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February 15, 2019

 

Dear Parents,   

We congratulate senior Emma Bartley on being named a National Merit Finalist this week!  We are so proud of this academic achievement.  Additionally, we would like to thank all of our students for their hard work with standardized test preparation in and outside of the classroom. 

Congratulations to our Cheer Teams who competed in Orlando at the UCA national tournament this past weekend. Our gameday squad placed first in their division and the varsity squad placed seventh.  Way to go, Rocket Cheer!

 CALENDAR NOTES: 

  • MISSION WEEK:  Mission Week is Monday – Thursday, February 25-28. We will begin school each morning one hour later at 9:05 a.m. and dismiss each day at 2:55 p.m. We believe that Mission Week activities are so important that we suspend classes for the week; all students are required to attend and participate in the activities scheduled, both on and off campus. All attendance policies apply during Mission Week--if your daughter is ill and unable to participate on a given day, please call the attendance office as usual. If at all possible, please do not schedule medical appointments for your daughter on days when she will be participating in activities off campus.  There is no school on Friday, March 1.  More details about Mission Week were sent in a Special Message from the Principal email on Monday, February 4. Please be sure to check your email for this important message!

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS:  We invite all parents to join our parent prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel.  Each prayer experience lasts just 30 minutes, dress is casual, and there’s no commitment to ongoing participation.  Just come whenever you can make it! 

 

IMPORTANT 2019-2020 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • New this year! TUITION SELECTION FORM AND REGISTRATION FEE VIA DOCUSIGN:  A reminder to parents of returning students that you will need to complete a tuition selection form and submit an online registration payment of $200 by the February 22 registration deadline.  Your daughter will be signing up for classes at the end of next week!  If you cannot find Mary Lang’s tuition announcement that contained the link, here is the DocuSign link for your convenience:  PLEASE PROCEED WITH THIS DOCUSIGN ELECTRONIC LINK:  Tuition Selection and Registration Fee Link
  • PARENT POWERSCHOOL LOG IN FOR 2019-2020 REGISTRATION: Online registration opened yesterday, February 14. On February 21 and 22, we will collect your daughter’s printed and signed registration form and $200.00 fee receipt.  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. Reminder:  you will need to log into your parent PowerSchool account to register your daughter for classes next year. 
  • FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2019-2020 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK

 

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE: The Father-Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. in the gym. This dance is open to ALL students— freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors! We encourage all to attend and dance the night away with their fathers or father figures! Tickets may be purchased in advance during lunches on Tuesday, March 5 – March 8 for $20, or at the door the night of the dance for $25. The dance theme is “Boots and Beauties—A Night in the Wild West” and is western inspired! Guests are invited to dress for the theme, but of course, themed attire is not required.  Music will be provided by the band Famous on Friday. Hope to see you there!

BLOOM THEATRE PROJECT:  Bringing Life Onstage and Offstage through Ministry (BLOOM) is Assumption's social justice theatre project. This year's production, titled “Reflections,” will take place on Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. The project features seven student-written plays on the theme of excellence. Three will be presented as staged readings, and four will be fully produced. Our company invites you to experience these original works FREE of charge. General admission. No tickets required.  If you or anyone in your party requires assistance or handicap accessibility, please contact COLLEEN MURPHY.

ALL SCHOOL SEMI-FORMAL DANCE:  On Saturday, February 16, the junior class is hosting an All-School Dance from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.  Every student and her guest must have a ticket that was purchased in advance.  Tickets will not be sold at the door. Students have received information about dance rules and expectations via SharePoint, email, and morning announcements.  In order to ensure student safety, all students and guests must arrive by 9:00 p.m. and may not leave until 11:00 p.m.  All students will be monitored with the use of a passive alcohol sensor upon arrival and departure of the dance.  

COLLEGE PROCESS MINI-WORKSHOPS FOR JUNIORS: This semester our college counselors, Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Habich, will provide mini-workshops during each study block to help the juniors get started with the college process. Each workshop will focus on topics related to the college process. The topics and dates are listed below.

  • February 20 and 21: Student Personal Profile, building a resume and college application essay

Students will be given an overview of each topic and can choose to focus on one to complete.  Please encourage your juniors to attend the workshops. If you have any questions, please contact our college counselor, LEIGH JACKSON, or KIMBERLY HABICH

Additional workshop dates may be added depending on interest.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) APPLICATIONS:  Completed applications are due by 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 (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!  The application requires both student and parent/guardian signatures. Questions about applying to NHS can be directed to NHS adviser KELLY KIRWAN.

ACT TEST PREP OPPORTUNITY:  We are offering all students the opportunity to partner with TorchPrep, an innovative test training program that cracks the code on improving ACT scores. TorchPrep has continually yielded outstanding ACT scores for our students. Last year, Assumption students who participated in TorchPrep saw an average score increase of 2.2 points. All courses include 30 hours of direct training, four full-length simulated tests, TorchPrep training manual, customized study plan, and guaranteed results.  The training program to prepare for the April 24th National ACT test that will take place at Assumption March 5 - April 13 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Early registration deadline is February 25.  More information about programs, registration, and fees can be found at www.torchprep.com

SUMMER ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES: Academic opportunities for the summer have been UPDATED. You can find these on our guidance department page by clicking here: ACADEMIC SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES 2019. There are numerous opportunities available with many costing less than $1,000. Programs are grouped according to areas of interest like STEM or Creative Arts/Design or General Summer Pre-College Programs, etc. applications are due in March and require the assistance of guidance for transcript releases, recommendations, and other documentation. Please contact LEIGH JACKSON or KIM HABICH with any questions.

ROCKET NIGHT: On Sunday, February 17, we invite all past, present, and future Rockets to join us for a Trolls movie afternoon in the Assumption gymnasium. Bring your sleeping bags and pillows and spread out on the gym floor to enjoy Trolls at AHS. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the movie begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. Come early to make your own troll hair, enjoy some popcorn and candy, and get comfy before the movie begins. There will also be a very special appearance by Princess Poppy for photo opportunities before the movie begins!

TRANSPORTATION TO THE GREEN FOR SPRING SPORTS:  A reminder - transportation to the Green for spring athletes began on Wednesday, February 13. Please read the following carefully so that you can share this information with your daughter.  There are two potential bus runs to the Green offered each day depending on team schedules. A weekly schedule with be shared with parents through this report.  The bus will be in the parking lot outside the CAC doors immediately after school and again for the second run when needed.

  • Run 1:  Students who have practice beginning immediately after school will depart from school by 3:00 p.m. each day.  No other students may take the 3:00 p.m. run to the Green for any reason. 
  • Run 2:  A second bus run to the Green will leave school approximately 30 minutes before practice for practice Monday thru Friday for those athletes whose practices or games begin later but before 5:00 p.m.  These students must go to one of the designated areas at school where supervision is provided (media center or the cafeteria) until their bus run. 
  • Expectations of students on the bus and once they arrive at the Green: Students should be courteous to the bus driver and act appropriately on the bus before leaving and during the trip to the Green.  They should make sure that they have all of their belongings.  If items are left on the bus, they will be placed in the lost and found upon the buses return to school.  They are expected to utilize the locker rooms or classroom area to store their belongings and prepare for practice. 
  • Home Game Days:  Athletes may utilize the second run on game day. If they arrive at the Green early, they must wait in the lobby area or the front hallway.  There is room to sit and work on homework (tablets will automatically connect to the wifi).  Snacks may be brought and eaten in the lobby and hallway areas, but the girls should be sure that all unwanted food and wrappers be disposed of properly.  Once students arrive at the Green, they may not leave the facility to walk and get food or for any other reason until they are picked up from their event. They may not order food to be delivered to the Green. Students should not be hanging out in the locker rooms or the training rooms.


Thank you for your patience as we continue to evaluate the needs for transportation to the Green.  If your daughter is a spring student-athlete, please talk so that she understands which bus run she should take each day depending on her scheduled practice or game schedule.  Any questions?  Please email athletics@ahsrockets.org.

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

February 7, 2019

 

Dear Parents,   

On behalf of Assumption High School and the Office of Advancement, we would like to say GRAZIE to all of you for making this year’s Rocket Spectacular such a success! From Rosie’s Ristorante to the Venice Canal and the great sights of Italy, “That’s Amore” was a night to remember. This year’s record-breaking attendance of 465 guests filled the gym with excitement. Our guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, took part in the silent and live auctions, and played games of chance. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the spectacular results.

We reached our goal and sold over $100,000 in Rocket Raffle tickets! The lucky winner of the $20,000 cash prize is our own Christy Hulsewede, AHS Athletic Assistant and mother of Hannah ‘21.  Our student speaker Julia Goodfleisch ’19 addressed our guests during the “Sponsor a Student” segment of the live auction and raised $91,695!  Stay tuned as we will have more great news to share and final numbers soon.

Our sincere gratitude and thanks for the many ways that your contributions made the night a success. Whether you bought Rocket Raffle tickets, secured an auction item, donated an item, volunteered your time, or attended the event, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE and we couldn’t have done it without you! As you know, every dollar raised benefits the financial needs of our students. Grazie! 

