SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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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

Saturday, April 24: Zephyrfest

Monday, April 26: Girls Soccer Begins

Wednesday, April 28: School Mass @10:52am

Thursday, April 29: Senior Sunrise Breakfast @6:15am / Senior Decision Day Apparel Day

Friday, April 30: No School--Professional Development

Monday, May 3: Boys Tennis Begins

Tuesday, May 4: Zephyr Spirit Wear Day

Wednesday, May 5: School Mass @10:52am

Friday, May 7: Friday chapel mass @7:15am / Adoration


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

Senior Sunrise Breakfast / Decision Day

Our first of many events celebrating our senior class is on Thursday, April 29. Seniors and staff will be treated to coffee and muffins starting at 6:15am in the parking lot outside of Zephyrs field. Seniors are encouraged to proudly display their future college/ military plans through sweatshirts (or school colors). Student Council is supplying car markers to help our seniors celebrate their post-secondary plans. Coffee/ warm drinks will be provided by Benjamin Brewer.


Other senior events to mark on your calendar:

Wednesday, May 19--Senior Retreat (during school day) at Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh

Wednesday, May 19--Senior Awards Night @6:30pm at SMC FAEC

Wednesday, May 26--Baccalaureate Mass @9:00am at St. Gabriel Parish, Neenah

Wednesday, May 26--Commencement Ceremony @6:30pm at Zephyr Fields

Friday, May 28--Senior Prom @Whiting Boat House (non-school sponsored event)

Promvoyage!

Similar to many events during the 20-21 school year, prom will be slightly different this year. A generous parent group stepped forward this year and offered to host prom for our senior class. For reasons of inclusiveness and convenience, SMC will aid in ticketing and supplying a guest list. Please note that SMC is not sponsoring prom and it is being funded and chaperoned by a parent group. Below are the details. Please reach out to Morgan Hogerty at hogertymorgan@yahoo.com with any questions.


Promvoyage, a senior prom celebration, will be held on Friday, May 28 at Whiting Boat House in Neenah from 8:00pm-11:00pm. Ticket sales begin Monday, April 26 in the school office and are only $10. Promvoyage is a formal event, so dress in prom attire!

COVID or Allergies?

Is it COVID or allergies? This information from the CDC can help you decide. If your child has a history of seasonal allergies, you might want to see if your doctor will write a letter describing his or her typical symptoms. If we have this on file, your child may not need to get a COVID test when they are experiencing multiple allergy symptoms.

COVID Vaccination Clinic on Saturday 4/24

The Fox Cities COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will hold a clinic on Saturday, April 24 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, 355 W. Lawrence St., Appleton. Limited appointments by registration are available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:00pm. The clinic is providing the Pfizer vaccine, the only authorized vaccine for use in people ages 16 and older. If your child is 16-17 years old at the time of your appointment, a parent or legal guardian must be present. The second vaccine will be administered on Saturday, May 15 during the same hours.


Use this link to register: https://foxcitiescovidvaccine.com/teens FREE Parking is available in the Red Ramp. Please follow street signs for drop-off/pick-up.

SMCHS Student Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Sophomore William Kyles-Werth earned the rank of Eagle Scout by the Advancement Board of Review on February 18, 2021. William is a OA (Order of the Arrow) Boy Scout from Troop 43.


William dedicated his Eagle Scout project in honor of his OA Scout Leader and mentor, Andrew Schefelker. Mr. Schefelker died in a 131-car pileup on Highway 41 on February 2019. In typical form, Andrew was killed while trying to help others during the accident. In a sad twist of fate, William was involved in the same accident. At Mr. Schefelker's funeral, William learned of Andrew’s desire to join the choir at Peace Lutheran Church in Neenah. During a meeting with church members, William discovered their need for a cabinet to house music hymnals and handheld instruments, and thus his Eagle Scout project idea was born.


William received help with the construction of the cabinet and staining from other mentors and scouts. Throughout the project William, who has never worked with wood, learned how to plan, construct, and build the cabinet from start to finish. On Sunday, December 1, the cabinet was dedicated at Peace Lutheran Church with members of Andrew's family present.


Thank you William, for being a great representative of SMCHS!

SMCS Equestrian Team

The SMCS Equestrian Team competes in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (WIHA). The team is open to SMCS students in grades 6 to 12 who are experienced riders in pleasure, speed, or show jumping. (This is not a learn-to-ride program.) The season runs August 1 to December 1 of each school year. If you are interested in learning more about the team and competitions, contact Pam Seidl (seidlpj@gmail.com).

SMC Summer Sports Opportunities

SMC is offering several sports opportunities this summer for high school students:

Zephyrs Strength and Conditioning Registration--Entering Grades 6-12 in fall of 2021

Summer Sports Camps Registration--Various Sports and Grades

High School Spring Sport Volunteers Needed

There are still several openings for volunteers for spring sports. Several new events were recently added. Please sign up to help our spring sports be successful! https://signup.com/go/AxGBNZj

Kudos Zephyrs!

