Regina News November 2008 A Monthly Newsletter for Regina Families MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Regina Junior Senior High School November 2008 Newsletter Prayer to Begin the Day and the Month of November Rising I thank you, Mighty and strong One, King of creation, Giver of rest, firmly confessing God in three Persons, Oneness of God head, Trinity blest. Credited to St. Patrick First Quarter Reports All report cards were sent home Monday, October 27 with your students. Those students receiving D’s or F’s also had a copy mailed to their homes, besides the copy given to them. Please sit down and review the grades with your student and if you need more information please contact your student’s teacher as soon as possible. Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, November 6th – 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, November 7th – 9:00-11:00 a.m. The purpose of parent teacher conferences is to provide an opportunity for you and your teacher to share insights and information about your child related to his/her academic accomplishments. Unfortunately the time is limited for this important conversation, so it is important that you as a parent and the teacher have prioritized statements or questions regarding your student. We would encourage all conferences to be limited both by teacher and parent to a maximum of 5 minutes. Some of our teachers have over 150 different students and it is impossible to meet for a long period of time and many of our parents have other activities or plans and are on limited time for conferences so it is important to keep them moving. If you think you are going to be rushed you may wish to contact the teacher by email before the conference to ask those important questions and then he/she can prepare in advance the information requested and have the thoughts or answers ready at conferences. Certain circumstances need follow up conferences and these should be held within two weeks of the original conference. These follow up conferences are more successful if they are face to face and again if the student is in attendance. For those of you who cannot attend the conferences on Thursday or Friday please contact the teacher by email with questions or concerns. Conferences will be “arena style” All teachers are in one location and parents see those teachers needed. Research has proven that the most beneficial school conference has the student in attendance with the parent and teacher. This is “who” the conference is about and they too should have some valuable input into this conversation. Regardless of grade or age of student the student/parent/teacher conferences are the most successful so we certainly encourage you to have your student attend also. 9-12 Teachers will be located in the High School Gym. Exception Mr. McCaffrey – Physics in Regina Cafeteria Angela Howard - Vocal teacher with Regina Choir to Chicago (not available) Junior High students expected to attend conferences. 7 and 8 Grade teachers will be located in the Regina Cafeteria and will include the following: Mr. Burk American History 8 and PE 7 Mr. Carrell English 8 and 7th and 8th Learning Center Mrs. Coffin Life Science 7 and 7th and 8th Reading Mrs. Dow Pre Algebra 7A, Pre Algebra 8A and Literature 7 Mr. Foley English 7 and Literature 8 Ms. Oberman (Student Teacher with Mr. Foley) Mr. McCaffrey Phy Sci 8, Religion 7 Mr. Shea World Geo 7, Adol Skls, Religion 8 Mr. Small Spanish 7 Mrs. Welter Pre Alg 8, Pre Alg 7and Health All other teachers who have a 7th grade class may be found in the high school gym they are: Mrs. Sueppel Family and Consumer Science Mr. Kahler Religion 8 Ms. Hames Speech 8 Mrs. Popkes Spanish 8 Mr. Fawcett Algebra 1 Ms. Riehl 7 and 8 Art New Additions Congratulations to Annie and Scott Popkes and to Hanh and Ben Nguyen Kratz for the birth of their daughters, Lyla Audrey Popkes and Grace Lynh Nguyen Kratz. Regina AP Scholars National Scholar Granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams. Stephen Grabowski Alec Modrick Scholar with Distinction Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Stephen Grabowski Teddy Larew Alec Modric Tyler Ronnfeldt Scholar with Honor Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Sara Andino AP Scholar Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Colleen Carrell Conor Ducharme Katherine Edeker Christopher Jones Mary Miller Brian Rice Nicholas Williams Congratulations to all of you. Cast and Crew of “Pink Panther” you had great with success with the Fall Play. What wonderful talent Regina has. Fall Sports Participants - Keep that Regal Flag flying high for a few more events. Congratulations to all of you and your coaches for a great exciting season. To all of our Juniors/Seniors for the service day held on Friday, October 24, helping those in need with various projects around yards and homes to ready for the winter. November Happenings November 6 and 7 Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, November 6 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, November 7 9:00-11:00 a.m. (no classes) Tuesday, November 11 No bus service Wednesday, November 19, PLAN Test all Sophomores Thursday, November 20 – Senior Citizen Dinner - Key Club Wednesday, November 26 Thanksgiving Prayer Service with noon dismissal. On behalf of all of us at Regina Junior Senior High School we wish all of you a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Ray Pechous Principal ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS a) TAG NEWSLETTER CHANGE OF DATE!!!!! IOWA STATE HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL The state of Iowa annual quiz bowl will be held on Saturday, DECEMBER 13 in Ames at Iowa State University. