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Navigator: December 2017

This newsletter from Xavier High School provides updates on events from December 2017 including: - The principal's message about preparing for Jesus during the Advent and Christmas season. - Announcements from the campus ministry, business office, and athletic department. - Recaps of recent events like the Hour of Code workshop and Microsoft Office certification. - Recognition of students who earned all-state honors in football and golf and the dance team winning a state championship. - Upcoming events like Catholic Schools Week in January.

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December 2017 | Volume 20 | Number 4The official monthly newsletter of Xavier High School
Inside
Principal‘s Corner: 2 | Business Office News: 3 | Campus Ministry News: 4 |
Hour of Code: 5 | Microsoft Office Certification: 6 | All-State Honors: 7 |
Dancing with the Saints: 8 | Xavier Dance is Back-to-Back Champs: 9 |
Good News: 10 | Students & Faculty of the Month: 12
Reason
Seasonfor the
Jesus is the
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Principal’s Corner: Reason for the Season
“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” That
question was posed by John Lennon over 30 years ago.
Upon receiving this issue of the Navigator, we will be
nearing the end of Advent – a time of waiting, a time of
anticipating, a time of preparing. I would guess that, as
Christmas approaches, we might agree that we experience
a lot of waiting, anticipating and preparing.
We certainly wait. We wait in line a lot at this time of year.
We wait in stores. We wait in traffic. We wait in restau-
rants. We wait in airports.
We anticipate. We anticipate having students home
instead of in school. We’re ready to welcome friends and
family into our homes. Some of us anticipate the return of
our college students. We anticipate what gifts may come
our way on Christmas morning. We anticipate joy in the
faces of those who receive our gifts.
And we prepare. We decorate. We trim. We
shop. We wrap. We mail. We clean. We bake.
We move people out of their rooms so relatives
have a place to sleep. Sometimes the prepa-
ration means we pack our bags to be that
relative that displaces someone from his or
her room.
The waiting, the anticipation and prepara-
tion can frazzle the best of us. Unless, of
course, we slow down and remember the
reason for the season. If all we’re waiting,
anticipating and preparing for is Santa,
gifts, and parties, we’re missing the point.
Advent is about preparing for Jesus. We
wait for the coming of Christmas not only
because it marks the birth of Jesus but
because it reminds us that Jesus made a
promise to come again. The anticipation of
that day is almost too overwhelming to com-
prehend. It’s easier to avoid thinking about it.
That in turn leads us to fail to prepare. So rather than
prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Lord, it becomes
easier to prepare for the Christmas that man has created –
the one with tinsel, with lights and with cookies.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas for many of the
reasons mentioned above. All I ask is that we acknowl-
edge that Advent is a reminder that we must constantly
be ready for the promised day. It is a call to action – to
cleanse ourselves of sin and to prepare the Way of the
Lord. It’s the end of the year and it’s a time to reflect on
who we’ve become and whether we’re ready for the sec-
ond coming.
Here’s hoping all of us answer John Lennon’s question,
“And so this is Christmas, and what have we done?” by
responding, “I have prepared for the coming of the Lord.”
I wish you and your family a most wonderful and blessed
Christmas. May the distraction of the “holiday” not inter-
fere with our celebration of the “Holy Day.”
Sincerely,
Tom Keating, Principal
@phillyboy14
Tom Keating
Xavier Principal
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December 22 - January 2 –
Christmas Break
January 3 –
Christmas Season Mass
Second Semester Begins
January 4 –
Girls Retreat (Jr/Sr)
January 5 – Boys (9-12) &
Girls Retreats (Fr/So)
January 18-21 – Kairos 30
January 20 –
“Dancing With The Saints”
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Business Office Updates:
With our First Semester ending, please make sure you are up to
date on your tuition payments. Third semester payment and second
Semester payments are due January 10, 2018. As a reminder if you
need a statement for your tuition tax credit when you go to do your
taxes, please sign into My Back Pack and print those out.
Instructions can be found here:
www.xaviersaints.org/parent/business-office/tuition-tax-credit-infor-
mation/. Remember that Xavier does not send out statements.