Congratulations to our Assumption Dance Team who participated in the UDA National Competition this past weekend.  They finished second in Medium Jazz and third in Medium Hip Hop.  Way to go, Rockets!  

We also had two Assumption seniors take part in an athletic signing ceremony committing to university athletic programs on Wednesday. Congratulations to our senior student athletes!

CALENDAR NOTES: 

  • WINTER BREAK: School will be closed for Winter Break from Friday, February 8, through Monday, February 11. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 12. 
  • MISSION WEEK:  Mission Week is Monday – Thursday, February 25-28. We will begin school each morning one hour later at 9:05 a.m. and dismiss each day at 2:55 p.m. We believe that Mission Week activities are so important that we suspend classes for the week; all students are required to attend and participate in the activities scheduled, both on and off campus. All attendance policies apply during Mission Week--if your daughter is ill and unable to participate on a given day, please call the attendance office as usual. If at all possible, please do not schedule medical appointments for your daughter on days when she will be participating in activities off campus.  There is no school on Friday, March 1.  More details about Mission Week were sent in a Special Message from the Principal email on Monday, February 4. Please be sure to check your email for this important message!

 
CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS:  We invite all parents to join our parent prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel.  Each prayer experience lasts just 30 minutes, dress is casual, and there’s no commitment to ongoing participation.  Just come whenever you can make it! 
  • CAMPUS MINISTRY – GOSPEL REFLECTION:  The reflection on the Sunday gospels written by Mary Ann Steutermann, director of Campus Ministry, was linked in the email that includes this Rocket Report link. We invite you to take a few minutes for yourself to read and reflect. You’ll be glad you did!  

 

IMPORTANT 2019-2020 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • New this year! TUITION SELECTION FORM AND REGISTRATION FEE VIA DOCUSIGN:  A reminder to parents of returning students that you will need to complete a tuition selection form and submit an online registration payment of $200 by the February 22 registration deadline.  Your daughter will be signing up for classes at the end of next week!  If you cannot find Mary Lang’s tuition announcement that contained the link, here is the DocuSign link for your convenience:  PLEASE PROCEED WITH THIS DOCUSIGN ELECTRONIC LINK:  Tuition Selection and Registration Fee Link
  • PARENT POWERSCHOOL LOG IN FOR 2019-2020 REGISTRATION: We will continue meeting with freshman, sophomore, and junior students during RocketTime over the next week to prepare for our online registration for the 2019-2020 school year.  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 14, when online registration opens and you may work with your daughter to select her classes, and February 21 and 22, the dates we will collect your daughter’s printed and signed registration form and $200.00 fee receipt.  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: On Wednesday, February 6, dean of studies Theresa Schuhmann met with freshman parents to provide information about the registration and course selection process for sophomore year.  If you were unable to attend or would like to review the presentation again, the link to the presentation PowerPoint is: REGISTRATION FOR SOPHOMORE YEAR
  • 2019-2020 COURSE SELECTIONS: On Thursday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 12, our teachers will be conferencing with all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors regarding their course selections for the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration will open on Thursday, February 14.
  • FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2019-2020 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK
  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year are available on our website. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019. 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.


MISSION WEEK PERMISSION SLIPS FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR PARENTS:
In the next week, juniors and seniors will be completing detailed permission slips for Mission Week activities. Please plan to sit down with your daughter and her tablet PC to review her Mission Week plans as your electronic signature will be required at the end of the form. Please ask your daughter about this if she does not mention it to you.  The deadline for both junior and senior permission slips is February 15.

BETA CLUB INFORMATION FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS: Qualifying sophomores and juniors will be invited to join Beta Club this month for the 2019-2020 school year. Beta Club is an organization dedicated to honoring academic achievement and encouraging school and community service. Qualifying students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and no more than two demerits on their discipline record. Members are required to attend 75% of scheduled meetings unless they have an excused absence from school. They must complete 20 service hours their junior year and 20 service hours their senior year. Members must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and may not accumulate more than two demerits (equal to six detentions) throughout their membership. Parents/Guardians of qualifying students should have received an invitation letter by email this week. Qualifying students received an email invitation this week as well. There is a one-time membership fee of $15 to join.  Details for the application process, which includes attending one of two possible discernment meetings and a discipline check, were included in the invitation emails.  *Current junior class Beta Club members did not receive an invitation as they are already members, and their membership will roll over into their senior year as long as they attend the discernment meeting and meet all qualifications at the end of the school year. This was communicated to the students directly at their junior class Beta Club meeting this January.

BLOOM THEATRE PROJECT:  Bringing Life Onstage and Offstage through Ministry (BLOOM) is Assumption's social justice theatre project. This year's production, titled “Reflections,” will take place on Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. The project features seven student-written plays on the theme of excellence. Three will be presented as staged readings, and four will be fully produced. Our company invites you to experience these original works FREE of charge. General admission. No tickets required.  If you or anyone in your party requires assistance or handicap accessibility, please contact COLLEEN MURPHY.

ALL SCHOOL SEMI-FORMAL DANCE:  On Saturday, February 16, the junior class is hosting an All-School Dance from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.  This dance also serves as the junior prom.  All students are invited to attend and may bring one guest with them.  Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance (no tickets are sold at the door).  Every student and her guest must have a ticket.  Tickets will be sold during lunches beginning Tuesday, February 12.  Students will receive information about dance rules and expectations via SharePoint, email, and morning announcements.  In order to ensure student safety, all students and guests must arrive by 9:00 p.m. and may not leave until 11:00 p.m.  All students will be monitored with the use of a passive alcohol sensor upon arrival and departure of the dance.  

COLLEGE PROCESS MINI-WORKSHOPS FOR JUNIORS: This semester, our college counselors, Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Habich, will provide mini-workshops during each study block to help the juniors get started with the college process. Each workshop will focus on topics related to the college process. The topics and dates are listed below.

  • February 20 and 21: Student Personal Profile, building a resume and college application essay

Students will be given an overview of each topic and can choose to focus on one to complete.  Please encourage your juniors to attend the workshops. If you have any questions, please contact our college counselor, LEIGH JACKSON, or KIMBERLY HABICH

Additional workshop dates may be added depending on interest.

ACT TEST PREP OPPORTUNITY:  We are offering all students the opportunity to partner with TorchPrep, an innovative test training program that cracks the code on improving ACT scores. TorchPrep has continually yielded outstanding ACT scores for our students. Last year, Assumption students who participated in TorchPrep saw an average score increase of 2.2 points. All courses include 30 hours of direct training, four full-length simulated tests, TorchPrep training manual, customized study plan, and guaranteed results.  The training program to prepare for the April 24th National ACT test that will take place at Assumption March 5 - April 13 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Early registration deadline is February 25.  More information about programs, registration, and fees can be found at www.torchprep.com

STUDENT ACTIVITIES CLUB/ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION SURVEY:  In order to fulfill one of our strategic plan goals to ensure student participation in meaningful extracurricular activities, a committee of faculty and staff is reviewing our current programming.  As parents, we know that you have a unique perspective on extracurricular participation at Assumption and would like to have your feedback as part of this review.  On Monday, January 28, you should have received a link to a brief, six-question survey asking for your perspective on extracurricular offerings and participation at Assumption High School. If you have not done so already, we ask that you take a few moments to share your thoughts through this link:  STUDENT ACTIVITIES CLUB/ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION--PARENT SURVEY

SPRING SPORTS TRANSPORTATION TO THE GREEN:  The bus transportation to the Athletic Complex/Green will begin on Friday, February 15, and continue daily for students who need a ride from school to the green for practice. This is a free service. The bus will leave from the CAC parking lot.

  • Students who have practices that begin between 3:00 and 3:45 p.m. may take the first bus run over to the Green, which leaves school immediately after school.
  • Students who have practice that begins after 3:45 p.m. should go to the designated wait areas at school (media center or the cafeteria) and catch the bus on the second run at 3:30 p.m.

Students MAY NOT go to the Green earlier than the times designated above as their coaches have not arrived. They also may not leave the Green once they arrive on the bus. Snacks can be brought from home or purchased from the vending machines at school and taken with them.  Please help us by reinforcing these expectations with your daughter.

ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO): Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019:

Parents, we cannot thank you enough for all your help and support in making this year’s event such a success! It truly takes the hands of many to pull off such an event. With all of us working together, we are able to ensure that financial assistance is available for our students in need. GRAZIE!

ROCKET NIGHT: On Sunday, February 17, we invite all past, present, and future Rockets to join us for a Trolls movie afternoon in the Assumption gymnasium. Bring your sleeping bags and pillows and spread out on the gym floor to enjoy Trolls at AHS. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the movie begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. Come early to make your own troll hair, enjoy some popcorn and candy, and get comfy before the movie begins. There will also be a very special appearance by Princess Poppy for photo opportunities before the movie begins!

