Wahlert Catholic News

April 18, 2019

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 19:  Good Friday | No School
  • April 26-April 28: Wahlert Catholic Musical, The Addams Family
  • May 3: Registration deadline for June 8th ACT Exam *
  • May 9: Scholarship/Awards notification to Counseling Office *
  • May 6-10 & May 13-16: Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Week
  • May 11: Prom, 8:45 p.m. - 11:45 p.m., Grand River Center, Dubuque
  • May 12: Post-Prom, 11:45 p.m. - 3:15 a.m., Wahlert Catholic High School
  • May 20: Late registration deadline for June 8th ACT Exam *
  • May 22: Baccalaureate Mass, 7:00 p.m., Wahlert Gymnasium
  • May 23: Class of 2019 - last day of school
  • May 23: Senior Assembly, 1:00 p.m., Wahlert Gymnasium
  • May 23: Practice for Graduation, Class of 2019, 9:30 a.m.
  • May 26: Graduation, 2:00 p.m., Wahlert Gymnasium
  • June 7: Last day of school
  • June 8: ACT Exam, Loras College *
  • July 13: ACT Exam, Loras College *
  • June 14: Registration deadline for July 13th ACT Exam *
  • June 24: Late registration deadline for July 13th ACT Exam *
  • June 10-June 16: Otway Service Trip

* Dates listed with this symbol have additional information listed in the Guidance News Corner below.

News & Notices:

Earth Day E-Waste Collection

Wahlert's LEAP student club will be collecting used electronic devices during the week of April 22-26.  The devices that will be collected include: cell phones/smart phones, iPads, tablets, smart watches, inkjet printer cartridges, or any gold/silver/platinum jewelry.  These donated items will then be shipped to recycling center that then reimburses the school for items collected. The funds will be used to help set-up a TSS scholarship for future TSS trips (will be used this coming year).  Collection containers will be located in the Wahlert main entrance, and all community members are welcome to drop off items each day next week.


Wahlert Catholic High School Presents: The Addams Family
The Grand Opera House
135 W. 8th St., Dubuque
April 26 & 27: 7:30 p.m. | April 28: 2:00 p.m.

Call the box office (563.588.1305) Monday-Friday between 12-4pm, or click here for additional ticket and show information.

The Addams Family features a story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

2019 Prom & Post-Prom Information:

Prom: Saturday, May 11, 8:45 p.m. - 11:45 p.m., Grand River Center
Prom is in the air! If you have a junior or senior, you have perhaps been hearing about prom for a while now.  Prom will be held at the Grand River Center on Saturday, May 11, from 8:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Juniors and seniors are allowed to attend prom, and sophomores who have been asked to prom by a junior or senior may attend.
Post-Prom: May 11/May 12, 11:45 p.m. - 3:15 a.m., Wahlert Catholic High School
Post-prom will be held at Wahlert Catholic High School after prom from 11:45 p.m. to 3:15 a.m. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may attend this non-alcoholic event and play games, eat pizza, win prizes, and see the fabulous Jim Wand, hypnotist. Students who come say that it is one of their most memorable experiences at Wahlert Catholic. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Wagner at Wahlert.  If you are helping with post-prom set-up on Friday, volunteer at post-prom on Saturday/Sunday, or make a monetary donation, please click here.  As always, thank you for your generosity.


Summer Work Study for Tuition Credit – Application Open
Any incoming Wahlert Catholic High School student may apply to work for Holy Family over the summer to earn $7.25 per hour in tuition credits. Students typically help the maintenance staff prepare our schools for the new school year (cleaning, moving, etc.).

Click here to find the work study application form and to select your preferred dates and locations. Priority placement is given to those who submit their application and placement forms prior to the April 15 deadline. Holy Family tries to ensure that those who meet the deadline receive at least one week of work.


Dubuquers + Cordobeses

Are you interested in hosting a student from Spain for one week? Fifteen students from Cordoba, Spain will be visiting Dubuque from April 25 to May 2. Your responsibilities as a host family would be to provide room and board for the visiting student and transportation to Wahlert Catholic High School each morning. In addition, host families would be encouraged to share local culture and activities with their Spanish student. Please fill out this interest form so we can begin to match students with host families.

If you have any questions, please contact:


Scholarly Pursuits for the Summer | Clarke University
Clarke University is inviting student applications for a chance to participate in the second annual Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects (CUSSP). This opportunity is open to students who are rising juniors and seniors in high school who reside in the Dubuque region. The 2019 projects are designed to expose high achieving high school students to the world of scholarly engagement with faculty in their respective area of expertise. Participants in the 2019 CUSSPs will work one-on-one, or in a small group with other high school and Clarke University students, with faculty supervision and engagement on a scholarly project.

