Wahlert Catholic News

November 20, 2020

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 24: Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Course Fees Due*
  • November 25-27:  No School | Thanksgiving Break
  • December 23-January 1:  No School | Christmas break

*Items above with this symbol have additional information listed below in the Guidance Corner portion of this newsletter.

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.


A-Tri State Driving School, Inc.
Kent Paca, Instructor
(563) 583-3003

4BES Driving School, LLC
Craig Forbes, Instructor
(563) 599-2934
(563) 583-7368

Dubuque Driving Academy
Susie Quinn, Instructor

Reserve your copy of the 2020–2021 Yearbook!

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2019-2020 Yearbook Orders

  • Students or their parents who ordered a 2019-2020 yearbook may pick the book up in the Wahlert Main Office during business hours.
  • For students who are in school this year, we will try to deliver it to them during 8th period.

Campus Ministry News Corner:

For more information regarding any news listed in the Campus Ministry News Corner, please contact
Katie Jones at kjones@holyfamilydbq.org

National Night of Prayer for Life | December 8

The National Night of Prayer for Life is a prayer service consisting of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the holy Rosary, prayer to St. Michael, silent prayer, and hymns, organized locally by Dubuque County Right to Life.  On Tuesday, December 8, churches from across the nation will gather in unity to pray in an effort to help bring back the world to Christ and to bring about an end to abortion.  Please join for a few hours, one hour, or even just a few minutes to adore Christ in His True Presence!  The National Night of Prayer for Life will be held at Church of the Nativity in Dubuque and at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  We hope you can join us!

Campus Ministry Notes & News...

Wahlert Catholic High School's Kairos 19 Retreat will be held for the seniors who were unable to attend last spring.  The date of the retreat will be December 17-20, 2020.

Thank you to all who donated items to Wahlert Catholic High School's Thanksgiving Food Drive on Friday, November 20!  Wahlert students donated more than 1,615 lbs. of food to the Dubuque Food Pantry!

Congratulations to Wahlert's two winners from the March for Life Essay Contest - Ella Schmidt and Johnny Freund!

Wahlert Counseling News Corner:

Your Student's PSAT Exam Score Availability

Students who participated in the PSAT/NMSQT exam on October 14 will receive an email when their PSAT scores are ready to view online via their online College Board account. Students can expect their PSAT October exam scores to be available in early December.

If your student does not see their score after they log in to their College Board account, they may need to enter an access code.  Please email dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org for this information.



Paper copies will not be available for pickup in Wahlert’s Counseling Office.  Scores will only be accessible online for students via their College Board account.

Wahlert Catholic High School was notified by College Board on Monday, November 30, that paper score reports will not be mailed to high schools, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on various school closures around the country.  As a result, physical copies of your student's PSAT/NMSQT score report will not be available in Wahlert's Counseling Office.

If your student is having issues logging in to their College Board account, please contact College Board directly, as Wahlert's Counseling Office does not have access to student account information. College Board can be reached at 866-433-7728.

Click here for additional information on how to understand your student’s score report information.  Please contact Wahlert's Counseling Office, (563) 583-9771, with any questions regarding your student's PSAT/NMSQT score report.

Check Your Student’s AP Exam Order through AP Classroom

If you are a parent of a Wahlert student currently enrolled in an AP class this semester - your student’s AP Classroom was recently updated with the AP exams they are enrolled in and scheduled to take in May.  Please note AP Psychology exam payment information and registration will be due by March 5th as it is a second semester only course.  More information on registration and payment for this AP exam is to come.

Under the guidance of their AP teacher, your student has been asked to log in to their AP Classroom this week to ensure that the exams they are registered for are correct.  Please take a moment with your student this week to also log into their AP Classroom with them to ensure that their AP exams are listed correctly on their dashboard.


You can do so by having your student log on to their AP Classroom and following the steps below...

1.   Ask your student to log on to their AP classroom at myap.collegeboard.org.
2.   Under the blue “AP Classroom” header, confirm that each AP class your student is enrolled in has an exam date showcased in the right column.  If you do not see this for an exam you know you paid for/your student plans to take, please contact dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org right away.

If you see any discrepancies in the exams listed online for your student, please email dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org, or contact Wahlert Catholic High School’s Guidance Department directly at (563) 583-9771, as soon as possible.

