From the Office of Eamonn O'Keeffe: High School Principal

Paradoxical Commandments

As we enter the liturgical season of Lent, Christians reflect on how they might better their relationship with God and with the human community in which they live and have their being. It is a time when some decide to intensify their attention to personal spiritual growth, while others seek to encounter God in the person of the poor and vulnerable.


During this Lent – like in the past – I will seek new spiritual wisdom through scripture and inspirational literature or articles that challenge an honest self assessment, and (hopefully) guide me to living my faith more authentically. Years ago, I was gifted a sweet little book entitled Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith. I came across the book again during a house cleaning adventure last month. It is essentially a book about the wisdom, joy and grace that can come from facing the cynicism and negativity of the world with the best of ourselves. Keith offers ten principles that he first noted as a Harvard student during the 1960’s. Since then, his principles have been circulated widely and have been quoted by countless students, politicians, teachers, business and religious leaders. Indeed, these “paradoxical commandments” were found taped to the walls in the children’s home run by St. Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity in India. I share them here with hope that they may inspire your Lent in some little way.


1) People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
2) If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
3) If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
4) The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
5) Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
6) The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest ideas. Think big anyway.
7) People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8) What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
9) People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
10) Give the world the best that you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.


Let me humbly add an 11th paradoxical commandment for our Ledgers to consider this Lent:

11) Living the Ledger Way core values can be difficult and exhausting, and can draw ridicule from others. Live the Ledger Way core values anyway.


Be assured of my prayers for a great Lent in the Springs community.


Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us.
Mr. Eamonn O’Keeffe,
High School Principal



News & Information

Register Today for Ledgerfest 2024 - March 23rd!


Do not miss out, register now for this fun evening in support of SMSA, click here!



2024-2025 Key Academic Calendar Dates

Click here to view key dates for the 2024-2025 Academic School Year, including SMSA’s start date, Christmas break, spring break and graduation dates.


Reminder that you can view this information, along with handbooks, dress code and uniform criteria and other important resources on our website year round by clicking here.



SMSA World Language Travel Transportation Fund


Traveling abroad is an exciting and enriching opportunity for students where they can experience the beauty, authenticity and relevance of the subject they are studying. Students are responsible for funding the majority of their trip; however, SMSA has established this account to aid in funding bus transportation to and from the airport. Your donation today will ensure students, along with faculty chaperones, have a safe and reliable mode of transportation to start and end their traveling abroad experience.


This summer, students have an opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for Spanish class, and Germany for their German class. Thank you for supporting SMSA’s World Language Travel Experiences!


To make a donation, click here!



SMSA Uniform Approved Vests At Hopper's

SMSA uniform approved vests are in stock at Hopper’s. Vests are $35 and come in youth, ladies and men’s sizes.


You can also still purchase 1/4 zips and crews, which are uniform approved, the cost for those are $30 each.


NEW Store Hours: 9 am till 5 pm, Monday-Friday.  CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays.


77 N. Main Street

Fond du Lac, WI 54935




WI Parental Choice Program Opens February 1, 2024

The WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) online application period will open February 1, 2024 and will close on Thursday April 18, 2024.


The DPI requires current Choice families to fill out the application for the 2024-2025 school year. Filling out the application for next school year (2024-2025) informs the DPI that you want to receive your Choice voucher for 2024-2025. If the DPI does not receive an application from a current Choice family the DPI assumes that you do not want the voucher for the next school year and your voucher will not be renewed.


New and current families must electronically submit their application here.


Current Choice families are not required to provide income documentation.


NEW families, applying for a school voucher, must be income eligible to apply. The following income limits have been posted for 2024-2025:
Family Size Maximum Yearly Income*
1 $32,076
2 $43,384
3 $54,692
4 $66,000
5 $77,308
6 $88,616
For each additional member in a family add $11,308.


Family income includes the income of the student’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) that reside in the same household as the student.
Current Choice families are not required to provide income documentation. Proof of residency documents are required for current and new families.


WI Parental Choice Program information is available on our SMSA website by going to the Enroll tab at the top.


Questions about WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) can be directed to:
Carol Ellestad
SMSA Choice Designee or (920) 322-8002



SMSA Booster Club Concession/Admission Volunteers Needed!

If you are the parent of a SMSA student athlete, please consider giving your time to help out in our basketball concession stand or with admissions. The Booster Club supports ALL SMSA sports, so feel free to help out at those activities your kiddos are not involved in, assuring other parents can watch their son or daughter in that particular sport. This is a great opportunity to serve and see/meet more of our Ledger family.


Signing up is easy…. just click on one of the links below and select a date that best fits your schedule. Thank you to those that have already signed up and given their support! Go Ledgers!


Winter Sports:

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Parents of Performing Arts

Join us on the third Wednesday of each month in Lauby Lounge for the PPA meeting. All parents who have children in Middle School or High School are encouraged to attend.

Watch for an email to sign up to volunteer to help make the musical a success! Many hands make light work!

Meeting dates:
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Note the change in usual day

All meetings will be held at 6 pm in the Lauby Lounge (first floor teacher lounge).

Contact Anne Brunette ( with any questions about the PPA!



Upcoming Dates
High School Counseling

Upcoming Trade Tour Dates

Dear Juniors and Seniors,
The next Envision Fond du Lac tour is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27th from at Grande. These tours are designed for students looking to go into the Trades or looking for YA opportunities. We are looking for 4 Juniors or Seniors to attend this tour.


Please email the high school counselors if you are interested in the tour and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! Also! Please see that chart below for upcoming tour locations! Please feel free to contact the high school counselors to reserve a spot!


Upcoming 2024 Trade Tours
February 27th– Grande
March 12th– Mercury Marine
March 26th– Sadoff Iron & Metal
April 9th– McNeilus Steel
April 23rd– Aurora Healthcare
May 7th– JF Ahern
May 21st– Michels Corporation



Johnsburg Athletic Club Scholarship

2024 JAC Scholarship Application



Senior Scholarship Information

Please refer to the information provided at the link below, for local and state scholarships that SMSA seniors can apply for. This list is always subject to change and may not be all-inclusive.


Local scholarship opportunities (Fond du Lac area) are listed first, followed by opportunities for residents of the state of Wisconsin.