TUITION PAYMENT DATE REMINDERS
January 10th 		 2nd Semester payment due
			 3rd Quarter payment due
March 10th		 4th Quarter payment due
May 10th		 Final EFT payment will be processed
We thank all families who pay their tuition in a timely manner!
Congratulations, Coach!
Congratulations to Xavier Football head coach, Duane Schulte, on being named the
The Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Coach of the Year and the Cedar Rapids Ga-
zette’s Coach of the Year after leading the Saints to the Class 3A state championship!
XDT Brings the
Christmas Cheer...
Earlier this month, the Xavier Dance
Team visited the HACAP Horizons
preschool classroom which they
adopted this Christmas season. The
Saints delivered Christmas gifts to
the children and gave a special
performance.
The Campus Ministry department is ex-
cited to welcome in 2018 and to experi-
ence all God has planned for our school.
Kairos #30
Kairos #30 will be held Jan 18-21, 2017
at the American Martyrs Retreat House
in Cedar Falls. This is a powerful week-
end of growth in our relationship with
Christ and with each other. Thank you
for your prayers in support of this re-
treat. The final Kairos (Kairos 31) of the
year will be March 1-4.
March for Life
March for Life will be Jan 19 in Wash-
ington DC. Click here for information
on March for Life. You can join in the
march with a livestream on EWTN. Pray
for the sanctity of life!
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week will be celebrat-
ed Jan 28-Feb 4
Jan 30 – Xavier Catholic Schools Liturgy
10:00 a.m. Students from LaSalle, St.
Joseph, Regis and Xavier High School
will gather at Xavier to celebrate the
Catholic Schools Week liturgy. Rev.
Mark Reasoner will preside.
This year’s theme is: Catholic
Schools, Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
Activities for the week are currently be-
ing planned. They will be announced
the second week of January.
Friday Morning Mass
There is Mass in the Chapel every Friday
morning that school is in session at 7am.
All are welcome! Mass is followed by
adoration until the end of the school
day. Stop in anytime and spend some
time with the Lord. Additionally, we are
offering an optional mass when there
is an Xcel class period and Father Vu is
available. All are welcome to attend,
you can check with the office.
Reconciliation
The sacrament of Reconciliation is avail-
able by appointment anytime Father
Vu is in the building. He is typically at
Xavier Wednesday and Fridays. Just
stop by his office and let him know you
are interested.
TEC
Senior parents: Please encourage
your student to attend one of the TEC
(Teens Encounter Christ Weekends)
held throughout the Archdiocese of
Dubuque. This three day retreat centers
on the Paschal Mystery. TEC is a great
opportunity for seniors to reflect on
their relationship with Christ as they
complete their high school career and
move forward as young adults. Dates
and online registration for upcoming
TEC retreats can be found here .
Senior Mentors
Senior Mentor applications will be going
out to all juniors. This is an opportunity
for current juniors to apply for a leader-
ship role as a senior mentor. Please
look for these applications early in sec-
ond semester.
Quest
Quest retreat for freshman and sopho-
mores is coming up in January.
Click here for registration and more
information.
Faith Opportunities
Looking for youth focused faith op-
portunities… follow the Xavier Campus
Ministry group on Facebook. You
could also follow Jody Esker on twitter
@jodyesker.
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Campus Ministry Update
Submitted by Jody Esker
XHS Campus Ministry
Fr. Ivan Nienhaus of St. Patrick’s parish celebrates
mass with our Saints on the Feast of the Immacu-
late Conception on December 8th.
Earlier this month, Saints partook in the
global “Hour of Code” movement and had
an opportunity to do various computer cod-
ing exercizes and visit with industry experts.
What is the Hour of Code and
how did it start?
The Hour of Codes is a global movement
started by Hadi Partovi of
code.org five years ago to introduce stu-
dents of all ages to computer science. It is
estimated to have reached tens of millions
of students in over 180 countries and has
been dubbed “the largest learning event in
history.”
What did it take to start it up at
Xavier?
Xavier has participated in the Hour of Code
since it began in 2013, but each year we
have gotten more organized and added
to the activities available for students. This
year, with the help of Ms. Konzen and Mrs.
