Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

September 2018

From the Principal

Hello Regina Community,

The school year is off to a great start. Fall play auditions are this week, our first Mass is tomorrow, and fall sports are in full swing. The Robotics team has started preparing for their competitions and our math and art clubs are having their first meetings.

The Catholic Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows. These sorrows were proclaimed to Mary by Simeon and foretold the suffering Mary would experience as Jesus's mother. The sorrows are also depicted in the Seven Sorrows Polyptych (pictured), an oil painting by Albrecht Durer completed around 1500. The painting contains panels displaying the sorrowful Mother and scenes from Christ's life.

The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows is a prayer that uses a seven decade, seven bead rosary. The chaplet reminds us that Mary played a vital part in our Redemption as she suffered alongside Jesus. The chaplet is prayed like a typical rosary with an Our Father followed by a Hail Mary for each bead. The Seven Sorrows are given below.

Have a Super September!

The First Sorrow

The Prophecy of Simeon
Reading: Luke 2:25-35.

When Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon predicts that a "sword" (of sorrow) will pierce Mary's soul.

The Second Sorrow

The flight into Egypt
Reading: Matthew 2:13-15.

When King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus.

The Third Sorrow

The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple
Reading: Luke 2: 41-50.

Mary and Joseph search for the child Jesus for three days, finding Him at last — after agonizing sorrow — in the temple.

The Fourth Sorrow

Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross
Reading: Luke 23: 27-29.

As Jesus makes His way to Calvary, condemned to crucifixion, He meets His mother, Mary. He is bruised, derided, cursed and defiled and her sorrow is absolute as Jesus drags His own cross up the hill of His crucifixion.

The Fifth Sorrow

Mary at the foot of the cross
Reading: John 19: 25-30.

Mary stands near her dying Son unable to minister to him as He cries "I thirst." She hears Him promise heaven to a thief and forgive His enemies. His last words, "Behold your mother," charge us to look on Mary as our mother.

The Sixth Sorrow

Mary receives the body of Jesus
Reading: Psalm 130.

Jesus is taken down from the cross and His body is placed in Mary's arms. The passion and death are over, but for His mother, grief continues. She holds His body in her arms.

The Seventh Sorrow

Mary witnesses the burial of Jesus
Reading: Luke 23: 50-56.

The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb. The most tragic day in history ends, Mary alone in sorrow, awaiting the Resurrection.

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

Sept. 5: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Sept. 12: 7-12 Prayer Service @ 2:30

Sept. 19: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Sept. 26: 7-12 Homecoming Mass @ 2:15

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

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

Fall Play Auditions

Auditions for the Regina High School Fall Play, Ms. Holmes, directed by Krista Neumann, will be Wednesday and Thursday, 9/5-6 from 3:30-5 in the MPR. Performance dates are 11/16-18.

Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ms. Holmes follows Ms. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson in this full-length play set in the Victorian Era as they work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead.

There are plenty of parts for both female and male actors. Rehearsals will be evenings 5:30-7:15 and some Saturdays. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals, so please don't assume that you can't participate because of other activities. Please come to auditions and let us know your conflicts.

The Sign-up Genius page for the play is:

From the School Counselor

The Open Minds Open Doors Conference at Coe College is October 11. This event is for girls in grades 7 & 8. Regina is limited to 25 participants so registration is on a first come, first served basis. Students who attended last year cannot attend again this year. To sign up:

  1. List your name on the interest sheet in the office.
  2. Bring home the packet to fill out with your parent/guardian signature.
  3. Log on to the workshop selection link and pick 5 workshops in which you have interest. Write them down on the student registration form.
  4. Return the following to the office: payment of $14 (check to Regina, financial aid is available), student registration form, parent/guardian permission slip

The WLC student portal is open to field job shadow requests from sophomores, juniors and seniors. All parts of the job shadow application must be complete no later than Friday, September 21st at 2:00 pm, when the portal shuts down. You must have the application, parent approval and counselor approval completed by then.

Please visit and click on the Job shadows tab to explore the many options for both group and individualized job shadow experiences and complete the quick and easy application.

Get connected to your future career through WLC Job Shadows!


College Representatives Visiting Regina in September:

Sept. 6: Vanderbilt University

Sept. 7: University of Northern Iowa

Sept. 12: St. Ambrose University

Sept. 13: Drake University

Sept. 18: University of Oregon

Sept. 26: Quincy University

Sept. 27: Simpson College


Internship Application Portal opens September 24th for

Juniors and Seniors who have an interest in doing an internship during second semester

Please visit for more information

Juniors and Seniors:

For those who are preparing for taking an ACT, there is a new resource to help get you ready:

Also for Juniors: Save the date for the ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar will be offered January 21st, starting at 9AM in the Multipurpose Room. For more info and to sign up:

A Regional Financial Aid presentation will be held at the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville for area high schools on September 25th at 6 PM Room 118. This would be a good event to attend for seniors and parents that didn't attend the April 23rd presentation this past spring and want to know about the financial aid process.

Band Night is Friday, September 21

The 6-12 bands will be performing together at the home game on the 21st. Rehearsal will start at 6:00 with all bands. We will be playing from pre-game through the end of half time.

Math Club

Is your Regina student interested in Math Club? We'll have a brief meeting Wednesday (9/5) at 7:50 a.m. for students in Grades 7-12 in Mrs. Hill's Room (room 207). We'll discuss the following:

· What our regular meeting time will be

· What mail-in competitions we will participate in (we won’t travel this year)

· How you would like to prepare for competitions

· Anything else you’d like to discuss

Even if your student can’t attend the meeting on 9/5, please have him or her stop in Mrs. Hill’s room and make sure his or her name is on the Math Club sign-up list so that she can contact them with the results of our meeting. Math Club is for anyone who wants to improve their problem-solving skills and work with other students on math problems.

Homecoming 2018

Homecoming week starts on Sunday, September 23. A schedule of activities will be sent out when one gets finalized.

New Vision for Science Education

The full implementation of the new Iowa Core Science Standards takes effect this school-year, with the exception of grades 6-8 (only 1 of each of those grades needs to be implemented over the next 3 years). The pdf attached below highlights some of the changes you will see with the new standards.