Titles of the summer 2019 CUSSPs are as follows: Investigation of the Neurotoxic and Neuroprotective Effects of Consumable Substances in Normal Neurodegenerative Disease Models, Altering Gene Expression in Human Ocular Cells, Special Dissection: Human Head and Neck, Game Development & Virtual Reality, and Music Theory & Composition

Students’ applications must be received by May 1 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 15, and will have until May 31 to accept or decline the offer. There are no costs associated with student participation.  Students interested in applying to participate in one of the 2019 Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects can learn more and apply online at: www.clarke.edu/scholarlyproject


Start making plans now for next year’s Teton Science School trip!
The 2019 Teton Science School Trip will to be Nov. 17-23.  Registration materials are now available to all students; however, current juniors have priority to register for the trip until February 8.  After Feb.  8, the current sophomores will be given the opportunity to register without the possibility of being "bumped" by a current junior.   Anyone requesting registration materials can get them from Mrs. Schriver or join the Google Classroom page with code: 80guk1b.


2018-2019 Yearbook News & Updates
If you have not yet ordered your all-color 2019 Wahlert Catholic High School Yearbook, there is still time!  It is filled with great photos and memories of your student’s friends, classmates, teachers, clubs, and activities.  To order your yearbook, please send $55 to "Wahlert Yearbook" in care of Ms. Sandra Gaul at Wahlert. You can also drop the order off in the Wahlert Main Office.  Order deadline is May 31. Your student won’t want to miss out on all the memories of this school year!  Order your student’s yearbook today.


Summer Volunteer Opportunities
UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital
350 N. Grandview, Dubuque

UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is looking for summer volunteers in the following areas of their organization:

  • Patient Escorts (daytime)
  • Emergency Department (24/7)
  • Acute Rehab Unit (daytime/evenings)
  • Cardiac Clinic (daytime)
  • Medical Surgical (daytime/evenings)

If your student would like to learn more about summer volunteer opportunities at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital,  please contact Finley Hospital's Volunteer Services Office at (563) 589-2643
or visit unitypoint.org/volunteer.


Counselor in Training Program
Camp Courageous (Monticello, IA)
July 21-26, 2019
Cost: $200

Spend a week at Camp Courageous working with individuals with special needs!  Gain valuable experience, acquire volunteer hours, participate in disability awareness and leadership training, and explore all Camp Courageous has to offer – ziplining, canoeing, bowling, arts and crafts, and more.  Individuals must be 16 years of age or older to participate.  For more information, contact Sabrina at (319) 465-5916, ext. 2320 or email sstrella@campcourageous.org.

Wahlert Guidance News Corner:

Important Dates

Upcoming College Visits/Events:

Luther College
Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.
Wahlert Counseling Office
A written pass is required to have ahead of time in order to visit with Luther College at this time.  Students are asked to stop by the Counseling Office prior to Wednesday, April 24.


2019 Construction Expo.
Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Portzen Construction, 205 Stone Valley Drive, Dubuque
Do you have a student interested in learning more about careers in construction?  If so, they are welcome to join us for the 2019 Construction Expo on Friday, April 26 from 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Students will join Mrs. Lenart and leave Wahlert at 9:40 a.m. to head to Portzen Construction to learn about careers in the following areas through hands on presentations:
  • Laborers
  • Ironworkers
  • Plumbers – virtual welders
  • Plumbers - Pipe-fitting
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Carpenters
  • Operating Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Teamsters
  • Painters/Glaziers
If you have a student who would like to attend, please complete this permission form and return it to the Counseling Office by April 19.  Space is limited. Students will receive a free lunch at Portzen Construction and be back to Wahlert around 1:00.  To learn more about this opportunity, check out the 9 minute video on Apprenticeship Programs: www.iowaconstructioncareers.com

For Your Information...

Scholarship Information Needed by May 9
Class of 2019, Graduation Program & Senior Assembly
Each year during Wahlert’s senior assembly event, up to three scholarships are announced for every senior.  These scholarships will be printed in the graduation program, as well.  Seniors are reminded that verification of these scholarships - either in the form of an award letter, or printed email from the college or organization - should be given to Danielle Lensen in the Counseling Office no later than Thursday, May 9.  If notification is received later than Thursday, May 9, students risk not having their scholarships printed in the graduation program or announced at the assembly.

Please complete this scholarship form and return to the Counseling Office no later than Thursday, May 9.

