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2001 January  Calendar

Wednesday, December 6

 LATE START (classes begin at 9:12 a.m.)

 St. Nicholas

 Kairos Retreat

Tuesday, January 9

Parent Network 7:30 pm (room 214)

Wednesday, January 10


Thursday, January 11


Friday, January 12


FRV Basketball Elder at X

F Wrestling Centerville Freshman Tourn.

Mixer 9:00-12:00

Saturday, January 13

F Basketball:  Elder “B” at Elder

RV Basketball Australia at X

F Wrestling Centerville Freshman Tourn.

V Wrestling Ohio All Cath. Tourn.

Swimming SW Classic

Sunday, January 14

V Wrestling Ohio All Cath. Tourn.

Swimming SW Classic

Monday, January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

No Classes

Tuesday, January 16

FRV Basketball at Purcell Marian

Wednesday, January 17

Beginning of second semester

Thursday, January 18

Late start – classes begin at 9:12

TX Performance

Swimming Lakota West at X

Parents Across Cultures Meeting 7:00 p.m. (room 160)

Friday, January 19

Bl. William Saultemouche, S.J.

TX Performance

FRV Basketball Chaminade Julienne at X

R Wrestling Cavalier Reserve Tourn.

V Wrestling at Elder

Mixer 9:00-12:00

Saturday, January 20

TX Performance

R Wrestling Cavalier Reserve Tourn.

FR Wrestling at Elder

Swimming at Louisville St. X

Sunday, January 21

TX Performance

Monday, January 22

St. Vincent

X Day

Tuesday, January 23

Y Day

FRV Basketball at Alter 

Companion Scholars Program Academic Day

Wednesday, January 24

St. Francis de Sales

Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese New Year

(Year of the Snake)

FR Wrestling Colerain at X

Swimming Elder, Moeller at X

Thursday, January 25

Conversion of St. Paul

Junior Retreat

F Basketball Roger Bacon at X

Friday, January 26

Sts. Timothy & Titus

Junior Retreat

RV Basketball Roger Bacon at X

FRV Wrestling at Moeller

Mixer 9:00-12:00

Saturday, January 27

St. Angela Merici

F Wrestling Spartan Dual Tourn.

R Wrestling Elder Reserve Tourn.

Swimming Mercersburg Peddie Hawken Away

Sunday, January 28

St. Thomas Aquinas

Monday, January 29 

GCL Diving Championship Away

Wednesday, January 31

Late Start – classes begin at 9:12

Kairos Retreat

Gethsemane Retreat

TX Auditions

FRV Wrestling at Fairfield

GCL Swimming Championship at X


From the Principal:  In December, the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff began reflection on the recently published Jesuit Conference document What Makes a Jesuit High School Jesuit, which clearly and succinctly sets forth the expectations that the United States provincials have of Jesuit high schools.  The document addresses ten topics:

·         The first apostolic principles

·         The spiritual dimension of Jesuit education

·         Serving the mission of the Church

·         Religious education and formation

·         Teaching and acting justly

·         The global dimension of the educational mission

·         Educational excellence

·         Cooperation in mission

·         Spiritual formation and outreach

·         The Spiritual Exercises and Jesuit pedagogy

The document roots these principles in the foundational documents of the Society of Jesus as well as the findings of recent General Congregations of the Society.

            I hoped to be able to direct you to the full text of this document on the World Wide Web.  I have not been able to find the document on the Web, but while searching for it I rediscovered some helpful Jesuit resources.  The home page of the Jesuit Conference at contains the “Pilgrim’s Page” and “Jesuit Resources” with a broad range of information about Jesuit history and spirituality.  This page includes a link to “Sacred Space” (, a site through which the Irish Jesuits offer a ten-minute daily meditation.  The address for the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, the network of the 46 U.S. Jesuit high schools, is  This site includes links to the web pages of all of the schools as well as information about JSEA programs.

Congratulations:  Every year the top ten senior cross country runners in Ohio compete against top seniors from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania at the Mid-East Meet of Champions in Dayton.  This year’s Ohio team included St. Xavier seniors Andy Wietmarschen, Tim King, and Ryan Busse.

            Matt Hale published an article on the expansion of trigonometric functions in the fall issue of the prestigious Pi Mu Epsilon Journal of College Mathematics.

            Fr. Tim Kesicki, S.J., President of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, returned to St. Xavier to preside at the school-wide liturgy for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier.  Fr. Kesicki’s homily moved the hearts of all.

            The Math Club took second place in the inter-school division of the Mu Alpha Theta Northeast Regional Championship.  In the individual competition, Chris Molnar placed fourth, Aaron Kolb fifth, Charlie Ciccia eighth, and Matt Reder eleventh.  On the ciphering test, a test of speed in problem solving, Charlie Ciccia placed second, Aaron Kolb third, Vedant Gupta ninth, and Chris Molnar twelfth.

