Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

October 2017

From the Principal

The Catholic Church dedicates the month of October to the Holy Rosary. October is also designated as Respect Life month. To celebrate this month, Mrs. Conlon is coordinating the praying of a decade of the rosary before our Wednesday afternoon Masses in October. There will also be a Respect Life intention for each Mass. The decade of the rosary will be read at 2:10, followed by Mass. Students are asked to bring their rosaries to Mass. There will be some extra rosaries on hand.

For this month's prayer I am sharing the Prayer of St. Louis de Montfort.

O Jesus living in Mary,

come and live in Your servants, in the spirit of Your holiness,

in the fullness of Your might, in the perfection of Your ways,

in the truth of Your virtues, in the communion of Your mysteries.

Subdue every hostile power, the devil, the world and the flesh,

in the strength of Your Spirit, for the glory of Your Father, Amen.

I pray that all of you have an Outstanding October.


Glenn Plummer

Upcoming Events

Homecoming Week

Homecoming Week kicks off with the powderpuf football game at 6:30 on October 1. Our tentative schedule is given below.

Sunday: Powderpuff football @ 6:30 with announcement of the homecoming court, followed by Ironman volleyball in the gym

Monday: Dress up day is Safari/Tourist

Tuesday: Dress up day is Frat/Sorority

Wednesday: No dress up day - normal dress code, Mass at 2:10

Thursday: Dress up day is USA

Friday: Dress up day is Blue and Gold, multiple activities throughout the day, pep assembly at 2:45, Football game at 7:00 with the coronation of queen and king at halftime

Saturday: Dance from 7:00-10:00 in the cafeteria

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Homecoming Mass @ 2:10

Tuesday, Oct. 10: 9th Grade Retreat

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Mass @ 2:10

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Prayer Service @ 2:30

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Mass @ 2:10

Friday, Oct. 27: Service Day - contact the high school office if you or someone you know could use some help around their home

Wednesday, Nov. 1: K-12 All Saints Day Mass @ 9:30

PSAT Registration

On Wednesday, October 11, our school will administer the Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), a test that showcases the skills and knowledge you are earning in class that are essential for college.

This test is available for all Sophomore and Junior Students. This qualifies Juniors for the National Merit Scholarship, while it is great practice for Sophomores to see what the test is like and to prepare for future tests, such as the ACT and SAT.

For more information about what the PSAT/NMSQT can do for you, visit

Visit Khan academy for free test prep--

Sign up in the high school office, pay the $15 registration fee, and receive a test prep booklet. Scholarships are available.

Iowa Assessments

We will be administering the Iowa Assessments to grades 7-12 on October 16-17. Testing will take place each morning. Makeups will be scheduled as needed. Seniors should report to school by 11:30 each day. The schedules are given below.

Classrooms & Activities

Intercession Time Update from Mr. Foley

Our new Intercession period on Wednesdays and Thursdays has been a success through three weeks. The students and teachers are embracing the change and the challenges of a new program. The computer scheduling program we are using, Setmore, has been pretty effective, but there continues to be minor issues that we need to fix.

I want to thank the students for their help with this process. When I have asked them to do something different or correct a mistake, they have been following directions and suggestions.

The teachers are pleased with the first three weeks of intercession and are reporting mostly positive comments from students.

Information from the School Counselor

Workplace Learning Connection, a department of Kirkwood Community College, offers 1 day job shadow experiences for 10 – 12th grade students. Based upon student’s interests, students may choose a one day job shadow experience at a business or choose a more detailed experience with our internship program.

The enrollment process for job shadows is currently open.

Students must apply for a job shadow by going to

Students should click on the desired job shadow or exploration day and complete the form in its’ entirety

Enrollment deadline is Wednesday, September 20 at 3pm

Students may only enroll in 1 job shadow per year and this is the only sign up period for this school year.


