St. Mary Catholic Middle School

News Update: February 2, 2022

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"Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others. May we show them Your unceasing love through our actions." -From the Catholic Schools Week Prayer

2022-2023 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year.


2022-23 tuition and grant information can be found at: https://smcatholicschools.org/admissions/registration/ Please reach out to Shelley Wautlet (swautlet@smcatholicschools.org for information on tuition assistance and the Wisconsin School Choice Program (WPCP).


Current SMCS students will be automatically enrolled for 2022-23. If your child(ren) currently attends SMCS and will return in 2022-23, you do not need to do anything for registration. If your child(ren) will not return to SMCS for the 2022-23 school year, please contact Martha Barraza by March 31, 2022, if possible. Please reach out if you are still in the decision-making process for 2022-23.


If you have a child who will be starting at SMCS for the first time in 2022-23, please login to your account (click here ) and start the registration process for that child. When you login, you should see the following:

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Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) Application now Open!

The WPCP allows eligible 4K through grade 12 students to attend SMCS tuition-free. Eligibility is based on prior school attended and the student grade level and the household income. WPCP continuing students must reapply each year to receive the grant. WPCP applications will only be accepted for the 2022-23 school year through April 21, 2022, no exceptions. Apply here: https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/ChoiceParent/


More information can be found on the Department of Public Instruction website: https://dpi.wi.gov/ or contact Shelley Wautlet (swautlet@smcatholicschools.org).

Catholic Schools Week 2022

As you can see from the photos above, our students are have a great time celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2022. From Friday's Kickoff Social to special dress up days and Middle School Staff Trivia, we have been very busy!


A few reminders for the rest of the week:


  • Thursday, February 3 is Liturgy Day. Students should follow SMCMS Liturgy Day dress code.
  • Friday, February 4 is a free out of dress code day for all students and staff. It is also the last day of our Souper Bowl of Caring canned food drive. The grade level that brings in the most canned goods for a local food pantry will win an out of dress code day for next Friday February 11.

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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with some new Zephyr gear! Use the code CSW to save 20% through this weekend. The code will not work on New Fine Arts Apparel and the new NIKE sweatshirt.


Shop anytime online by clicking here. If you'd like to shop in person, take advantage of open hours at the SMCHS Spirit Stop this Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m.

Save the Dates: Conferences on February 15 and February 17

SMCMS will offer both an in person and a virtual option for our upcoming conferences. Parents wishing to conference with teachers on person should sign up for Tuesday, February 15. Those wishing to conference via zoom should sign up for Thursday, February 17.


A Sign Up Genius for both dates will be emailed out next week.

Register for Camp Zephyr Today!

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St. Mary Catholic Schools is proud to offer a new summer fun option for our families and friends. Registration is now open for Camp Zephyr. More details and registration information can be found by clicking here.
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You're invited to pray the rosary with others in the SMCS family on Monday, February 7 after morning drop off in the SMCMS chapel. Everyone is welcome and guide sheets will be available for those who are new to praying the rosary. Join us for prayer, fellowship, coffee and treats.


Please check in at the office when you arrive.

8th Grade Families: You're Invited!

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February 9th 6:30pm: Our new student course registration night is an evening event for new students to learn about course offerings and enroll in their 2022-2023 classes.

Zephyrs Gold Raffle Tickets

Your youngest child was given the Zephyrs Gold Raffle Tickets this week. Those eight (8) tickets can be purchased by you, or sold to other people and the $200 returned with ticket stubs will be applied to your tuition bill. This is the only fundraiser that offsets the family fundraising fee that is applied to our K-12 families tuition bill. The raffle tickets give you a chance to win cash, up to $2,000! All stubs, money and unused tickets must be returned to the school office by February 25, 20222. If you have questions, please email Chris Decker at cdecker@smcatholicschools.org.

Kwik Trip Scrip Bonus

Big news for Scrip shoppers: Kwik Trip Scrip rebate is 10% for the month of February! To learn more about Scrip and how you can use it to help support SMCS, click here.

6th Grade Shirts Are Here!

6th graders can pick up their class shirts from the school office by dropping off a check for $12 made out to SMCS. A shirt was ordered for all 6th grade students based on the sizes parents submitted during summer course selection.


