The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) tests will be given at Assumption High School on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.  If you are interested in taking the PSAT tests, please register by Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by paying the $17 registration fee in Student Services and pick up a PSAT Guide.  (Checks can be made out to Assumption High School)


The PSAT is a two-hour test given once a year in October. Many students take the PSAT, not only as preparation to take the SAT, which is widely used as a criterion for college admissions, but also to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

As with the SAT, the PSAT has separate math and verbal sections and a third section testing English grammar. Each subject is scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and these scores are combined to create the National Merit Scholarship selection index.

Though it is only the scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year that are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition, some students will take the PSAT when they are sophomores to get a feel for the test.

This scholarship competition awards approximately 8,200 scholarships annually. The selection process starts with the choosing of National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars. Cutoffs vary from state to state but typically Semi-Finalists score in the top one percent of students in their state and Commended Scholars between the top one to four percent. Most of the approximately 16,000 Semi-Finalists become Finalists, and half of those ultimately receive National Merit Scholarships.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • To receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.

For more information on the PSAT/MNSQT test, visit their website at

Upcoming College Visits

The following college representatives will be visiting AHS in the cafeteria during both A and B lunch. If you are interested in attending any of these colleges, please stop by and speak with these representatives.

  • Washington University – September 4, 2019
  • Scott Community College – September 16, 2019
  • Davenport Police Department – September 20, 2019
  • St Ambrose University – September 24, 2019
  • University of Dubuque – September 24, 2019
  • Central College – September 26, 2019
  • University of Northern Iowa – September 27, 2019
  • United States Marine Corp – September 30, 2019
  • Iowa State University – October 7, 2019
  • Monmouth College – October 14, 2019
  • Scott Community College – October 15, 2019
  • Drake University – October 21, 2019
  • Saint Mary’s College – October 25, 2019
  • Scott Community College – November 11, 2019
  • Scott Community College – December 9, 2019

National Honor Society Treats – Sophomore Parents – September 18

We are seeking Sophomore parents to bring in treats for after the National Honor Society Inductions on Wednesday, September 18th. Bottled water donations can be dropped off at the Business office during regular hours any day/time prior to 10am on Wednesday, September 18th. Cookies and paper product donations can be dropped off at the AHS Front Office any day/time prior to noon on Wednesday, September 18th.  The ceremony begins at 1:30 on September 18th in the AHS Auditorium.  Thank you!

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P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

The national P.E.O. organization awards 880 STAR Scholarships of $2,500 to graduating high school senior women.  Candidates are evaluated on demonstrated excellence and passion in 5 areas:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Community / Volunteer Service
  • Essay Outlining Possible Career Aspirations With Any Higher Education Goals

Deadline: October 1, 2019

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Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Golden Circle is the largest fair in the state of Iowa, bringing the greatest variety of colleges and universities from across Iowa, and the nation, for students to explore.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Prairie Meadows Conference Center

1 Prairie Meadows Drive – Altoona, Iowa

Villa Maria – Job Openings

Villla Maria Daycare is looking for help this coming school year.  Any junior or senior student that is interested working at the Daycare from after school until 5:30 p.m., please contact Kathy Overton at either 563-449-5543 or


The next ACT test date is scheduled for June 8, 2019 with a registration deadline of May 3rd.  I have attached the ACT registration flyer, giving you instructions on how to register, as well as the preparation booklet. Students are welcome to pick up a hard copies of these materials in Student Services.  JUNIORS, please remember, if you have not already done so, you are strongly encouraged to take the ACT by the end of your junior year. 

Please don’t forget about the ACT Club we have available for you here at Assumption:

  • ACT: Why not build your ACT knowledge, confidence, and understanding a little bit each week instead of cramming right before the test? ACT club takes only twenty minutes, and we finish so early, you won’t even have to miss practice! Testing is timed, and students are assisted in improving their testing speed. When time is up, either Mrs. Lamp, Mrs. Wallace, or Mrs. Eliopulos is available to answer questions and help students analyze their answers. ACT club meets TUESDAYS from 2:50 to 3:10. It is important to show up to ACT Club as frequently as possible before you take the ACT test.
First TuesdayEnglish/Reading (Mrs. Lamp’s Room)
Second TuesdayMath (Mrs. Eliopulos’ Room)
Third TuesdayScience (Mrs. Wallace’s Room)
Fourth TuesdayEnglish/Reading (Mrs. Lamp’s Room)
Fifth TuesdayEnglish/Reading (Mrs. Lamp’s Room)

How To Register

Preparing for the ACT