SCHOLARSHIP TAX CREDITS INFORMATION FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE:  The Archdiocese of Louisville has asked us to share this message with you:  Kentucky House Bill 205 would create a Scholarship Tax Credit program that would make K-12 tuition at non-public schools, including Catholic schools, more affordable for thousands of Kentucky families.  Please take some time to contact your legislator by either email or phone.  Use the following link to contact your state representative.   It will send you to a page where you can send a message to your legislators and only takes a couple of minutes to complete https://www.votervoice.net/CCKY/campaigns/62878/respond.  If you prefer, you can call your state representative and leave them a message in support of House Bill 205. The phone number is 1-800-372-7181. The operator will help you get the message to the right representative.  Feel free to use the following message: Please support Scholarship Tax Credits and vote YES on HB 205.  A Scholarship Tax Credit program will increase financial aid available for students who can’t otherwise afford a choice in their education.  Donors receive a state tax credit when they contribute to scholarship granting organizations.  The donation is given to a student in need in the form of a scholarship.  Kentucky students need Scholarship Tax Credits. 

ROCKET RUNDOWN:  The Rocket Rundown link from the Athletic Office that has been previously sent out on Mondays will now be linked in the Friday Rocket Report email each week.  Please be sure to read the Rocket Rundown each week for athletic updates and upcoming games/competitions.

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

February 1, 2019

 

Dear Parents,    

As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close, 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.

Congratulations to our Assumption Cheer Teams who participated in the Louisville Invitational Tournament this past weekend.  Varsity came in first place and Game Day came in second place in their divisions.  Way to go, Rockets!  

We are very excited for our Rocket Spectacular event this Saturday, February 2, and would like to sincerely thank this year’s event sponsors. We are so grateful for their generosity and support of Assumption High School.

  • DIAMOND Sponsors: Brown- Forman, Wehr Constructors, Inc., Clark & Riggs
  • RUBY Sponsors: Appriss, Fifth Third Bank, Ford Law Office, JRA Architects, MAC Construction, Norton Healthcare, Sisters of Mercy – South Central Community
  • EMERALD Sponsors: D. Pierce Co., Hardy Communications & Cabling, Integrative Hormone Specialists, Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation, Sullivan | Cozart, Inc., Unified Technologies


CALENDAR NOTE:  School will be closed for Winter Break from Friday, February 8, through Monday, February 11.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 12. 

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS:  Once again this semester, we invite all parents to join our parent prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel.  Each prayer experience lasts just 30 minutes, dress is casual, and there’s no commitment to ongoing participation.  Just come whenever you can make it! 


IMPORTANT 2019-2020 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • New this year! REGISTRATION FEE AND TUITION SELECTION VIA DOCUSIGN: One parent or guardian of each current freshman, sophomore, or junior student was emailed a letter from Mary Lang announcing our tuition for the 2019-20 school year and providing a link containing a DocuSign tuition selection form and PayPal/credit card option for paying the $200 registration fee.  When your daughter registers for her classes, please provide her a copy of the receipt from the DocuSign form to attach to her printout of her registration form.   If you are unable to pay the online $200 registration fee or have other arrangements with our finance office, please contact TAMMY FINCH.  If you have any questions about registration, please contact your daughter’s dean or our registrar KATHY FLEISCHER.
  • PARENT POWERSCHOOL LOG IN FOR 2019-2020 REGISTRATION: We will continue meeting with freshman, sophomore, and junior students during Rocket Time over the next week to prepare for our online registration for the 2019-2020 school year.  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 14, when online registration opens and you may work with your daughter to select her classes, and February 21 and 22, the dates we will collect your daughter’s printed and signed registration form and $200.00 fee receipt.  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 6, 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 to assist your daughters in planning their course of study for their sophomore year.
  • 2019-2020 COURSE SELECTIONS: On Thursday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 12, our teachers will be conferencing with all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors regarding their course selections for the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration will open on Thursday, February 14.
  • FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2019-2020 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK
  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year are available on our website. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019. 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.


GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
Attention, senior parents!  Due to the inclement weather this past Wednesday, we have rescheduled Balfour to be at school on Monday, February 4, to pick up final order forms and payments during lunches. 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 at (502)499-7100.

MISSION WEEK PERMISSION SLIPS FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR PARENTS: In the next week, juniors and seniors will be completing detailed permission slips for Mission Week activities. Please plan to sit down with your daughter and her tablet PC to review her Mission Week plans as your electronic signature will be required at the end of the form. Please ask your daughter about this if she does not mention it to you.  The deadline for both junior and senior permission slips is February 15.

ALL SCHOOL SEMI-FORMAL DANCE:  On Saturday, February 16, the junior class is hosting an All-School Dance from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.  This dance also serves as the junior prom.  All students are invited to attend and may bring one guest with them.  Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance (no tickets are sold at the door).  Every student and her guest must have a ticket.  Tickets will be sold during lunches beginning Tuesday, February 12.  Students will receive information about dance rules and expectations via SharePoint, email, and morning announcements.  In order to ensure student safety, all students and guests must arrive by 9:00 p.m. and may not leave until 11:00 p.m.  All students will be monitored with the use of a passive alcohol sensor upon arrival and departure of the dance.  

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) APPLICATIONS:  Because school was not in session on Thursday, the third and final NHS informational meeting for students interested in applying has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 7 at 7:25 a.m. in the theater. Completed applications are due by 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 (the Friday 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!  The application requires both student and parent/guardian signatures. Questions about applying to NHS can be directed to NHS adviser KELLY KIRWAN.

ACT TEST PREP OPPORTUNITY:  We are offering all students the opportunity to partner with TorchPrep, an innovative test training program that cracks the code on improving ACT scores. TorchPrep has continually yielded outstanding ACT scores for our students. Last year, Assumption students who participated in TorchPrep saw an average score increase of 2.2 points. All courses include 30 hours of direct training, four full-length simulated tests, TorchPrep training manual, customized study plan, and guaranteed results.  The training program to prepare for the April 24th National ACT test that will take place at Assumption March 5 - April 13 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Early registration deadline is February 25.  More information about programs, registration, and fees can be found at www.torchprep.com

STUDENT ACTIVITIES CLUB/ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION SURVEY:  In order to fulfill one of our strategic plan goals to ensure student participation in meaningful extracurricular activities, a committee of faculty and staff is reviewing our current programming.  As parents, we know that you have a unique perspective on extracurricular participation at Assumption and would like to have your feedback as part of this review.  On Monday, January 28, you should have received a link to a brief, six-question survey asking for your perspective on extracurricular offerings and participation at Assumption High School. We ask that you take a few moments to share your thoughts.  The survey will be open until Monday, February 11, at noon.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

RPN INFORMATION - The Keys to Reducing Anxiety and Depression in Children: Unchecked anxiety and depression can lead to teen self-medication, drug abuse, and addiction. Emotional honesty can be a vital partner in parenting teens.  Join Operation Parent, February 5, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for a webinar with Dr. Stephen Van Schoyck, psychologist, and Karen Lawrence, mother of three and founder of Camp Hi-Ho, for a unique discussion about anxiety, depression, self-medication, and the power of emotional honesty in the parent-child relationship.  Practical tips on instilling values such as resilience, independence, creativity, honesty, empathy, and responsibility to help teens reduce or avoid anxiety and/or depression will be explored.  Click here to register for “The Keys to Reducing Anxiety and Depression in Children.”    A link to the recording of this, along with other webinars and articles, will be posted on the RPN page.

COLLEGE ISSUES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES: On Sunday, February 3, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the Learning Differences Program will host a panel of former PSP students who are currently attending college at five state/local colleges (UK, UofL, WKU, Bellarmine, and IUS) 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!

SPIRIT WEEK:  Next week, February 4-7, is Spirit Week.  Our Varsity Club and Student Activities Office have planned several different activities to show support for our students and all that they do to make us proud. All dress-up days and penny war contributions are voluntary, but we highly encourage students to show their school and class spirit by getting creative and participating in some capacity!  Penny War proceeds will go to fund Varsity Club endeavors and incentives, with any extra proceeds being donated to financial aid!

  • Spirit Week Dress-Up Days: Students are invited to dress up according to a different theme each day next week. Students have been emailed the dress-up day descriptions and rules, so they may begin planning their costumes. Costumes are all or nothing (no “partial uniform/partial costume” dress); students may not wear masks or face paint; and current school policies regarding shoes and hair color still apply.  Monday – Dude Day, Tuesday – Celebrity Day, Wednesday – Western Day, Thursday – Class Color day.   Students will be eligible for prizes at lunch for participating in dress up days and for best costume! 
  • Class Penny War: A penny war between classes will be held every day during lunches with the results announced at the pep rally.
  • Winter Pep Rally: Our Spirit Week will culminate with our annual winter pep rally, which will be held next Thursday, February 7.
  • Intramural Volleyball: Students are invited to stay after school for an intramural volleyball tournament and complimentary nacho bar in the CAC and gym on Thursday, February 7.


SPRING SPORTS TRANSPORTATION TO THE GREEN: 
The bus transportation to the Athletic Complex/Green will begin on Friday, February 15, and continue daily for students who need a ride from school to the green for practice. This is a free service. The bus will leave from the CAC parking lot.