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible. Regina has entered one team of 4 students. Please contact Mrs. Reilly if you are interested JUNIOR HIGH THINKING CAP QUIZ BOWL The Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl is a computer generated trivia test that compares scores with other grade level students across the nation. Students are eligible to compete if they have a 99% core total on the most current ITBS/ITED. th th The 7 Grade TCQB will be held on Monday, November 10 in the high school library during 7 th and 8 periods. th th The 8 Grade TCQB will be held on Tuesday, November 11 in the high school library during 7 th and 8 periods. KNOWLEDGE MASTER OPEN The Knowledge Master Open will be held in early December. There will be three divisions: middle school (7, 8), junior high (9), and high school (10-12). BESTS-BELIN BLANK (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA) Applications for the 2008 Belin Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search have been given to eligible 7-8-9 grade students. Students who received a 95% or higher on one or more of the 2007 IOWA TEST OF BASIC SKILLS TESTS received a statement of referral to BESTS for their score report. Parents may access www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank for information. This opportunity is completely voluntary and encourages students to take the ACT test to learn more about their academic strengths. Congratulations on being eligible for this wonderful opportunity. PLEASE ASK YOUR STUDENT IF THEY RECEIVED THE FORM. Contact Barb Reilly (email@example.com) if you have questions or concerns. CR GAZETTE HEAD OF THE CLASS Please check the Advertiser or CR Gazette for the monthly feature HEAD OF THE CLASS. This month Tyler Ronnfeldt, senior and National Merit Finalist was Regina’s featured student. KEY CLUB INFORMATION REGISTRATION Registration for the 2008-2009 Key Club has now been closed. Over 70 students grades 9-12 have volunteered their services for this worthy group. PEANUT DAYS A special thanks to all those students who volunteered for the annual Kiwanis Club Peanut Days that were held October 3 and 4 at the local Hy Vee stores. Over 25 Key Club volunteers helped to raise money for various Kiwanian scholarships and projects. This year the students helped to nd raise the 2 highest amount ever raised by the Kiwanis Club. Thanks to all who so generously donated their time and talents. ANNUAL SENIOR CITIZEN THANKSGIVING DINNER The Key Club annual senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria on Thursday, November 20. Bingo will be in the high school library at 10 am with dinner following at 11:30-12:30. Entertainment will be provided by the New Horizons Band. Student Key Club volunteers will be assigned to specific jobs and all volunteers are asked to wear white shirts with black skirts or pants. b) TECHNOLOGY NEWS – Joan Belknap At least three high school teachers are using our new School Web Lockers. Seniors were able to access Religion 12 lessons, even though Mrs. McCue was not here. Complaints were heard, but mostly for having to do actual work in her absence. Former students who return for a visit tell us that lots of their class materials and assignments due are handled in a similar manner, virtually paperless. The advantage to students is that they can use the lockers to store digital files whether their teachers use them or not. That way there are no problems getting into their email (not allowed at school), and getting around broken printers, or whatever, so assignments can be handed in on time. We have begun the process of senior tech exams. We hope to be finished by Christmas break so it will be a big item off senior checklists when spring rolls around. In the spring we will do the juniors and then we will be on track with our shift to the junior year. The first part of the tech exam was the internet search. The search must be focused and include some method of delimiting the results. Students are not allowed to just type in a list of terms like they could do in second grade, and furthermore must complete their search in 15 minutes. They received a “Beyond Google” packet and Mrs. McCue gave them some guided exercises to help them learn some techniques. The test results were not so great, so many of them will be getting some help and trying again. By going to the Google “more” help page you can read lots of tips that will help with all kinds of searches. The link appears below. http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html