September 30, 2022
On Sunday, we were excited to celebrate the academic achievement of students at our annual Academic Awards Celebration. We honored the academic accomplishments of the following groups of students – sophomores, juniors, and seniors who earned a 4.0 GPA during the 2021-2022 school year; newly inducted Beta Club members; newly inducted National Honor Society members; freshman McAuley Scholars and newly inducted McAuley Scholars; and seniors recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. We applaud all of our honorees listed in the awards program linked here: ACADEMIC AWARDS CELEBRATION PROGRAM!
We are thrilled to officially announce that senior Josie Deye has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a National Merit Semifinalist. This means that Josie was in the top 1% of the 1.6 million students who took the PSAT last fall. We are also excited to announce that seniors Miranda Bilodeau, Ava Fears, Kate Kolokowsky, Kate Merryweather, and Virginia Spalding have been named National Merit Commended students for their excellent scores on the PSAT as well. We are so proud of the academic achievements of our students!
On Monday, we celebrated Mercy Day in union with the Sisters of Mercy across the world. We were fortunate to have four Sisters of Mercy with us for our celebration to honor and thank: Sr. Paulanne Diebold, Sr. Justina Heneghan, Sr. Corrine Burt, and Sr. Mary Johnette Wiedmar. Additionally, we honored three students and two faculty and staff who were selected by their peers as the 2022 Models of Mercy for being Christian leaders who are guided by faith, characterized by compassion, filled with integrity, and driven by a pursuit of excellence.Recognized were Marianne Heck (sophomore), Anna Grace (AG) Gibson (junior), Mary Barker (senior), Erin Gary (faculty), and Erica Lasley (staff). Congratulations to all of our honorees award recipients!
CAREER DAY: Assumption students will be participating in our annual Career Day on Tuesday, October 4. This event will take place during the school day. Students in all grade levels will participate in activities to help them think about careers and college. Freshmen will use our new SCOIR inventory to explore careers that match their interests and hear from an alumna from Bellarmine University’s Career Development Center about how the habits they develop in high school and their academic progress have an impact on their future career pursuits. Sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to learn about several careers including nursing, finance, aerospace engineering, event planning, and many others from alumnae who work in those fields. Seniors will be part of an alumnae panel focused on college planning and degree selection, as well as have an opportunity work on college application and scholarship tasks.
GRANDPARENTS MASS: All Assumption students and their families are invited to celebrate a special Mass with their grandparents on Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Raphael Church. We hope our school families will extend the invitation to all grandparents, and the whole family is welcome for this special celebration.
ASSUMPTION PARENT PRAYER: Our parent prayer group will meet on October 4 from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the AHS chapel and will continue to meet each Tuesday morning throughout the school year. Please park in any open space and enter the school through the main entrance. During the year, we pray for every student by name twice. Next week, we will be praying for the BOOTERSTOWN Family Freshmen. Please join us for any or all of these opportunities!
Last week, students spent time planning a goal-oriented and meaningful Lead and Learn Day experience. On Friday, students had a mental break and some downtime with some enjoyable family bonding events. Next week, students will hear more information about Career Day on Monday and then attend a Career Day experience on Tuesday. Be sure to ask your daughter about what she did on Career Day. Later next week, students will have some homeroom fun by decorating their classroom door.
PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT CONFERENCES: Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in order to give students and parents the opportunity to meet with teachers about students’ progress. We will be offering the opportunity to schedule either an in-person or a Teams conference with your daughter’s teachers. Please use this link: Fall Conference Signup to schedule a conference with your daughter’s teacher. All parents are invited to attend, but parents of students with a D or F in in a class or classes as of October 11, the date of the conferences, are required to attend. Our next official grade update will be on Friday, September 30. We recommend, however, that you check your daughter’s grades on PowerSchool between October 1 and October 11 to make plans to attend if needed. If you have any questions that cannot be addressed at parent/teacher/student conferences, please contact your daughter’s dean – JUDY FIELDHOUSE (students whose last names begin with A-K) or THERESA SCHUHMANN (students whose last names begin with L-Z).