  • Students who have practices that begin between 3:00 and 3:45 p.m. may take the first bus run over to the Green, which leaves school immediately after school.
  • Students who have practice that begins after 3:45 p.m. should go to the designated wait areas at school (media center or the cafeteria) and catch the bus on the second run at 3:30 p.m.

Students MAY NOT go to the Green earlier than the times designated above as their coaches have not arrived. They also may not leave the Green once they arrive on the bus. Snacks can be brought from home or purchased from the vending machines at school and taken with them.  Please help us by reinforcing these expectations with your daughter.

GOOD LUCK TO CHEER AND DANCE:  We want to wish our cheer and dance team safe travels and good luck as they leave to compete at the national level this month.  The Dance Team will compete at UDA Nationals in both Hip Hop and Jazz this weekend in Orlando, Florida.  The Cheer Teams will compete at UCA Nationals next weekend in Orlando, Florida in both the medium division and the Gameday division. Good luck to both teams!

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

January 25, 2019

 

Dear Parents,    

At Assumption, we love being a member of the Highlands community and strive to be the best neighbors to our area families, schools, and businesses.  Recently, a major concern was brought to our attention and we are asking for your help to resolve this issue.  The carpool line has been extending onto Tyler Lane in the afternoons often twenty minutes prior to dismissal.  Cars in the line are stopping and flashing their hazards which is blocking non-school traffic from accessing Bardstown Road via Tyler Lane.  We have had reports of near accidents as well as arguments among drivers.  This greatly inconveniences and frustrates our neighbors, creates safety risks, and violates our city mandated traffic plan.  Please review the carpool procedures and traffic flow guide linked below.  We are asking that carpool drivers pick students up at 3:10 or 3:15 instead of 2:55, if possible, as it takes students a few minutes to get out of the building anyway, and will allow for smoother traffic flow.  We sincerely appreciate your help and cooperation!  CARPOOL PROCEDURES AND TRAFFIC FLOW

CALENDAR NOTE: 

  • We will dismiss at 12:25 p.m. on Friday, February 1, to allow for the set-up of Rocket Spectacular.


CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS:  Once again this semester, we invite all parents to join our parent prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel.  Each prayer experience lasts just 30 minutes, dress is casual, and there’s no commitment to ongoing participation.  Just come whenever you can make it! 
  • CAMPUS MINISTRY – GOSPEL REFLECTION:  The reflection on the Sunday gospels written by Mary Ann Steutermann, director of Campus Ministry, was linked in the email that includes this Rocket Report link. We invite you to take a few minutes for yourself to read and reflect. You’ll be glad you did!  


JANUARY SCHOOL SAFETY WEEK:
Next week is our annual second semester School Safety Week, and we will be practicing all four of our emergency drills during the week: lockdown drill, fire drill, earthquake drill, and severe weather/tornado drill. Kentucky state law requires that all schools practice each of these drills once within the first month of school and again during January. This is a good time to remind you that, in the case of a true emergency/disaster, parents will be notified and kept informed via emergency alerts; students will be released only to their parents or other authorized guardians and will have to be signed out before leaving; students who provide their own transportation to/from school must have parent/guardian permission to leave verified by school personnel prior to leaving, provided it is safe for them to do so; if it is safe to enter the school building, parents will gather in the school theater to await the release of their daughters; if the building is not accessible, parents will gather in the back parking lot of the American Legion property to await the release of their daughters. School Safety Week is also a good time for you to double check that your emergency contact information in PowerSchool is correct—if there were an emergency involving your daughter during the school day, do we have the correct cell phone number to be able to contact you? When you are logged into PowerSchool, click on Power Alerts to see this information.

SENIOR ASSEMBLY:  Parents of Seniors - On Friday, February 1, seniors will participate in an assembly centered around the award-winning documentary, The Hunting Ground.   Current statistics indicate that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college.  The documentary features the stories of several victims of campus sexual assault and shows the emotional aftermath on the victims and their individual journeys for justice.  At the assembly, seniors will view the documentary and hear from guest speakers about campus resources, consent, and bystander empowerment.   We hope that this program will spark a discussion at home about the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses.  For more information about this documentary, please visit the Hunting Ground website. If you would like to view the documentary with your daughter to foster a follow-up discussion at home, the documentary is available for purchase or rent on Amazon.com: Amazon Link.  If you have any questions about this documentary or the assembly planned for seniors, please contact Beth Hicks via email at beth.hicks@ahsrockets.org .

PRACTICE ACT and TEST PREP OPPORTUNITY: All members of the class of 2020 will be taking a practice ACT on Friday, February 1.  This practice test is provided through our partnership with TorchPrep who will score this test and provide a test results information session to our students on Tuesday, February 19.  In addition, we are offering all students the opportunity to partner with TorchPrep, an innovative test training program that cracks the code on improving ACT scores. TorchPrep has continually yielded outstanding ACT scores for our students. Last year, Assumption students who participated in TorchPrep saw an average score increase of 2.2 points. All courses include 30 hours of direct training, four full-length simulated tests, TorchPrep training manual, customized study plan, and guaranteed results.  The training program to prepare for the April 24th National ACT test that will take place at Assumption March 5 - April 13 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Early registration deadline is February 25.  More information about programs, registration, and fees can be found at www.torchprep.com

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS – Attention, Senior Parents!  Balfour was at school on Thursday, January 10, to distribute information regarding graduation announcements and other 2019 graduation items.  Please be sure to check with your daughter about the information she received.  Balfour will be back at school on Wednesday, January 30, to pick up final order forms and payments.  Any orders not made by this date will need to be ordered online or taken directly to Balfour.  Orders can be placed on line at www.Balfour.com or contact them at (502)499-7100.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES CLUB/ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION SURVEY:  In order to fulfill one of our strategic plan goals to ensure student participation in meaningful extracurricular activities, a committee of faculty and staff is reviewing our current programming.  As parents, we know that you have a unique perspective on extracurricular participation at Assumption and would like to have your feedback as part of this review.  On Monday, January 28, you will receive a link to a brief, six-question survey asking for your perspective on extracurricular offerings and participation at Assumption High School. We ask that you take a few moments to share your thoughts.  The survey will be open until Monday, February 11 at noon.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

RPN INFORMATION - The Keys to Reducing Anxiety and Depression in Children: Unchecked anxiety and depression can lead to teen self-medication, drug abuse, and addiction. Emotional honesty can be a vital partner in parenting teens.  Join Operation Parent, February 5, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for a webinar with Dr. Stephen Van Schoyck, psychologist, and Karen Lawrence, mother of three and founder of Camp Hi-Ho, for a unique discussion about anxiety, depression, self-medication and the power of emotional honesty in the parent-child relationship.  Practical tips on instilling values such as resilience, independence, creativity, honesty, empathy and responsibility to help teens reduce or avoid anxiety and/or depression will be explored.  Click here to register for “The Keys to Reducing Anxiety and Depression in Children.”    A link to the recording of this, along with other webinars and articles, will be posted on the RPN page.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: During the week of January 28-February 1, 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. Morning prayer each day will include students expressing gratitude for being able to learn and grow in Catholic schools.  Additionally, on Tuesday, January 29, several students will attend the Archdiocesan Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  And best of all, we will be highlighting several student organizations that are able to do amazing things because a Catholic school environment makes them possible:  Y-Club, Global Outreach Club, Fair Trade Committee, Respect Life Club, and Alive in Mercy.  During the lunch blocks this week, Y-Club members will also be selling bracelets as part of the Pulsera Project, which are fair trade items made by hand by women in developing countries. 

COLLEGE ISSUES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES: On Sunday, February 3, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the Learning Differences Program will host a panel of former PSP students who are currently attending college at five state/local colleges (UK, UofL, WKU, Bellarmine, and IUS) 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!

2019-2020 REGISTRATION – Save the dates!

  • CURRENT FRESHMAN PARENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION NIGHT: Attention, all freshman parents--on Wednesday, February 6, 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 to assist your daughters in planning their course of study for their sophomore year.
  • 2019-2020 COURSE SELECTIONS: On Thursday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 12, our teachers will be conferencing with all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors regarding their course selections for the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration will open on Thursday, February 14.
  • FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2019-2020 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK

 
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now on our website. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019.  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.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) APPLICATIONS:  Any sophomore or junior who is interested in applying for NHS received an email about this process on Friday, January 11.  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 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.  All application meetings will be held in the theater. Students may attend either Friday, January 25, at 7:25 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, at 3:00 p.m., or Thursday, January 31, at 7:25 a.m. A third meeting has been added because of a conflict with another large club. 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 minutes. Applications are due by 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 (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.

ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS:  Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019 - February 2, 2019.  Volunteer Opportunities:  If you are interested in volunteering to help with set-up or tear down of Rocket Spectacular, please contact Laura Matis @ lauramatis@yahoo.com or Michelle Schweitzer@ michelleschweitz@gmail.com  

Assumption Gym

  • Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Dads needed)
  • Friday, February 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

 

WOMEN’S RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES:  Former Retreat Director Judy Ribar will be hosting two retreats at Mount St. Francis:

  • Women of Wonder Weekend – beginning Friday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. and ending after a 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, February 23. The theme of Wonder and Awe will focus on the line from scripture: “She pondered all these things in her heart” and will give us a chance to look at Mary, her words, her “YES”, and her quiet reflection on the events of her life.  There will be presentations, prayer, quiet reflection, small-group sharing, and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth.  For those interested, there will be an opportunity for Reconciliation. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Facilitated by Judy Ribar. The cost is $85.00 for overnight or $45.00 for commuters. Register online or call the Retreat Office at Mount St Francis 812-923-8817. 
  • Weekend of Peace for Women Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.  This retreat will be held in the Loftus House and is limited to six women, facilitated by Judy Ribar.  The focus on this retreat is a quiet weekend for yourself and your spiritual peace.  There will be times of prayer together and silent meditation, opportunities to explore different ways to pray through creativity, nature, and silence. A labyrinth will be available for an opportunity to experience another form of prayer.  This is a chance for women to have some time alone with the support of other women present. $150.00 covers the retreat, including lunches and dinner. Breakfast is on your own. Register online or call the Retreat Office at Mount St Francis 812-923-8817. 

 

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal 

 

 

January 18, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

We hope your daughters have taken advantage of the opportunity to do 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.

 

CALENDAR NOTE: 

  • HOLIDAY: On Monday, January 21, school will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS:  Once again this semester, we invite all parents to join our parent prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel.  Each prayer experience lasts just 30 minutes, dress is casual, and there’s no commitment to ongoing participation.  Just come whenever you can make it! 

 

ARGENTINA EXCHANGE:  Beginning Thursday, January 24, Assumption will be hosting eight 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 13th 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 Thursday.  Please keep our Argentine exchange students and their families in your prayers as the girls travel to Louisville next week.

DANCE TEAM PREVIEW: Our Assumption Dance Team will be competing in the UDA Nationals in Orlando the weekend of February 1-3. While we can’t all be there in person to cheer them on, we will have the opportunity to see their competition routine. On Sunday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m. in the gym, we will have a send-off.  Please join us!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: The week of January 28-February 1, 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. Morning prayer each day will include students expressing gratitude for being able to learn and grow in Catholic schools.  Additionally, on Tuesday, January 29, several students will attend the Archdiocesan Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  And best of all, we will be highlighting several student organizations that are able to do amazing things because a Catholic school environment makes them possible:  Y-Club, Global Outreach Club, Fair Trade Committee, Respect Life Club, and Alive in Mercy.  During the lunch blocks this week, Y-Club members will also be selling bracelets as part of the Pulsera Project, which are fair trade items made by hand by women in developing countries. 

COLLEGE ISSUES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES: On Sunday, February 3, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the Learning Differences Program will host a panel of former PSP students who are currently attending college at five state/local colleges (UK, UofL, WKU, Bellarmine, and IUS) 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!

2019-2020 REGISTRATION – Save the dates!

  • CURRENT FRESHMAN PARENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION NIGHT: Attention, all freshman parents--on Wednesday, February 6, 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.
  • 2019-2020 COURSE SELECTIONS: On Thursday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 12, our teachers will be conferencing with all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors regarding their course selections for the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration will open on Thursday, February 14.
  • FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2019-2020 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now on our website. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019.  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.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) APPLICATIONS:  Any sophomore or junior who is interested in applying for NHS received an email about this process on Friday, January 11.  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 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.  All application meetings will be held in the theater. Students may attend either Friday, January 25, at 7:25 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, at 3:00 p.m., or Thursday, January 31, at 7:25 a.m. A third meeting has been added because of a conflict with another large club. 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 minutes. Applications are due by 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 (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.

ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS:   Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019  “That’s Amore”.  Help make this event a terrific success! All proceeds benefit the financial needs of our students.

  • ROCKET RAFFLE TICKET: 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 2. You don’t have to present to win. Share the link with family and friends! https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome
  • RESERVATIONS: It’s not too early to start making plans to attend this year’s Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction. You’ll be enjoying a great gourmet dinner catered by the Bristol, live and silent auctions, games of chance, and the Rocket Raffle will be drawn. Tickets are $125.00 per person. Come and have a great night of fun. You can purchase tickets on line today or purchase them by mail.

         https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome

  • BOURBON PULL: One of most popular games 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 Joan Johnson at joan.johnson@ahsrockets,org
  • DONATIONS: Do you have a connection to a business? Would you like to help us solicit and secure donations? We need help in building a great selection of items for our guests to bid on in our live and silent auctions. Contact Laura Matis at lauramatis@yahoo.com or Tammi Dierken at tammid@twc.com

 

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

January 11, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

With the first prediction of snowfall occurring this week, we wanted to remind you that our school calendar has two traditional snow days built in; therefore, digital learning days would not begin until the third snow day. We have included the inclement weather announcement that has been in previous Rocket Reports in this Rocket Report as a reminder about all of our inclement weather policies.  We hope everyone has had a great start to the new year!

CALENDAR NOTE: 

  • HOLIDAY: On Monday, January 21, school will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS:  Once again this semester, we invite all parents to join our parent prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel.  Each prayer experience lasts just 30 minutes, dress is casual, and there’s no commitment to ongoing participation.  Just come whenever you can make it! 
  • CAMPUS MINISTRY – GOSPEL REFLECTION:  The reflection on the Sunday gospels written by Mary Ann Steutermann, director of Campus Ministry, was linked in the email that includes this Rocket Report link. We invite you to take a few minutes for yourself to read and reflect. You’ll be glad you did!  

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Now that we are having more seasonally cold weather, this seems a good time to remind you of our inclement weather policies.  You may also refer to pages 32-33 of the STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK for detailed information.  Now would also be a good 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 on a delayed schedule, Assumption will follow a modified version of our 9:05 schedule (our usual “Wednesday schedule”), but all morning activities will be cancelled including detention, testing pool, and meetings.  In the case of a delayed opening, the school building will open and students will be supervised beginning at 8:15a.m.; students arriving prior to 8:55 a.m. report to the school cafeteria where they will be supervised until the first bell rings to go to first period at 8:55 a.m.; students will not be admitted to the building prior to 8:15 a.m. If we would have a delayed opening on a Wednesday when our sophomores are scheduled to go to ACTS, ACTS service will be cancelled for the day and sophomores will come to school and attend their regular schedule of classes, When the school is closed, all activities, including sporting events, are cancelled for the entire day.  All school offices are closed as well. If your daughter drives to school or carpools with another student, please note: If parents have concerns about their daughter driving in inclement weather, they should not allow her to drive to school on a day when inclement weather is predicted. If it appears that inclement weather is on the way, we will allow students to leave early (prior to dismissal) only if their parents come to get them — students will not be released on the basis of a phone call or because their carpool driver is going home early.   Please remember that our calendar has two traditional snow days built in; therefore, digital learning days would not begin until the third snow day. Information about our digital learning days can be found on page 50 of the handbook.  Digital learning day information was reviewed with students in December, and parents can access the PowerPoint presentation used to do this via the school website. 

DROP/ADD DEADLINE:  Drop/Add for second semester elective courses ends on Thursday, January 17.  Any elective schedule change request must be accompanied by a note from a parent and $20 schedule change fee. 

FIRST SEMESTER REPORT CARDS: First semester report cards were emailed to parents on Monday, January 7.  If you believe you have not received your daughter’s report card, please check your junk mail folder as emails from Assumption are sometimes diverted to these folders. If it is not in that folder, please contact our registrar, KATHY FLEISCHER, for assistance.

UNIFORM UPKEEP:  We asked the girls to find time over Christmas break take care of any uniform issues: skirt that have become too short or too tight, buttons that are missing, hems that have fallen out, zippers that no longer zip. We’ve also asked them to make sure that they are in compliance with the uniform code in terms of their shoes and socks. Uniform code information can be found beginning on page 24 in the  STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK. Please assist your daughter in evaluating her current uniform status and taking care of any uniform upkeep so she won’t receive detentions for uniform code violations when we start doing some special uniform checks next week.  We sincerely appreciate your help and cooperation!

TESTING RESULTS WEEK - January 14 – 18: Students may not get excited when they hear the words “standardized testing,” but they do recognize the importance of their testing results. During the week of January 14–18, Assumption will implement its fourth annual Testing Results Week, a week in which we celebrate students’ accomplishments, provide opportunities to practice test-taking skills, and give students the chance to analyze and reflect on their standardized test results. On January 10 -11, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors received a folder that included their scores from recent standardized tests as well as activities to help learn and improve from the scores. Your daughter will need to bring this folder to her English, math, science, and social studies classes the following week, but she will also need to bring the folder home to show you her test results and the goals she sets. On Friday, February 1, juniors will take a practice ACT and then on February 5, they will have a visit from TorchPrep, a company that works with students to improve standardized test-taking skills.  Also, for the third consecutive year, our juniors will have to opportunity to take a National ACT during the school day on April 24.  While students might roll their eyes or yawn when they hear the phrase “standardized testing,” there is no doubt that tests like the ACT and the SAT make a difference for everyone planning to attend college. Testing Results Week is an Assumption tradition that commends students’ growth and focuses on how to make good scores even better next time.  

