Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

December 2017

From the Principal

December is here even though you can't tell it by the weather. I fear that we are going to get some payback in winter for the nice weather we have had so far. We have a lot of exciting events going on in December. From teh Christmas Basket Project to our joint vocal and orchestra concert, thre is a lot going on in December.


As we enter the Advent season, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. This preparation is done at Regina through prayer, reconciliation, and helping those in need. We will have a different Advent prayer each day during this season. We also started our preparations this week with the prayer below.


You are all-beautiful, O Mary! In you there is no sin.

Awaken in all of us a renewed desire for holiness: May the splendor of truth shine forth in our words, the song of charity resound in our works, purity and chastity abide in our hearts and bodies, and the full beauty of the Gospel be evident in our lives.


You are all-beautiful, O Mary! In you the Word of God became flesh.

Help us always to heed the Lord’s voice: May we never be indifferent to the cry of the poor, or untouched by the sufferings of the sick and those in need; May we be sensitive to the loneliness of the elderly and the vulnerability of children, and always love and cherish the life of every human being.


You are all-beautiful, O Mary! In you is the fullness of joy born of life with God.

Help us never to forget the meaning of our earthly journey: may the kindly light of faith illumine our days, the comforting power of hope direct our steps, the contagious warmth of love stir our hearts; and may our gaze be fixed on God, in whom true joy is found.


You are all-beautiful, O Mary! Hear our prayer graciously hear our plea. Amen.


I pray that all of you are able to enjoy this Advent season and Christmas.


Sincerely,

Glenn Plummer

Upcoming Events

Christmas Basket Project

Christmas Basket Project is an annual service project at Regina High School. Seniors get into small groups and meet a family in the Johnson county area to talk about ways to help out this Christmas season. This year, the senior class of 2018, are attempting to help 17 families. Common requests from our families include beds, winter coats, bus passes and gift certificates to grocery stores. The Regina community assists in gathering the requested items and on December 20th, all of the gifts will be delivered directly to the home of the family.


Please contact Shelly Conlon (shelly.conlon@regina.org) for more information.

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

Wednesday, Dec 6: 7-12 Prayer Service @ 2:30

Friday, Dec 8: K-12 Immaculate Conception Mass @ 9:30

Wednesday, Dec 13: 7-12 Prayer Service & Reconciliation @ 8:30

Wednesday, Dec. 20: 7-12 Christmas Basket Project Prayer Service @ 11:00


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

Extracurricular Events

7-12 Vocal and Orchestra Concert

This concert will be held at St. Patrick Church on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30.


Please check www.rivervalleyconference.org for a calendar of events.

Christmas Break

Our last day of school is December 20. It is a full day of classes. We have our Christmas Basket Project prayer service that day at 11:00. We return to school on January 4.

Semester Exams

Semester exams will be January 10-12. The schedules for those days are attached below. Please note that school dimisses early for grades 7-12 on each of those days.

Classrooms & Activities

7-12 TAG (Talented and Gifted)

Coordinator Barb Reilly



The Regina Jr/Sr High School TAG program attempts to find student’s “gifts” and place them in extracurricular activities to play to those strengths. Sometimes certain activities are specific to composite scores on the Iowa Assessment (97% or higher) and often information is given to students that does not require a specific Assessment score.


Jr/Sr High School 100 Words Every High School Student Should Know

During the ‘17-‘18 school year vocabulary words are being distributed to the teachers and around the building to improve and increase the students’ vocabulary. All students are becoming familiar with 100 different words for pronunciation, part of speech and definition.


JUNIOR HIGH ACTIVITIES

TALENT SEARCHES: eligible students receive information about the DUKE talent search and the University of Iowa Belin Blank BESTS test.

KIRKWOOD Regional Center STEM Day for 7th graders: was held on November 20. Students attended a keynote speaker and two break out sections, such as, the driving simulator, medicine at Iowa, and the state hygienic lab. Students got an overview of possible STEM careers and the opportunity for hands on activities in various fields.

Scholastic Art and Writing: Junior High students have been encouraged to submit a writing sample or an artwork to the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This program encourages students to share their gifts in the areas of art and writing. The contest is supported by the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa. Individual teachers distributed the information to their students.

Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl: Is an annual 100 question trivia based computer program that covers a variety of topics: current events, sports, music, history, geography, etc. A team of eligible students comes to a unified answer. Points are awarded for speed and correctness. The contest is given in November and there are competitions for 7th grade and 8th grade.

America Answers: is a similar contest given every spring which also has a 7th and an 8th grade contest. Students are chosen by their Iowa Assessment scores. The contest is voluntary.

Scholastic Challenge: Eligible students in the 8th grade take this independent 100 trivia type questions quiz in January.

