SMCHS News Update
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
A Message from Principal Fouts
Monday, August 30: New Student Orientation | School Photos | Schedule Pickup
Tuesday, August 31: First Day of School
Thursday, September 2: 11:00am School Mass @11:00am
Friday, September 3: First Friday Chapel Mass @7:25am | First Friday Adoration | Zephyrs Connect
Monday, September 6: No School--Labor Day
Tuesday, September 7: Zephyrs Spirit Wear Day
Wednesday, September 8: Blood Drive
Thursday, September 9: 11:00am School Mass @11:00am
Friday, September 10: Zephyrs Spirit Stop Open @7:30am
For a complete calendar listing, view our Google calendar online.
Back to School Information
Bring Your Own Device Program (BYOD)
SMCHS is transitioning to a bring your own device (BYOD) program for the 2021-22 school year. The transition is as follows:
- All incoming freshman and new students will be required to bring their own device. Please see this link for BYOD Requirements and Specifications.
- All other students can use previously purchased laptops from home, purchase a new device meeting the specifications in the link above, or continue to use their *SMCS issued laptop. (*Please note that all previously agreed upon payment plans will continue as usual until all payments have been made regardless of whether your student chooses to use this laptop. They will continue to receive IT support for this device.
Please note that when purchasing a new device, there is no need to purchase the Microsoft 365 programs (Word, Excel, etc.). This is provided through SMC once student log on is complete on the new device.
Traffic Pattern/Parking Changes
If you are dropping off students before school, turn into LANE ONE behind school and drop your child off at the McClone Gym entrance. Lane one will now only be used for drop off--students will no longer be allowed to park in lane one during school hours. Students should park in LANES TWO OR THREE and always park within the marked stalls.
When exiting campus, use the north traffic lane and north exit lanes onto Cold Spring Road. This is also a ONE WAY OUT as it has been in the past.
Signs and lane markings have been added so the traffic pattern is clear to drivers.
Mask Requirement on All Buses
Per CDC order, masks are required while riding buses to school or to athletic events regardless of the school's mask policy. This includes the SMCS bus and all busing from districts that provide transportation to SMCHS (Neenah, Menasha and Hortonville).
School Liturgy Schedule
The First Friday mass and monthly adoration take place the first Friday of each month beginning on Friday, September 3 in the high school chapel. Mass begins at 7:25am. Parent are welcome to join us for both. If you would like to sign up for adoration, please contact Barb Unruh.
Students will attend Liturgy each week on Thursdays in the FAEC at 11:00am. Parents are welcome to join us for mass.
Zephyrs Connect 2021
Join our SMCS community for Zephyrs Connect on Friday, September 3 beginning at 4:00pm at Zephyr Fields. This annual community run/walk event features a 5K run/walk, kids games, food, entertainment, and the first Zephyrs varsity football home game of the season!
Funds raised will support SMCS Athletics, Booster Club, Fine Arts, and STEM co-curriculars, as well as SMCS's five supporting Neenah-Menasha parishes: St. Gabriel, St. John, St. Margaret Mary, St. Mary, and St. Patrick. Learn more and register at https://smcatholicschools.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/ZephyrsConnect2021.
We have 10 international students beginning this semester from Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Thank you to the families who are hosting these students. There will be more opportunities soon, so if you are interested in hosting a student, please contact Sue Thelen.
All Aboard 2021
It’s the can’t-miss event of fall at St. Mary Catholic Schools! You’re invited to All Aboard--one event, one night, creating community, and igniting giving for all three SMCS elementary schools and the middle school. All Aboard takes place on Saturday, October 16 from 5:00pm-10:00pm on the St. Mary Catholic Middle/High School Campus.
This casual evening event will feature a delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, and exciting silent auction, event board, and raffle opportunities to win. The pre-event pig roast tailgate, sponsored by Miron Construction, begins at 5:00pm with All Aboard beginning at 7:00pm. I will be a fun and unforgettable evening celebrating and supporting our students, staff, and their schools. There are many ways to get All Aboard for this inaugural SMCS event; check out details, sponsor, and register at www.smcsallaboard.org.
Look for the All Aboard train photo booth at orientation on Monday, August 30. Snap a photo with your child(ren), and share using #smcsallaboard or tagging @smcszephyrs to be featured showing your support!
Zephyrs Spirit Stop
Show your St. Mary Catholic Schools Zephyrs spirit with apparel from the Zephyrs Spirit Stop.
There are many ways to browse and buy Zephyrs Spirit Stop items throughout the school year:
- Browse and buy more styles and sizes online any time at https://smcs-booster.square.site/.
- Stop by the Zephyrs Spirit Stop at St. Mary Catholic High School, open every Friday (beginning September 10) from 7:30-8:15 a.m.
- Purchase items available during (most) home sporting events at St. Mary Catholic High School.
Competitive VEX VRC or VEXIQ Robotics for 2021-22
If your high school student is interested in VEX Robotics next year, please contact Phil Kerwin at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your 5th grade or middle school student is interested in VEX IQ Robotics please contact Christine Cedergren at email@example.com. Parents--we are in need of need technical and non-technical mentors, so please include if you are able to help!