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS – Attention, Senior Parents!  Balfour was at school on Thursday, January 10, to distribute information regarding graduation announcements and other 2019 graduation items.  Please be sure to check with your daughter about the information she received during her class meeting yesterday.  Balfour will be back at school on Thursday, January 17, and Wednesday, January 30, to pick up order forms and payments.  Any orders not made by these two dates will need to be ordered online or taken directly to Balfour.  Orders can be placed online at www.Balfour.com or contact them at 502-499-7100.

COLLEGE WORKSHOP AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, AND PARENTS: Attention, all sophomore and junior parents and students – please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 17, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a College Search Workshop. We will begin in the cafeteria with general information and then parents and students will have the opportunity to choose from breakout sessions on topics such as, Writing Strong College Application Essays, Helpful Strategies for Standardized Testing, the Governor’s Scholars Program, Purposeful Planning and Course Selection, Career Exploration, and many more.  If you have any questions, please contact LEIGH JACKSON or KIMBERLY HABICH, our college counselors.


2019-2020 REGISTRATION – Save the dates!

  • CURRENT FRESHMAN PARENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION NIGHT: Attention, all freshman parents--on Wednesday, February 6, 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.
  • 2019-2020 COURSE SELECTIONS: On Thursday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 12, our teachers will be conferencing with all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors regarding their course selections for the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration will open on Thursday, February 14.


FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2018-2019 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now on our website. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019.  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.

RPN INFORMATION: Drug and alcohol education and prevention remain a top priority for the Rocket Parent Network (RPN); additionally, we want to continue providing resources that focus on the positive growth and development of teens.  Operation Parent is hosting a webinar, “Keeping It Positive: Body Image and Self-Esteem” on January 15 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Participants will receive an overview of the concepts of body image, eating disorders, and self-esteem. Current trends and misconceptions in body image, eating disorders, and self-esteem among tweens and teens will be discussed.  The role of media, social media, and family in the development of healthy vs. unhealthy body beliefs and behaviors will be explored. Parents will learn about their role in the prevention of problems in these areas and when to seek additional information and help.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Amy Greenamyer,  Compass Counseling and Psychology Services.  To register, please click on this link: https://www.operationparent.org/calendar/webinar-keeping-it-positive-body-image-and-self-esteem/

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 11.  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 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 two 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.  All application meetings will be held in the theater. Students may attend either Friday, January 25, at 7:25 a.m. or Tuesday, January 29, at 3:00 p.m.   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 minutes. Applications are due by 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 (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.

ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS:   Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019  “That’s Amore”.  Help make this event a terrific success! All proceeds benefit the financial needs of our students.

  • ROCKET RAFFLE TICKET: 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 2. You don’t have to present to win. Share the link with family and friends! https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome
  • RESERVATIONS: It’s not too early to start making plans to attend this year’s Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction. You’ll be enjoying a great gourmet dinner catered by the Bristol, live and silent auctions, games of chance, and the Rocket Raffle will be drawn. Tickets are $125.00 per person. Come and have a great night of fun. You can purchase tickets on line today or purchase them by mail.

         https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome

  • BOURBON PULL: One of most popular games of chance at the event is our Bourbon Pull.  We are in need of all 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 Joan Johnson at joan.johnson@ahsrockets,org
  • DONATIONS: Do you have a connection to a business? Would you like to help us solicit and secure donations? We need help in building a great selection of items for our guests to bid on in our live and silent auctions. Contact Laura Matis at lauramatis@yahoo.com or Tammi Dierken at tammid@twc.com


ROCKET NIGHT:  Join us for Rocket Night on Tuesday, January 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m. All grade school students and alums receive FREE admission. Join us as the basketball team takes on North Bullitt with the JV team playing at 6:00 and varsity playing at 7:30 p.m. Not interested in basketball? Not a problem! Join us to watch the nationally ranked dance team perform at half time of the JV game or stop by the STEAM room to do activities with our students from National Science Honor Society. Future Rockets and alumnae will receive a limited-edition shirt!

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST MAKE-UP DATE:  The make-up High School Placement Test (HSPT) for students who were unable to make the December 8 testing is Saturday, January 12, at 9:00 a.m. at Assumption.  Eighth-grade students should enter through the Tyler Lane doors. 

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 21, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

On Monday, we hosted a victory assembly to celebrate our Dance Team State Champions. The dance team earned first place in Jazz and runner up in hip-hop at the state competition. We are so proud of our Rocket dancers!

This is the last Rocket Report of the semester.  On behalf of the faculty and staff, we wish you all a blessed Christmas. 

 May your celebration of the birth of Jesus this season

Open you to the true joy and lasting peace of Christ.

May what began in a simple manger on that night so long ago

Continue in our hearts every day of the coming year.


CALENDAR NOTE: 

  • CHRISTMAS BREAK: Assumption will be closed for Christmas Break from December 24 - January 4.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 7.    

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER:  Prayer will resume its weekly schedule on Tuesday, January 8, at 8:15 a.m. in the AHS chapel.  All are welcome!

 

MAKE-UP EXAMS:  For students who were absent on an exam day, make-up exams will be given on Thursday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 208. Students must have a doctor’s note to be able to make up a semester final exam. Students do not need to wear uniforms when coming in for make-up exams.

SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES:  Hard copies of the second semester schedules will be given to students during homeroom on Monday, January 7.  Students will have homeroom scheduled first on this day.  Students will need to report to homeroom FIRST when they return to school.  Students have already had the opportunity to meet with their deans with any scheduling questions.  Drop/Add for second semester elective courses ends on Thursday, January 17.  Any elective schedule change request must be accompanied by a note from a parent and $20 schedule change fee. 

SECOND SEMESTER BOOKS:  Christmas break is a good time to check and make sure students have all of their second semester books.  Please go to www.mbsdirect.net to review this list.

FIRST SEMESTER GRADE REPORTS:  First semester grade reports will be emailed to parents on Monday, January 7

UNIFORM UPKEEP:  We have asked the girls to take care of any uniform issues over Christmas break.  Skirts have started to get shorter, buttons are missing, and hems are falling.  Please assist your daughter in evaluating her current uniform status and take care of any uniform upkeep so that we can start off second semester as well as we did first semester.  We sincerely appreciate your help and cooperation!

 TESTING RESULTS WEEK - January 14 – 18: Students may not get excited when they hear the words “standardized testing,” but they do recognize the importance of their testing results. During the week of January 14–18, Assumption will implement its fourth annual Testing Results Week, a week in which we celebrate students’ accomplishments, provide opportunities to practice test-taking skills, and give students the chance to analyze and reflect on their standardized test results. On January 10 -11, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will receive a folder that includes their scores from recent standardized tests as well as activities to help learn and improve from the scores. Your daughter will need to bring this folder to her English, math, science, and social studies classes the following week, but she will also need to bring the folder home to show you her test results and the goals she sets. On Friday, February 1, juniors will take a practice ACT and then on February 5, they will have a visit from TorchPrep, a company that works with students to improve standardized test-taking skills.  Also, for the third consecutive year, our juniors will have to opportunity to take a National ACT during the school day on April 24.  While students might roll their eyes or yawn when they hear the phrase “standardized testing,” there is no doubt that tests like the ACT and the SAT make a difference for everyone planning to attend college. Testing Results Week is an Assumption tradition that commends students’ growth and focuses on how to make good scores even better next time.  

FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2018-2019 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK

RPN WEBINAR RECOMMENDATION: Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States.  Youth between the ages of 12 -21 consume 11% of all the alcohol in the US (cdc.gov).  Operation Parent of Oldham County recently offered a webinar discussing why teens use alcohol, binge drink, and consume caffeinated alcoholic beverages.  Additionally, this webinar explores the risks associated with adolescent alcohol use and the role parents play in prevention. It was presented by Mary Beth Uberti, Director of Program Development at Operation Parent.  Please lick here for a recording of “Shedding Light on Youth Alcohol Usage and Binge Drinking.” For more information on Operation Parent please visit www.operationparent.org.

ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS:   Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019  “That’s Amore”.  Help make this event a terrific success! All proceeds benefit the financial needs of our students.

  • ROCKET RAFFLE TICKET: 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 2. You don’t have to present to win. Share the link with family and friends! https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome
  • RESERVATIONS: It’s not too early to start making plans to attend this year’s Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction. You’ll be enjoying a great gourmet dinner catered by the Bristol, live and silent auctions, and games of chance, and the Rocket Raffle will be drawn. Tickets are $125.00 per person. Come and have a great night of fun. You can purchase tickets on line today or purchase them by mail. In late December an invite will be coming your way in the mail. https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome
  • BOURBON PULL: One of most popular games of chance at the event is our Bourbon Pull.  We are in need of all 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 Joan Johnson at joan.johnson@ahsrockets,org
  • DONATIONS: Do you have a connection to a business? Would you like to help us solicit and secure donations? We need help in building a great selection of items for our guests to bid on in our live and silent auctions. Contact Laura Matis at lauramatis@yahoo.com or Tammi Dierken at tammid@twc.com

 

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST MAKE-UP DATE:  The make-up High School Placement Test (HSPT) for students who were unable to make the December 8 testing is Saturday, January 12, at 9:00 a.m. at Assumption.  Eighth-grade students should enter through the Tyler Lane doors. 