Marshall, we were able to offer many ses-
sions throughout the week of December 4th,
which is Computer Science week. We had 11
guest speakers which took some planning
and required many emails and phone calls.
Why is the Hour of Code impor-
tant for students to learn?
Not everyone is going to be a computer
scientist! Not everyone has to be fluent in
multiple computer languages. But everyone
benefits from learning the critical thinking,
problem-solving skills and art of persever-
ance that computer science promotes. And
those that find they have a knack for it or an
interest in it can take it to the next level. But
if they are never exposed or encouraged to
try it they won’t develop this talent. Plus, the
Hour of Code lets students try something
new without a long-term commitment of an
entire semester or year-long course. By of-
fering this opportunity we just might be able
to help some students find a new passion.
Who were some of the speakers
and what did they discuss?
Ann Oleson and Taylor Gehrls of Converge
Consulting focused on digital advertising,
showing kids how to launch an ad campaign
through social media with an emphasis on
Facebook and Instagram. They discussed
how to track analytics like cost-per-click. Stu-
dents were also introduced to creating their
own website for a club or special interest.
Xavier parent Matt Miller of Mobile De-
mand inspired students with the fun side of
technology. He brought a couple of the new
Microsoft Hololens and let students try this
augmented reality experience. He discussed
the software development his company does
for rugged tablets and 3D applications and
told students about a top-secret idea of his
own for a new software product.
Jason Marshall from Grant Wood AEA did an
“unplugged” activity with kids demonstrat-
ing the Design Process, a concept important
to software engineers and computer scien-
tists involving testing, troubleshooting, and
refining their design.
Samantha Dahlby who works for
code.org at NewBoCo showed off two kinds
of wearable technology - an Adafruit brace-
let and a circuit playground. Students began
to code their own projects using Arduino.
Ms. Dahlby promotes computer science
education in schools throughout Iowa.
Xavier parent and Vice President of IT at
Great America Financial Services Jim Burns
shared various occupations that are available
in information technology and the skills an
employer is looking for in this field.
Michael Lyon, a Xavier grad with a biology
degree, talked to students about his journey
into computer science. He now works for
Bio::Neos solving bioinformatics problems.
He does medical data analytics, writing
software to analyze large scientific datasets.
He showed kids how to code sensors, writing
code that would notify him when the plants
in their office need water. After school, he
worked with students on html and css code
for website development.
Shannon Hampsher and Chris Leonard from
GoDaddy emphasized the need for young
people to practice good digital security and
digital citizenship, reminding them that their
digital footprint is everlasting. They had
students practice coding by changing the
Google logo create their own holiday emoji
through code. Students were encouraged
to get internships and support women in
technology.
Tom Schuster, a Xavier parent who is
employed at Crystal Group as an electron-
ics engineer, taught students to code with
a Python tutorial at codecademy.com. He
packed a lot of content into a short session:
strings, variables, data structures, lists and
functions. Students were able to advance
comfortably at their own pace.
Why should students get
involved?
Anyone can participate, regardless of experi-
ence level. There is always more to learn;
all it takes is a willingness to try. If students
missed the Hour of Code, or they want to try
more, many of these activities are available
year-round. A good starting point is https://
hourofcode.com/us/learn
Anyone interested in starting a coding club
at Xavier should contact Mrs. Miltner at
barb.miltner@xaviersaints.org.
Hour of Code!
Submitted by Barb Miltner
XHS Technology Coordinator
5
6
Saints Earn Microsoft
Office Certification
Congratulations to the following Saints who all earned
their Microsoft Office Certifications in Word and Excel
as part of Mr. Tim O’Brien’s Computer Business Ap-
plications course:
Top Photo:
Pictured (L to R):
Seated: Jared Brown, Ryan Keating, Adam Fields,
Sarah Gannon, Jenaya Devereaux, and Kirsten Smith.
