Volume 36 - January 15, 2018
A look to the week ahead
Welcome to 2nd Semester! We have a shorter week due to the inservice/no school day on Monday. Grades are due by the end of the day (3:30) on Tuesday.
I sent out a note last week about Step Up Night on Tuesday, February 6. Each department needs to have a representative at each session that night. Thank you for helping out.
Wednesday: Prayer Service @ 2:30, Finance Comm. @ 4:30
Thursday: Faculty meeting @ 2:30, Catholic Identity Comm. @ 4:00, Health & Safety Comm. @ 5:00, Wrestling Senior Night @ 5:30
Friday: Durham meeting @ 9:00
Have a stupendous start to the new semester!
This Week's Morning Prayer
Jan 16-Jan 19: Prayer for an End to Racism
Lord Jesus Christ,
who reached across the ethnic boundaries between Samaritan, Roman, and Jew,
who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
help us to break down the barriers in our community.
Enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
and free us to challenge and uproot it
from ourselves, our society, and our world.
Prayer Service This Week
Thursday Afternoon Meeting
Marting Luther King Jr. Day Inservice
AP Summer Institute Scholarship
Each year, the College Board offers a number of scholarships to support teachers in attending an Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI). AP Summer Institutes provide subject-specific training for teachers who are interested in teaching an AP course. Summer Institutes can also support current teachers of AP courses seeking to further develop their skills, or gain familiarity with a redesigned version of the course (such as the 2018-2019 redesign of AP US Government and Politics). There are APSIs all around the country, including Iowa’s only APSI on the University of Iowa campus (AP Teacher Training Institute; www.belinblank.org/aptti).
Scholarships offered by the College Board include the AP Fellows Program for teachers at schools serving minority or low-income students, the AP Rural Fellows Program for teachers at rural schools, the AP Redesign Scholarship for teachers of the AP US Government and Politics course, and the AP Capstone Scholarship for teachers of the AP Capstone course. Additional details and application materials are available on the College Board’s website.
The deadline to apply for these scholarships is February 15, 2018, so if you’re considering attending an AP Summer Institute, apply today!
IOAPA also offers a grant for Iowa teachers to cover the cost of tuition at the AP Teacher Training Institute (APTTI). See our website for more details.
Yearlong Reflection Journal
Links to past videos:
Week 3 - Popular culture brings many challenges and pressures to our students. What do you think the Church can bring them to help them deal with all of the outside influences they face? How does Regina do this? Can we do more? How?
Week 4 - What structures or opportunities exist at Regina to help students build a deep sense of community? Can we do more? What?
Week 5 - What kind of balance exists between a Regina student’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual lives? Are we happy with the current balance? If so, what can we do to change it?
Week 6 - What practical ways could we incorporate periods of silence into our school day?
Week 7 - Is Jesus the genuine foundation of Regina? In what ways can we improve in making Jesus the foundation of Regina?
Week 8 - Does the sense of Regina achieving its mission ‘depending chief!y on you’ make you feel excited or burdened as a community?
Week 9 - An authentic Catholic school will try to reveal to students the deep truth that they are made in the image of God, that they are loved and that are needed in the world. How effective do you think Regina is at the moment in helping young people know these truths?
Week 9 - It takes courage and effort these days to present Jesus both to the hearts and heads of young people. Do you think your school has the courage to first make Jesus a priority for staff and then proclaim Him to young people in the many opportunities of each day or is Jesus given an occasional mention? What could change and how?
Week 9 - The idea of your subject being a way that students encounter truth can be a paradigm shift. Being totally honest, do you think your school values academic and teaching excellence more in terms of rankings and its appeal to parents or in terms of leading students to truth and Christ? Could both be possible?
Week 10 - What ways currently exist to really encounter the person of Jesus at Regina? What could change or be given more emphasis?
Week 11 - In what ways do you see your school currently developing ‘strong habits of virtue’ in each student that will ‘sustain them in the struggle of life”? What is one thing that could be attempted to strengthen this?
Week 12 - How effectively do you think Regina addresses the spiritual hunger that exists in every young person? Could more be done?
Week 13 - Try and define two or three core elements that truly capture what living the Gospel means.
Week 14 - Do you feel your strengths and expertise are creating a community where love for others is increasing? If not, what could be attempted or done differently?
Week 15 - How could Regina, “...bring warmth and stir hearts.’ through how it understands and uses social communication?
Week 16 - What is your sense of the quality of Regina’s religious education curriculum? Do you think students are given the chance to engage deeply with the Catholic faith on a rigorous level?
Week 17 - If observers spent a week at Regina what would they encounter? What ways exist at Regina for staff to deeply encounter Christ?
Week 18 - John Paul II saw Jesus as the centre of the universe and of history. Would it be fair to say that Christ is the centre of Regina?
Week 19 - Do you think that Regina is currently a place where students, ”...sense their dignity even before they have a definition for it”? What things make this likely or unlikely? What needs to change or what more can be done?
Computer Science Opportunity for High School Girls
A new, innovative cybersecurity training program offered by the SANS Institute offers young women in high school the opportunity to learn basic cybersecurity skills through a no-cost online game of discovery called Girls Go CyberStart.
Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or programming experience. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection.
Young women in high school in Iowa who excel in the Girls Go CyberStart game will have the opportunity to win computers and other prizes as well as a trip, with a parent, to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference.
Registration begins on January 29th and ends on February 16, 2018. The first 10,000 young women who have registered may play the game online from February 20th through 25th.
For information about Girls Go CyberStart visit: https://girlsgocyberstart.com/