SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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"Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand." Saint Teresa of Calcutta

SCHOOL NEWS

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 10: SMCHS Information & Course Registration @5:00pm (new students)

Monday, February 15 to Thursday, February 18: SMC Spirit Week (see details below)

Monday, February 15: WPCP/Affordable Education Drop In Session 4:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, February 17: School Liturgy @10:46am

Friday, February 19-Monday, February 22: No School--Winter Break

Wednesday, February 24: School Liturgy @10:52am

Saturday, February 27: ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar @SMCHS


For a complete calendar listing, view our Google calendar online.

Revised Schedule for Spirit Week/Ash Wednesday

We will run a modified schedule next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to fit in our exciting Spirit Week activities. Wednesday will be a modified Liturgy schedule to accommodate a longer Mass for Ash Wednesday. Please note there will not be a 9th hour on Ash Wednesday and class is held until 3:12pm. Here are the schedules:
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Spirit Week Theme Days!

Next week is SPIRIT WEEK at SMCHS! We have a lot of spirit to show! In addition to other activities, each day will be a themed dress day. The themes are:


Monday, February 15: Blast From the Past

Let’s go back in time and dress like a decade below! You must have at least 3 items! If you need inspiration, here are some ideas:


Freshmen- 90s (overalls, scrunchies, blazers, plaid/flannel, etc.)

Sophomores- 60s (fringe, bold florals or swirls, tall boots, etc.)

Juniors- 70s (bell bottoms, fun patterns, “John Lennon/Ozzy” sunglasses, flowy tops, etc.)

Seniors- 80s (neon or bold colors, windbreakers, sweatbands, etc. )

Staff- 2021 Teen Trends - Dress like a student! (sweater vests, tie dye, banana clips, white sneakers, mom jeans, GAP sweatshirts, scrunchies, bandana or scarves as headbands, hoodies with flannels over the top, etc.)


Tuesday, February 16: Color Wars

Show off your class spirit by dressing head to toe in the selected color below. At least two items of the color required. The more items, the better!


Freshmen- Green

Sophomores- Orange

Juniors- Purple

Seniors- Red

Staff- Blue


Wednesday, February 17: Groutfit vs Denim

Your choice--dress in either all gray or all denim! Grab your gray sweatpants or jean jackets! Your outfit needs to be either majority gray or majority denim.


Thursday, February 18: Tie Dye Day

Wear at least 50% tie dye (shirts, bottoms, or both)!


Friday, February 19: Enjoy they day off of school!

9th Hour Club Meetings/Intervention

9th hour (2:50pm-3:12pm) provides an opportunity for clubs to meet and for teachers to meet one on one with students to answer questions and help with homework.


One other purpose of the 9th hour is to provide a targeted intervention to students that are receiving a failing grade in a class. All students receiving a failing grade in a class are required to stay during 9th hour. Students who have a failing grade on Sunday will receive an email on Monday morning if they are required to stay.


Students are responsible for knowing their grades, checking their email, and reporting to 9th hour RtI (Academic Intervention) if directed. Failing to do so will result in detention.


Please reach out if have any questions regarding the target intervention during 9th hour.

Thank you to Blood Drive Donors!

Thank you to everyone who donated in the Blood Drive on February 2. 20 donors were registered and 13 pints of whole blood were collected. This saves up to 39 lives in our community! The impact made to patients in our local hospitals is truly amazing!

Anything Goes!

Support Zephyrs Theater and tune into “Anything Goes” March 12-14. It is a hilarious shipboard romp wrapped in one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. It’s Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely! The filmed performance will be available on demand to watch anytime throughout the weekend. Streaming tickets can be purchased at SMCSFineArts.org.

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Liturgy & Music Class Seeking Fabric Donations

The Liturgy and Music class is planning to sew liturgical cloths for the school’s liturgy space. They are in need of fabric in the following colors: green, purple, rose, white, and red. They are looking for several yards of each fabric but will take any yardage they can get. They could also use thread and monetary donations to purchase the material. Please contact Mrs. OVD at topsteenvandyke@smcatholicschools.org with questions.

Co-Curricular Updates

Congratulations to the group of Noelle Anderson, Myles VandenWyngaard and Frank Whiting who placed 4th in Play Acting and to Lauren Meyer who placed 5th in Demonstration Speaking in last weekend’s Forensics tournament.


VEX Robotics Team 1200D competed in a skills tournament at Xavier this past weekend and did well. SMC Teams will compete at Xavier and FVL this month.

