SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 10: Liturgy/Assembly Schedule for School Mass @9:20am

Friday, November 11-Sunday November 13: Fall Play, Clue

Friday, November 11: Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:00am

Monday, November 14: Boys Basketball begins | SMCHS Preview Night | Liturgy/Assembly Schedule for Assembly @9:20am

Tuesday, November 15: Powerlifting begins

Wednesday, November 16: Spirit Stop open 11:15am-12:15pm

Thursday, November 17: Liturgy/Assembly Schedule for School Mass @9:20am

Friday, November 18: World Language Trip to Holiday Folk Fair, Milwaukee

Monday, November 21-Friday, November 25: No School--Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Big East Honors Choir Rehearsal (Manitowoc)

Wednesday, November 30: Spirit Stop open 11:15am-12:15pm | German/Mandarin Student Trip to Chicago

Thursday, December 1: Liturgy/Assembly Schedule for School Mass @9:20am

Friday, December 2: First Friday Chapel Mass @7:25am | Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:15am | First Friday Adoration 8:00am-3:00pm

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

View the 2022-23 School Year Calendar at a glance.

For schedules of SMC sports, visit

Thanksgiving Giving

We have two very exciting opportunities to give back to our community during the month of November. We hope you can help!

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP): SMCHS is partnering with the local chapter of SHP, a national nonprofit to raise funds for children living in poverty. All donations go to the building and delivery of beds for children that don't have a bed or sleep on the floor. The child is also given a mattress, a pillow, sheets, and a comforter. The SHP nonprofit has delivered 35 beds so far in the Appleton/Menasha area in the last two months and have several requests for more. For every $200 donated, the SMCHS community will be granted a pajama casual dress day. We will be collecting money November 28-December 2. Our goal is to raise $400 and have two Pajama Days. Parents can send the donation through the office or send with their child.

Thanksgiving Meals: Key Club is collecting food and money to provide a Thanksgiving meal to area families in need. Students are encouraged to bring items from the list below to school from November 14-16. In addition to the items listed, Key Club also purchases the turkeys for each family and would gladly accept any monetary donations to help modify the rising costs associated with turkey purchasing.

Items needed:

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Thanksgiving Holiday Office Hours

The school and business offices will be closed Monday, November 21 through Friday, November 25. School and normal office hours resume on Monday, November 28. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

School Drop Off Reminders

When dropping off students in the morning, PLEASE adhere to the following:

  • Wait to have your student exit the vehicle until you are in front of the common's door.
  • Do not pull around to pass a car droppping off students. Please wait, as going around is very dangerous.
  • Pull forward as far as possible (past the high school doors) before stopping for your child(ren) to get out. This will allow more cars enter the lane.
  • Please exit the vehicle as quickly as possible.

J-Term Job Shadow Mentors Needed

As part of our J-Term experiences in January, 40 students will complete a job shadow. If you are interested in hosting a student in one of the professions below OR know of someone who may be interested, please fill in this FORM. The dates are January 17, 18, 19 and 20. Ideally, the student should shadow for four hours of each day, but any part of these days or times are appreciated. Your help in mentoring our students is greatly appreciated!
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Don't Miss CLUE!

Don't miss the SMCHS fall play, CLUE, presented Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 13 at 2:00pm. Our students have been working overtime on this hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery inspired by the classic Hasbro board game and based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie. Tickets can be purchased using this LINK, or at the door.

Zephyrs Sports Update

Fall Sports Update

Addison Dinka qualified as an individual and competed in the WIAA State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, October 29. Addison Dinka placed 56th out of 149 competitors with a time of 21:23.2. Way to go Addision!

Fall Sports All-Confernce Awards

Many Zephyr fall athletes received all-conference awards. Use this link to view the impressive list! FALL ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS

Winter Sports

Practice for winter sports is underway! Start dates are below. Good luck to all of our teams!

November 1--Dance Team

November 7--Girls Basketball

November 14--Boys Basketball

November 15--Powerlifting

Dance Team Order Extension

The Dance Team ordering deadline has been extended to this Friday, Novemer 11. Click Here to order your ZEPHYRS gear.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteering at our home middle/high school athletic events is mandatory for families that have students participating in sports. Students are allowed to work concession shifts to fulfill the family requirement and can also earn volunteer hours required for graduation.

Message from Food Service

As many free/reduced families may know, last year the Department of Public Instruction issued payments to free/reduced families that missed school due to Covid. That program is continuing this year. The only way we can get the benefits to free/reduced families is if we know if they are sick due to Covid. When you call in your child’s absence, please let us know if Covid is the cause.

