Saint Viator News

Delivering the latest news from Saint Viator High School.

Month: October 2015

Mr. Mike Tubridy helping two incoming freshmen during an iPad Orientation session.

Saint Viator Named Apple School of Distinction

Band Director, Mr. Vince Genualdi, using the TonalEnergy Tuner app during his class to improve the band's sound quality.

Band Director, Mr. Vince Genualdi, using the TonalEnergy Tuner app during his class to improve the band’s sound quality.

Saint Viator High School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015–2017 for its implementation of its 1:1 iPad program.

A rigorous education has been the hallmark of a Saint Viator education since it opened more than 50 years ago. But with the school’s innovative curriculum redesign, it leverages technology with academics.

“The use of the iPad in education challenges students to learn by doing,” says Principal Eileen Manno. “It engages them in the learning process in multi-dimensional, dynamic and creative ways.”

The Apple Distinguished School program is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision for exemplary learning environments.

Maggie Miskowicz, coordinator of Saint Viator’s instructional technology, points to a few of Apple’s tools that have revolutionized its classrooms, such as iMovie, which brings to life student assignments, Keynote, which helps students present main points of a novel, and Numbers, where students collect data and create graphs.

Mr. Mike Tubridy helping two incoming freshmen during an iPad Orientation session.

Mr. Mike Tubridy helping two incoming freshmen during an iPad Orientation session.

Students this year have the opportunity to learn mobile app programming, while also taking advantage of “flipped classroom” lessons, where teachers videotape lectures that students can watch at home. That allows teachers to use classroom time for questions.

“One of the most significant changes in student learning with the use of iPads is that learning takes place anywhere, anytime,” says Mrs. Eileen Cairo, science department chair.

When Saint Viator administrators learned of the news, Mrs. Manno turned to faculty members who were on the front lines of implementing this new technology-driven curriculum design: “Thank you for embracing change,” she said.

Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., described the distinction as another example of Saint Viator’s commitment to academic excellence and its goal of shaping young men and women to be successful in the classroom, as well as leaders in academics, athletics, faith and service to others.

Sophomore students taking their Constitution exam in the secure SofTest-M app.

Sophomore students taking their Constitution exam in the secure SofTest-M app.

“Once again, (Mrs. Manno) and her team have succeeded in demonstrating how this educational community is one of the best in the nation,” Fr. Brost said. “This distinction reflects their outstanding leadership.”

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Saint Viator Justice League Members: Experiencing Interfaith Peace in Salt Lake City

Students in Saint Viator’s Justice League hit group picthe road again to learn about diversity, first hand.

They returned Monday from a trip to Salt Lake City to attend the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, whose stated mission is “working together for a world of compassion, peace, justice and sustainability.”

Students offer a prayer in the Native American tradition

Students offer a prayer in the Native American tradition

“Religious violence and discrimination are a big problem in our world today as you see on the news every day,” said Ms. Emily Egan, a religion teacher and moderator of the Justice League. “We want to make it a priority for Justice League students to understand interfaith peace and cooperation.”

Observing a Native American sage blessing

Observing a Native American sage blessing

The Saint Viator delegation, which included nine seniors, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and Ms. Egan, were among more than 10,000 people from 80 nations and 50 faith traditions to attend.

“The Parliament plays a big role in the global interfaith movement,” Ms. Egan added. “It is the oldest, largest and most inclusive gathering of people of all faiths and traditions.”

Justice League members strive to live out their faith in a way that makes the world a more peaceful place. Quarterly school projects as well as occasional trips help to raise awareness and respond to a social injustice. Previous trips this year have taken students to Arizona in June to observe the border patrol, as well as to the Houses of Hospitality in Chicago, supported in part by Viatorians, in support of recently released immigrants with nowhere else to go.

Saint Viator students had the chance to meet with people from different faith traditions — from learning about Sikh traditions and observing Tibetan monks, to receiving a native American sage blessing and celebrating the Jewish Sabbath. Just to open the Parliament, they observed a Vedic chant, from the Hindu tradition.

“Hopefully, by discussing other religions,” Ms. Egan added, “we can work together to create positive social change.”