Middle Row: Cole Langer, Nate Stoltenberg, Isaac
Ball, Jackson Miller, Caleb Burken, Nick Hentges,
Jacob Hines
Back Row: Matthew Jordebrek, Kyle Krezek, Carson
Hennings, Hayden Ostwinkle, Wyatt Johnson, and
Jack Lemke.
Bottom Photo:
Pictured (L to R):
Seated: Marissa Lyon, Rilee Lansing, Olivia Richards,
Sophie Schmit, Britt Bowersox, Camille Spencer
Middle Row: Andrew Guastaferro, Matthew Koop-
mann, Ethan Nasution, Alexander Kilburg, Bryce
Armstrong, and Braden Albert
Back Row: Michael Olberding, Matthew Ropp, Nate
Pisney, Mitchell Talyat, Rory Bostwick, and Will Grafton.
Not pictured: Cameron Kadlec

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Navigator: December 2017

  • 1. December 2017 | Volume 20 | Number 4The official monthly newsletter of Xavier High School Inside Principal‘s Corner: 2 | Business Office News: 3 | Campus Ministry News: 4 | Hour of Code: 5 | Microsoft Office Certification: 6 | All-State Honors: 7 | Dancing with the Saints: 8 | Xavier Dance is Back-to-Back Champs: 9 | Good News: 10 | Students & Faculty of the Month: 12 Reason Seasonfor the Jesus is the
  • 2. 2 Principal’s Corner: Reason for the Season “And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” That question was posed by John Lennon over 30 years ago. Upon receiving this issue of the Navigator, we will be nearing the end of Advent – a time of waiting, a time of anticipating, a time of preparing. I would guess that, as Christmas approaches, we might agree that we experience a lot of waiting, anticipating and preparing. We certainly wait. We wait in line a lot at this time of year. We wait in stores. We wait in traffic. We wait in restau- rants. We wait in airports. We anticipate. We anticipate having students home instead of in school. We’re ready to welcome friends and family into our homes. Some of us anticipate the return of our college students. We anticipate what gifts may come our way on Christmas morning. We anticipate joy in the faces of those who receive our gifts. And we prepare. We decorate. We trim. We shop. We wrap. We mail. We clean. We bake. We move people out of their rooms so relatives have a place to sleep. Sometimes the prepa- ration means we pack our bags to be that relative that displaces someone from his or her room. The waiting, the anticipation and prepara- tion can frazzle the best of us. Unless, of course, we slow down and remember the reason for the season. If all we’re waiting, anticipating and preparing for is Santa, gifts, and parties, we’re missing the point. Advent is about preparing for Jesus. We wait for the coming of Christmas not only because it marks the birth of Jesus but because it reminds us that Jesus made a promise to come again. The anticipation of that day is almost too overwhelming to com- prehend. It’s easier to avoid thinking about it. That in turn leads us to fail to prepare. So rather than prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Lord, it becomes easier to prepare for the Christmas that man has created – the one with tinsel, with lights and with cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas for many of the reasons mentioned above. All I ask is that we acknowl- edge that Advent is a reminder that we must constantly be ready for the promised day. It is a call to action – to cleanse ourselves of sin and to prepare the Way of the Lord. It’s the end of the year and it’s a time to reflect on who we’ve become and whether we’re ready for the sec- ond coming. Here’s hoping all of us answer John Lennon’s question, “And so this is Christmas, and what have we done?” by responding, “I have prepared for the coming of the Lord.” I wish you and your family a most wonderful and blessed Christmas. May the distraction of the “holiday” not inter- fere with our celebration of the “Holy Day.” Sincerely, Tom Keating, Principal @phillyboy14 Tom Keating Xavier Principal
