supply list, we wanted to give you the basics of what each student will need for school supplies. Please note that on the first day of school, teachers will specify items needed depending on the class the student is taking.

The Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic Schools will be hosting their first annual Midsummer 10k and 5k! The event will be on July 21, 2012 with the 5k starting at 8am and the10k starting at 9am. A $100 prize will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers of each race. The top 3 male and female finishers will be awarded a medal. If you compete in both the 5k and the 10k you will be awarded a special medal. Bring out the entire family and help support the Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic Schools. For more information, to register, or to download a flyer visit

Basic School Supplies Needed • Loose Leaf Paper • Spiral Notebook Paper • Folders •#2 Pencils • Pens • Highlighters • Notecards • Scientific Calculator (not graphing) for math classes

Robotics Team Secures Grant Xavier is the recipient of a $275 grant from Rockwell Collins for the First Tech Challenge robotics teams, Xpendables. 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 and at


Senior Yearbook Photo Deadline 2012-2013 Attention 2013 Seniors: Take your senior photos EARLY! The deadline to have your

Get Your X Game On! Proceeds from the Xavier Booster Club’s X Game raffle provide funds for the purchase of new uniforms, choir robes, fine arts equipment and support for other various team and activity requests at Xavier High School! Tickets are on sale now!

photo submitted for the 2012-2013 yearbook is Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Photos must be an indoor headshot with shoulders covered or shirt/dress straps visable. Photos can be submitted electronically or hardcopy to Mrs. Wagner at kelly.

• 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

Xavier Uniform Polo Shirt Drive

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.

Do you have uniform polo shirts you are no longer using?

• Order your X Games Tickets TODAY! Return the form below with your payment and tickets will be mailed to you.

Have a senior graduating this year and no

• Questions? E-mail or call Phil Meaney (319) 363-6964 or

younger sibling to hand those Xavier uni-

Lauren Hammerberg (319) 378-9343.

form polos to? Or has your student out-


X Game Order Form __ My check payable to XBC X Games is enclosed __ Please send me ____ X Games tickets

grown their polos? XPX is collecting gently used uniform polos and making them available to students for the 2012-2013 academic year. Drop your gently used polos off outside the main office at Xavier High School. Thank you!

__ I am a parent of a student at Xavier High School Name: ________________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ___________________________________________________________ Contact (ticket sold by): ___________________________________________________

Driver’s Education: First Semester Sign-Up For more information about the Driver‘s Education program or to sign your child up for

Email: _____________________________________________________________

the program during first semester, please

Mail to: Xavier High School Booster Club, 6300 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411

contact Mr. Kramer at (319) 294-6635 x313 or


Update from Campus Ministry The mission trip to Memphis was a great success! 16 students and 3 adults traveled to Memphis TN in early June to participate in Catholic Heart Work Camp. They spent the week working on various projects

From the Principal’s Corner (continued from page 1)

which included such things as painting,

As our staff reflects on this past year and evaluates what we’ve done, we will continue to

interacting with children, yard work, wheel

look for ways to improve all areas of our school. Be assured that the concerns that our

chair ramp construction, sorting and orga-

students and their parents have brought to our attention this year will be considered

nizing items for charitable outreach and a

during that process.

variety of other tasks. The evenings were spent deepening faith and coming to a

As we often do heading into summer, this year we say goodbye to a few faculty members

more full realization of how Christ is present

who will be leaving Xavier. Mr. Jeff Bieber (Vocal Music), Mr. Dennis Ferguson (English),

in all people. A big thank you to our adult

Ms. Kathleen Glady (Math), Mr. Matt Jenkins (Guided Study) and Mr. Dan Swanson (Social

chaperones, Dawn Feltman and Gretchen

Studies), will be moving on to new challenges. Also, Mrs. Sara Jo Merkey (Spanish) has

Swanke. Their willingness to attend made

completed her year of service filling in for Mrs. Richmond who was on a one year leave.

the trip possible. If you are interested in attending Catholic Heart Work Camp, watch

In order to fill our vacated positions, we have moved a few staff members to new respon-

the announcements in the fall for the 2013

sibilities and have also hired four new teachers. Miss McDonald will move from Theology

location and date.

to English. Mrs. May will move from Campus ministry to full-time Theology teaching. Mr. Farrell will teach both Theology and Social Studies. Mrs. Streif will move from English to

Juniors, be sure to include a Kairos week-

Guided Study. Our new faculty members include Ms. Sarah Hayes (English), Mrs. Jaclyn

end. The Kairos retreat weekends for the

Hussey (Vocal Music), Mr. Nick Satterlee (Theology and Campus Ministry), and Mrs. Sara

