1. April 2015 | Volume 17 | Number 8The official monthly newsletter of Xavier High School
Principal‘s Corner: 2 | Business Office Update/Dates to
Remember: 3 | iPad Collection: 4 | Campus Ministry
Update: 5 | “Live the Faith” - Molly Larkin Reflection: 6 |
Good News: 7 | Stations of the Cross: 8 | College
Checklist: 9 | Booster Club Golf Outing: 10 |
April Gallery: 11 | Semester 1 Honor Roll: 12 |
Students/Faculty of the Month: 15
of the Cross
Zach Detterman completes renderings
of Stations for the Chapel
Semester 1 Honor Roll
2. Principal’s Corner: Graduation Parties
As I write to you this month, we are
just four weeks away from graduation
and sending of another Xavier class of
accomplished, service-oriented, faith-
ful classes into “life after high school.”
Truly there will be much to celebrate on
Celebration, of course,
includes the annual
slate of graduation
parties. Relatives and
friends will drive across
town, drive from other
towns and some
will fly from other
states to honor
the members of
ing group of
much as they
accomplishments of the graduates.
Planning the festivities will certainly
include many decisions. Where should
the party be held? Some will open their
homes; others will use parish halls, com-
munity centers, etc. Who should we
invite? Some limit to close friends and
relatives; some students hand out invita-
tions to the entire class! What type of
decorations and what colors should we
use? What kind of food will be served?
Should we cater or prepare the food our-
selves? Should we have games? How
about music? The list of decisions can
One decision that I am often consulted
about is whether or not to serve alcohol
at graduation parties. Part of that an-
swer is easy; part not so much. The easy
answer is in regard to serving alcohol
to the graduates and their friends. The
answer is, don’t. Quite frankly, there are
too many reasons to list here (a good list
can be found here. but suffice it to say
that the risk of serving alcohol to under-
age students is simply too great. For
starters, it is illegal and it is dangerous.
Probably the most important reason is
that at your gathering, you are taking re-
sponsibility for someone else’s sons and
daughters. You have an obligation to do
all you can to keep them safe.
The second answer regarding serving
alcohol at graduation parties is in regard
to serving it to the adults who attend.
This seems to be less consistent. Cer-
tainly, it is a family’s prerogative whether
to serve those who are “of age.” Some
parents have two “shifts” to their parties.
During the first part of the gathering, stu-
dents and adults are welcome. At a cer-
tain time, the party ends for students and
continues for the adults. Alcohol is only
served after all students are gone. These
parents believe that drinking at gradu-
ation parties in front of students sends
the wrong message – that celebrating
graduation is a time to drink. Others
serve alcohol to adults throughout the
entire party. These parents believe that
students are in many social adult/teen
gatherings (family, neighbors, etc.) where
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3. Principal’s Corner (Continued)
this is the case, so why do anything different? While I prefer
the first option, each parent has to weigh the message they
wish to send.
This time of year is exciting and scary at the same time. Excit-
ing because one very important part of our students’ lives
is finished. Scary because there is so much opportunity for
something unfortunate to happen. With late nights, students
on the road and rushing from one place to the next, it is impor-
tant to stress the need to be careful.
I implore you to not add availability of alcohol to that mix.
Have a plan in place if you choose to serve alcohol for adults
and under no circumstances serve alcohol to our students.
Let’s end this celebration season safely!
Tom Keating, Principal
April 29-May 2 - Kairos 21
May 5-10 - BPA Nationals
May 8 - No School / In-Service
May 9 - Prom
May 15 - Senior Retreat
May 15 - Galaxy
May 20 - Baccalaureate Mass
May 24 - Graduation
Business Office Update
Tuition accounts must be paid in full by May 10. Seniors
with unpaid balances will not be allowed to participate in
graduation ceremonies. Students will not be permitted to
return for the following academic year until any outstand-
ing balance is paid in full in accordance with the Xavier
Board of Education Policy #3241.
Tuition contracts are due May 29th. Your student will not
be officially enrolled and will not be able to attend classes
until the contract is completed and returned to Xavier. If
you have questions, please contact Shea Francis at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 739-7307.
