SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 2: School Mass @10:47am (Ash Wednesday, special schedule)

Friday, March 4: First Friday Mass @7:25am | Adoration | Spirt Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am | FOCUS Presentation

Saturday, March 5: Forensic Meet @Oshkosh West

Monday, March 7-Friday March 11: Spirit Week!

Monday, March 7: Track & Field Begins | Math Meet @Xavier

Tuesday, March 8: 11th Grade ACT | German Speaking Contest

Wednesday, March 9: 10th Grade to Career Expo

Thursday, March 10: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, March 11: Spirt Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am | The Addams Family Spring Musical Opens

Saturday, March 12: Forensic Meet @Neenah High School | The Addams Family Musical

Sunday, March 13: The Addams Family Musical


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

2021-22 Semester One Honor Roll

Click here to view the first semester honor roll. Congratulations to our honor roll students!

Winter Spirit Week 2022!

This is a week we look forward to every year! See details for fun dress themes below. We cap off Spirit Week with a Pep Rally from 2:00-3:00pm on Friday, March 11.
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Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be held on Wednesday, March 16 in the SMCHS Commons, from 3:45-6:30pm. Parents and students are invited to meet with teachers to discuss grades and other classroom concerns. Appointments are not needed. The conferences are set up “cafeteria style,” where teachers are set up at tables in the Commons and parents and students meet with them as they are available. We look forward to seeing you there!


If preferred, virtual conferences will be offered between 8:00am and 10:00am on Friday, March 18. Please email Sue Thelen by March 15 with the name of the teacher(s) you wish to schedule a virtual conference with.


If you would like to contribute to a meal for the teachers on conference day, please send in your donation to the school office in an envelope marked "Conference Meal Donation" by Monday, March 14.

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

FOCUS (formerly PARTY at the PAC)

For many years, SMCHS has brought students to the PARTY at the PAC event. This program aims to help our students make great decisions with the awesome responsibility of driving. This event is now titled FOCUS, and it will be completed virtually for all of our students on Friday, March 4 at 2:30pm in the FAEC. Use this link for more information.

Kudos to....

  • Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team for earning the Regional Championship on Saturday with a win over Oconto!


  • To our VEX teams for a successful tournament at Xavier last weekend. All teams have now qualified for the state meet!


  • Senior Maddy London, who completed the American Birkebiner in northern Wisconsin last week.

Winter Sports Update

The Girls Basketball Team received the 1st seed in their half of the WIAA Sectional. The team beat Oconto High School Saturday night in the Regional Final game by a score of 66-55. Congratulations to the SMC Girls Basketball team on their Regional Championship!

SMC will travel to Crivitz High School to play Bonduel High School on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00pm in the WIAA Sectional Semi-Final. Gates will open at 6:00pm at Crivitz High School. WIAA sets the ticketing policy for playoffs and therefore tickets are $7 each, no passes are accepted. All spectators must purchase a ticket.


If the Zephyrs advance to the Sectional Final, they will play at Appleton East against the winner of Westfield/Auburndale on Saturday, March 5 at 1:00pm.

WIAA Girls Basketball Division 4 Playoff Bracket


The Boys Basketball Team received the 3rd seed in their half of the WIAA Sectional. The team will host the winner of Crivitz/Crandon on Friday, March 4 at 7:00pm in the WIAA Regional Semi-Final. WIAA sets the ticketing policy for playoffs and therefore tickets are $6 each, no passes are accepted. All spectators must purchase a ticket. Here is the link to the WIAA Boys Basketball Division 4 Playoff Bracket.


Volunteer are needed for the boys playoff games: High School Winter Sport Volunteer Sign Up


The Dance Team's final performance will be on Friday, March 4 at halftime of the boys regional semi-final game.


Powerlifting Team update: The Wisconsin Powerlifting State meet will be held at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center on March 5 and 6. The following students have qualified for the state meet: Sam Todd, Luke Steffen, Gabby Ruback, Erika Stencil, Emiliano Romero, Grant Hansen, Paul Kundert and Connor Riehl.

Spring Sports Apparel Orders

Be sure to order your spring sports apparel before March 4! There are a lot of great pieces for baseball, softball, track, softball and soccer!

https://smcs-booster.square.site/

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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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.

Tuition Assistance Available

For families who do not qualify for WPCP grants, SMCS can provide the assistance needed for families to send their children to SMCS. To apply for the SMCS need-based assistance, families are asked to complete the 2022-2023 SMCS Tuition Assistance Application by March 15, 2022. Contact Shelley Wautlet swautlet@smcatholicschools.org with questions or to discuss SMCS tuition assistance or grant options.

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

Zephyrfest 2022!

After two years of virtual events, this year’s Zephyrfest is happening in person and you don’t want to miss it. Join community leaders and the ever growing SMCS family to celebrate what makes our school system special on Saturday, April 30 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. The time is now to reserve your spot for this premier fundraising event. 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.


Visit our Zephyrfest website for complete details on this exciting event!

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Volunteers Needed--A Night to Remember

Pathways Church is hosting A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, a prom for people with disabilities on Friday, April 29. We have 150 Kings and Queens who need a date! Please consider signing up--we need 300 volunteers to make this night a success! Use this link for more information and to sign up: https://pathwayschurch.us/events/night-to-remember
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COUNSELING NEWS

College Visits

UW Milwaukee – Wednesday, March 2 @1:08pm

Lynn University (FL) – Tuesday, March 8 @ 9:24am

Queen Mary University of London – Tuesday, March 8 @ 1:08pm

Northland College – Friday, March 11 @ 9:24am

Viterbo University – Monday, March 14 @ 11:00am

UW Platteville – Monday, March 14 @ 1:08pm

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.

ACT Reminders

Parents of students taking the ACT test on Tuesday, March 8 received an email with testing instructions. Please be sure your child is not scheduled for any appointments until after 1:30pm that day.

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/.

Marian University Learn While You Earn

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend VIRTUAL pre-college courses to learn more about specific careers while earning college credit. Cost is $50 per course; 1 credit earned per course (on a Marian, or other college, transcript only). Participants will receive a $500 scholarship to Marian for each course completed. Registration deadline TODAY, March 1. Visit https://www.marianuniversity.edu/pre-college/ for complete details.

UW System Schools

  • UW System Application Demo - Register to walk through the application as a new freshman on March 3 at 3:33pm.

Pharmacy Presentations at UW Madison

March 5 (In-person) - Pharmacist Career Exploration Day

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

Xavier High School - In-person college fair at Xavier High School on Tuesday, March 8 from 6pm - 8:30pm.


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.

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Links to ACT and SAT test dates.

FVTC Program Experience Events

Experience what it’s like to be a student at Fox Valley Tech at these hands-on events and apply for free the week of February 14-17, 2022. For specific dates and times of all events, and to reserve your spot, visit: www.fvtc.edu/Experience.