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Men for & with Others

St. Xavier High School
Principal  David Mueller '72 
October 2007 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL:  The middle of the semester is a good time for students and parents to check for balance.  In his early life, Ignatius lived like a truck with an unbalanced load, careening from one passion to another.  Over time he realized that he could sense God’s promptings when he kept his life in balance – free of inordinate attachments.  We sometimes misinterpret magis to mean “do more, more, more!” when what Ignatius really meant by magis, I think, is, “What adjustments in my life will restore me to balance so that I can do more for Christ?” 


So what are the adjustments to make at the middle of the semester?  For some students it will be to do less text-messaging and more studying.  For others, it will be to study less obsessively in order to be more present to members of their family.  For some parents, it will be to give more direction to their sons.  For others, it will be to give their sons more space to discover their direction on their own. 

            Prayers and best wishes as you check for balance at the middle of the semester!

CONGRATULATIONS:  At this writing, the golf team has won the GCL championship and the sectional championship.

            Alex Back, Andrew Crowley, and Brandon Kist have been appointed officers of the St. Xavier chapter of the World Affairs Council.

            Patrick Berning, Daniel Breyer, and Drew Hodun have been nominated for the Prudential Spirit of Community awards.

David Weickert ’08 and Benjamin Rinklin ’10 have each earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

            The College Board identified students who achieved distinguished performance on Advanced Placement examinations last May.  49 St. Xavier students including seniors Jonathan Bedell, Daniel Garry, Andrew Johnson, Nathan Morison, and Scott O’Brien, were named AP Scholars, 26 students including seniors Andrew Hodun, David Mahan, and Bradley Wright, were named Scholars with Honor, 46 Scholars with Distinction, and 2 National Scholars.

            32 members of the Class of 2008 have qualified as Commended Students in the National Merit Program by scoring in the top 3% nationally on the PSAT/NMSQT exam administered last October:  David Ablett, Marc Ault, Jon Barker, Brian Bartish, Jonathan Bedell, Scott Boyle, Brendan Corcoran, Matthew Dechering, David Detellem, Kevin Donahue, David Ewald, Eric Fischer, Patrick Gleason, Matthew Hayes, Daniel Heffernan, Bradley Herbig, John Herrick, Michael Hite, Brandon Kist, John Koenig, Christopher Kovaleski, Charles Leibold, David Mahin, Ian Moore, Kyle Newton, Michael Pekel, Douglas Pernik, Michael Ponti-Zins, Mark Schutte, Peter Tontillo, Marco Venturato, and David Weber.

Mr. Timothy Cronin published Homily Helps for all of the days in the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time through St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Mr. Michael Daley published “Honesty: The Dog Ate My Homework” in the September, 2007 edition of At Home with Our Faith and a review of America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity by Robert Wuthnow in the October, 2007 issue of St. Anthony Messenger.

In September an article by Mr. Michael Marchal, “Strengthened by God’s Power: The Role of the Anointing with the Oil of Catechumens in the Catechumenal Process” appeared in Catechumenate.


HAVE YOU MOVED RECENTLY?  Please remember to let us know if your have moved recently, have a new phone number or a new e-mail address.  Contact Donna Moore at 761-7815 ext. 125 with changes.


METRO BUS RIDERS:  The Pupil Transportation Branch of the Cincinnati Public School District has informed us that the Metro bus routes that service St. Xavier will no longer be provided for our early dismissals (ie. exams, testing days, etc.) due to "necessary budget constraints."   In other words, all Metro buses will run only at the regular dismissal time  (3:05).  They will not come early if we have an early dismissal schedule.   Another reminder:  the Metro buses do not adjust on late start days or exams days in the morning.

            If the Cincinnati Public School District is closed because of bad weather, the Metro buses will not run their routes to or from St. Xavier.



1.                  Call the school at 761-7815.  When the phone is answered by the automated attendant, push 9 on your phone and then 1 when instructed to do so.  (This information is also listed in the upper right hand corner of every newsletter.)

2.                  Parents are required by law to report absences.

3.                  Absent or tardy students should be reported by 9:00 a.m. each day.  If you know in advance of an upcoming absence, you may call early to report the absence.

