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February 2012 • Volume 13 • Number 7

March For Life Submitted By: Allysia Oberfoell (X12)

The Principal‘s Corner

Contents Business Office News

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Guidance News

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Tuition Reminder & Driver’s Ed ACT Prep Seminars & Financial Aid

Xavier Features

Mini Dance Marathon Soles4Souls Grandparents Mass Xavier Foundation Business Appeal

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Campus Ministry Update 6-7 Lent 2012

Xavier Updates

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Dircks XTRA Leadership Award Taming of the Shrew, Xtravaganza

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How-To 10 Using the Xavier Calendar

Nurse’s Office

Signs and Symptoms of Drug use

This year I attended the March for Life in Washington D. C. along with 13 other Xavier students, faculty and parents. This was an experience I will never forget. On the first day in Washington, D. C. we attended the Vigil Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This Mass had over 20,000 attendants and many people had to sit on the floor because it was so crowded. It was something that was truly special to celebrate. Being at Mass in such a holy place with so many people had a really powerful impact on me and the group from Xavier. The next day was equally special. We started the day off with a Rally and Mass at the National Guard Armory where there were over 20,000 youth in attendance. We were linked through web cam to the Verizon Center where there was over 10,000 youth attending a Rally and Mass. There were many famous religious people leading the Rally, many who were at the National Catholic Youth Conference this past November. This Mass was so upbeat and active because it was centered on the youth and what we could do to protect the (continued on page 7)

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As I prepare this February address to you, we are completing the activities of Catholic Schools Week. Our theme this year is, “Faith. Academics. Service.” I am again reminded of just what the special gift of Catholic education means to our students and our faculty. Each day a special member of the Xavier community (teacher, parent, alumni, pastor and student) began our day with a prayer and a reflection. In many classes students and teachers spent time discussing the gift of Catholic education. We were joined on January 31 by our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from St. Joseph’s, LaSalle and Regis at our Catholic Schools Week liturgy. Representatives from each of those schools did a masterful job of pulling together the talents of many students, resulting in a marvelous celebration. Monsignor Russell Bleich was our presider. It was truly fitting for Monsignor Bleich, who is retiring, to have as his last official duty as an active priest to celebrate this special Catholic Schools Week Mass. We made a special point this week to make students aware of the effort made every day to help them grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and academically. If our students pay enough attention, I’m sure they can see commitment to that mission in the teachers they encounter at Xavier every day. While it may seem to some that our teachers are focused on the academic lives of our students, the reality is that they believe their first responsibility is to help our students mature as faith-filled men and (continued on page 2)


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Tuition Assistance Reminder Student Aid Forms must be completed online or mailed directly to Private School Aid Service on or before March 23, 2012. Private School Aid Service (PSAS) Student Aid forms are available online at www.psas. org or in the Xavier Business Office. If you do not follow the guidelines and/or PSAS has not received the completed form by this date, your eligibility for tuition assistance will not be guaranteed. For more information contact Shea Francis at 319-294-6635 x307.

Tuition Payment Reminder Fourth quarter tuition due March 12, 2012. All grade reports will be held for students whose accounts are not current. We thank the majority of families who fulfill their financial obligation promptly. Unfortunately, some of our families do not make their payments in a timely manner. If at any

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Principal‘s Corner (continued from page 1) women. Xavier teachers challenge our students to live a life which follows the model of Jesus Christ. Whether it’s leading morning prayer, prayer at the beginning of class, taking an active role in our liturgies and retreats, leading a service project, or discussing an issue from a faith perspective, Xavier teachers spark the fire of faith within our students on a daily basis. They consistently encourage our students to explore, deepen and share their faith. To find the teachers developing the total person we need only look at those who welcome the opportunity to address the issues of right and wrong, even if that position is not a popular one. They are the teachers who make students examine their conscience, those who perhaps hold up a higher standard of behavior than is comfortable for some to accept. These are the teachers who have the courage to do what is best for students instead of what might make them temporarily popular. It is my hope that our “Saints” can express their gratitude to their teachers at Xavier, teachers who have over 600 years of combined dedication to Catholic school education, for helping shape who they are today and who continue to shape who they will become tomorrow. In short, the faculty at Xavier High School contributes every day to the helping students grow in faith, academics and service. Thanks to all of you for all that you do, as parents, parishioners, alumni and benefactors, to partner with us in providing a first-class, faith-based education to our students.

time your circumstances change and will not

May God bless all of you.

allow you to complete your obligation as in-

Sincerely,

dicated on your tuition contract, please contact Shea Francis at 294-6635 x307.