            Mr. William Schlater and Mr. Matthew Kemper accompanied a group of students to the annual protest of the U.S. School of the Americas based at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  The U.S. School of the Americas trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics techniques.  Graduates of the school have been linked to numerous human rights abuses in Latin America.  Of particular interest to students of Jesuit schools is the link of SOA-trained personnel to the 1989 murder of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador.  The St. Xavier group joined with delegations from two northern Ohio schools  -- St. Ignatius High School and Magnificat High School.

            Matthew Borths, Kyle Gorman, and Matthew Knollman have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

            Mr. Michael Marchal has published “Make Holy This Water” in the January issue of Catechumenate.

            Mr. Timothy Cronin has published “Baptism: First but Forever” in the Youth Update series published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

            St. Xavier students braved frigid weather to pursue their goal to collect 100,000 pounds of food and distribute it to 400 families and 15 social service agencies through the 73rd annual Advent Canned Food Drive.

            The soccer team presented the following awards:  Most valuable player - Steve Appel; Most improved player - Ian Fehring; Best offensive player - Andy Lawler; Best defensive player - D.J. Switzer; Scholar athlete - Andy Retzinger; Brother Mac award - Bryan Logan; Coaches’ award - Mike Gilgrist.

            The cross country team presented the following awards:  Most valuable runner - Andy Wietmarschen; Most improved runner - Nick King and Will Finn; Morgan Setzer spirit award - Drew Heidel and Charlie Kishman; Scholar Athlete award - Michael Paulin; Coaches’ award - Ryan Busse and Tim King.

ATTENDANCE AT EXAMS:   Exams will be administered on January 10, 11, and 12.  Please note that foreseeable absences (those due to special family events; travel with the family, routine medical appointments; or participation in special athletic, educational, religious, civic, or cultural events) are ordinarily not permitted on exam days. 

FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT:  COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID: Parents of seniors are reminded that the form necessary to apply for financial aid, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), may be mailed after January 1, 2001.  Those desiring to receive federal and/or state financial aid MUST submit a FAFSA form.  In addition, some colleges/universities and scholarship programs also require a form called the CSS PROFILE in order to be considered for non-federal and non-state funds.  Families are best advised to only send the CSS PROFILE to schools specifically requiring its use.  Consult the college’s financial aid information for directions.  Many families who do not plan to apply for financial aid due to high family income may want to consider otherwise.  Recent changes in financial aid have made some form of aid more accessible to more families.  The FAFSA and Profile forms are available from the Guidance Department in room 385.  The FAFSA is also available on the Internet at

SAT/ACT PREPARATIONS CLASSES will begin January 16, 2001.  Limited enrollment is being accepted.  If you have any questions call Dr. Stier at 859-491-3359 or see Mr. Cappel in the Math Office.  There are flyers available in the Principal’s Office.  These classes are taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Xavier from 7:00 until 8:00 a.m.

SENIORS – TEST SCORES:  Seniors who have taken an ACT, SAT I or SAT II exam this fall are reminded to have their scores sent by the testing service directly to the colleges to which they are applying, particularly those where no decision has been made regarding the student’s admission status.  This is especially true if this year’s scores are higher than last year’s scores.  When the registration forms to take the test were filled out this year, if the student indicated that scores should be sent to all his schools, this obligation is complete.  If he withheld scores or did not have them sent to some schools that have not yet announced a decision, he can use the request form included with the results mailed home, contact his counselor for the form, or contact the testing agency directly by phone to have additional scores sent by the SAT or ACT agencies.

JUNIORS:  It is very important that juniors register now to take the spring SAT and ACT exams.  The March 31 SAT has a registration deadline of February 23; the April 7 ACT deadline is March 2, and the June 9 ACT deadline is May 4.  Registration materials are available from the Guidance Department in room 385, or your son can register for the SAT online at and the ACT online at  A complete listing of spring test dates and registration deadlines are available at these websites.

JUNIOR PARENTS:  The Guidance Department will offer a special evening for junior parents aimed more specifically at their concerns and interests regarding the college application process.  A tentative date of March 13, 2001 has been set for this evening program.  Watch for more details in the February Newsletter.  A letter of invitation will also be mailed to the home of each junior student.

FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE PARENTS:  Mark your calendar now!  February 8, 2001, is the date for the annual “College Smorgasbord.”  This evening presentation sponsored by the Guidance Department, presents information on a variety of topics dealing with the college preparation and selection process.  A letter of invitation will be arriving within the next few weeks.  Please watch for it.

SENIOR PARENTS:  All Senior yearbook portraits must be taken at Executive Studios and received by the yearbook staff no later than the end of January or their portrait will not be in the 2001 yearbook.  Any questions call the X-Ray at 761-7815 ext. 261.  Also, it's time to order graduation announcements.  Be on the lookout for the graduation information mailed to you in early January.  Orders should be turned in to the Bookstore on or before January 25.

