SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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"It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters." ― Saint Teresa of Calcutta


Upcoming Events

Monday, November 23: Boys Basketball Begins

Wednesday, November 25--Friday, November 27: No School--Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 1: Zephyrs Spirit Wear Day

Wednesday, December 2: Blood Drive / School Mass @10:52am

Friday, December 4: No School

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

A Message from Principal Fouts Regarding Attendance

We sure are living in tricky times. One school issue that has been particularly tricky is attendance. Some parents are calling in their students quite regularly for a "virtual day." If your child is not feeling well or has another COVID-related reason, this is the correct thing to do. It is not the correct thing to do if your child just does not feeling like being in school on a particular day. It is already a challenge for our teachers to accommodate our remote students and those in quarantine without adding in students who are in neither category and could be in school. It is our expectation that students attend every class in-person whenever possible.

If your child attends remotely OR is in quarantine for a defined period of time, they MUST attend all classes during the designated class time. In the event they cannot attend, the office must be informed of the absence or it is considered an unexcused absence.

We have had to make many adjustments this year. Our teachers and staff have been amazing and have ensured that learning continues for our students. Our students have been very compliant to the ever-changing procedures. Our parents and caregivers have been supporting this at home. Together we will prepare our students for success in the future!

Holiday Office Hours

The school office will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. School and normal office hours resume on Monday, November 30.
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Blood Drive

Students--please sign up for the Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 2 if you are able. Parents--although we are still unable to invite guests to donate at our drive, we encourage you to make a donation at the Community Blood Center.

SMC Welcomes New School Chaplain

On Monday, we welcome our new school chaplain, Mr. Eric Rudd. Here are a few words from him:

"I' am so excited to join SMCHS! A little bit about me--I was born and raised in Oshkosh. I attended UW-Oshkosh and later Conception Seminary College, where I spent three years studying for the Diocese. I have spent the last two years working for St. Raphael Parish in Oshkosh as a high school and young adult ministry coordinator. I can't wait to join you next week!"

2020 Fall Sports All-Conference/State Awards

1st Team All-Conference

Tip Hogerty – Cross Country

AJ Groppel – Cross Country

Kaela Groppel – Cross Country

Addison Dinka – Cross Country

Noah Bublitz – Football – WR/TE (Unanimous)

Luke Steffen - Football – Utility Offense

Trace Lein – Football – Defense Line (Unanimous)

Aidan Anderson – Football – Linebacker (Unanimous)

Agii Kerwin – Football - Specialist

Connor Powers - Boys Soccer

Anna Vanden Acker – Girls Tennis - Singles

Jaydin Vosters - Volleyball

2nd Team All-Conference

Michael Weninger – Cross Country

Danny Griffith - Football – Quarterback

Ethan Campbell – Football – WR/TE

AJ Groppel - Boys Soccer

Haley Jensen - Girls Tennis – Singles

Eva Schneider – Girls Tennis – Singles

Emma Jares - Girls Tennis - Doubles

Drew Korth - Girls Tennis - Doubles

Ava Staehler - Volleyball

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Ashton Post – Cross Country

Ben Schoeni – Cross Country

Kaden Miller – Cross Country

Pierce Steffen – Cross Country

Haley Gustafson – Cross Country

Sylvia Walentowski – Cross Country

Gavin Bergstrom – Boys Soccer

Luke Peters – Boys Soccer

Olivia Bergstrom - Girls Tennis - Singles

Natalie Chakar - Girls Tennis - Doubles

Lilly Griffith- Girls Tennis – Doubles

Emma Dimmer – Girls Tennis – Doubles

Sophia Taubel - Girls Tennis - Doubles

Lauren Fischer – Volleyball

Conference Champions

Boys Cross Country

Girls Tennis


Boys Soccer – 1st

Volleyball – 2nd

Sub-Sectional Champions

Girls Cross Country

Boys Cross Country

Girls Tennis


Boys Cross Country – 2nd Place

Girls Cross Country – 3rd Place

Boys Soccer – 2nd Place

Girls Tennis – 3rd Place

State Qualifiers

Emma Jares - Girls Tennis – Doubles

Drew Korth - Girls Tennis – Doubles

Lily Griffith – Girls Tennis – Doubles

Natalie Chakar - Girls Tennis – Doubles

Anna Vanden Acker - Girls Tennis – Singles

Boys Cross Country Team – 7th Place

Tip Hogerty - Cross Country – 42nd

AJ Groppel – Cross Country – 43rd

Michael Weninger – Cross Country – 54th

Ashton Post – Cross Country – 71st

Ben Schoeni – Cross Country – 89th

Pierce Steffen – Cross Country – 95th

Kaden Miller – Cross Country – 106th

Kaela Groppel – Cross Country - 13th

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

Parenting Program Offered by the Diocese

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Virtual College Visits

Visit dates are listed on the Naviance home page under “What’s New”. The link moves to the Naviance/Colleges Home/College Visits page and becomes active 24 hours prior the virtual visit.

Grand Canyon University – Wednesday, December 2 @9:20am

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Information Night

Current sophomores, juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a virtual Youth Apprenticeship Information Night on either December 2 or December 7 at 5:30pm (click on one of the dates to register). If unable to attend, register online for one of the dates listed and information will be emailed to you following the event.

YA programs include Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts/ A/V Technology & Communications; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality, Tourism & Lodging; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

University of Wisconsin Madison Information

UW-Madison Virtual Open House is on December 2, 3, and 4 from 8:30am --5:00pm each day.

UW-Madison is also hosting two special sessions for Wisconsin students. These sessions are shorter than a live information session, about 30 minutes total, and similar to a high school visit. It is hosted by UW-Madison Admissions Counselors and provide information and time for questions! Both events will provide the same information, so choose the one best for your schedule.

  • Thursday November 19, 7:30am, use this link to join us on Zoom
  • Thursday November 19, 4pm, use this link to join us on Zoom

Seniors - February 1st is the Regular Decision Deadline (click here for information about required application materials and here for information on deadlines)

ALL high school students can learn more about UW-Madison:

The University of Alabama (UA) – Free Application

Students have until 11:59pm on November 20 to apply to UA with their free code: AL20. To use the code: 1) Fill out the application in its entirety; 2) DO NOT mark the fee waiver box at the beginning of the application; 3) At the end of the application, type AL20 into the 'Staff Only Use' box above the submit button.

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Meet MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) is a week of free, virtual programming including live panels, discussions and workshops with the MIAD Admissions team, faculty and alumni. High school juniors, seniors and parents are encouraged to attend. See the full schedule at Students & families are invited to take a virtual tour of the campus to learn more about our facilities, programs, the neighborhood and Milwaukee.

FVTC--New Teacher Education Program for Fall 2021

FVTC is offering a new program for Fall of 2021: Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree. Click here or contact Admissions Specialist Thong Xiong for more information.

Junior Conferences

Counselors will begin meeting with juniors and their parents on December 8 to discuss academics, post high school planning, testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT), transcripts, career and college resources and graduation requirements. Information will be emailed to parents this week.

University of Wisconsin, Fox Cities Campus Visits

Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register.

Badger Boys State (BBS) & Badger Girls State (BGS)

BBS and BGS are summer programs that help students who have completed their junior year of high school become better informed citizens on how our government functions. For more information visit the Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State websites. Opportunities will be discussed during junior conferences.

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.

UW System Campus Tours

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


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


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.

Senior Transcripts & Applications

  • Students request transcripts in Naviance for electronic delivery to colleges and universities.
  • Requests for hard copies should be emailed directly to
  • 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. 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