SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 4

Parent/Teacher Conferences (Virtual) 3:45pm-6:45pm

Friday, November 5

First Friday Mass @7:25am | Spirit Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am | First Friday Adoration

Monday, November 8

Girls basketball and Hockey Practice Begin | Math Team Meet

Thursday, November 11

School Mass @11:00am | Parent/Teacher Conferences (Virtual) 3:45pm-6:45pm

Friday, November 12

Spirit Stop Open 7:30am-8:15am

Monday, November 15

Boys basketball begins | HS Preview Night

Wednesday, November 17

CAPP Field Trip to UW Oskosh

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

For schedules of SMC sports, visit

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Fall parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually on November 4 and November 11. Signup has closed for the 11/4 conferences, however, you can still sign up for the 11/11 date using this link:

A Google meet link will be sent to your email when you schedule and in a reminder email before your conference. There is different Google link for each teacher/conference. Just click on that link to access your conference at the time you signed up for. If you enter the meeting early, you may have to wait to be admitted until it is your scheduled time. The email will come from from with a tile "Appointment Confirmation for Your Meeting." It will look like the example below. Please contact Sue Thelen if you do not receive this email (after checking spam) or if you have any questions.

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First Friday Adoration/Mass

Praying before the Blessed Sacrament can be the most efficacious way to lift up the needs of our students as well as the needs of SMCS. Let us storm heaven this year on behalf of our students, staff, SMCS families and benefactors!

Please sign-up using this link. We need one more adorer this Friday, 11/5 at noon. Also, all are welcome to join in the morning mass at 7:25am on each of the adoration days.

SMCS COVID-19 Child Vaccine Clinic

In partnership with Winnebago County Health Department, SMCS will be hosting a COVID-19 child vaccine clinic for ages 5-11 and 12-18. This will be a Pfizer clinic only, and a parent or legal guardian will need to be present with the child(ren) being vaccinated.

Dates: Monday, November 22 (1st dose) & Monday, December 13 (2nd dose)

Time: 3:30 pm-6:00 pm

Location: St. Mary Catholic Middle School

We are gathering information to determine how to best set up for this clinic. Please complete this survey to help us determine interest in a COVID-19 child vaccine clinic at St. Mary Catholic Middle School on November 22 and December 13.

Seasonal Dress Code Change

As of November 1, shorts are no longer allowed as a part of the dress code. Shorts can be worn again on April 1.

Sports Update


The Tennis Team advanced Anna Vanden Acker, Eva Schneider, Audrey Wanless, Lilly Griffith, Grace Ogden, Olivia Bergstrom and Rebecca Schultz to the WIAA Sectional match held in Kohler on October 6 where the team placed second. Anna Vanden Acker qualified for state in singles and Lilly Griffith and Grace Ogden qualified for state in doubles. At the WIAA State Individual Girls Tennis tournament Anna lost in the first round and Lilly/Grace lost in the first round.


The Football Team finished their season with a 24-13 win over Wausau East in a non-conference home game. The team ended their season with a prefect 9-0 record and a record of 7-0 in conference play, earning the first conference title since 1968. SMC is not eligible for eight-player football playoffs because our school enrollment is over 200.


The Volleyball Team lost to Bonduel in the WIAA regional semi-final match. The team finished 3rd in the Big East Red Division and 5th in the Big East Conference Volleyball tournament.


The Soccer Team lost to St. Lawrence Seminary 2-1 in the WIAA regional final match. The team finished 3rd in the Big East Conference.


The boys and girls Cross Country Teams competed in the WIAA sectional meet on October 23 at Weyauwega-Fremont High School. The boys team finished in 5th place and the girls team finished in 4th place. AJ Groppel earned 4th place overall with a time of 17:33.48 and Lauren Ripley finished in 4th place overall with a time of 20:18.79. Both earned a trip to the WIAA state meet for their performance. At the state meet on Saturday, October 30 in Wisconsin Rapids, AJ finished 44th and Lauren finished 15th.

Congratulations to all of our athletes, teams and coaches on a great fall sports season!

