SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” ― Saint Teresa of Calcutta

SCHOOL NEWS

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 6: First Friday Mass and Adoration

Wednesday, November 11: School Mass @ 11:52am

Friday, November 13: Virtual Learning Day--No In-Person Classes

Monday, November 9: Boys Powerlifting Begins

Monday, November 16: Girls Basketball Begins

Monday, November 23: Boys Basketball Begins


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

School Lunch--USDA Waiver Extended

The USDA Waiver Program has been extended for the entire 2020-2021 school year. St. Mary Catholic Schools students will not be charged for full school meals (ala carte items will still be charged) through the end of this school year, through a federally-funded waiver program. Free lunch became available for all of our locations beginning October 1st.



All virtual learners enrolled at St. Mary Catholic Schools are also eligible for free lunch. We will start lunch pickup for virtual students this week. The pickup location will be St. Gabriel Elementary in the horseshoe driveway. Please watch your email for a bi-weekly signup.


Please contact Food Service Director Diane Agrell at dagrell@smcatholicschools.org with any questions.

Zephyrs High School Theatre--Fall Play

Fall Sports Recap

Congratulations to our tennis team for an excellent season. They won conference with every player taking first followed by all ten girls winning their matches at subsectionals. At sectionals, our #1 doubles team of Emma Jares and Drew Korth, our #2 doubles team of Natalie Chakar and Lilly Griffith, and our #1 single, Anna Vanden Acker, qualified for state.


The soccer team completed a great season, ending with a 7-9-1 record, regional champions and sectional runner-ups. Congratulations!


The football team recently completed a very successful season! The team finished equaling the highest winning percentage since 2002 and would have been playoff eligible this season. The team's passing offense finished ranked number one in the state, led by Danny Griffith who finished as the state's top-ranked passing quarterback. Our receiver position group, who also finished ranked number one, was led by Luke Steffen, who finished ranked number two, as well as Quincy Fields, Noah Bublitz, Atticus Johnson, Ethan Campbell, and Dylan Dwyer who also finished among the top receivers. The defense finished ranked 9th in the state with Aidan Anderson, Trace Lean, and Ryan Ortscheid finishing among defensive leaders. Special Teams finished ranked 7th, including Agii Kerwin, who finished as the state's 4th-ranked kicker. Multiple additional players on offense, defense, and special teams finished ranked amongst the top in the state at their positions.


The boys cross country team were conference champions for the first time since 1990 and placed 2nd at sectionals to qualify as a team for the WIAA Division 3 State Cross Country meet, a first for our school. Members of the varsity team are: Tip Hogerty, Alex Groppel, Michael Weninger, Ashton Post, Benjamin Schoeni, Kaden Miller, Pierce Steffen. Noah Valentine was the alternate. The team placed 7th at state.


The girls cross country team took 2nd at conference and advanced as a team to the sectional meet where they finished 3rd, almost qualifying as a team. The members of the varsity team are: Kaela Groppel, Addison Dinka, Haley Gustafson, Sylvia Walentowski, Norah Lee, Camille Dinka and Grace Dominowski. Kaela Groppel qualified for the state meet with her third place finish at sectionals. She went on to finish an impressive 13th place at the state meet.


The volleyball team defeated Sheboygan Lutheran and Hilbert to advance to WIAA Regional final against Howard's Grove. Although their season met an end there, they finished 5-6 overall and as the WIAA Regional runner-up team.


We are very proud of our teams! See the calendar above for winter sports starting dates.

COVID-19 Absences

Please continue to call the school office with any absences. If you are concerned about symptoms, positive cases or exposure, please call our Covid Screener at 920-716-7139 or email studentsafety@smcatholicschools.org.

Order Your Yearbook!

Get ahead of the game and order a book full of awesome memories for your student. Orders are due by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6. ORDER YEARBOOK

SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS

Virtual College Visits

Visit dates are listed on the Naviance home page under “What’s New”. The link moves to the Naviance/Colleges Home/College Visits page and becomes active 24 hours prior the virtual visit.


Grand Canyon University – Wednesday, December 2 @9:20am

Junior Conferences

Counselors will begin meeting with juniors and their parents in December to discuss academics, post high school planning, testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT), transcripts, career and college resources and graduation requirements.

University of Wisconsin, Fox Cities Campus Visits

Friday, November 6 from 1-2pm. Click here to register.

Wednesday, December 9 from 6-7pm. Click here to register.

Badger Boys State (BBS) & Badger Girls State (BGS)

BBS and BGS are summer programs that help students who have completed their junior year of high school become better informed citizens on how our government functions. For more information visit the Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State websites. Opportunities will be discussed during junior conferences.

Virtual College Fairs

Over 600 participating colleges!! Click below to see which colleges will be there:

November 8: 2:00-10:00pm ET Visit college websites directly for specific campus options.

NACAC National Virtual College Fairs

Over 600 participating colleges!! Click below to see which colleges will be there:

November 8: 2:00-10:00pm ET Visit college websites directly for specific campus options.

Wisconsin's Colleges Go Test Optional

Private - Wisconsin's 21 private, nonprofit undergraduate colleges and universities have gone test optional for Fall 2021. This means that — with the exception of some competitive programs — students can apply without submitting an ACT or SAT score. To determine whether it is best to submit a score, view the average ACT scores of admitted students at the institution and contact an admissions counselor.


Public - The University of Wisconsin System will not be requiring an ACT or SAT score to be sent for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 academic years. The University of Wisconsin–Madison received authorization to also include the 2022-23 academic year. Contact each school’s testing or admissions office for details.

UW System Campus Tours

Use this link to find campus tour information for all UW System Schools:

https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/prep-for-college/campus-tours-visits/

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications opened October 1, 2020.

College Goal Wisconsin

College Goal Wisconsin is an organization which provides free help completing the FAFSA. Virtual events are offered on October 21, and 28, November 4 and 11. Click here for details.

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

FVTC FAFSA Help

Fox Valley Technical Institute is hosting virtual FAFSA workshops on Thursdays (except when the college is closed). The next event is scheduled for November 5 at 9:00am. Students and their families can log in and get assistance completing the FAFSA from start to finish here. Chrome is the recommended browser.

Senior Transcripts & Applications

  • Students request transcripts in Naviance for electronic delivery to colleges and universities.
  • Requests for hard copies should be emailed directly to chall@smcatholicschools.org.
  • Students interested in pursuing a Certificate of Global Competence, must work with their World Language teacher to complete the forms and requirements.

Scholarships

Scholarships can be found on the Naviance home page under Colleges/Scholarships & Money. Seniors should check Naviance weekly for updates.

  • Scholarship list = current active list of scholarships with due dates and link to the application
  • National Scholarship Search = comprehensive, safe database. Over 3.5 million scholarships with total awards over $18 billion