SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, January 19, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 20

School Mass @11:00am

Friday, January 21

Spirit Stop Open 7:30-8:15am

Thursday, January 27

School Mass @11:00am

Friday, January 28

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

Saturday, January 29

ZCabaret

January 30-February 4

Catholic Schools Week (see dress themes below)

Monday, January 31

High School Preview Night


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

For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org

Schoolwork and Absences

If your child is out of school for more than one day, please have he/she reach out to their teachers. All SMCHS classes are set up to be able to receive, complete, and hand in work remotely. If your child feels up to doing work, please ask them to log on to every class, every day to complete work.

Snowball Dance Update

Unfortunately, we have made the decision to postpone the Snowball Dance scheduled for Saturday, February 5. With current COVID infection rates, it important to protect our students and staff. Great consideration was given to our student athletes and students involved in the musical. To hold a dance in our current environment could possibly put athletic seasons and the musical production at risk. The good news is we will reschedule the dance in spring when we are able.

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Activities

Catholic Schools Week is Sunday, January 30th to Friday, February 5th.This year’s theme is Faith. Excellence. Service. Students and staff can be out of dress code when participating in the theme days.


Monday, January 31--Catholic College Day: Wear apparel from your favorite Catholic college.


Tuesday, February 1--Zephyrs Spirit Day: Wear your favorite Zephyrs apparel!


Wednesday, February 2--Liturgical Colors Day: Dress in liturgical colors (red, white, gold, green, rose & purple).


Thursday, February 3--Formal Liturgy Attire Day: Dress your best for school Mass.


Friday, February 4--Frassati Flannel Day: In honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, wear flannel to honor this Catholic young adult who exemplified the motto of Faith. Excellence. Service. throughout his lifetime.


Other events: We are hosting a Can Soup Drive for the food pantry at Fr. Carr’s Place 2B in Oshkosh. If students and staff donate over 300 cans of soup, we will have an OODC day!

Fitness Center Activities

The Fitness Center is open for students after school Monday through Thursday. In addition, the following activities are part of the weekly programming:


Monday: Strength and conditioning with Coach Mandy--3:15pm to 4:30pm

Tuesday: Plyometrics class with Mrs. Gagne and Mr. Post--3:15pm to 4:30pm

Wednesday: Strength and conditioning with Coach Mandy--3:15pm to 4:30pm

Thursday: Strength and conditioning with Coach Mandy--3:15pm to 4:30

Thursday: Running club with Mr. Post, Mr. Rudd and Father Mark--3:30pm to 4:15pm

Winter Sports Update

The Boys Basketball Team is 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big East Conference. We host Mishicot at home on Friday.


The Girls Basketball Team is 14-1 overall and 9-1 in the Big East Conference. We host Elkhart Lake–Glenbeulah on Thursday.


The Powerlifting Team's next meet is at Neenah on Saturday, February 5.


The Dance Team will perform at halftime of the of the girls basketball game on Friday, January 28.


Volunteers are needed for our upcoming home high school basketball games and ZBC Middle School Tournaments. The SMC Booster Club receives the proceeds from concessions at the ZBC tournaments.


Winter home high school athletic events: High School Winter Sport Volunteer Sign Up


5th-8th Grade Boys Tournament , January 22: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A084CABAB2AA31-zbc5th8th3

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View Daily Lunch Menus

We are excited to offer MealViewer, an online menu service that provides a quick and easy way to view daily lunch menus. MealViewer is convenient using your smartphone. It allows you to create profiles for your students, select their allergens and receive alerts each time that allergen is on the menu. Students can save favorites and rate meals.


Signing Up is easy!

  • Visit https://schools.mealviewer.com/district/StMaryCatholicSchools to register for a free account.
  • Create a profile for you and your students by first selecting their school.
  • Set up your student’s profile by selecting the appropriate allergens and let them favorite their most loved meals and receive notifications every time any of these are served!


Please remember during this challenging time of getting items, the menus may still change. We will do our best to update menus if they change. If you have any questions, contact MealViewer directly at mealviewer.support@e-hps.com or (866) 351-2248.

SMCS Ski Club

SMCS has partnered with Nordic Mountain to create one registration link for all five of our campuses to downhill ski and snowboard together. This is the same link and process that was used last year with our the SMCHS Ski Club. Transportation is not provided for these trips. Skiers and snowboarders will get a RFID lift ticket card that can be reloaded for each visit. Use this link for the group dates. https://shop.nordicmountain.com/groups/details?gc=SMCS2022 Please note that Wednesday dates have also been added for Wednesdays in January and February.


