Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

Mid-May 2019

From the Principal

Here are a few more announcements since the last newsletter. I included some information on important dates as well.

The picture to the right is our Lego Mary and Jesus that hangs outside the cafeteria. It was created by students, Mr. Holderness, and Mr. Demory.

Some day it will start to feel like May.

Glenn Plummer

Calendar of Events

May 13-17: AP Exams

May 13: Girls golf regional meet at Wapello @ TBD

May 15: Prayer service @ 2:30, Band concert at CCPA @ 7:00

May 16-18: State track & field meet

May 17: Boys district golf meet @ Indian Hills @ 10:00

May 20: Girls golf regional meet at Durant @ TBD, Boys soccer substate at TBD @ TBD

May 22: Awards Assembly @ 9:00am, Boys soccer substate at TBD @ TBD, Baccalaureate Mass at St. Mary @ 7:30pm

May 23-24: Boys state golf meet at Marshalltown

May 25: Boys soccer substate at TBD @ TBD

May 26: Graduation @ 2:00

May 27: Memorial Day

May 28-29: Girls golf state meet at Ames

May 28: Girls soccer regional at TBD @ TBD, Board of Education meeting @ 6:30

May 30-June 1: Boys soccer state tournament

May 30-June 3: Semester Exams

May 30: Ascension of Jesus

May 31: Girls soccer regional at TBD @ TBD

June 3: Final day of school, Girls soccer regional at TBD @ TBD

June 6-8: Girls soccer state tournament

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

May 15: 7-12 Prayer Service @ 2:30

May 22: Baccalaureate Mass at St. Mary Church @ 7:30 PM

May 29: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

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

Awards Assembly

The 7-12 Awards Assembly will be held at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 22. The program is held in the Jr Sr High Gym. Parents are welcome to attend the assembly.


Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 22 at St. Mary of the Visitation Church.


Commencement exercises will take place at 2:00 on Sunday, May 26.

Semester Exams

The semester exam schedule is attached below.

2019 Youth Awards

Congratulations to Bree Balke, Claire Conlon, Daniel Rhomberg, Drew Hartwig, Madeline Hamilton, Maeve Dunne, Nick Milder on being recipients for 2019 Human Rights Youth Awards. The awards are sponsored by the City of Iowa City Office of Human Rights and Equity.

Quiz Bowl

The following students participated in the Annual Spring America Answers Quiz Bowl:

Joe Polyak
Will Boblenz
Amanda Conlon
Cate Klitgaard
Brooke Gonzalez
Lauren Koch

The 3-2-1 High School Quiz Bowl was held in early April. The team consisted of Aden Hageman, Adam Boblenz, and Alex Spies

Duke Talent Identification Recognition

Congratulations to the following students on receiving state recognition in the Duke Talent Identification Program: Michael Arndorfer, Amanda Conlon (grand recognition), William Goedken, Owyn Noble, Obinna Nwaneri, Thomas Shey, Lillian Xia.

This is a tremendous honor for these students as only the top students in the state and nation receive this esteemed recognition.

Inclusive High School Teaching Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Inclusive High School Teaching Award through the City of Iowa City. Forms can be found at and are due by 4:30 on May 17.

Charts Below

The charts below were in this article from ASCD about the need for better time management in teens. The charts are from Challenge Success-Stanford Surveys of School Experiences, 2018. Stanford, CA: Author. Copyright 2018 by Challenge Success.

The 2nd chart is for students taking no AP courses and the 3rd chart is for students taking at least 1 AP course.

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Anatomy & Physiology Field Trip

The A&P students will be visiting the Cadaver Lab at Cornell College on May 13.

Mrs. Boland's Updates

Health - we are doing CPR on May 2nd and 3rd. Students wanting a certification card should bring $8 for the cost of the card. The students will be presenting their drug unit presentations to the class next week and we will finish out the year with nutrition.

Via - We finished the death unit and will be going on our field trip Friday May 3rd to St. Mary's for mass and a talk about the funeral rites then head over to Lensing's Funeral Home for a tour and information about the grieving process.

Mrs. Wallace's Updates

7th Grade Social Studies

The 7th graders are now on their final set of countries of Africa. We will continue our study of Africa through the month of May. In addition, as a final geography project for the school year, the students will also be designing their own Amazing Race competition throughout the world. The students will pick six international locations and design challenges based on either the geography, culture or history of the location.

AP US History

We are in the final weeks of AP US History as we lead up to the exam on Friday, May 10th at 8 am. In preparation for the exam, we are covering each of the nine time periods of review a day in addition to completing a practice exam in class as well. The students have worked so very hard this year and I am proud of all of their efforts!

Mrs. Welter's Updates

PreAlgebra: In PreAlgebra the students finished their Area Zoo projects and we are moving on to Volume. They will finish the unit on volume with a toothpick towers project where they will analyze structures to decipher the strongest 3D object to use in building. The final unit for the year will be a bounce height lab to graph scatter plots. What a busy end to the year!

Theology 11: In Religion, the Juniors are learning about different levels of Holy Orders....the Diaconate, Presbyterate, and Episcopacy. The students also analyzed Acts of the Apostles to see the importance of Pentecost. We will finish up the year with comparing the roles of the Deacon, Priest and Bishop.

Welter Via: In Mrs. Welter's Via, we finished the book Heaven is For Real. To finish the unit on death, we will be attending Mass at St. Mary's on Friday and then meet with Deacon Joe to go over the Funeral Rite. We will also go to Lensing funeral home to see how they assist in the grieving process. Our final unit will be the Ten Commandments.

Spanish Department News

Spanish I

We learned how to talk about family; ask, tell, and compare ages; give dates; numbers 200 to 1,000,000; and names for pets. We also learned how to use singular and plural possessive adjectives and comparatives. We reviewed the verb "tener" (to have) and numbers 0-100. In addition, we learned about elections in Puerto Rico, the famous Puerto Rican artist Rafael Tufiño, and the famous Peruvian artist Fernando Sayán Polo, and quinceañeras in Puerto Rico and Peru.

Spanish II

Students have learned the use of the present progressive tense and continue to work with the present and preterit tense as well. We are concentrating on irregular forms in all tenses learned and on writing sentences. We will continue focusing on writing, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension. Our current vocabulary unit is on clothing and accessories. Students will close this unit with a fashion show.

Spanish III

We are learning vocabulary relating to the environment/nature, and what we need to do to keep it clean. To convey these ideas, students designed their own brochure on how to save our planet. We are also learning how to use the subjunctive to indicate wish, doubt, emotion, possibility, necessity, and impersonal expressions. Specifically, we are learning how to form the present subjunctive of regular verbs, the present subjunctive of irregular verbs, the present subjunctive of stem-changing verbs, and present perfect subjunctive.

Spanish IV

We learned vocabulary relating to television and film. We also learned preterite and imperfect and the subjunctive. In addition, we learned how to use reported speech and sequence of tenses.