Regina Jr Sr High Newsletter

May 2018

From the Principal

Hello Regina Community,

We enter our final month of this school year in May. It is hard to believe that another school year is coming to an end. I would like to thank our graduating seniors for what they have brought to the Regina community during their time at Regina. They have demonstrated excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics while being tremendous faith leaders in our school and community. These seniors will be missed, but their contributions will be remembered.

We also honor the lives of those who gave their lives while serving our country on Memorial Day at the end of this month. Due to the sacrifice of the many women and men that have served our country, we are allowed to live in a country with many freedoms. The following prayer for Memorial Day was in this month's Give Us This Day.

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 died in the cause of freedom

and bring them safely

into your kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Happy Easter,

Glenn Plummer

Upcoming Events

Religious Celebrations & Faith Activities

May 2 - Jr/Sr High Mary Crowning Mass @ 2:15

May 9 - Jr/Sr High Mass @ 2:15

May 16 - Jr/Sr High Prayer Service @ 2:30

May 23 - Baccalaureate Mass @ 7:30 at St. Wenceslaus Church

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

15th Annual Human Rights Youth Awards Ceremony

The public is invited to attend the 15th Annual Human Rights Youth Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The event, sponsored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, will be held at the Englert Theatre, 220 E. Washington St. There is no fee to attend.

Area youth who were nominated by members of the public for their promotion of and contributions to human rights causes locally or globally will be recognized. Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton will deliver brief remarks at the ceremony.

Students from Regina Senior High (over half of the award recipients!), City High, West High, and James Van Allen Elementary will receive awards. To see the complete list of recipients, visit

RSVP to the Facebook event for updates and reminders.

For more information, call 319-356-5022 or e-mail

Classrooms & Activities

From the School Counselor

Awards Assembly

The Junior Senior High Awards Assembly will be held at 9:00 on Wednesday, May 23 in the Junior Senior High Gym.

Mock Interviews

A Mock Interview process will be presented to 11th graders from the Workplace Learning Connections. It has been a few years without having this at Regina. We are so thankful that it is back! It is one way we help students become college and career ready. It is great, experiential learning, in a supportive environment.

How it works:

Tuesday, May 1st--during Speech class: You will hear from Susan Gallo from WLC. She will talk through the process of an interview, give you some tips, tell you what to expect, how you should dress for an interview and how you can best prepare. She will also give you a list of potential interview questions to study.

Friday, May 4th from 9 AM - 11 AM is the actual mock interview. Students will be assigned a 15 minute time slot (schedule to be sent in a later email to students). You should report to the multi-purpose room 5 minutes before your time slot. WLC organizes 9-10 volunteers to give of their time and talents. The interview will be approximately 10 minutes, followed up by 5 minutes of feedback from your interviewer.

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) Programs

The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)is offering its planning programs online. Parents and students can stream these events LIVE from any device and ask questions of ICAN student success advisors.

Tuesday, May 1 – Life After High School: A Guide to Career and College Planning 5:30 pm
Perfect for sophomores, juniors and parents


Thursday, May 3 – How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process 6:00 pm
Perfect for juniors and parents


Tuesday, May 8 – Life After High School: A Guide to Career and College Planning (in Spanish) 6:00 pm

Perfect for ESL families. ICAN advisor Lupe Hernandez will provide information and answer questions in Spanish.


8th Grade Financial Literacy Fair

On April 23, 8th graders went to the Kirkwood Regional Academy in Coralville to participate in the Financial Literacy Fair, put on by the Workplace Learning Connection. There, they used their chosen career field budget to explore their spending habits, as if they were starting out in that career, after college, on their own. The students visited booths to pick out what housing, transportation, and extras. They spun the wheel of reality to see if they earned a nice birthday gift from grandma, or if they had to spend money repairing their car. Students figured in savings, student loans, insurance, food, clothes, and possibly picked out a pet, etc. I think they enjoyed the learning process that came through this experience. Some ended up in the "red" and some in the "black." You may want to ask your student how they did to stay within budget.

8th to 9th Grade Transition

Also on April 23, during VIA, we had a visitor from the Iowa College Access Network speak with all of the 8th graders about the transition to freshmen year. Each of them should have brought home a Freshman transition booklet, a Freshman/Sophomore to-do list, and a folder with information about our three state schools. It may be information they want to hold on to, as it has some great pointers for high school success.

Information & Articles

Hosting International Students

Please contact Pam Schowalter if you are interested in hosting an international student for the 2018-2019 school year. Her number is 319-499-9006.

Catholic Relief Services Global High School

Regina Jr Sr High was named a Silver Level Global High School by Catholic Relief Services. We have been told we are the first high school in the Diocese of Davenport to receive this distinction. Special thanks to Katie and Joe Welter for helping bring the programs from CRS to Regina.

Coding, Robotics, and Engineering Opportunity

Stairway 5 is a summer and after-school program that has opened in Coralville. Their website (hyperlink on the company name) states that they "build confidence through project-based learning."