NICC College Course Fees Due | November 24

Parents of students who are currently enrolled in college courses through Northeast Iowa Community College (College Writing, Public Speaking, College Probability/Statistics, etc.) received an email on Thursday, November 5th regarding how to submit payment for their student's NICC courses by Tuesday, November 24. 


Course Payment Deadline

  • Tuesday, November 24.
  • Payments are to be submitted electronically via your family’s e-Funds account.  More details on accessing and submitting e-Funds payment is listed below.


How do I submit payment for my student’s college course(s)?
New this year!Payments for college course fees are to be submitted using your Holy Family e-Funds account.  Click here to log in to your family’s e-Funds account, select or add your student, select “Pay Student Fees”, and submit payment for the college courses listed.  Click here for a step-by-step guide to using e-Funds if this is a new program for your family.All payments for your student’s college credit courses are to be submitted electronically using e-Funds no later than Tuesday, November 24.  Please ensure that the college course fees listed in your family’s e-Funds account are correct - if you notice a course is incorrectly listed, or missing, please contact dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org.

For questions regarding Wahlert Catholic High School’s PICC and concurrent college course programs, please contact Wahlert’s Counseling Department at (563) 583-9771.  If you have any questions regarding the courses listed on e-Funds for your student, please contact dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org.

Your Student's District ACT Exam Score Availability

If your junior or senior student completed the District ACT exam at Wahlert Catholic High School on Tuesday, October 6th, your student's test score will be available no earlier than 2-8 weeks after exam day.  If your student completed the make-up ACT exam at Wahlert on Tuesday, October 20, your student's test score will be available no earlier than 2-8 weeks after that specific exam day.

Students who have taken the ACT exam before will not be notified via email or mail when their scores are available - instead, students will need to log on to their MyACT account to check in and view their scores.

If the recent district ACT exam was your student's first time taking the ACT, your student will be mailed their ACT score report in the coming weeks, and will not be able to access their score online via MyACT (this is because your student does not yet have an ACT ID to do so).

If your student  has taken the ACT exam before and does not have a MyACT account, please visit MyACT's website to create one.  Once you visit the MyACT landing page, there are three blue link buttons located under the "Welcome to MyACT" header - select the one that correctly identifies your student's scenario, and follow the prompts to create an account for your student.


Your student's ACT ID information...

If your student has taken the ACT exam before - take a look at their previous score reports from ACT.  In the upper left corner area of their score report, you'll see their ACT ID listed.  If they don't have a previous score report, they can stop by Wahlert's Guidance Office.  We also have a copy and can give them their ACT ID information.

If this was the first time your student has taken the ACT exam -  first time ACT examinees WILL be mailed their score reports from the recent district ACT exam.  As a result, your student won't be able to access their ACT score directly online this time around since they don't yet have an ACT ID.  Scores will be mailed out to those examinees in the coming weeks.

Additional information about the MyACT portal is available both on ACT's website, as well as here.      Please contact Wahlert's Counseling Office, (563) 583-9771, with any questions about ACT or your student's score.

YAPPERS Accepting New Members | Dubuque Youth Area Philanthropists

Dubuque’s Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS) are the youth board of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This diverse group of high school students use volunteerism, grantmaking, and philanthropy to develop leadership skills, act as positive youth role models, and improve the Dubuque community. The YAPPERS program gives young people a voice in the issues that affect them now, and the skills to confront the challenges they will face in the future. The best way to learn generosity, gain leadership skills, and value community service is by direct exposure and involvement.

The YAPPERS consist of students from Hempstead, Dubuque Senior, and Wahlert high schools who work to address the needs of youth in the Greater Dubuque area. Their energy and focus are directed on two major projects/areas: a full grantmaking cycle and Dubuque’s Feed the Need event. The grants are issued to local nonprofit organizations that conduct programs which serve Dubuque youth.

YAPPERS members meet monthly to engage in teambuilding and leadership activities, to discuss local youth issues, and to plan events in the community. Additionally, the council conducts community service projects.

