The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) tests will be given at Assumption High School on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM If you are interested in taking the PSAT tests, please register by Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by paying the $16 registration fee in Student Services and picking up a PSAT study guide. (Checks can be made out to Assumption High School) For more information on the PSAT/MNSQT test, visit their website at www.collegeboard.org/psat.
We are excited as we prepare to bring students back for the fall 2018 semester! Please see below for a variety of forms and supplemental school year information. Reviewing these items and completing forms will save time and effort when families come for drop-in school registration on Monday, August 6th, between 10am and 1pm in the AHS cafeteria. If you still have questions after reviewing the information provided, please contact the school as we are happy to assist you. We pray that you have a blessed and joyful remainder of this summer with your families!
Please be sure to complete the online JMC update for all students prior to attending school registration. Please be sure to update all information (make, model, and license plate) for any vehicles your student(s) may wish to park in the Assumption parking lot during school hours.
Please print and complete the necessary forms and bring them with you to school registration:
Fees Dues and Donations Form (required annually for all families)
Certificate of Dental Screening (required for all freshmen)
Athletic Physical (required annually for all student athletes)
Concussion Awareness Form (required annually for all student athletes)
Please also review the following items for informational purposes:
Thank you, and have a blessed day!
Assumption Chaplain, Fr. Jake Greiner, accompanied 4 AHS students on Thursday, May 3, to the Project Andrew Dinner in Iowa City. Students were able to meet and converse with Bishop Zinkula and even had the opportunity to have their picture taken at the event.
On Friday, April 27, we were blessed to share Mass as a school community. Students welcomed Grandparents and guests to this special annual opportunity in the Assumption auditorium. Families of seniors had the option to submit photos of their students with his/her grandparents. Please enjoy the attached slideshow that was shared before and after the Mass.
It’s that time of year again folks, time to plan our POST PROM PARTY!
We’re having our first planning meeting this coming Wednesday,
in the school library
If you have an interest in helping with the plans for the event, please join us.
We will be on a 2-hour late start due to weather. Buses will run, and there will be no 8th grade math. Period one will begin at 9:45. Thanks, and drive safely!
Due to pending weather conditions, we will be dismissing school 2 hours early today (Thursday, January 11). All evening activities are cancelled, and optional activity/sport practices will be concluded by 2PM. The following bell schedule will be implemented for the remainder of the school day:
Period 4: 10:05-10:30
Period 5: 10:35-11:05
Period 6: 11:10-11:40
Period 7: 11:45-12:15
Period 8 12:20-12:50
**Optional pizza lunch will be available in the cafeteria following the 8th period class.
God bless, and be safe!
Mrs. Bridget Murphy
Jennifer Weber Erich – Class of 1991
In a series of interviews with notable alumni about their experiences at Assumption, we recently caught up with 1991 graduate Jennifer Weber Erich, Strategic Relationship Manager at ExxonMobil.
What are you doing now?
I’ve been a geologist for ExxonMobil searching the globe for oil and gas. Now I am in my dream job, the Strategic Relationship Manager for ExxonMobil’s Exploration Company. It’s a focus on networking externally with other oil companies and host governments in order to partner with them in new opportunities. I am one of the more extroverted people in my company, so this is a natural fit for me.
How did you land your current job at ExxonMobil?
I got two degrees in Geology, my Bachelor of Science at Northern Iowa, and then my Masters at the University of Iowa. While I was wrapping up my thesis at Iowa, the Exxon recruiter came to campus and so I decided to sign up for an interview. I was then offered an internship in the spring of 1999, and then a full-time position a year later. Now I help with recruiting and go out to universities to interview students, so I completely understand the position that they are in!
What made you want to go into Geology?
When I was a kid, my family went camping a lot, so to me, hiking and rock collecting was really fun! Then as I progressed through school, I always had really high grades in math and science. When I took Sr. Donna’s earth science class, all the kids wanted to be my lab partner since I was the top student in the class. I figured that a Geology degree would be the best fit for me, since I had the skills. My Dad told me to do whatever I loved the most, and success would follow – and I loved Geology the most.
