SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 16: Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:45-6:30pm

Thursday, March 17: School Mass @12:22pm

Friday, March 18: End of the 3rd Quarter | No School | Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 18-Friday March 25: No School--Spring Break

Saturday, March 26: Forensic Meet @Wrightstown High School

Monday, March 28: School Resumes

Thursday, March 31: 10th Grade Retreat | School Mass @11:00am


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

The 2022-23 School Year Calendar is available to assist you in planning for our next school year.

For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org

Prom 2022!

Mark your calendar! Prom (for 11th and 12th grades) will be held on Saturday, May 21.

Host Family Needed

We are looking for a host family for the remainder of the school year (through June 5) for an 11th grade boy from Italy. A host family stipend and pro-rated tuition credit is offered. If you are interested, please contact Sue Thelen.

Kudos to....

  • The Math Team for receiving second place in the small school division in the math meet at Xavier HS last week. Team members are Noah Bublitz, Camille Dinka, Paul Nutini, Billy Walsh, Shruti Chakrapani, Sam Foord, Charlie Cedergren and Nicholas DeBraal.

  • Nicolas DeBraal and Billy Walsh for receiving Fox Valley Math League All-Conference honors.

  • Nicholas DeBraal for receiving a third place medal in freshman/sophomore division in the math meet.

  • Members of the Forensics team who qualified for State, including: Noelle Anderson, Sylvia Walentowski, Cat Genke, Mari Ladish, Lainey Becker, Nathan Bekkers and Daniel DuVernay. The State competition will take place on Saturday, April 9.

  • Lilly Griffith for qualifying and participating in the WIAA 3-Point Competition at the girls state basketball tournament last week. Griffith placed ninth.

  • The following students for qualifying for VEX World Championship: Billy Walsh, Paul Nutini, Kaden Miller, Agii Kerwin, Noah Bublitz, Ashton McGlone, Isaac Pifer, Lainey Becker, Andrew Pope, Charlie Cedergren, Daniel Duvernay, Nate Pable, Sam Foord, Jack Clark, Ethon Moschea, Alex Walsh, Nicholas DeBraal, Matthew Brigham and Ethan Tines.

Student of the Year Campaign--Camille Dinka

Senior Camille Dinka has been nominated to participate in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year program. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community that raise the most funds during the competition, which runs until April 28. Let's show our Zephyr pride and help Camille win "Student of the Year"! Camille will host several in-school fundraising activities for students. You can also support Camille and her campaign by donating through her fundraising page: https://events.lls.org/wi/newisconsinsoy22/cdinka

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Sports Update

The Girls Basketball Team fell short against Bonduel in the Sectional Semi-Final game by a score of 46-57. Congratulations to the Girls Basketball team on a great season, including the Big East Conference Championship and the WIAA Regional Championship!


The Boys Basketball Team lost to Roncalli in the Sectional Semi-Final game by a score of 85-61. Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team on a great season that included the WIAA Regional Championship!


Spring Sports have begun! Track and Field began on March 7 and Softball on March 14. Other start dates are:

Girls Soccer and Baseball--March 14

Tennis--March 28

2022-2023 SMCS Registration

We have exciting news for SMCS 2022-2023 registration - there is NOTHING for you to do, at this time, if your child(ren) is returning to SMCS for the 2022-2023 school year! Our new enrollment management system will move students to the next grade level. Registration fees will be billed later this spring, and all existing families will receive the early registration discount.

You can find more details about registration here.

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program – apply now!

The WPCP allows eligible students to attend a participating private school tuition-free. Eligibility is based on student grade level and household income. Continuing WPCP students must reapply each year, but are not required to meet income requirements after the initial qualifying year. Learn more here or apply now.


Contact Shelley Wautlet swautlet@smcatholicschools.org with any additional questions.


Bring all of your questions about WPCP and affordable tuition to the drop in event scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 4:30-6:30pm in the SMCHS Commons. This would be a great event to invite friends to who might be considering joining the SMCS family.

