Regal Leader

Volume 45 - April 9, 2018

A look to the week ahead

We welcome back our seniors and their chaperones. It's hard to believe, but the seniors only have 32 days of school left. The rest of us are at 38. With our in-service on the 20th, prom, AP testing, spring concerts,... that time will fly by us. With that in mind, please be sure to be communicating with students that are in the D to F range and their parents/guardians.

Monday: ACT Aspire - 8th(AM)

Tuesday: ACT Aspire - 10th(AM), Webinar @ 2:30

Wednesday: Mass @ 2:15

Thursday: Prayer Service @ 2:30 (Math)

Friday: Teacher observations 1st & 5th pds., JH Play in elem. gym @ 7

Saturday: JH Play in elem. gym @ 7

Sunday: JH Play in elem. gym @ 2

Have a great week!

This Week's Morning Prayer

4/9 Loving God,

I feel myself being renewed by your life, yet I hesitate to upend my life.

Help me this day to speak with boldness and take refuge in you.

Help me to trust that your Spirit is in the wind that touches me each day

and remind me of the Easter joy that gives me new strength to serve you.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

4/10 Risen Jesus,

Help me to proclaim your loving power.

You have pledged me a gift - now help me to share it.

May my heart always long for sincerity and truth.

May I be inspired by the earliest apostles to share what I have

and to share what you have given me with joy and a love for the needs of others.

My heart longs to open my ears and listen for your words in my life today

so that I might lift my voice in praise of you.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

4/11 God of Light,

You came to share your presence and call us into the light of the world.

With your grace, we can restore the dignity of our human nature;

By following your light we will possess an unending love for the poor.

We have been called to take our place as your followers

and tell people everything about this life --

a life calling us to dedicate ourselves to the service of others.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

4/12 Loving God,

Hear my call to you.

You have responded to my needs over and over.

With Jesus interceding on my behalf,

help me bring forgiveness to those in my life who need reconciliation.

Peter and the apostles witnessed your wonders as do I each day in my life.

When I look, I can see your healing and love

you show me how to feed those who are hungry

and you do not ration the overflowing gift of your Spirit.

Help me to remember how grateful I am.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

4/13 Loving God,

with each passing week, we enter more deeply into the Easter season.

You offer us healing in so many ways as we long for the grace that helps us

to see Jesus as our risen savior.

Help us to be aware of when we long for the food that does not really last.

Give us the vision to do the work of God: to believe in Jesus, the one he sent.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Mass on Wednesday This Week

We have a 7-12 Mass on Wednesday at 2:15. Please leave the first two rows as you enter the gym open for guests.

Thursday Afternoon Meeting

The math department will host a prayer service this Thursday afternoon.

Project Lead the Way Training

We have grant money available for teachers to receive training for PLTW courses. The courses available would be in the Biomedical, Engineering, and Computer Science pathways. Let me know if you are interested in going to a training session this summer.

Yearlong Reflection Journal

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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?

Week 22 - Describe the ‘purpose’ of Regina in a single sentence.

Week 23 - In what ways are we currently bringing the brokenhearted in our Regina community, ‘ for their souls.”? In what ways can we help them encounter Jesus who wants to be closer to them? In what ways are we being the presence of Christ to them? What could we attempt?

Week 24 - What role does tradition play in the life of Regina? What is our most valued school tradition? Could new traditions be started that would create a more vibrant Catholic community?

Week 25 - How can moral courage be lived out as a staff at Regina when it comes to witnessing to the Catholic faith? What would it cost people?

Week 26 - In terms of finding the courage to be a faithful Catholic school that is committed to sharing the Good News what do you think are the biggest fears and obstacles to this courage that need to be faced and overcome at Regina?

Week 27 - As well as the focus on Jesus and the need to value every person, what other basic principles do you feel matter at Regina? What opportunities currently exist at Regina for reflection and self-criticism?

Week 28 - In what ways if any do you think Regina is undertaking missionary work in the lives of young people?

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Easter Resources

Easter arrives early this year on Sunday, April 1, 2018, offering all of us the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the entire Easter season with our students before the school/catechetical year comes to a close. There are a myriad of resources and opportunities parishes and schools can use during the Easter season. As you prepare to guide your faith community through all 50 days of the Easter season, take a peek at some of the amazing tools available at the 'click' of your mouse!

  1. Church Life Journal posted an outstanding blog about celebrating the Easter Season in the classroom. Here is the link to the article.
  2. Busted Halo is a great website especially for those who work with teens and young adults. Take a look at Holy Week in Two Minutes.
  3. Joe Paprocki's Catechist Journey arrives in my inbox every afternoon with helpful and insightful suggestions for Catholic school teachers and parish catechists alike. His Easter Folder contains an amazing list of helpful ideas, articles and learning activities.
  4. The Liturgical Catechist has become one of my favorite sites for video clips, articles, links and ideas. I highly recommend looking through their list of Easter resources. Click here.
  5. Loyola Press has also assembled a series of resources and lesson plans. Click here.
  6. The Diocese of Albany, NY has assembled an excellent Digital Library for anyone to use. Take a peek at their Easter Folder and then explore the entire collection.
  7. Catholic Family Faith has curated excellent suggestions that you can look through and share with the families you serve. Click here.
  8. The Religion Teacher website has great Easter activities click here as does Building Faith click here.
  9. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) website is always a good place to start. Their overview of Easter is worth a look, click here.

Submitted by Lisa Orchen, M.Div., the Archdiocese of Hartford's Director of Catechetical Initiatives

Summer PD Opportunities in Outdoor Skills

Three outdoor skills courses targeted to physical education teachers will be offered through Heartland Area Education Agency this summer. See the Heartland online course catalog and search by activity number or title. Space is limited and these courses will fill, so register early.

