What’s Happening at AHS

1st Annual Endzone Extravaganza Sept. 25

The 1st Annual Endzone Extravaganza benefitting April Knight will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6-9 p.m. at the new Bush Stadium.

This 21+ social event for all AHS supporters is being held in lieu of the traditional April Knight Class Gift Gathering parties and includes drinks and appetizers.

To RVSP or sponsor this event, email Amy McGuire.

ACT Test Date/Registration

The next ACT test date is scheduled for October 23, 2021 with a registration deadline of September 17th.  (Late Fee registration period is September 18th – October 1st) This, and April 2nd, are the only ACT test dates that will be held at Assumption High School for the 2021 – 2022 school year.  I have attached the ACT registration flyer, giving you instructions on how to register, as well as the preparation booklet.

Click here to register

  • ACT CLUB: 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. Smyth, Mrs. Wallace, or Mr. Buchanan 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 Tuesday English/Reading (Mrs. Smyth’s Room)
Second Tuesday Math (Mr. Buchanan’s Room)
Third Tuesday Science (Mrs. Wallace’s Room)
Fourth Tuesday English/Reading (Mrs. Smyth’s Room)
Fifth Tuesday English/Reading (Mrs. Smyth’s Room)

2021-2022-ACT-test-dates 21-22 Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf

Fleet Reserve Association – American Essay Contest

​FRA sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country’s youth. FRA’s Americanism Essay Contest is open to all students, grades 7 through 12, including those who are home schooled.  Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch before the December 1st deadline.  Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes.

The grand national winner will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for the top three essays in each grade category ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place).  Each national winner will receive an attractive plaque citing his/her achievement, and every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning at local and regional levels of competition.

Click here for application


The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) tests will be given at Assumption High School on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.  If you are interested in taking the PSAT tests, please register by Tuesday, September 14th by paying the $18 registration fee in Student Services.  (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.

2022 Page Program- Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Services Agency

The Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Services Agency invite Iowa high school juniors and seniors to apply for Page positions for the 2022 session of the Iowa General Assembly.  Serving as a legislative page is a great opportunity for students.

Included in this email is a link https://www.legis.iowa.gov/careers to the online application.  The application forms can be found here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/careers/positions/509CFCAE-F67E-4957-AD92-8FAB1CA5BF5E.pdf.

Please note that living arrangements for Pages are not supervised or provided.  We ask parents/guardians to carefully consider this aspect of the program.

The deadline for receipt of applications is,  October 8, 2021.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact one of the persons listed below.


Charles Smithson                                                                                Meghan Nelson

Secretary of the Senate                                                                       Chief Clerk of the House

Charlie.smithson@legis.iowa.gov                                                        Meghan.nelson@legis.iowa.gov


AHS Parents in Prayer Group

The AHS Prayer Group invites all parents, alumni, and friends of AHS to join us for Wednesday Rosary.  We will gather each Wednesday in the AHS Chapel at 9 AM.  This is a unique and special prayer opportunity.  We pray for the students (each by name, one class per week), pray for the students’ intentions (prayer boxes are available in several of the teachers’ rooms), intentions for our entire AHS community, and then conclude praying the Rosary together. Come as you are and come when you are able and your schedule allows (Please enter using the main entrance).  Although many of you may work during the day and may not be able to join us, please know, we are happy to lift any intentions you may have and we ask that you remember our prayer gathering and join us in spirit.


Questions:  Sara Sieren 563.210.6554

Prayer Requests:  AHSprayers@gmail.com

United States Service Academies










You and your family are cordially invited to attend a United States Service Academy Admissions workshop!

The United States Service Academies educate, train, develop and inspire the future leaders of the military services and our nation. Earn an exceptional education with a guaranteed position of responsibility at graduation. Join us to learn more.

  • Attend a joint presentation by the Deans and Directors of Admission
  • Opportunity to meet Admissions Officers, current Midshipmen and Cadets
  • Learn about the admissions process and Requirements
  • Plan a campus visit

Click here for more information and to register