SMCMS News 08.17.22
SMCMS News 08.17.22
It's tradition to wrap up summer and celebrate the new school year with a Middle School Social!
We would like to invite all the SMCMS students to our BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH,
Thursday, August 25th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
This student social is held on the middle school campus. Your child is encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey or colors.
During the evening students will play outdoor games and have a small snack.
Important Back to School Information
Student orientation: Monday August 29th is our student orientation day from 12:30 pm-2:30 pm. We ask that students are dropped off at 12:30 and then picked up at 2:30. We have the full two hours planned for the students. Students need to come in dress code for orientation.
Students should bring all their school supplies. Here is the 2022-23 SMCMS school supply list.
During orientation students will receive their lockers, schedules, and meet with their Advisory teacher. For all the new families, advisory is a guidance-based program that meets 4 times a week. Each teacher is assigned a small group of 12-15 students. The weekly schedule includes activities and discussion based on social and emotional lessons, intramural competition, and individual conferences. The goals of this program are to develop an understanding and valuing of self, others, and life experiences, to build relationships and to grow as a faith community.
Scanlan Studios will be taking our school pictures again this year on orientation day. Students need to come in dress code for orientation. About a week after orientation day, you will get a proof and an order form. Pictures are ordered after you’ve seen the proof. If you need two proofs and order forms for separated households, please instruct your child to let the photographer know when the photo is taken. If you don’t like the proof, picture retakes will be held on September 26th.
Parent Middle School information meeting: There will be two opportunities to attend a back-to-school information meeting on Monday August 29th. One at 2:30 pm for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents/guardians and another at 6:00 pm. Both meetings will be held in the SMCMS Commons. Staff will be introduced, we will go over on-to-one iPad program, drop off/pick up procedures for the year, and other school related items.
First Day of School: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
School will begin at 7:50am and end at 3:12pm. There will be a warning bell that rings at 7:45am. Student supervision will begin at 7:15am and end at 3:30pm.
Back to School Forms
Any student who brings all the following forms Friday September 2nd will get an out of dress code day.
- *Medication Consent Form
- *Student Emergency Information
- Please read the 2022-23 SMCMS Student/Parent Handbook with your child(ren)
- Student/Parent Handbook Acknowledgement
- *VIRTUS Diocesan Volunteer Code of Conduct (Must be signed every year)
All of these forms can be found on our website. (www.smcatholicschools.org) On the top click “Forms” and scroll down to SMCMS Forms.
We will also need proof of all required immunization on file. If your child had any immunizations over the summer, please send a copy of these so we can update our files. Incoming 6th graders are required to get their Tdap immunization.
New this year: we're hosting an ALL SCHOOLS parent night. We know this time of year is busy, but at least one parent should plan to attend.
What can you expect from Parent Information Night?
- Presentations on exciting changes and updates for the upcoming school year from our SMCS Leadership team, including:
- SMCS President Dan McKenna
- SMCHS Principal Patti Fouts
- SMCMS Principal Jill Ahles
- SMCS Elementary Principal Anna Cihlar
- SMCS Director of Technology and Innovation Justina Plemon
- Information Fair featuring representatives from:
- SMCS Athletics
- Zephyrs Booster Club
- Zephyrs Connect
- All Aboard
- Zephyr Dads
- Annual Fund
- Elementary Parent Organizations and Associate Principals
- Elementary After School Care and Enrichment
- Cub Scouts Troop 3045/3074
- Zephyrs Basketball Club
- Fine Arts Booster Club (ZFAB)
- SMCHS Campus Ministry
- SMCS Parish Partners
- The Zephyrs Spirit Stop will be open and will offer a one night only discount for purchases!
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. August 31st!
2022-23 Food Service at SMCS
With the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, there will be no USDA Waiver Program that offered free hot lunch to all SMCS students for the past two years. Food service will begin charging any families that are not on our free/reduced lunch program for meals.
As in the past, families that submit an application and are approved or families that are approved with a computer match of state benefits will not be charged for meals. Any families that qualified for free/reduced lunch in any of the past 3 school years will not be charged for lunch for the first 30 school days of the coming school year, giving families time to submit applications for free/reduced lunch.
Please call Anne Greif at 722-4914 if you have any questions.
Hot Lunch Volunteers: We need daily lunch volunteers this year from about 11:00-12:30 We will be using an online program (Sign Up Genius) to schedule the volunteers. It will automatically email you to remind you of your shift! This counts towards your parent involvement hours and you also get a chance to see your child! You should receive an invite from Sign Up Genius as the school year gets closer.
Welcome New Staff!
We are so excited to welcome new faces to the St. Mary Catholic Middle School family for the 2022-23 school year. Here's a quick rundown of who you'll be meeting in the coming weeks! We introduced you to some of those new faces in the last newsletter, and now we're excited to share the rest!
We asked each of our new staff members to send a "summer selfie" to give us a face to go with the name.
Mr. Efthimiou, Science
Fun Facts about Mr. Efthimiou:
- Mr. E was born in Athens, Greece but grew up in Appleton.
- He loves to play sports, fish, and spend time with family.
Welcome, Mr. E!
Mr. Dillenburg, Choir
Fun facts about Mr. Dillenburg:
Mr. Dillenburg is new to the Fox Valley. He and his wife moved from Duluth, MN this summer.
His main instrument is voice, but he also plays guitar, piano, trumpet and ukulele.
Mr. Dillenburg's summer selfie reveals one of his favorite hobbies: fishing! Welcome Mr. Dillenburg.
The Lion King Jr. Auditions
The SM Middle School will be producing “The Lion King Jr.” this fall. The performance dates are scheduled for October 21, 22, & 23.
Auditions for The Lion King Jr. will be held on Tuesday, September 6th from 3:30 – 5:00pm in the MS. Callbacks for select roles will be held Thursday September 8th from 3:30 – 5pm if needed. Not all cast members and characters will be asked to attend callbacks.
Rehearsals for the show will start the following week on Monday. More audition and show information will be available soon. If your student is unable to attend auditions but is interested in the show, please email Fine Arts Director Eric Conner.
Important Dates for your Calendar!
Thursday, August 25th: Back to School Bash 6:00-8:00 p.m. at SMCMS
Friday, August 26th: Zephyr Dads tailgate before 1st Friday football game 5:30 p.m.
Monday, August 29th: Orientation 12:30-2:30 p.m. (in dress code attire)
Monday August 29th: Parent Meeting 2:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30th: First Day of School
Wednesday, August 31st: SMCS ALL SCHOOLS parent night (at least one parent should attend)
Monday, September 5th: No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 6th: SMCS Zephyrs Spirit Day-students can wear spirit wear
Friday, September 23rd: Zephyrs Connect 5K/Fun Run and Family Festival 3:30 p.m.
Friday, September 30th: NO SCHOOL-Parent Teacher Conferences
View our monthly calendar here.
A printable system calendar is available here.
Zephyrs Connect 09.23.22
This event is fun for the whole family. Whether you come to run, or to enjoy games, entertainment, and Friday night football, come join the Zephyrs family in supporting our schools!