In addition to the three scholarships that will be announced for your graduate at this year’s senior assembly event, Wahlert Catholic High School’s Counseling Office is in the process of collecting data on the total number of scholarships and awards each graduating senior was offered.  As a result, please include any additional scholarship information that your student was offered in the "Additional Scholarship Information" section of the form linked above.  Please contact Wahlert's Counseling Office with any questions, (563) 583-9771.


AP Study Information & More
Additional information about the AP courses and exams, including course and exam descriptions, sample free-response questions, scoring guidelines, study skills, exam tips and more can be found at apstudents.org/courses.  Please contact Wahlert Catholic High School’s Counseling Office, (563) 583-9771, with any questions or for additional information.


Summer ACT Exam Schedule
ACT Exam - June 8, 2019
Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque
Registration Deadline: May 3
Late Registration Deadline: May 20
Register online (and learn more) at actstudent.org.

ACT Exam - July 13, 2019
Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque
Registration Deadline: June 14
Late Registration Deadline: June 24
Register online (and learn more) at actstudent.org.


Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS) Now Accepting Applications
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s youth philanthropy group, Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS), is now accepting membership applications through April 30. High school students interested in membership can visit dbqfoundation.org/yappers for an application. During the 2018-19 school year, the YAPPERS comprise 33 high school students from Wahlert Catholic, Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High Schools. These students raised $8,600 in grant money that will be awarded to local organizations this spring.  The YAPPERS are a team of highly motivated high school students dedicated to using volunteerism, philanthropy and grantmaking to act as positive youth role models, develop leadership skills and improve the quality of life for youth in the Dubuque community. They meet monthly throughout the school year to engage in teambuilding and leadership activities, discuss local youth issues, plan events and service projects, and make funding decisions to support youth-serving organizations.  For more information, contact Jenna Manders, knowledge management director, at jenna@dbqfoundation.org or (563) 588-2700.


Online Scholarship Bulletin Board Available
Is your student looking for scholarships to apply for as they plan for next year?
Available now on Wahlert Catholic High School's website is an online hub for you and your student to browse available scholarship opportunities, as well as different college events.  Click here to check it out, or visit the Guidance Office’s webpage located on Wahlert’s website.  For extra easy access, the link is also available under the Quick Links section of Wahlert’s home page as well.  Scholarships are organized by type and will be updated frequently, so be sure to check in often!


Scholarship Feature Friday
Weekly scholarship news emailed directly to your student.
This week's featured scholarships: O'Connor & Thomas, P.C. Trust Scholarship & Dr. Thomas & Imelda Piekenbrock Scholarship

Scholarship Feature Friday is a new weekly email from Wahlert’s Counseling Office designed specifically for seniors as a resource for them to learn more about available scholarship opportunities.  Each Friday, the Counseling Office will highlight a new scholarship opportunity and email it directly to your student’s Holy Family email address.  Specific details regarding scholarship type, who should apply, how to start the application process, and scholarship amount will all be highlighted.  Students will use these emails as a way to learn, discover, and apply for new scholarships each week as they plan their years after high school.  Learn more about these scholarships by visiting Wahlert's College Planning eBulletin Board.


Exploring Program Opportunities
Architecture, wildlife conservation, diesel mechanics, nursing, and more!
The Exploring Program has kicked off with a great line-up of returning programs!  This program is a great opportunity for your student(s) to identify career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.  Designed for students ages 10-20, this program provides an opportunity to learn about a variety of careers and network with professionals already working in those fields.  Students will get hands-on experiences to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them.  Click here for more information, or to register your student today!


Sign up for the ICAN Tip of the Week!
Are you a junior or senior who wants more information on college and career planning?  Sign up to get the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) Tip of the Week and other college and career planning alerts.  ICAN offers several forms of email communications to help you stay on top of the planning process for life after high school. Click here to register for the ICAN Tip of the Week, Class of 2019 Senior Alerts, Class of 2020 Alerts, or ICAN e-alerts.  You can also check out the ICAN College and Career blog here.


Driver's Education Opportunities

Parents are asked to directly contact any of the four local driving academies listed below if interested in registering their student(s) for driver's education.

4BES Driving School, LLC
Craig Forbes, Instructor
(563) 599-2934
(563) 583-7368
A-Tri State Driving School, Inc.
Kent Paca, Instructor
(563) 583-3003
Dubuque Driving Academy
Susie Quinn, Instructor

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Wahlert Catholic High School
2005 Kane St., Dubuque IA 52001 | {view on map}
Phone: (563) 583-9771
Fax: (563) 583-9775

Principal: Ron Meyers
Assistant Principal: Cynthia Wagner
Chaplain: Father Andy Upah

School Hours: 7:40 a.m.–2:45 p.m. (ends 3:10 p.m. through the remainder of the 18-19 school year)
Office Hours: 6:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.