Wahlert Catholic News

September 20, 2019

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 20: Registration deadline for ACT Exam, October 26*
  • September 23-27: Homecoming Week
  • September 28: Homecoming Dance
  • October 4: Late registration deadline for ACT Exam, October 26*
  • October 9: Registration deadline for PSAT/NMSQT Exam*
  • October 16: PSAT/NMSQT Exam*
  • October 25: Homecoming Mass, 10:05 a.m., Wahlert Gymnasium
  • October 26: ACT Exam hosted at Wahlert Catholic High School*

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

News & Notices:


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!


Did You Know...

Northeast Iowa Community College’s high school partnerships offer a variety of ways for students to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school through PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options), concurrent enrollment (classes taught within your high school), career and technical consortiums and through articulations.

$50 per credit hour is awarded to 2019 high school seniors for every successfully completed Northeast Iowa Community College concurrent enrollment course. The student must enroll with NICC for Fall 2019 and pursue a two-year transfer degree (AA or AS); earn a grade of C- or above in concurrent classes, and enroll in a minimum of six credit hours (maximum award of $1,500 or 30 credit hours).

Benefits of earning both college and high school credits simultaneously include:

  • Reduce duplication of courses.
  • Save time by getting a head start on your college education.
  • Save tuition dollars.
  • Develop career focus and achieve academic and personal goals.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to smoothly transition into college.
  • Establish a college transcript that leads to an NICC degree or transfers to a four-year college or university.

Please contact Wahlert Catholic High School’s Counseling Office, at (563) 583-9771, for further information.  Additional information can also be found on NICC's website.


Support the Booster Club by Shopping ONLINE!

Did you know you can now support the Booster Club by shopping ONLINE for Wahlert spirit apparel year-round through our NEW Spirit Store?  The Football team is also selling a limited edition homecoming t-shirt. Be sure to check it out!  SHOP NOW!


Steeple Square - Student Volunteers Needed

Dubuque's Steeple Square is planning their 4th annual Community Fest, and are looking for student volunteers interested in helping out with this year's event.

Steeple Square 4th Annual Community Fest
Sunday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Steeple Square, 101 E. 15th St., Dubuque
This free event will provide food, live music, a bounce house, games, a petting zoo, and prizes to families who attend. They are in need of around 10 volunteers to help set up games and tables from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., as well as 6 volunteers to help run the games from 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

What is Dubuque's Steeple Square?
Located in Dubuque’s most poverty stricken neighborhood, the former St. Mary’s Church campus has been repurposed and acts as an agent for positive change and catalyst for restoring lives, citizen engagement, neighborhood empowerment and community vibrancy as Dubuque's Steeple Square.  Part of Steeple Square’s mission is to offer free educational training and recreational programs to the residents of the Washington Neighborhood.

If this is something your student is interested in, please have them stop by the Counseling Office, or email dlensen@holyfamilydbq.org, before Thursday, September 12,


Inspiration Stables - Student Volunteers Needed

With a mission to inspire “hearts and hooves”, Inspiration Stables - located in Worthington, IA - services children with special needs through HippoTherapy and therapeutic horseback riding.  Inspiration Stables is currently in need of volunteers for their 1st annual Power of the Herd, 24-Hour Ride-A-Thon event.  More information regarding Inspiration Stables, and the event, can be found on their website.  Please complete this form to volunteer for the Power of the Herd Event.

Wahlert Guidance News Corner:

Upcoming College Visits/Events:


To ensure proper room reservations...

Students interested in visiting with college representatives are to either complete this online form, or stop by the Counseling Office prior to the events listed below for their pass to attend.

Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, IA)
Friday, September 20, 9:30 a.m.
Wahlert Counseling Office

Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Valley, IA)
Tuesday, September 24, 12:30 p.m.
Wahlert Counseling Office

Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL)
Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 p.m.
Wahlert Counseling Office

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
Wednesday, September 25, 1:45 p.m.
Wahlert Counseling Office


For Your Information...