4. iPad End-of-Year Collection
As we approach the end of the 2014-15 school year,
we are making plans for the collection of the Xavier
High School iPads which were issued to students for
use during the school year. In order to help you and
your student prepare for this collection, we are pro-
viding the following information
INSPECT YOUR STUDENT’S iPAD!
Please take time today to inspect your student’s iPad,
case and charger/cord to determine its condition.
To avoid loss/damage fine assessments, please take
care of any issues prior to the collection dates listed
Initial Inspection during locker clean-out time for ALL
students will be held on Tuesday, May 19
Thursday, May 21 – 9:30am-Noon
9th, 10th and 11th GRADES:
Thursday, May 28 – 8am-Noon
WHAT WILL BE COLLECTED?
• Seniors (and those Fresh/Soph/Juniors not
returning to Xavier in 2015-2016)
• Freshmen/Sophomores/Juniors (returning students)
2. Case (students will keep charger/cord to
use next year)
CONDITION OF iPADS, CASES
All iPads, Cases and Chargers/Cords are expected to
be returned in the condition they were issued. Any
and all damage is the responsibility of the student.
Student accounts will be charged for the following
loss and/or damages:
• Lost or Damaged Beyond Repair iPad $399
• Lost or Damaged Beyond Repair Case $40
• Lost or Damaged Beyond Repair Charger/Cord $40
• Cracked iPad Screen $119
• Damaged Corners $189
• Damaged Screen with Damaged Corner $258
• Damaged Home Button $138
• Damaged Volume or Power Button $69
• Damaged Headphone Jack $69
• Distorted Display $279
• Other Damages [Amount Determined by
RE-ISSUING iPADS for 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
All returning Xavier students will receive the same iPad and Case they were issued this year.
5. Vocations Mass of Appreciation
On Friday, April 24th, a special “Mass of Appreciation” was held at 7 a.m. in
the XHS chapel. During this liturgy, we prayed for former Xavier Saints who are
actively discerning religious vocations. Click here to learn more about these
Thank You, Pastors!
The National Catholic Educational Association (Official) designated this past
Sunday “Pastor Appreciation Day.” Last Friday, Saints delivered treats to pas-
tors of our supporting parishes as small tokens of our appreciation for all they
do for the faith development of XHS students and for their service to our com-
munity. We are truly blessed!
On April 22nd, we welcomed over 400
grandparents to our 7th-annual Mass for
Grandparents here at Xavier (our larg-
est turnout yet)! Grandparents enjoyed a
breakfast provided by Xavier Parents for
Xcellence (XPX) before joining their grand-
children for Mass. Thank you to all grand-
parents who traveled from near and far to
join us! Click here to see our full gallery on
our Facebook page.
Campus Ministry Update
6. Live the Faith!
Here we are in the fullness of the Easter
Season! That special time when one
encounters our Risen Lord, & like Mary
Magdalene, we hear HIM say our name.
I too have heard HIM say my name.
I can remember it like it was yesterday.
The sights & sounds of Assisi, the crisp
mountain breeze & the vision of the
poppies in the valley below. It was the
first time I had been to the Basilica of
St. Francis. The encounter that took
place there, would remain in my memory
Sitting in the Basilica of St. Francis dur-
ing Mass, I was distracted by an image
of Christ-marred beyond belief-poor &
vulnerable. As I gazed on this image,
the opening hymn began to play, which
appropriately was: The Prayer of St.
Francis. As the words hit my ears & sank
into my heart, there was one thing I was
certain of; this was the very life I wanted
to live! Yes, I want to be the light in
the darkness, the love amidst hatred,
to console before being consoled & to
understand before being understood. I
remember nothing from that Mass, but I
can still picture myself in that old Church
pew in Assisi, & thinking: “This is what I
want to do for the rest of my life”.
Growing up I had always thought that
the one with the “vocation” would be
the clown sitting next to me. However,
I soon came to understand that the
“clown” that Christ was pursuing, was
me. As I gave of myself in the missions, I
realized that I was becoming lost in HIM.
Christ was pursuing me, & it scared me
because I knew HE was serious.
It was the night of Holy Thursday on that
mission in Central America, when I heard
something that shook me to my core.
One of the Religious Sisters told me:
“Ms. Larkin, you have a vocation & you
have to go back to the States to discern
it”. Those words shattered the silence, &
I felt like I had been “noticed” by HIM.
