SMCHS News Update

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 2

Special Schedule--School Mass @10:30am | Reconciliation (afternoon) | Musical Callbacks

Friday, December 3

1st Friday Chapel Mass | Adoration | Spirit Stop Open 7:30-8:15am | 7th Grade Visit Day | Musical Callbacks

Saturday, December 4

VEX VRC Robotics Tournament, Menasha

Monday, December 6

JV Math Meet, Oshkosh

Tuesday, December 7

Zephyrs Spirit Wear Day | Fine Arts Christmas Art Show

Wednesday, December 8

11:00am Holy Day School Mass | MS/HS Choir Christmas Concert

Friday, December 10

Spirit Stop Open 7:30-8:15am

Thursday, December 16

School Mass @11:00am


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

For schedules of SMC sports, visit thebigeast.org

Seeking Short Term Host Families for Special Program

SMCS is seeking host families for middle school aged-students from South Korea from January 5 to February 3. The students will attend middle school and have other cultural activities planned with their group on Saturdays.


Being a host family is a rewarding, fun and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting relationships! A stipend of $600 will be paid for hosting.


If interested, please contact Sue Thelen, SMCS International Coordinator, at sthelen@smcatholicschools.org or 920-722-7796, ext. 808. Host families do not have to be SMCS families, so please share with others who may be interested.

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. Our next adoration is this Friday, December 3. Please sign-up using this link. All are also are welcome to join in the morning mass at 7:25am on each of the adoration days.

Emergency Notifications/School Closures

SMCS sends text messages related to school closure dates and other emergencies specific to our SMCS schools via SIMPLE TEXTING. To enroll your phone number, please text SMCS to (844) 947-5948. You will receive a confirmation text and a text indicating how to stop the service if needed. You may enroll multiple cell phone numbers using that same process. Text SMCS to (844) 947-5948.

Snow or Missed Day Schedules

The block schedule for A days and B days alternates every school day. If we would happen to have an unplanned day off for weather or other, we would always pick up with what day is next. The letter days are listed on our Google calendar and would be updated as needed. https://smcatholicschools.org/high-school-calendar/

Girl-Powered Giving!

The Women's Fund of the Fox Valley Region is gathering a group of high school girls from throughout the Fox Cities to participate in five days of leadership training, community service, and philanthropy education focused on making a positive difference for girls within their community. They are looking for a diverse group of girls who want to make positive change, will honestly share their thoughts and experiences and will respect the opinions of others.


IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU, THEY WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU! See the application below. It is due by December 15.

Strength and Conditioning Classes

Winter Strength and Conditioning classes 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

SMM Youth Choir Seeks SMCHS Students for Christmas Mass

St. Margaret Mary Parish welcomes high school students to participate in the Christmas Eve Children’s Choir. Their role will be to help guide the younger singers. Rehearsals will follow the 9:30am Mass and will last until 11:30am on December 5, December 12, and December 19, with a 2:55pm arrival for Mass on December 24. Please contact Justin Krueger at jkrueger@smcatholicschools.org by Monday, November 22 if interested.

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Greta was all smiles during today's Blood Drive.

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COUNSELING NEWS

UW Madison Badger Precollege Programs

Applications are now open for Badger Summer Scholars and the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Badger Summer Scholars is a two-week program in which students attend a college-level seminar on a topic of their choice; including how to prepare for college, career exploration and more. The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) engages talented students in an intense, research-focused, three-week summer program. Registration opens in January for the Summer Music Clinics.

Scholarship Presentation for Seniors

On Monday, December 9th, Cheryl Fowler will be speaking with seniors during 9th block about the many scholarship opportunities available to them through the Fox River Scholarship Center. She will walk them through how to find scholarships and how to apply.

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.

ZAPS ACT Test Prep

The ZAPS ACT Test Prep Seminar will be held from 9:00am–3:00pm at Neenah High School on January 15 and at Oshkosh West High School on February 19. The cost is $99. Click here for details and to register.

Junior Conferences

Counselors will begin meeting with juniors and their parents this week 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 was emailed to parents before Thanksgiving break.

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 jilln@newahec.org or call 920-652-0238 for details or to register.

UW Oshkosh Fall Preview Events

The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Health Sciences Titan Preview will be held this Friday, December 3, from 12:30-3:30pm. Click here to register.

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.


Links to ACT and SAT test dates.