Members are expected to…

  • Attend monthly meetings from August-May
  • Learn about youth needs and assets in our community
  • Make decisions about granting funds to youth projects
  • Work with adults and show adults that youth are a community resource
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Are open to opportunities for personal growth (i.e. leadership skills)
  • Make a difference in our community

If your student is interested in joining the YAPPERS youth philanthropy group, please encourage them to complete the YAPPERS application and email it to yappers@dbqfoundation.org.  For additional information regarding YAPPERS, please visit the  Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque website at dbqfoundation.org/yappers.

Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link Opportunities

Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link (CLL) is a program through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) that exposes students to high-demand career areas and sets them on the pathway to career and educational success beyond high school. The program provides work-based learning opportunities for students in partnership with local businesses.  Click here for additional details, and register your student today!

Sign up for a Virtual College Coach | Iowa College Aid

Iowa College Aid offers a Virtual College Coach to help students stay on top of important dates in preparation for college. Iowa College Aids offers real live coaches who offer advice about applying for college and financial aid, provide reminders of important deadlines and give personalized, one-on-one assistance to help your student through the college transition.  Click here to learn more!

NCAA Eligibility Center | Navigating Initial Eligibility During COVID-19 Webinar

As a companion to the NCAA Eligibility Center’s recent COVID-19 response, the NCAA Eligibility Center will be hosting a webinar for student-athletes and their families to learn more about initial-eligibility requirements students must meet and how COVID-19 impacts those requirements.  Your student(s) can register here to join on Saturday, November 7, at 2 p.m. Eastern for a discussion on these important eligibility adjustments.

Virtual Career Exploration Opportunities | NICC

Did you know that Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is part of a community collaboration with Wahlert Catholic High School to provide our students with a variety of career and college-planning options?

Each month, NICC will host three webinars to highlight different career industries and one other topic that will benefit students and parents. These will be held at 6:30 p.m. on various days of the week so parents and their students can attend. Virtual job shadow opportunities are also available – see details below for more info!

Meet Ms. Joni Knopp - Wahlert's  NICC Success Coach

Northeast Iowa Community College’s Success Coaches assist students in finding work-based learning opportunities, schedule a campus visit, complete an application for admission, answer financial aid questions, and provide details on program requirements. Ms. Joni Knopp is Wahlert Catholic High School’s Success Coach liaison.  Students can reach out to her via text, email, or phone to schedule a time to meet.  Ms. Knopp can connect when it works best for your student, even before or after school, virtually via Zoom, by phone, or in person when possible.

Email: knoppj@nicc.edu
Call: 844.642.2338 ext. 2216
Text: 563.663.9082

Recorded Virtual Career Exploration Webinars | Northeast Iowa Community College

Click the links below for recorded virtual job shadow events that recently occurred over the past weeks.

Virtual Job Shadow: Marketing, Graphic Design and Social Media
Click here to view! (recorded 10/8/20)
Career professionals from the Kendall Hunt family of companies discuss careers in marketing, social media, and graphic design.

Career Panel: Advanced Manufacturing, Utilities and Mechanical Careers
Click here to view! (recorded 10/8/20)
Representatives from local companies and colleges discuss careers in welding, CNC, gas utilities, power distribution, and diesel mechanics.

Virtual Job Shadow: Business Administration
Click here to view!  (recorded 10/14/20)
Career professionals from the Kendall Hunt family of companies discuss careers in human resources and accounting. 

Career Panel: First Generation College Students
Click here to view!  (recorded 10/14/20)
Learn more about the college process as a first generation college student from Donna Lowen with the Dubuque College Access Network. Sergio Perez, the Loras College Diversity Officer, Jodi Kremer with TRIO Student Support Services at Northeast Iowa Community College and Jackie Hunter from the Multicultural Family Center.

Exploring Program | Fall 2020

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.

A variety of topics are explored, including: architecture and civil engineering, conservation and wildlife management, culinary arts, diesel mechanics, engineering and technology, firefighting, law enforcement, law and government, nursing, radio broadcasting, as well as sports marketing.

This year, the Exploring Program is excited to announce the launch of the Health Careers Exploring program, in partnership with UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital! This program has converted to a virtual program where students will be given live tours and ask questions in various departments each month. There is no limit to the number of students allowed in the program, and the program will be run through Microsoft Teams.  Additional information about the Health Careers Exploring program, including registration information, is attached to this email.

Visit exploringdubuque.org/programs for the full 2020 Career Exploring Guidebook, in addition to details on how to register your student for an career event.

