Wahlert Catholic News

October 19, 2018

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct. 24: Stewardship Day – Students will attend first period class and then report to the gym to do service. Students and staff will help senior citizens, persons who are not physically able, and Catholic-supported non-profits from 9:15 a.m. until noon.
  • Oct. 25: Journalism field trip to the Iowa High School Press Association’s State Convention.
  • Oct. 25: Stewardship rain date.
  • Oct. 27: ACT at Wahlert.
  • Oct. 29–Nov. 2: The schedule will be O-E-O-E (no school on Friday).
  • Oct. 29: Fruit Sales by the Music Department begin.
  • Oct. 30: Wahlert Catholic Open House & Activities Fair – 5:30–7:00 p.m.
    Invite friends and family who may want to consider Wahlert Catholic for their child!
  • Oct. 31: Blood Drive forms due.
  • Nov. 1: Mass of Remembrance.
  • Nov. 2: No School, teacher in-service for professional development.
  • Nov. 5: Blood Drive at Wahlert – 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 9 Yearbook senior portraits due.
  • Nov. 10-12: TEC at Wahlert.
  • Nov. 11-17: Teton Science School field trip.
  • Nov. 12-16: Schedule will be E-O-E-O-E
  • Nov. 16-18: Fall Play.
  • Nov. 19-23: Schedule is E-O (No school Wednesday–Friday for Thanksgiving break.)
  • Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Prayer Service
  • Nov. 22: Turkey Trot at 9 a.m.
  • Nov. 29: Advent Family Activity Night – 5:30–7:00 p.m. at St. Columbkille's Presentation Hall.

Student & Faculty Highlights:

Vote for Coach Julie Westercamp and Support Our Schools!

Thanks to strong community support, Wahlert Catholic tennis coach Julie Westercamp has made it to the final round of the U.S. Cellular "Most Valuable Coach" contest. By making it into the top 15, she has already earned $5,000 for Holy Family Catholic Schools!

Now for round two and her chance to earn another $50,000 cash prize plus an additional tech prize package valued at $30,000 for Holy Family. To get there, Julie needs your vote EVERY DAY!

Visit TheMostValuableCoach.com to cast your vote now. If you haven’t already done so, you'll be prompted to set up a login and verify your email address. Save the login so future voting can be cast instantly.

Set a reminder to vote each day now through November 13. Voting only takes a second.

The contest winner will be determined by two factors – popular vote (that’s YOU!) and a panel of judges. If we can deliver the votes, we’re sure Julie has a great chance to win. Stay tuned for the winner to be announced on November 20.

Thank you for your support! Go Eagles!


News & Notices:

A Note from the Principal:

Sometimes you just have to raise your glass to celebrate your successes!

I am so proud of the work of our teachers and students in the past 12 months.  The composite results from our 2018 ACT Exam administration have finally arrived and I am thrilled to report that the Class of 2018 performed very well as a group.  Eighty-Nine percent of the class participated in the exam.  This compares to 68% Statewide and 55 % Nationally among 2018 graduates.  Wahlert Catholic students earned a composite score of 24.3, raising our results from the 2017 Class who scored at 24.1.  The National Composite average was 20.8, down from 2017’s 21.0 and the State Composite average was 21.8, dropping one-tenth of a point from the year before.

Are our kids ready for college?  Data shows that 91% of our students scored college proficient in English (up 2 percentage points from 2017).  This compares to 60% of all graduates across the Nation and 70% of the test-takers in Iowa.  Higher and improved results appeared in our Math, Science and Reading scores also.  College readiness in Math was 4 percentage points better, Science up 9 percentage points and Reading was up 8 percentage points from 2017.  At the State and National levels, all scores dropped in all four categories.

These outcomes are a direct result of the hard work and commitment made by our teachers and students.  Holy Family has high expectations for academic success from our students and preparation begins in our elementary schools.  Work continuing in the middle-school supports that effort and all is capped off by the rigorous expertise of our high school staff.  Students in grades 6-10 take the ACT Aspire, which provides early indicators of academic strengths and weaknesses.  Our teachers identify those academic holes and battle hard to fill the void.  Thanks for our students and for their recognition in the importance of this exam and for your support as parents.  Great job to all!

On another note, bravo to the efforts made by our newly adopted Personalized Learning students and staff.  41 ninth-grade students and 7 faculty members are pushing upward and onward through the difficult and challenging curriculum which emphasizes Cognitive Skill development and Habits of Success.  Members of the faculty and administration attended a two-day fall convening in Minneapolis with Summit Learning partner schools on October 15 and 16, diving deep into data and professional development resources that will help create the success mechanisms and supports as this program's grows and develops.  Participating students are taking on projects and mastering content material needed for success.