Key Club recently assisted Easter Seals with an Easter egg hunt. The event would not have been as successful without the help provided by Key Club. Everyone who volunteered had a great time with the kids and two lucky members even dressed as the Easter bunny! The Club has collaborated with Easter Seals before and has enjoyed it every time. Easter Seals is very grateful!


Pictured below from l to r: Maria Benz, Noelle Anderson, Olivia Bahn, Elise Wierzbicki, Natalie Chakar, Drew Korth, Fatima Muniz, and Isidro Muniz

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SMC Student Tackles Cancer Campaign

Freshman Olivia Noel has been selected as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Students of the Year" Campaign. She is in the final stretch as the campaign runs until May 7. Let's show our Zephyr pride and help Olivia win "Student of the Year"! You can also donate and read Oliva's story by using this link: https://events.lls.org/wi/applesoy21/onoelr

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Host an International Student!

We are looking for families to host international students attending SMCHS for the 2021-22 school year. Hosting an exchange student is a great opportunity for your family to benefit from a cultural experience. There is a monthly stipend and a $1,000 tuition credit to host families. What a great way to make a St. Mary Catholic Schools education more affordable for your family and to help our school with this important program. If you would like more information or to discuss this opportunity in greater detail, please contact Sue Thelen.

SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS

NWTC Engineering Open House

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is hosting an Engineering Open House featuring 17+ career choices related to Engineering degrees. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 4 from 4-8pm. No need to register – just stop in! Face coverings and physical distancing will be required.

ACT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep will be hosting an in-person class (at Xavier) June 7-10 from 4-7:15pm and an online class July 12-15 from 4-7:15pm. Register here.

Navigating the College Admissions Process – Virtual Sessions

The Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) is sponsoring a series for high school students called "Navigating the College Admissions Process". Over the course of two days, they will host four, 45-minute sessions which include:

  • Finding the Right College Fit - Tuesday, May 18 at 3:30 P.M.
  • Your Guide to Financial Aid - Tuesday, May 18 at 4:15 P.M.
  • Student Panel - Wednesday, May 19 at 3:30 P.M.
  • Easing Anxieties about the College Process - Wednesday, May 19 at 4:15 P.M.

Students need to register in advance for each session they would like to attend.

Oshkosh Corporation Engineering Apprenticeship Program

Current juniors who are interested in engineering may apply here for the Oshkosh Corporation Engineering Apprenticeship.

Juniors - ACT Score Report Update

A voucher code is being provided to students participating in State-sponsored testing who have not selected at least one college for automated score reporting. Students who entered at least one college for score reporting are not eligible for a voucher. The code will be printed on page one of the student's paper score report and is redeemable for the one-time purchase of up to four score reports at no cost. Additional college choices may be included for a fee. All voucher codes will expire, so students are encouraged to use the code within two weeks of receiving their paper score report. Students meeting the voucher eligibility requirements above must wait until they receive their paper score report to obtain their voucher code and use it in MyACT. For the March 9 test window, students will begin receiving their printed score reports as early as three weeks after the receipt of test responses. Score reports are shipped up to two weeks later for students who took the writing test. If students need assistance related to their paper score reports, finding their scores online, or creating or accessing their MyACT account, please use the Contact Us link on MyACT.org.

2021 Advanced Placement Exam Schedule

Monday, May 3 at 8:00am--AP US Government

Tuesday, May 4 at 8:00am--AP Calculus

Tuesday, May 4 at 12:00pm--AP Human Geography

Wednesday, May 5 at 8:00am--AP English Literature

Thursday, May 6 at 8:00am--AP US History

Friday, May 7 at 8:00am--AP Chemistry

Friday, May 7 at 8:00am--AP Spanish Literature

Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00pm--AP Psychology

Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00am--AP English Language

Friday, May 14 at 8:00am--AP Biology

Friday May 21 at 8:00am--AP Spanish Language

Monday, May 24 at 12:00pm--AP Physics

Thursday, June 3 at 11:00am--AP Modern World History

Thursday, June 10 at 3:00pm--AP Statistics

University of Wisconsin System Updates

UW System Practice Application: https://practiceapp.wisconsin.edu/

Check Application Status: https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/application-review-timetable/
Check to see how long it typically takes all UW schools to review applications and make an admissions decision!

Placement Testing Registration: Students enrolling for Fall 2021 can now register for placement testing at: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php

One-on-One Sessions: Students wanting assistance with the online application can schedule a virtual 15-minute session with a UW HELP Outreach Specialist here: https://calendly.com/uwhelp/session

COVID-19 Admissions Updates and COVID-19 Resources page

UW Journey can help students find their fit within the UW System. Register here for the session on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30am.

More FAFSA Help

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

2021 Virtual Private College Week

Private College Week, July 12-17, 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 Fair

NACAC will host its last virtual college fair on Sunday, May 2 from 1-7pm ET (noon – 6pm CT) with over 600 U.S. and international colleges and universities.

Updates for Student Athletes

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

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.

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