WORK IT WEDNESDAY – OCTOBER SCHEDULE: The Achievement Center is hosting 2 Work It Wednesdays in October on the 5th and 26th. Students are invited to come to the Media Center from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to receive extra support in their classes from peer tutors, study groups, or the AC teachers. We’ve had a wonderful response and to ensure we are meeting everyone’s needs, we ask students to please RSVP in advance. Mark your calendar now for next week on October 5th.
Save the Date! EVENT/DANCE DATES FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR: The opportunity for students to gather together with their Assumption community and to invite their friends/guests to join in on the fun is what we love most about offering dances to our school community. Below please find information about the dances that will be hosted this school year for our student body.
- Saturday, November 19, 2022: Freshman-Sophomore Semi-Formal Dance
- Saturday, February 11, 2023: Father-Daughter Dance
- Saturday, April 15, 2023: Junior Prom
- Friday, May 12, 2023: Senior Prom
Students will be receiving more details about each event including information about attire and ticket sales as the events get closer to each event. For each of these dances, students are encouraged to attend with their AHS friends but are also allowed to bring one guest as well.
We are hopeful as we look to the future, but, of course, we will continue to monitor the progress of the pandemic both at Assumption and in our community as we make plans.
SCHOOL PICTURES: On Tuesday, September 27, during LEAD and Learn time freshmen, sophomores, and juniors received their school pictures if they placed an order. If a student did not have her portrait taken or she would like to retake her photo, she can do so on Wednesday, October 5, during her study, lunch, or before school.School pictures can also still be ordered online at https://shop.studioillumination.com/. Simply enter “AHS” plus your daughter’s Assumption ID number as the code to access your daughter’s picture. Orders can be made online until November 30.
POWERSCHOOL APP: An easy and convenient way to see your daughter’s grades and upcoming assignments in real time is to use the mobile app. PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone and Android is available in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Our passcode for the app is BRSC.
TESTING DAY: Wednesday, October 12, is the National Testing Day for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. We will have a regular 8:15 arrival on this Wednesday. We will dismiss at approximately 12:00 p.m. So as to not disturb any testing, we wait for all rooms to finish before we dismiss. If your daughter is in our Learning Differences program and qualifies for extended time testing, please ask her what time she will finish. Juniors will be taking the PSAT by reservation (please respond to this form if you have not already done so PSAT RSVP FORM), sophomores will be taking the PreACT or PSAT (depending on her English class), and freshmen will be taking the PreACT test. Please encourage your daughter to maximize the benefits of this day by getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and bringing her calculator and pencils with her on Testing Day. There is no make-up day for these tests and no replacement for the valuable feedback they provide for both the school and your daughter, so attendance on this day is very important.
CANDY DONATION REQUEST & ASSUMPTION FAMILY HALLOWEEN NIGHT: The Assumption Alumnae Association and Marketing & Admissions office have teamed up to host the annual Family Halloween Night on Thursday, October 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This event is open to all AHS alumnae, families, faculty, staff, and future Rockets of all ages! There will be free activities including trick or treating, character stops, face-painting, cookie decorating, coloring, and more. Parents are invited to donate a bag of candy that would be used to support the event. Click here to sign up to donate candy. For more information about the event, please contact ABBY MARTIN.
ROSE AWARD NOMINATIONS: Current parents, past parents, alumnae, students, faculty, and staffare invited to nominate a current administrator, faculty, or staff member who has made a significant difference in their lives or the lives of their daughters. The Rose Award is a $5,000 grant endowed by an anonymous donor to recognize an Assumption employee who serves as a role model and is a positive influence in our community. Past winners are Katie Hughbanks, Cindi Baughman, Kelly Kirwan, Kathy Fleischer, Dawn Deweese, Angela Lincoln, Barry Haworth, Jackie Metry, Doug Sumey, Judi Erskine, James Sutherland, Mary Ann Steutermann, and Janet Adkins along with several other retired faculty and staff members. These individuals aren’t eligible to win again. Nominations may be submitted HERE and are due by Friday, October 21. Nominations must include a detailed description (three-paragraph minimum) supporting your nomination. The award will be presented at the Thanksgiving Celebration on Tuesday, November 22. If chosen, your nomination submission may be read at the prayer service.