Winter Sports Start Dates:

Powerlifting--November 1

Dance Team--November 3

Girls Basketball--November 8

Boys Basketball--November 15

Event Volunteers Needed!

The SMCS Booster Club has more than 2,000 volunteer slots to fill each year. Because every co-curricular athletic activity benefits from Booster Club funds, families of participants in every athletic activity are required to help. Families are required to help fill five volunteer spots per student-athlete, per co-curricular athletic activity (to a maximum of 20 spots per family annually). Hours will be tracked and a financial penalty will be charged to each family not volunteering their required hours. Students are allowed to work concession shifts for volunteer hours and family slots this year as long as we have one adult in the concessions area.

Volunteer at our home high school athletic events.

High School Winter Sport Volunteer Sign Up

Volunteer at our home middle school athletic events.

Middle School Winter Sport Volunteer Sign Up

Strength and Conditioning Classes

Spring sports start in 16 weeks! Winter Strength and Conditioning classes started on Tuesday and continue through February. Classes are from 3:30pm to 5:00pm Monday thru Thursday in the Fitness Center for high school students not in a winter sport. Classes are as follow:

  • Monday--Strength and Conditioning
  • Tuesday--Plyo
  • Wednesday--Strength and Conditioning
  • Thursday--Running Club and Strength and Conditioning


Upcoming College Visits

Lawrence University – Thursday, November 4 @ 7:50 am

Carroll University – Tuesday, November 16 @ 1:08 pm

U.S. Air Force – Wednesday, November 17 @ 11:00 am

Junior Conferences

Counselors will begin meeting with juniors and their parents in December to discuss academics, post high school planning, testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT), transcripts, career and college resources and graduation requirements. Parents may participate in-person with their child or virtually via phone or Microsoft Teams. A link to register for conferences will be emailed to parents before Thanksgiving break.

Badger Boys State (BBS) & Badger Girls State (BGS)

BBS and BGS are summer programs that help students who have completed their junior year of high school become better informed citizens on how our government functions. For more information visit the Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State websites. Opportunities will be discussed during junior conferences.

FVTC Teen Preview Day

Sophomores and Juniors are invited to learn the benefits of attending Fox Valley Technical College on November 11 from 3-6pm. Learn more and register here.

Financial Aid with UW Campuses Virtual Presentation

Join UW HELP, along with representatives from UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse and UW-Milwaukee as they discuss the financial aid process, how to compare financial aid offers, how financial aid funds are disbursed, and more. Students and families are encouraged to attend virtually on Wednesday, November 17 at 3:30pm. Use this link to register in advance; registration is required.

UW Help Sessions NEW

UW HELP is offering one-on-one sessions for students wanting assistance completing the online application for admission, looking for general information about a specific UW campus, or seeking guidance with the admissions process. Students can click here to schedule a 15-minute session with one of UW HELP’s Outreach Specialists.

Virtual Career Experience (VCE) Events

VCE events are online, live interactions with a local healthcare professional. Students will learn about the professional’s academic and career journey, their daily routine, starting or average salary, and types of patients they see or work with throughout a day. Events include: CNA, Lab Director, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, and Registered Nurse. Register for events here.

Exploratory Health Careers Course

Seniors who may have an interest in health are able to take a free online “Healthcare Path 2 Practice” class. The class includes six online courses: Health, Patient Care, Information & Biotechnology, Behavioral & Integrative Health, Research/Public Health & Administrative Careers, and Medical Terminology. Contact Jill Niemczyk at or call 920-652-0238 for details or to register.

UW Oshkosh Fall Preview Events NEW

The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh will be hosting a variety of Preview Events this fall to help students learn more about the three campuses of UW Oshkosh, degrees available, and the opportunities they could have while a student.

Tuesday, November 9th – Nursing Titan Preview

Friday, November 19th – Titan Preview (All Majors)

Friday, December 3rd – Health Sciences Titan Preview

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: December 8, 2021, and February 2, 2022.

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Ripon College has 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)


College Fairs

Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEF) will have in-person and virtual options this year from 5:00-8:00pm 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. The final fair will be held on November 14 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 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 20, 27, and November 3, 10 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