Regal Leader

Volume 38 - January 29, 2018

A look to the week ahead

Happy Catholic Schools Week! No block days, no intercession this week due to the schedule changes. The schedules for the week are below. I will be in late on Monday morning. I should be at school around 10:00.


Monday: In late @ 10:00, International Student Meeting @ 5:00

Wednesday: CSW Mass @ 9:30

Thursday: Vocations talks at 9 and 10, Full admin @ 9:00, Dept. meetings @ 2:30

Friday: Activities day, Girls basketball senior night @ 6:00


Have a great week!

This Week's Morning Prayer

Jan 29-Feb 2: Catholic Schools Week

Each prayer this week will start with a quote from Pope Francis. The quote will be said, followed by the sign of the cross and the prayer.


1/29 Prayer for Catholic Schools

Pope Francis stated, “The individual act of faith finds its place within a community, with the common ‘we’ of the people who, in faith are like a single person.”


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Today we pray for all those in Catholic schools, that united they can bring forth the many gifts that God has given them to serve the school community and the community around them.


1/30 Prayer for Families

Pope Francis said, “The family remains the basic unit of society and the first school in which children learn the human, spiritual, and moral values which enable them to be a beacon of goodness, integrity, and justice in our communities.”


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Today we pray for families, that they may live as in the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. That they may together be rich in virtue and serve as a school of wisdom.


1/31 Prayer for Vocations

Pope Francis stated, “It is with great hope that all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the “soil” where vocations take root, mature, and bear fruit.”


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Today we pray for vocations. That all the baptized be open to the vocation to which God calls them, so that their vocation can take root and grow.


2/1 Prayer for Teachers

Pope Francis said, “Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be…”


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Today we pray for teachers, who each day ask God to lead them so that they can help those they teach find their best selves in all aspects of their lives.


2/2 Prayer for Learners

Pope Francis stated, “Do not be satisfied with partial truths or reassuring illusion.” Rather than being afraid of the ways they might challenge us, the Pope encourages wrestling with new ideas. “Welcome an increasingly full comprehension of reality in your study...doing this requires the humility to listen, and a far-sighted vision.”


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit


Today we pray for our students that they can trust God to help them overcome the hurdles that life gives them so that nothing holds them back from learning and being the best they can be.

Mass This Week

We will have Mass at 9:30 on Wednesday.

Thursday Afternoon Meeting

Departments should continue their work on standards alignment, learning targets, and assessment plans.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Catholic Schools Week

January 29-February 2


Wednesday, January 31- (Morning Mass Bell Schedule)

Mass with Regina alum, Father Michael Rossmann @ 9:30


Thursday, February 1 (8 period Thursday schedule)

Vocations with Father Jeff Belger

Grades 7-9 @ 9:00

Grades 10-12 @ 10:00


Friday, February 2

8:20-8:25 Students report to 2nd period (attendance & lunch count)

8:30-10:00 34th Army Band Performance HS Gym

10:00-11:30 Talent Show HS Gym

11:30-1:00 Lunch, ice cream, 5th period, door decorating, letters

1:00-3:10 Mini-course/movie

AP Summer Institute Scholarship


Each year, the College Board offers a number of scholarships to support teachers in attending an Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI). AP Summer Institutes provide subject-specific training for teachers who are interested in teaching an AP course. Summer Institutes can also support current teachers of AP courses seeking to further develop their skills, or gain familiarity with a redesigned version of the course (such as the 2018-2019 redesign of AP US Government and Politics). There are APSIs all around the country, including Iowa’s only APSI on the University of Iowa campus (AP Teacher Training Institute; www.belinblank.org/aptti).


Scholarships offered by the College Board include the AP Fellows Program for teachers at schools serving minority or low-income students, the AP Rural Fellows Program for teachers at rural schools, the AP Redesign Scholarship for teachers of the AP US Government and Politics course, and the AP Capstone Scholarship for teachers of the AP Capstone course. Additional details and application materials are available on the College Board’s website.


The deadline to apply for these scholarships is February 15, 2018, so if you’re considering attending an AP Summer Institute, apply today!

IOAPA also offers a grant for Iowa teachers to cover the cost of tuition at the AP Teacher Training Institute (APTTI). See our website for more details.