Other ski/snowboard trips are planned as follows:

    • Saturday, January 22--Tyrol Basin
    • Saturday, February 12--Ski Brule
    • Saturday, March 5--Whitecap Mountain

See Mr. Post or the school office for more information.

COUNSELING NEWS

College Visits

UW Milwaukee – Wednesday, March 2 @1:08pm

2022-23 Course Registration

Counselors are meeting with students in grades 9-11 during the school day on January 24 and 25 to discuss course selection for next year. Please help your child complete and return his/her Course Selection Form. Counselors will help students enter their courses in PowerSchool February 1-4.

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Informational Sessions NEW

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. A Virtual Informational Webinar will be held at 5:00pm on February 2, 2022. Registration is required.

College Planning Event

The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh is hosting “College Planning 101” to help students and families navigate the process of choosing a college, regardless of whether they are considering UWO. Seniors will have the opportunity to apply to UWO and receive an admissions decision that day; the essay requirement and application fee will be waived for those who do. The event will be held on Saturday, February 5, from 9am – 12:30pm. Register here.

TechKnowledge College (formerly called Summer Camps)


Fox Valley Technical College is planning to offer hands-on learning opportunities for middle and high-school students again this summer. Registration will open at 8am on Tuesday, February 1. Additional information will be available soon.

Pharmacy Presentations at UW Madison

UWO Preview Events

The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh will be hosting Preview Events this spring to help students learn more about the three campuses, degrees available, and the opportunities they could have while a student. Event registration is required, so please visit the following link to learn more and to register: uwo.sh/preview. Application fees are waived this year!

UW System ACT/SAT Updates

As of December 10th, an extension was approved for the temporary suspension of the requirement for freshman applicants to provide an ACT or SAT score for admissions review. The extension goes through the 2024-2025 academic year.

Budgeting and Financial Aid

UW HELP is hosting a Budgeting & Financial Aid presentation featuring special guest speakers from UW campuses and Summit Credit Union on Wednesday, January 19th at 3:45 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn more about budgeting, the financial aid process, how to compare financial aid offers, and more! Click here to register (required).

Spring 2022 College Fairs

There will be an in-person college fair at Xavier High School on Tuesday, March 8 from 6pm - 8:30pm. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting virtual college fairs on January 30, February 8 (Performing & Visual Arts), February 15, February 24 (STEM), April 3, April 12, and April 26. All NACAC fairs feature “MatchMaking” with the colleges that best meet specific attributes students indicate when they register for the fair.

FVTC Program Experience Events

Experience what it’s like to be a student at Fox Valley Tech at these hands-on events and apply for free the week of February 14-17, 2022. For specific dates and times of all events, and to reserve your spot, visit: www.fvtc.edu/Experience.

NWTC Engineering Open House

On February 22 from 4pm–7pm, Northeast Wisconsin technical College is hosting their Engineering Open House featuring 17+ career choices related to Engineering degrees, employers that hire engineering/technology graduates, demonstrations and other colleges and transfer options. Visit www.nwtc.edu/engineeringopenhouse for details.

Tech Savvy for 9th Grade Girls

Tech Savvy is a one-day conference on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at UWO Fox Cities, designed to give sixth to ninth grade girls and their parents an opportunity to experience firsthand how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can lead to exciting careers. Cost is $10 per person. Visit https://appleton-wi.aauw.net/tech-savvy/ for details and registration.

Law Enforcement Career Academy

Current juniors or seniors who are interested in a career in law enforcement related career may apply for the Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (WALLECA). This is a 6-day program held at the Wisconsin State Patrol academy at Ft. McCoy July 24 – 29, 2022. There is no cost to students to attend. Apply here by March 25, 2022.

FABTECH Open House

FABTECH is an affordably priced, accredited technical diploma series of courses which are focused on developing entry-level technicians in the construction equipment, engine, and electric power-generation fields. They are hosting an open house on Thursday, February 24 from 9am – 3pm. Register here.

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 Oshkosh West High School on February 19, 2022. The cost is $99. Click here for details and to register.

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 interested in health can take a free, online, self-paced course called “Healthcare Path 2 Practice”. The course includes six modules (2-3 hours each) including Health, Patient Care, Information & Biotechnology, Behavioral & Integrative Health, Research/Public Health & Administrative Careers, and Medical Terminology. Visit https://newahec.org/page/Path2Practice for details or to register.

Links

Links to ACT and SAT test dates.