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September 9, 2013 Dear Parents,    The decision to send your son or daughter to Xavier High School may have been a tough decision or it may have been very easy. Yes, there is tuition. Yes, you could be spending that money on another important purchase for your child. But you chose here. Let me tell you, do not have any doubt that your investment in your son or daughter’s future will not produce a “return.” If your child buys into what Xavier has to offer, they will have success in high school and beyond.

            In my time at Xavier, I have seen many people grow spiritually, academically, and physically. Spiritually, we have learned more about our faith in classes and have gone on retreats to learn about ourselves, others, and God, so we overall are closer to God. Academically, we have been challenged, and the results of this have been outstanding. Graduation rates are off the charts, ACT scores are above average, teachers care about us as though we were their own kids, and success in the classroom is a shared goal. Physically, we are challenged by our coaches and instructors and taught life lessons, namely 1) teamwork 2) do your job 3) toughness 4) win. Xavier is an unbelievable place, and I would not want to be anywhere else. Yes, your son or daughter might complain about the amount of homework or about the amount of time they spend at their practices. Don’t let them give you excuses or make excuses for them. Be there for moral support, but don’t do their work for them or let them take a day off. Xavier is a challenge; it’s not easy. But if your child buys in and tries to get better everyday, they will have the most enjoyable and rewarding four years of their lives. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Seize it.

Sincerely, Ben Valentine Student Body President

Did You Know?

Daily Schedule: Warning Bell Prayer Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Meal Prayer

7:45 7:50-7:53 7:53-8:37 8:42-9:26 9:31-10:18 10:23-11:06 11:06-11:07

Period 5A Period 5B Period 5C Period 6 Period 7 Prayer Period 8

Lunch Lunch Lunch

5 minute passing periods!

11:12-11:33 11:33-11:56 11:56-12:19 12:24-1:08 1:13-1:56 2:01-2:02 1:02-2:45

New Faces: Mrs. Lemker

Class: Geometry & Algebra Basics Room: 110

Mr. Mallie

Class: U.S. History and World Civilization Room: 208

Ms. Larkin

Class: Junior Theology: The Church Our Story Room: 253

Mr. King

Class: Fitness/ Wellness and Lounge Moderater Room: Ron Thillen Gymnasium

Ms. Shrunk Class: World Civilization & U.S. History Room: 210

Mr. Lage

Class: Spanish II & Spanish III Room: 204

Parents are welcome to attend Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel every Friday at 7 a.m. Students can get into any home sporting event for free with their lunch cards. Freshmen share the front parking lot with sophomores. The Saint Shop is open during home games and on Fridays from 11-1. Each freshman has a Senior Mentor to guide them in their first year of high school. The Xpress publishes 15 times each school year. Mrs. Gaffney Position: Head Lunch Director Room: Schubert Commons


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A new wave of technology, Xavier iPads This year, the students of Xavier received new technology. Gone are the requirements for pencils and pens, and in are the needs for styluses and keyboards. iPads have become a new facet of Xavier, making the school a Digital Learning Environment (DLE). Students have become the user of a new iPad, which was provided by the high school. Xavier administration views these devices as aids in preparation for future careers. “We live in a device world,”

What parents should know about the new iPads:

principal Tom Keating said. “It’s up to us to teach our students how to use their iPads in a work environment. Then they are prepared to use them in their future endeavors.” The iPads contain multiple apps for learning advancement to help with this goal. If a student experiences problems with his/her iPad, Xavier has the solution. First, take it to an Xpert. Xperts are Xavier students who are fully versed in the ways of the iPad. They are available during most hours of the school day in the

LMC lab. If an Xpert cannot fix the problem, check with Mrs. Wallraff or Ms. Olson. If the solution takes a while, the student will be given a loaner iPad until the issue is solved. iPads are a new feature of the school, and it is up to everyone to make it a positive experience. “I believe the iPads benefit everyone who is a part of Xavier,” senior Xpert Nicholas Mlodzik said. “Parents should definitely support their kids in this new wave of technology. Maybe they’ll even learn something in the process!”

1. iPads need to be charged every night in order to maintain full battery. 2. Required apps are already on the iPad, but students are free to download any others. 3. Keyboards are available for around $30.00 at Best Buy. 4. Senior Nicholas Mlodzik is offering styluses for only one dollar. 5. Xperts are available during most afternoon classes in the LMC lab to offer assistance to students experiencing technical difficulties.

Advice from Xperienced Xavier Parents The Deignans

Pat and Carol Deignan Ryan - Xavier Class of ‘06 Meg - Xavier Class of ‘09 Jimmy - Xavier Class of ‘11 Emma - Xavier Class of ‘14 “The reason we chose Xavier is a combination: clearly the faith environment, but also to be surrounded by faculty and teachers who promote the Catholic faith is great. But the community here is really second-to-none. It is such a nurturing environment.” “We also have the advantage of looking back now on the academics, and our kids have been very well prepared for college. Don’t get too hung up on the credentials your kids are going to get for college. Xavier is a challenging place and your kids will be prepared no matter what.” “Embrace what it means to be a part of Catholic education. Go to mass and get involved with your parish. One of the benefits of Xavier is to instill that life long love of faith.”