4.                  Tardy students should report directly to the Assistant Principal’s Office upon their arrival at school.


1.                  Bring a note to the Assistant Principal’s office to get a dismissal slip.

2.                  Let the teacher know in advance if possible.

3.                  At the beginning of class let the teacher know that you will be leaving before the class ends.

4.                  Check out at the Assistant Principal’s Office

5.                  Check back in at the Assistant Principal’s Office when you return.

WHO CAN CALL IN AN ABSENCE:  Parents or guardians are expected to call students in absent or late.    IF NO ONE CALLS A STUDENT IN ABSENT, the parents or guardian will be called by the Assistant Principal’s office.


STUDENT MESSAGES:  Student messages are strongly discouraged.  Please arrange transportation details, doctor appointments, etc. with your son at home.  If you are making an appointment for your son during the day, make arrangements for him to call you to see when the appointment is.  Only extreme emergency messages will be delivered.  Thank you for your cooperation.

!!! Future Bombers!!!
Class of 2012

Do you know an 8th grader NOT ALREADY on our radar who makes you say, “Wow, he’d be an awesome St. X kid?”

If so, please email contact information to the Office of Admissions -- or via phone at 761-7815 extension 106.  

YOU are our best SOURCE of promotion! 

Open House – Sunday, November 11 – 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM  

Entrance Exam – Saturday, November 17 – 8:00 AM


Thursday, November 1

All Saints

Mass available at 8:10 a.m.

Junior Retreat

Late X Day

Annual Fund Phonothon


Friday, November 2

All Souls

Junior Retreat

Late Y Day

Saturday, November 3

Bl. Rupert Mayer, S. J.

SAT Testing at St. Xavier

V Cross Country State Tournament


Sunday, November 4


Monday, November 5

All Saints of the Society of Jesus


Tuesday, November 6

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus

Annual Fund Phonothon

Wednesday, November 7

Kairos Retreat

Mothers’ Club Group, 8:00 a.m. Chapel

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus

Annual Fund Phonothon

Thursday, November 8

Kairos Retreat

Annual Fund Phonothon

Fall Play performance

Friday, November 9

Kairos Retreat

Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Fall Play performance


Saturday, November 10

St. Leo the Great

Fall Play performance


Sunday, November 11



Monday, November 12

St. Josaphat

Late X Day

Freshman Retreat for Ignatius House

Plan Test for Sophomores

Veterans Day Program – 5:30 p.m., Performance Center


Tuesday, November 13

St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J.

Late Y Day

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus

Annual Fund Phonothon


Wednesday, November 14

St. Joseph Pignatelli, S. J.

Plan Test for Sophomores II

Mothers’ Club Prayer Group, 8:00 a.m. Chapel

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus

Annual Fund Phonothon


Thursday, November 15

St. Albert the Great

Fall Play performance

Annual Fund Phonothon


Friday, November 16

Sts. Roch Gonzalez, S. J. & companions

Fall Play performance


Saturday, November 17

St. Elizabeth of Hungary


Fall Play performance


Sunday, November 18

Strings Improvisation Session 2:00 p.m.


Monday, November 19


Tuesday, November 20

Blood Drive

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus

Parent Teacher Conferences


Wednesday, November 21

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus

Records Day – No classes


Thursday, November 22

St. Cecilia

Thanksgiving Holiday


Friday, November 23

Bl. Michael Augustine Pro, S. J.

Thanksgiving Holiday


Saturday, November 24

Sts. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions


Sunday, November 25


Monday, November 26

St. John Berchmans, S. J.

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus


Tuesday, November 27

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus


Wednesday, November 28

Mothers’ Club Prayer Group, 8:00 a.m. Chapel

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus


Thursday, November 29

Mothers’ Club Boutique Workshop 10:00 a.m. South Campus


Friday, November 30

St. Andrew

Student Holiday in observance of feast of St. Xavier

Mothers’ Club Boutique and Fashion Show

V Basketball vs. Fenwick

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:  We will hold conferences on Tuesday, November 21.  Teachers will be available for ten-minute appointments from 3:30-5:30 and 6:30-9:30 p.m.  This evening is primarily for parents of students who are struggling or parents who need to discuss particular issues with teachers.  Since most teachers have as many as 120 students, it is not uncommon for all appointments to be filled.  We certainly want parents whose sons are succeeding well to have an opportunity to speak with their son's teachers personally, but it would be helpful if these parents called or met with teachers at times other than conference nights.  You are welcome to arrange a call or meeting with a teacher on any school day.  Look for a letter in early November with instructions on how to schedule a conference.

