SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 15: School Mass at 9:20am

Friday, September 16: Spirit Stop open 7:30-8:15am

Monday, September 19: New Student Meeting during 9th block (2:48-3:12pm)

Wednesday, September 21: Spirit Stop open 11:15am-12:15pm

Thursday, September 22: School Mass at 9:20am | Picture Retakes

Friday, September 23: Zephyrs Connect | Spirit Stop open 7:30-8:15am

Tuesday, September 27: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesday, September 28: Spirit Stop open 11:15am-12:15pm

Thursday, September 29: School Mass at 9:20am

Friday, September 30: No School | Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00am-11:30am

Tuesday, October 4: Zephyrs Spirit Dress Day

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

School-Wide Testing

Wednesday, October 12 will be a school-wide testing day:

  • Juniors will test in the morning, taking the PSAT or Pre-ACT 11. Students will arrive at the high school at 7:45am and will be dismissed at approximately 12:00pm.

  • Seniors will arrive at 8:00am. We will provide presenters and college application assistance. Please see the counseling section below for more details.

  • Freshman and Sophomores will test in the afternoon, taking the Pre-ACT 9 or Pre-ACT 10. Students must be at school by 11:30am and will be dismissed at 3:12pm.

  • International Students are not testing and do not need to attend school on that day. Because it is excused, they still can particapte in afternoon/evening activities/sports.

**Lunch will be served in the commons from 11:10am-12:00pm. Busing will be at the usual time.

If your child will not be in school on October 12, please email Mrs. Fields with a pre-arranged absence. Please refer to the SMCS Co-curricular Code of Conduct regarding sport participation and absences.

All School Mass

We are excited to introduce a new tradition to homecoming week. SMCHS will host an all-system Mass on the morning of Friday, October 7. High School students will report to their first hour class at 9:00am. Mass begins at 9:30am.

Following Mass, we will have a school-wide service day. All high school students will be required to complete three hours of service on Friday. Students will sign up for service opportunities through the school or will coordinate service hours on their own and document the hours. Service sign-ups will be sent to the students via email.

Homecoming 2022!

2022 SMCHS Homecoming will be here soon! More information will be emailed as it draws nearer, however, mark your calendar for the following events:

Sunday, October 2

6:00pm--Homecoming Kickoff beginning with a prayer service

Monday, October 3-Thursday, October 6

Special Homecoming Dress-up Themes

Thursday, October 6

Pep Rally @12:30pm

Friday, October 7

SMCS School Mass at Zephyrs Field @9:30am

Student service day 10:30am-3:00pm

5:00pm--Homecoming Parade beginning from Schildt Park

7:00pm--Homecoming football game kickoff

Saturday, October 8

8:00pm--Homecoming Dance @ SMCHS

Each class moderator will send an mail to parents looking for float building chaperones and volunteers for other tasks. The moderator teachers for each class are below. Please email if you have questions.

Seniors: Mrs. Probst

Juniors: Mr. Verstegen

Sophomores: Mrs. Fritsch

Freshmen: Mrs. Wautlet

Freshman Homecoming Dinner

All freshman are invited to dinner at Butte des Morts Country Club prior to the homecoming dance. Please use this link for details and to sign-up. The cost is $30 and the deadline to sign up is Friday, September 30. The dinner does not include the ticket to the dance. Dance tickets are available to purchase during the school day. Thank you to Mrs. Auer for taking the lead in organizing the inclusive and welcoming event.

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength kicked off their first campaign this week. Peer leaders presented at a student assembly asking for students to identify their source of strength when they are stressed or feeling down. Students took pictures around their school identifying their strengths.

Senior Photo Submission Deadline

All senior portraits must be submitted to our yearbook advisor (Ms. Sirstins, by Friday, October 14, 2022. Please see the email recently sent to seniors and their parents outlining portrait and dress code requirements. If you do not have your senior portrait submitted before this date, Ms. Sirstins will schedule a time with you to have your portrait taken at school.

Several photographers will send the portraits directly to school. It is a good idea to check with your photographer to make sure that will happen. If you are sending it yourself, a digital copy (.jpg) is preferred for better quality yearbook production.

