Update on Xavier: Textbooks Needed

February 20, 2011

Dear FOX members near and far,

We are well into the 3rd quarter this year and classes are going well, although our income from tuition is woefully short by $34,000 at present. We are still awaiting help through FSM with Aid to Non-public schools, and hope that this will come very soon!

Our annual Board of Directors meeting went very well last Saturday. The revised Articles of Incorporation and By-laws were approved. This will help update our legal status and enable us to move forward with the upcoming WASC accreditation process next school year. More legal documents will be needed in the months to come, but we are confident that all will be put in place before the next school year. Our budget for the next fiscal year was approved with increases in outlay for M&R and teaching resources (textbooks, etc). The total for the year will not be much different from this year, but we will be relying on help from you good folks to help make ends meet.

At the Board meeting, a list of needs foreseen for the next 4 years were listed with a certain prioritization and tentative target date and estimated cost for each. I’d like to share that list with you although I heard that some of you have already seen a rough draft of this and are thinking about adopting one or other of these projected needs for your fund raising efforts this year! That was music to my ears! So I have attached this list to this message in the hope that others among the Friends of Xavier groups will take on one or more of these needs. The first one on the list is for textbooks and teaching resources. I decided to break this down for you below.

You might want to pick one of these textbook needs as your contribution to the school’s educational enterprise rather than one of the other infrastructure needs on the attached list.

May God bless you all, and please continue to pray for Xavier. And don’t forget to log on to our new website if you haven’t done so
already at

Fr. Dave

Here are the textbooks we badly need:

Xavier High School Textbook /Resource Needs for 2011-2012 School Year

(Last Updated: May 6, 2011)

THEOLOGY CURRICULUM:

Course name: Religion I
Textbook title: Our Catholic Faith: Living What We Believe
Copies needed: 40
Total Cost: $$998

Course name: Religion II
Textbook title: Jesus of History–Christ of Faith
Copies needed: 51
Total Cost: $1,032.75

ENGLISH CURRICULUM:

Course name: Freshmen English Skills
Textbook title: Elements of Language – First Course
Copies needed: 12
Total Cost: $963.60

Course name: Sophomore English Skills
Textbook title: Writer’s Choice Grade 10
Copies needed: 45
Total Cost: $3,510.00

Course name: Junior English Skills
Textbook title: Writer’s Choice Grade 11: Grammar and Composition
Copies needed: 45
Total Cost: $3,510.00

Course name: Junior English Skills
Textbook title: English Skills with Readings
Copies needed: 45
Total Cost: $4,204.80

Course name: Junior English Skills
Textbook title: Essentials of Speech Communication
Copies needed: 51
Total Cost: $1,619.25

Course name: Junior English Skills
Textbook title: Basic Debate
Copies needed: 45
Total Cost: $ 2,518.20

MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM:

Course name: Algebra I
Textbook title: Holt Algebra I
Copies needed: 50
Per Item Cost: $77.47

Course name: Algebra II with Trigonometry
Textbook title: Holt Algebra II
Copies needed: 35
Total Cost: $2,831.50

Course name: Algebra II with Trigonometry
Textbook title: Holt Albegra II Teacher’s Manual
Copies needed: 1
Total Cost: $115.65

SCIENCE CURRICULUM:

Course name: General Science – Grade 9
Textbook title: Modern Earth Science
Copies needed: 51
Total Cost: $3,975.45

Course name: General Science – Grade 9
Textbook title: Modern Earth Science Teacher’s Edition
Copies needed: 1
Total Cost: $98.75

Course name: Health
Textbook title: Glencoe Health Guide to Wellness
Copies needed: 51
Total Cost: $3,633.75

Course name: Health
Textbook title: Glencoe Health Guide to Wellness Teacher’s Edition
Copies needed: 1
Total Cost: $85.05

Course name: Physics
Textbook title: Holt Physics
Copies needed: 22
Total Cost: $1,768.80

Course name: Biology
Textbook title: Holt Biology Study Guide
Copies needed: 10
Total Cost: $207.00

Course name: Biology
Textbook title: Holt Biology: Lab Manual for Skills Practice and
exploration labs
Copies needed: 1
Total Cost: $19.90

SCIENCE LAB
Please click here for a list of needs for our science  laboratory.

