SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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*Be sure to see Counseling News at the end of the newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 7: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, October 8: Spirit Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am

Wednesday, October 13: 11th Grade PSAT | Mustard Seed Men's Group Meeting

Thursday, October 14: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, October 15: Spirit Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am

Saturday, October 16: SMCS All Aboard! Event

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

For schedules of SMC sports, visit

Parking Lot Maintenance

The parking lot will be undergoing maintenance over the next few weeks. Please be aware of changes when exiting. Thank you for keeping your speed down and being patient!

Student Absences/Attendance

We ask that whenever possible, student appointments be made outside of school hours, on school days off or during the students study hall or off period. There have been a great number of absences for appointments in recent weeks. Adding these in with students already out for illness really increases the workload for our teachers.

When reporting a student absent, please follow the following protocol:

  1. Please contact office before 7:45am by calling 920-722-7796 to leave a message or emailing
  2. IF ARRIVING LATE to school anytime after the 7:50am bell, a student is tardy and must first check in to the office for a pass to class. If there is a valid reason for the tardiness, a parent must call or email the office to notify us. If there is not a valid reason, the student will be considered 'tardy unexcused' and a discipline referral will be sent to the parents via email. If arriving any other time time of the school day (even at lunch time) from an appointment or other excused reason, the student will stop in the office to sign in and get a pass to enter class.
  3. IF LEAVING during the school day, the student will pick up a pass in the school office before the school day. They will present the pass to the teacher at the beginning of the class which they will be leaving and stop in the office to sign out before departing.

Hot Lunch Program Update

St. Mary Catholic Schools are participating in the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year. This means that our school provides free meals to all students (ala carte items are still charged). This program provides additional support and flexibility for our district to continue serving meals to children while maintaining safety measures and managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Included in the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are nationwide supply chain and product availability shortages. Disruptions are due to a lack of availability of raw ingredients and labor to produce, unload, and transfer food products. Some food and/or beverage products normally provided to students may not be available or arrive as scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute menu changes and product substitutions may occur.

Please rest assured that our meals will remain balanced, healthy, and plentiful. We ask for patience and understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of your children. Please contact SMCS Food Director Diane Agrell with any questions.

Lunch Balances

Please check lunch balances in your PowerSchool account or ask your child. Many are low or negative. Students will not be allowed to purchased a la cart items or super lunches if there is not a positive balance. Thank you!

Math Team Champions!

Congratulations to the Math Team for winning the small school division in the Fox Valley Math Meet last night in Kimberly. Team members include Noah Bublitz, Camille Dinka, Paul Nutini, Isaac Pifer, Billy Walsh, Shruti Chakrapani, Sam Foord and Charlie Cedergren. SUM FUN was had by all!

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All Aboard!

One Night, One Event to Ignite Giving on Saturday, October 16! There are three great ways to participate:


Upcoming College Visits

UW-Green Bay – Friday, October 8 @9:24am

UW-Oshkosh, Fox Cities – Tuesday, September 28 @11am

Lawrence Technological University – Thursday, September 30 @ 1:42pm (VIRTUAL)

Michigan Technological University - Friday, October 8 @ 1:08pm

Ripon College - Wednesday, October 13 @ 11:00am

University of Denver - Thursday, October 14 @ 9:24am

Catholic University of America – Friday, October 15 @ 11:00 am (VIRTUAL)

Lakeland University- Tuesday, October 19 @ 9:24am

Central Michigan University - Tuesday, October 19 @ 1:08pm

DePaul University – Wednesday, October 20 @ 1:08pm (VIRTUAL)

UW-Milwaukee – Tuesday, October 26@ 11:00am

Tutoring Offered

SMCHS National Honor Society is hosting drop-in tutoring sessions on Monday and Tuesday of each week during 9th block in the Resource Center. Students interested in getting help with homework or having a quiet place to study are welcome.

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Informational Sessions

YA is a 1- or 2-year program that gives juniors and seniors the chance to explore a career area of interest. Students spend part of their school day earning credit and wages while they gain valuable industry experience under the guidance of a local business mentor. Virtual Informational Webinars will be held at 5:00pm on several dates. Click on one of the following dates to register: October 13, 2021, December 8, 2021, and February 2, 2022.

Freshman Conferences

Counselors will be holding individual planning conferences with each freshman and his/her parents October 18–November 23. Please watch for an email from Mrs. Hall with sign up information. Parents may join virtually or in person.

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

THIS EVENING (Wednesday, October 6) Ripon College Office of Financial Aid will be hosting an on-campus Financial Aid Night beginning at 6:15pm. They will be offering an optional tour before the presentation begins. Space is limited so please register soon at For those who do not attend, they have provided the following 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)


October 13 PSAT

Mrs. Castagna and Mrs. Probst met with students this week to complete pre-administration paperwork. Testing details and practice booklets were sent home with each student.

AP Exams

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 $96 per test. Tests for AP classes which begin in the Spring will be ordered in the Spring. Watch for details

UW–Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus Preview Day

October 20 from 5:00-7:00pm. Register here.

College Fairs

The Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) is taking registrations for their Virtual College Fairs on Monday, October 18 and Wednesday, November 3 from 5:00 - 7:00pm CST. Students have the option to choose which colleges they would like to hear from by registering for specific sessions.

Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEF) will have in-person and virtual options this year from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on November 10 and December 1. Over 100 colleges, universities, military branches, and specialty schools will be represented. Check out this video on how students register and navigate through the events.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National Virtual College Fairs with over 600 participating colleges. Fairs will be held:

  • October 14 – Midwest US College Fair from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm CDT
  • October 24 – Signature Fair from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm CDT
  • November 2 – Arts & STEM Fair from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm CDT
  • November 14 – Signature Fair from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST

Visit college websites directly for specific campus options.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications open Oct 1st. 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 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 10 at 6pm.
    • In-person event at Fox Valley Technical College, October 12 at 6pm.
    • Click here for details and a list of what to bring.

  • Fox Valley Technical College offers free online chat support from 9am-6pm here.

Links to ACT and SAT test dates.


Scholarships can be found on the Naviance home page under Colleges/Scholarships & Money.

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