BE A HOST FAMILY for three weeks for one of ten students from Collegi Casp, our partner Jesuit school in Barcelona, who will attend St. Xavier during September 2008.  This will be the thirteenth year for this extraordinarily successful program.  The brief duration of the stay means that the burden on the host families is not excessive.  The boys, 17-year-olds, are selected from among many applicants.  A faculty member from Collegi Casp accompanies them.  The boys take a full schedule of courses at St. Xavier.  They speak English well enough so that communication is not a problem.  Collegi Casp offers a number of opportunities for reciprocal visits to Barcelona by St. Xavier host students.  Please call Janet Reder at 761-7815 ext. 177 for information.

FROM THE COMMUNITY SERVICE DEPARTMENT:  Enclosed you will find a letter for the Advent Canned Food Drive Adopt-a-Family program.  Please consider helping a family in need this season.  This year the CFD kicks-off on November 16.  Our two BIG CANVASS dates are Sunday, December 2 and Sunday, December 9.  The annual CFD Delivery Day will take place on Saturday, December 15.  All are welcome to attend, and feel free to bring your families.  Thanks so much to the many parents who helped to chaperone the annual Big Brothers/Big Buddies Car Wash.  The event was a success.  At this point all of our year-long service programs are underway.  Thanks for encouraging your sons’ participation, and please contact his service program administrator with questions.


Senior Parents:  The Financial Aid Night is Tuesday, December 3 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Mr. Paul Calme from Xavier University will give general information about need-based financial aid, not academic or athletic scholarships.   You will receive an invitation letter enclosing a reservation form sometime in November. If not, please call Debbie Schoenhoft at 761-7815, ext. 280 or email  to make your reservation. This year’s program will take place in the Performance Center.

            Seniors—College Deadlines:  You and your sons are reminded that college and scholarship applications due before January 15 must have a transcript request form submitted to us no later than December 1.  We cannot guarantee that requests given to us after December 1 will be mailed out before Christmas Vacation.   We encourage your sons to apply to colleges early in the school year; we strongly recommend sending college applications by the end of November.

            Junior Parents: We met with your sons in early October in large groups to discuss how to prepare for the PSAT.  We also met in small groups with your sons during October as an introduction meeting.  Please feel free to contact us - Dr. Coffman, Dr. Funk, Mrs. Lumpkins, Mrs. Morgan and Mr. Sabourin. 

            Sophomore parents, The PLAN Assessment (a combination of interest survey and pre-ACT) will be administered to your son on November 13 and 15.  This evaluation will give students: 1. An idea about their current interests and possible careers choices. 2. An experience with an ACT-type college entrance test.

            Freshmen and Sophomore Parents:  We have met with all freshmen in small groups and are currently seeing sophomores. We met with the freshmen in large groups to discuss how to prepare for exams and talked with them about getting involved in school activities.  We met with sophomores in large groups to discuss how to prepare for the PSAT and the ACT Plan. Please feel free to contact us - Mr. Mike Meyer, Mr. Matt Keith, Mr. John Richardson or Mr. Marty Roberts - if you have any questions or concerns.

THEATER XAVIER:  TX Inspecting laughs for the fall

Theatre Xavier presents its fall comedy, Inspecting Carol, November 8-10 and 15-17. Curtain each night is 7:30 p.m. The show tells the story of a sad-sack Midwestern professional theater and its tired annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Tickets for Inspecting Carol are $8 each and went on sale to the public Oct. 22. For complete ticket information, please visit and click on the TX pages on the activities tab under students in the arts. Patrons also may call 761-7815, ext. 586 for ordering instructions. Quickly get your tickets while they last.

Inspecting Carol is rated PG for some language and campy violence, but is family friendly and sure to chase away any humbugs you may have heading into the holiday season.

