SMCHS News Update
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Thursday, September 1: School Mass at 9:20am
Monday, September 5: No School--Labor Day
Tuesday, September 6: Zephyrs Spirit Dress Day
Wednesday, September 7: Blood Drive | VEX IQ and VEX VRC Kickoff | Fall Play Auditions
Thursday, September 8: School Mass at 9:20am | Fall Play Callbacks
Thursday, September 22: School Mass at 9:20am | Picture Retakes
Friday, September 23: Zephyrs Connect
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 thebigeast.org
Students are expected to be in the classroom when the bell rings at the beginning of each period. If a student is tardy for the first class of the day, he/she must report to the school office to receive a pass to class. A tardy for reasons other than an appointment are unexcused. A discipline referral will be made for each tardy. Students who incur five tardies during the semester will receive a verbal warning. For the sixth and each subsequent tardy, the student will serve a detention.
Parents are no longer required to call the office to excuse a tardy for reasons other than an appointment. Tardiness for other reasons (i.e. traffic, oversleeping, forgotten lunches, homework or gym clothes, etc.) are unexcused.
School Consent Forms Needed
LINK TO REVIEW STUDENT FORMS--This document includes the following to be READ by students and parents (no need to print):
LINK TO SIGNATURE AND CONSENT PAGE: Please print and SIGN this form after reading the above documents carefully. THIS IS THE ONLY FORM THAT NEEDS TO BE RETURNED.
New Program--Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is a strength-based, comprehensive wellness program. It is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of Peer Leaders mentored by Adult Advisors to change peer social norms and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life. Watch for more information as we roll out our first peer led campaign.
Welcome International Students!
This year, we have 17 international students representing eight counties. They are from Ukraine, Spain, Hungary, Sweden, Hong Kong, South Korea, Germany and Slovakia. Thank you to the families who are hosting these students and to all of our families, students and staff for welcoming them. There will be more opportunities soon, so if you are interested in hosting a student, please contact Sue Thelen.
School Liturgy Schedule
Students will attend Mass each week on Thursdays in the FAEC at 9:20am. They are NOT required to wear Liturgy attire. Parents are welcome to join us for mass and can enter using the FAEC entrance.
Student Parking Registration
All students intending to park on campus must register their vehicle with the high school office. Please use this google form to register a vehicle: SMCS VEHICLE REGISTRATION FORM
Food Services--Monitor Lunch Accounts
SMCS Food Service provides lunch including ala carte items every day that school is in session. You may access the Free/Reduced Lunch Forms on our website. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this program if you qualify. It saves you money and provides us with reimbursement.
Please monitor your child's lunch account carefully and discuss with him/her what their lunch/snack budget is. Lunch is not free this year and with extra purchases, lunch funds can deplete quickly. Students are not allowed to purchase lunch or ala carte items if they have a negative balance.
Food Service accepts credit card payments for payment on your child(s) food service bill. Please note that there is a 3% service charge for this convenience. Follow this link to get started: https://tcces.ejoinme.org/SMCSLunchPayments. You will receive an email confirmation once the transaction is completed. If you have any questions, please call Anne Greif in the food Service office at 920-967-0107.
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery that will be presented this fall. Students intereseted in participating can sign up for an audition slot using this link. Auditions are on Wednesday, September 7. Students are to prepare a monologue for their audition and be prepared to do a few acting games. Callbacks will be on Thursday, September 8. See Mr. Braedon in the Black Box or email him with questions.
Traffic Pattern for Pickup/Dropoff
All traffic enters the campus using the south driveway. THIS IS A ONE-WAY ROUTE. Please DO NOT exit this way. Guests during the school day should use the FRONT parking area.
If you are dropping off students before school, turn into LANE ONE behind school and drop your child off at the back McClone Gym entrance. In an effort to keep this zone free for a drop off area, students are not allowed to park in lane one during school hours. Students should park in the LANES TWO OR THREE and park within the marked stalls. (See diagram below.)
As you exit the campus, use the north traffic lane and north exit lanes onto Cold Spring Road (traffic also flows one way out). Please use only one lane when exiting. Always yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk and exiting buses.
School Communication—How to Stay Informed
School Event Calendar—Check out our Google calendar! You will find all system events and events by school. It is very easy to download to your calendar!
SMC News Update—is the bi-weekly high school e-newsletter published bi-weekly. You will receive an email notification when the new issue posts.
Big East Conference Website – Lists all athletic practices and competitions for our schools. You can also sign up for instant notification via text or email of any changes to schedules. You can also choose sports and activities to download to your calendar.
SMCHS Daily Announcements-- A copy of the announcements that are prepared for students and read each morning in school. The students also receive an emailed link to these important announcements each day.
SMCS News Blog Updates—This is a located in the news section of our webpage. Here you will find posts about happenings in our schools.
Social Media—Get updates, photos and videos of events on SMCS social media. #zephyrspride
School Counseling News
University of Notre Dame – Tuesday, September 6 @1:17pm
U.S. Navy – Thursday, September 15 @10:11am
St. Norbert College – Wednesday, September 21 @1:17pm
Lawrence University – Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:50 am
Marquette University Tuesday, September 27 @ 9:36 am
UW Oshkosh - Tuesday, September 27 @ 1:17 pm
Marian University – Tuesday, October 11 @ 7:50am
Butler University – Wednesday, October 19 @ 9:36 am
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)
Counselors are meeting with seniors on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday September 14 during 9th hour. Topics include senior year requirements/options, post high school planning, college applications, scholarships and aid, and sign-up for senior conferences. Handouts will be available in Naviance.
Students taking Blended Education and Distance Learning classes will receive an invoice within the first two weeks of class. Students taking CAPP classes for credit will receive an invoice directly from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
October 12 Testing Day for Grades 9-11
Grades 9 & 10 will take the PreACT in the afternoon.
Grade 11 will have the option to take the PreACT or the PSAT/NMSQT in the morning. The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test provides practice for the SAT, the opportunity to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs, and helps students prepare for other standardized assessments, like the ACT. Watch for details.
Military Academies Information Night
The University School of Milwaukee is hosting a US Military Academies Information Night on Thursday, September 8, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the admissions process, admissions requirements, and cadet life. After a general opening, students and their families may attend a more in-depth meeting with the academy of their choice. There will be representatives from the US Military Academy, the US Naval Academy, and the US Air Force Academy. Please register before the event using the QR code on this flyer
AP exam registration for yearlong courses will take place in the fall. Test order forms will be distributed by AP teachers during classes in October. Testing fees are $97 per test. Tests for AP classes which begin in the Spring will be ordered in the Spring. Watch for details.
- Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEF) will be in-person this year at UW Oshkosh on Thursday, September 29 from 9-11am. Over 100 colleges, universities, military branches, and specialty schools will be represented. You can find out how students register and navigate through the events here.
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers in-person and virtual fairs with over 600 participating colleges.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications open October 1. For assistance completing the FAFSA please see below:
College Goal Wisconsin is an organization which provides free help completing the FAFSA.
- Virtual events will be offered on October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6pm.
- In-person event at Fox Valley Technical College, October 11 at 6pm.
- Click here for details and a list of what to bring.
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