Middle School Science Bowl: In February a team of 5 students will be attending the Ameslab Department of Energy Science Bowl at Iowa State University in Ames.

College For Kids: Information is distributed to eligible students about the GrantWood AEA/Coe College summer enrichment program.


HIGH SCHOOL ACTVITIES

3-2-1 Quiz Bowl: is a new contest in 2017 that includes eligible students in a quiz bowl type format on the computer.

History Bowl (Regional and State competition): is part of the National History Bowl and pits teams of students from around the state who are interested in history.

AMESLAB Department of Energy High School Science Bowl: Regina has had a team compete in this for many years. A team of 5 will travel to Ames to compete against 40 Iowa teams in a quiz bowl format. Categories include physics, biology, chemistry, computers, etc.

ISU Virtual Quiz: Students compete in a computer based trivia contest.

Genetics Day at U of I

Medical Awareness Day at U of I

Loras Chemistry Olympiad: is a written test given to any student who wishes to pursue a career in a chemistry field. Scholarship opportunities for high scorers.

University of Iowa Chemistry Exam: Students take an exam that covers chemistry principles. Qualifying students have the opportunity to take a national chemistry exam.

Scholastic Art and Writing: High students have been encouraged to submit a writing sample or an artwork to the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This program encourages students to share their gifts in the areas of art and writing. The contest is supported by the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa.

Other opportunities: GPML Math contests, various quiz bowls that become available, information days for programs that occur throughout the year, etc.

School Counseling Program Continued

About the counselor:

Hi! I'm Lynne Zoulek. I am thrilled to be the School Counselor for the 7-12 grades at Regina Jr./Sr. High School. I joined the staff in July of 2014. Prior to my work at Regina, I was a counselor at Davenport Assumption High School. I also worked for 9 years as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for 5 school districts (Keota, Pekin, Sigourney, Tri-County and Washington) and a community agency in Northeast Iowa before getting my school counselor's license. While I am a product of a Southeast Minnesota farm upbringing, I've been an Iowa girl ever since college.

My husband, Tom, and I live outside of West Branch and have two children, Josh and Morgan, Josh attends Regina Elementary School and Morgan is a future Regal.

I work with students, parents and staff to support academic achievement of all Regina students. I support students through academic, career, and personal/social support. My specialty is developing 4-year plans for academic success and discussing college and career options.

Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Lynne Zoulek

lynne.zoulek@regina.org

319-338-5436


My webpage:

https://sites.google.com/icregina.com/reginastudentservices/home


My Mission
My mission as a professional school counselor is to ensure effective implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program that will enhance all students’ attitudes, skills and knowledge needed in preparation for post secondary education, career development and becoming a productive citizen of our society.


My Goal
My goal for the program includes the advocacy of personal/social, career and academic success of all students through the use of preventative and proactive measures that promote wellness, critical thinking, responsibility and resiliency. This will be accomplished through the intentional use of data driven methods to create systemic change involving the collaborative efforts of students, family, educators and the community.

The three areas of school counseling:

  • Personal/Social Support
  • Academic Support
  • College and Career Planning


Some of the things that get done or flow through Student Services:

  • ACT/SAT Seminar Prep
  • Education outside the classroom:

STEM Day

Health Careers Day

Job Shadows

Mock Interviews (new this year)

Financial Literacy Fair

  • Visits to explore the Kirkwood Regional Academy and the University of Iowa
  • Four-year high school planning
  • College and career exploration
  • College application assistance
  • Financial aid and scholarship information
  • College credit information night for parents
  • College Planning Parent Seminar
  • Financial Aid Parent Seminar
  • Designee for 504 and Accommodations for testing
  • Parent/Teacher/Student support meetings
  • Directing families to tutor options
  • Arrange college/career/military representatives to visit the school
  • Coordinator for all AP tests
  • Site supervisor for ACT testing at Regina
  • Small group/classes
  • Course scheduling and planning
  • Disseminate course description and graduation requirement information
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Conflict resolution moderator
  • Designee for Project Lead the Way
  • Test proctor for Iowa Algebra Readiness Assessment, Iowa Assessments, Pre-ACT, PSAT, National Career Readiness Certificate test, ACT and AP tests.
  • Student Records
  • Social and emotional support to students and staff
  • Student advocate
  • Career advising
  • Data analysis coordination for future planning




About the counselor:

Hi! I'm Lynne Zoulek. I am thrilled to be the School Counselor for the 7-12 grades at Regina Jr./Sr. High School. I joined the staff in July of 2014. Prior to my work at Regina, I was a counselor at Davenport Assumption High School. I also worked for 9 years as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for 5 school districts (Keota, Pekin, Sigourney, Tri-County and Washington) and a community agency in Northeast Iowa before getting my school counselor's license. While I am a product of a Southeast Minnesota farm upbringing, I've been an Iowa girl ever since college.