2012/2013 school year are Oct 25-28, Jan

Whitt (Math). As the transition of these new folks proceeds, I know I can count on the

24-27 and April 18-21. They fill up quickly,

entire Xavier community to make them feel welcome and to offer them the support they

so turn in your application early. Appli-

need to become a part of our school “family.”

cations will be available the first week of school. We are still collecting applications

Change is a good reminder to all of us that we are simply curators of Xavier High School.

for Kairos leaders, if you are an interested

We are a dynamic and ever-changing institution which carries on a tradition of spread-

senior please pick up an application in the

ing the Gospel message and preparing young people for fulfilling lives. It is important to

campus ministry office or e-mail Jody Esker

remember that while the names and faces may change, the mission remains the same.

at My best to you and your families for a safe and enjoyable summer. A great way to include prayer into your


daily life is to download an app for your iPhone or iPad from


includes readings, morning and evening prayer, reflections and much more!



Saint Shop Extravaganza! Wednesday August 1st at Xavier High School • Save 25% off New Hurley Back Pack designs pictured below (while supplies last) • Buy one get one free on existing merchandise (excluding stadium chairs and some novelty items) • Pre order 1/4 zip fleece (Xavier uniform approved - save 20%) • Youth Xavier football jersey w/ name pre order • Youth Xavier sweat shirt w/ name pre order

From the Trainer: Muscle Cramps By Heather Boyer Anyone who has experienced a muscle cramp can attest to the fact that it can be quite painful. Muscle cramps occur when muscles involuntarily contract and cannot relax. Muscle cramps can last anywhere from a few seconds to an hour. Also, it is not uncommon for a cramp to recur multiple times until it finally goes away. Cramps are extremely common, but it is not known exactly why muscles cramps develop. Insufficient stretching before exercise, exercising in the heat, poor circulation, accumulation of lactic acid, medications (diuretics), poor nutrition and muscle fatigue may all play a role. Imbalances in the levels of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and phosphate) in the blood can also lead to muscle cramps. Most cramps can be stopped if the muscle can be stretched, gently massaged, and fluid/electrolyte replacement given. Cramps can be prevented by stretching before and after activity, along with an adequate warm-up and cool down. Good hydration before, during and after the activity is important as well. Magnesium (found in bananas, apricots, nuts, soybeans, meat/ fish, grains, and pickle juice), Vitamin E and some medications (IBU, Quinine) may help as well for the prevention of cramps.


“Here, we had an eye-opening, humbling, and faith-filled experience as we reached out to a needy community.� God to do his will through us. The projects that we participated in included building a total of six of the project’s specially designed houses for needy families, visiting children at an orphanage, serving dinner at a homeless shelter, and traveling to an isolated community to distribute clothes to people that were living with close to nothing, just as many others in their country do. Our service team was moved and inspired throughout our trip by the reactions of the people we helped. The houses we built for entire families were no bigger than an average-sized bedroom, yet the families were so grateful to have a clean, safe, and livable space that some were moved to tears when we presented their new homes to them. The children we visited at the orphanage were energetic, smiling, and happy, even if we were simply sitting next to them, blowing bubbles, or having a casual conversation. Almost all of our encounters with the people of Guatemala throughout the whole trip went the same way; an exhibition of immense appreciation for any kind of assistance or company we offered, no matter how simple. Guatemalan people seem to be happy with less and appreciate the important things in life. Our service team developed a better understanding of the definition of happiness and a more humble perspective of our own lifestyles. For anyone seeking a fulfilling experience, I would definitely recommend any sort of similar mission trip. Our service team left with irreplaceable memories that will truly stay with us forever! I feel very blessed to have gone on this trip, and because of it my eyes have been opened to how fortunate we all really are. -Nicole Draker, Class of 2013

Catholic Heart Worker Camp


Kristin Swanke, Xavier High School Senior Catholic Heart Work Camp was an amazing experience. We got to serve God, learn more about ourselves, and meet other Catholic teens. The worksite Xavier visited this year was Memphis, Tennessee. Xavier took seventeen students and three adult leaders on this wonderful faith journey. We all were able to grow closer through our work and prayer. Service and faith are both emphasized by CHWC.

Serve God in ALL That You Do.

Every morning started with an inspiring program. Groups then went to their individual worksites. The work on each site was different. Some of the tasks involved were helping fix up homes for the needy, restoring churches, or watching children in need. During lunch breaks on the site, there was prayer time with one’s small group. Each night, there was another very spiritual program. It reminded all of the campers to focus on their goal for the week: To Serve God. Along with that, at the end of each day the group from Xavier gathered in the sleeping area to share in a prayerful manner our experiences from the day at our individual worksites. Mass and the Rosary were also offered every evening. I would strongly encourage Xavier students to take part in this amazing experience next summer.