What is a typical day like for a Geologist?
There are many different types of jobs for Geologists: environmental, mining, government work, construction, teaching, park service, etc. I chose to be a Petroleum Geoscientist because the technology was really advancing and I could travel all over the world. So, in my world I have a team that I work with every day in the office to look at data and make maps to explore for oil and gas. It is mostly computer and office based, although sometimes we have to go out to the sites for additional data.
What do you enjoy most about your career as a Geologist?
In my mind, it is the top science. It incorporates all the sciences; so you have to know chemistry, physics, biology, computer science and advanced mathematics. I also love to travel the world. I’ve been to over 30 countries and counting!
What are some of the things you learned at Assumption?
Of course I learned a lot about academics and my Catholic faith, but I matured a lot while I was there. I was an awkward, science and theatre nerd. But I learned how to shake off the drama, focus on school and just be kind to people. That’s really how people remember you.
What are a few of your favorite memories from your time at Assumption?
I was in KKD for three years, and was captain my senior year. I loved making up routines and teaching the other girls. But my favorite routine was the one I taught the senior guys to dance for the Homecoming Pep Rally. No one had ever done that before, but I wanted to have a little fun and do something different for my last year in high school. So I picked the most fun/cool guys from my senior class and secretly taught them a hysterical routine. I was so proud of how well they did!
Looking back on your time at Assumption, what are some of the experiences that helped prepare you for what you’re doing now?
One of my best “life skills” I learned was in Mr. Watson’s drama classes. I was in all the high school plays and musicals. I loved singing and dancing on stage. It helped me so much with my confidence in public speaking, when I present to presidents or foreign oil ministers, I never get nervous because it’s just like a performance.
Who were some of the biggest influences during your time at Assumption?
Definitely Sr. Donna and Mr. Watson! I also loved Mr. Wolfe’s way of teaching; he was hysterical and really challenged us in math. He would yell “2 points!” at us if we answered correctly.
What suggestions or advice do you have for students who may want to pursue a career in Geology?
Take all the math and science classes you can! Learn calculus! While I don’t use it in “real life”, I certainly needed to pass it in college. So learn it early and take the highest levels you can. Also, get outdoors as often as you can. Take trips to the National Parks. Immerse yourself in amazing geologic landscapes, and then you will be familiar with the concepts when you take the classes.
Do you have any last words of encouragement for the Class of 2018?
If you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, don’t worry! Take a variety of classes and follow your best grades. Challenge yourself; don’t just take the easy classes. But my father was right, follow your passion and no matter what you do you will be successful. Then work doesn’t feel like work!
Thanks, Jennifer. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for the interview. Congratulations on all the great work you’re doing!
Adoration is held every Tuesday after the 7:10 AM chapel mass. This is a wonderful way to spend a little time with Jesus.
Should you wish to sign up please do so at the following link: Adoration Sign-up .
On Friday, November 10th, students and faculty honored those (past and present) who are responsible for the freedoms we enjoy today. Senior Kevin Koepke played Taps, the choir sang the National Anthem, and prayers were offered for all of those St. Ambrose Academy and Assumption High School graduates who have lost their lives in service to this country.
Lewis Simon Cox
Glynn Richard Early
Thomas John Fiedler
Eugene Paul Gasser
James Wallace Gilroy
Edward George Glovka
William Michael Haynes
John Patrick “Jack” Hogan
David William Jones
Wilmer John Lackas
Edward Thomas McDonnell
Donald Anthony Meyer
Joseph V. Michl, Jr.
William Edward Olsen
Jesse Joseph “Pepe” Pena
Henry Priester, Jr.
Michael James Riley, Jr.
Glenn Edward Schwerdtfeger
Joseph Charles Spiess
Robert Thomas Trevor
William Anthony Voss