SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 3-Friday, May 20: SMCS Spring Art Show (FAEC lobby)

Thursday, May 5-Saturday, May 7: VEX Worlds Competition

Friday, May 6: First Friday Chapel Mass@ 7:25am | First Friday Adoration | Spirit Stop open 7:30-8:15am

Monday, May 9: Band and Choir Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 11: J-Term Parent Meeting

Thursday, May 12: School Mass @11:00am

Friday, May 13: Senior Coffee/Breakfast | Senior Decision Day | AP Testing Concludes

Tuesday, May 3: Zephyrs Spirit Day

Monday, May 9: Band & Choir Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 18: Senior Retreat | Awards Assemblies

Friday, May 20: Spirit Stop open 7:30-8:15am | Senior A Day Finals

Saturday, May 21: Prom


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

The 2022-23 School Year Calendar is available to assist you in planning for our next school year.

For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org

Exciting Addition to the 2022-23 School Year

Next year, the high school will offer J-Term for a week between first and second semester. What is J-Term? J-Term is an opportunity for student to expand awareness of themselves and the world around them through learning experiences that are not available in the regular curriculum.​


During this week students will have the opportunity to:

· Pursue or discover academic passions outside of the standard curriculum​.
· Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our faculty, through interdisciplinary study​.
· Grow in compassion and social awareness through service opportunities​.
· Deepen their faith.
· Travel globally for language and cultural immersion​.
· Develop hands-on skills and interests through field-based experiences​.
· Foster creativity and artistic expression.


We are so excited to offer 13 different experiences ranging from faith, music, history, culinary, international travel, intensive ACT prep, art, fitness, job shadow, and more! Students and parents will receive the title, description, and cost range of each experience prior to registration. The experiences (other than the international travel) will be held during the school day. Most experiences will have one or more day field trips.


Current juniors will have priority registration. After juniors make their selections, we will open up registration to 8-11 grade students on a lottery basis. All students will select their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. Each experience has a limited enrollment number based on the class. J-Term is not optional--it is a required learning experience for all students.


Registration will open for juniors on Sunday, May 22. We will open registration to all students on Wednesday, May 25.


There will be an optional parent meeting to answer any questions you may have at 7:30am on Wednesday, May 11 in the FAEC. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to submit questions to be addressed at the meeting to Mrs. Fouts. The meeting will be recorded and available for viewing.

Seeking Host Families for International Students

We are looking for families to host international students attending SMCHS next school year. Hosting an exchange student is a great opportunity for your family to benefit from a cultural experience. There is a $600 monthly stipend and a $1500 tuition credit for 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. Host families do not need to have a student in SMCS, so please pass on this opportunity to anyone you think may be willing to open their home.


If you would like more information or to discuss this opportunity in greater detail, please contact Sue Thelen.

Class of 2022 Graduation!

Graduation will be here soon! Here is a link to the information. GRADUATION 2022 EVENTS Parents, please repond to the number of guests you are expecting using this link: GRADUATION GUEST REPONSE FORM


Parents and students--please note that there will be two remaining MANDATORY student graduation meetings on Wednesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 18. Seniors must attend all meetings.

Class Leadership and Awards Assembly

The Leadership and Award Assemblies will be be held as below. Parents of students receiving recognition will be notified by email by May 9 and are welcome to attend.


Grades 9-11 at 8:00am on Wednesday, May 18. The recognitions include Student Council Leadership Awards, Academic Letter Award Recipients, Academic Medal Award Recipients, National Honor Society Inductees, Forensic Awards, Other Academic Recognitions.


Grades 12 at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 18. The recognitions include:

Scholarship Awards, Academic Letter Award Recipients, Academic Medal Award Recipients, Academic Plaque Award Recipients, National Honor Society Inductees, Senior Graduation Acknowledgements (Gallon Grad, Key Club, Volunteer Service, Principal’s Award, Exemplary Zephyrs, Christian Living), Laude Designations, Student Council Leadership Awards and Activity and Athletic Awards.

Kudos to....

Ava Bergstrom, for receiving a second place rating in the Wisconsin Chinese Language Speech Contest. Ava competed in the Non-Heritage High School Advanced group.


Students competing in the VEX Robotics Worlds Competition May 5 and 6 in Dallas, Texas. Three teams and 16 students, as well as several parents, are making the trip.


Mrs. Albrecht, our German teacher, for receiving the DSSV (German School and Language Society of Milwaukee) Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award at the DSSV Award Presentation in Milwaukee on May 1.


Congratulations to the following students for their participation and awards in the AATG National German Exam. They were also presented awards on May 1.

  • Gold Award: Billy Walsh (qualifies to compete for a trip to Germany)
  • Silver Awards: Haley Gustafson, Daniel Duvernay and Anna Vanden Acker
  • Bronze Awards: Noah Bublitz, Charlie Cedergren and Alex Walsh
  • Achievement Awards: Nick Zimmer, Sophia Lehner and John Osland
  • German Essay Contest winners: Daniel DuVernay, Haley Gustafson, William Walsh and Anna Vanden Acker (monetary awards)


To the many students who volunteered for A Night to Remember (special needs prom) and/or Zephyrfest this past weekend! Many students volunteered at both and all represented SMCHS very well!

