SMCHS News Update
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta
For a complete calendar listing, view our Google calendar online.
Friday, October 9: First Friday Chapel Adoration; First Friday Mass
Saturday, October 10: STEM Club's Meet & Greet with Dr. Tom Kovacs
Wednesday, October 14: 11th Grade PSAT Test; School Mass @10:52am
Friday, October 16: Virtual Learning Day--do not report to school
A Message from Principal Fouts
Thank you for all of your efforts to keep your child(ren) safe and healthy outside of school. I know that the absence of homecoming activities was a disappointment to all of the students, especially the seniors. Thank you for your support in discouraging a prank and large gatherings connected to homecoming.
Please continue to discourage them from riding in vehicles with other students and removing their masks when they are close to other students. Thank you for your efforts in keeping our schools open and our students on the court/playing field.
We have created new absence codes in PowerSchool to better reflect quarantine situations. Please see the codes below. Thankfully, most students who are currently out of school fall in the the QD category. Please note that IF a student is keeping up with their work and attending virtually, the quarantine absences do not count against their attendance.
This describes students that are being directed to quarantine. Those students are either positive or had close contact with a positive case. We are given a specific date that they can return.
We have several students that are self-quarantining because they are taking extra precautions. They are not being directed to quarantine and could return when they feel like they are no longer a risk.
Please continue to call your school office with any absences. If you are concerned about symptoms, positive cases or exposure, please call our Covid Screener at 920-716-7139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Lunch Changes
In addition to the free school lunches provided to in-person students, virtual students are also able to enjoy free lunches as part of the USDA Waiver program. Virtual students include:
- Full-time virtual students
- Students who are in quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19
- Students whose class is virtual for a specific period of time (ex: two weeks of virtual learning) Students who are at home for virtual learning days, including Friday, October 16
An email will be sent to all SMCS families every other Wednesday (beginning with today) with a link to order lunches for the following two weeks. SMCS Food Service will do their best to match lunches with the posted menu, however, substitutions may need to be made.
October 14-October 27 lunches: https://forms.gle/qyMwo3dAJ9T2ynTm7
Please note: if your child(ren) needs to quarantine/isolate after the lunch order deadline, please contact the Diane Agrell, SMCS Director of Food Service, at email@example.com.
Scrip Volunteers Needed
The Business Office is in desperate need of Scrip volunteers for our program. We typically have 10 volunteers that pick up local orders during the week, help with processing on Thursday mornings and deliver orders to our schools and parishes midday on Thursday. Currently we running our program with only five volunteers. If interested and able to help, please contact Jaime Frink in our Business Office. Thank you!
Fall sports are in full swing! As you are aware spectators are limited for sporting events. Until we can once again pack the stands, please keep our teams in your prayers as they compete. If attending, always check the Big East scheduling site for any changes, weather related delays or cancellations.
SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS
Virtual College Visits
Visit dates are listed on the Naviance home page under “What’s New”. 24 hours prior to a virtual visit the link moves to the Naviance/Colleges Home/College Visits page and becomes active.
Columbia College Chicago – Friday, October 9 @noon
Central Michigan University – Thursday, October 15@9:30am
Marian University – Tuesday, October 20@9:30am
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus – Wednesday, October 21@9:20am
Viterbo University – October 22 @11:56am
Drake University – Monday, October 26@9:30am
University of Denver – Wednesday, October 28@9:20am
Freshman conferences will begin on October 21. Freshman parents will soon receive an email with details, instructions and a link to sign up for their conference. Students will meet in person with their counselor and parents will join virtually.
Smart Girls Rock--STEM Mentoring Events for Girls in Grades 9-12
The deadline for Smart Girls Rock has been extended to Friday, October 9. This is an interactive virtual STEM event for female students in grades 9-12. Registration forms and details were emailed to all female students and their parents.
NACAC National Virtual College Fairs
Fox Valley Technical College Virtual Open House
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 2-6pm. The $30 application fee will be waived for students that attend and apply during this virtual event. Free info sessions include How to Choose a Degree (2:30-3pm and 4-4:30pm), Paying for College (3-3:30pm and 4:30-5pm) and How to be a Successful Student (3:30-4pm and 5-5:30pm). Register here.
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
AP order forms were given to students this week. Forms and payment are due November 1.
Wisconsin's Colleges Go Test Optional
Private - Wisconsin's 21 private, nonprofit undergraduate colleges and universities have gone test optional for Fall 2021. This means that — with the exception of some competitive programs — students can apply without submitting an ACT or SAT score. To determine whether it is best to submit a score, view the average ACT scores of admitted students at the institution and contact an admissions counselor.
Public - The University of Wisconsin System will not be requiring an ACT or SAT score to be sent for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 academic years. The University of Wisconsin–Madison received authorization to also include the 2022-23 academic year. Contact each school’s testing or admissions office for details.
College Goal Wisconsin
College Goal Wisconsin is an organization which provides free help completing the FAFSA. Virtual events will be offered on October 7, 14, 21, and 28, November 4 and 11. Click here for details.
Understanding the Financial Aid Process Virtual Presentations
See the September 23, 2020 newsletter for a step-by-step guide for filing the FAFSA and understanding the financial aid process.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications open October 1, 2020
FVTC FAFSA Help
Fox Valley Technical Institute is hosting virtual FAFSA workshops on Thursdays (except when the college is closed). Students and their families can log in and get assistance completing the FAFSA from start to finish at: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/0721f182671f4aa1a715f950d49e896d (Chrome is the recommended browser).
Senior Transcripts & Applications
- Seniors are encouraged to complete their college applications by November 1.
- Students request transcripts in Naviance for electronic delivery to colleges and universities.
- Requests for hard copies should be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students interested in pursuing a Certificate of Global Competence, must work with their world language teacher to complete the forms and requirements.
Scholarships can be found on the Naviance home page under Colleges/Scholarships & Money.
Scholarship list = current active list of scholarships with due dates and link to the application
National Scholarship Search = comprehensive, safe database. Over 3.5 million scholarships with total awards over $18 billion
Seniors should check Naviance weekly for updates.