College Rep Visit Days in October:

10/2 12:30 Concordia University

10/10 12:30 Luther College

10/11 10:50 University of Iowa

10/11 12:30 Army

10/24 12:30 University of Dubuque

10/25 10:50 Bradley University

10/25 12:30 University of Central Missouri


Sophomore and Juniors:

On Wednesday, October 14, our school will administer the Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®),
a test that showcases the skills and knowledge you are earning in class that are essential for college.
This test is available for all Sophomore and Junior Students. This qualifies Juniors for the National Merit Scholarship, while it is great practice for Sophomores to see what the test is like and to prepare for future tests, such as the ACT and SAT.

We encourage you to take advantage of the many benefits PSAT/NMSQT offers:
• Get connected to colleges and universities across the country — and to scholarship organizations— by opting into Student Search Service® on the test.
• Get ready for the new SAT®. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for the new SAT and helps sharpen your skills for college. After you get your scores you can link them to Khan Academy® to keep practicing where you need it most.
• Get matched with AP® courses that make the most of your strengths. AP can give you an edge in the admission process, and the opportunity to earn college credit.

For more information about what the PSAT/NMSQT can do for you, and visit

Visit Khan academy for free test prep--

Sign up in the high school office, pay the $15 registration fee, and receive a test prep booklet. Scholarships are available.



Seniors and their families should start filling out the FAFSA--the Free Application for Federal Student Aid--this fall. The application opens on October 1. Many colleges require you to complete this, even if you may think your family won't qualify for financial aid. Colleges recommend completing this early (before December), as financial aid comes on a first come, first serve basis.

The FAFSA helps students qualify for scholarships, grants, loans and work study programs in college. To get started, visit

Families can also take advantage of the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) representatives. They have an office in Coralville in the Kirkwood Regional Center (on Oakdale Blvd). Representatives can assist you in filing out the FAFSA and the services are FREE! Appointments are booking up fast! To set up an appointment with a representative, visit: or contact: (877) 272-4692


Kirkwood Program Fair

We’d like to invite your staff, students and parents to attend the Kirkwood program fair on Friday, October 20th, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Iowa City campus. Representatives of Kirkwood degree, diploma and certificate programs will be on the IC campus to answer questions and provide additional information.

We’re really excited to have area students visit the IC campus to learn more about Kirkwood. Program directors and faculty from at least 6 different departments representing over 80 different diploma and career programs will be there. Your students will be able to talk to the program directors and faculty directly about career opportunities they might not hear about otherwise.

Diploma and certificate programs usually take between nine months to one year to complete, and provide students the skills they need to start in an entry-level position in their chosen careers. Students completing two year programs often enter the workforce directly. However, for students planning to go to a 4 year post-secondary institution, many Kirkwood two-year programs provide an opportunity for students to transfer to obtain a 4-year degree.

Please share this link with students concerned about the demand and earning potential for people with 2 year degrees:



The next ACT is scheduled for October 28th. The regular registration deadline has passed, but students can sign up through October 6th with a late registration fee.

The following ACT is schedule for December 9th. The regular registration deadline for this test is November 3rd.

Regina is a test site for ACTs in September, October, December, February and April. Our test center code is 196480.

Financial Aid Fee waivers are available for Juniors and Seniors who qualify. See Mrs. Zoulek for more details.



The next is schedule for November 4th. The regular registration deadline for this test is October 5th, with a late deadline of October 17th.

The following ACT is schedule for December 2nd. The regular registration deadline for this test is November 2nd.

The closest SAT test site is at the University of Iowa (Schaeffer Hall).

Lynne Zoulek

Regina Jr./Sr. High School
7-12 School Counselor


Regina Student Services Website

Twitter: @ReginaCounselor

Upcoming Orchestra Events

On Monday, October 2, the JH and HS orchestra students will attend a master class as part of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. Our students will get to hear performances of Mozart's Dissonance Quartet and Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet No. 1 and learn from the world-class musicians of the Chiara Quartet. A free evening concert will be presented by the Chiara Quartet, with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, on Wednesday, October 4, in the Voxman Music Building Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. All are invited!