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held on Tuesday, September 27 from 3:30-6:30pm and Friday, September 30 from 8:00am-11:30am in the SMCHS Commons. Parents and students are invited to meet with teachers to discuss grades and other classroom concerns. Appointments are not needed. The conferences are set up “cafeteria style,” where teachers are set up at tables in the Commons and parents and students meet with them as they are available. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Student Meeting

New SMCHS students are invited to meet on Monday, September 19 during 9th block in the Resource Center to talk about all things SMC and get questions answered. There will be snacks and games.

Fall Sports Photos

The 2022 Fall Team & Individual Pictures are available for purchase, with the excpetion of the girls tennis team that will have photos taken on Friday. To order, please use the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. On the Home Page click on Online Viewing
  3. Then click on Sports/Dance/Schools
  4. You will then find SMCHS Fall Sports '22 and click on it
  5. The Access Code is: hsfalltrains22
  6. Use the team names on the left-hand side to view your team and individual sports photos
  7. 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:

School Drop Off

We love to see new drivers getting experience driving to school. If you need to switch drivers at drop off, please pull to the side so that it doesn't back up the drop off area. Also, please don't pull around to pass a car dropping off students. Please wait as this is very dangerous.

Zephyrs Spirit Stop

Show your St. Mary Catholic Schools Zephyrs spirit with apparel from the Zephyrs Spirit Stop. There are many ways to browse and buy Zephyrs Spirit Stop items throughout the school year:

  • Browse and buy more styles and sizes online any time at
  • Stop by the Zephyrs Spirit Stop at St. Mary Catholic High School, open every Wednesday from 11:15am-12:15pm and Fridays from 7:30-8:15 a.m.
  • Purchase items available during (most) home sporting events at St. Mary Catholic High School.

School Communication—How to Stay Informed

School Event Calendar—Check out our Google calendar! You will find all system events and events by school. It is very easy to download to your calendar!

SMC News Update—is the bi-weekly high school e-newsletter published bi-weekly. You will receive an email notification when the new issue posts.

Big East Conference Website – Lists all athletic practices and competitions for our schools. You can also sign up for instant notification via text or email of any changes to schedules. You can also choose sports and activities to download to your calendar.

SMCHS Daily Announcements-- A copy of the announcements that are prepared for students and read each morning in school. The students also receive an emailed link to these important announcements each day.

SMCS News Blog Updates—This is a located in the news section of our webpage. Here you will find posts about happenings in our schools.

Social Media—Get updates, photos and videos of events on SMCS social media. #zephyrspride



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Students are expected to be in the classroom when the bell rings at the beginning of each period. If a student is tardy for the first class of the day, he/she must report to the school office to receive a pass to class. A tardy for reasons other than an appointment are unexcused. A discipline referral will be made for each tardy. Students who incur five tardies during the semester will receive a verbal warning. For the sixth and each subsequent tardy, the student will serve a detention.

Parents are no longer required to call the office to excuse a tardy for reasons other than an appointment. Tardiness for other reasons (i.e. traffic, oversleeping, forgotten lunches, homework or gym clothes, etc.) are unexcused.

Food Services--Monitor Lunch Accounts

Please monitor your child's lunch account carefully and discuss with him/her what their lunch/snack budget is. Lunch is not free this year and with extra purchases, lunch funds can deplete quickly. Students are not allowed to purchase lunch or ala carte items if they have a negative balance.

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School Counseling News

College Visits

U.S. Navy – Thursday, September 15 @10:11am

St. Norbert College – Wednesday, September 21 @1:17pm

Stevens Institute of Technology – Wednesday, September 21 @ 1:17pm VIRTUAL

Lawrence University – Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:50 am

Marquette University Tuesday, September 27 @ 9:36 am

Saint Mary's College (IN) – September 28 at 1:17pm

UW Oshkosh - Tuesday, September 27 @ 1:17 pm

UW Green Bay – Monday, October 2 @ 1:17pm

Marian University – Tuesday, October 11 @ 7:50am

Butler University – Wednesday, October 19 @ 9:36 am

Carroll University – Monday, October 24 @ 1:17pm

Lab Discovery Nights

Concordia University WI School of Pharmacy is hosting Lab Discovery Nights on Thursday, October 13 and Thursday, November 17 from 6pm-7:30pm. These free lab nights provide hands-on experience in their pharmacy lab for high school students considering science, healthcare, or pharmacy majors. Register here.