These shirts are designed to be worn by our students for all three years of their middle school career, and feature lyrics to their class song "Smile" by Sidewalk Prophets. They are considered dress code appropriate as long as it is not a liturgy dress day.

Better as a Zephyr: Leading down the right track

Congrats to Hailey, Kieran, and Garrett for being this week's Better as a Zephyr: Leading Down the Right Track award recipients. These students are being recognized for displaying integrity and compassion in the classroom!


Their names will be displayed in our Commons space and they receive their choice of a reward for being "caught" living out these core values of our SMCS system!

Guidance and Campus Ministry News

Protecting our Children - lessons to begin soon:


In 2016, the Diocese of Green Bay subscribed to VIRTUS® for lesson plans which are used to provide a consistent Safe Environment foundation for our children. It is the shared responsibility of parents, teachers, and catechists to give our children the awareness and tools they need to overcome anyone who intends to harm them. It is an expectation that all Catholic Schools and Faith Formation programs use the VIRTUS® Lesson plans. (Taken from Green Bay Diocesan resources for safe environment training). You can view those lessons here.


These lessons are in addition to the Family Life/Theology of the Body lessons currently being taught in Religion classes. Mrs. Kalaus will teach the age appropriate Virtus lessons in upcoming weeks for each grade level. Please let her know if you have any questions.


FVTC Summer Camps


This summer, Fox Valley Technical College will offer TECHKNOWLEDGE College (formerly Summer Camp) for middle and high school students. There is a wide variety of hands-on interactive classes. You can find information and registration here.


8th Grade Career Unit


The grade 8 Educational and Career Planning unit focuses on a student’s personal/social growth, academic/career development and looking ahead to their future as they transition to high school and eventually into a career. The unit has an emphasis on a review of the student’s talents, hopes and dreams, abilities, interests, academic performance, MAP test results, learning styles and career assessment results. To help students objectively look at themselves, they will participate in several on-line activities from NAVIANCE, including exploration of career clusters and completing a personality inventory. Mrs. Kalaus will be in eighth grade classes for the next several weeks for instruction and discussion about all these topics.

New Meal Viewer App

A note from SMCS Food Service Director Diane Agrell:


St Mary Catholic Schools are excited to offer MealViewer! This online menu service provides a quick and easy way to view our school’s daily menus.


MealViewer provides:


  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone.
  • Safety – Create profiles for your students and select their allergens. Get alerts each time that allergen is on the menu!
  • Fun Feedback – Let students favorite and rate certain meals so that we ensure we are serving meals they enjoy!



Signing up is easy!


  1. Click here and register for a free account.
  2. Create a profile for you and your students by first selecting their school.
  3. Set up your student’s profile by selecting the appropriate allergens and let them favorite their most loved meals. Now you will receive notifications every time any of these are served!



Please remember during this challenging time of getting items, the menus may still change. We will do our best to update menus as items may change.

Hot Lunch Help Needed!

The January-June Volunteer sign up is live! Our hot lunch program runs smoothly thanks to the generosity of our parent volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help hand out trays, serve food, and sanitize tables.


The volunteer shift this year will run from 11:00am-12:30pm. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes and a hat or hairnet. If you are able to help, click here to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Youth Events

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Bring your friends to the Mini Lock in this Saturday at St. Mary’s! All are welcome. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040545aaaa22a7fc1-extraordinary.

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SMCMS is looking forward to welcoming Jason Evert for an important conversation on relationships. Parents are welcome to join us on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
Registration for Summer Mission Trips is now open! Click here to register online. Your spot will be reserved once a payment is received by mail or in person at church.
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Mark your calendars and prepare for a return to Zephyrfest at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center on April 30, 2022. We will be back together, celebrating the highlights of our Zephyrs community. More details will be coming soon.

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Looking Ahead

For a complete calendar listing, view our Calendar online



2-04 Out of Dress Code all students and staff

02-10 Mass FAEC 9:40 a.m.

2-15 MS Conferences In Person

2-17 MS Conferences Virtual

2-18 No School: Staff Professional Development

2-21 No School