Driver‘s Education Sign-Up Summer 2012 The Summer Driver‘s Education Program will take place June 4 July 6, 2012. For more information or to sign up for this program, contact Mr. Kramer at (319) 2946635 x313.

Tom Keating Principal

Xavier Website and Calendar Update New Look - New Features! The Xavier High School website (www.xaviersaints.org) has a new look and a new calendar! The new calendar includes helpful features such as notifications when an event has been updated/changed or cancelled! Learn about all of the features of the new Xavier calendar, including instructions for merging the school calendar with your personal calendar on page 10 of this newsletter.


Guidance Department News Junior Guidance Junior guidance classes will begin meeting during the 3rd quarter. Small groups meet once each week to discuss plans for senior year, explore educational and vocational options, walk through the college search and selection process, review college applications, realize the importance of college visits and how to make them worthwhile, introduce financial aid information, and obtain information about the SAT and ACT exams including how to prepare, how to register, and their different purposes such as college entrance, course placement, scholarships and financial aid.

ACT / SAT Most juniors will take the ACT on April 14 or June 9. They may elect to take ACT’s as seniors in October or December. Students considering an Eastern or Ivy League school should note that SAT’s will probably be required. Some of these same schools also require achievement tests to be taken along with the SAT. Not all achievement tests are given on each exam date so it is necessary to register for the exam date of your required achievement test. Students can register for ACT at www.actstudent.org or the SAT at www.collegeboard.com.

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Financial Aid: Deadline for Iowa Tuition Grant Please check with individual colleges to verify deadline. Many colleges, however, require a processed FAFSA by March 1, 2011, or earlier.

FAFSA FAFSA Hotline (800-433-3243) FAFSA Web Site www.fafsa.ed.gov. Free Applications for Federal Student Aid - Any personal inquiry questions about how to fill out the FAFSA forms use the toll free number and get on the spot information directly from FAFSA personnel. Additional information and assistance is available on the web.

ACT

Test Date: April 14, 2012 • Registration Deadline: March 9, 2012 Test Date: June 9, 2012 • Registration Deadline: May 4, 2012

SAT

Test Date: May 5, 2012 • Registration Deadline: April 6, 2012 Test Date: June 2, 2012 • Registration Deadline: May 8, 2012

Practice ACT/SAT Tests On-line ACT practice tests are available at www.actstudent.org. Practice test booklets are available in the Guidance Office. These tests are “retired” tests that were administered to students on a previous national test date. A practice test will provide help to students when preparing for the ACT and familiarize them with the ACT test questions. Other online ACT practice test opportunities can be found at www.ihaveaplaniowa.gov. Practice SAT tests are also available in the Guidance Office as well as at www.collegeboard.com.

ICAN Schedule an Appointment with the Eastern Iowa ICAN office. 1100 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Suite 104, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

Outreach representatives can:

• Answer your college planning questions • Provide tools to help you begin your career exploration • Guide you through the financial aid process • Help you fill out and file your FAFSA for free o The FAFSA is a free form that may be completed without professional assistance via paper or electronic forms provided by the U.S. Department of Education o Avoid losing potential financial aid because of incorrect or incomplete information o Minimize the confusion of filling out the form on your own o View a list of what to bring to a FAFSA appointment on their website at www.icansucceed.org

Armed-Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) The ASVAB offers a valuable means for helping students make informed career decisions regardless of whether their intentions include the military, college, or vocational training. This aptitude test package is free and requires no commitments or obligations. For further information on how to sign up for the test contact the guidance office.

High School Internship Opportunity Are you interested in pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? Rockwell Collins High School Technical Internship Program is looking for you. Application information is available in the Guidance Office.