 

Have a blessed Christmas,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

December 14, 2018

 
Dear Parents,

The past week has been one of preparation.  Our teachers have been busy preparing our students for final exams next week, and our prospective students anxiously prepared for the High School Placement Test last Saturday.  Students received class schedules and had the opportunity to meet with their deans of studies to prepare for second semester.  I would bet that many of us have also begun the preparation for the holiday shopping and gift-giving season.  But, most importantly, we are in the Advent season where we prepare for the birth of Christ. In the merry busy-ness of our days, may we be ever mindful of Catherine McAuley’s words: “Generosity is not in bestowing gifts…but in bestowing ourselves most freely and relying with unhesitating confidence on the Providence of God.”

CALENDAR NOTES: 

  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL SUPERVISION ON EXAM DAYS:  Final exams will take place Tuesday, December 18 – Friday, December 21 from 9:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. each day.  Before-school supervision will be provided in the cafeteria as usual beginning at 7:15 a.m. each day.  However; there will be no after-school supervision in the cafeteria on these days.  Please make arrangements for your daughter to be picked up each day after exams at 12:05 p.m.
  • CHRISTMAS BREAK: Assumption will be closed for Christmas Break from December 24 - January 4.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 7.    

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER:  The Parent Prayer group will not meet next week due to the altered schedule for exams.  Parent Prayer will resume it’s weekly schedule on Tuesday, January 8, at 8:15 a.m. in the AHS chapel.  All are welcome!
  • CAMPUS MINISTRY – GOSPEL REFLECTION:  The reflection on the Sunday gospels written by Mary Ann Steutermann, director of Campus Ministry, was linked in the email that includes this Rocket Report link. We invite you to take a few minutes for yourself to read and reflect. You’ll be glad you did!  


SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES:  Hard copies of the second semester schedules will be given to students during homeroom on Monday, January 7.  Students will have homeroom scheduled first on this day.  Students will need to report to homeroom FIRST when they return to school.  Students have already had the opportunity to meet with their deans with any scheduling questions.  Drop/Add for second semester elective courses ends on Thursday, January 17.  Any elective schedule change request must be accompanied by a note from a parent and $20 schedule change fee. 

SECOND SEMESTER BOOKS:  Christmas break is a good time to check and make sure students have all of their second semester books.  Please go to www.mbsdirect.net to review this list.

FIRST SEMESTER GRADE REPORTS:  First semester grade reports will be emailed to parents on Monday, January 7. 

UNIFORM UPKEEP:  We have asked the girls to take care of any uniform issues over Christmas break.  Skirts have started to get shorter, buttons are missing, and hems are falling.  Please assist your daughter in evaluating her current uniform status and take care of any uniform upkeep so that we can start off second semester as well as we did first semester.  We sincerely appreciate your help and cooperation!

TESTING RESULTS WEEK - January 14 – 18: Students may not get excited when they hear the words “standardized testing,” but they do recognize the importance of their testing results. During the week of January 14–18, Assumption will implement its fourth annual Testing Results Week, a week in which we celebrate students’ accomplishments, provide opportunities to practice test-taking skills, and give students the chance to analyze and reflect on their standardized test results. On January 10 -11, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will receive a folder that includes their scores from recent standardized tests as well as activities to help learn and improve from the scores. Your daughter will need to bring this folder to her English, math, science, and social studies classes the following week, but she will also need to bring the folder home to show you her test results and the goals she sets. On Friday, February 1, juniors will take a practice ACT and then on February 5, they will have a visit from TorchPrep, a company that works with students to improve standardized test-taking skills.  Also, for the third year in a row, our juniors will have to opportunity to take a National ACT during the school day on April 24.  While students might roll their eyes or yawn when they hear the phrase “standardized testing,” there is no doubt that tests like the ACT and the SAT make a difference for everyone planning to attend college. Testing Results Week is an Assumption tradition that commends students’ growth and focuses on how to make good scores even better next time.  

FINANCIAL AID FORM: The financial aid link for 2018-2019 has been added to the school’s website. The due date is February 28, 2019, and the form must be submitted online to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment.  FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION LINK

MONITOR AND MANAGE YOUR DAUGHTER’S TABLET PC: Last Friday, our IT Director sent an email to parents regarding apParent, a mobile app available to you at no cost so you can monitor and manage your daughter’s school-issued tablet PC after school hours. This app, if you want to install it, will allow you to: 1) View screen images of your daughter’s device; 2) Lock your daughter’s device with a custom message; 3) View 24 hours of your child's web browsing history. Your daughters’ teachers can control their computers from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You can use the app outside of those hours on school days and all day on weekends and holidays.  If you are interested in opting in for this service, please email Brent Miller your daughter’s name, so he can send your specific activation link. 

STUDY GROUP OPPORTUNITIES DURING EXAM WEEK:  All students have been invited by Mrs. Pam Conway and Mr. Lou Armstrong in the Achievement Center to form study groups during exam week.  The Achievement Center is hosting four days of before- and after-school study groups in the Achievement Center and Media Center for any subject during exam week.  Students have been asked to form a study group or come independently and RSVP via Mrs. Conway’s email in order to reserve a table.  Study sessions will take place on Monday, December 17, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, December 18, from 12:05 to 2:05 p.m.; Wednesday, December 19, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.; and Thursday, December 20, from 12:05 – 2:05 p.m.  Please encourage your daughters to take advantage of this opportunity if needed.

EXAM SCHEDULE:  First semester exams will be held from Tuesday, December 18, to Friday, December 21.  The schedule for exams is listed below.  We will dismiss each day at 12:05 p.m.  Our building will close at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, for a faculty/staff luncheon.  Students who need to take makeup exams will need to return to school on Thursday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. and report to room 214 via the Tyler Lane entrance.

Tuesday, December 18

A Block:  9:05 – 10:30

B Block:  10:45 - 12:05 (dismissal) 

Wednesday, December 19

C Block:  9:05 – 10:30

D Block:  10:45 - 12:05 (dismissal)

Thursday, December 20

E Block:  9:05 – 10:30

F Block:  10:45 - 12:05  (dismissal)

Friday, December 21

G Block:  9:05 – 10:30

*H Block:  10:45 - 12:05 (dismissal)

*Students who have H block STUDY on their schedule may leave at 10:30 on Friday (after the G block exam period) if they would like.  Those who choose to stay will need to report to Room 201 where they will be supervised until dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

ABSENCE DURING EXAMS: A doctor’s note is required to make up any missed exam.  Makeup exams will be given on Thursday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 214; students need to bring their doctor’s notes in advance or bring them with them on December 27 to be eligible to take a makeup exam.

SENIOR PRIVILEGE DURING EXAMS: As the class with the highest percentage of participation in supporting the Walk for Assumption in October, the senior class won the privilege of coming in late or leaving early for their study block during exams. This means that seniors only do not have to be at school for their study block during exams, although they are certainly welcome to go to their study as usual if they would like to do so. If a senior is going to miss her whole study block that is held first on an exam day, she would need to arrive no later than 10:45 and would report directly to her exam classroom for that block; likewise, a senior who is going to miss her whole study block that is held second on an exam day would just leave school directly from her first block classroom at 10:30 a.m. If a senior would like to come in midway through her first block study or leave midway through her second block study, she may do so. Upon arrival, the senior is to report directly to study and will sign in with the study coordinator rather than reporting to the attendance office as would usually be done. A senior leaving early from second block study will sign out with the study coordinator and leave directly from study rather than reporting to the attendance office as usual. Congratulations to our seniors for winning this privilege!

RPN WEBINAR RECOMMENDATION: Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States.  Youth between the ages of 12 -21 consume 11% of all the alcohol in the US (cdc.gov).  Operation Parent of Oldham County recently offered a webinar discussing why teens use alcohol, binge drink, and consume caffeinated alcoholic beverages.  Additionally, this webinar explores the risks associated with adolescent alcohol use and the role parents play in prevention. It was presented by Mary Beth Uberti, Director of Program Development at Operation Parent.  Please lick here for a recording of “Shedding Light on Youth Alcohol Usage and Binge Drinking.” For more information on Operation Parent please visit www.operationparent.org.

ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS:   Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019  “That’s Amore”.  Help make this event a terrific success! All proceeds benefit the financial needs of our students.