My husband, Tom, and I live outside of West Branch and have two children, Josh and Morgan, Josh attends Regina Elementary School and Morgan is a future Regal.

I work with students, parents and staff to support academic achievement of all Regina students. I support students through academic, career, and personal/social support. My specialty is developing 4-year plans for academic success and discussing college and career options.

Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Lynne Zoulek

lynne.zoulek@regina.org

319-338-5436


Learning Center Information

Junior High and High School Learning Center

Kimberly Martin - HS LC

Joan Belknap - JH LC


Mission Statement:

To create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities.


Vision Statement:

To create an environment where students are surrounded by an aura of positivity and support, so they feel confident in themselves and are able to develop their abilities.


Philosophy:

All students can learn and improve upon the level they are at today.


Overview of Services:

Homework support

Reteach and or provide additional instruction

Support for executive skills

Communicate and coordinate with teachers

Advocate for student needs

Progress monitoring for students with specific academic goals

Progress monitoring for students with specific behavior goals

Create, implement and monitor 504 and accommodation plans



At the JH level, the focus is on helping students who need more help with organizational skills and homework completion. We also begin to identify students who may need more intensive support at the junior high level and/or continued support at the high school level. Learning Center is offered two periods per day, and most students meet every other day.


At the HS level the Learning Center provides classroom support for teachers in the form of modification of curriculum, teaching and testing strategies, and behavior supports. Students are provided with additional instruction and reteaching of concepts in core classes. In addition organizational skills, testing strategies, behavior modification strategies, and life lessons are taught to HS LC students. Learning Center is offered 8 periods a day, students meet every day.



Fun Stuff

Life lessons upon request or most of the time not upon request

Broad shoulder to cry on, speak too, or just plain complain too - in confidence of course

Treats for holidays or birthdays

Country music in the mornings

Ready and able to laugh when things get crazy


Information & Articles

Run for the Schools Recognition

Regina hits record breaking levels through the 40th annual Run for the Schools program. On October 15, Regina Catholic Education Center participated in the city-wide race event that raises money for Regina and Iowa City public schools.


The program raises money through registration fees, volunteer participation, and most

importantly donations, which in turn go directly to support Regina Catholic Education Centerand the Iowa City Community School District Foundation.


This year, Regina raised over $12,000 in personal contributions from area friends and businesses including a special matching gift from Ted Pacha, Class of 1966. Ted has supported the Run for the Schools, originally known as Iowa City Road Races since its inception in 1977 and he has supported Catholic Education for many decades.


Ted's personal efforts in helping to raising money for the Run For The Schools over the last 40 years has resulted in Ted securing over $110,000 for Regina.


“The Run for the Schools has been near and dear to my heart for 40-years,” said Ted. “Together we can make a significant difference in the education and lives of our young students of today so that they can become strong adult leaders of tomorrow.”


Money raised from this program will enhance educational opportunities for students. It will generate funds to help maintain much needed school projects and programs.


A special thanks to Ted Pacha for his strong support of Regina and Catholic Education.

Regina Junior High and High School Information Night

Save the date for the Regina Jr High and High School Information Night on Tuesday, February 6.


6th grade is from 6:00-7:00 PM

8th grade is from 7:30-8:30 PM


YOUR future awaits...at Regina Jr/Sr High School!

Intercession Update

Our Academic Intercession program has been running for 11 weeks. Here is an update on our progress and our successes in the first 11 weeks.


- We have reduced our Ds and Fs in gradebooks by around 50% from last year.

- Our scheduling program, Setmore, has had a few difficulties, but when used properly by students and teachers, we have been scheduling 370 students with over 30 faculty each week.

- Here are some of the ways Intercession has been used by teachers and students:

reassessments, reteaching, pre-assessment review, extended lessons for AP courses,

Senior Seminar group meetings, music lessons (band, orchestra, and vocal), general

intercession and study hall, Girls Group, Boys Group, Full Orchestra Rehearsal (includes

band students), MakerSpace, JH Harry Potter Club, and College Admission Rep Visits.


We will continue to improve our use of Intercession time as we close out first semester and move into second semester.

Admissions Information

Save the Date for Regina's 2018 Kindergarten Round Up.


Commit to Excellence and mark YOUR calendar for Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:00-7:15 PM.

At Regina we work collaboratively with parents to foster the tools that children will need to reach their full potential!

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Word-of-mouth is the most powerful marketing tool for increasing enrollment. Do you know a family that may be interested in having their child attend Regina for the 2018-2019 school year?

Regina is currently scheduling tours and Shadow Days to introduce our school to potential new students. Can you help?


Together, let's share the blue and the gold!

Please contact Pam Schowalter, Regina Admissions Director at (319) 499-9006

pam.schowalter@icregina.com

Christmas Basket Project