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Xavier Collects Shoes for Soles4Souls Fact: More than 300 million children around the world are without shoes. This year, Xavier High School teamed up with Soles4Souls in an effort to make that number a little smaller. Soles4Souls is a charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of ordinary people and then distributes the shoes to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered more than 16 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. After learning that every year, more than 1.5 billion pairs of shoes lay idle in American closets – many of which can be saved from landfills – Xavier students decided to do their part by participating in a Soles4Souls shoe drive with a goal of collecting and sending 1,000 pairs of shoes to the organization.

Xavier Earns $750 With School Cents! Out of the 15 schools that participated, Xavier earned 10th place this year earning $550 at the final awards ceremony with a grand total of $750 for our school! Thank you to all of the Xavier Community who participated in the School Cents Program again this year by turning in or getting Lindale Mall receipts stamped and getting Xavier student‘s report cards logged for points. Out of the 15 schools that participated, Xavier earned 10th place this year earning $550 at the final awards ceremony with a grand total of $750 for our school! A great big thank you to Cindy Jensen for taking time out of her schedule to attend both ceremonies at Lindale Mall to pick up our checks! Way to go Saints!

Mini Dance Marathon Raises $7,486 More than 100 Xavier students danced the night away during the Mini Dance Marathon on Saturday, February 4 to raise funds for the official University of Iowa Dance Marathon. Xavier students were required to raise a minimum of $30 to participate in the event. Students who raised more than $100 gained access to a VIP room where they were treated to prizes, a chance to sit down during the dance, video games, and food and beverages. The Xavier Mini Dance Marathon was started in 2006 by two students who had family members afflicted with cancer. The Xavier Student Senate has organized the event every year since. In 2011, the Mini Dance Marathon raised over $5,000. Xavier alums Lura Carstensen (08), Libby Collins (10), and Moleigh Ryther (11) each played instrumental roles in the XHS Mini Dance Marathon and are now University of Iowa students involved with the official Dance Marathon. Carstensen serves on the Executive Council.

Eleven Groups Headed to State Speech Contest Eleven Xavier High School groups received Division I ratings at the speech contest on Saturday, January 21 in Monticello, IA.

The groups include: Title of Show (musical theater); Detention (short film); TV News; Quilters (choral reading); Hansel and Gretel (reader’s theater); Spelling Bee (one act play); St. Stanislaus (ensemble acting); The Philadelphia (ensemble acting); Dr. Horrible (musical theater); Improv (Young, Thompson, Janney); and Radio News. These groups advanced to the state contest at Cedar Rapids Washington High School held Saturday, February 4, 2012.

VonKampen Named Iowa Outstanding Essay Carolina VonKampen was awarded the honor of the Most Outstanding Essay in the Iowa Bar Association’s Know Your Constitution Contest. More than a thousand entries are typically submitted each year, with 100 State Finalists. Of these, 12 essays were recognized and displayed at the awards luncheon in January, including the essays by VonKampen and another of Xavier’s nine finalists, James Krouse.


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XHS Updates Post Prom

Grandparents Day Mass 2011

Grandparents Day Mass 2011

Grandparents Day Mass 2011

Third Annual XHS Grandparents Day Mass The Xavier Foundation will host the third annual Grandparents Day Mass on April 11, 2012. Grandparents are the critical link between the promise of the future and the wisdom of the past. Grandparents Day at Xavier High School is a time to recognize the Christian vocation of being a grandparent and honor these special individuals. Grandparents play a particularly important role in today’s society including the role of spiritual guide. The unique relationship and bond grandparents often forge with their grandchildren provides an opportunity for teaching the young people of today to value and achieve spiritual rewards such as love, tolerance, compassion, reverence, joy, peace, gentleness, faith and kindness. In 2011, more than 300 grandparents and great-grandparents from six different states gathered for the celebration. The light breakfast and social will begin at 8 a.m. on April 11. All grandparents of Xavier High School students are invited to join in the event. If you would like your Xavier student‘s grandparents to be invited, please send their name and address to the Xavier Foundation at jruff@xavierfoundation.org or 319378-4571.