A few months later I found myself back
on American soil, rebuilding HIS Church,
As I served our Church here in America
as a teacher & youth minister, I often
would get comments like: “Ms. Larkin,
have you ever thought about being a
A short time later, Our Lord put a reli-
gious community in my path. I started
“dating” that community & quickly
found myself falling in love with them. I
felt fully alive. With each visit to their
Motherhouse, it seemed as if my story
perfectly fit their charism. Was Christ
proposing to me?
After the vocation director in that reli-
gious community was brave enough to
ask me: “Ms. Larkin, when are you going
to surrender?”, I knew there was noth-
ing left to do, but apply to enter the
convent. The application took a while to
complete, & I left for Spain in the midst
of it, to walk the Camino. In fact, the
very intention of being accepted into this
religious community was the very reason
why I was making the trek across Spain.
As I knelt before the remains of that
“Son of Thunder”-St. James, I whispered
into his ear the desire of my heart. He
looked at me, & said: “Believe it. It is
real”. I flew home the next morning,
knowing that I had to finish the applica-
tion & mail it to the Motherhouse.
Those weeks of waiting to hear whether
I had been accepted or not, seemed like
years. It was the eve of the feast of that
very Son of Thunder-St. James, when I
received a phone call from the Mother
Superior of the community. I had been
accepted. I will soon be a young Sister
& a postulant. Yes, I am engaged now!
I am so humbled & blessed. I feel so
unworthy to be HIS bride. To think that I
am now engaged to Christ is hard for me
to fathom! The date has been set & the
preparations have begun!
With these last few months in the world
drawing to a close, there is a lot that I
have reflected on. Life with Christ is a
drama of finding & losing, of embracing
& surrendering. One can plan an event,
but you can not plan an encounter! We
only find out who we are by giving our-
selves away. I was that young heart so
many years ago, that would hear within
the same echo of what St. Francis heard
so many years before. “Rebuild my
Submitted by Molly Larkin
XHS Faculty, Theology
The following reflection was offered
as our morning prayer on April 6th by
XHS Theology faculty member, Ms.
Molly Larkin. Ms. Larkin announced
that she will officially be entering the
convent of the Sisters of St Francis of
the Martyr St George as a young sister
and a postulant in September. We wish
Molly all of the best as she continues
her faith journey and for God’s
continued blessings upon her!
7. Holocaust Survivor Presentation
Holocaust survivor Renata Laxova (visited Xavier on April 14th to
share her story with our Saints and with those who tuned in to watch
her presentation streamed online. In her parting remarks, Renata
reminded students that it is up to younger generations to remember
and re-tell stories like hers so repeating mistakes of the past can be
avoided and so that good can triumph over evil wherever it exists.
Click here to watch her presentation.
“Good News” Updates!
Ealier this month, we celebrated Principal Keating’s 60th birthday
with a variety of festivities including office decorating, wishes from
students (#TKBAY on Twitter), staff t-shirts with Mr. Keating-inspired
hashtags, an XPX-catered Philly-style lunch and even a surprise visit/
prayer from Archdiocese of Dubuque Director of Development and
former XHS principal, Jeff Henderson.
Jasper & Oberfoell Honored
as “Governor’s Scholars”
XHS seniors Allison Jasper and Madline Oberfoell
were among 436 high school seniors honored
on April 26th at the 13th Annual Governor’s
Scholar Recognition Ceremony in Des Moines for
their high academic achievement. Each student
honoree receives a photo plaque with Governor
Branstad and a certificate to commemorate their
8. XHS junior/artist, Zach Detterman has completed
his renderings of the Stations of the Cross (pictured
above). Zach created each Station using hundreds
of individually-crafted ceramic tiles. All of the
Stations now adorn the walls of the Monsignor
Sodawasser Chapel inside beautiful custom frames.
Thank you to Zach and the Detterman family for
your talent and your effort to bring these amazing
works of art to life and for this wonderful gift to the
9. College Planning Checklist
I’m a list maker….grocery lists, to do lists, lists of other
lists I should make. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment
that comes with checking items off my to-do list. I can’t
think of a better reason to create a to-do list then plan-
ning for college. In an effort to make the college plan-
ning process a little easier for Xavier families I’ve started
a to-do list for you. While it will need some fine tuning
based on your student’s interests it’s a good start.