NMU Info Night

Admissions Counselors from Northern Michigan University are hosting an Information Session about attending college out of state at the Grand Chute Town Center Park Community Building in Appleton tomorrow, September 15, at 6pm. Students may stop in or register in advance.

October 12 Activities for Grade 12

While students in other grades are testing, there will be a Financial Aid Presentation from 8:00am-9:00am. Parents are welcome to attend this segment--watch for an email with details. In addition, a university admissions representative will be here with SMC counselors for a Senior Workshop. Topics will include applications, navigating the UW System, Common App, applying with audition portfolios, doing research, taking inventories/surveys, completing resumes, and searching for scholarships. Mr. Rudd will then address the importance of including a faith community in post-secondary plans.

Counselor Assignments

Mrs. Castagna works with students whose last names begin with A-N (A-H for Grade 11)

Mrs. Van Camp works with students whose last names begin with O-Z (J-Z for Grade 11)

Senior Meetings

Counselors met with seniors again today during 9th hour to finish discussing senior year requirements/options, post high school planning, college applications, scholarships and aid. All seniors were emailed a link to sign up for a 30 minute conference with their counselor. Parents are welcome to join in-person or virtually and students were asked to notify their parents of the meeting date/time. Handouts will be available in Naviance..

Course Fees

Students taking Blended Education and Distance Learning classes will receive an invoice within the first two weeks of class. Students taking CAPP classes for credit will receive an invoice directly from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

AP Exams

AP exam registration for yearlong courses will take place in the fall. Test order forms will be distributed by AP teachers during classes in October. Testing fees are $97 per test. Tests for AP classes which begin in the Spring will be ordered in the Spring. Watch for details.

Technical College Open Houses

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)September 27 from 3-6pm
  • Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC)October 4 from 3-7pm. Application fees are waived at the event.

UW – Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus Preview Day

Wednesday, November 2 from 1-3pm. Register here.

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:

September 14: Sign up for senior conferences using the link in your email from Mrs. Hall. Be sure to let your parent know the time and invite them to attend by audio or video.

September 16: Registration deadline for the October 22 ACT. Late fee required if applying September 17-30. Register on-line at:

September 27: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Open House – 3:00 - 6:00 p.m If you apply to NWTC at this event your application fee and placement test fees are waived!

September 28: Wisconsin Education Fair at Saint Norbert College – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. You must register at: prior to attending.

October 1: Counselor Recommendation Survey due in Naviance

October 1: Resume due saved in Naviance (Under About Me, then Resume) or alternate format emailed to counselor

October 1: FAFSA

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid application available at
  2. Free help completing FAFSA: FVTC offers free FAFSA chat sessions on Thursdays at 9:30-10:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm and 4:30-pm by clicking here (Chrome is the recommended browser).
  3. College Goal Wisconsin is an organization which provides free help completing the FAFSA.
  • Virtual events will be offered on October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6pm (links below)
  • In-person event at Fox Valley Technical College, October 11 at 6pm.
  • Click here for details and a list of what to bring.

October 2: Milwaukee National College Fair 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

October 4: Fox Valley Technical College Open House – 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. If you apply to FVTC at this event, your $30 application fee is waived!

October 5: VIRTUAL College Goal Wisconsin 6:00p.m. Free assistance completing the FAFSA! Register and learn what to bring:

October 7: Registration deadline for the November 5 SAT. Late fee required if applying

October 8-25: Register on-line at:

October 9: NACAC Virtual College Fair 12:00-5:00pm

October 11: College Goal Wisconsin, held at Fox Valley Technical College 6:00p.m. Free assistance completing the FAFSA! Register and learn what to bring:

October 12: VIRTUAL College Goal Wisconsin 6:00p.m. Free assistance completing the FAFSA! Register and learn what to bring:

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