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
Seniors Parker Beverlin, Hannah Wislander, Sam Moore, and Ray Thrapp take a break with All Saints Principal Jeanne VonFeldt after unloading a semi full of Christmas wreaths and garland for distribution after Masses leading up to Christmas. These young leaders gave up their study hall to assist with this fundraiser that helps so many of our elementary school students have the best educational resources possible. Thank you for your service!
Assumption High School is very excited to announce a new program called Career Cruising. Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program designed to help students achieve their potential in school, career and life.
Career Cruising will…
BUILD SELF AWARENESS
Students will learn about themselves—their interests, skills, preferences and aspirations—so they can explore the opportunities right for them.
You will learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich, engaging content.
CREATE A PLAN
A dynamic, actionable plan outlines the steps needed to achieve career, school and life goals.
MAKE IT REAL
Plans are then brought to life—whether for a career, job or college—by taking informed action.
To use Career Cruising go to www.careercruising.com. Sign into your account that has set been set up specifically for you.
Username: SCCS-(your first name).(your last name) Example: SCCS-john.doe
Password: (your password is the same one you use to get onto your AHS Computer; typically your initials and lunch account number)
If you have any questions on career and/or college planning please contact Mrs. Day in Student Services or email her at email@example.com.
Sr. M. Anthony Worrell, O.S.F.
How are you connected to AHS?
I currently teach Junior Theology at Assumption.
What do you love most about working at Assumption?
We have Jesus. What more could a girl ask for? Having the Real Presence of Jesus in our school chapel is an incredible privilege and one I am deeply grateful for. The hidden and humble Jesus of the Tabernacle is a constant reminder that we believe in a God that wants to be with us always. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the clearest indication of Assumption’s commitment to Catholic identity.
What are some things you enjoy doing in your free time?
Ah, free time. My free time was joyously sacrificed the day I professed vows with the Franciscan Sister of Christ the Divine Teacher. I have learned to remind myself that time is also a fellow creature of God, obedient to the Divine will. God orders time so much better than I do – it is more fun to participate in His timeline rather than try to create my own!
What advice or encouragement do you have to share with current and future students?
I would say our students, current and future, desperately need to discover and form their ability to reason. Part of what makes humanity different than animals is the gift of reason. In this, we are capable of grasping truth. Find the truth that is universal and eternal.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Ps 89:16 – “Happy the people who know you, Lord, who walk in the light of your face.”
Emilio Amaya – Class of 2018
What is your favorite academic subject/class?
What are some things you enjoy doing outside of the classroom?
I enjoy being the team manager for the football team. I help with scouting, data tracking during games, set-up of equipment before practice, and more.
What do you love most about being an Assumption student?
I love the community at Assumption. Everyone, from the teachers to the students, is friendly and always willing to help. It is a great environment.
What advice or encouragement do you have to share with younger students?
Freshman year is important. Your grades and what you get involved with will still matter when you are a senior and are applying to colleges.
What are some of your future plans, hopes, and dreams?
I hope to attend the University of Notre Dame and study engineering.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Proverbs 16:9 – “In his mind a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.”
Chris and Gina Cain
How are you connected to AHS?
We are the parents of Emily, a 2016 AHS graduate, and Matthew, who is currently a senior. Gina also was a longterm substitute teacher at AHS during the spring of last year.
Why did you choose an Assumption education for your students?
We were transferred to the area when Emily was a freshman. We wanted a smaller school atmosphere with a faith-based Catholic education. Assumption was the perfect fit for Emily. The staff and students immediately welcomed her. Within just a couple weeks, Emily felt comfortable at her new school, and we knew we had found the right place for her and our family. Two years later, Matthew began his freshman year, and it’s hard to believe he will soon be a graduate of Assumption as well!
What advice or encouragement do you have to share with current and future students and families?
We have been so pleased with the education our children have received at Assumption. We would encourage all students and families to get involved at Assumption and experience the family atmosphere. After graduating from AHS, Emily left with many wonderful memories and felt very prepared for her studies at Marquette University. Matthew will be heading off to college next year, and he, too, feels AHS has prepared him well for his next chapter.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 46:10 – He says: “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”