If anyone would like a digital copy of the “Beyond Google” packet the students received, I would be glad to attach the pages to an email. Send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. I have also placed the documents in the History and Justice homework folders on School Web Lockers. Your senior should be able to find them there and read through them at home. I also put a PowerPoint that I use in training there. I will not be able to send that via email because of our 1 MB file size limit. In addition, I created a shared directory called “Tech Exam Training” on School Web Lockers. All juniors and seniors have access to this folder when they click on their “home” link. They can download whatever they need, including the PowerPoint. I will be adding to this folder as the month goes by. Finally, you can also find all of the documents except the PowerPoint by going to the http://www.icregina.com website, clicking on High School, then go to the left, find and click on the Technology link. The documents can be downloaded from the technology page. There is information in these documents that could benefit ANYONE, not just students taking the tech exam. I will add other training and tip pages in the near future. th The 8 graders in Physical Science just finished several days working on rocket animations using Flash. Flash is a much more complex program than most have used to date, but they hung in there and had fun making their rockets fly along the motion path they drew. They also created a background and added a text layer explaining their experiment. Their final step will be to change the frame rate and export to Quicktime Video. If they bring a key drive they should be able to bring the final Quicktime version home to show you. There were a lot of complex steps to their project and they worked really hard without getting discouraged. th The 7 graders are working on a spreadsheet project in World Geography comparing another state to Iowa. We are using the iWork application called “Numbers” as an alternative to Microsoft Excel. We talk about the differences between the two applications including price and flexibility and the many similarities. Numbers allows the total project to be completed in a way more similar to desktop publishing. I stress to the students that being intelligent consumers means that they can consider many factors in platform and application choice and choose what suits their needs. th In December, the 9 grade Physical Science students will be doing their two week programming th unit. Since this is the transition year for moving Physical Science to 8 grade, we will be teaching th the unit in the spring to 8 graders as well. This year we will be using a free application developed at Carnegie Mellon University. It uses a drag and drop interface to let students create animations, but the basic concepts of programming, such as sequencing, loops, and decision structures still apply Life is always interesting in the computer lab. c) CAMPUS MINISTRY NEWS A Thanksgiving prayer service will be held in the high school on Wednesday, November 26. Junior Senior Service Day Juniors and seniors began their service day with Mass @ St. Patricks. Following Mass they fanned out to rake leaves, wash windows and prepare homes for the winter for residents of Iowa City. Their hard work was appreciated and as usual they were outstanding representatives of Regina. Senior Trip ***Reminder. The first $250.00 payment towards the D.C. trip was due in October. The second $250.00 payment is due on January 15. The total cost of the trip is $700.00. The seniors will leave on April 12 at 9 P.M. and return on Saturday, April 19 by 8 A.M. If your senior is not planning to go on the trip, please let Mrs. McCue or Mr. Plummer know ASAP. Guatemala Service Trip Regina students who are interested in traveking on a ten day service trip in Guatemala should see Mrs. McCue. Dates are May 30- June 9. Cost is approximately $2,000.00. DVD’s are available of the 2008 trip. Christmas Basket Project For the eighth consecutive year, Regina seniors will be coordinating a massive project to share Christmas gifts with 15 needy families. All students in the high school will be linked to a specific family through their religion class. As a religion class, the students will fill the “basket” for their family. To do this they will be asked to bring in new items, “gently used” items or cash with which to purchase presents. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered to our families on the final day of school in December. This project has been a wonderful opportunity for all of us to take the time to reflect on the true spirit of giving. If you’d like to help, here are a few ideas: 1. Monetary donations allow us to buy gifts for our families. A check made out to Regina can be mailed to the high school. Please identify it as a Christmas Basket donation. 2. Help us out by making wise decisions about donations. The standard we share with the students is this: “If you wouldn’t want to open it as a gift on Christmas...no one else would either.” 