COMPANION SCHOLARS PROGRAM is accepting applications for the position of Student Aides.  As a Student Aide, a student will assist St. Xavier faculty prepare and teach lessons to middle school students during the summer.  The position begins June 18 and will come to completion on July 6.  If you know of any QUALITY student candidates at the college or high school level, please have them contact Mr. Roderick Hinton.

BE A HOST FAMILY for one month for one of eight students from Collegi Casp, our partner Jesuit school in Barcelona, who will attend St. Xavier during September 2001.  This will be the 7th year for an extraordinarily successful program.  The boys, 17-year-olds, are hand picked from among many applicants.  A Jesuit accompanies them.  The boys take a full schedule of courses at St. X.  They speak English well enough so that communication is not a problem.  Please call David Mueller at 761-7815, ext. 177 for further details.

A HOST FAMILY IS ALSO NEEDED for a young man from Canisius Kolleg, the Jesuit High School in Berlin, Germany.  This student would like to attend St. X for the 2001-2002 school year.  If you might be interested in serving as the host family for this student, please call Bill Sandquist at 761-7815 ext. 128.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, is the next opportunity for you to come for PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES.  Use the enclosure in this newsletter.

FROM THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPT.:  Induction into the Foreign Language Honor Societies will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Xavier Hall.  The guest speaker for the occasion will be Mr. Paul Lammermeier, former teacher at St. Xavier and currently an English teacher and Director of the Community Service Program at Colegio San Francisco Javier in Lima, Peru.  After the ceremony, a reception will follow in the cafeteria.  Congratulations to the new initiates and their parents.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT:  Tired of April Showers?  Join the English Department’s spring trip to England and experience real rain.  Also you will be able to see Welsh castles, the Roman Wall, the natural wonders of the Lake District, Stonehenge and more cathedrals than might be good for you!  Pub lunches and driving on the ‘other’ side of the road are experiences provided as well.  If interested, call Dave Clapp or James Downie in the English Department for details.

FROM THE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS:  The 16th Annual Sports Stag will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at school.  The speaker will be Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State University.  Three former athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame:  Charles O’Leary ’52, Josh Robbins ’90, and Mark Schmerge ’75.  Tickets are $35 general admission and $80 for VIP.  VIP ticket includes a private cocktail reception with Archie Griffin, your name in the program and complimentary beverages for the evening.  Tickets are available at the athletic office through Paul Klems at 761-7815, ext. 508.

            I know you forgot your Booster Club Membership...$35.  Send a check to Judy Schrand and receive your auto sticker!!  Thank you.

THEATRE XAVIER NEWS!  TX is currently in rehearsal for the winter show, which is the award-winning drama CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD by Mark Medoff.  Challenging our acting capabilities and much more, this drama features the conflicts arising between two worlds – the “hearing world” and the “non-hearing world.”  Set in a school for the hearing-impaired and deaf, the plot revolves around teacher James Leeds as he instructs students in speaking, as opposed to signing, as their prime form of communication.  Enter Sarah Norman, a graduate of the school, who insists that she will not learn to speak; she maintains the credibility of “her” language, American Sign Language, and will not be moved to “speak” aloud.  These two characters battle, fall in love, marry …and part.  Other characters include the condescending school administrator who projects a “prejudice,” oddly enough, against the very students in his school.  As well, we meet two students, both involved in their own personal and professional conflicts.  Sarah’s mother and a lawyer finish the list of characters.  The cast and production assistants are being coached by Tony Lykins, sign instructor at the School for Creative and Performing Arts; Tony also is a free-lance interpreter.  Learning ASL is a formidable task – as it is truly a “language” – owning its own syntax, grammar, and vocabulary as well as idioms, dialects, and different work forms.  Heading the cast is Mickey Toogood (senior) as James Leeds.  Opposite Mickey, portraying Sarah Norman, is Walnut Hills senior Holleh Husseinzadeh.  Shane Murphy (sophomore) portrays Orin, a student at the school, and is joined by Jen Sese (sophomore at SCPA) portraying student Lydia.  Emily Tunnant (senior at McAuley) portrays Sarah’s mother, and Tim Mulvey (senior) portrays Mr. Franklin, the head of the school.  Finally, TX newcomer Christie Suercamp (Mount Notre Dame) plays the part of the lawyer.  Student director Joe Ring and Production Assistants Adam Hampel, Chris Ledermeier, Matt Borths, Ryan Walker, and Keri Lech lend their many talents to the production.  Tickets will go on sale to the public upon our return from Christmas break (January 3, 2001) and are $6.00 each.  Tickets may be reserved or purchased at the door.  CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD will be performed in Xavier Hall in small setting.  Performance dates are January 18, 19, 20, 21, 2001 and curtain time is 7:30 p.m. each night.  We will offer seating for 200 patrons per night.  As well, the production will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired and deaf.  Please plan to attend what promises to be a most compelling production.  Thanks to all for your wonderful support of the fall production, THE DIVINERS.  Thanks for your notes and your words.  We continue to dedicate ourselves to theatre which enlightens, provokes, and teaches.  For ticket (or other) information, call Ms. Mascari, 7612-7815, ext. 585.   


