We hope your daughters have taken advantage of the opportunity to begin a deep dive into their testing results this week and have used their information to set attainable goals for themselves. As we shared with our students, we know that your daughter is much more than a test number, but as a college preparatory school, we also know a good test score can open doors. If you haven’t had an opportunity this week to review the testing week material with your daughter, we would encourage you to spend some time over this long weekend reviewing those with her.
- HOLIDAY: On Monday, January 20, school will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
- PARENT PRAYER: The Parent Prayer group meets each Tuesday morning from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the chapel at St. Catherine’s Convent, which is right across Tyler Lane from AHS. Just look for the sign! If you are unable to attend but would like them to pray for a particular intention, please email it to our campus minister MARY ANN STEUTERMANN. We hope you find comfort in knowing that we are praying for your intention even if you can’t be present.
WORK IT WEDNESDAY: Work it Wednesday is back! The Achievement Center is hosting open tutoring sessions in the Media Center the next three Wednesday mornings from 7:30 to 9:05 a.m. This is a great opportunity for your student to get some extra help from Mr. Armstrong or Mrs. Conway in any subject. Students may reserve their spot for January 22, January 29, and/or February 5by emailing LOU ARMSTRONG or PAN CONWAY .
ARGENTINA EXCHANGE: Beginning Friday, January 24, Assumption will be hosting nine students from Colegio Santa Ethnea, a school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The girls will be here for four weeks and will attend school every day with their Assumption host students and participate in a variety of school events and activities; their host families will provide them with sightseeing opportunities and cultural experiences on the weekends. In June, the Assumption host students will travel to Argentina and live and go to school with their Argentine partners for four weeks. This year marks Assumption’s 14th year providing our students and the host families with this truly life-altering experience through the Mercy Ambassadors Exchange Program. The entire community of Assumption is excited to meet this year’s exchange students on Friday. Please keep our Argentine exchange students and their families in your prayers as the girls travel to Louisville next week.
CHEER AND DANCE TEAM PREVIEWS: Our Assumption cheer and dance teams will be competing in the UDA and UCA Nationals in Orlando. Dance will compete first on the weekend of February 1-3 and cheer will be February 7-9. While we can’t all be there in person to cheer them on, we will have the opportunity to see their competition routines. The Dance Team will preview both of their routines on Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the gym, and the Cheer Team will preview all three of their routines on Sunday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!
COLLEGE TOPICS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES: On Sunday, February 2, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the Learning Differences Program will host a panel of former PSP students who are currently attending local colleges and are using their accommodations at the post-secondary level. They will discuss various college issues for students with learning differences. This will be a great opportunity for you and your daughter to listen to their personal stories, discuss the challenges/successes of college, and ask alums various questions about their experiences. This meeting will be in the Media Center, so please use the CAC/gym entrance and an ambassador will greet you!
REQUESTS FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES: If your daughter needs to miss school for a reason that is not medically related, the absence must be approved in advance for it to be excused and make-up work completed. Requests for driver’s testing, college visits, participation in club sports or other activities, etc., need to be made in writing and received at least a week ahead of time if at all possible. Your daughter may bring your written note to the attendance office or you may email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org (as long as you are making the request in advance). Please do not contact your daughter’s teachers directly to ask them to excuse her from class because absences must be approved by the administration and not individual teachers.
GRADUATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS:
- GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS: Balfour will be back at school one last time to collect graduation announcement orders on Tuesday, January 21. Any orders not made by this date will need to be ordered online or taken directly to Balfour. Orders can be placed online at www.Balfour.com or contact them directly at 502-499-7100.
- GRADUATION VENUE: Due to renovation plans at Bellarmine University, we will not be able to hold our Class of 2020 graduation in their gym this year. However, we have secured Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center for the same date and time of Saturday, May 16, at 11:00 a.m.
TESTING RESULTS – Your daughter received her PreACT and PSAT scores in homeroom today. Please ask her to show them to you. Your daughter will need to bring this folder to her English, math, science, and social studies classes during the next few weeks, and these teachers will lead her through goal setting and error analysis activities. On Friday, January 31, juniors will take a practice ACT and then on February 18, they will have a visit from TorchPrep, a company that works with students to improve standardized test-taking skills. Also, for the fourth consecutive year, our juniors will have to opportunity to take a National ACT during the school day on March 24. Standardized testing goal setting and error analysis combined with discussion of course selection for next year is an example how your daughter’s team of professionals works together to help her reach her goals. Please encourage her to visit her guidance counselor, college counselor, and/or academic dean with any questions or concerns.
