SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 18

School Mass @11:00am

Friday, November 19

Spirit Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am

Monday, November 22

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Tuesday, November 23

Marching Band in Appleton Christmas Parade

Wednesday, November 24-Friday, November 26

No School--Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 30

Musical Auditions

Wednesday, December 1

German/Mandarin Trip to Chicago

Thursday, December 2

School Mass @10:30am | Reconciliation (afternoon) | Musical Callbacks

Friday, December 3

1st Friday Chapel Mass | Adoration | Spirit Stop Open | 7th Grade Visit Day


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

For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org

Thanksgiving Holiday Office Hours

The school and business offices will be closed Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26. School and normal office hours resume on Monday, November 29. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

First Friday Adoration/Mass

Praying before the Blessed Sacrament can be the most efficacious way to lift up the needs of our students as well as the needs of SMCS. Our next adoration is on Friday, December 3. Please sign-up using this link. All are also are welcome to join in the morning mass at 7:25am on each of the adoration days.

SMCS COVID-19 Staff and Student Vaccine Clinic

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Math Team Excels

Congratulations to Billy Walsh and Nicholas DeBraal. Billy received a 4th place medal in the senior division at a recent Fox Valley Math League math competition. Nicholas received a 3rd place medal in the freshman-sophomore division. Overall, the Team placed third in the small school division.

Congratulations to the following athletes that earned all-conference awards for their achievements in fall sports:

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Sports News

NEW GOLF COACH: We welcome SMC graduate Brian Hale as our new golf coach. Click Here for Press Release


FALL SPORTS BOOK: The Fall Sports Book is complete! Click Here to view it!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed at our home winter high school athletic events! Families are required to help fill five volunteer spots per student-athlete, per co-curricular athletic activity (to a maximum of 20 spots per family annually). Hours will be tracked and a financial penalty will be charged to each family not volunteering their required hours. Students are allowed to work concession shifts for volunteer hours and family slots this year as long as we have one adult in the concessions area. High School Winter Sport Volunteer Sign Up

SMM Youth Choir Seeks SMCHS Students for Christmas Mass

St. Margaret Mary Parish welcomes high school students to participate in the Christmas Eve Children’s Choir. Their role will be to help guide the younger singers. Rehearsals will follow the 9:30am Mass and will last until 11:30am on December 5, December 12, and December 19, with a 2:55pm arrival for Mass on December 24. Please contact Justin Krueger at jkrueger@smcatholicschools.org by Monday, November 22 if interested.

Strength and Conditioning Classes

Winter Strength and Conditioning classes continue through February. Classes are from 3:30pm to 5:00pm Monday thru Thursday in the Fitness Center for high school students not in a winter sport. Classes are as follow:


  • Monday--Strength and Conditioning
  • Tuesday--Plyo
  • Wednesday--Strength and Conditioning
  • Thursday--Running Club and Strength and Conditioning

Emergency Notifications/School Closures

SMCS sends text messages related to school closure dates and other emergencies specific to our SMCS schools via SIMPLE TEXTING. To enroll your phone number, please text SMCS to (844) 947-5948. You will receive a confirmation text and a text indicating how to stop the service if needed. You may enroll multiple cell phone numbers using that same process. Text SMCS to (844) 947-5948.
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COUNSELING NEWS

FREE FAFSA Thursdays at FVTC

Students and their parents can receive help completing the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the Appleton FVTC Campus in room G149. Drop in sessions are on Thursdays from 9:30am-10:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:30pm-3:30pm and 4:30pm-6:00 pm.

ZAPS ACT Test Prep

The ZAPS ACT Test Prep Seminar will be held from 9:00am–3:00pm at Neenah High School on January 15 and at Oshkosh West High School on February 19. The cost is $99. Click here for details and to register.

Junior Conferences

Counselors will begin meeting with juniors and their parents in December to discuss academics, post high school planning, testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT), transcripts, career and college resources and graduation requirements. Parents may participate in-person with their child or virtually via phone or Microsoft Teams. A link to register for conferences will be emailed to parents before Thanksgiving break.

Badger Boys State (BBS) & Badger Girls State (BGS)

BBS and BGS are summer programs that help students who have completed their junior year of high school become better informed citizens on how our government functions. For more information visit the Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State websites. Opportunities will be discussed during junior conferences.

Financial Aid with UW Campuses Virtual Presentation

Join UW HELP, along with representatives from UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse and UW-Milwaukee as they discuss the financial aid process, how to compare financial aid offers, how financial aid funds are disbursed, and more. Students and families are encouraged to attend virtually TODAY, November 17 at 3:30pm. Use this link to register in advance; registration is required.

UW Help Sessions

UW HELP is offering one-on-one sessions for students wanting assistance completing the online application for admission, looking for general information about a specific UW campus, or seeking guidance with the admissions process. Students can click here to schedule a 15-minute session with one of UW HELP’s Outreach Specialists.

Virtual Career Experience (VCE) Events

VCE events are online, live interactions with a local healthcare professional. Students will learn about the professional’s academic and career journey, their daily routine, starting or average salary, and types of patients they see or work with throughout a day. Events include: CNA, Lab Director, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, and Registered Nurse. Register for events here.

Exploratory Health Careers Course

Seniors who may have an interest in health are able to take a free online “Healthcare Path 2 Practice” class. The class includes six online courses: Health, Patient Care, Information & Biotechnology, Behavioral & Integrative Health, Research/Public Health & Administrative Careers, and Medical Terminology. Contact Jill Niemczyk at jilln@newahec.org or call 920-652-0238 for details or to register.

UW Oshkosh Fall Preview Events

The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh will be hosting a variety of Preview Events this fall to help students learn more about the three campuses of UW Oshkosh, degrees available, and the opportunities they could have while a student.


Friday, November 19th – Titan Preview (All Majors)

Friday, December 3rd – Health Sciences Titan Preview

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Informational Sessions

YA is a 1- or 2-year program that gives juniors and seniors the chance to explore a career area of interest. Students spend part of their school day earning credit and wages while they gain valuable industry experience under the guidance of a local business mentor. Virtual Informational Webinars will be held at 5:00pm on several dates. Click on one of the following dates to register: December 8, 2021, and February 2, 2022.

Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) new

WEF will have in-person and virtual options this year from 5:00–8:00 pm on December 1. Over 100 colleges, universities, military branches, and specialty schools will be represented. Check out this video on how students register and navigate through the events.

Links to ACT and SAT test dates.

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Ripon College has provided the following video series for families beginning the FAFSA process:

Welcome

Part 1: Financial Aid Basics and Creating an FSA ID

Part 2: Completing the FAFSA

Part 3: Next Steps (Once the FAFSA is Complete)

Conclusion

College Fairs

Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEF) will have in-person and virtual options this year from 5:00-8:00pm on December 1. Over 100 colleges, universities, military branches, and specialty schools will be represented. Check out this video on how students register and navigate through the events.


Visit college websites directly for specific campus options.