Xavier Foundation 2012 Business Appeal Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders The Xavier Foundation launched the 2012 Business Appeal on Wednesday, February 8 during a breakfast meeting at Xavier High School. This year’s campaign is lead by Xavier parent Heidi Brown serving as general chair and former Xavier parent Donna Garland serving as associate chair. They will lead a team of 76 volunteers in an effort to visit nearly 300 business prospects and raise $115,000 for Xavier High School. This task could not be accomplished without the commitment of the following Xavier parents who agreed to volunteer this year: Joe Blanck, Michael Bouchard, Paul Charipar, John Clarahan, Pat Deignan, Brian Donnelly, Liz Efting, Tom Ekland, Michael Esker, Kevin Giles, Ken Heying, Jeff Hines, Don Homan, Duane Jasper, Maureen Kenney, Joe Kirby, Kathleen Kleiman, Tim Kortemeyer, Dennis Martin, Bill McCartan, David McGraw, Patrick Milke, John Miller, Steve Noonan, Jeff Pitz, Jeff Scherrman, Randy Scholer, Duane Schulte, Darrel Schulte, Max Smith, Cynthia Sueppel, David Thinnes, and Doug Valentine. The Xavier community is grateful to all who are willing to serve!

Planning for Post Prom 2012 is underway. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dawn Sweeney at stevendawns@fmtcs.com or Kara Callanan at karac@hawkeyecommunication.com

Final Chance to Order 2011-2012 Yearbooks

Order now! This is the final call for yearbook orders for the 2011-2012 academic year. Students or families who would like to order a yearbook for the can simply log on to: www.jostensyearbooks.com.

Saints Shop Website

The Saints Shop is online! Visit http://344456c.promoshop.com to browse merchandise. This site is for viewing only. Online purchases not accepted at this time.

Sixth Annual Band Garage Sale Thinking about clearing out some of that clutter? Don’t have the time to organize your own garage sale? Set aside items for our annual garage sale! This sale will take place at Xavier High School on Saturday, April 21, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Commons. We will also have live entertainment throughout the day by our Band. We welcome your donations of the following items to be sold at the Garage Sale: clothing for infants, children and adults, toys, games, books, household items, small appliances, and hand-held electronics. We are unable to accept large furniture items. All unsold items will be donated to area charitable organizations. Donations can be dropped off at Xavier High 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 fundraiser will be used to purchase new equipment for the band program. For more information contact Carol Vester at 378-8326 or caveser@mchsi.com.


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St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland Submitted By: XPX Spiritual Committee Whether you are Irish or not, you probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. You remember the three leafed shamrock and how Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity as he converted an entire nation to Christ. Who was this great evangelizer? Born in Britain, Patrick was captured in his youth and sold into slavery to an Irish noble. As he worked in the fields, he grew to love the Irish people and prayed for them, though he desperately wished to return to his family. One night he heard in a dream “Your ship is ready.” Patrick took this as a sign from God and escaped to the sea where a ship was anchored. Through a series of most fortunate events he returned home. His family rejoiced at seeing their son who had been gone for over 6 years. Patrick chose to draw closer to God and study more about the richness of his Catholic faith. He felt that

God was calling him to the priesthood because of this great passion. After becoming a priest, he heard a voice in a dream, “We beg you holy Patrick, return and walk among us.” Patrick obeyed this voice and chose to return to Ireland where for sixty years he preached and taught the people to turn away from their pagan gods and towards Christ. One year, at the beginning of Lent, Patrick spent 40 days fasting and praying as he walked along the wild seacoast and moorlands. He prayed that all the people in Ireland would come to believe in God’s divine son, Jesus Christ. Patrick prayed with such faith and love, that God could not refuse his request. For over 1,500 years, Ireland has remained Christian. The course of history was changed because Patrick wanted to do good to his enemies. Let us too, see the image of Christ in those who dislike us. St. Patrick, pray for us!