2020-2021 REGISTRATION – Save the dates!
- CURRENT FRESHMAN PARENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION NIGHT: Attention, all freshman parents–on Wednesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, dean of studies Theresa Schuhmann will provide information about the registration and course selection process for all freshman parents. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this important informational session in order to assist your daughters in planning their course of study for their sophomore year.
- 2020-2021 COURSE SELECTIONS: On Thursday, February 6, and Tuesday, February 11, our teachers will be conferencing with all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors regarding their course selections for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration will open on Thursday, February 13.
FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2020-2021 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2020, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment. FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) APPLICATIONS: Any sophomore or junior who is interested in applying for NHS should receive an email about this process on Friday, January 10. A student must have at least a 3.70 unweighted cumulative GPA, no more than one demerit on her discipline record at the time records are checked, and outstanding experience in leadership and service which includes 20 documented hours on X2Vol of community service for sophomores or 40 documented hours for juniors (not including sophomore ACTS). Any student who wishes to apply MUST attend one of three application meetings. In other words, attendance at one of the meetings is mandatory. Students will learn how to apply and what can and cannot be considered for the application. Students already inducted and granted membership in NHS do NOT need to attend one of these meetings or re-apply to the organization. Students may attend either Wednesday, January 22, at 3:05 p.m. (theater), Thursday, January 23, at 7:25 a.m. (media center), or Monday, January 27 at 7:25 a.m. (theater). Parents, please ensure that your daughter accommodates her transportation, work, practice, etc., because no other arrangements will be made to share the information. Meetings will last about 25-30 minutes. Applications are due by 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 (the Thursday before Mission Week). Hard copy applications must be turned into the Guidance Office by 3:10 p.m. and date stamped. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE! Questions about applying to NHS can be directed to NHS adviser KELLY KIRWAN.
BILL FROM WKU FOR DUAL CREDIT: We were informed on Monday morning that bills went out to Dual Credit students from the WKU Bursar’s Office that were in error. If your daughter says she applied for her KHEAA Dual Credit Scholarship to cover her class at WKU, you can ignore this paper bill. She can double check by logging into her https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/home account and check that is says that the money has been disbursed to WKU for Fall 2019. If you have any questions, please send your daughter to see Mrs. Fieldhouse with her computer and her login information.
ROCKET PARENT NETWORK (RPN) NEWS: Operation Parent of Oldham County will host a free webinar, “Raising Preteens and Teens with and for Confidence,” on Tuesday, January 28, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Jennifer Miller, M.Ed. will discuss how parents can better understand the developmental changes their teens are undergoing. The webinar will also address ways in which parents can demonstrate social and emotional intelligence. Click here to register.
ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS: Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2020 “Roaring Twenties”. Help make this event a terrific success! All proceeds benefit the financial needs of our students.
- ROCKET RAFFLE TICKET: LAST CALL: Would you like to be the winner of $20,000 cash? You just might be the winner. All you need to do is purchase a ticket for $25.00 and see what happens. The drawing will take place at Rocket Spectacular on Saturday, February 1. You don’t have to present to win.
- BOURBON PULL: One of most populargames of chance at the event is our Bourbon Pull. We are in need of different types of bourbon to make it a success – different varieties and values make it exciting. If you happen to have access to bourbon personally or through family or friends, we would appreciate any donation. IMPORTANT: Your donation must be dropped off by an adult – students are not allowed to bring your liquor donation to school. Questions, contact Tricia Ferree at tricia.ferree@ahsrockets,org
ARCHDIOCESAN PARENT PRESENTATION: The Archdiocese of Louisville invites all parents to a special presentation. Roy Petitfils, a Catholic author, speaker, and psychotherapist in private practice, will present “What Teens Want You to Know but Won’t Tell You” on Wednesday, January 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Xavier High School.No registration is required. Please see the flyer in this link for additional information: ROY PETITFILS PARENT PRESENTATION