Zephyrs Sports Update

Boys Basketball: Record is 14-7 overall and 13-5 in Big East Conference play. Currently in first place in the Big East North Division with one conference game remaining. The team received the 1st Seed in their regional pod and begins tournament play on Friday, February 19. They will play the winner of the Weyauwega-Fremont/Wautoma game (played on Tuesday, February 16) at 7:00pm in the Regional Semi-Final hosted at SMCHS.


Girls Basketball: Record is 13-9 overall and 8-4 in Big East Conference play. The team finished in third place in the Big East North Division. They will play Shiocton on Friday, February 12 at 7:00pm in the Regional Semi-Final hosted at SMCHS. The team received the 2nd Seed in their regional pod.


Fox Cities Stars Hockey Team (SMC Co-op Team): Season record was 4-17. They lost to West Bend in the WIAA Regionals.


Powerlifting: Congratulations to members of the Powerlifting team for a successful meet at Laconia high school last weekend. Clay Riehl, Ashton Post, Sam Todd and Luke Steffen all brought home 1st place finishes.


Dance Team: The Dance Team continues to practice and will perform during halftime of the boys varsity basketball Game on Thursday, February 11.


Game Webcasts: Home JV and varsity basketball games can be viewed using this link: SMC ZEPHYRS LIVE Check the Big East site or the Daily Bulletin for away game webcast links. Boys JV2 games are streamed live on Facebook by parents. You can request access to the page (SMCS JV2) on Facebook.

Ski Nights Offered at Nordic

Although we will not be offering ski club through the high school this year, SMCS families are invited to ski at Nordic Mountain on Thursday nights. There are a few more left during the month February. Use this link for discounted lift tickets: shop.nordicmountain.com/groups Our group code is SMM2021.

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

SMCS participates in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), which allows eligible students to attend SMCS tuition-free. The application for the 2021-22 school year opened on Monday, February 1st. Those who have already been awarded the grant must reapply each year. Not sure if you qualify? Contact Shelley Wautlet for a confidential consult.

https://dpi.wi.gov/parental-education-options/choice-programs

Excellence in Education Awards | Fox Cities Chamber

Is there an educator that has made a difference for you or your child or has gone over and beyond? The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards program recognizes the outstanding contributions of full-time K-16 educators in the Fox Cities region (Outagamie, Calumet and northern Winnebago counties). There are several categories of awards. Nominations are open January 11 to February 26. Use this link for more information and to make a nomination. Nominate an Educator

State Income Tax Filing - 2020 Tax Deduction

When filing your 2020 state tax return, taxpayers may use WI Schedule PS to claim their private school tuition payments up to $4000 for each dependent child in 5-year old kindergarten through grade 8, and up to $10,000 for each dependent child in grades 9-12. Consult your tax professional for more details and for information on claiming preschool and prekindergarten payments. Tuition statements for the 2020 calendar year have been mailed for families to determine the amount paid in 2020.

SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS

College Visits

Grand Canyon University – Tuesday, February 23 @11:56am

UW - Whitewater – Wednesday, March 17 @9:20am

University of Iowa – Tuesday, April 13 @9:30am

Badger States Cancelled

Badger Girls and Boys State organizations have determined they will be unable to provide virtual, or in-person, sessions that would provide delegates with the exceptional experience they have offered in the past. As a result, the 2021 sessions of Badger Girls and Boys States have been cancelled.

Medical Mentoring

We are still waiting to hear the status of the Medical Mentoring Program for this summer. Stay tuned for details!

Healthcare VCE Events NEW

Virtual Career Experience events are online, live interactions with a local healthcare professional. Students will learn about the professional’s academic and career journey, his/her daily routine, starting or average salary, and types of patients seen throughout a day. Participating students will have the opportunity to ask professionals questions. Visit the website for schedules and registration information.

AP Registration for Spring Semester Courses and Test Only Exams

Registration forms for May AP tests for Human Geography and US Government & Politics were distributed in classes last week. Students who wish to take the corresponding AP exams must return their forms by February 26.

SAT Testing

The next SAT test is March 13. Registration deadline is February 12; late registration deadline is March 2. Students can register for the SAT here and find free official SAT practice materials here.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Class of 2022 students are eligible for $500 College Board Opportunity Scholarships if they complete the FAFSA by February 28.