TX will prepare for its winter show, Steve Martin’s hysterical Picasso at the Lapin Agile, with an organizational meeting from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Monday, November 19, in the black box. Auditions for Picasso will be 4 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, in St. Xavier Theater. Mark your calendars for January 9-12 for Picasso’s performance dates. Curtain will be 7:30 p.m. in the black box with cabaret seating and desserts and coffee available.

BOOKSTORE/SPIRIT SHOP NEWS:  Upcoming Special hours are:

Sunday, November 11 (Open House) 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 17 (Entrance Exam) 8:00 to Noon

Thursday, November 20 (Parent Conferences) 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2, 9 and 16 (Christmas Hours) 1:00 to 3:00

MUSICIANS COME TO ST. XAVIER:  The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society is a non-profit charitable organization that will host a series of 9 concerts featuring internationally known Grammy-nominated and award-winning artists to benefit local Catholic elementary schools.  The shows will take place at St. Xavier High School and Seton High School and will run from October through May. A world-renowned guitarist, Phil Keaggy, will perform at Seton on November 15.  Phil is a legend in guitar circles and was a favorite of Jimi Hendrix. His incredible creativity and innovation has taken guitar playing to a whole new level.  Phil is a gifted singer and song writer with 40 recordings to his credit and was one of the pioneers of the contemporary Christian music movement.  He has won numerous awards and continues to dazzle audiences with his performances.  Phil’s diverse influence has made him a master craftsman of the instrument and has earned him the respect and admiration of musicians in nearly every genre of music.  Tickets for Phil are $20 and can be purchased on-line at  Tickets can be purchased via credit card or by check. You can also check out other artists in the line-up including Maura O’Connell, Cadence, and Richard Thompson.  These shows will bring great entertainers to the Cincinnati area and provide some relief to schools that are so vital to our communities.  We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the shows.

FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:   All students planning to compete in winter athletics must submit a current, completed OHSAA physical form to the athletic department prior to participation.  Forms can be found at Winter practices begin November 2, 2007.

MOTHERS’ CLUB PRAYER GROUP:  Did you know that St. X has a Wednesday morning prayer group? We meet at 8 a.m. in the small chapel (which is to the right side of the main chapel.) It is a nice, relaxing atmosphere. You may come for whatever time fits your schedule whether that is 15 minutes or 45 minutes.   We pray for our sons, the students in general, the staff, administration and  personal requests.  Due to differences in scheduling, we don't meet during exam weeks.  Many blessing to all. If you have any questions feel free to call Lorri Finke 681-6597 or Mary Sue Verhagen 541-7829.

MUSIC PROMOTERS:  Some exciting changes are being made to the Strings Ensemble this school year. Mr. Isaac Watras is now directing the twenty student strong strings group and is building on the excellent work of former strings teacher Ms. Ellen Stephens. Strings is now being taught as a class during the regular school day, but Mr. Watras is available at the 7 a.m. former practice time to answer any questions the students have about the music or to provide additional coaching. One of the students is playing his instrument for the first time, whereas others have been playing close to ten years. While the technical skill level is varied, the group works well together to perfect each musical piece. Similar to the other music groups, the Strings Ensemble has both section leaders and other group leaders. In leadership positions this year are Hawkins Tang, Dustin Landon, Alexander Vu, Paul Anderson, Peter Mills, Brian Hurwitz, and Eric Freeman. Section leadership is competitive, though, and may change when new pieces are begun.

Mr. Watras wants the string players to strive for perfection in their performance, from the way they set up for rehearsal, the way they tune, take care of their instruments and music, and the way they prepare for rehearsal.  Ultimately, his goal is for the string students to develop a strong sense of being "Men for Others" through music making and to look for ways to effect change and "stand up against injustice" through music.

Save the dates! 

November 4:  The Music Promoters X-Travaganza Gift Gathering party will be a Mass and brunch at the home of Pam and Richard Hirte'.

December 7 and 8: Music Department Christmas concerts.

December 14 and 15:  Something Blue Christmas Dinner. Consider partaking in this gourmet dinner at St. X while listening to the outstanding singing of our Something Blue group. Contact Sharon Hafertepe at 574-9069 for information on this dinner.