ZAPS ACT Online Test-Prep Seminar

Seminars are available six days a week - during school, after school, weekends, and more.
Seminar Fee: $95 per student
Register online here.

This seminar will help your student…

  • Learn tips to improve scores in all subtests
  • Practice strategies to eliminate wrong choices
  • Take short practice tests that mirror the real test experience
  • Reduce test anxiety and gain confidence
  • Receive extensive materials for home practice
  • (and more!)

Reserve your student’s spot today!  Visit https://www.doorwaytocollege.com/ to register your student for an online seminar.

College Admission COVID-19 Updates

Class of 2021 Parents - Check out the links listed below for area college admission COVID-19 updates.  Check in with these links for your student(s) applying for Fall 2021 college admission next year. Additional schools will be added frequently, so check in weekly.  If a school your student is interested is not yet included in the list below, please visit that particular college/university's admissions office webpage for additional information.

College Visits at Wahlert | Fall 2020

Wahlert Catholic High School is excited to still offer opportunities for students to meet with college and university admissions representatives - virtually! 

Wahlert will host virtual college representative visits for students during our regularly scheduled Eagle Time.  College visits will be hosted via Zoom, and students will gather in Wahlert's Schrup Family Boardroom (next to the library) to meet with representatives virtually.  Students are asked to bring their computers with them to each virtual meeting in the boardroom, and will be sent any QR codes, videos, informational information, and/or forms from the college ahead of the meeting.

Due to COVID-19 safety regulations and board room capacity - students are required to sign up for Mrs. Lensen's section of the Eagle Time Google Classroom to reserve their spot for upcoming college rep. virtual visits.

Stay tuned for upcoming visits here, as well as on Wahlert's College/University Admissions Visit webpage.


Upcoming Virtual Visits

Simpson College (Indianola, IA)
Monday, November 30, Eagle Time A
Schrup Family Boardroom (next to the library)
Students - use Mrs. Lensen's section of the Eagle Time Google Classroom to register for this virtual visit.

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)| Career & College Planning Resources

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 2021 Senior Alerts, Class of 2022 Alerts, or ICAN e-alerts.  You can also check out the ICAN College and Career blog here.

Upcoming ICAN Webinars

For many the school year is beginning, and others have another week or two. For some you're returning everyday, for others it's a few days each week and then learning online.  ICAN is committed to helping students succeed in whatever environment learning presents itself this fall. ICAN will host FREE webinars throughout September on Wednesdays at 3pm and on select evenings at 7 pm. All live events will be recorded and available for viewing on both the ICAN Facebook page and the ICAN website. You can stream these events live from any device and ask questions of ICAN student success advisors during the presentations.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Available October 1

ICAN Succeed's website is a great resource for additional information and details regarding the FAFSA. Click here to check it out.

The beginning of October marks the time period that parents should be thinking about and working on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This form is used to apply for federal student aid such as loans, grants, and work-study at both two-year colleges as well as four-year colleges.  The FAFSA is the first step to receiving financial aid and must be completed for each year of college.  Students can use the myStudentAid app, file online at fafsa.edu.gov, or request a printed form by calling 1-800-4-FEDAID.  This form is very important for you and your child to complete together so that your child is able to receive student financial assistance.  Contact Wahlert's Counseling Office with any questions or for additional information.

Upcoming FAFSA Ready Iowa Events

FAFSA Ready Iowa is ICAN's initiative to increase the FAFSA completion rate and help more students access financial aid.  Each event offers free assistance for students and families to complete the Free APplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Click here for upcoming virtual events!

Your Student's Scholarship Resources.

Scholarship Feature Friday

This week's featured scholarship:
Speech Contest Scholarship | Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc.

Scholarship Feature Friday is a 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.

College Planning eBulletin Board

A great online resource for scholarship opportunities and college events.

Available on Wahlert’s website, the College Planning eBulletin Board is a resource for students and parents to use when planning out scholarship opportunities.  This online hub focuses on details regarding scholarship information - all of which are organized by topic, school, and/or career field.  This page is frequently updated by the Counseling Office as we receive weekly scholarship information and college admission news (so check in weekly as the school year rolls on!).  Click here for quick access to the eBulletin Board, or find it listed in the Quick Links section on Wahlert’s homepage.