PSAT/NMSQT Exam Information

Every fall, sophomores and juniors are invited to take the PSAT/NMSQT national exam.  Here is some basic information about the exam.  Please contact Wahlert's Counseling Office at (563) 583-9771 with any questions or for further detail.

What: The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).
When:  7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Cost: $18 to be paid in the Counseling Office before October 9th.  We have a limited amount of exams, so please sign up early.  Please make checks payable to Wahlert Catholic High School, and include your student’s name in the memo portion.

Where for 10th graders? Exam will take place at Wahlert for 10th graders (location TBD)
Where for 11th graders?  Exam will take place at the Dubuque Forum/Keystone AEA Center for 11th graders (2310 Chaney Rd., Dubuque). We will meet in the lobby at 7:15 a.m. and will be walking over to the Keystone/Forum together.  Please complete this field trip form and return it to the Counseling Office with payment.  

Why:  The PSAT/NMSQT is a great practice test for taking the SAT.  As juniors, students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The test also gives students insight into which AP courses they may be ready to take.  Although sophomores cannot qualify for the National Merit Competition, they can essentially take a “practice” PSAT to be better prepared for the PSAT and SAT junior year.   The test also gives students insight into which AP courses they may be ready to take.  We strongly recommend sophomores who typically score in the 90th percentile or above on standardized tests, and/or are planning to take the SAT, to sign up for the PSAT.  Not all sophomores are required or recommended to take the PSAT exam.

Remind your child:   He/she will receive a PSAT Student Guide upon payment of the exam.  This guide provides sample questions and test taking tips along with an explanation of the National Merit Competition.  Free PSAT practice resources, as well as personalized study programs with Kahn Academy can be found here.


Fall ACT Exam Information

ACT Exam to be held at Wahlert on October 26.
Registration Deadline: September 20
Late Registration Date: October 4
Test Fee: $52 (exam without writing) | $68 (exam with writing)
The October ACT exam date will be hosted at Wahlert Catholic High School on Saturday, October 26.  To register your student for the ACT exam, learn more about exam day and registration/late registration fees, please visit actstudent.org.


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 2020 Alerts, or ICAN e-alerts.  You can also check out the ICAN College and Career blog here.


Loras College Visit Day & Continuing Education Event

"Your Brain & Your Money"
Friday, September 27, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Dr., Dubuque

Your Brain & Your Money is an Admissions for a Visit Day event through Loras College that aligns with their neuroscience major for potential students.   Speakers include...

  • Brian Kallback – CFP Ethics Presentation (New Ethics’ Material as of Oct 1, 2019)
  • Dr. Jake Kurczek – Your Brain and Money
  • Kayla Kennelly (Facet Wealth)

Additional information regarding their Financial Planning & Wealth Management Department can be found here.


Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Sunday, September 29, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Prairie Meadows Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA
Iowa's largest college and career fair brings together colleges and universities, career training, apprenticeships, and breakout sessions all in one place.  Learn more and register at ICANsucceed.org/goldencircle.


Truck Country Technical Institute Open House Event

Saturday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
10819 Wood Gate Dr., Suite 2, Dubuque

Students registered for this event will learn more about a career as a diesel technician, and apprenticeship programs with Truck Country. Diesel technicians inspect, repair, and maintain the tough diesel engines and computerized management systems found in large trucks, construction equipment, dump trucks, and more.  Students will meet trainers and learn about the hands-on training for technicians.  Informational stations will include:

  • Technical Training Presentation
  • Electrical Systems
  • Truck Technology
  • Air Brakes
  • Diesel Engines
  • MAC Tools

For additional information, please contact JoleneDuschen@truckcountry.com, or (563) 584-2664.


Online Scholarship eBulletin Board

 Is your student looking for scholarships to apply for as they plan for next year?
Available 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 Quick Links section of Wahlert’s home page for easy access. 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 scholarshipIowa Environmental Health Association Education 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, and more, by visiting Wahlert's College Planning eBulletin Board.


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

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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: Lisa Krapf
Chaplain: Father Andy Upah

School Hours: 7:40 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.