Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

March 2018

From the Principal

Hello Regina Community,

February has flown by and March starts of as a busy month. Our girls basketball team qualified for the state tournament in Des Moines and the high school musical (The Sound of Music) is at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts. Spring break starts in less than 2 weeks and with that we have another pilgrimage to Italy.

Through a partnership with ACT, all students in grades 7-12 were administered the ACT Tessera. This exams measures a student's social and emotional learning skills. The 6 areas measured are tenacity/grit, organization/responsibility, teamwork/cooperation, composure/resilience, curiosity/ingenuity, and leadership/communication style. We will use these results to measure areas to focus on to better prepare our students for post high school success. Results will be shared with parents and students when we are able to figure out the best way to do so.

I am reminded each Lenten season of the need for spiritual renewal. Our Lenten sacrifices prepare us for death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We should also use this time to renew just not our own spiritual lives, but also to help others experience a renewal themselves. I offer this prayer for spiritual renewal I found at

God, heavenly Father, look upon me and hear my prayer during this holy Season of Lent.

By the good works You inspire, help me to discipline my body and to be renewed in spirit.

Without You I can do nothing.

By Your Spirit help me to know what is right and to be eager in doing Your will.

Teach me to find new life through penance.

Keep me from sin, and help me live by Your commandment of love.

God of love, bring me back to You.

Send Your Spirit to make me strong in faith and active in good works.

May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness, open my heart to Your love,

and prepare me for the coming feast of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer.

Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.

Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness.

Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

Father, our source of life, I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand;

let me walk more readily in Your ways.

Guide me in Your gentle mercy, for left to myself I cannot do Your Will.

Father of love, source of all blessings, help me to pass from my old life of sin

to the new life of grace.

Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom.

I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,

Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.


Peace to all,

Glenn Plummer

Upcoming Events

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

February 28 - Jr/Sr High Mass @ 2:15

March 7 - Lenten Reconciliation & Prayer Service @ 8:30

March 21 - Jr/Sr High Mass @ 2:15

March 30 - Good Friday Stations of the Cross Prayer Service @ 11:00

April 4 - Jr/Sr High Mass @ 2:!5

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

The Sound of Music

Our high school musical will be performed at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts on March 2nd (7:00), 3rd (2:00 & 7:00), and 4th (2:00).

Student Testing in April

All students in Math 7 and Prealgebra will be taking the Iowa Algebra Readiness Assessment. This test is one measure used to decide math placement for students.

All students in grades 8 and 10 will be taking the ACT Aspire. This assessment measures high school or college readiness.

Classrooms & Activities

Ash Wednesday Mural

The picture below was taken after our Ash Wednesday prayer service. Each year our seniors paint a mural created by art teacher John Demory as part of the prayer service.
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National Science Bowl Regional

Led by Mrs. Reilly, the team of Alex Spies, Peter Burer, Aden Hageman, Trevor Van Swol, and Adam Boblenz finished in 2nd place at the2018 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl on February 24. Congratulations to the team on an awesome job!

From the School Counselor

Grades 7-12 Course Registrations Due March 6th

Mrs. Zoulek has been in classrooms for 6-11th grade to discuss class options for the 2018-2019 school year. Students should be bringing forms home to discuss with their parent/guardian. Please have the signed form and the $100 registration fee returned to the high school office no later than Tuesday, March 6th. These forms are essential step in the registration process, as they guide decisions on classes offered, and helps to build our master schedule. Extra forms and course description guide can be found in the high school office or online at Contact Mrs. Zoulek with follow up questions.

ACT Test Prep at Regina-- April 2nd and 3rd

Regina is hosting an ACT test prep seminar through ZAPS Doorway to College on April 2nd and 3rd from 6:30-9:00 PM each night. Students should plan to attend both nights. Learn tips to improve in all subtests, practice strategies, reduce test anxiety and take short practice tests.

Reserve your spot today. Cost is $79.99. Sign up is only through Doorway to College. Call 1-877-927-8378 or go to to register.

ACT Test Schedule

The next ACT test will be held at Regina on April 14th, 2018. The regular registration deadline is March 9th; the late registration period is March 10th-23rd for an additional $25. Students should register through The following test date for the ACT is June 9th (deadline is May 4th), but Regina will not be a test site for this test. All Junior students are encouraged to have completed their first ACT by the April or the June test.


Next year’s Juniors and Seniors are eligible to gain a deeper sense of career exploration and to get high school credit while doing an internship during the Fall term. For each term, 45 or 60-hour internships are available, earning .25 and .50 credits, respectively. To find out more, see Mrs. Zoulek or visit Interested students can sign up through their website. Please do so no later than Wednesday, April 11th to complete the parent permission and school counselor recommendation no later than 3 pm on April 13th.

PSEO Courses

Regina students have the opportunity to take free college level courses off campus through Kirkwood Community College or the University of Iowa. Interested students can meet with Mrs. Zoulek now until March 23rd to start the paperwork/enrollment. Students will need to also meet with a college advisor. Final paperwork should be returned to Mrs. Zoulek by Tuesday, March March 27th.

Information & Articles

Journey's in Faith Speaker's Forum

Bishop Zinkula will be speaking about forgiveness as part of this series of talks. Information is attached below.

Financial Aid Forms Available

For parents interested in applying for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year, the STO financial aid form is available on the Regina web site and attached below. Forms are due in the business office by April 17, 2018.

Iowa School Choice Update

The following pdf is from Iowa ACE, the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education.