Prom Donations Welcome

Prom is Saturday, May 21 at North Shore Golf Club. If you would like to help to make the evening special, monetary donations are welcome. Sponsorships for the items below are also available. Thank you in advance for your support!


  • Photo Booth (commitment made--thank you Kerwin/Dudkowski family!)
  • DJ
  • Guest party favor
  • Money to purchase gift cards as prizes at post-prom
  • Decorations for the event

If you are able to help, please send your donation to the office marked "prom donation." If you questions, please contact Kristin Billings or Clare Stefanich.

Walk to Mary

This Saturday, May 7, is the annual Walk to Mary pilgrimage beginning at the National Shrine of St. Joseph in De Pere and ending at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. Cost is $10 for students, and it begins at 7:00am. Look for Fr. Mark who will be there as well taking part in the walk. Visit https://walktomary.com/ to register.

Sports Update

If you have a high school spring sport athlete, pictures can be ordered using the link below. The Golf Team is scheduled for pictures next week. They will be added to this link after they are taken. Link to Pictures--the Access Code is: ZSpring22.


We need many volunteers for upcoming events! Please help! High School Spring Sport Volunteer Sign Up

Summer Strength and Conditioning Program

High School Strength and Conditioning (entering Grades 9-12 Fall of 2022)

Starts June 13 – Ends August 4

Monday thru Thursday: 7:30am-9:00am


Middle School Strength and Conditioning (entering Grades 6-8 Fall of 2022)

Starts June 13 – Ends August 4

Monday thru Thursday: 9:00am–10:00am


Please note that this program is for SMCS students only. There will not be a session from 10am-11am for high school students this summer and none of the sessions will be offered for high school credit.

Zephyrfest 2022

After two years of virtual events, Zephyrfest 2022 proved to be a night full of friendship and memory making. From parents who secured donations for the silent auction to the more than 50 SMCS students who served meals, sold raffle tickets, and helped lucky attendees carry their winnings out to their cars, dedicated volunteers touched every aspect of Zephyrfest. The event was a great success and the money raised will allow St. Mary Catholic Schools to continue to prepare and inspire students to lead meaningful lives, rooted in the teachings of Christ in our Catholic tradition. Thank you for your continued support of St. Mary Catholic Schools!

COUNSELING NEWS

Summer Virtual Career Experience Events

See multiple opportunities for healthcare and manufacturing here.

Healthcare Opportunities

Job Shadow: through Fox Valley Health Care Alliance or Lakeshore Health Care Alliance.


Healthcare Path 2 Practice: Online, self-paced, free exploratory health careers course.


Summer Boot Camps: Participants will learn how health care teams work together and what a day in healthcare is like through ThedaCare Health System and St. Vincent Hospital.

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed

SOAR Fox Cities is looking for students to help with summer camp. Students will work with campers 14 years of age and older with cognitive disabilities. The camp is June 7-11 at Camp Onaway on the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca. While it is a volunteer position, gift cards are awarded to the students, and training, transportation to and from camp and room and board are provided. Click HERE for more information.

Career in Sports Night

Timber Rattlers is hosting “Career in Sports” night from 4:30-6:30pm on Thursday, May 5. Students will learn about opportunities and hear from distinguished professionals how to start a career in sports. Cost is $20 per person and includes a box seat ticket to the game. Tickets are available by phone at 920-733-4152, or online at www.TimberRattlers.com by using promo code “sports”.

Fox Valley Technical College Offerings

Campus Guided Tours: Pre-registration required.

Express Admissions Day: Appleton and Oshkosh campuses on April 27 from 8am-6pm.

Virtual Supply Chain Programs Info Session: April 27 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Pre-registration required.

TechKnowledge College Summer Camps: For middle and high school students.

Aviation Fly-In & Open House: For those considering a career in aviation on April 30 from 8am-noon.

Learn to Fly– Virtual Informational Session, Thursday April 21 at 6 pm for students interested in starting their pilot career in high school.

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed

SOAR Fox Cities is looking for students to help with summer camp. Students will work with campers 14 years of age and older with cognitive disabilities. The camp is June 7-11 at Camp Onaway on the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca. While it is a volunteer position, gift cards are awarded to the students, and training, transportation to and from camp and room and board are provided. Click HERE for more information.

Fox Valley Technical College Offerings

Vet Tech Virtual Program Information Session May 4 from 5-6:30pm.

Express Admissions Day May 25 from 8am-6pm. Walk-ins welcome!

Campus Guided Tours: Pre-registration required.

TechKnowledge College Summer Camps: For middle and high school students.

UW System Schools

Email Verification –New student accounts on the UW System Application website will require email verification. Upon creating an account, a verification code will be sent to the email address used to register an account. Students will need to use that code to verify their email and gain full access to their account. Remember to use a personal email when creating an account to avoid future issues with email verification.


AP Credits - use the search tool to see how AP courses will transfer at UW System campuses. For specific questions, please reach out to the school you plan to attend.


Placement Testing is offered online. For more information, please reach out to the appropriate Placement Testing contact.

FREE FAFSA Thursdays at FVTC

Students and their parents can receive help completing the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the Appleton FVTC Campus in room G149. Drop in sessions are on Thursdays from 9:30am-10:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:30pm-3:30pm and 4:30pm-6:00 pm.

Links

Links to ACT and SAT test dates.