 

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Going the Distance: Fr. Dan Hall Completes 47th Marathon

Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, just took one step closer to his goal.

Fr. Dan Hall, pausing at Mile 17 of the Chicago Marathon with one of his fans, Saint Viator High School Registrar, Rose Ruffatto

Fr. Dan Hall, pausing at Mile 17 of the Chicago Marathon with one of his fans, Saint Viator High School Registrar, Rose Ruffatto

The military veteran, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the Army’s special services and spent seven years in the Marines as a chaplain, has set out to complete 50 marathons — after turning 50 years old.

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon was his 47th — and he has two more scheduled this year.

“It gets harder and harder each year. I always aim to finish before sunset,” says Fr. Hall, who celebrated 33 years of religious life this year and 27 as a priest.

When he’s not training, Fr. Hall teaches U.S. history, global economics and contemporary world issues at Saint Viator High School, before heading out to football practice, where he is a special teams coach.

In two weeks, on Oct. 25, Fr. Hall will run one of his favorite races, the Marine Corps Marathon. It starts in Arlington, VA and takes runners between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, and winds up at the Marine Corps Memorial.

Fr. Dan Hall, center facing huddle, leads the team in prayer

Fr. Dan Hall, center facing huddle, leads the team in prayer

He winds up this year’s campaign on Nov. 8, when he runs the Madison Marathon, which starts and finishes at Capitol Square in downtown Madison.

For the Chicago Marathon, Fr. Hall joined the 120 members of Team Salute, which is based in Arlington Heights and raised more than $120,000 for injured and returning military personnel.

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Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony: A Night to Remember

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2003 Boys’ Soccer Team

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Individual inductees, Mike Hare ’97, Jennifer Kohnke Davis ’97, Daniel Klingberg ’68, Mary Krause Orr ’80 and Mike McManus ’87.

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Artman Award recipient, Thomas Chapman ’73

Talk about a slam dunk.

This year’s Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony had it all: an emotional tribute to the former longtime athletic director, Bob Artman, as well as honorees whose records — and state championships — have stood the test of time.

It was the 18th year for the induction ceremony, only guests found a slightly different tribute from years past. For starters, one of the forces behind the event, former dean of men and development director, Patrick Mahoney, turned over emcee duties to Jim Bristol ’73.

“Mahoney is truly the face of the Hall of fame,” Bristol said at the outset. “I now have to keep the event going strong, as Mahoney turns it over to me.”

Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, former president of Saint Viator, helped open the event as he dedicated the Hall of Fame hallway, located between the Boler Center and the Cahill Gym, in memory of the late Robert C. Artman, who served as athletic director for 26 years before he passed away in 2005.

His wife, Georgeanne, and children Robert ’89 and Meg ’92 were in attendance for the momentous occasion.

“He loved his family and this school,” Georgeanne Artman said. “Those were the two things he lived for.”

Georgeanne Artman, wife of Bob, attended the ceremony with her children, Robert '89 and Meg '92.

Georgeanne Artman, wife of Bob, attended the ceremony with her children, Robert ’89 and Meg ’92.

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2002 Girls’ Basketball Team

After the dedication, guests moved to Querbes Hall, for the start of the induction ceremony. In the past, the ceremony has taken place in Mahoney Court, the school’s second gym, but the more than 130 people who attended found the newly renovated dining facility a more intimate venue for the event.

During the evening, they learned of the accomplishments of five individuals, two teams and the Artman award winner.

Bristol was able to congratulate his classmate, Thomas Chapman ’73, on being this year’s Artman Award winner. Chapman has served as a volunteer coach and role model to members of the baseball team for the last six years.

Also inducted during the evening, were Daniel Klingberg ’68, Mary Krause Orr ’80, Mike McManus ’87, Jennifer Kohnke Davis ’97 and Mike Hare ’97.

The two outstanding teams inducted into the Hall of Fame included the 2002 Girls’ Basketball team, which established a school record for wins, and the 2003 Boys’ Soccer team, which won the IHSA Class A Championship.

