Friday, January 29, 2021
Next week, we will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week. This week provides an opportunity for us to appreciate how much Catholic schools have been and continue to be an important part of our lives. During this special week and always, we thank you for sending your daughters to our Catholic school. At Assumption, we feel blessed to have the opportunity to educate your daughter both academically and spiritually.
COVID NUMBERS: As we did last semester, Assumption will report our number of COVID positive cases and quarantines for any individuals associated with our school on a weekly basis in the Rocket Report. As of yesterday, Assumption’s COVID-19 numbers for this week are: (1/22; 1/25; 1/26; 1/27; and 1/28)
- 5 new positive COVID-19 cases (4 students/1 staff)
- 11 new quarantine cases (11 students/0 faculty and staff)
- 14 total positive COVID-19 cases as reported to our local department of health as of January 5, the start of this semester (12 students and 2 staff)
It’s important to note that there have been no known transmissions of COVID here at AHS. As a reminder to our parents, Assumption is required to report positive cases and quarantines of all individuals associated with our school to the State of Kentucky, our local health department, and the Archdiocese of Louisville.
COVID VACCINE UPDATE AND CHANGE TO LEARNING MODEL ON FEBRUARY 8 AND 9: We are pleased to announce that Assumption’s faculty and staff are scheduled to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on the morning of Monday, February 8. In order to accommodate this time which was assigned to us by the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Louisville Metro Public Health Department, we will be making the following changes to our schedule.
On Monday, February 8, we will implement a Digital Learning Day, not a hybrid or virtual day. On a declared Digital Learning Day, teachers for that day’s classes will post lesson plans on their class pages on PowerSchool LMS by 10:30 a.m. Students will need to check each of their scheduled classes’ PowerSchool LMS pages for the lesson plan for the day and complete the assignments by the time designated in the agenda. Students will not meet in class on a schedule as they do on virtual learning days or hybrid days. Teachers will be available to answer questions from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8. We will review digital learning day expectations for students in class meetings on our February 3 LEAD & Learn Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 9 will be a Virtual Learning Day for all cohorts. We have made the decision to institute a virtual learning day following our faculty and staff receiving the vaccination based on feedback from other schools who have already received the vaccination that many faculty and staff suffered side effects that made it difficult for them to work in-person. To eliminate the possibility of the need to make a last-minute move to a virtual day based on an inability to adequately staff classrooms, we are planning ahead in announcing a virtual learning day on February 9. We will return to our hybrid model with the blue cohort on Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday February 11. Friday, February 12 is a winter break school holiday.
As always, thank you for your flexibility and support.
- DAILY SCHEDULE: Next week, we resume our regular hybrid schedule:
- Monday, February 1 – Day 1: In-Person – Maroon Cohort, Virtual at Home – Blue Cohort
- Tuesday, February 2 – Day 2: In-Person – Maroon Cohort, Virtual at Home – Blue Cohort
- Wednesday, February 3 – LEAD & Learn Wednesday: All Cohorts Digital at Home
- Thursday, February 4 – Day 3: In-Person – Blue Cohort, Virtual at Home – Maroon Cohort
- Friday, February 5 – Day 4: In-Person – Blue Cohort, Virtual at Home – Maroon Cohort
ROCKET SPECTACULAR VIRTUAL BENEFIT AUCTION – It’s finally here! Join us tomorrow, Saturday, January 30, for our VIRTUAL event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Assumption is celebrating our 40th annual Rocket Spectacular Benefit Auction tomorrow! Each year, through the generosity of our supporters at Rocket Spectacular and our annual fund, we are able to offer financial assistance to more than 225 students and their families. Ahead of the virtual event, you will need to get registered. Please be sure to register here for the Rocket Spectacular Silent Auction in order to view and bid on over 175 silent auction items. The Silent Auction is now open for bidding! If you already have an account with OneCause/BidPal, you just need to login. We recommend registering before the program so that you can receive important updates via text. If you need assistance registering and to bid online, please watch this instructional video. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Tricia Ferree, Manager of Special Events, at 502-271-2519 or you can contact an advancement team member via email here.
The Live Event will be broadcast from Assumption High School and can be watched on Facebook Live or YouTube Live. You can visit our Facebook page or YouTube page the night of, or this webpage for a direct link.
- 7:00 p.m. Pre-Show
- 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Live Program featuring a prayer from one of our students, exciting updates about Assumption and our expansion project, a personal story from one of our students, and drawings for the Wheels of Chance, Tuition Raffle, and $20,000 Rocket Raffle Grand Prize!