  • RESERVATIONS: It’s not too early to start making plans to attend this year’s Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction. You’ll be enjoying a great gourmet dinner catered by the Bristol, live and silent auctions, games of chance and the Rocket Raffle will be drawn. Tickets are $125.00 per person. Come and have a great night of fun. You can purchase tickets on line today or purchase them by mail. In late December an invite will be coming your way in the mail. https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome
  • BOURBON PULL: One of most popular games of chance at the event is our Bourbon Pull.  We are in need of all 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 Joan Johnson at joan.johnson@ahsrockets,org
  • DONATIONS: Do you have a connection to a business? Would you like to help us solicit and secure donations? We need help in building a great selection of items for our guests to bid on in our live and silent auctions. Contact Laura Matis at lauramatis@yahoo.com or Tammi Dierken at tammid@twc.com


HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST MAKE-UP DATE:  The make-up High School Placement Test (HSPT) for students who were unable to make the December 8 testing is Saturday, January 12, at 9:00 a.m. at Assumption.  Eighth-grade students should enter through the Tyler Lane doors. 

ALUMNAE MASS: All AHS graduates are invited to celebrate the Advent season by joining the Community of Assumption for our Alumnae Mass on Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Family and friends of alumnae are also welcome to attend.

CAMPUS STORE CHRISTMAS HOURS:  The Assumption Campus Store is a great place to shop for your favorite Rocket! Stop by during our regular hours - Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. and Fridays from 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.​ or during our holiday hours:

  • December 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • December 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal

 

December 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

Recently, Dean of Students Cindi Baughman was interviewed by LEO magazine for an article about teens and vaping.  As the article was published last week, some of you may have already seen Mrs. Baughman pictured on the front cover around town.  The article is an educational piece for parents about vaping so we thought that we would share it with you.  We inserviced our faculty and staff last spring about vaping and will continue to keep them abreast of further developments regarding teen usage.  Please take some time to read this article:  LEO Article - V is for Vaping:  What you don't know about your teens' new habit.  Thank you for your partnership in working with us to keep our girls healthy and safe!

 CALENDAR NOTE: 

  • PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS EVENTS: The Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the theater and will showcase performances of the Guitar classes, Instrumental Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Chamber Choir, and Advanced Choir.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.   The Visual Arts Department Art Show will take place on Tuesday, December 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Theater Gallery. This will be the Third Annual Fine Arts Festival showcasing a collaboration of the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition to the visual art exhibit, the Advanced Choir will sing and the Technical Theater class will showcase a sound and light display on the theater stage.  Come join us for a celebration of the arts at Assumption. This event is free and open to anyone wishing to attend.

 
CAMPUS MINISTRY: 

  • PARENT PRAYER:  The Parent Prayer group meets each Tuesday morning from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in Assumption’s chapel.  If you are unable to attend but would like the group 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. 

 

AHS SHOPPING NIGHT AT JUST CREATIONS:  Tonight, Friday, December 7, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., the Assumption High School Fair Trade Committee is hosting a shopping night at Just Creations.  Just Creations is located at 2722 Frankfort Avenue.  The store purchases exclusively from fair trade organizations that work directly with artisans and farmers to ensure that fair trade principles are practiced.  During the shopping night, 15% of all profits will be donated to the AHS Fair Trade Committee.  Please consider doing some of your holiday shopping tonight.  You’ll support two great causes with one purchase!

MONITOR AND MANAGE YOUR DAUGHTERS’ TABLET PC: You will receive an email this weekend from our IT Director about apParent, a mobile app available to you at no cost so you can monitor and manage your daughter’s school-issued tablet PC after school hours. The email will include a video with directions for installation and use of the app if you want to use it to 1) View screen images of your daughter’s device; 2) Lock your daughter’s device with a custom message; 3) View 24 hours of your child's web browsing history. Your daughters’ teachers can control their computers from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You can use the app outside of those hours on school days and all day on weekends and holidays.

OUTSTANDING TUITION AND FEES:  As stated in our financial policies, which are contained in the Student-Parent Handbook, a student may not take her semester exams and may not begin the second semester on January 7, 2019, if her account is not current.  Your daughter will not be allowed to take her semester exams scheduled for December 18-21 or begin the second semester if there is an outstanding balance on the account.   We want to avoid any embarrassment to your daughter.   Please be sure you have addressed any outstanding balances by December 7, 2018.  Payment may be made by cash, certified check, or money order.  Thank you for your continued cooperation and the many sacrifices you make to send your daughter to Assumption.  Questions regarding your account balance should be addressed to the finance director, Lisa Raley, at 271-2520.

STUDY GROUP OPPORTUNITIES DURING EXAM WEEK:  All students have been invited by Mrs. Pam Conway and Mr. Lou Armstrong in the Achievement Center to form study groups during exam week.  The Achievement Center is hosting four days of before- and after-school study groups in the Achievement Center and Media Center for any subject during exam week.  Students have been asked to form a study group or come independently and RSVP via Mrs. Conway’s email in order to reserve a table.  Study sessions will take place on Monday, December 17, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, December 18, from 12:05 to 2:05 p.m.; Wednesday, December 19, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.; and Thursday, December 20, from 12:05 – 2:05 p.m.  Please encourage your daughters to take advantage of this opportunity if needed.

EXAM SCHEDULE:  First semester exams will be held from Tuesday, December 18, to Friday, December 21.  The schedule for exams is listed below.  We will dismiss each day at 12:05 p.m.  Our building will close at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, for a faculty/staff luncheon.  Students who need to take makeup exams will need to return to school on Thursday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. and report to room 214 via the Tyler Lane entrance.

Tuesday, December 18

A Block:  9:05 – 10:30

B Block:  10:45 - 12:05 (dismissal) 

Wednesday, December 19

C Block:  9:05 – 10:30

D Block:  10:45 - 12:05 (dismissal)

Thursday, December 20

E Block:  9:05 – 10:30

F Block:  10:45 - 12:05  (dismissal)

Friday, December 21

G Block:  9:05 – 10:30

*H Block:  10:45 - 12:05 (dismissal)

*Students who have H block STUDY on their schedule may leave at 10:30 on Friday (after the G block exam period) if they would like.  Those who choose to stay will need to report to Room 201 where they will be supervised until dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

ABSENCE DURING EXAMS: A doctor’s note is required to make up any missed exam.  Makeup exams will be given on Thursday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 214; students need to bring their doctor’s notes in advance or bring them with them on December 27 to be eligible to take a makeup exam.

SENIOR PRIVILEGE DURING EXAMS: As the class with the highest percentage of participation in supporting the Walk for Assumption in October, the senior class won the privilege of coming in late or leaving early for their study block during exams. This means that seniors only do not have to be at school for their study block during exams, although they are certainly welcome to go to their study as usual if they would like to do so. If a senior is going to miss her whole study block that is held first on an exam day, she would need to arrive no later than 10:45 and would report directly to her exam classroom for that block; likewise, a senior who is going to miss her whole study block that is held second on an exam day would just leave school directly from her first block classroom at 10:30 a.m. If a senior would like to come in midway through her first block study or leave midway through her second block study, she may do so. Upon arrival, the senior is to report directly to study and will sign in with the study coordinator rather than reporting to the attendance office as would usually be done. A senior leaving early from second block study will sign out with the study coordinator and leave directly from study rather than reporting to the attendance office as usual. Congratulations to our seniors for winning this privilege!

RPN FEATURED WEBINARS:  The Rocket Parent Network would like to share the following information with you:  Oldham County’s Operation Parent organization hosted a recent webinar entitled, “Hiding in Plain Sight.”   This webinar discussed new technological advancements in the world of drug/alcohol detection.  This webinar was designed to educate parents and those working with youth about current drug trends and was presented by Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy.  Click here for the recording of “Hiding in Plain Sight.” Operation Parent will host another webinar on Monday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m.  To register for “Shedding Light on Youth Alcohol Usage and Binge Drinking,” please visit this site:  www.operationparent.org.

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST:  On Saturday, December 8, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., we will welcome prospective incoming freshman students to Assumption for the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  We are looking forward to meeting our newest students – the Class of 2023!

ALUMNAE MASS: All AHS graduates are invited to celebrate the Advent season by joining the Community of Assumption for our Alumnae Mass on Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Family and friends of alumnae are also welcome to attend. To help with planning, we ask that attendees please RSVP by Tuesday, December 11 by clicking here.  


ASSUMPTION PARENT ORGANIZATION (APO) NEWS:  

Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction 2019  “That’s Amore”.

  • RESERVATIONS – It’s not too early to start making plans to attend this year’s Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction. You’ll enjoy a great gourmet dinner catered by the Bristol, live and silent auctions, and games of chance. In addition, you’ll witness the drawing of the Rocket Raffle. Tickets are $125.00 per person. Come and have a great night of fun. You can purchase tickets online today or purchase them by mail. In late December, an invite will be coming your way in the mail. https://one.bidpal.net/rsitaly/welcome
  • DONATIONS- Do you have a connection to a business? Would you like to help us solicit and secure donations? We need help in building a great selection of items for our guests to bid on in our live and silent auctions. Contact Laura Matis at lauramatis@yahoo.com or Tammi Dierken at tammid@twc.com

 

CAMPUS STORE CHRISTMAS HOURS:  The Assumption Campus Store is a great place to shop for your favorite Rocket! Stop by during our regular hours - Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. and Fridays from 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.​ or during our holiday hours:

  • December 8, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Placement test)
  • December 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • December 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Sincerely,

Martha Tedesco
Principal