SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." Saint Teresa of Calcutta

SCHOOL NEWS

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 17: School Mass @10:52am

Friday, March 19: End of 3rd Quarter / No School--Records Day

Monday, March 22: No School--Professional Development

Wednesday, March 24: School Mass @10:52am

Saturday, March 27: STEM Saturday


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

SMCS 2021-22 Student Registration is Now Open!

All families, both new and returning, will be asked to complete SMCS registration for the 2021-22 school year. You will be asked to create a new account and then complete the registration form for each student who will be attending SMCS in 2021-22. Registration fees are $75/student for those registered by March 31 ($225 max/family). Registration fees increase to $100/student after March 31 ($300 max/family). https://smcatholicschools.myschoolapp.com/app#login/apply

Virtual STEM Saturday 2021--March 27

Join in a celebration of STEM with virtual demonstrations and fun at-home learning opportunities for all ages!

  • Learn from industry experts and explore hands-on activities at home.
  • Explore curricular and co-curricular STEM opportunities.
  • Meet our award-winning SMCS Robotics teams.
  • Tour SMCS facilities virtually.


Participate in friendly STEM competition with your design, and have chance to win prizes.

Register at www.smcatholicschools.org/stemsaturday by March 19 to receive your FREE take-home activity kit and to participate in STEM Saturday on March 27.

School Retreat Fee Refund

If you were billed a high school retreat fee on your tuition bill this year, there will be a refund on your next statement. This applies to students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Seniors will still be participating in a retreat in spring. (Please note that WPCP School Choice participants were not billed this fee and therefore will not be issued a refund.)

Tuition Assistance for Next School Year--Deadline, March 15th

If you feel you will need assistance for the 2021-22 school year, apply now for priority consideration. SMCS donor grants are available to help families fit tuition into their budgets if they do not qualify for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Grant.


Contact Shelley Wautlet for information on grants and assistance. SMCS Tuition Assistance Application: http://smcatholicschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Tuit_Assist_Application_2021-22.pdf

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

The WPCP allows eligible students to attend a participating private school tuition-free. The private school receives a state aid payment for each eligible students. Eligibility is based on the student grade level and household income. Please contact Shelley Wautlet (swautlet@smcatholicschools.org) for more information.

We are the Light Summer Mission Experience

St. Margaret Mary and St. Gabriel Parishes are offering a summer service opportunity from June 6-10. It is open to all youth currently in Grades 6-12. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, please contact Tina Peirick.

Kudos Zephyrs!

Congratulations to the members of our boys and girls basketball teams who earned Big East All Conference Honors: First Team: Cole Uhlenbrauck and Chloe Vogel; Second Team: Quincy Fields, Danny Griffith and Jaydin Vosters.


Congratulations to all participants of the National German Exam! Gold Awards winners--Daniel DuVernay, William Walsh and Margaret Krautkramer; Silver Award winners--Addison Dinka, Alex Walsh and Haley Gustafson.


Congratulations to all four VEX VRC High School Robotics teams for qualifying for the State VEX Robotics Tournament. Congratulations to Billy Walsh, Frank Whiting, Paul Nutini and Agii Kerwin for finishing as tournament finalists at a recent tournament. The state tournament is March 13 at FVL.


It's official! Congratulations to Zephyrs seniors Mitch Lukasik and Ben Wilson, who will continue their baseball careers at Ripon College Red Hawks Athletics. Mitch and Ben (below) were joined by their parents, teammates, SMCS staff, and Coach Janssen, Coach Laux, and Coach Schwab to celebrate signing day today.

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SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS

College Visits

UW - Green Bay – Tuesday, March 16 @ 1:36pm

UW - Whitewater – Wednesday, March 17 @ 9:20am

UW – Milwaukee – Thursday, March 18 @1:36pm

Viterbo University – Friday, March 26 @ 1:36pm

Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) – Monday, March 29 @11:56am

The University of Arizona – Tuesday, March 30 @ 1:36pm

University of Iowa – Tuesday, April 13 @9:30am

University of Wisconsin System Updates


  • March Webinar - Financial Aid Panel on Wednesday, March 24 at 3:30 pm discussing financial aid and budgeting. Registration required.
  • Placement Testing will only be offered online this Spring. Registration for placement exams for Summer and Fall 2021 students is targeted to begin on March 15.
  • Find the priority deadlines are for filing FAFSA at all of the UW System institutions!
  • For Covid -19 admission updates and recommended resources, visit COVID-19 Admissions Updates and COVID-19 Resources page.
  • College Goal Wisconsin provides free information and assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register or to request additional information, please refer to collegegoalwi.org. The last session will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 pm; registration opens on April 6, at noon.

More FAFSA Help

Fox Valley Technical College also hosts virtual FAFSA workshops on Thursdays (except when the college is closed). Click here for the next date and time.

UW System Summer Workbooks for Juniors

Orders for the upcoming 2021 Summer Workbook are available now through Friday, April 16. The 2021 Summer Workbook will provide students with information needed to successfully apply to a UW System campus for Fall 2022.

2021 Virtual Private College Week

Private College Week, July 12 - 17, 2021 features unique, online open houses at Wisconsin’s private college campuses. Take a tour of 23 campuses, connect with admission and financial aid advisors, get to know professors, learn about the residence halls, find out about dining options, and chat with current students. With special events all week, this is a great time to explore campuses from home.

Virtual College Fairs

NACAC - over 500 U.S. and international colleges and universities; continue throughout the spring.

Wisconsin Educational Fairs (WEFS) will run from 3-6pm on March 10, and April 11.

BigFuture™ Days for sophomores and juniors will be held March 7 and March 11.

Healthcare VCE Events

Virtual Career Experience events are online, live interactions with a local healthcare professional. Students will learn about the professional’s academic and career journey, his/her daily routine, starting or average salary, and types of patients seen throughout a day. Participating students will have the opportunity to ask professionals questions. Visit the website for schedules and registration information.

Senior Transcripts & Applications

  • Students with applications requiring mid-year transcripts should request them in Naviance using the same process they used for the initial transcript.
  • Students request transcripts in Naviance for electronic delivery to colleges and universities.
  • Requests for hard copies should be emailed directly to chall@smcatholicschools.org.

Updates for Student Athletes


The NCAA Eligibility Center has released updates for student athletes. Learn more about initial eligibility here.

UW System Application Fees Waived

The University of Wisconsin (UW) System has announced a no cost application fee for most UW campuses for approximately the next two years. Students who have already submitted applications prior to December 11, 2020, but have not yet submitted payment, will still be required to pay the application fee; it will not be retroactively applied to already submitted applications. UW campuses that continue to require the application fee are UW-Eau Claire Region, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Madison.

UW System Campus Tours

Use this link to find campus tour information for all UW System Schools. UW HELP is offering 15-minute, one-on-one sessions for admissions assistance. Appointments can be made here.

Understanding the Financial Aid Process--Virtual Presentations

Ripon College Office of Financial Aid is happy to share a virtual step-by-step guide to filing the FAFSA and the financial aid process for all students planning to attend private, public or technical schools after graduation. This is the same financial aid evening program offered at SMCHS in the past. Click on the links below for each topic:

Welcome from Director of Financial Aid, Linda Kinziger

Part 1: Financial Aid Basics and Creating an FSA ID

Part 2: Completing the FAFSA

Part 3: Next Steps (The FAFSA is complete)

Part 4: Special Circumstances and Other Questions

Conclusion: Parting words with Linda