- 9:30 Silent Auction will close (Items can be picked up Sunday, January 31, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Assumption Gym (more information will be on your receipt)
We would like to sincerely thank this year’s Rocket Spectacular virtual event sponsors. We are so grateful for their generosity and support of Assumption:
- DIAMOND Sponsors: Brown-Forman, Clark & Riggs Printing, The Ott Family Foundation, Stock Yards Bank, Sullivan-Cozart
- RUBY Sponsors: Corvus Capital, LLC, Ford Law Office, JRA Architects, MAC Construction, Norton Healthcare, Process Machinery, Inc., Republic Bank, Sisters of Mercy-South Central Community
- EMERALD Sponsors: Scott and Kim Diamond, Hanke Family, Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home
- PARENT PRAYER: Parent Prayer takes place every Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:00 a.m. via Zoom by using this link and ID/Password: Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75488139027?pwd=UDQrM3BDWlZRbElEbWdUL1FQRE4wZz09, Meeting ID: 754 8813 9027, passcode: prayer. All are invited!
- CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: The week of February 1-5 is a national celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Assumption will recognize this week with a focus on the role of women’s education globally in the fight against poverty. Students will be learning about the reasons 131 million girls are not in school throughout the world. We will also have two dress-down days that week to support the Assumption school in Cambodia which was built as a way of addressing the inequity in access to education there by alumnae in the AHS Class of 2010. For a minimum of a $3 donation, students can “dress down” instead of wearing their uniform on February 2 (maroon cohort) or February 5 (blue cohort). If you would like to donate to this great cause, please either send in your donation with your student, mail a check made out to AHS with “Attention: Campus Ministry” on the envelope, or donate digitally via Venmo Venmo @AssumptionHighSchool and be sure to put “Campus Ministry” in the comment section.
IMPORTANT 2021-2022 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
- REGISTRATION FEE AND TUITION SELECTION VIA MYSCHOOLBUCKS: Parents or guardians of current freshman, sophomore, or junior students were emailed a letter from Mary Lang announcing our tuition for the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday, January 27. Parents/Guardians will need to log into their PowerSchool Parent Portal and pay their $225 registration fee using MySchoolBucks, which can be found on the left-hand side library of the parent portal. If you are unable to pay the online $225 registration fee or have other arrangements with our finance office, please contact TAMMY FINCH.
- PARENT POWERSCHOOL LOG IN FOR 2021-2022 REGISTRATION: Teachers will conference with students February 4 through February 11. Course registration will OPEN on Friday, February 12. This is a great time to have a conversation with your daughter about her classes for next year. More detailed information will follow, but please make note that you will need to log into your parent PowerSchool account to register your daughter for classes next year. Please mark your calendars for February 12, when online registration opens and you may work with your daughter to select her classes. If you have forgotten your parent username or password for PowerSchool, when you go to the login screen for PowerSchool, just click on the link “Having trouble signing in?” and follow the directions to obtain a forgotten username or forgotten password.
- CURRENT FRESHMAN PARENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION NIGHT: Attention, all freshman parents–on Wednesday, February 3, at 6:30 p.m. Dean of Studies Theresa Schuhmann will provide information about the registration and course selection process for all freshman parents via a Zoom meeting. 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.
- FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2021-2022 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28 and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment. FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK. As a reminder, you are required to file every year to receive assistance.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now on our website. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. via email on March 2. Please contact Advancement Services Manager JACKIE BLOYD with questions. Scholarship winners will be announced at our end-of-year celebration. You may access the applications through the following link – SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS.
SPRING DUAL CREDIT – All students enrolled in a spring dual credit class received this information in an email on Thursday, January 27: Thanks for taking care of the necessary information for registration and for your questions. Good news – we are ahead of the game at this point of the semester and your transcripts, ACT scores, and other required information have been sent to the appropriate intuitions. We are waiting to hear from KHEAA about deadlines for applying for the Dual Credit scholarships. It will still be a few weeks because we first have to provide your information to the Archdiocese of Louisville who then provides it to KHEAA and we have not yet been asked to provide this information. We are also awaiting final word about the availability of the Work Ready Scholarship for the Business classes at WKU. Those monies may no longer be available for these courses. We will let you know as soon as we know. Full information about the AHS Dual Credit is always available on our website at: AHS Dual Credit Information
Any questions can be addressed to Judy.Fieldhouse@ahsrockets.org
LEAD & LEARN WEDNESDAY UPDATE: During our LEAD & Learn Wednesday this week, students began the day in homeroom where their student leaders led an activity that allowed homerooms a time to have fun together and reconnect. Students also completed the CDC’s youth risk behavior survey which will allow our guidance department to use the results to target guidance and prevention lessons that are implemented throughout the school year. Students then moved to class meetings where underclasswomen heard presentations on elective options that they may consider when they are selecting classes for the 2021-2022 school year while seniors will focus on information management skills and skills for participating in important conversations. Students then gathered for a short Rocket Raffle Results Rally via Zoom where we celebrated the very exciting results or our students capital prize ticket sales—a record setting 3,928 tickets sold and $98,200 raised for financial aid (as of Wednesday). Student leaders also met with homeroom teachers for planning for second semester and after lunch, our sophomores continued providing ACTS service.