University of Wisconsin System – Placement Testing

Students starting classes in the 2021 Fall Semester can register to take placement exams starting March 15. Placement testing will only be offered online this Spring. Students will not need a UW-issued email address to register; however, they will need their UW campus credentials. To inquire about campus credentials, students may contact their UW campus. Details can be found here.

FAFSA Information

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To review FAFSA deadlines for all UW campuses, visit: https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/pay-for-college/about-financial-aid/

Help completing the FAFSA is available through College Goal Wisconsin on:

  • Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 4th at 11:30 am
  • Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 pm

Fox Valley Technical Institute also hosts virtual FAFSA workshops on Thursdays (except when the college is closed). Click here for the next date and time

March Webinar - Financial Aid

Join the UW HELP team as they introduce the basics of financial aid, the different types of financial aid, and how to understand the true cost of attendance at a UW System campus. Registration is required to participate on Tuesday, March 2nd at 10:00 am - Register Here.

Naviance Test Prep NEW

SMC has partnered with Naviance to provide comprehensive ACT Test Prep for all students. Naviance ACT Test Prep will be used by grade level teachers to support classroom instruction and is also available for students to use independently. Naviance Test Prep will analyze current skills and personalize a study guide to assist them in improving test scores and skill level in corresponding subjects. The program includes full length practice exams, a game center, lessons, practice questions, videos and differentiated study plans designed to help your child track their progress and performance.

Course Registration for 2021-22

Course registration forms were distributed to students in grades 9-11. The 2021-2022 Course Selection Guide is now available online with complete information on new and existing courses. Forms should be returned to English teachers by Wednesday, February 17.

ZAPS ACT Test Prep Seminar

It’s not too late to sign up for the ZAPS ACT Test Prep Seminar on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 9am-3pm. Students who would like to attend may register here.

Wisconsin Educational Fairs (WEFS)

WEF virtual college fairs will run from 3-6pm on February 10, March 10, and April 11. Click here for details and to register.

Summer Leadership Academy for Young Women

Mount Mary University's Women’s Leadership Institute is offering a Summer Leadership Academy for female students. Attend an upcoming Zoom Information Session TODAY, February 10 from 3-3:30 to learn more. Join the Zoom Session Zoom passcode: 535234

Summer Seminary Immersion Program

High school juniors and seniors are invited to two weeks of theological study, prayer and community life for men interested in the priesthood. The program will be held at the University of Notre Dame June 26-July 10, 2021. Click here for details.

Virtual College Fairs for Grades 10-11

BigFuture™ Days virtual college fairs for sophomores and juniors will be held February 23, March 7 and March 11. Students can register cb.org/bigfuturedays and may attend any event and more than one.

K-12 Scholarships for Music/Art Lessons

The Les and Dar Stumpf Youth Arts Scholarship provides financial assistance to students interested in an art discipline. Applications are due April 1. Click here for details.

Senior Transcripts & Applications

  • Students with applications requiring mid-year transcripts should request them in Naviance using the same process they used for the initial transcript.
  • Students request transcripts in Naviance for electronic delivery to colleges and universities.
  • Requests for hard copies should be emailed directly to chall@smcatholicschools.org.

UW System Application Fees Waived

The University of Wisconsin (UW) System has announced a no cost application fee for most UW campuses for approximately the next two years. Students who have already submitted applications prior to December 11, 2020, but have not yet submitted payment, will still be required to pay the application fee; it will not be retroactively applied to already submitted applications. UW campuses that continue to require the application fee are UW-Eau Claire Region, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Madison.

UW HELP One-on-One Sessions

UW HELP is offering 15-minute, one-on-one sessions for admissions assistance. Appointments can be made here.

UW System Campus Tours

Use this link to find campus tour information for all UW System Schools.

Understanding the Financial Aid Process--Virtual Presentations

Ripon College Office of Financial Aid is happy to share a virtual step-by-step guide to filing the FAFSA and the financial aid process for all students planning to attend private, public or technical schools after graduation. This is the same financial aid evening program offered at SMCHS in the past. Click on the links below for each topic:

Welcome from Director of Financial Aid, Linda Kinziger

Part 1: Financial Aid Basics and Creating an FSA ID

Part 2: Completing the FAFSA

Part 3: Next Steps (The FAFSA is complete)

Part 4: Special Circumstances and Other Questions

Conclusion: Parting words with Linda

Scholarships

Several new scholarships were added this week. Seniors – be sure to check often!

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