3. Please do not send any used clothing other than the following: a. Outerwear- jackets, hats, mittens and boots- for any age. 5. Yes, we can use furniture! Beds, mattresses, dressers, kitchen tables & couches are needed. On Sunday, December 7th our “Furniture Crew” will spread out throughout Iowa City, picking up and dropping off furniture. Bikes, baby strollers, high chairs & artificial Christmas trees are also needed. Please keep us in mind. 6. If you know of a family who have a special circumstance and could use our help, please contact Kathy McCue. d) THE GOOD AND THE BAND NEWS Announcing a NEW BAND- the Regina Middle School Jazz Ensemble. This will be a middle school band open to all band students grades 7 & 8. They will rehearse Wednesday morning and occasional Friday mornings. Mailings have gone out for parents. It will be a great musical experience. High School Band Travels to St. Ambrose for clinic. The Regina High School Wind Ensemble will be traveling to St. Ambrose to have a clinic with Dr. Gene Bechen , Director of Bands. The band will work with Dr. Bechen. Following that the students will take a tour of the St. Ambrose campus and go to a movie in the afternoon at the Putnam IMAX Theatre. Two Talented Tooters Try for All-State. Emily Duncan, freshman flautist and junior Eamonn Carroll alto saxophonist will audition for the prestigious Iowa High School Music Association All-State Music Festival held in Ames, Iowa. th Over 6,000 students from across the state travel to audition sites on the 25 to battle double digit odds to be chosen for the very select band, orchestra and choir. The All-State Festival will be held November 20-22. b Regina High SchoolJazz Ensem le to perform at the Englert Theatre Monday, November th 17 . b th The Regina High School Jazz Ensem le will be performing Monday, November 17 at the Generations of Jazz Concert. Bands invited to perform include West Branch, Williamsburg, West Liberty, LinnMar, City High and the host band the IC/JC senior center’s Silver Swing. The Regina b High School Jazz Ensem le will perform from 7:24-7:44. Please come and support our talented musicians!! Alto Saxophone Tenor Saxophone Piano Eamonn Carroll Matt Edeker Olivia Symmonds Chris Lopez Sarah McCaffery Guitar Baritone Saxophone Trumpets Hunter Last Vicky Symmonds David Rudolph Matt Gessner Keyboard Bass Trombones Danielle Meister Eoghan Hartley Cody Schlader Jordan Corpman Set Sloan Alberhasky Sam Buatti Alex Kumor Spamalot in Chicago th High school and 8 grade band students will be attending SPAMALOT in Chicago on January th 28 2009. Students will travel by charter coach to the Science and Industry Museum for a morning of scientific exploration at the world-class museum before attending a live performance of the Tony Award winning musical. Students attend First Ever Cedar Valley Conference Honor Band in Tipton. th High school and 8 grade students from Regina and the other Cedar Valley conference schools were chosen in September by their directors for their hard work and talent were chosen to th participate in first ever Cedar Valley Conference Honor Band to be held Saturday November 15 at the Tipton Middle School. Students will rehearse during the day with outstanding educators then perform a concert at 5:00 in the Tipton Middle School Gym. Students include: th 8 graders- Sam Buatti, Michael Clapp, Taeyoon Juen, Mark Ward, Anna Kron, Andrew Monger, Ian Probst, James Howe. Regina High School students: Amy Gray, Vicky Symmonds, Miranda Gehris, Rachael Hefel, Olivia Symmonds, Mary Harris, Emily Duncan, Cody Schlader, Sloan Alberhasky, Eamonn Carroll, David Rudolph. Noise in the basement? Have you heard practicing in your house? If you have not you should! All junior high students have lesson book assignments that require much more than the-night-before-panic-practice. High school students have much to work on as well and Jazz Ensemble students even more! e) ST. NICHOLAS MARKET COME VISIT THE ST. NICHOLAS MARKET IN THE REGINA CAFETERIA DECEMBER 7TH FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 1:00 P.M. This wonderful event is fun for one and all! Enjoy a warm breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage as you listen to the Regina Elementary Handbell Choir, as well as other musically talented Regina students. Visit the many local vendors and artists to take care of some Christmas shopping. J Michel Photography will be taking pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Come support Regina! f) POVERTY AWARENESS NIGHT th 7 Grade Students Plan Poverty Awareness Night… …And you’re invited to attend! th Mr. Foley and Miss Obermann’s 7 grade English students have recently embarked upon a unit in which they have been studying and reflecting upon the issues of poverty, homelessness, and hunger affecting Iowa City, the United States, and the world beyond. As we have analyzed statistics, practiced writing our own budgets as single parents on welfare, and heard firsthand about what it is like to beg and sleep on the streets, our eyes have been opened to both the truths and the stereotypes surrounding these complex, yet widespread issues. The students have already begun