The Vegas

The McCartans

Carlos and Amy Vega

Mary Lou and Bill McCartan

Domingo - Xavier Class of ‘07 Daniel - Xavier Class of ‘14

Will - Xavier Class of ‘09 Kerry - Xavier Class of ‘12 Kate - Xavier Class of ‘18 Maggie - Xavier Class of ‘27

“Our best advice is for you to push your kids to join many activities at school to get to know different kids. Also, stay involved in your kid’s life as much as possible.” “We picked Xavier because we loved the structure and discipline it provides and how the administration pushes and supports our morals along with our Catholic faith.” “Xavier benefited our kids by pushing them academically due to the competitiveness of the school. Xavier prepared our kids to work hard in their everyday lives. Xavier sets them up to succeed in their future after high school. The athletic programs also made our kids strive for greatness. Xavier is just an all around terrific school.”

“It’s important to get off to a strong start academically. You have to be studying hard from the first day, because your first semester goes towards your GPA that goes to college. And you do not want to dig yourself a hole.” “One of the big reasons we chose Xavier is that Catholic education helps the person remain a strong Catholic throughout their life.” “Get your whole entire family involved right away. It is great for the kids to get involed but even better when the parents get involved and set a good example. Go to all of the events and participate in them. Become a part of the Xavier community.”


WELCOME to XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL

SOCIAL STUDIES

SCIENCE

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

FINE ARTS

ENGLISH

THEOLOGY

JOURNALISM

BUSINESS

STAIRS

PRACTICE

NOVAK ROOM

DR. DREY ROOM 203 THEOLOGY SR. LAGE ROOM 204 SPANISH

MS. SCHRUNK ROOM 210 SOCIAL STUDCOACH’S OFFICE

GUIDANCE CLASS

MS. CONSTANT ROOM 207 FRENCH & SPANISH

COACH SCHULTE ROOM 215 SOCIAL STUDIES

205

RESTROOMS MRS. WAGNER ROOM 226 JOURNALISM

PHOTO STUDIO

STAFF CAMPUS MINISTRY

SPIRITUAL

LIBRARY/ XPERT CENTER

COACH SULLIVAN ROOM 117 SCIENCE MR. CAMACHO ROOM 121 SCIENCE MR. KADLEC ROOM 123 SCIENCE MRS. DIRCKS ROOM 125 SCIENCE

MR. SCHAUB ROOM 127 CHEMISTRY

208

MS. LARKIN ROOM 253 THEOLOGY MRS. MAY ROOM 251 THEOLOGY

ROOM 110 MATH

MRS. WENDT/ MS. FINELY ROOMS 133, 135 &

MR. GOLDSMITH ROOM 217 SOCIAL STUDIES MR. LILLY ROOM 219 SOCIAL STUDIES & F/W

CHAPEL 201

UPPER MAIN GYM BALCONY

MS. SWEHLA ROOM 140 BAND

MRS. RICHMOND ROOM 209 SPANISH

MRS. STREIF ROOM 242 RESOURCE

WRESTLING ROOM

RESTROOMS

REGIS-LASALLE THEMRS. KEARNS ROOM 213 SOCIAL STUDIES

MR. FARRELL ROOM 211 SOCIAL STUDIES/THEOLOGY

MR. O’BRIEN ROOM 240 BUSINESS

108

MR. WALKER/MRS. HUSSY ROOM 142 VOCAL MUSIC

GUIDANCE RESTOFFICE ROOMS

MAIN SCHUBERT GYM COMMONS

MRS. HOFFMAN ROOM 205 SPANISH MR. MALLIE ROOM 208 SOCIAL STUDIES

XAVIER

2 r o o l F

MR. THRAEN ROOM 201 THEOLOGY MR. SATERLEE ROOM 202 THEOLOGY

NURSE

ACTIVITIES OF-

FITNESS CENTER

MRS. MILTNER ROOM 107 MATH

MRS. LEMKER

MR. BALLINGER ROOM 115 SCIENCE

MRS. BOGUSS ROOM 109 MATH

MAIN OFFICE

ICN

LOCKER

MATH

MRS. WHITT ROOM 111 MATH

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Navigate the halls with more stealth than your high schooler as you journey through their typical school day.

MRS. GOERTZ ROOM 113 MATH

MR. KRAMER MR. GLYNN ROOM 108 LATIN/MATH

GUIDED STUDY

BUSINESS

MS. HAYES ROOM 230 ENGLISH

UPPER REGISLASALLE THE-

MS. MCDONALD ROOM 221 ENGLISH MRS. MARSHALL ROOM 223 ENGLISH MR. HAYWARD ROOM 225 ENGLISH MRS. MOSES ROOM 227 ENGLISH MRS. FLORES ROOM 229 ENGLISH

MR. CERVANTES ROOM 233 ACTING PAGE DESIGN BY: MEGAN LYNCH EDITED BY: JENNA FENSKE AND COLETTE MILLER


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