Each year, five to six alumni are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. With the recently completed renovations to the school, committee members opted to move the induction ceremony and dinner to Querbes Hall, where inductees were able to choose who would introduce them.

“It’s great to see everyone mingling and sharing stories from the good old days,” Mahoney said.

Assistant Athletic Director, head baseball coach and committee member, Mike Manno ’94, agreed, adding: “We have you to thank for all this, Mahoney. You bring us together every year to celebrate.”

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Saint Viator Stage Goes to The Birds

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“It’s the humor that carries the show,” says Director Kate Costello.

Colorful costumes, slapstick comedy and wacky one-liners. It hardly sounds like the makings of a Greek comedy, but that’s exactly what Saint Viator High School students deliver in presentation of their fall play, The Birds.

“We’re satirizing a lot of aspects of government and society, from taxes and laws, to corruption,” says junior Hugh Tully, who shares one of the lead roles with sophomore Jeremy Yoder. Both play sidekicks to the other lead role, shared by juniors Bryan Rapala and Zac Jones.

The lead characters speak directly to the audience about how they are fed up with all the fraud and politics in their society and consequently, they travel out to a high land where the birds dwell.

There, they persuade the birds to set up their own kingdom, the Cloud Cuckoo Land, fight the gods and establish their own supremacy on earth.

Senior Bryan Rapala, left, and junior Hugh Tully, right, headline the cast of the fall play, The Birds.

Senior Bryan Rapala, left, and junior Hugh Tully, right, headline the cast of the fall play, The Birds.

“It’s very silly humor about serious topics,” adds junior Matthew Frank, who plays Epops, a king turned into a hoopoe by Apollo.

The bird chorus nearly steals the show. With their layered, multi-colored costumes—self-designed by the student actors—and their ensemble scenes, they brighten up the entire stage.

“I love being a bird,” declares junior Katie Boler, who chose a lime green design for her role as an Australian kiwi bird.

Each bird represents a different species, and students researched their colors, spots and wing spans—not to mention bird calls—in creating their costumes.

“There is a great deal of physical humor and downright goofiness,” says Director Kate Costello. “It’s quite a contrast to last year’s Shakespearean tragedy.”

As an educator, Costello looks for teaching moments in the plays she chooses each fall. From its dialogue delivered in comic-patter and some of it in rhyme, to its satire of serious topics, Costello says students are learning more than delivering their lines.

“Just from a literary and historical point of view, it shows how much we had in common with the ancient Greeks,” Costello says. “But it’s the humor that carries the show. Some of the complaints of the main characters could have been written by Donald Trump.”

Sophomore Fiona Conneely says the cast of more than 50 students loved uncovering the different themes of the play, and their characterizations,

“We’re all passionate about acting,” Conneely says, “and since this play is not well known, we’ve become really invested in it. We’re just having so much fun with it.”

 

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Candlelight Vigil Shines Light on Domestic Abuse

domestic abuse prayer vigilFr. Corey Brost, CSV, served as the keynote speaker at a first-time, community-wide prayer vigil in Arlington Heights that highlighted the issue of family violence and ways to prevent it.

The ecumenical service was organized by domestic abuse ministries at churches throughout the village, and was timed with National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

“We all bring light into the world,” said Fr. Brost. “We can bring light into the darkest places of our world.”

Members of Saint Viator’s Chamber Singers opened the vigil with the hymn, “Christ Be Our Light.” They sang two more hymns during the service, before concluding with an a-cappella version of “Prayer of the Children.”domestic abuse prayer vigil

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury requiring serious medical attention for women — of all socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds — organizers say. Yet, victims also include men, teens, children, elderly adults and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Organizers pointed to these statistics: One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. In addition, one in 15 children are exposed to this type of violence — and 90 percent of them are eyewitnesses to this abuse.domestic abuse hotline

“Domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence and elder abuse happen in all communities,” said Terri McDonnell, of the Stepping Stones ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights. “We know that abuse is under-reported and that victims often suffer in silence.

“By shining a light on abuse — rather than covering it up,” she added, “we pray that we can help families begin to heal.”Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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