Now go check some items off your list!
Submitted by Cara Joens
XHS Admissions & College Coordinator
ü Know the lingo...check out this glossary of
terms to begin getting familiar with.
ü Students should create a 4 year plan and
share it with parents.
ü Get involved. A club, a sport, your church.
Doesn’t matter, just make an impact.
ü Get the grades. Strong GPAs start
ü Take Iowa Assessments and CAT – good prep
for college entrance exams.
ü Go on a college visit or two and take notes!
ü Stay involved and keep track of the
activities you have been a part of through an
activities resume. Click here for an example.
ü Consider taking the PSAT. You’ll have an
other chance to take it Junior year but why
not get the practice.
ü Take the PSAT. It’s great preparation for the ACT which
you should take for the first time this fall of spring.
ü Consider doing a job shadow through Workplace
Learning Connection to get a better idea of what you
may be interested in studying in college.
ü Visit Colleges and consider virtual visits through a web
site like Cappex.
ü Schedule a time to meet with Mrs. Joens to talk
individually about your college plans.
ü Visit colleges
ü Update your activities resume.
ü Get a list together of people you would like to ask for a
letter of recommendation and ask them early!
ü Consider an internship through Workplace Learning
ü Create a college planning spreadsheet with deadlines,
application requirements and contact information for
ü How are you preparing for the ACT? There are great
free resources or courses you can take in the community.
ü Take the ACT again in September or October.
ü Senior guidance meeting with Mrs. Joens.
ü Apply to colleges! Goal is to be finished by
ü Scholarship time! Make sure to check with the colleges
you are applying to and our resource list.
ü Get to know your admission counselor at the colleges.
They are your advocate throughout the process.
ü File the FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
starting Jan 1.
ü Visit your top 1-3 schools again to consider best housing
ü Review financial aid options.
ü Make your decision!
Xavier Band News
A huge thank you from the Xavier Saints to everyone who
donated garage sale items, and provided home made
baked goods for this years annual garage and bake sale
fundraiser held on April 25th. Without the generous
support of band parents, and the Xavier community this
event would not be possible or as successful.
On the Radar: 2015 XHS
The Xavier Booster Club asks for your support by placing a
business advertisement in the 2015 Xavier Saints Activities
Program. What better way to place your business name in
front of many potential customers, and your financial sup-
port will also assist various athletic, academic, and fine art
For more information,
contact Carol Vester
11. April 2015 Gallery
Saints had an opportunity to visit with area
professionals across a wide variety of
vocations at Career Fair 2015.
Freshman, Grace Schulte, plays the iconic
role of Hellen Keller in the XHS produc-
tion of “The Miracle Worker.”
Kathleen Parrish photo
Mrs. Molly Burgeson’s freshman English classes
stopped by Meth-Wick Community to visit with
residents about “The Book Thief” and discussed a
variety of other topics as well, including the
residents sharing their own memories about
when they were in high school.
12. 2014-2015 Honor Roll (Semester 1)
Riley Rhines Parry
Mie Stecher An-
Peter Welch Zaricor
Registration Open for Xavier
High School Summer Camps
Registration is now open for Xavier High School summer camps
and clinics for volleyball, wrestling, track, theatre, girls soccer, show
choir, softball, boys basketball, girls basketball, Coach Tom Lilly’s
“Shoot Like a Champion” clinic.
To register or learn more about each camp, head to:
Congratulations to our 2015 Prom Court Members!
Keep up with the
Congratulations to XHS seniors, Jordan Even and Lizzy Bai-
ley on signing their letters of intent to compete in athletics
at the collegiate level. Even will play golf a Kirkwood Com-
munity College and Bailey will play soccer at St. Ambrose
Saints Sign Letters
Our Newest Saints!
Congratulations to XHS faculty member, Molly Burgeson, and her
husband, Brandon, who welcomed their daughter Brooklyn in to
the world at 6:53 a.m. on April 19! Brooklyn arrived weighing 7
pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches long.
Congratulations to XHS faculty member, Dave Sullivan, and his
wife and former XHS (current Regis Middle School) faculty mem-
ber, Barb, who welcomed their daughter Veronica in to the world
at 7:52 a.m. on April 14! Veronica arrived weighing 6 pounds, 8
ounces and measured 19 inches long.
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