Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

September 2019

From the Principal

Hello Regina Community,

We have had an awesome start to the school year. There is a strong, positive vibe in the halls and classrooms. Our new Chromebooks have arrived and have been handed out to the students as well.Thank you to the students, parents, teachers, and staff for getting the year started so well.

Thank you to those who attended Back to School Night. I have included information from my slide show. There is also information about our reading initiative, how being bored can be a good thing, and a story on the risks of vaping.

September 29 is the feast day for Saints Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael. The names of each of these archangels tell us what God asked of them. Gabriel (hero of God) was sent to communicate the message of God to His people. This is witnessed in the Bible when Gabriel told Mary that she would be the mother of God. Michael (who is like God) was sent to protect God's people. This is shown in multiple accounts in the Bible. Raphael (God has healed) is involved in two cases of healing in the Bible. Here is a prayer (Called to Pray, McClain) to these saints.

Today, we implore the intercession of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

Please watch over and pray for us, holy archangels, defending us in battle against the wiles of the evil one as we strive to follow the Lord's will at Regina.

Just as you have served as faithful messengers for the lord, may we share the Word of God with others within our earthly capacity.

We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord. Amen

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael...Pray for us!

Yours in Christ,

Glenn Plummer

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept. 3: Fresh-soph Volleyball tournament at Wilton @ 4:00

Wednesday, Sept. 4: Mass @ 2:15 in the Jr Sr High Gym

Thursday, Sept. 5: 7-12 Volleyball at home @ 4:15, Varsity Cross Country at Kickers @ 5:00, Fresh-soph football at West Delaware @ 6:00

Friday, Sept. 6: Varsity football at home @ 7:00 (Hall of Fame Game)

Saturday, Sept. 7: Volleyball Tournament at Mt. Vernon @ 9:00

Monday, Sept. 9: Fresh-soph football at Anamosa @ 6:00

Tuesday, Sept. 10: 7-12 Cross Country at Tipton @ 4:30

Wednesday, Sept. 11: 7-12 prayer service @ 2:30

Thursday, Sept. 12: 7-12 volleyball at home @ 4:15, JH football at Mid-Prairie @ 4:15, JH cross country at Kickers @ 4:30

Friday, Sept. 13: Varsity football at Pella Christian @ 7:00

Saturday, Sept. 14: Varsity cross country at Luther College @ 9:15

Monday, Sept. 16:

Tuesday, Sept. 17: JH football at hoe @ 4:15, 7-12 volleyball at Durant @ 4:15

Wednesday, Sept. 18: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Thursday, Sept. 19: Varsity cross country at Cascade @ 4:00, JV volleyball tournament at Liberty High @ 5:00, Fresh-soph football at Regina @ 6:00

Friday, Sept. 20: Varsity football at home @ 7:00

Saturday, Sept. 21: Varsity volleyball tournament at Benton @ 9:00

Monday, Sept. 23: JH cross country at Solon @ 4:30

Tuesday, Sept. 24: JH football at home @ 4:15, 7-12 volleyball at West Branch @ 4:15

Wednesday, Sept. 25: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

Thursday, Sept. 26: Varsity cross country at Cedar Rapids @ 4:00, 7-12 volleyball at home @ 4:15

Friday, Sept. 27: Varsity football at East Marshall @ 7:00

Saturday, Sept. 28: Varsity volleyball tournament at Mid-Prairie @ 9:00

Monday, Sept. 30: Iowa Assessments in AM, Fresh-soph football at home @ 6:00

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Iowa Assessments in AM, 7-12 volleyball at home @ 4:15, JH football at home @ 4:15, Varsity cross country at IC West @ TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 2: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15, JH cross country at IC City @ 4:30

Thursday, Oct. 3: 7-12 volleyball @ 4:15

Friday, Oct. 4: Varsity football at South Hardin @ 7:00

Saturday, Oct. 5: Varsity cross country at Wartburg @ TBD

Back to School Night Presentation

The actual presentation is attached below as a pdf. Here are some notes to accompany the slides:

  • ACT scores include 98% of that class. We usually have just 1 or 2 students that do not take the ACT. The range I have been told of other schools in the area is 60%-75% of their graduating classes.
  • Our Advanced Proficiency (@90th percentile or higher) are phenomenal. To have anywhere from 18% to 53% of a grade score advanced proficient is not common.

Reading Initiative

Mr. Foley introduced our reading goal to the students after our prayer service on August 28. That goal is all students will read at a high level. This was a result of the review of our assessment data by teachers and administrators. Where our reading scores are still very good, we have seen a decline in those scores.

We want to instill a joy for reading in our students. One way we hope to accomplish this is by creating a school-wide goal (teachers and students) of reading 2,000 books this school year. We are also using the time after Mass on Wednesday afternoons for silent reading time. All students will be reading for the 10-15 minutes after Mass until school lets out for the day.

Please join us in helping our students meet this goal by encouraging reading at home. This can be done by asking about what your child is reading, having dedicated reading time at home, or even reading the same book as your child.

From the School Counselor

43rd Eastern Iowa College Fair

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Michael J Gould Recreation Center

Kirkwood Main Campus, Cedar Rapids

The 2019 Eastern Iowa College Fair will be held on Kirkwood’s Main Campus in the Michael J Gould Recreation Center on September 11, 2019. Students are invited to come visit with 80+ colleges and military organizations. Mrs. Zoulek is organizing a Senior group trip to attend. Please sign up in Mr. Moeller's room. We will leave at 9:30 am and return at 12:30 pm.



The University of Iowa is hosting a Iowa City Visit Day on Wednesday, September 18th. The visit will start at 9AM, and will include a student panel, campus and residence hall tour, lunch, and academic breakout sessions. Mrs. Zoulek is organizing a Senior group trip to attend. Please sign up in Mr. Moeller's room. We will leave at 8:30 am and return TBD.


7th and 8th grade Girls:

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

A STEM+ career conference

Open Minds, Open Doors conference, is a half-day conference intended to encourage middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Girls will attend two hands-on workshops, and a "lunch and learn" rotation including the STEM Expo and an auditorium-style presentation. Presenters are professional working women who volunteer their time. Presenters represent a variety of careers and businesses in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor.

Mrs. Zoulek has reserved 10 spots for 7th and 8th grade girls who would like to attend. Please sign up in the front office. Priority goes to students who did not attend last year, and those who sign up by August 30th. Workshop spots are first come first serve, so we want the students to pick their workshop options on September 3rd. Cost is $15 per student.

2019 BESTS Students

The Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search provides above level testing (ACT for junior high students) to students that scores at the 95th percentile or higher in at least one subject area of standardized tests. Based on last year's Iowa Assessments, 30 of 72 8th graders and 22 of 44 9th graders qualified for BESTS.