Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

January 2019

From the Principal

Happy New Year Regina community! There were many great things going on at Regina in 2018. We saw great performances by our students:
  • on the stage in Miss Holmes and The Sound of Music.
  • in athletic competitions with many state qualifiers and high finishes at the conference and state levels.
  • in our parishes as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, and other important roles.
  • in academics, as demonstrated by ACT (Class of 2018 average ACT composite of 23.9) and Iowa Assessments (no grade had fewer than 85% proficiency in the core content areas).
  • through their service (Christmas Basket, Thanksgiving Dinner, Dance Marathon, and many other activities) to the Iowa City area.

We look to continue and grow upon the great tradition of excellence that has been present the past 60 years. I welcome all of you to join us as we look for ways to grow and make Regina the clear cut choice for educating your children. My office, phone, and email are always open to discuss any ideas to help make this happen.

As a new year starts, many of us look for guidance on how we can make this new year better than the last year. I found this prayer for guidance by Saint Basil that I thought fit well as we celebrated his feast day on January 2.

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger,
in your name we shall find comfort and peace.

I pray that all of you receive the guidance you seek and have a blessed new year.

Glenn Plummer

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

January 16: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

January 23: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

January 30: K-12 Catholic Schools Week Mass @ 9:30

February 6: 7-12 Mass @ 2:15

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

Semester Exam Schedule & Information

Jan. 9-11 (A Day all days)

Teachers not giving a final exam are expected to have an educational activity planned for the testing period.

Wednesday, 1/9

8:20 – 9:35 1st Period Classes

9:45 – 11:00 3rd Period Classes

11:10 – 12:25 5th Period Classes

1:00 – 3:30 Test Make-up Period

Thursday, 1/10

8:20 – 9:35 2nd Period Classes

9:45 – 11:00 4th Period Classes

11:10 – 12:25 6th Period Classes

1:00 – 3:30 Test Make-up Period

Friday, 1/11

8:20 – 9:35 7th Period Classes

9:45– 11:00 8th Period Classes

11:00 – 3:30 Test Make-up Period

**Students reporting late to a testing period will not be given additional time**

  • No lunch service will be provided over these three days of testing. If a student is staying at school they will need to bring their own lunch.
  • Students need to make arrangements for transportation in order to leave school immediately after their last testing period or test make-up period.
  • All students are to be in their scheduled classes from 8:20-12:25 on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:20-11:00 on Friday. All students are to be in school for their study hall, with the exception of juniors and seniors. Juniors and seniors may leave campus during their study hall.

Christmas Basket Project

The 2018 Christmas Basket Project was another huge success. Thanks to Shelly Conlon, Patrick Moeller, the Class of 2018, and everyone else who helped make this happen. Thanks to the efforts of this project, 16 local families (59 children and 8 single mothers) were provided gifts and necessities. Here are a few pictures of our seniors the day of our prayer service.

Math Club

Regina Math Club Places 3rd at City High Math League Competition

Regina placed 3rd overall (out of 8 schools) in the Small Schools Division at the Math League Team Competition at City High School on Saturday, December 15th. This was particularly impressive given that this was a high school competition, and Regina's team consisted of 7 students, 4 of whom are junior high students. Members of the Math Team who participated were Aden Hageman, Steven Liu, Riordan Smith, Aniruth Venkedesh, Lillian Xia, Harren Yeh, and Zeffa Yeh.

In addition to placing 3rd overall, we had some students win medals in individual categories:

Target Round

Junior High: 1st place - Aniruth Venkedesh; 2nd place - Riordan Smith

9th grade: 1st place - Aden Hageman

Sprint Round

Junior High: 1st place - Aniruth Venkedesh; 2nd place - Riordan Smith

9th grade: 2nd place - Aden Hageman

Upcoming Math Club Events

The Tuesday and Thursday exams are written exams that will be given in Mrs. Hill's room starting at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, 1/8: Math League

Thursday, 1/10: ASMA (Junior and Senior divisions)

Tuesday, 2/12: Math League

Thursday, 2/14: ASMA (Junior and Senior divisions)

Saturday, 3/9: Math League Team Competition hosted by Regina - see information and requests for volunteers below

Tuesday, 3/14: Math League

Thursday, 3/19 (We'll find an alternate date for this one since this is during Spring Break): ASMA (Junior and Senior divisions)

Regina To Host Math League Team Competition on Saturday, March 9th

Please keep Saturday, March 9th on your calendars. Regina will be hosting a Math League team competition (similar to what we attended at City High). We'll have competitions at the Elementary, Junior High, and High School Levels. We'll need parent and student volunteers, as well as team participants. Please email Mrs. Hill ( if you'd like to be contacted once the volunteer opportunities are known. High school students can volunteer for the Elementary and Junior High competitions and still participate in the High School competition. We'll need people to help with the competition and also to provide baked goods and help with refreshment sales.

Little Mermaid Crew Positions & Rehearsal Schedule

Musical Rehearsals Starting Friday

We're so pleased with our wonderful cast for The Little Mermaid.

Rehearsals will start with a read-through on 1/4 and 1/5. January rehearsals will be in the choir room, unless announced otherwise.The rehearsal schedule for the next couple of weeks is attached below.

We're looking for help behind the scenes with our spring musical, The Little Mermaid, which will be performed at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts March 1-3, 2019.

Please have your student sign up at:

There are many ways for students to help with the musical behind-the-scenes. These crews allow students to develop leadership skills while having a great time with their friends. Please email with any questions about the different opportunities.

STAGE MANAGER / Assistant Stage Managers

These people are responsible for coordinating both actors and tech so everything can flow together. They do a lot of work with the actors, but are also the ones calling the shots during the actual performances.


The set crew is responsible for building and painting the set. During the show, they are responsible for moving set and helping with scene changes.


The costumes crew is responsible for finding costumes and doing small alterations on them. Sewing experience is helpful, but not necessary. During the shows, they can help with some of the quick costumes changes and be on deck to fix any seams that rip during the shows.


The props crew is responsible for finding the smaller objects used during the show and finding objects to decorate the set. During the shows, they help with scene changes and make sure that all the props backstage stay organized.


The lights crew is responsible for setting up all of the lights before the show. During the show, one person runs the light board. The rest of the lights crew runs spots during the show. Members of this crew cannot be afraid of heights.


The sound crew is responsible for setting up mics so that everyone can be heard during the shows. During the show, one person runs the sound board and is responsible for turning mics on and off and playing sound cues. The rest of the crew stays backstage to try to correct any mic problems


A pretty self-explanatory crew, they are responsible for doing actors’ hair before the show. It is useful if members of this crew already know how to curl hair, but if they don’t, someone can teach them or they can work on the guys’ hair.


This crew does the actors’ make-up before the show. Previous experience in basic makeup is helpful but not necessary.


This crew is responsible for getting the word out about the show. They help to put up posters around town. They also help to serve tech week dinners and organize the head shots in the lobby.


This crew takes pictures of rehearsals and performances and takes head shots of the cast and crew.