SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 27: School Mass @9:20am

Friday, October 28: End of the 1st Quarter | Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:00am

Monday, October 31: No School | Staff Development

Tuesday, November 1: School Mass @9:20am

Wednesday, November 2: Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:00am

Friday, November 4: Spirit Stop open 7:30am-8:00am | First Friday Chapel Mass at 7:20am | First Friday Adoration

Monday, November 7: Math Meet | Girls Basketball begins

Tuesday, November 8: Zephyrs Spirit Wear Day

Wednesday, November 9: Spirit Stop open 11:15am-12:15pm

Thursday, November 10: 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

Tuesday, November 15: Powerlifting begins

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

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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Do You Have a CLUE??

Mark your calendar for 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.

SMCS Experience Surveys

As part of the St. Mary Catholic Schools accreditation process, we are asking our students, employees, and families to complete a number of surveys to provide stakeholder input regarding the SMCS experience. These surveys are not long and are anonymous. Your participation is completely voluntary. We ask that the surveys be completed by Tuesday, November 1.

As a SMCS family, we would truly appreciate your help with the following surveys:

SMCS Family Survey Fall 2022

SMCS Family Catholic Identity Program Effectiveness Survey Fall 2022

SMCS Family Catholic Identity Defining Characteristics Survey Fall 2022

When you begin the surveys, you will be able to choose St. Mary Catholic Schools OR you may choose one of our school buildings. If you prefer to complete the survey for a particular building, you are welcome to complete the survey again for other buildings. This will be advantageous for families with children in multiple school buildings.

Again, your help with these surveys is greatly appreciated and will provide us with necessary data for our accreditation process. Please reach out to Kelly Beisenstein-Weiss with any questions.

Chakrapani Earns Congressional Recognition

SMCHS senior Shruti Chakrapani was recently awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from United States Representative Glenn Grothman recognizing her as a leader among Wisconsin's youth.

Winter Strength and Conditioning Class

The Strength and Conditioning program this winter will be run by IronForge Fitness & Training. Owner Brandon Barker and his staff will lead and instruct the programs and is the same same group that ran our strength and conditioning classes this summer.

At this time, we are offering an opportunity to sign up for Winter Strength and Conditioning– Session 1. This session will start on Tuesday, November 1 and finish on Tuesday, December 20. The class is Monday through Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm each week. There will be no classes on days school is not in session.

This is a great opportunity for spring and fall athletes to get into the Fitness Center to get ready for your next season! There will be no after school open hours in the Fitness Center due to this class and powerlifting practice. Open fitness center hours will only be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30am.

Winter Strength and Conditioning Class--Session 2 will begin on Wednesday, January 4 and end on Thursday, March 2. Sign up for this session will open in December.

Sign up at the link below today, to enroll in Session 1.

Winter Strength and Conditioning Class – Session 1 Registration

Registration will close on Monday, October 31.

Zephyrs Sports Update


The Cross Country team competed in the WIAA Sectional Meet at Standing Rocks Park on Saturday, October 22. The girls team finished in 3rd place and the boys team finished in 4th place. The top two teams qualify for state. Addison Dinka qualified as an individual and will run in WIAA State Meet at Wisconsin Rapids at the Ridges Golf Course on Saturday, October 29. There will be a send off for Addison on Thursday, October 27 in the Commons after mass (approximately 9:50am). All are welcome to attend.

The girl’s Cross Country team finished in 4th place in the Big East Conference and the boys Cross Country team finished in 6th place. Congratuations on a great season!


Congratulations to the Football team on their win over Wisconsin Heights by the score of 62-20 at home in the last game of the season. SMC is not eligible for 8 player football playoffs because our school enrollment is over 200.


The Volleyball team received the 6th seed in their sectional bracket and defeated Shiocton on October 18 by the scores of 25-23, 25-16 25-18. The team then played at Iola-Scandinavia in the Regional Semi-Final on October 20 and lost 3-0. The team was the Big East Red Division Conference Champions!


The Soccer team received the 6th Seed in their sectional bracket and defeated Clintonville on October 20 by the score of 6-0. They then played at Kiel on October 22 and lost 2-0. Congratulations on earning 4th Place in the Big East Conference!


The Girls Tennis team played in sub-sectionals (hosted by SMC) on October 3, finished 3rd overall. Adel Schneider, Kassadi Calmes, Olivia Bergstrom, Eva Schneider, Emily Vogal and Chloe Vogel advanced to Sectionals.

Sectionals was played at Kohler on October 5. The team finished as 5th and Adel Schneider qualified for state in singles and Olivia Bergstrom/Eva Schneider qualified for state in doubles.

At the WIAA State Individual Girls Tennis tournament, Adel Schneider won her match 6-2, 6-0 and Olivia Bergstrom/Eva Schneider won their match last night 6-2,6-7,10-3. Adel and Olivia/Eva lost their matches in the sweet 16. They finished in 9th place at the WIAA State Tennis Meet. Congratulations to the team on earning the WCTC Conference Champions!


Lunch Balances

Please check lunch balances in your PowerSchool account or ask your child. Many are low or negative. Students are not allowed to purchased a la cart items or super lunches if there is not a positive balance. Remember, lunch is not free this year and is $2.90 per lunch.

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College Visits (in-person unless noted)

Cardinal Stritch University - Wednesday, October 26 @9:36am

Lakeland University – Thursday, November 3 @7:50am

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

AP Exams

Parents received an email from Mrs. Beisenstein-Weiss on October 25 with information about ordering AP exams. Testing fees are $97 per test and must be ordered by Friday, November 4 using the link here or the link in her email. Tests for AP classes which begin in the Spring will be ordered in the spring.

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 Tuesday, October 18 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm and 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 for the Information Session that fits your schedule.

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 hold Individual Planning Conferences with each freshman and his/her parents through November 18. Please use the link in the email from Mrs. Hall to make an appointment. Parents may join virtually or in person.

Juniors: Counselors will meet with all juniors and their parents for individual planning conferences December - February. Please watch for an email from Mrs. Hall in mid-October 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)

Northeast WI Technical College

Hands-On Skilled Careers Open House featuring Manufacturing, Agriculture, Transportation and Energy--November 8, 4:00-7:00 PM, NWTC Building Construction Center. Registration is no required. Park in lot A, enter in Door 12

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)

UW – Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus Preview Day

Wednesday, November 2, from 1:00-3:00pm. Register here.

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:

October 26: VIRTUAL College Goal Wisconsin 6:00p.m. Free assistance completing the FAFSA. Register and learn what to bring: :

November 1: Early Action deadline for many colleges including UW Madison (Regular application deadline is January 15) and UMN Twin Cities (regular application deadline is January 1)

November 2: UWO Fox Cities Campus Preview Day--1:00–3:00 p.m. Register here.

November 3: Registration deadline for the December 3 SAT. Late fee required if applying November 4-22: Register on-line at:

November 4: Registration deadline for the December 10 ACT Late fee required if applying

November 5-11: Register on-line at:

November 6: NACAC Virtual College Fair 12:00–5:00 p.m. CT

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