A MESSAGE FROM THE MOTHERS’ CLUB:   Holiday Sparkle” – Christmas Luncheon, Boutique and Fashion Show:  Invitations are in the mail!  We eagerly await your reservations for the festive Christmas Luncheon, Boutique and Fashion Show to be held on Friday, November 30.  Invite your family and friends to experience “Holiday Sparkle” as we kick off the holiday season with tasty appetizers, a sit-down lunch, chances for wonderful prizes and the opportunity to purchase beautiful holiday decorations, gifts and St. X jewelry and signature items.  St. X students will serve lunch, and the most entertaining fashion show in town will complete the day.  Many women have found this annual tradition worthy of time away from work and other commitments.  Your ongoing support of this event is greatly appreciated.  Sally Myers (759-9177) can answer questions regarding reservations.   General questions can be addressed to Susan Clear (451-2119), this year’s chairperson.  We always welcome additional volunteers to help set up during the week of November 26 and, on the morning of the event, to bring appetizers and assist with raffles and various hospitality functions.  Please contact Sue Bedinghaus ( if you can help or have questions.

MAIN AWARD definitely deserves your immediate attention! This year we have expanded to FIVE chances to win!  The grand prize winner will spend a memorable three days/two nights at The Greenbrier (The #1 spa in the USA by Conde Nast) and as a bonus will have a 2008 Corvette for the weekend from Tom Gill Chevrolet to travel there in style (a $2470 value)!!!   Second prize is a “Spectacular Evening” package that includes dinner for two at BOCA restaurant, Cincinnati Symphony tickets, a bottle of bubbly and a custom necklace and earrings from Betsy Spohn.  Third prize is a Glitter in Glendale! package – a $500.00 gift certificate to Century House, brunch for two at The Grand Finale restaurant and a coupon towards artwork from Cindy Harlan Youse.  Fourth prize is a $500 gift certificate to Macy’s, and the fifth prize is an extreme makeover courtesy of Salon Urbanity wrapped up in a new robe.  Purchase tickets in advance by mailing the newsletter insert to Muffy Kadon.  Even if you are unable to attend the fashion show and luncheon, you can take a chance on being the winner of one of these fabulous prizes!  For additional tickets go to, click on “Cocurriculars”, then “Mothers’ Club.”

The Boutique Committee is in full swing and can use your help.  Workshops will be held all Tuesdays and Wednesdays in November at South Campus from 10-2.  Spend an hour or stay the entire time. We have a job for everyone, and this is a great way to meet other St. X parents.  If you have questions, ideas or have items to donate please call Cherie Schwier (325-7425) or Amy Lanzit (231-7611).

Get your 2007-2008 St. Xavier Student and Faculty Directory Today!

It’s Not Too Late to join Mothers’ Club and receive a directory. Go to the St Xavier Website, Click on Current Students, Co-curriculars, Mothers’ Club, Dues/ Directories. Print the Membership and Dues form and send to Patti Filak. She will mail you your directory promptly.

The 175th Anniversary Cookbook can be purchased at the Christmas luncheon or the St. Xavier Bookstore. Questions? Marti Shoemaker (741-7120) or Tina Hawking (321-9633).

Mass will be celebrated for the Mothers’ Club in the Chapel of the Holy Companions on Monday, November 5 at 9 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.   

Thanks to all who so willingly volunteer time to help with our many activities.  Boutique workshops are going well with everyone having fun and getting to know one another.  Please consider joining us when you can.  We sincerely appreciate the help we had counting money for WALK FOR X and addressing Christmas invitations.  Our assistance to the faculty and staff would not be possible without the generosity of so many.  Thanks for making St. X a priority!


11/5 - Mass, 9 a.m. Chapel of the Holy Companions, everyone welcome

11/11- St. Xavier Open House, Volunteer Contact – Mary Bisher 583-5020

11/30 - Christmas Luncheon, Boutique and Fashion Show

Boutique Workshops: All Tuesdays and Wednesdays in November, 10am –2p South Campus (behind the baseball field across the street)



December  2                Canned Food Drive Canvass

December  3                Senior Parent College Financial Aid Night

December 9                 Canned Food Drive Canvass

December 10               Late X Day

December 11               Late Y Day

December15                Canned Food Drive Delivery Day

December 21               Morning Assembly, Last day of classes

December 24               Christmas vacation begins

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