St. Patrick Feast Day: March 17th

“Lenten Reflection: Let‘s give up somet this Lent“ Here are a few ideas to take us beyond giving up candy or desserts. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 21, 2012

• Let’s give up looking for a pat on the back. This Lent, let’s do at least one thing each day for someone who will never be able to repay us. When we get good at that, we can try doing something each day for someone who will never even be able to thank us. • Let’s give up trying to be comfortable all the time. Instead of seeking comfort, let’s find something to be enthusiastic about and put God’s gifts -our brains, our talents, our resources - to work on behalf of that activity, organization or program. • Let’s give up trying to one-up others. There’s a Hindu proverb that goes like this: “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility comes from being superior to your previous self.” Let’s find something we can improve about us. • Let’s give up taking care of No. 1. Instead of thinking about how everything and anything impacts us, let’s worry first about how others are going to be affected by proposed new laws, by policies, by trends, by economic shifts and by our own actions and behavior. • Let’s give up being practical. Instead, let’s be kind. Blessed Mother Teresa once said, “Kind words can be short, but their echoes are endless.” • Let’s give up being in a hurry. Let’s show patience; start in a store checkout lane and extend it to every situation within our families and workplaces. Waiting in line, waiting on hold on the phone, waiting at a traffic light are all good times to say some extra prayers, to start a conversation with God, to listen to what the Lord has to say to us. • Let’s not curse. We can vent in our minds if that’ll help get over a bit of anger, but keep it internal. Let’s not give voice to our anger, but instead give ourselves time to think of something constructive to say.


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March for Life (continued from page 1) unborn baby. It really makes you proud to be a Catholic and be a part of the March for Life when you see all the people around you and how excited they are about what’s about to take place. After the Mass we went to the March for Life where there was an estimated 400,000 people in attendance. We marched as a school with our signs and shouting our cheers. We would even sing songs to make sure we were heard unlike all the unborn children that have been aborted. After the March we were invited to a reception for all the people from Iowa by Representative Steve King and Tom Latham who talked to us about what actions we can take to stop the Pro-Choice movement. It was really refreshing to talk to someone who was representing us in the government who felt as strongly about pro-life issues as we did. Senator Grassley held a conference for Iowans the following day before our departure. Our final day in Washington, D. C. we had the opportunity

to experience the history and culture of the city. We went to the Holocaust Museum and saw the connection between the lives of the Jewish people and the lives of babies who die because of abortion. In both the Holocaust and in abortion, life is not respected and makes us consider the question, what can we do? My fellow marchers and I learned about abortion and the things we can do to defend life and build a culture of life. With this knowledge we are better prepared to take on the challenge of making Congress, the President, and the United States of America hear the voices of the unborn children who deserve the right to life. May we one day reverse the Roe v. Wade ruling and restore respect not only for the unborn but all aspects of life from the moment of conception to natural death.

thing different • Let’s not pile on. When someone is being taken to task, rather than joining in hitting an easy target let’s think about how we might help solve the problem we face. • Let’s not talk about people with whom we have issues. Let’s talk with them. Beats stewing and conjuring up questionable reasons for whatever it is that is troubling us. • Let’s not argue over small things. Let’s save our passion and our energy for things that really matter. And let’s argue about those things until others understand why we are so passionate. • Let’s not be bitter. Rather than holding onto hurts, let’s decide to have a forgiving spirit. Think of being bitter like taking poison and expecting someone else to die. When we’re bitter, we only hurt ourselves. • Let’s not be crabby. Let’s be able to remember Lent as the time when people started noticing what a great, upbeat, pleasant attitude we seem to have every day of our lives. Source: Catholic Spirit, February 2007, Good News, By Bob Zyskowski http://www.austindiocese.org/newsletter_article_view.php?id=1224

Update from Campus Ministry Xavier Campus Ministry has been working on a number of activities since the start of the new semester. The following are highlights of our semester so far: Kairos #11 was held January 26-29 at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls. Thirty five students from the junior class were led by seniors and adult facilitators. The weekend was an incredible faith experience for everyone who attended. The final Kairos of the year, Kairos #12, will be held April 19-22 at American Martyrs Retreat House. Catholic Schools Week Liturgy was celebrated Tuesday, January 31st. The Xavier students and faculty along with students from Regis, LaSalle, and St. Joseph celebrated the gift of Catholic education. Thank you to our area priests who joined us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Mass for Ash Wednesday will be held February 22 at 9:50 a.m. All parents and friends of Xavier are welcome to attend this Liturgy beginning the season of Lent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held on March 15 and 16 in the afternoon. The area priests will be at Xavier to celebrate the sacrament with students and faculty. TEC: There are still three Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Retreats for seniors this spring held throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This three day retreat centers on the Paschal Mystery. Please encourage your senior son or daughter to experience this spiritual experience as they finish their high school careers and move forward as a young adult. Registration forms are available in the Campus Ministry Office and at all parishes. Check our website for dates and locations. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10