  • 3. 333 December 22 - January 2 – Christmas Break January 3 – Christmas Season Mass Second Semester Begins January 4 – Girls Retreat (Jr/Sr) January 5 – Boys (9-12) & Girls Retreats (Fr/So) January 18-21 – Kairos 30 January 20 – “Dancing With The Saints” 3 @XavierSaints @PhillyBoy14 @AngelaOlson19 @XavierSaintsAD @XpressNewspaper @Xavier_Catholic @JodyEsker @SaintNickXHS @XavierBands @XavierHSdrama @CRXavier_XC @CRXavierTennis @CRXavierBBall @XHSDanceTeam @XHSVolleyball @CRXwrestling @XcentricsFTC @CRXavierFB Suggested Xavier Twitter Follows: Business Office Updates: With our First Semester ending, please make sure you are up to date on your tuition payments. Third semester payment and second Semester payments are due January 10, 2018. As a reminder if you need a statement for your tuition tax credit when you go to do your taxes, please sign into My Back Pack and print those out. Instructions can be found here: www.xaviersaints.org/parent/business-office/tuition-tax-credit-infor- mation/. Remember that Xavier does not send out statements. TUITION PAYMENT DATE REMINDERS January 10th 2nd Semester payment due 3rd Quarter payment due March 10th 4th Quarter payment due May 10th Final EFT payment will be processed We thank all families who pay their tuition in a timely manner! Congratulations, Coach! Congratulations to Xavier Football head coach, Duane Schulte, on being named the The Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Coach of the Year and the Cedar Rapids Ga- zette’s Coach of the Year after leading the Saints to the Class 3A state championship! XDT Brings the Christmas Cheer... Earlier this month, the Xavier Dance Team visited the HACAP Horizons preschool classroom which they adopted this Christmas season. The Saints delivered Christmas gifts to the children and gave a special performance.
  • 4. The Campus Ministry department is ex- cited to welcome in 2018 and to experi- ence all God has planned for our school. Kairos #30 Kairos #30 will be held Jan 18-21, 2017 at the American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls. This is a powerful week- end of growth in our relationship with Christ and with each other. Thank you for your prayers in support of this re- treat. The final Kairos (Kairos 31) of the year will be March 1-4. March for Life March for Life will be Jan 19 in Wash- ington DC. Click here for information on March for Life. You can join in the march with a livestream on EWTN. Pray for the sanctity of life! Catholic Schools Week Catholic Schools Week will be celebrat- ed Jan 28-Feb 4 Jan 30 – Xavier Catholic Schools Liturgy 10:00 a.m. Students from LaSalle, St. Joseph, Regis and Xavier High School will gather at Xavier to celebrate the Catholic Schools Week liturgy. Rev. Mark Reasoner will preside. This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools, Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Activities for the week are currently be- ing planned. They will be announced the second week of January. Friday Morning Mass There is Mass in the Chapel every Friday morning that school is in session at 7am. All are welcome! Mass is followed by adoration until the end of the school day. Stop in anytime and spend some time with the Lord. Additionally, we are offering an optional mass when there is an Xcel class period and Father Vu is available. All are welcome to attend, you can check with the office. Reconciliation The sacrament of Reconciliation is avail- able by appointment anytime Father Vu is in the building. He is typically at Xavier Wednesday and Fridays. Just stop by his office and let him know you are interested. TEC Senior parents: Please encourage your student to attend one of the TEC (Teens Encounter Christ Weekends) held throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This three day retreat centers on the Paschal Mystery. TEC is a great opportunity for seniors to reflect on their relationship with Christ as they complete their high school career and move forward as young adults. Dates and online registration for upcoming TEC retreats can be found here . Senior Mentors Senior Mentor applications will be going out to all juniors. This is an opportunity for current juniors to apply for a leader- ship role as a senior mentor. Please look for these applications early in sec- ond semester. Quest Quest retreat for freshman and sopho- mores is coming up in January. Click here for registration and more information. Faith Opportunities Looking for youth focused faith op- portunities… follow the Xavier Campus Ministry group on Facebook. You could also follow Jody Esker on twitter @jodyesker. 4 Campus Ministry Update Submitted by Jody Esker XHS Campus Ministry Fr. Ivan Nienhaus of St. Patrick’s parish celebrates mass with our Saints on the Feast of the Immacu- late Conception on December 8th.