DISCOVER ASSUMPTION DAY: On Sunday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. we will host Discover Assumption Day for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade prospective parents. Please let all future Rocket parents know that we would love to see them on this afternoon of “discovering” all that Assumption has to offer. To register, click here or contact KELSEY GUNTER for more information.
TESTING DAY FOR SENIORS: Since seniors are not involved in taking standardized tests on Testing Day, Wednesday, October 12, they are excused from coming to school on this day. We strongly encourage seniors to use this day for making college visits. Since Thursday and Friday of that week and Monday of the following week are Fall Break days, this is a great opportunity of make a visit to an out-of-town college.
The 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on October 1, 2022. An e-mail was sent to your daughter today with specific information about completing the FAFSA. If you were not able to attend last night’s Financial Aid Information Night session, you can view the recording here. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Habich.
TESTING DAY FOR JUNIORS – Attention, Junior Parents: You received a special message on Monday of this week with important information regarding testing days in October. If you have not already read it and responded to the survey, please do so here: LETTER TO JUNIOR PARENTS – PSAT & ACT.
ACTS PARENT SURVEY: On Thursday, September 15, an email was sent to all parents and guardians of sophomores regarding the sophomore ACTS service program. Included in this email was a link to a form that asks for your insights about your student’s strengths and interests to help match her with an ACTS agency that will be a good fit. We ask that you complete this form by September 30. In addition to this form, there is other important information in the letter including information about the ACTS uniform pants and service dates. If you have any questions, please contact KATIE CULVER.
- The Golf team for capping off an impressive season by finishing in 7th place of the 1st round of the state tournament
- The Field Hockey team for going 2-1 at an elite tournament in Pennsylvania, including a win against the #15 team in the country
- The Freshmen, JV, and Varsity volleyball teams for defeating Sacred Heart
- The Cross Country team for finishing in 2nd place at the Palatine Invitational in Illinois
- The soccer team for defeating #1 ranked South Oldham 3-2
Next week in Athletics:
September 30th– October 1st
- Volleyball @ Asics Challenge in Chicago, IL
Friday, September 30th
- Varsity Field Hockey vs MICDS (MO) 6:00. **Senior Night**
Saturday, October 1st
- Soccer @ Lexington Catholic. Varsity 10:30am, JV 12:00pm
- Cross Country @ Nike XC Town Twilight in Terre Haute, IN. JV 7:00pm, Varsity 9:00pm
Monday, October 3rd
- First round of Soccer District Tournament vs Male @ Male 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 4th
- Volleyball @ Holy Cross. Freshmen 5:00, JV 6:00, Varsity 7:00
- Field Hockey vs Christian Academy. Freshmen 5:00, JV 6:15, Varsity 7:30
Wednesday, October 5th
- Varsity Field Hockey vs Male 6:00
Thursday, October 6th Volleyball @ Mercy. Freshmen 5:00, JV 6:00, Varsity 7:00
Winter Sport Tryout Information
Archery: Tuesday, November 1 at Highland Hall from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Student-athletes must attend to be on the team. Parent meeting to follow tryouts at 7:00 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Basketball: Freshman Tryouts in the Assumption gym on Tuesday, October 18 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 19from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Swim: at St. X pool on Monday, October 3from 6:45-7:45 p.m. and Tuesday, October 4 from 7:45-9:15 p.m. If you are interested in swim & dive and did not attend the interest meeting, please reach out to Head Coach Rick Stewart at Stewart@ahsrockets.org