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Pom and Cheerleading Tryouts 2012-2013 Xavier Pom Tryouts for grades 8-11 will begin with an informational meeting for parents and girls trying out for Poms on Tuesday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m. at Xavier. Clinics will be held March 6, 4-6pm, March 7, 4:00-6:00pm and March 8, 4–6pm. Tryouts will follow on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 9am. The Xavier Poms will also be hosting a tryout prep clinic on February 11th, 3:30 – 5pm at Xavier. This prep clinic is for anyone grades 8-11 interested in trying out for the team. Coach Stephanie and Coach Kelli will take interested dancers through choreography and technique typically performed by the squad. Contact the coaches at xavierpoms@hotmail.com. We hope to see you there! The Xavier Cheerleading parent meeting will be held on March 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Cheerleading tryouts will take place on March 12 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ,March 14 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. and March 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Athletic Trainer Kevin Lux Receives Award Xavier High School Athletic Trainer Kevin Lux was selected by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Assocation (IHSADA) to receive the “Outstanding Sports Medicine Award“ for his many contributions toward the welfare of students and athletes in the community.“ Lux will be presented with the award on Sunday, March 25 during the IHSADA Convention.

Booster Club News Did you know that Booster Club supports ALL student activities such as Fine Arts, Academics, Athletics, Post Prom, Clubs, Mission Trip, and Uniforms? Learn more about the Booster Club at www.xaviersaints.org The next Booster Club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th , at 6:30 p.m. in the Novak Conference Room.

Mrs. Dircks: Modeling Instruction in Physics Submitted By: Mrs. Jennifer Dircks, Science Teacher For two years, I have been fortunate enough to be selected by University of Northern Iowa to participate in the Iowa Physics Teacher Instruction and Resources program, also known as IPTIR. The program consists of spending two weeks on campus each summer with 30 other Iowa physics teachers. Each day, we spend approximately 15 hours going through the Modeling Instruction in Physics curriculum as if we were high school physics students. My students are often amazed when I tell them that every lab, every worksheet, and every test they take with me…I also had to do once upon a time. This approach forces teachers to view the problem from a student perspective and in the process, making us much more effective in our teaching throughout the school year. Through my experiences at U.N.I., I am now able to provide physics students at Xavier the opportunity of an exciting approach to learning called Modeling Instruction in Physics. In this approach, students are confronted with a series of situations in which they decide what factors might be related, how they can go about measuring them, and then data is collected. Students learn how to use Logger Pro by Vernier, a computer program to help graphically analyze data and learn how to clearly describe the relationships found, using a variety of representations. Using new technology in the science department, such as laptops, Vernier interfaces, motion detectors, force probes, dynamic carts and tracks, students are able to develop graphs, math formulas, and diagrams to represent the relationships being studied. Physics students then go on to explore how the relationships discovered

can be applied to a wide variety of new situations in the real world. What makes this approach so fantastic is students no longer get bogged down by a physics textbook, overwhelmed by the plethora of math formulas, variables, and definitions. Rather, THEY create, from their own lab experiences and experiments, their own math formulas and definitions to be used in physics. Constructing their own knowledge makes the experience in the physics room much more meaningful and therefore much easier to understand and remember. Cooperative learning is another big emphasis in my classroom. Students in physics, work in the lab and on assignments in 3-4 person groups. Group members then make oral presentations before the whole class in which they present ideas and answer questions from their classmates. The emphasis of these “whiteboarding sessions” is on the general understanding of the principles involved and how a problem was solved rather than on the answer. Using whiteboard presentations allows me to be a facilitator of knowledge and encourages students to clarify and define their own understanding through verbalization. My standard response when asked a question is “What do you think?” When given a response, I ALWAYS follow with “how do you know?” Putting concepts and the thought process into words is a powerful method of checking true understanding. This method allows for us to work together as a class to really identify and tackle understanding all the laws that govern the universe.