  • 5. Earlier this month, Saints partook in the global “Hour of Code” movement and had an opportunity to do various computer cod- ing exercizes and visit with industry experts. What is the Hour of Code and how did it start? The Hour of Codes is a global movement started by Hadi Partovi of code.org five years ago to introduce stu- dents of all ages to computer science. It is estimated to have reached tens of millions of students in over 180 countries and has been dubbed “the largest learning event in history.” What did it take to start it up at Xavier? Xavier has participated in the Hour of Code since it began in 2013, but each year we have gotten more organized and added to the activities available for students. This year, with the help of Ms. Konzen and Mrs. Marshall, we were able to offer many ses- sions throughout the week of December 4th, which is Computer Science week. We had 11 guest speakers which took some planning and required many emails and phone calls. Why is the Hour of Code impor- tant for students to learn? Not everyone is going to be a computer scientist! Not everyone has to be fluent in multiple computer languages. But everyone benefits from learning the critical thinking, problem-solving skills and art of persever- ance that computer science promotes. And those that find they have a knack for it or an interest in it can take it to the next level. But if they are never exposed or encouraged to try it they won’t develop this talent. Plus, the Hour of Code lets students try something new without a long-term commitment of an entire semester or year-long course. By of- fering this opportunity we just might be able to help some students find a new passion. Who were some of the speakers and what did they discuss? Ann Oleson and Taylor Gehrls of Converge Consulting focused on digital advertising, showing kids how to launch an ad campaign through social media with an emphasis on Facebook and Instagram. They discussed how to track analytics like cost-per-click. Stu- dents were also introduced to creating their own website for a club or special interest. Xavier parent Matt Miller of Mobile De- mand inspired students with the fun side of technology. He brought a couple of the new Microsoft Hololens and let students try this augmented reality experience. He discussed the software development his company does for rugged tablets and 3D applications and told students about a top-secret idea of his own for a new software product. Jason Marshall from Grant Wood AEA did an “unplugged” activity with kids demonstrat- ing the Design Process, a concept important to software engineers and computer scien- tists involving testing, troubleshooting, and refining their design. Samantha Dahlby who works for code.org at NewBoCo showed off two kinds of wearable technology - an Adafruit brace- let and a circuit playground. Students began to code their own projects using Arduino. Ms. Dahlby promotes computer science education in schools throughout Iowa. Xavier parent and Vice President of IT at Great America Financial Services Jim Burns shared various occupations that are available in information technology and the skills an employer is looking for in this field. Michael Lyon, a Xavier grad with a biology degree, talked to students about his journey into computer science. He now works for Bio::Neos solving bioinformatics problems. He does medical data analytics, writing software to analyze large scientific datasets. He showed kids how to code sensors, writing code that would notify him when the plants in their office need water. After school, he worked with students on html and css code for website development. Shannon Hampsher and Chris Leonard from GoDaddy emphasized the need for young people to practice good digital security and digital citizenship, reminding them that their digital footprint is everlasting. They had students practice coding by changing the Google logo create their own holiday emoji through code. Students were encouraged to get internships and support women in technology. Tom Schuster, a Xavier parent who is employed at Crystal Group as an electron- ics engineer, taught students to code with a Python tutorial at codecademy.com. He packed a lot of content into a short session: strings, variables, data structures, lists and functions. Students were able to advance comfortably at their own pace. Why should students get involved? Anyone can participate, regardless of experi- ence level. There is always more to learn; all it takes is a willingness to try. If students missed the Hour of Code, or they want to try more, many of these activities are available year-round. A good starting point is https:// hourofcode.com/us/learn Anyone interested in starting a coding club at Xavier should contact Mrs. Miltner at barb.miltner@xaviersaints.org. Hour of Code! Submitted by Barb Miltner XHS Technology Coordinator 5