Above: Left Anna Lessman smiles while building wheel chair ramps with her group. Above Right: Mary Esker smiles for the camera with a friend from the Boys and Girls Club in Memphis. • Elizabeth Gust paints a door at home project in Memphis • Grace Winder poses with a group member in the peace sign representing the camp motto of “Peace, love, live to give.“ • Rachel Sigmon does year work at project site in Memphis.

Photo courtesy of Rocki Shepard


Girls Soccer Makes State History Smiles weren‘t hard to come by on Saturday, June 9, 2012! The Xavier Girls Soccer team defeated North Scott 3-1 in the 2A State Championship, making state history as the first team in Iowa to win seven consecutive state championships. The team eagerly gathered into a circle around the Iowa Girls‘ High School Athletic Union emblem for postgame photos, amid hugs and shouts of joy that were equal parts exhilaration and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment “We went out with a bang this year, just like we did every year,“ said Xavier senior Annie Dale during an interview with Source Media. “This year being done, I‘m so proud of the way our team finished. Being able to hold a trophy for my fourth year in a row feels amazing. Our team worked so hard for it.“ Kayla Armstrong, a XHS junior stated, “It says alot, not only about our team, but all the teams before it. The preparation that goes into each season. Our coaching staff and the Xavier community.“ Class 2A all-tournament team includes: Kayla Armstrong; Annie Dale; Mary Leavett; and Sara Chicchelly.


Booster Club Hits the Links! The Booster Club golf outing was a smashing success! On Monday, June 11, 168 Xavier High School Booster Club supporters and golf enthusiasts enjoyed a day of fun, sun and golf at Elmcrest Country Club. The annual fundraiser, developed to provide additional funding for Xavier High School academics, athletics and fine arts, raised more than $22,000 this year!


Before the golfers took to the course, they were treated to lunch courtesy of Panera Bread. Full stomachs undoubtably fueled Doug Ropp, Rich Gradoville, Bernie Schuller and Mark Frette to become winners of the 2012 Best Shot contest. Their worthy adversaries, but runners-up nonetheless, were Dave Thinnes, Tim O’Brien, Jim McPartland and Tim Ingwersen. Elsewhere on the course, Jim McPartland put his putting skills to the test, and took home a $100 cash prize and Putting Contest winner bragging rights. After the golfing festivities wrapped up participants were treated to a reception and live auction, which was aided by some very generous bidders including Kinch Donithan, high bidder on the original Zach Johnson print; Tim Ingwersen, high bidder on the Zach Johnson personalized 2007 Masters Flag; Dick Galligan, high bidder on the neon Saints Helmet; and Doug Feltes high bidder and proud new owner of the keg refrigerator. Meanwhile, raffle prize winner Brian Donnelly went home with a new set of Wilson irons, and Jim Kapsch got hooked up with the latest technology via his New Generation iPad. The Xavier High School Booster Club extends its sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in the 2012 Golf Outing. This event would not have been possible without the generosity of the participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Thank you!









1: Kinch Donithan and the Zach Johnson print he won in the live auction. 2: Event volunteers Jill Breitbach and Tami Lux. 3: Kevin Dorrington using his range-finder! 4: Mike Winker, Pat Deignan, Coach Tom Davis and Coach Ryan Luehrsmann. 5: Head girls basketball coach Tom Lilly and Richard Curphey ready themselves prior to the shotgun start. 6: Doug Feltes and Dan Hawthorne are all smiles after surviving the gallery behind the 18th green. 7: Dick Galligan and the neon Saints helmet he won in the live auction (donated by Phil Garland). 8: Heidi Brown, Lisa Young, Lorie Hines, Laura Sagers, and Amy Valentine. 9: Julie Kapsch and Julie Winker.


"Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:7 Tony Philips, a lifelong Catholic, had a storybook childhood in Iowa. After experimenting with alcohol and drugs throughout high school his substance abuse grew and his life spiraled out of control. He lived in darkness for over a decade, in and out of homeless shelters, battling addictions, struggling with thoughts of suicide, in and out of jail until his faith was revived through a deep personal encounter with God. Come hear Tony’s powerful testimony to how the touch of God led to his radically changed life. The talk begins at 7:00 pm, followed by an ice cream social. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Catholic Evangelization Outreach

Where: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church When: August 22, 2012 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm


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