SMCHS News Update

Thursday, August 27, 2020

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"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta

SCHOOL NEWS

Upcoming Events

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


Friday, August 28: Connect Five Run

Tuesday, September 1: Zephyrs Spirit Wear Day

Thursday, September 3: 10th/9th Grades--School Pictures during Lunch

Friday, September 4: 12th/11th Grades--School Pictures during Lunch

Monday, September 7: No School--Labor Day

School Entry/Arrival Reminders

Students arriving between 7:15-7:30am should enter through the FAEC lobby door, in the back of the building.


Students arriving between 7:30-7:40am can enter through the Commons door or the FAEC lobby door, in the back of the building.


Students by grade will wait in the following areas:

  • Freshman--gym
  • Sophomores--FAEC
  • Juniors/Seniors--Commons


Students will be released to their first hour class at 7:40am. Students arriving between 7:40-7:50am can report directly to their 1st hour class and can enter through the Commons door or the FAEC lobby door, in the back of the building.


Students arriving late or leaving for or arriving from an appointments ANYTIME DURING THE DAY will only be allowed to enter through the front door/office door.

A Day in the Life!

Enjoy this video of the Zephynator walking us through what a day at school will look like.

Our New Class Schedule!

As you know, we have switched to a block schedule with alternating A and B schedule days. If you or your student need to refresh on what day is next, especially after a long weekend, you can find it listed on the Google calendar.

Host Families Needed

We have the potential last-minute opportunity to host several international students from Europe. They will arrive in 2-3 weeks. If you are interested in the possibility of hosting, please contact Sue Thelen.

Substitute Teachers Needed!

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a substitute teacher for our school, please contact Patti Fouts. An associate or bachelor's degree is required to obtain a Wisconsin substitute teaching license. We are in great need of substitute teachers this year!

Fall Sports!

Below are the fall sports that we offer, along with the head coach’s name and email address, along with sport start dates:


Head Coach Contacts

Cross Country (co-ed) – Chad McCartney, coachchadmccartney@gmail.com

Football - Jeremy Clifton, jclifton@smcatholicschools.org

Soccer (Boys) - Sean Johnson, coachspj@gmail.com

Tennis (Girls) - Lizzy Auth, lizzyba@gmail.com

Volleyball - Mike Mauritz, zephyr.volleyball@gmail.com


Fall Sports Start Dates

Cross Country/Tennis – Monday, August 17

Soccer/Football/Volleyball - Monday, September 7

SCHOOL CHAPLAIN NEWS

First Friday Mass / Chapel Adoration

First Friday mass and monthly adoration will begin on Friday, September 4 in the high school chapel. Unfortunately, for now, we are unable to invite guests to mass. Please pray with us in spirit and pray that we may welcome everyone to join us again soon.

School Liturgy

Students will participate in liturgy each week on Wednesdays. We will rotate mass attendance by class, with the remainder of the school attending virtually. Those attending virtually will have an opportunity to receive communion and confession in the school chapel after mass. Again, we are not able to invite guests at this time.

Welcome Fr. Mark Mleziva!

We warmly welcome Father Mark Mleziva as our school chaplain this year. From Father Mleziva:


"I am so excited to join the SMC family! A little about me--I grew up in the country south of Luxemburg, Wisconsin, where I attended Catholic elementary school at St. Mary's in Luxemburg, and then public middle and high school at Luxemburg-Casco. I graduated from high school in 2006 and attended UW-Madison on a full ride golf caddie scholarship. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2011 with a degree in Secondary Education--Social Studies. It was during my time at UW-Madison that I felt called to the priesthood and accordingly, after college, I applied to be a seminary for the Diocese of Green Bay. I spent two years studying at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, and then four years studying in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. I was ordained a priest in 2017 and was first assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc and as chaplain to Roncalli High School. After one year, I was assigned as the Vocation Director for the Diocese, which is still my current role. I can't wait to meet the students and families at SMC!"

SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS

Counselor Assignments

Mrs. Castagna works with students whose last names begin with A-N.

Mrs. Van Camp works with students whose last names begin with O-Z.

Course Fees

Students taking CAPP and Blended Education classes will receive an invoice from the business office within the first two weeks of class.

October 14 PSAT - Optional Testing for Juniors

The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test provides practice for the SAT, the opportunity to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs, and helps students prepare for other standardized assessments, like the ACT. This test is optional. An email with full details will be sent to parents of juniors in the next few weeks.

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 $95 per test. Tests for AP classes which begin in the Spring will be ordered in the Spring.

Virtual College Fairs

Wisconsin Education Fairs are going virtual with over 100 colleges, universities, military branches, and specialty schools. Each month they offer a virtual college fair from 3 - 5 p.m., followed by a 5 - 6 p.m. interactive financial aid presentation. Click here for the Fall Schedule and Spring Schedule. Check out this video on how students register and navigate through the events. Register Now!

Virtual College Exploration Event

The Wisconsin Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC) is an organization that brings college representatives and high school counselors together to help students find their college fit. WACAC is sponsoring Virtual College Exploration Events now through September 3. At each session, colleges and universities will give various presentations to help you in your college search. Some sessions will include general information about how to write your college essay, financial aid, or being undecided on your major. Other sessions will allow you to learn about a specific college (UW-Madison, Marquette, DePaul, etc.). There are over 80 sessions to choose from. Click here to see the sessions and register.

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications open Oct 1st. The

FAFSA determines eligibility for grants, work-study, and student loans so be sure to apply early. Contact the Financial Aid Office of schools you have applied to with any questions. College Goal Wisconsin is an organization which provides free help completing the FAFSA. While all of their in-person FAFSA completion events have been cancelled, they will be offering virtual events on October 7, 14, 21, and 28, November 4 and 11. Click here for details.