  • 6. 6 Saints Earn Microsoft Office Certification Congratulations to the following Saints who all earned their Microsoft Office Certifications in Word and Excel as part of Mr. Tim O’Brien’s Computer Business Ap- plications course: Top Photo: Pictured (L to R): Seated: Jared Brown, Ryan Keating, Adam Fields, Sarah Gannon, Jenaya Devereaux, and Kirsten Smith. Middle Row: Cole Langer, Nate Stoltenberg, Isaac Ball, Jackson Miller, Caleb Burken, Nick Hentges, Jacob Hines Back Row: Matthew Jordebrek, Kyle Krezek, Carson Hennings, Hayden Ostwinkle, Wyatt Johnson, and Jack Lemke. Bottom Photo: Pictured (L to R): Seated: Marissa Lyon, Rilee Lansing, Olivia Richards, Sophie Schmit, Britt Bowersox, Camille Spencer Middle Row: Andrew Guastaferro, Matthew Koop- mann, Ethan Nasution, Alexander Kilburg, Bryce Armstrong, and Braden Albert Back Row: Michael Olberding, Matthew Ropp, Nate Pisney, Mitchell Talyat, Rory Bostwick, and Will Grafton. Not pictured: Cameron Kadlec
  • 8. 88 88 VOTING IS NOW OPEN! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DANCERS AT XAVIERSAINTS.ORG/DWTS this year’s event will raise money for new uniforms for all xhs activity programs (including marching band) Second Annual 88 Mims Named “Athlete of the Week” Congratulations to Xavier Basketball’s Matt Mims on being named the KCRG Athlete of the Week earlier this month after scoring 27 points in a win over Linn-Mar and 30 points in the Saints’ victory over Waverly-Shell Rock. 8
  • 9. 9 XDT = Back-to-Back State Champs! Congratulations to head coach, Jess Novotny, and the Xavier Dance Team on placing 1st in the Pom Division at the Iowa State Dance Team Competition earlier this month! This is the second consecutive year our dance team has taken 1st in this division. The Saints also placed 3rd in Contemporary. 9
  • 10. 1010 Good News! 10 Angel Tag Project On December 11th, Saints helped load a horse trailer with gifts destined for children in need this Christmas. These gifts were donated by XHS families via the Tanager Place Angel Tag Program and will go toward making Christmas a little brighter for 150 children that Tanager Place serves. We ask for God’s blessing on these chil- dren as well as on the workers at Tanager Place whose good work goes to support nearly 3,000 children in our community each year! Robotics Team Goes Undefeated Again at Competition The Xavier Xcentrics Robotics Team com- peted in their fifth and final regular season League Meet on December 19. Two alliances, of two robots each, compete against each other in 2 ½ minute matches. The Xcentrics finished the Meet with a 5-0 record as the robot reliably selected Jew- els, decoded the Pictograph, and scored Glyphs in the Crytobox. Congratulations to our robotics team and Mrs. Stacy Mickelson! Freeberg, Janson Named “Know Your Constitution” Finalists Xavier seniors Cody Freeberg and Jamison Janson have been named finalists in the “Know Your Consti- tution” initiative from the Iowa State Bar Association. Know Your Constitution involves a multiple choice quiz and short essay for students in grades 9-12 on the U.S. Constitution. Winning entries are selected from each of Iowa’s 100 legislative districts. The selected students and their teachers are honored at a special luncheon in January where five students and their teachers are selected to attend a week-long program in Washington, D.C. through the Close Up Foundation.
  • 11. 1111 More Good News! 11 Giving ‘Em A Break! On December 13th, Saints worked hard to give our maintenance staff a few well-deserved hours off! Thank you Saints for stepping up to “give ‘em a break”! Also thank you to our facilities director, Mr. Tom Wille, and his staff for always keeping our cam- pus beautiful and everything in working order! Saints Visiting About Saints This first week of December includes the feast days of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6) and the patron saint of our Xavier Catholic Schools, St. Francis Xavier (Dec. 3). On December 6th, Xavier students held a prayer service and then XHS Student Ambas- sadors spent part of their day visiting with our XCS feeder schools about these two important saints. The Ambassadors also handed out chocolate gold coins and prayer cards for both saints. Tour of Champions! Earlier this month, senior members of our state cham- pion football team visited our elementary and middle schools around our Xavier Catholic Schools system with some newly-engraved hardware! Our current Saints showed our future Saints what is possible when you work hard enough, refuse to be satisfied, believe in yourself & your teammates, do your job, and give the glory to God. These are great life lessons that transcend sports and serve to further inspire our younger students to persevere in the class- room, in their activities and in their faith!
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