Wahlert Catholic News

September 18, 2020

Upcoming Dates:


  • September 21-25: Personalized Learning MAP assessments | 9th & 10th grade
  • September 27:  Wahlert Booster Club Spirit Store Orders Close
  • October 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens
  • October 2:  No School | Teacher Professional Development
  • October 6:  ACT Fall District Exam, Wahlert | Junior & Seniors*
  • October 8-11: A Year with Frog & Toad | Wahlert Theatre Fall Production
  • October 26-29:  Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 29-30:  No School
  • November 25-27:  No School | Thanksgiving break
  • December 23-31:  No School | Christmas break

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

MAP Assessments | September 21-25

Next week (September 21-25) students in personalized learning will be taking the NWEA MAP assessments during the school day. No preparations are necessary if your student is attending school on-site other than eating a good breakfast and making sure computers are charged. If your student is a virtual student, please see this link with instructions. Generally speaking, students will follow the same daily schedule and sign into their assigned teacher's Google Meet. The teacher will give students instructions for testing. Please keep in mind these are tests to assess student understanding and no assistance (unless it is technical in nature and/or school personnel are involved) is permitted. Instructional services are geared toward these results.  Thank you for your support. Please contact Wahlert Catholic High School's main office (563-583-9771) with any questions.

Spirit Wear On Sale

Show your Golden Eagle spirit and support Wahlert Catholic athletics and activities by ordering your spirit apparel through the Wahlert Booster Club spirit store.  The first order will close on September 27 at midnight.

Please note: Apparel will not be available for purchase at sports events or on-site at Wahlert this year.

Shop Wahlert Booster Club Apparel

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.

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.

Submit your senior portrait to the yearbook (due Nov. 6)

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Reserve your copy of the 2020–2021 Yearbook!

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A Year with Frog & Toad
Wahlert Catholic Fall Production

Book & lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale

Wahlert Catholic High School's fall production of A Year with Frog & Toad will be the first ever outdoor theatre performance in the brand new Wahlert Garden, located behind the R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Theatre!  Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm - A Year with Frog & Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

Production Dates & Times
Thursday, October 8 - 4:45pm
Friday, October 9 - 4:45pm
Saturday, October 10 - 4:45pm
Sunday, October 11 - 4:45pm

Ticket information to come!  Visit Wahlert's Performing Arts website for additional details.

Wahlert Counseling News Corner:

ACT District Exam Hosted at Wahlert | Juniors & Seniors

Fall ACT District Exam 
Tuesday, October 6th
Registration Deadline: September 25, 2020
Exam fee: $59.50 (payments to be turned into the Guidance Office by September 25th; checks can be made payable to "Wahlert Catholic High School."
Fall exam available for: Wahlert juniors and seniors only.

In an effort to ensure that every Wahlert junior and senior has an opportunity to take the ACT exam this fall, Wahlert is now a district testing site for the fall ACT exam (with writing).  This means that Wahlert will administer the ACT exam (with writing) during the school day and at Wahlert on Tuesday, October 6, for juniors and seniors who are registered to participate in this particular exam. 

  • Registration for the October 6th ACT exam at Wahlert is not completed online - students are to drop off their exam payment directly to the Guidance Office by September 25th to register.  There is no online registration component at all with ACT for district exam registration - payment is instead to be handed in directly to Wahlert’s Guidance Office.  We have reserved tests for all juniors and seniors to take the October 6th exam, so students do not need to worry about registration being a first-come-first-serve basis.  However, payment is due no later than Friday, September 25, to the Guidance Office as we try to limit classroom sizes due to COVID-19.  Wahlert is only offering the ACT exam with writing for the October district exam.  Students should expect to participate in and be prepared to take the ACT with writing on October 6.  However, if a student prefers not to take the writing portion of the ACT exam (they’ve taken it before, their college/university doesn’t require it, etc.), they can opt out of that particular portion of the exam on October 6th during test day.  
  • The cost to take the ACT exam (with writing) in October is $59.50 per student.  Checks can be made payable to Wahlert Catholic High School and must be turned in to Wahlert’s Counseling Office no later than Friday, September 25th.

An email was sent out to all junior and senior parents (as well as students) with information and additional details regarding Wahlert's fall district ACT exam on Wednesday, September 2.
Please call (563) 583-9771, or email dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org, for additional details or questions regarding the upcoming district ACT exam hosted at Wahlert. 

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.

Upcoming Virtual Visits

  • University of Wisconsin - Platteville
    Wednesday, September 23 during Eagle Time
    Schrup Family Boardroom (next to the library)
    * Students - reserve your spot under Mrs. Lensen's name in the Eagle Time Google Classroom for the September 23rd visit.
  • Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA)
    Thursday, September 24 during Eagle Time
    Schrup Family Boardroom (next to the library)
    * Students - reserve your spot under Mrs. Lensen's name in the Eagle Time Google Classroom for the September 24th visit.
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, IN)
    Monday, September 28 during Eagle Time
    Schrup Family Boardroom (next to the library)
    * Students - reserve your spot under Mrs. Lensen's name in the Eagle Time Google Classroom for the September 28th visit.

Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Sunday, September 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Golden Circle College & Career Fair - Online Virtual Event
Register online here.

Students of all ages are encouraged to participate in the annual Golden Circle College and Career Fair. Whether you're a freshmen or sophomore just starting to explore career options, or a junior or senior narrowing your list of college choices, Golden Circle College & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to gather knowledge, make connections, and begin to make informed decisions about your future.

United States Service Academy Virtual Open House

Monday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst would like to invite high school students and their families to attend the U.S. Service Academy Virtual Open House.  Academy representatives will be available to answer any questions about the application and nomination process from the nation's five service academies.

Access RSVP and Zoom link information here.

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.

September Tips for your Senior | ICAN

ICAN is an online college and career planning website whose mission is to help prepare students for future success.  Check out ICAN's "September Tips" for your graduating senior.  Additional information and tips can be found at icansucceed.org.

  • Check out an ICAN Center and work on your college and career plan. Call (877) 272-4692 to schedule.
  • Register now to take the SAT and/or ACT. Pick up a study guide at a local bookstore or library, or review online resources.
  • Begin writing essays for admission applications.
  • Ask adults to write letters of recommendation.
  • Be aware of deadlines. Research college scholarship days and deadlines at the schools you’ve applied to.  Fill out any additional scholarship forms before the deadlines.
  • Visit ICANsucceed.org/FAFSAreadyia to find a FAFSA Ready Iowa event near you.  Volunteers will help your student complete and file their FAFSA for free.
  • Schedule your FAFSA appointment with ICAN for after Oct. 1 at ICANsucceed.org/apt.

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.

October is just around the corner!  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.

Your Student's Scholarship Resources.

Scholarship Feature Friday

This week's featured scholarship:
Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Learners Program/Scholarship

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.

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