SMCHS News Update
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Thursday, December 1: Liturgy/Assembly Schedule for School Mass @9:20am
Friday, December 2: First Friday Chapel Mass @7:25am | Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:15am | First Friday Adoration 8:00am-3:00pm
Saturday, December 3: VEX Tournament at Menasha HS
Monday, December 5: JV Math Meet at SMC
Tuesday, December 6: Zephyrs Spirit Day | Coffee with the Principals | Big East Honor Band Rehearsal | Spring Musical Audition
Wednesday, December 7: Blood Drive | Spirit Stop Open 11:15am-12:15pm |
Thursday, December 8: Liturgy/Assembly Schedule for School Mass @9:20am | Spring Musical Callbacks
Friday, December 9: Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:15am
Saturday, December 10: VEX IQ Tournament at SMC
Monday, December 12-Tuesday, December 20: HS/MS Art Exhibit
Monday, Decmber 12: Assembly/Liturgy Schedule for Assembly
Wednesday, December 14: Spirit Stop open 11:15am-12:15pm
For a complete calendar listing, view our Google calendar online.
View the 2022-23 School Year Calendar at a glance.
For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org
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 this Friday, December 2 from 8:00am-3:00pm. Feel free to sign up using this link or stop in as your schedule allows. All are also are welcome to join in the morning mass at 7:25am on each of the adoration days.
SMCHS has partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a national nonprofit that raises funds for children living in poverty and are in need of a bed. All donations go to the building and delivery of beds. The recipients are also given a mattress, a pillow, sheets, and a comforter. The SHP nonprofit has delivered 35 beds in the Appleton/Menasha area in the last two months and have several requests for more.
For every $200 donated, the SMCHS community will be granted a pajama casual dress day. We have already raised enough for two casusal days, but would love more! We will be collecting money UNTIL this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2. Our goal is to raise $1000 and be casual for a week. Parents can send the donation through the office or with their child.
Christmas Generosity for our Teachers
Christmas Photo Fun!
To kick off our holiday season, we are having a festive Christmas program on Monday, December 19. As a part of the program, we will share ‘vintage’ Christmas photos.
Parents--you can help! Please send digital pictures of your child, ideally ages five and under, at Christmastime. We will play a guessing game of the student in the picture during the program. They can be in a group photo--just be sure to point out which one is your child.
If you would like to participate, send your photo electronically to Sue Thelen by WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 to be included.
Spanish Service Trip 2024
It's official! Señora Fritsch is leading a Spanish service trip to the Dominican Republic in June 2024. You have the opportunity to join her! Attend an informational session on Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00pm. Use this link to register for the info session: https://bit.ly/3Feo9On
Zephyrs Sports Update
Winter sports are underway! For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org. If you cannot attend, all home games and many away games are livestreamed. It is a great way to cheer on our teams!
Congratulations to Chloe Vogel who recently broke the all-time girls basketball scoring record. Chloe now has 1178 career points through four games in her senior year. She broke the school record at a game in Mishicot where she needed 10 points to break the record. The previous record was held for the last four year by Abbi Thelen ('19) with 1154 points.
Volunteering at our home middle/high school athletic events is mandatory for families that have students participating in sports. Students are allowed to work concession shifts to fulfill the family requirement and can also earn volunteer hours required for graduation.
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.
Youth Ministry Events
***SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS***
College Visits (in-person unless noted)
U.S. National Guard – Monday, December 5 @ 9:36am
UW Oshkosh – Tuesday, December 6 @ 1:17pm
YA Info Night
Students in grades 10-12 are invited to attend a Youth Apprenticeship Information Webinar on December 7 from 5:30-6pm. Use this link to register. If you are unable to attend, you may register to receive a recording of the program.
Summer Seminary Immersion Program
Young men who are curious about God’s call on their life and serious about their Catholic faith are invited to attend the Summer Seminary Immersion program at the University of Notre Dame June 17-July 1. For more information, call 574-631-6385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Drake Physics Prize Examination
Any high school sophomore, junior, or senior can compete in the Physics Prize. A variety of awards are available, and the first-place award is an unrestricted four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Drake University. Details here.
U of M Bio/Ag/Engineering Open House
The University of Minnesota – St. Paul is hosting an Open House featuring Sustainable Systems Management and Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering on Saturday, December 3 from 10am-12pm. Register here.
Notre Dame Summer Programs
Summer Scholars or Leadership Seminars allow current sophomores and juniors to live on Notre Dame’s campus for two weeks. They will stay in a residence hall with a roommate, take a challenging college-level course, and participate in fun community-building activities in the evenings. Need-based financial aid, including application fee waivers, partial to full-tuition scholarships, and travel reimbursement is available to students who qualify.
Counselors will meet with all juniors for individual planning conferences December – February; parents are welcome to attend and may join virtually or in person. An email with details was sent to parents on November 17.
Each summer SMC selects one boy and one girl to attend Badger Girls and Badger Boys State. While the opportunity will be discussed with parents during junior conferences, we wanted you to know in advance that those who attend Girls State will have the opportunity to apply for 4 scholarships during their senior year of high school. Those who attend Boys State will receive an automatic $1,000 off their college tuition if they are accepted and plan to attend UW Eau Claire, which is the host sight for BBS this year. Students will receive handouts during their junior conferences.
Summer Seminary Immersion
The Summer Seminary Immersion Program (SSIP) is a two-week academic experience designed for high school men (15-18 years old) interested in deepening their relationship with Christ and His Church, and/or have considered a more serious calling to priesthood or to life as a religious brother. This year’s program will be held June 17-July1 at the University of Notre Dame. Apply here.
Free Help Completing the FAFSA
Fox Valley Technical College is offering free help for families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 9am-6pm every Tuesday at the Oshkosh Riverside Campus, and every Thursday in Room G149 at the Appleton Campus.
Wisconsin Tuition Promise
The Wisconsin Tuition Promise is a new initiative to ensure underserved Wisconsin students can attend any UW System university without paying tuition or fees. It is set to go into effect in Fall of 2023. Visit the following link for additional information.
UW Fall Workbook for Students
The Fall Workbook is now available digitally for high school students. This publication is a step-by-step guide to help students prepare for college in the UW System. Download a copy today!
Understanding the Financial Aid Process
Ripon College has provided a video series for families beginning the FAFSA process:
Part 1: Financial Aid Basics and Creating an FSA ID
Part 3: Next Steps (Once the FAFSA is Complete)
Resource for Scholarships
Naviance > Colleges > Scholarships & Money
- Scholarship search = current active list of scholarships with due dates and links to the applications
- National Scholarship Search = comprehensive, safe database. Over 3.5 million scholarships with total awards over $18 billion
Senior Important Dates:
December 1: Priority deadline for many applications.