We volunteer to share our gifts in the following areas: create art for liturgy at Xavier High School, work on murals, go to local art exhibits together, go to a larger city to a major art museum (every other year), travel opportunities to Europe every two years to art rich countries, teach people less fortunate than us to create art, have drawing/painting nights at Xavier High School, offer different creative art processes not offered in art classes, commissions from the community and develop friendships in the process.
What we do depends on the kids interests and every year is a little different, because we try and get our elected students representatives to lead things as much as possible.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Business Professionals of America (BPA) is the leading Career and Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. Students in grades 10-12 that are enrolled and excel in business classes at Xavier are eligible for BPA. Students can compete in a variety of individual and team events at the regional, state, and national levels that may involve accounting, economics, word processing, desktop publishing, information technology, and marketing and management. If you have questions regarding Xavier’s Business Professionals of America Chapter, e-mail Mr. Tim O’Brien or phone him at (319) 294-6635 ext. 380.
Go Green Club
Go Green provides an opportunity for students to meet socially and work together with the mission of being Good Stewards of God’s Earth. Students learn about environmental topics and actively participate in school and community environmental projects, making a positive difference in our world.
HOSA Future Health Professionals
HOSA is a national student organization, with support from the Department of Education, that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition for students interested in and/or enrolled in health science. It’s mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development of all health science students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest-growing organization dedicated to educating young people about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Through age-appropriate curricula, JA programs begin in kindergarten and continue through the twelfth grade, teaching kids how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers while inspiring and preparing them to succeed in a global economy. Locally, 34,487 students participate in the programs. www.JAEasternIowa.org.
Key Club is a community service group sponsored by Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. We perform acts of community service throughout the school year.
This group focuses on issues surrounding respect for life. Through educational events, charitable efforts, times of prayer and opportunities for public witness, they shine a light on this important issue and defend the basic rights of those who are weakest and most marginalized: the poor, the homeless, the innocent unborn and the frail and elderly who need our respect and our assistance.
The students on this committee plan and implement all Masses, Reconciliation services, Stations of the Cross, prayer services and all other spiritual events. They serve as readers, servers, ushers and Eucharistic Ministers.
These students sing and serve as musicians for all of our Liturgies and other spiritual events.
Model UN looks at relevant issues in today’s world and discusses them from the viewpoint of the country your school is assigned to research. We then go and debate these issues with other schools who have researched the materials as well.
Advanced Newspaper provides students with the opportunity to produce the school’s bi-weekly newspaper. The newspaper is a full 16-page paper. All talents are needed as jobs range from writers, reporters, photographers, and page designers. The class does everything involved with the paper including selling ads and mailing over 200 copies out to various local businesses and community members.
Quidditch is a fast paced, earth bound recreation of the game played in the Harry Potter series. We have combined the games of team handball, dodge ball and tag to recreate the excitement of Quidditch. Two teams comprised of 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters, a Keeper and a Seeker compete to score goals and catch the snitch. Strategy, exercise and skills are developed in this fun environment.
The Science Bowl team consists of five students that study in preparation for game-show style competitions against Science Bowl teams from other Iowa high schools. Science Bowl question topics include chemistry, biology, physics, math, geology, astronomy, and general science. The state champion Science Bowl team wins a trip to Washington D.C. in April to compete for the national Science Bowl title.
Spanish Club is an opportunity to get together with friends and classmates to have fun and learn something about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. We have meetings every four weeks. We also have several parties and other events throughout the year, such as the salsa dance, movie nights, making piñatas and papel picado, and parties for Day of the Dead and other holidays.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Mission Statement: As a Xavier community, we strive to provide awareness and opportunity for students to recognize and make constructive decisions.
Vision: We envision that all Xavier students will make constructive decisions by avoiding substance abuse, having a positive self-image, practicing non-violent actions and respecting people and property.
Trap Shooting is a sport organized and sanctioned under the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Scholastic Clays Target Program. The object of Trap Shooting is to break 25 clay targets. Each shooter gets 5 targets from 5 different positions, which are thrown by an automatic target launcher. It is open to both boys and girls grades 9 through 12. Practice is twice weekly and starts in March.. Competitions extend through the middle of June.
Wellspring is a spiritual mentoring program between faculty/staff members and seniors. Senior students have the opportunity to meet one on one with a faculty member for prayer, reflection, faith sharing and mentoring as they make the transition from high school into the next step of their lives. Faculty and seniors are asked to meet weekly.
The Xavier Ambassadors were formed to work with Administration to promote Xavier High School to students who attend elementary and middle schools. Xavier Ambassadors help with a wide variety of events such as visiting grade schools, host shadow students, lead tours on Discover Xavier Night, deliver Christmas treats, or participate in America Reads. Students apply for selection. Selection is based on application information and teacher recommendation. For further information you may email Janet Lukan or call 319-294-6635 ext 390.
Yearbook allows students to capture the school year within the pages of a hardcover book. With an annual yearbook, we publish a full-color 220 page book that includes all portraits, sports, extra-curricular activities and various features. Students use the online design program to produce the book within the school year to ensure a fall delivery. This is an activity for anyone that loves photography, writing, interviewing and design. There’s something for everyone!