Saint Viator News

Delivering the latest news from Saint Viator High School.

Month: August 2014

Saint Viator takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, raises $2,800 for local ALS patient.

One week after Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president of Saint Viator High School, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — and has drawn more than 1,000 viewers on YouTube — he extended the challenge to his students.

If each homeroom raised $100, its students could douse their teacher with ice water as part of the unprecedented national campaign to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Any money raised, Fr. Brost said, would be donated to a 30-year old Eric Von Schaumburg, a Schaumburg resident and son of an alumnus, diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease.
Within days, nearly every homeroom came up with the money, and some raised even more.
“One student in my homeroom handed me a $100 check, just to make sure I’d get doused,” quipped math teacher, Julie Reedy. “I don’t mind though. The kids loved it and it raises a lot of awareness about the disease.”
Others, like technology director, Ms. Peggy Gosch, said they had family members affected by the disease and this was one way to help other patients.
“My uncle had ALS,” Ms. Gosch said. “It’s a terrible disease.”
Teachers gathered in front of the school, all wearing a Saint Viator navy blue T-shirts and towels in hand. Students stood next to them, ready to do the honors.
“This doesn’t feel right — it’s my teacher,” said senior Jace Williams of South Elgin, as he prepared to let physics teacher, Jan Grana, have it.
Hundreds of students circled the teachers, with smart phones in hand, ready to document the historic event.
“This is great,” said sophomore Aria Bernardi, of Palatine.
Health teacher, Lisa Wilson stood front and center, as she served as spokesperson for the group in the video.
“The teachers decided that the students raised enough money to put an end to the challenge,” Ms. Wilson said, “and that we will be having more challenges for other charities throughout the year.”After the mass dousing, Fr. Brost said that the students had raised more than $2,800 and that the Clerics of St. Viator, the religious order that sponsors the school, would match it.
“It’s a large sum, and we did it quickly,” Fr. Brost said. “What a gift this will be to the Von Schaumburg family. It makes quite a statement about who we are.”

Fr. Corey accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, challenges the school to get involved.

Class of 2014 Average 26.3 on ACT and Top 25 Percent Average 31.7

It’s official. Saint Viator students continue to score well above the state and national averages on college-readiness exams, outpacing their counterparts by nearly six points.
Mrs. Eileen Manno, principal, announced Tuesday that the average ACT score for Saint Viator’s class of 2014 was 26.3, based on each student’s highest composite score. Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, counselor for last year’s graduating class, found even more good news when he boiled down the scores.
He found that of the 243 students who took the ACT, the top 25 percent of the class averaged 31.7 on the ACT, while the middle 50 percent averaged 26.2, all well above the state average of 20.7 for the class of 2014.
“We’re thrilled,” Mrs. Manno said. “I am proud that our students’ ACT scores continue to rise, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It reflects the rigorous education students receive at Saint Viator over the course of four years.”
This was the third year in a row that Saint Viator students averaged a score higher than 26 on the curriculum and standards-based readiness test, and in doing so, scored above the college-readiness benchmarks in individual subject areas set by the ACT.
“This affirms that we are meeting our mission as a college-prep school,” Br. Rob said. “We’re not just getting our students into college. They’re getting into some of the top academic institutions in the country.”
For example, he referred to the four Ivy League schools which accepted Saint Viator students this year, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell.
Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president, addressed this kind of academic success at the opening faculty meeting last week, pointing to the iPad-driven curriculum, experiential lesson plans and faith formation process.
“It’s a really exciting time to be a part of this community,” Fr. Brost said.

Saint Viator Names New Men’s Basketball Coach

After an exhaustive search, administrators at Saint Viator High School made it official, announcing Quin Hayes ’95 as their new men’s head basketball coach.

“We are thrilled to bring Quin in as our new head basketball coach,” said Saint Viator Athletic Director Marty Jennings. “His love and passion for Saint Viator was evident in every conversation with him.”

