SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 7: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, April 8: Spirit Stop open 7:30-8:15am

Saturday, April 9: Forensic State Meet | Spring Fling Dance

Thursday, April 14: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, April 15-Monday, April 18: No School--Easter Break

Tuesday, April 19: School Resumes

Wednesday, April 20: Host Family Information Meeting @6:00pm

Thursday, April 21: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, April 22: Spirit Stop open 7:30-8:15am | WSMA Band Concert Festival

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

Holiday Hours in Observance of Easter

In observance of Easter, the High School and Business Offices will be closed Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18. Both offices will resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 19.

Host Family Informational Meeting

Have you thought about hosting an international student at SMCHS but needed just a little more information? Here’s your chance! Join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00pm at the high school (enter in front). Tim Seaver, program coordinator for ICES, will be here to answer your questions and share information about the program. Please fill in this FORM to let us know if you can attend or to request more information.

Host families do not need to have a student in SMCS, so please pass on this opportunity to anyone you think may be willing to open their home. There is a $600 monthly stipend paid to host families and a $1,500 tuition credit for SMCS families for hosting an international student.

Prom Donations Welcome

It’s PROM TIME!!! This year’s junior class is hosting the 2022 Prom on Saturday, May 21 at North Shore Golf Club. They are planning an elegant and fun-filled event for juniors and seniors. They are asking for your help to make the night extra special for all who attend. Below is a list of where your help is most needed. Any sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. We know that our events are not as successful without the generous support from our families. Thank you in advance for any financial sponsorship you may be willing to give.

  • Photo Booth
  • DJ
  • Guest party favor
  • Money to purchase gift cards as prizes at post-prom
  • Decorations for the event

If you are able to help, please make your donation by Monday, April 25. Thank you so much for your help in creating this memorable event for all! If you have any further questions please contact Kristin Billings or Clare Stefanich.

Class of 2022 Graduation!

Graduation will be here soon! Senior parents--watch for an email this week with details about all of the exciting events leading to graduation day on Wednesday, May 25.

SMCS Teacher and Staff Awards - Nominate Someone Today!

Each year, SMCS recognizes the talent of outstanding SMCS teachers and staff members. It is important to show our teachers and staff how much their dedication and hard work is appreciated. Please take the time to nominate a deserving teacher/staff member/co-worker by clicking on the links below. Past recipients are listed here. The deadline for nominations for the 2022 awards is Friday, April 29. NOMINATION FORM

Kudos to....

Congratulations to the following students who performed at the WSMA District Solo and Ensemble Festival in March. These students and the SMC Jazz Band qualified to perform at the State Solo and Ensemble contest on April 22: Maria Benz, Lainey Becker, Carson Emenecker, Brianna Beyer, Maddie London, Kaden Miller, Sylvia Walentowski, Gabe Groom, John Osland, Billy Walsh and Alex Walsh.

The Forensics Team competed in two tournaments over spring break. A special congratulations to Nathan Bekkers who placed 4th in Solo Humorous, Cat Genke and Mari Ladish, 3rd in Group Interpretive, and a Team second place overall.

The Powerlifting Team had four athletes compete in Lombard, Illinois for the USAPL Highschool Powerlifting National Championship in March, including Ashton Post, John Romnek, Gabby Ruback and Paul Kundert. It was a great effort by all. John placed second and Ashton earned fifth place. Gabby and Paul both earned personal records.

The VEX Robotics teams for hosting a very successful STEM Saturday on April 2. The accompanying brat fry and bake sale raised $1896.

Summer Strength and Conditioning Program

High School Strength and Conditioning (Entering Grades 9-12 Fall of 2022)

Starts June 13 – Ends August 4

Monday thru Thursday: 7:30am-9:00am

Middle School Strength and Conditioning (Entering Grades 6-8 Fall of 2022)

Starts June 13 – Ends August 4

Monday thru Thursday: 9:00am–10:00am

Please note that this program is for SMCS students only. There will not be a session from 10am-11am for high school students this summer and none of the sessions will be offered for high school credit.

Sports Update

The weather continues to wreak havoc on the springs sports schedule! So far, just a few competitions have been completed. Let's hope for better weather soon!