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The Xavier Booster Club Presents

2012 XTRA Leadership Award

Xtravaganza Middle School Show Choir Competition Mark your calendars for Xtravaganza 2012 on Saturday, March 3rd, featuring sixteen middle school show choirs from Cedar Rapids, Marion, and surrounding areas, with exhibitions by Xavier show choirs Xuberance and Xhilaration. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Schools will compete throughout the day with the six highest scoring choirs advancing to the evening finals. ADMISSION: Adults $10, students ages 6 and up $5, children 5 and under free. (Silver Club cards honored.) Programs $3. CONCESSIONS: Breakfast, snack, and meal items offered all day at prices from $.50 to $3.00. Fruit, veggies, pizza, hot dogs, brats, baked potato bar, sandwiches, puppy chow, cookies, bars, and much more. No outside food permitted. No food or drink in performance areas, please. MEMORIES: Group photos (traditional and fun poses) may be purchased from Read Photography ($14 for 8x10). No flash photography.

Taming of the Shrew The Xavier Drama Department is proud to announce its final production of the year, The Taming of the Shrew. It’s Shakespeare’s version of the battle of the sexes and also one of his funniest comedies. The play revolves around one father who is desperate to get his oldest daughter Katherine (the Cat) married off so his younger daughter Bianca (the Meek) can get married. The problem is Katherine hates men and vows never to get married, just to spite her younger sister. The father finally has to offer a reward to any man who can tame Katherine to the point she gets married and finally brings peace to his house. Along comes Petrucchio, (the slob) who says he will take the money and guarantees he will tame the fiery Katherine. Little does he know, it is far easier than it sounds. Join us for a night of comedy and fun as Petrucchio attempts to show the superiority of men and Katherine fights to show that she is his equal, in more ways than one. The performances will be April 12-14 at 7:00 pm in the Regis LaSalle Theatre on the Xavier High School campus. Tickets prices are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, and $2 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the Xavier High School Activities Office or at the door the nights of the production.

For an Outstanding Coach or Moderator Outside the Classroom The Xavier Booster Club is proud to present the annual XTRA LEADERSHIP AWARD honoring a Xavier High School mentor, moderator, coach, or director of a Booster Club sponsored extra-curricular activity. These activities include coaches or moderators of Xavier athletics, fine arts, or clubs. The nominee may coach within any organized club, sport, or fine arts program, at any level. Criteria include program success; status as a role model for Xavier students; and the ability to display outstanding leadership skills that help form and shape future leaders through activities that take students outside the classroom and onto the stage, the field, or the court. The Xavier Booster Club sponsors this prestigious award which includes a $500 stipend given to the XTRA award recipient. To nominate a Xavier coach or moderator of an extra curricular activity, simply fill out the following: Name: _____________________________ ___________________________________ Phone: _____________________________ E-mail: _____________________________ Person you are nominating: ___________ ___________________________________ Please accompany your nomination with a summary of why you think this person is worthy of the XTRA Leadership Award. Nominations will be received until March 7, 2012. Please return nominations to the Xavier Booster Club, 6300 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411. Fax nominations to 319294-6712 or e-mail nominations to melissa.slinger@xaviersaints.org.


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A Guide to Using the New Xavier Calendar Streamlining calendar items with Google Xavier is now using Google calendar. Google’s (free) online calendar allows users to view multiple calendars at one time, access a calendar from a mobile phone using a built-in calendar or mobile browser, and get event reminders via e-mail or text messages. Even better, users can personalize event notifications including an option to receive an e-mail or text message when an event is a) changed or b) canceled. Use the steps outlined below to start taking advantage of these exciting features! Xavier’s main calendar is now segmented into the following areas: Athletics, Campus Ministry, Co-Curricular Activities, General, Fine Arts, Guidance, and Student Events. 1. To import any one or all of Xavier’s Calendars with your own, visit http://www.xaviersaints.org (image 1) and click on “Calendar.”

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2. On the lower right hand side of the calendar (image 2), click on the +Google Calendar button (image 3) to sync Xavier‘s calendar with your own. 3. After you have logged into your Google Account, you will receive a pop-up message asking you to select the calendars you would like to merge with your own (image 4). Select the calendar you wish to import (or select all).