Basic Outdoor Skills

Fish Iowa! Angler Education

Advanced Fish Iowa! Lake and Bow-fishing

Teaching Outdoor Skills: An Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills

Activity #: HL007099991901

Location: Big Creek State Park Marina

Dates: July 31 & August 1 (work due August 15), 2018

Times: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (7/31); 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. (8/1)

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018

Online Registration: Heartland Area Education Agency

Targeted Subject Area and Grade Level: Physical Education Grades K-12 with emphasis on grades 4-12

Number of Credits: 1 License Renewal or 1 Drake Graduate Credit

Cost: No Credit: $100; Licence Renewal: $135; Drake Graduate Credit: $210

For More Information:; 515-494-3891


Hands-on sessions will acquaint participants with a variety of basic outdoor skills and teaching resources/methodologies. Participants will receive introductory instruction and lesson plans for planning outings, map reading, hiking, paddling, fishing, archery, campfire cooking, and basic firearm safety/shooting. The registration fee includes meals and materials.

Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!

Activity Number: HL005999991901

Location: Big Creek State Park Marina

Dates: June 6 & 7 (work due June 22), 2018

Times: 9:00-6:00/7:00-3:00

Registration Deadline: May 30, 2018

Online Registration: Heartland Area Education Agency

Targeted Subject Area and Grade Level: Health and PE Grades 7-12; Ag and Natural Resources 7-12; Life Sciences 7-12; Nonformal educators working with age 12 and older

Number of Credits: 1 License Renewal; 1 Drake Graduate Credit

Cost: No Credit: $80; Licence Renewal: $115; Graduate Credit: $190

For More Information:; 515-494-3891


This two-day workshop will acquaint participants with the Fish Iowa! fishing education modules and a variety of other resources to teach fishing in a variety of settings. Participants will learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Participants will experience lake/pond fishing (including kayak fishing) and be introduced to bow fishing and fly-fishing. A valid Iowa fishing license is required for fishing activities. Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches. Activities will also include peer teaching and small group work to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations. The registration fee includes lunch, teaching modules, and an instructor kit. The materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port.

Teaching Outdoor Skills: Advanced Fish Iowa! Lake Fishing and Bow-Fishing

Activity #: HL007199991901

Location: Lake Red Rock Visitor Center

Dates: July 24 & 25, 2018

Times: 1:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. (7/24); 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ((725)

Registration Deadline: July 13, 2018

Online Registration: Heartland Area Education Agency

Targeted Subject Area and Grade Level: Health and PE Grades 7-12; Ag and Natural Resources 7-12; Life Sciences 7-12; Nonformal educators working with age 12 and older

Number of Credits: 1 License Renewal

Cost: No Credit: $75; Licence Renewal: $110

For More Information:; 515-494-3891


This advanced Fish Iowa! training includes on-water instruction specific to fishing lakes and bow fishing. Classroom activities include modeling and practice of teaching activities to be used with students. About 2/3 of course sessions are practical experience bow fishing and lake fishing with experienced mentors. A valid fishing license is required to participate. Training in Fish Iowa! basic spincasting module or prior angling experience recommended. The registration fee includes food, all equipment and materials needed for activities, and a teaching resource.

Five Ways Teachers Can Impact School Culture

1. Observe other teachers' classrooms... and invite them to observe yours. I strongly believe that one of the best professional development strategies is to learn from the teachers down the hall. When you initiate peer observations, you foster a culture of collaboration within the building. It creates a more cohesive faculty and increases the likelihood that the best instructional practices in the building get replicated.

2. Take responsibility for your students' academic achievement... and share your data with colleagues. Data is used by the most successful schools to make instructional decisions and drive school improvement efforts. It is not always comfortable to share your own assessment results, but it is an essential component of healthy professional learning communities. When you take the tough steps of sharing your data with colleagues, it encourages others to follow suit. Your candor sends the message that weaknesses will be confronted head on. Faculties that are honest with each other about student achievement are in the best position to do something about it. Don't wait on the principal or instructional coach to call a data meeting -- you start the conversation. It will make it more likely that your colleagues will own their data as well.

3. Take risks... and fail publicly. It is easy for faculties to become complacent, especially when the status quo is adequate. Try something new in your classroom, and let your colleagues know how it goes. If a new activity or strategy bombs, scrap it... or tweak it, but share your experiences and move on. Your courage and your transparency will inspire other teachers to break out of their own ruts. Innovation thrives in schools where teachers are free to fail.

4. Be patient with the knuckleheads... and never lose sight of your purpose. Most teachers have some challenging students at some point during the day. It can be tempting for teachers to complain about them in the lounge, at the lunch table, in the hallways, or even at faculty meetings. You teach the knuckleheads too, but you give them the benefit of the doubt. You show empathy, You understand that the inappropriate behaviors are a manifestation of dysfunctional circumstances outside of school that no kid should have to deal with. Your attitude toward the toughest students will not go unnoticed by other teachers. It is usually the case that the most difficult kids need the most TLC. Your patience with these kids reminds other teachers what's really important -- making a difference in the lives of kids.

5. Stay positive... even in the face of adversity. We all have tough days, and some circumstances seem to conspire to destroy the morale of the faculty. Smile, remain optimistic, and figure out a way to remind your colleagues "the glass is half full." Optimism is contagious. The positive energy you bring to work each day will lift the spirits of those around you. Your commitment to maintaining a positive outlook will generate positive energy in the building that can make the naysayers irrelevant.

Taken from Steele Thoughts by Dr. Danny Steele