What’s Happening at AHS

Senior Parents – FASFA Information

Hello senior parents,

If your student is going to college next year, an important step in the process begins October 1. The first step of the financial aid process is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for Federal Pell Grants, and guarantees every student an opportunity for federal student loans. It is recommended that every student file the FAFSA form.

The FAFSA form becomes available on October 1st — which means you can file the FAFSA next week! Every college or university has its own deadline for the FAFSA — some as early as December 1st — so check out www.ICANsucceed.org/priority to find the priority dates for the schools your student is applying to.

This year senior families should use 2017 taxes to file the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year. The FAFSA is solely based off of 2017 taxes, so you won’t have to update the FAFSA with 2018 taxes. Visit  www.fafsa.gov to file the form.

The extended timeline is beneficial to families because it will allow students to receive their financial aid award letters earlier in the spring semester. This will give students more time to make a final decision about where they want to go to school. Students may receive financial aid award letters as early as January or February, and they still have until May 1st to make their final decisions.

If you have questions about paying for college, or would like free help filing your FAFSA, the Iowa College Access Network offers free resources for college planning and financial aid. You can visit their website, www.ICANsucceed.org/ to schedule an appointment, or call their toll free number, 877-272-4692 to talk to an advisor.

You can also visit a FAFSA Ready Iowa event which offers free assistance without an appointment. Visit www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyiaevents to find a location near you.

Stay on top of the process, and file your FAFSA as soon as possible!

Picture Retakes – September 25th – Small Gym

Picture retake day will be Tuesday, September 25th during lunches.  Any student that did not get their picture taken at Registration, need to make sure they get that done during their lunch period.  If there are any students that wish to have their picture retaken, please make sure you go to the small gym during your lunch that day. Remember Senior boys need to be in a dress shirt, tie and preferably a jacket.  Senior girls will wear the black drape.  Underclassmen all need to be in school uniform.  It is an Out-of-Uniform day, so they will need to change in to a uniform top for their pictures.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelli Miller at ext. 200.

2018 Homecoming Court

Below is your 2018 AHS Homecoming Court:


Kaitlynn Ballinger and Garrett Hurt

Melanie Comer and Kole Kreinbring

Lauren DiIulio and Joseph Deckert

Rose Frazer and Ivan Li

Olivia Lansing and Adam Quested

Olivia Leinart and Jack Scordato

Pamela Moya and Dylan Peeters

Lea Nelson and Brian Wadle

Casey Phillips and Adam Laubenthal

Allison Timmons and Noah Bedard

Iowa Student Loan

Iowa Student Loan offers several free college funding opportunities as incentives for students and families to adequately prepare for college expenses. With three different programs offering a total of more than $100,000 in awards for the 2018-2019 school year, students and families can earn college cash while learning valuable information.

About the Programs

Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway

Dates: Sept. 4-Oct. 21

Open to: Parents and guardians of Iowa students in grades 6-12.

Awards: Fifty $1,000 deposits into College Savings Iowa accounts.

Requirements: Visit the Parent Handbook guide for important college financing information and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.

Start at: http://www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SaveNow


Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

Dates: Oct. 22-Feb. 22

Open to: Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2019.

Awards: Thirty $2,000 college scholarships plus $250 to each recipient’s high school.

Requirements: Register online and then follow emailed instructions to complete two online components and a related assessment.  Scholarships are awarded to the 30 students with the highest scores.

Start at: http://www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship


College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

Dates: March 18-April 30

Open to: Iowa high school seniors attending college in fall 2019 and their parents or guardians.

Awards: Ten $1,000 awards sent directly to each student’s college for fall 2019.

Requirements: Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college cost over four years and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.

Start at: http://www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Giveaway

Parent Conferences Sign-Up Genius

We have so many dedicated teachers at Assumption, and we want to provide snacks and drinks for them to enjoy during the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conference time on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.  Conferences are in the AHS Cafeteria from 3:30-7:00 p.m. that evening, so water and treats can be dropped off in the Assumption Front Office any time that day or the day before.  Thanks so much for your help and support of our teachers through the Knight Network parent organization!

Click here to sign up for the event!


Academic Decathlon – Looking for Upperclassmen Participants

Mrs. Lamp is looking for upperclassmen to participate in Academic Decathlon! Meetings begin October 5th!

 Academic Decathlon is the premier scholastic competition for high-school students; it combines a Quiz Bowl competition with paper-and-pencil testing and presents students with a unique, interdisciplinary approach to developing skills. This AHS club brings together academics, communication, and teambuilding in a competitive framework that reinvigorates learning. Because each decathlete participates in all ten Decathlon events, students participating in the program enjoy a well-rounded scholastic experience that enables them to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Decathlon events include subject tests in eight academic categories (Art, Music, Economics, Literature, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Essay) and two interpersonal-skills events (Interview, and Speech).

 Participating in Academic Decathlon requires once-a-week attendance at a 15-minute meeting. The club meets in Mrs. Lamp’s room on Friday mornings from 7:25 to 7:40.

 There are two competition weekends: Regionals are held Saturday, January 26th, and State will be in March. If we should make it to Nationals, they are held in April.

 Academic Decathlon encourages personal and academic growth, looks great on resumes, and doesn’t take a ton of time! If a Test-taking / Quiz Bowl competition sounds like an activity your student might enjoy, please encourage him or her to come to our first meeting!