Yearlong Reflection Journal

Links to past videos:

Week 3 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/week-3-2/

Week 4 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/week-4/

Week 5 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/2001/

Week 6 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/week-6_201/

Week 7 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/week-7_/

Week 8 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/big-mansion-episode/

Week 9 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/truth-person-episode/

Week 10 - https://beingcatholic.com.au/jesus-and-the-poached-egg/

Week 11 - https://beingcatholic.com.au/the-nobility-episode/

Week 12 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/new-missionaries-episode/

Week 13 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/2788/

Week 14 - https://beingcatholic.com.au/the-pope-francis-episode/

Week 15 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/internet-episode/

Week 16 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/rigorous-curriculum/

Week 17 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/power-witnesses/

Week 18 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/okavango-episode/

Week 19 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/human-rights-episode/

Week 20 - http://beingcatholic.com.au/going-deeper-ep/european-sports-car-episode/

Week 21 - https://beingcatholic.com.au/the-lost-sheep-episode/


Reflection questions:

Week 3 - Popular culture brings many challenges and pressures to our students. What do you think the Church can bring them to help them deal with all of the outside influences they face? How does Regina do this? Can we do more? How?


Week 4 - What structures or opportunities exist at Regina to help students build a deep sense of community? Can we do more? What?


Week 5 - What kind of balance exists between a Regina student’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual lives? Are we happy with the current balance? If so, what can we do to change it?


Week 6 - What practical ways could we incorporate periods of silence into our school day?


Week 7 - Is Jesus the genuine foundation of Regina? In what ways can we improve in making Jesus the foundation of Regina?


Week 8 - Does the sense of Regina achieving its mission ‘depending chief!y on you’ make you feel excited or burdened as a community?


Week 9 - An authentic Catholic school will try to reveal to students the deep truth that they are made in the image of God, that they are loved and that are needed in the world. How effective do you think Regina is at the moment in helping young people know these truths?


Week 9 - It takes courage and effort these days to present Jesus both to the hearts and heads of young people. Do you think your school has the courage to first make Jesus a priority for staff and then proclaim Him to young people in the many opportunities of each day or is Jesus given an occasional mention? What could change and how?


Week 9 - The idea of your subject being a way that students encounter truth can be a paradigm shift. Being totally honest, do you think your school values academic and teaching excellence more in terms of rankings and its appeal to parents or in terms of leading students to truth and Christ? Could both be possible?


Week 10 - What ways currently exist to really encounter the person of Jesus at Regina? What could change or be given more emphasis?


Week 11 - In what ways do you see your school currently developing ‘strong habits of virtue’ in each student that will ‘sustain them in the struggle of life”? What is one thing that could be attempted to strengthen this?


Week 12 - How effectively do you think Regina addresses the spiritual hunger that exists in every young person? Could more be done?


Week 13 - Try and define two or three core elements that truly capture what living the Gospel means.


Week 14 - Do you feel your strengths and expertise are creating a community where love for others is increasing? If not, what could be attempted or done differently?


Week 15 - How could Regina, “...bring warmth and stir hearts.’ through how it understands and uses social communication?


Week 16 - What is your sense of the quality of Regina’s religious education curriculum? Do you think students are given the chance to engage deeply with the Catholic faith on a rigorous level?


Week 17 - If observers spent a week at Regina what would they encounter? What ways exist at Regina for staff to deeply encounter Christ?


Week 18 - John Paul II saw Jesus as the centre of the universe and of history. Would it be fair to say that Christ is the centre of Regina?


Week 19 - Do you think that Regina is currently a place where students, ”...sense their dignity even before they have a definition for it”? What things make this likely or unlikely? What needs to change or what more can be done?


Week 20 - As a staff how do you see the current balance at Regina between a focus on knowledge and outcomes and the bigger picture of human and spiritual formation of staff and students?


Week 21 - How are we meeting the needs of the poor at Regina whether that be financial, relational, social or spiritual? What do we need to do more of? What could we start doing that we are not doing at the moment?

Computer Science Opportunity for High School Girls

A new, innovative cybersecurity training program offered by the SANS Institute offers young women in high school the opportunity to learn basic cybersecurity skills through a no-cost online game of discovery called Girls Go CyberStart.


Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or programming experience. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection.


Young women in high school in Iowa who excel in the Girls Go CyberStart game will have the opportunity to win computers and other prizes as well as a trip, with a parent, to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference.


Registration begins on January 29th and ends on February 16, 2018. The first 10,000 young women who have registered may play the game online from February 20th through 25th.


For information about Girls Go CyberStart visit: https://girlsgocyberstart.com/