On Wednesday, October 4, the JH and HS orchestra students will have a special Q&A session with Diana Nollen, arts writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Ms. Nollen is visiting Regina to share her expertise and tips on how to write interesting, knowledgeable, and kind concert reviews. We are thrilled that she has accepted our invitation to come!

Fitness and Wellness Class Visits Jazzercise

Mrs. Boland's high school Fitness & Wellness course visited Jazzercise on September 8. Thank you to Kristi Bontrager at Jazzercise for hosting our students.

Makerspace in the Media Center

Each week during the Wednesday intercession period, the library is holding a Makerspace session where we focus on some “making” activity. We can use all sorts of items in our different activities. So far we’ve had a lego challenge and a marble raceway challenge. If you are cleaning out your craft area or toy boxes, keep the library in mind for those items you’re getting rid of. We can use legos, (or other construction elements) paper, thread, beads, fabric, yarn, felt, hot glue, straws, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, clay, paint, etc. Whatever we can’t use in the library we’ll recycle or share with teachers.

We can also use electronics like small drones, spheros, little bits. and model train parts for projects we do in class.

With so much emphasis on STEM content in the curriculum, our Makerspace supports independent exploration and support for classroom projects. We also think some students might find a future hobby or interest that they might never have explored before.

Regina Social Justice Club

For their September project, the Regina Social Justice Club made a meal to feed the two dozen or so guests at Catholic Worker House's weekly Saturday dinner. Elijah Fiegel, Kyla Salm, Rylee Newville, Steven Icardi, Carolina Icardi, and Andrew Thomsen devoted a Friday after school to whipping up delicious food in Ms. Sueppel's classroom. Our friends at the Catholic Worker House were very appreciative of their efforts!

Information & Articles

Iowa Core Science Standards

The new Iowa Core Science Standards were introduced in 2015. Since that time, teachers and administrators have attended training sessions to help with the implementation of the standards. The 3 major impacts of these standards are:

  • Instructional practices will incorporate the Three-Dimensional Learning. The three dimensions (crosscutting concepts, science & engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas) work together to help students have a better understanding of science. More information on 3-D Learning can be found at
  • Grades 6-8 will no longer follow the sequence of earth science-life science-physical science. All 3 areas are integrated within each grade. Due to this major change, implementation in grades 6-8 are allowed additional time.
  • There is a requirement for all students in the areas of earth and space science. A new semester-long Earth and Space Science course will be mandatory for all students starting with the graduating class of 2022. Other options to meet this requirement are being investigated.

I have included the parent guides for grades 6-8 and 9-12 below.

STO Update

Regina is currently at about 35% of our allowed contribution and the entire STO is at 55% of its goal. Member schools have until November 30 to achieve their goal. If you plan on giving to the STO then I suggest to do so as soon as possible in order for Regina to have the best chance at receiving its share of the donation.

Parent Tips for Approaching the Coach About Playing Time

The following article from High School Today is a nice short article that explains ways parents can speak with a coach in regards to their child's playing time.

New Chromebook Monitoring Capabilities

You will be receiving a Constant Contact email (it will also be posted to the web site) in the upcoming weeks in regards to a new Chromebook activity monitoring program for parents.

City Circle Acting Co. Auditions

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on September 29 and 30. Auditions for the children’s choir (2nd through 6th grade) will be Friday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Auditions for everyone else will be Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All auditions will take place at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Drive in Coralville.

Auditioners should prepare a song of approximately 32 bars that shows personality. Bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Children auditioning for the choir may sing acapella. Children who do not have a prepared song may sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Once you submit the form, the producer will contact you with your appointment time. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.

Questions to Liz Tracey at

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed December 8-10 and 15-17 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.