LANGUAGE CURRICULUM:

Course name: Latin I & II
Textbook title: First Year Latin
Copies needed: 40
Total Cost: $678.00

Course name: Latin II
Textbook title: Henle Latin Grammar
Copies needed: 51
Total Cost: $484.50 (not essential)

SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM:

Course name: World History
Textbook title: World History: People and Nations
Copies needed: 95 + Teacher’s Edition (1 copy) $ 115.85
Total Cost: $7,766.25

Course: World Geography
Title: World Geography
Number needed: 50
Total cost: $3972.50 + Teacher’s Edition (1 copy) $ 115.85

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY:

Item: Printer
Company: Canon
Product: Canon Image Class D320
Price: $155
Quantity: 1

Item: UPS Replacement Battery
Company: APC
Product: APC Replacement Battery Cartridge #2 ((RBC2)
Price: $39.99
Quantity: 2
Total cost: $79.98

Item: UPS Replacement Battery
Company: APC
Product: APC Replacement Battery Cartridge #47 (RBC47)
Price: $29.99
Quantity: 4
Total Cost: $119.96

Item: Laptop Security Lock
Company: Kensington
Product: Combo Saver Combination Portable Notebook Lock (Model No. K64560US)
Price: $19.99
Quantity: 24
Total Cost: $479.76

Item: Microsoft Office 2010
Company: Microsoft
Product: Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Students – 3 users
Price: #139.99
Quantity: 10
Total Cost: #1,399.90

Also check out the Xavier Development Plan giving our needs over the next few years…

To “Like” or Not to Like…

January 20, 2011

Dear Xavierites,

Greetings from Mabuchi by way of Northern California. This is Vid Raatior…formerly Vid Jones to those of who were students at Xavier back in 91-94 when I was a Jesuit scholastic teacher on the hill. I have just  redesigned and launched the new website for Xavier. I need your help in supporting Xavier through a very simple act of social networking with your FB friends.

An important element of the new web design is the launching of a  new  FB page called “Xavier Micronesia ” : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xavier-Micronesia/182433665119621 which feeds into the new website and vice versa. While the Xavierites FB group will continue to serve as the place for the alumni and friends of Xavier, the new Xavier Micronesia facebook page will be the official FB page for the school to the Xavier Family as well as potential benefactors.

Here’s how you can help: For now we need as many Xavierites as possible to “Like” the Xavier Micronesia facebook page. Then invite your FB friends to also “Like” the page.

Why and how will this help the school?  The more fans the Xavier Micronesia page has the more potential the school has to raise much needed awareness and funds for its needs. Imagine Xavier Micronesia having a million fans. Now imagine each fan donating $1 to Xavier…

FYI, by Feb. 1st (hopefully sooner), the new website will have a Paypal capability for you and the million fans that I imagine Xavier Micronesia will have to donate online with the click of a button. That’s when the school will really reap the benefit of your work in spreading the word about the Xavier Micronesia Facebook page. The more Friends that “Like” the page, the more closer the school has to maximizing the capability of this social networking thing that Mark Zuckerberg started. Or if you are friends with Mr. Zuckerberg, then…well, a million dollars to Xavier is chump change for him.

Until that happens, we all continue to plug away at doing our share in helping the school in whatever way we can. I’ve agreed to design the website for free (worth at least $10,000 of work) to support the efforts of my brother Jesuits in Micronesia.

I invite you to “Like” the FB page and spread the word as a way for you to support the efforts of the Jesuits as well as the volunteer teachers at Xavier who are putting in years of their lives to come out to Mabuchi to educate the kids of Micronesia, Palau, and the RMI. We can’t all be Jesuit volunteers or Jesuit priests and scholastics to teach at Mabuchi, but we can support their efforts by simply clicking “Like” and inviting our facebook friends to do the same…all for the school. It’s a simple act of social networking with a potentially impactful benefit to the mission of Xavier High School to continue to provide a Jesuit education in our Pacific nations.

Thank you and sorry about the long message.

Sincerely,

Vid “Jones” Raatior
Former XHS teacher
Former XHS administrator
Current XHS web designer
www.raatior.com

Cost of educating a student

January 15, 2011

Your help in meeting the needs of educating a student is very much needed and appreciated. A few facts:

  • It costs approximately $2.50 to feed a student a day while the students pay 90 cents per day for food.
  • It costs  approximately $3,200.00 a year to educate a student at Xavier, and that is bare bones.
  • The female students (commuters) pay $1,200 a year for tuition & fees.
  • The male students  (boarding) pay $1,300 for tuition, room, board.
  • During the 2009-10 school year alone, Xavier High School will have spent over $4,500 in scholarship for students who meet the rigorous academic challenge, but have little to no financial means to pay the full tuition. We would like to build up a scholarship fund to support these needy students.
  • Since the privatization of the public utilities in Chuuk, the State subsidy has stopped completely while the school pays an average of $3,500 a month for electricity alone. We budgeted $1,000 a month for electricity, but it has hardly been sufficient to cover the actual cost. Even with all of our energy conservation efforts including nightly blackouts, we are still paying a monthly average of $3,500 for our electricity needs. The campus needs to maintain the amount of energy consumption necessary to support refrigeration, air conditioners, computers, stoves, etc

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