Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

May 2019

From the Principal

Believe it or not we have entered the last month of our school-year (I'm not counting June). May has so many things going on that we often forget or don't have the time to properly observe or celebrate these events. I will include a calendar of events in this newsletter to help keep things organized during this month. I also included some links to articles on student anxiety and vaping.

This month I offer 2 prayers that I found in Give Us This Day. They both are meaningful to me and go along with 2 big days during May. Catholics also dedicate the month of May to Mary. We will have a Mary Crowning Mass on May 1 to kick off the month.

I was introduced to a Catholic meditation app at the NCEA Convention last week. The app is called Hallow. It is free, but does have some paid services/add-ons. You can set up daily reminders to pray and take part in prayer challenges. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. Their website is

I would also like to congratulate and thank the Class of 2019. It has been a great to get to know you and I wish you the best of luck as you move beyond the walls of Regina. Thank you to the parents and guardians of our seniors as well. We would not be at this point without your time, passion, and energy.

Have a blessed month and end to the school-year,

Glenn Plummer

Mother's Day Prayer

Loving God,

as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

so you watch over your church.

Bless our mother.

Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, her family, may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Memorial Day Prayer

God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride.

Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,

that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.

Keep in your mercy those men and women who have dies in the cause of freedom

and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Calendar of Events

May 1: Mary Crowning Mass @ 1:50

May 2: Conference track & field meet at Camanche @ 4:30

May 3: Pops Concert @ 7:30pm

May 6-10: AP Exams

May 7: Boys golf conference meet at Riverside @ 9:00am

May 8: Girls golf conference meet at Muscatine @ 9:00am, Mass @ 2:15

May 9: State qualifying track & field meet at Tipton @ 4:00

May 10: Boys golf sectional meet at Tipton @ 10:00

May 12: Mother's Day

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 1: Mary Crowning Mass @ 1:50

May 8: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

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

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

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

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.

Elementary State Mathematics Contest

Regina is proud to be hosting the first Elementary State Mathematics Contest in the Regina Cafeteria on Saturday, May 4th (Star Wars day!). Registration will start at 8 am, and the competition will start at 8:30 am. The competition should be done by 1 pm.

The contest is open to students in grades 3 through 6. Awards will go to the top finishers and schools in each grade in small school and large school divisions.

The registration fee for Regina students will be paid for by the school.

This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a positive atmosphere. The contest has 4 rounds. In some rounds, students compete individually, and in other rounds, they work cooperatively with other students from their school. It is ideal for students to have a group of 4 in order to maximize their Team round score (teams can have students from different grade levels).

Please email Beth Hill ( to register your student. She will also be setting up some practice sessions for students so that they can practice with past competition problems.

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.


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.