There are many volunteer openings this spring sport season that need to be filled to run our home sporting events. Please sign up using this link: High School Spring Sport Volunteer Sign Up

Finally, a reminder about students participating and being in school for practices and competitions:

  • To participate in co-curricular practices, rehearsals, meetings, etc., students must be in school by 11:00am and remain in school through the end of the day on the day of the scheduled activity, unless pre-arranged and/or excused by the administration.

  • To participate in co-curricular competitions such as performances and games, students must be in school the entire school day. Students who are too ill to attend classes are too ill to perform in co-curricular activities. Exceptions to this rule include serious illness or death in the immediate family, medical or dental appointments that cannot otherwise be avoided; and special situations for which prior approval has been obtained from the administration.

Leadership Interns Needed for Camp Invention

Leadership Interns (grades 10 and up) mentor Camp Invention campers (grades K-6) and Leaders-in-Training (grades 7-9) to help them explore hands on STEM concepts and become critical thinkers. Formalized online leadership training is provided. Participants will earn up to 40 volunteer hours for graduation or college, scholarship or job applications, in addition to receiving a letter of recommendation from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Camp is held at SMCMS during the week of June 13. Please contact Christine Cedergren for more information. To apply: Camp Invention Leadership Intern

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 with any additional questions.

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) 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.

Zephyrfest 2022!

With less than one month before SMCS's premier fundraising event, we have reached our reservation capacity for Zephryfest 2022. While you may no longer be able to join us for the in person event on April 30, there are several ways you can still participate in the excitement and show your support for St. Mary Catholic Schools.

Feeling lucky? From cash to Packers tickets to a new car, there are many sweepstakes options this year! Click here for more information.

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Spirit Stop Update

TODAY (April 6) is the deadline to update your Zephyrs Baseball spirit wear! Visit our website to check out the options available for pre-order. Don't forget, the Spirit Stop hosts in person shopping time every Friday morning from 7:30-8:15am.

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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:

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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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Virtual Medical Shadowing Opportunities

Volunteer Crowd offers opportunities for high school students to gain a strong understanding of health careers. Visit this link for details on how the program is structured. Students can shadow Medical and/or Emergency Medical Professionals online.

2022 UW System Summer Workbook for Juniors

Pre-order requests are being accepted for the 2022 Summer Workbook through April 22. The workbook provides current juniors with all the information they need to successfully apply to a UW System campus for Fall 2023.

Marian University – Pre-College Credit for Grades 9-12

Marian University (MU) is offering courses this summer for students in grades 9-12. One hour courses are held online in the evening for 5 weeks. Each course costs $50 per course, awards 1 credit on a MU transcript, and a $500 MU tuition award. Credits are not transferrable to an SMC transcript. Details available here.

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed

SOAR Fox Cities is looking for students to help with summer camp. Students will work with campers 14 years of age and older with cognitive disabilities. The camp is June 7-11 at Camp Onaway on the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca. While it is a volunteer position, gift cards are awarded to the students, and training, transportation to and from camp and room and board are provided. Click HERE for more information.

Fox Valley Technical College Offerings

Campus Guided Tours: Pre-registration required.

Teen Preview Day: Sophomores and juniors will learn how to earn a degree sooner by taking college credits in high school. Thursday, April 7 from 3-6pm. Pre-registration required.
Hands-On, High-Tech: Learn about Residential Building Construction and Wood Manufacturing programs on April 19 and 20 at the S.J. Spanbauer Center in Oshkosh. Pre-register by April 11.
Express Admissions Day: Appleton and Oshkosh campuses on April 27 from 8am-6pm.

Virtual Supply Chain Programs Info Session: April 27 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Pre-registration required.

TechKnowledge College Summer Camps: For middle and high school students.

Aviation Fly-In & Open House: For those considering a career in aviation on April 30 8am-noon.

UW System Schools

Application Status

COVID-19 Practices and Updates

One-On-One Assistance with a UW HELP Specialist.

Virtual UW Journey* to find your fit within the UW System on April 13 @ 4pm.

UW System Application demos*: Tuesday, April 19 at 3pm, or Wednesday, May 4 at 4pm.
*Pre-registration required.

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.

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.

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

UWO Preview Events

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

Spring 2022 College Fairs

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

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

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 to ACT and SAT test dates.