PARENT NETWORK:  Power struggles between parents and teens are common and can be exhausting and counterproductive.  Mari K. Thomas, St. X School Psychologist, will join us Tuesday, January 9th in room 214 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  She will present a program called “Negotiating and Problem Solving with Teens.”  Her program includes a great guide to the steps involved in problem solving.  For more information call Carol Morgan at 761-7815 ext. 281 or Tina Zureick at 385-4134.  Bring your concerns as well as your tips.  We hope to see you there!  FUTURE MEETINGS:  February 13, 2001 Panel Presentation, March 13, 2001 Dealing with an Angry Teen.

PARENT TO PARENT:  Our next session of Parent to Parent will be on Mondays March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.  All classes are held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in room 214.  To sign up call Carol Morgan at 761-7815 ext. 281 or Tina Zureick at 385-4134.


A MESSAGE FROM THE MOTHERS’ CLUB: We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of the generous volunteers who helped us host our annual Christmas Luncheon/Boutique/Fashion Show on Friday, December 1, 2000.   Our event this year was in the new wing of St. Xavier and over 700 women enjoyed this festive day!

As the holiday rush subsides, we ask that you join us next month for a day of prayer and reflection.  The Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection will be held on February 28, 2001, from 9am-2 p.m. at St. Xavier.  Our featured speaker is Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, Academic Athletic Advisor at Xavier University.  Please see the enclosed flyer in this newsletter for details.

A group of St. Xavier mothers continues to pray the rosary for the intentions of the St. Xavier Community on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  We will be meeting January 3rd and 17th in the Holy Companions Chapel from 2-3 p.m.  Please feel free to join us.

The Mother’s Club would like to extend to each of you our hope for many blessings in 2001.  Happy New Year!


MUSIC PROMOTERS NEWS OF NOTE….It’s a New Year for Music Promoters….and we’re looking forward to a productive winter. 

            Five members of the St. X band were selected for the Ohio Music Educators Assoc. (OMEA) District XIV Honor Band, which gave a December concert of collegiate-level music.   This is a record for St. Xavier High School and speaks to the growing quality of our musicians.  A hearty congratulations to Charlie Ciccia ’01, trumpet; Bob Doerning ’03, alto sax; Jim England, ’04, clarinet; Brandon Hollihan ’01, first chair tenor sax; and Mike Sherman ’03, trombone.  Well done!

            Next on the agenda is OMEA’s Solo & Ensemble Contest in February.  Please see Mr. Engel or Mr. Zappa for details.  Music Promoters encourages every St. X musician to consider playing in the Solo & Ensemble contest; players of various experience and ability are welcome to participate and are judged accordingly.

Concert Updates for our St. Xavier Community:

Coming in March is a Combined Concert of the St. Xavier, St. Ursula and Ursuline Choruses.  They’ll perform a concert of religious music by African-American composer William Grant Still entitled “And They Lynched Him to a Tree.”  This concert promises to be a monumental afternoon of outstanding choral music with full orchestra, taking place on March 18 at St. Francis deSales Church in East Walnut Hills.  Tickets will be available in February.

             The Second Annual Michael Benson Memorial Jazz Concert will take place on March 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Last year’s premiere – a sellout  – was a spectacular evening of jazz with area performers and St. X’s own Jazz Band.  The concert supports the Michael Benson ’99 Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships for St. X jazz students attending summer workshops.  Mike, a trombonist, was an unforgettable four-year member of the St. Xavier Jazz Band. Tickets will be available in February.       

Toronto Trip…Strings, chorus, concert and jazz bands are looking forward to an early April trip to Toronto to participate in music festival.  If you haven’t sent in your deposit or misplaced the mailing in your Christmas cards, please call Laura Parsons at 793-1336 for more information.


Feb   4  Gospel Music Concert

Feb   5  X Day

Feb   6  Y Day, Sports Stag

Feb   8    College Smorgasbord

Feb 10  Winter Dance

Feb 11  NHS Induction, 2:00

Feb 12  Parent Conferences, 6:00 –9:30

Feb 13  Late Start

Feb 19  Presidents Day No Classes

Feb 21  Late Start, Foreign Language Honor Society Induction 7:30

Feb 26  X Day

Feb 27  Y Day

Feb 28  Morning Assembly Ash Wednesday