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4. To begin receiving notifications for changed or canceled events, right click on a specific calendar (this must be done for each calendar you have imported into your calendar) and click on “Notifications” (image 5). Select options to indicate how you would like to be notified (image 6). ** Note: If you have not already, you may need to click on the link titled “Set up your mobile phone to receive notifications” in order to activate the text message option. Helpful links: Google Calendar help: http://support.google.com/calendar/?hl=en Google Sync for your phone: http://www.google.com/mobile/sync/


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Note from the Nurse‘s Office: Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use We want to take a moment to explain what physical and behavioral signs to be aware of if you suspect your child are experimenting with drugs. You may have noticed more discussion of our DrugPRX program this year. That is in part because of the results of the Vision Process results under Section F of “Key Findings”, subsection “Areas to Explore” where it states “issues surrounding students’ and adults’ choices regarding… drug and alcohol consumption”. We feel it is necessary to address this issue more vigilantly. Xavier’s DrugPRX program was established several years ago because of growing concerns from parents wanting a way to know if their child was using drugs. We want to take a moment to explain what physical and behavioral signs to be aware of if you suspect your child are experimenting with drugs.

From the Trainer: By Heather Boyer Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. The most common back pain is from injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, and joints. Nerve problems are caused by a herniated disc sometimes brought on by

It is important to keep in mind that if a child shows any of the following symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using drugs. The presence of some of these behaviors could be symptoms of depression or adolescent stress. Whatever the cause, they warrant attention, especially if they persist or occur in a cluster. A mental health professional or a caring adult may help a child overcome a crisis and develop more effective coping skills and preventing further problems.

repeated vibration or motion, or by a sud-

The key is CHANGE. It is important to watch for any significant changes in your child’s physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior.

pain. Fractures of the vertebrae caused

Behavioral Signs:

cident, a direct blow to the spine, or com-

• Change in overall attitude/personality • Change in friends; new hang-outs; sudden avoidance of old crowd • Doesn’t want to talk about new friends; friends are known drug users • Change in clothing choices; change in personal grooming habits • Change in activities/hobbies • Drop in grades, attendance issues • Change in habits at home; loss of interest in family • Difficulty paying attention; forgetfulness • General lack of motivation, energy or self esteem, “I don’t care” attitude • Moodiness, irritability • Silliness or giddiness • Excessive need for privacy; increased secrecy; suspicious behavior • Chronic dishonesty; secretive conversations or coded language with friends • Use of room deodorant or perfume to hide odors • Eye drops to cover up red eyes; mouthwash or breath mints

Physical Signs:

• Change in eating habits; unexplained weight loss/gain • Slow, staggered walk; poor coordination • Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness • Red eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare • Cold, sweaty palms; shaky hands • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes • Extreme hyperactivity; talkativeness • Runny nose; hacking cough • Excessive sweating, nausea More information about drug education and the DrugPRX program can be found on the Xavier web page under the Health Link or www.timetotalk@drugfree.org. You may also contact Kris Naeve, School Nurse if you have questions or concerns. The above information was from the American Council for Drug Education at www.acde.org.

den heavy strain, or increased pressure to the lower back. Also, spondylolisthesis, a defect that allows one vertebra to slide over another could be a cause of back by a lot of force, such as from an auto acpressing the spine by falling onto head or buttocks. Osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis are caused by just getting older and your body deteriorating. Treatments can include pain killers, massage, ultrasound, TENS, manipulation, heat/ice, and individually tailored exercise programs to help you regain full use of the back. Strengthening both the abdominal and back muscles helps stabilize the spine. You can prevent further back injury by learning and doing gentle stretching exercises, proper lifting techniques, and maintaining good posture possibly achieved through Pilates and/or yoga.


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Students and Staff of the Month: February Katlyn Andersen

Mrs. May

“For her outstanding season in girls basketball, her work with student senate and her help with Xavier recycling.“

“For leading students to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life.”

Nick Ball

Mr. Glynn

“For his participation in activities and service programs.”

“For the extra effort he gives to assist students in reaching their academic goals.”


Xavier High School Navigator February 2012