SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, January 13, 2020

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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

Friday, January 15: Finals reschedule day/no school (high school only) / End of 2nd Quarter/End of First Semester

Monday, January 18: No School--Staff Professional Development

Tuesday, January 19: Second Semester Begins

Wednesday, January 20: School Liturgy @10:52am

Friday, January 22: Virtual Z-Cabaret

Wednesday, January 27: School Liturgy @10:52am

Sunday, January 31-Friday, February 5: Catholic Schools Week (see below for details)


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

A Message from Principal Fouts

We are so excited to be finishing semester one of the school year! We have been very successful, thanks in large part to your support! I sent an email earlier this week outlining a few changes to the second semester schedule. If you have not had a chance to review the changes, please use this link: 2020-21 Semester II Changes This document also includes the new bell schedules, which will begin on Tuesday, January 19.


Again, thank you for your support!

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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 during the months of January and February. COVID-19 restrictions can be found at…www.nordicmountain.com/covid-19. Use this link for discounted lift tickets: shop.nordicmountain.com/groups Our group code is SMM2021.

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

Cross Country Academic All-State Award Winners

Congratulations to the boys cross country team for earning the Academic All-State Team Award. To qualify, the team average GPA had to be above 3.4. The team’s GPA was an impressive 3.81, one of only four schools to qualify in Division 3. This is the first Academic All-State Team Award earned by SMC! Team members include: AJ Groppel, Tip Hogerty, Kaden Miller, Ashton Post, Ben Schoeni, Pierce Steffen and Michael Weninger.


Several runners also earned Academic All-State Individual Awards for earning a GPA above 3.5 and qualifying for the state meet. These athletes are: AJ Groppel, Kaela Groppel, Tip Hogerty, Kaden Miller, Ashton Post, Ben Schoeni and Michael Weninger. This is Tip Hogerty’s fourth consecutive year earning the individual award!


We are very proud of our runners, their coaches AND their teachers!

Winter Sports Pictures Available for Purchase

The 2020-21 SMCHS Winter Sports Pictures are available for purchase!

To order, please use the following steps:

  • Go to www.scanlanstudios.com
  • On the Home Page click on Online Viewing
  • Then click on Sports/Dance/Schools
  • You will then find SMCHS Winter Sports and click on it
  • The Access Code is: zwinter21
  • Use the team names on the left-hand side to view your team and individual sports photos
  • After choosing an image you can click "Buy" and choose your package or product.


If you have any questions about the pictures or the ordering process, please contact Scanlan Studios by calling 920-729-9013 or email: mail@pinnaclepix.com.

Service Hours Volunteer Opportunity!

Do you need service hours? Do you like to dance, laugh and have fun OUTDOORS? Consider sharing your talents at Tim Tiebow's A Night to Shine on Friday, February 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. This year’s event will look a little different. Kings and Queens will drive thru the Pathways Church Parking lot to receive their crowns/tiaras, flowers, swag bags, craft items, gourmet desserts and pictures. WE NEED YOU to be the PAPPARAZZI! Use this link to sign up (or learn more) and encourage a friend to sign up as well. Volunteers need to be at least 14 years old. If you are not yet 14, that's ok--just sign up with your parent and volunteer together. Please contact Tara Gagne at gagnefamily5@yahoo.com with questions.

Parking Lot Safety

A friendly reminder to always use caution in our parking lots at all times and especially during morning and afternoon pick up and drop-off. Our bus drivers have reported drivers pulling out without looking, not stopping for the crosswalks and not deferring to the buses as they try to pull out. Thank you for helping to keep everyone in our SMCS family safe!

COVID-19 Absences

Please continue to call the 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 studentsafety@smcatholicschools.org.

Support St. Patrick's Parish

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SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS

Upcoming VIRTUAL College Visits

Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Tuesday, January 26 @ 9:30am

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach – Monday, February 8 @ 1:36pm

Virtual College Fairs for Grades 10-11

College Board is hosting a series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture™ Days. Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students. They'll have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps. Students can register cb.org/bigfuturedays and may attend any event and more than one.

BigFuture Day West + Southwest--Saturday, February 6
BigFuture Day Southeast--Tuesday, February 23
BigFuture Day Northeast--Sunday, March 7
BigFuture Day Midwest--Thursday, March 11

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. This scholarship is offered to children in kindergarten through high school in school districts of Appleton, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, and Neenah. Applications are due April 1. Recipients will be selected at the discretion of the Stumpf Scholarship Selection Committee. Award amounts will vary, but are limited to no more than $500 per child per year. Scholarship checks are made payable to the provider of the service. Click here for details.

Course Registration for 2021-22

Course registration forms will be distributed to students in grades 9-11 in late January. The 2021-2022 Course Selection Guide will also be available online at that time with complete information on new and existing courses. More details will follow in the next newsletter.

Notre Dame Spring Global Scholar Courses

Learn about the economics of international trade, transitional justice, art history, environmental conservation, and modern political leadership from a global perspective as Notre Dame faculty teach from their Latin America, Rome, London, and Ireland Global Gateways. Students meet virtually as a class each week and collaborate in small groups and earn one college credit upon completion of the program. Applications are due February 1, 2021. The program runs from March 15 to April 24, 2021. Click here for details or to apply.

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.

ZAPS ACT Test Prep Seminar

SMCHS is hosting the ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar on Saturday, February 27 from 9:00am-3:00pm.


If you are not familiar with ZAPS, the ACT seminar includes:

  • Five hours of focused strategy instruction by a highly trained instructor
  • 24 practice tests for the ACT and ZAPPING the ACT Study Guide
  • Specific strategies for each type of question on the ACT
  • General test-taking methods for lifelong success
  • Test-specific time-management techniques
  • Explanations for each question and answer on the practice tests
  • Unique system for analyzing errors to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction for writing a high-scoring Essay


Students who would like to attend may register here.

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

UW System Campus Tours

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

https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/prep-for-college/campus-tours-visits/

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications opened October 1, 2020.

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

FVTC FAFSA Help

Fox Valley Technical Institute is hosting virtual FAFSA workshops on Thursdays (except when the college is closed). The next event is scheduled for November 19 at 9:00am. Students and their families can log in and get assistance completing the FAFSA from start to finish here. Chrome is the recommended browser.

Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Admissions Fast Start

Students may apply for admission free of charge and talk with an Admissions Specialist by joining FVTC’s virtual Fast Start event on Wednesday, December 9, between 8am – 6pm.

Scholarships

Scholarships can be found on the Naviance home page under Colleges/Scholarships & Money. Seniors should check Naviance weekly for updates.

  • 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