I am happy to report, things are going well this Fall at Wahlert Catholic High School.


Ron Meyers, Principal


Blood Drive November 5

A blood drive will be held at Wahlert Catholic on Monday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  All sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen-year-olds may give blood if they present a signed permission slip (see below).  The due date for the permission slip is Wednesday, October 31.  Please encourage your son/daughter to give blood.

Parents are also encouraged to give blood on this day.  As a parent, if you are interested in giving blood, please email Ms. Wagner (cwagner@holyfamilydbq.org) the requested time for donation.

If you have questions, please email or call Ms. Wagner at 563-583-9771.


Senior Portraits for the Yearbook are due Friday, November 9

An actual photo may be submitted to Ms. Gaul in Room 231 OR an electronic version in JPEG format can be sent to Ms. Gaul's email: sgaul@holyfamilydbq.org.

JPEG's need to be at least 300 dpi. Not sure what that is? Then submit a 5 x 7 version of the picture. Portraits should be vertically oriented, head and shoulders shots. They should not have props in them and should have a non-distracting background. Click here for more information.  If you have questions, email Ms. Gaul.


Let us entertain you!

The Theatre department is busy preparing several productions, the first of which will be Nov. 16-18.


TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)

Nov. 10-12, Wahlert is hosting a TEC. This retreat for seniors allows them to meet seniors from other schools and take a look at how their faith life is faring.  Encourage seniors that you know to sign up. To sign up, visit DbqArch.org/TEC If you have questions or needs, contact Jim Kuhl at jkuhl@holyfamilydbq.org.


Nurse Notes Regarding 9th-Graders

Please hand in the required 9th-grade dental screening form. The form can be dropped off at the Main Office, or sent via fax to school (563-583-9775). Click here for a copy of the form. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Broderick, school nurse, via email: bbroderick@holyfamilydbq.org.


Wahlert Guidance News Corner:

Important Dates

ACT Exam (hosted at Wahlert)

Saturday, October 27
Wahlert Catholic High School

Deadline to sign up is September 28.  After that date, a late registration fee is charged.  To sign up, click here.  Students can click here to take free practice tests and learn readiness techniques for this year's ACT exam.


FAFSA Ready Iowa Presentations – Financial Aid Made Easy

Thursday, October 18, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque, Dunlap Technology Center (Room 103)

Attend these free events to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA.  During these events, attendees can receive professional help filing the online FAFSA, ask questions or get advice on paying for college and learn about scholarships.

Visit ICANsucceed.org/whattobring to learn more.


Cryptic Career Day at Capri College

Wednesday, October 31, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Capri College, 395 Main Street, Dubuque

This event will include free mini-services, live demonstrations, and awesome styling competitions for junior and senior high school students interested in learning more about creative career opportunities.

RSVP by calling (563) 588-4545 or texting (563) 663-9173.


NICC Healthcare Career Options Day

Thursday, November 1, 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
NICC Peosta Campus

This day will expose students to NICC options in radiologic technology, medical assisting, respiratory care, dental assisting, EMT/paramedic, nursing, and HIT on the Peosta campus. Several areas will include hands-on activities, and lunch will be provided.    If interested, visit Ms. Lenart in the Guidance Office.


Upcoming College Visits:

Capri College (Dubuque, IA)

Monday, October 22, 12:45 p.m.

A representative from Capri College will be available in Wahlert's Counseling Office during this time.  To ensure proper room reservations, students are required to pick up their pass for this event in the Counseling Office prior to Monday, October 22.

Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, IA)

Tuesday, October 23, 10 a.m.

A representative from Hawkeye Community College will be available in Wahlert's Counseling Office during this time.  To ensure proper room reservations, students are required to pick up their pass for this event in the Counseling Office prior to Tuesday, October 23.


Clarke University (Dubuque, IA)

Tuesday, October 23, 1:30 p.m.

A representative from Clarke University will be available in Wahlert's Counseling Office during this time.  To ensure proper room reservations, students are required to pick up their pass for this event in the Counseling Office prior to Tuesday, October 23.


For Your Information...

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 three 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
Patience & Quality Driving Academy
Clem Walleser, Instructor
(563) 583-5197


Exploring Program

The Exploring 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!



Contact Us


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.
Office Hours: 6:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.