SMCHS Preview Nights

Please share SMCHS Preview Night information with anyone you may know that may be interested in our school. Spead the good news!

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Youth Ministry Events


College Visits (in-person unless noted)

UM Twin Cities – Tuesday, November 29 @ 1:17pm

UW Oshkosh – Tuesday, December 6 @1:17pm

Virtual Summer Internship for Juniors

The School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology is offering a paid, virtual, six-week summer research program for current juniors. Students will work alongside a faculty member from the School of Business and assist them with research in their area of study such as management, leadership or finance. The final assignment will include a PowerPoint presentation detailing their research findings. The program is from July 1 - August 12 and students will receive a $500 stipend after completing the program. Applications are open November 15 – March 1, 2023.

Food Science Scholarship

Mount Mary University is hosting a virtual Food Science Scholarship Information Session on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00pm. They will discuss the program and a new scholarship worth $2000 that is renewable for four years! RSVP here.

Summer Seminary Immersion

The Summer Seminary Immersion Program (SSIP) is a two-week academic experience designed for high school men (15-18 years old) interested in deepening their relationship with Christ and His Church, and/or have considered a more serious calling to priesthood or to life as a religious brother. This year’s program will be held June 17-July1 at the University of Notre Dame. Apply here.

Free Help Completing the FAFSA

Fox Valley Technical College is offering free help for families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 9am-6pm every Tuesday at the Oshkosh Riverside Campus, and every Thursday in Room G149 at the Appleton Campus.

Wisconsin Tuition Promise

The Wisconsin Tuition Promise is a new initiative to ensure underserved Wisconsin students can attend any UW System university without paying tuition or fees. It is set to go into effect in Fall of 2023. Visit the following link for additional information.

UW Fall Workbook for Students

The Fall Workbook is now available digitally for high school students. This publication is a step-by-step guide to help students prepare for college in the UW System. Download a copy today!

Marian University Open House

High school students are invited to attend Sabre Day Open House from 10am–12:30pm. The morning includes an overview of Marian U, followed by a campus tour, lunch and bingo with current students. Events will be held on the following Saturdays: November 12, January 28, February 18, March 18, and April 1.

UW Madison School of Pharmacy Information Sessions

Virtual on Monday November 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Explore the unique offerings of the UW–Madison PharmD program with Q&A by current PharmD students. Register here.

In-Person on Saturday, February 4 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at Rennebohm Hall on the UW–Madison campus (free parking). Meet practicing pharmacists, learn what it's like to be a pharmacist and the exciting careers possible with a PharmD degree, speak with current PharmD students and hear about their experiences in pharmacy school. Register for this special half-day event.

Counselor Meetings

Freshmen: Counselors will holding Individual Planning Conferences with each freshman and his/her parents through November 18.

Juniors: Counselors will meet with all juniors and their parents for individual planning conferences December - February. An email will be sent to parents the week before Thanksgiving Break with sign up information. Parents may join virtually or in person.

ACT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep Services, LLC offers a 4-day intensive class that includes one full-length practice exam with scoring, instruction in each test domain by certified teachers and additional review materials, practice tests, sample solutions and Q&A for each domain. All classes run from 4:00-7:25pm. Cost is $130 for class & materials/$155 for class with essay evaluation. Students must register here 2 weeks prior to each class date. Call Monica Jones at 920-475-6567 or email her at with any questions

Classes will be held:

December 5-8 at Xavier High School

February 6-9 at Xavier High School

February 20-23 at Hortonville High School

February 27-March 2 at Kimberly High School

April 10-13 at Xavier High School

June 5-8 at Xavier High School (this class meets at 1pm)

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Ripon College will be hosting two Financial Aid Nights. The in-person event will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 6-7:15 pm. Campus tours will be offered so please register soon. A Virtual Financial Aid Night will be held on Tuesday November 8 from 6-6:45pm. For those who do not attend either event, they have provided a video series for families beginning the FAFSA process:


Part 1: Financial Aid Basics and Creating an FSA ID

Part 2: Completing the FAFSA

Part 3: Next Steps (Once the FAFSA is Complete)


Lab Discovery Nights

Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy is hosting a Lab Discovery Night on Thursday, November 17 from 6pm-7:30pm. These free lab nights provide hands-on experience in their pharmacy lab for high school students considering science, healthcare, or pharmacy majors. Register here.

Counselor Assignments

Mrs. Castagna works with students whose last names begin with A-N (A-H for Grade 11)

Mrs. Van Camp works with students whose last names begin with O-Z (J-Z for Grade 11)

Resource for Scholarships

Naviance > Colleges > Scholarships & Money

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

Senior Important Dates:

December 1: Priority deadline for many applications.

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