Next week, LEAD & Learn Wednesday will again begin in homeroom with an opportunity led by student leaders for homeroom connection. Homeroom will be followed by independent learning time and class meetings. At class meetings, seniors will discuss our upcoming Mission Week and class officer led activities. Underclassmen will receive information about Mission Week as well as information about the logistics of how to register for next year’s classes. After lunch, students will have the option to attend optional elective interest sessions where they can learn more about electives available for next school year and sophomores will continue to provide ACTS service.
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION – For Current Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: This week sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Maroon, Blue, and Pink Cohorts received their 2019-2020 school yearbooks. If a student was not in person this week, and unable to come to the pick-up day on Wednesday, she will be able to get her book during lunch on February 2 (Maroon Cohort) or February 5 (Blue Cohort). If she is unable to get her book at that time, she will be able to pick up her book from the Media Center when she arrives back to school after February 5. If a student is in the Pink Cohort and was unable to come to school, she (or a parent) can come to the Tyler Lane doors from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the week. The parent or student will need to ring the bell and tell the office they are here to pick up their yearbook, and it will be brought to them. Please reach out to KATIE CULVER if you have any questions.
INCLEMENT WEATHER REMINDER: With our first snowfall this week, we would like to remind parents of our revised inclement weather policies for the hybrid school calendar that were shared in prior Rocket Reports in November:
Inclement Weather: This is a great time to check your PowerSchool information and make sure you are signed up for text PowerAlerts. When the Archdiocese of Louisville makes a call about school closings due to inclement weather, we will send PowerAlerts to those who have registered. You may also listen to local radio and television stations for an announcement that all Catholic high schools in Jefferson County are closed or on a delayed schedule. When the school is closed, classes will continue virtually using our current hybrid schedule but all activities, including sporting events, will be cancelled for the entire day. When the school is on a delayed schedule, Assumption will have a one-hour delay and will use a modified version of our hybrid schedule. In the case of a delayed opening, the school building will open at 8:55 a.m. with classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m.
RPN (Rocket Parent Network) NEWS:
- ZOOM MEETING: Interested in learning more about RPN and helping with programming? Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Link to join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89312244657?pwd=V1RGb3I3MGUyenRNRkZ0RVlHSExlUT09. Meeting ID: 893 1224 4657, Passcode: Q8smVK
- GUEST SPEAKER: We also want you to SAVE THE DATE for our next RPN speaker program. Dr. Amy Greenamyer will be our special guest on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Greenamyer will lead a discussion about how to talk with your teens about drugs and alcohol. A link to this Zoom meeting will be sent to all parents a few days before the event.
CLASS OF 2021 INFORMATION – Senior Parents:
- GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS: Balfour packets were handed out to seniors two weeks ago in homeroom regarding graduation announcements and other 2021 graduation items. If your daughter has not given it to you, please ask her about it today. There are packets available for pick up in the main office if your daughter has not received one. All items need to be ordered online or taken directly to Balfour by February 1. Orders can be placed online at www.kyanabalfour.com or contact them directly at (502)499-7100. Orders will be delivered to AHS around the first week of April. If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GRADUATION CAPS AND GOWNS: Please note: The graduation fee paid at the beginning of the school year covers the cost of the caps and gowns for each senior for graduation.
LUNCH UPDATE FROM FLIK: Please remind your daughter to pre-order her lunch for next week if she plans to have FLIK provide her lunch on her hybrid in-person days. Lunch orders must be submitted by 8:30 a.m. the morning of but can be ordered a week in advance through this link: www.flikisdining.com. Your daughter will receive an email confirmation when the order is placed. If she does not receive a confirmation email, the order was not received by FLIK. For full information about the lunch ordering process, please click on this link: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING LUNCH MENU AND ORDERING
- MAIN ENTRÉE LUNCH MENU OPTIONS for February 1-5: Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Italian Meatball Sub, FLIK Chips, Steamed Broccoli
UPCOMING CLUB OPPORTUNITIES: Be sure to ask you daughter to take some time to check out the upcoming club meetings that will continue to be posted regularly on the website calendar linked here: https://www.ahsrockets.org/events/event/
ART OPPORTUNITY FOR FRESHMEN: Assumption High School freshmen have been given a unique opportunity to take a class at the Louisville Visual Art Academy free of charge. It is their LVA Digital Illustration class and it is an in-person class that begins in Wednesday, February 3. Here is a link to LVA’s Academy of LVA web page and the page to class: Digital Illustration. LVA has set up a special code for families to register, Here is the link to register and code ( ACADEMY100 ) needed to be entered in the billing section of the website.