working on the culminating assignment of the unit, a research paper that explores a question about poverty, homelessness, or hunger. As each student has asked his or her own question, the research topics are of a wide assortment. th Mr. Foley, Miss Obermann, and the 7 grade students would like to invite all parents, faculty, staff, and members of the Iowa City community to attend a special Poverty Awareness Night on th th the evening of Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm in the Regina cafeteria. All 7 grade students will be prepared to share their research findings and guests will be invited to circle the room, visiting any topics of their choosing. We ask that you bring one of the following items to be donated: a non-perishable food item, school supplies or books in good condition, soap or hygiene products, or socks, gloves, hats, or scarves. The students will decide where these goods will be distributed. We hope that you will choose to attend Poverty Awareness Night in order to see what we have been learning and to maybe learn something new yourself! STUDENT SERVICES NEWS The senior trip for the Class of 2009 is scheduled for April 12-18. The seniors will leave on the night of the 12th (around 9:00) and get back early the morning of the 18th. The trip will include visits to Gettysburg, a night tour of the monuments in D.C., the Capitol, Smithsonians, Orioles or Nationals game, and Arlington National Cemetery. Please note that the first payment of $250 is due to Mr. Plummer by November 7th. Please make checks payable to Regina High School. The total cost of the trip will be $700. Future payments will be $250 by 1/23/09 and $200 by 4/3/09. If we do not receive the first payment or any communication by the due date of the first payment, then we will drop the student from the trip. We are looking for 4-6 parent chaperones as well. If you are interested in helping out please notify Mrs. McCue or Mr. Plummer. Regina Guidance News Congratulations to our Seniors for working hard to complete college applications! Many students have also been creating résumés that highlight their extracurricular activities, volunteerism and awards. These résumés will come in handy as students apply for scholarships and search for jobs. Seniors who are still working to complete applications or need assistance on college search may schedule a time with Mrs. Allgood during their study hall or off period. Application Deadlines: Please remember that many college application deadlines are set in December! This is a busy time and Regina is not open from December 22 – January 2. Therefore, no one will be available to send out “last minute” transcripts. Please encourage your son or daughter to give at least 1-2 weeks notice if requesting letters of recommendation and to send in applications early. It is also a good idea to make teachers and staff aware of the application deadlines they are working with for their college/university or scholarships. Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th and will be held in the High School Cafeteria. A representative from the Iowa Student Loan College Access Network will lead this presentation. This presentation will provide parents and students with insight regarding the process in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. On Thursday, January 22, a College Planning Center representative will be on campus to work with parents individually to complete the FAFSA. Appointments can be made with Mrs. Allgood in 30 minute increments. Parents will be informed ahead of time of the documents needed for the process. Be sure to check out the Senior Scholarship List! It is available as a link on the Regina High School Guidance Webpage and will be updated weekly. It will also be emailed to parents of senior students periodically. I Have a Plan Iowa: Help your student with college/career plans: Pa r ents ca n sta rt a ca r eer/ colleg e p ar ent p or tf olio at www.ihaveaplaniowa.org. I ow a Ch oic es® is c omp rised of nin e diff er ent s oftw ar e pr ogr am s and is th e St at e desi gnat ed C ar eer I nf or ma tion and Decisi on -M aking Sy stem. I owa C hoic es is d esign ed t o assist st ud ents a nd f amili es with car eer expl or ation and in f or mati on , as w ell as k n owl edg e ab out educ ati onal and financi ng op portuniti es. I t is availabl e f ree t hr ou gh the I owa C olleg e Stud en t Aid Com mission. Ch eck it out ! Upcoming Events University of Iowa Campus Visit for juniors and seniors of all IC schools: Thursday th November 13 . If you are interested in attending, see Mrs. Allgood. Mak e su re t o ac cess t h e College Visit Google Calendar at www.icregina.com under Calendars! ACT: www.actstudent.org SAT: www.collegeboard.com Test Date: December 13 Test Date: December 6 Registration Deadline: November 7 Registration Deadline: Nov. 5 Test Date: February 7 Test Date: January 24 Registration Deadline: January 6 Registration Deadline: December 26 Error! Contact not defined. Code: 162158 Students may also come by the Guidance Office and pick up a registration packet if they wish to register for ACT or SAT by mail.