While Hayes served as an assistant to former head coach, Mike Howland, for the last two years, and also coached the sophomore team years prior, he brings solid credentials to the role.
Hayes is a 1995 graduate of Saint Viator High School who excelled on the basketball court as a shooting guard and deadly three-point shooter. As a player, he was named to the Sun Times Boys Basketball All-Area team, All-Area Daily Herald team, All-Chicago Tribune team, and the MVP of the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
Hayes went on to play forward all four years at the Division I program at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, before playing one year of professional basketball in France in 2000.
Before coaching at Saint Viator, Hayes served as an assistant coach at Hoffman Estates High School from 2010-2011 and at York Community High School from 2011-2012.
“We believe his experiences as a player, coach and alum will aid in the growth and development of our basketball program and the students of Saint Viator,” said Jennings.

Querbes Scholars Work Behind the Scenes at Oshkosh Air Show

The Air Force Thunderbirds made their first visit to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture convention in Oshkosh late last month and members of the junior and senior class Querbes Scholars program were on hand to witness it.
This was the third year Querbes Scholars attended the convention, which featured more than 14,000 airplanes on the grounds, including warbirds, vintage aircraft, homebuilts and ultralights.
Mrs. Cate Majka, one of the Querbes Scholars moderators, is a co-chair of the KidVenture activities at the convention, while her husband is an EAA director. Mrs. Majka led the student group along with faculty members, Mrs. Jan Grana and Mrs. Julie Reedy.
Students started their day volunteering at KidVenture, which offers hands-on activities for children interested in aviation. The Querbes Scholars helped children do everything from insert rivets and build wooden propellers, to working with electrical circuitry and inspecting an engine.
Afterwards, they toured the AirVenture Museum, with its collection of 200 historic planes, photo galleries and flight simulators, before making their way to the show grounds to see all the aircrafts and the six F-16 Thunderbird jets perform their aerial displays.
Visiting the aircraft convention connects with the mission of the Querbes Scholars Program to foster personal growth, intellectual independence and faith enrichment for academically gifted students.The program, started in 2010, was named after the 19th‐century founder of the Clerics of St. Viator, Fr. Louis Querbes, C.S.V., of France. It began at the end of a yearlong observance of the 150th anniversary of Fr. Querbes’ death.
To be admitted, freshmen must score in the top seven percent on the Saint Viator entrance exam and receive a recommendation from their grade school principals. Querbes Scholars are grouped in their own homerooms and benefit from prominent speakers as well as trips outside the school, typically during the school year.

Students Return to Find Construction Under Way

The demolition is complete, but now construction begins.

Students returning to Saint Viator this school year, will find the former Red Lion Room is a hard hat area, as the 51-year old cafeteria transforms into the Fr. Louis Querbes Hall. Consequently, the Boler Center will convert into a cafeteria each day, with tables and chairs rolled out daily to accommodate the four lunch periods.

The temporary inconvenience will be worth it. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, says its primary focus will be to provide a setting that promotes collaborative learning — before and after school — as well as a college-style food court to meet the nutritional needs of the current student body.

“Not only will we have a food court style dining hall that you find on many college campuses today,” Fr. Brost says, “but a technologically advanced space that will allow our students to work together on class assignments as well as meeting space for our growing co-curricular activities.”

Updating the cafeteria was one of the main goals of the Shaping the Future with Faith campaign, a $15 million investment that Saint Viator officials are making in its current and future students, thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends of the school.

“These enhancements provide professional space that validates the collaborative learning style we are teaching our students,” says Mrs. Eileen Manno, principal. “These techniques ensure that our students not only do well at Saint Viator, but in college and in their professional lives.”

The vision for Querbes Hall came about once school officials started investigating the changes needed to be made to the food preparation area of the old cafeteria. They quickly realized the updates could not be made without substantially reducing the dining area.

To date, campaign improvements included the renovated Scanlan Center, as well as increasing the school’s overall endowment to $10 million.

“Updating the Scanlan Center and increasing our endowment, fits the spirit of Fr. Louis Querbes and the mission of Saint Viator High School,” Fr. Brost adds.

He points to the more than 100 students a week who receive additional, specialized academic assistance in the Scanlan Center. Additionally, the strength of the school’s endowment fund now allows for more than $1.3 million in tuition assistance to families in need.

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