January, 2001 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
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
Cooperation in mission
Spiritual formation and outreach
Exercises and Jesuit pedagogy
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 www.jesuit.org
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” (www.jesuit.ie/prayer),
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 www.jsea.org.
This site includes links to the web pages of all of the schools as well
as information about JSEA programs.
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
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
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.
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.
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov.
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.
– 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.
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 www.collegeboard.com
and the ACT online at www.act.org. A complete listing of spring test dates and registration
deadlines are available at these websites.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
FEBRUARY 12, is the next opportunity for you to come for PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES. Use
the enclosure in this newsletter.
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.
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
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.
know you forgot your Booster Club Membership...$35.
Send a check to Judy Schrand and receive your auto sticker!!
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.
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.
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
PROMOTERS NEWS OF NOTE….It’s a New Year for Music Promoters….and we’re
looking forward to a productive winter.
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!
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
Updates for our St. Xavier Community:
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.
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.
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.
DATES FOR FEBRUARY
4 Gospel Music Concert
5 X Day
6 Y Day, Sports Stag
NHS Induction, 2:00
Parent Conferences, 6:00 –9:30
Presidents Day No Classes
Late Start, Foreign Language Honor Society Induction 7:30
Morning Assembly Ash Wednesday