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For Tax Purposes – filing year 2021

A summary of tuition transactions from 1/1/21 to 6/30/21 was mailed in January. To access payments made from 7/1/21 to 12/31/21, log in to Blackbaud/Smart Tuition account (use link) https://parent.smarttuition.com/ and click on Family Year End Statement. Parents may include the tuition payments for 5-year old kindergarten through grade 12 on the state of WI Schedule PS tax form. Please consult a tax professional to inquire about claiming payments on P3/4K tuition.


The 2021 Schedule PS and instructions can be found on our website. For Part 1 use: St. Mary Catholic Schools, 1050 Zephyr Drive, Neenah, WI 54956.

Spirit Stop Sale!

We've changed the clocks, the snow is melting, and the sun is staying up later. Let's celebrate marching into Spring with a Spirit Stop sale! Visit our website to check out the latest markdowns!

A scheduling note: there will be NO in person shopping on Friday, March 18 and Friday March 25 due to SMCS Spring Break. The Spirit Stop will resume it's Friday morning hours on April 1.

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Zephyrfest 2022!

Early tickets sale are sending a clear message: after two years of virtual gatherings, we are ready to celebrate Zephyrfest 2022 in person! If you are planning to attend this premier fundraising event, the time is now to secure your reservations for Saturday, April 30 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Attending Zephyrfest isn’t the only way you can take part in the excitement. Purchase some sweepstakes tickets for your chance to win everything from a new car, to Packers tickets, and even cash. Click here for sweepstakes details.

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Walking Through Lent Together

During Lent we are invited to draw closer to God by stripping away the things in this world that keep us from Him. We're invited to fast, to pray, and to give, so that we might prepare our hearts for the gift of the Resurrection. The journey of Lent is personal, but also an opportunity to join a community of believers walking toward Easter.


In the hopes of encouraging community in this season, we have gathered Lenten opportunities from across our five parishes and campuses in one place. We hope you'll find occasions on our Walking Through Lent Together website to connect to God and your SMCS community. The website will be updated as we learn of more opportunities and events to share.

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Work Permits

Work Permits are now issued at SMCHS. If your child needs a work permit, please contact Sue Thelen. For more information about required documents, please use this link: WI Work Permit
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COUNSELING NEWS

College Visits

DePaul University – Monday, March 21 at 9:24am (Virtual)

Mount Mary Fashion Academy

This week-long experience is for students entering grades 8-12 who have a love of fashion and want to learn more about the industry. June 27-July1 from 9am-4pm at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. Cost is $214. Find details here.

Bellin Summer Nursing Camps

Bellin College is accepting applications for their summer Nursing and Medical Imaging camps. Current sophomores and juniors may apply online at https://www.bellincollege.edu/admissions/visit/summer-camps/. Space is limited so apply early!

Badger Precollege & Summer Music Programs

UW Madison offers Badger Precollege programs and Summer Music Clinics for students completing grades 9-12. Program registration closes April 30.

Washington University

Washington University in St. Louis has extended their test optional policy for students entering this fall. They also have a wide variety of precollege programs available this summer.

K-12 Scholarships for Music/Art Lessons

The Les and Dar Stumpf Youth Arts Scholarship provides financial assistance to students interested in an art discipline. Applications are due April 1. Click here for details.

Wisconsin High School Business Model Competition

Students in grades 10-12 are invited to compete in the Wisconsin High School Business Model Competition. Applications are due April 10. For details visit https://uwosh.edu/cei/competitions/hs-pitch/.

UWO Preview Events

The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh campuses will be hosting Preview Events this spring To register visit: uwo.sh/preview. Application fees are waived this year!

Spring 2022 College Fairs

  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is hosting virtual college fairs April 3, 12, and 26.

  • Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEF) are hosting in-person and virtual fairs March 2-April 27. Register and find details here.

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.

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.

Links

Links to ACT and SAT test dates.