Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

October 2018

From the Principal

October is here already. We start the month with Iowa Assessments (Oct. 8 & 9) and the PSAT (Oct. 10). We end the month with our Service Day on the 28th. Our fall sports teams also begin the championship part of their seasons. Good luck to all of coaches and student-athletes.

I am always open to suggestions on how to improve this newsletter and communication in general. Please let me know if there is information you would like to see included in the newsletter that has been missing.

The Catholic Church dedicates the month of October to the Holy Rosary. Pope Francis's intention for October is evangelization - the mission of religious. "That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice."

The following prayer from Pope Francis was intended for the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. I felt it applies to our students as we all help them grow.

Lord Jesus,

in journeying towards the Synod, your Church

turns her attention to all the young people of the world.

We pray that they might boldly take charge of their lives,

aim for the most beautiful and profound things of life

and always keep their hearts unencumbered.

Accompanied by wise and generous guides, help them respond

to the call you make to each of them,

to realize a proper plan of life and achieve happiness.

Keep their hearts open to dreaming great dreams

and make them concerned for the good of others.

May they be witness to your Resurrection

and be aware that you are at their side

as they joyously proclaim you as Lord. Amen.

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

Oct. 3: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Oct. 10: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Oct. 17: 7-12 Prayer Service @ 2:30

Oct. 24: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Oct. 26: 7-12 Service Day

Nov. 1: K-12 All Saint's Day Mass @ 9:30

Mass and prayer services will be held in the Jr/Sr High Gym, unless noted.

Junior & Senior High Service Day

The annual Jr Sr High Service Day will be Friday, October 26. Contact the Jr Sr High Office if you or someone you know could use some help around their home.

From the School Counselor

College Representatives Visiting Regina in October:

October 4: Army

October 8: Iowa Central Community College

October 11: Creighton University

October 23: Northwestern University, Notre Dame, and Buena Vista University


Juniors and Seniors:

Mark your calendars for October 8th, if you want to add a Kirkwood or University of Iowa Courses to your schedule for next semester. This is the day that each of their online portals open to show the classes and sections of classes available.

Plan to set a meeting with Mrs. Zoulek on Oct. 8th or 9th to discuss options and get the correct paperwork.


Internships Applications for Winter and Spring 2019 are now open!

Exciting times! The Internship portal is now open for current Juniors and Seniors for Winter and Spring 2019 Internship applications. All applications must be complete by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2018 to be considered for a second semester internship.

Review the website and follow along on their Student Dashboard. An application is not considered complete until all portions of the application have been received. See Mrs. Zoulek in student services for more details.


Regina Sophomores and Juniors and their family:

On Wednesday, October 10, our school will administer the 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.

Run for the Schools


Register by this Sunday, Sept. 30

to Receive a 2018 Run T-shirt!

Run for the Schools is

Sunday, October 14, 2018

This is a significant fundraiser for Regina and your help is needed! Regina will receive credit for anyone who registers to walk, run, volunteers to help, or who donates.


You can register to run or walk at There are four different distances available: ½ mile, 1 mile, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon.

Remember to register by September 30 to receive your 2018 Run T-shirt!


Volunteers are needed to help make this event successful. All volunteer time can count towards Silver Cord or Stewardship hours. Click HERE to sign up for volunteer positions.

Can't run/walk or volunteer but still want to help?

Please consider donating to support Regina! Your donation to our school is considered participation. Regina will receive credit for anyone who registers to walk, run, volunteers to help, or who donates. You can support Regina in this way by visiting the Run for the Schools website. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Please remember to plan accordingly for this weekend, so you are able to attend Mass AND participate in the Run for the Schools.

If you have questions, please contact me at or 319-338-5436.

Tim Foley

Regina Jr/Sr High Assistant Principal

ICRR Board Member


STO Donations

The pdf below contains information about the School Tuition Organization (STO) and how to contribute to it.

Regina is currently at about 28% of our allowed contribution and the entire STO is at 78% 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.

2020 Italy Trip

There will be an informational meeting for students and parents on Sunday, October 14. The meeting will be at 4:30 in the cafeteria. Contact Mr. Plummer if you are interested in the trip but are unable to attend the meeting or if you have any questions.

The Great American Read

Mrs. Belknap ran across a PBS book series called the Great American Read. This is a list of 100 books nominated by 7,200 listeners and curated by 13 experts. The list isn't necessarily the best literature, but the best-loved novels submitted by viewers. This link will take you to the show's website.

Mrs. Belknap also polled the 7-12 grade teachers and staff on how many of the 100 novels they had read. Here are the top 5 and the number of novels from the list they have read:

1. Mr. McFerren - 62

2. Mr. Scholze - 57

3. Mrs. Coffin - 56

4. Ms. Osweiler - 52

5. Mrs. Belknap - 51

Back to School Night Questions

How do parents know if their child is not succeeding?

  • This is a team effort. Communication is encouraged as soon as an issue or concern develops.
  • Students should be active participants in their education. They are responsible for communicating their struggles to their parents and teachers.
  • Parents should communicate with teachers whenever a question or concern comes up.
  • Teachers should be communicating with parents when students are receiving below a C in their class. Teachers should also be updating Powerschool at least every other week.

Passing times do not seem to be long enough.

  • There are times in a student's schedule when the 4-minute passing period is not enough time to go from a class to their locker to the bathroom to their next class. In most cases, 4 minutes is enough time (Mr. Foley and have actually tested it out). All teachers are understanding if a student does not have enough time in between periods as long as students communicate with them.

Could we get access for parents to a resource that will provide us with information on risky behaviors?

  • Information I come across is put in the newsletter.
  • Some information goes out via Constant Contact
  • I will look into any school-wide, parent access resources available