FROM THE OFFICE OF EAMONN O'KEEFFE, 9TH - 12TH GRADE PRINCIPAL

Congratulations Class of 2021! 

The Class of 2021 has demonstrated scholarship, personality, championship grit and world class resilience during a global pandemic that altered five of their final eight high school quarters.  Our seniors have led daily life at the Springs with a steady,  positive spirit even while many traditions were taken from them in a challenging year impacted by COVID-19 limitations.  These proud Ledgers have embraced academics, athletics, service on campus and in the community, and performance in the arts.  They have kept the faith, supported one another, and kept their eyes focused on creating their future life after SMSA.  We are proud of their many collective and individual achievements and look forward to keeping updated on their future successes.  

 

So, on Sunday, May 23rd, amidst pomp and circumstances and with heartfelt joy and gratitude, we release another well-formed and well-educated class of Ledgers into a world that needs their gifts and talents more now than ever.  I am confident that they will each carry forward the Ledger Way to wherever life leads them next.  Their lives will surely impact others as they share the light of faith, love of learning, servant leadership, respect for all people, and a sense of responsibility that builds authentic community

 

Thank you Class of 2021.  I am personally grateful for the many ways you have enriched my days as your principal.  May God continue to bless your health. leadership and your goodwill!  You have made your mark on SMSA and will be missed next year on the Ledge.  We will remember your many contributions and your Class spirit.  We will continue to pray for your success.  As you move forward, we expect that you will make every day count, as you have learned to do on the Ledge! You are Ledgers for life, and SMSA will always welcome you home. 

 

Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!

 

Be well, God bless. 

Eamonn O’Keeffe, Principal Grades 9-12

Upcoming Dates

Friday, May 21st – Final Day of Exams & Senior Commencement Practice 12:00 Noon – 1:15pm (Holy Family Church) 

Sunday, May 23rd – Baccalaureate Mass (1pm) & Commencement (2:30pm)  for the Class of 2021(Holy Family Church) Livestream Link  https://youtu.be/x3ZB_J5pC_o

Wednesday, May 26th – Final Report Cards are mailed home; final day of faculty on campus in 2020-21, summer hours begin for yearlong staff. 

Thursday, May 27th – Campus closed. 


Chromebook Returns - May 20th and 21st

High school students are required to return their chromebooks (and chargers) at the end of the school year. They should take care of this as soon as they are finished with their final exams. There will be time between 9:45am and 1:30pm on May 20th and May 21st for students to bring their chromebooks up to the MPR on the 4th floor. Justin Poetzel will also be in the MPR to oversee this process. Please notify your students of these instructions so they can bring their chromebooks to school on those days. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Justin Poetzel at jpoetzel@smsacademy.org.


FDL Public Library Summer Reading Program - Begins June 1st

The FDL Public Library has an exciting Summer Reading Program titled “Reading Colors Your World.” Starting June 1st, readers can sign up and record their minutes of reading with chances to win prizes. 

 

Click here to view the flyer

Click here to read the press release

Click here to view the video


Swing Fore Springs Presents: The Hyland Open - July 30th

To celebrate Bob Hyland’s 50th season as head football coach at SMSA, we have decided to merge and rename, for just this year, our annual Swing Fore Springs golf outing, “The Hyland Open”!

 

Join us on Friday, July 30th for 18 holes of golf at one of two premier Fond du Lac courses! South Hills Golf and Country Club (1175 Fond\ du Lac Ave.) or Whispering Springs Golf Club (380 Whispering Springs Dr.). Then, join us for a social  celebration at, Avenue 795 (f.k.a The KC Hall-795 Fond du Lac Ave.), and enjoy drinks, food and FUNraising in support of SMSA and Coach Bob Hyland!

 

Register for golf and the social celebration by clicking here.

 

Sign up to volunteer for the golf outing and/or social celebration by clicking here.

 

Pre-register for mobile bidding/raffles by clicking here.

For more information please contact Kristin Zitlow at kzitlow@smsacademy.org or 920-322-8006.


Volunteers Needed - Swing Fore Springs - July 30th

Help support SMSA during our Swing Fore Springs golf outing on Friday, July 30, 2021 by volunteering for this fun summer event. Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities today!


News and Information

Final Report Cards

After Semester II grades have been verified on Monday, May 24th, paper copies of report cards will be printed and prepared to mail by Wednesday, May 26th.  This final 2020-21 Report Card will include final grades from both semesters.  After Wednesday, May 26th, family access to Skyward will also be restored so that parents and students may view final report cards electronically.


Senior Parents

Senior parents and guardians, you are invited to flex your Ledger pride and support your graduate with a Class of 2021 lawn sign for your home or business! All four design options are double-sided, full-color, and come with stakes.  Purchase your lawn sign by clicking here. Also, the Catholic Herald is offering parents and guardians the opportunity to take out a special tribute ad in an upcoming edition of the paper. 2021 Graduation – Herald ad.pdf.  Finally, click here for a copy of the Class of 2021 parent and guardian letter that was shared earlier this week through the Skyward Message Center.


Live Stream Link For Commencement

Please feel free to tune in virtually to the Class of 2021 Commencement and share the link with others.  We are grateful to Terry Davis at Sunny97  and his team for their goodwill and partnership with SMSA to make this virtual option possible for those unable to attend commencement live.  Please click here for the link.


Returning Texts and Chromebooks

Parents should watch for information that will be forthcoming from the Business Office about procedures for how students will be expected to return Chromebooks and textbooks before leaving for the summer.


2021-22 Student Schedules

  1. Thanks to parents, guardians and students for their good partnership in the process of course selection for 2021-22.  Development of a Master Schedule is inherently complicated, and can be even more tricky in a small school environment that has natural limitations on personnel, space and time.  This process of building a Master Schedule has included January homeroom presentations to all students by the Counseling Office; February and March completion and submission of Course Selection Worksheets (including student identification of alternate elective courses in case of schedule conflicts); and painstaking repeated modeling and testing various versions of schedule configurations in order to minimize schedule conflicts.  

    For the past two months, our Coordinator of System Master Scheduling and Records, Mr. Jacob Norlander has been working with the Counseling Office and Administration to develop, model, test and finalize a high school Master Schedule for next year.  I am pleased to report that the 2021-22 high school Master Schedule has been approved.  Therefore, student schedules may now be shared.  Students who are entering grade 10, 11 and 12 this fall may log into Skyward on May 26 to view their 2021-22 schedule.  For students who are entering grade 9 in the fall, a special packet of information that includes your schedule will be mailed to you by the end of May.  Incoming freshman who may have a Skyward account already will be able to see their 2021-22 schedule. 


Virtual High school Art Shows

Enjoy the high school’s Virtual Art show. These pieces were made second semester in our very busy Art classroom.

 

Ceramics: Click here

Graphics: Click here

Drawing: Click here

High School Counseling

News and Information

No news at this time.


Upcoming Dates

None at this time.


Career Exploration

Bellin College Summer Nursing and Imaging Camps – Multiple Dates

Applications are now being accepted for Bellin College summer nursing and imaging camps. Applying to summer camps

How much does it cost?

  • Nursing Day Camp:

Monday, July 26, 2021: $50

Tuesday, July 27, 2021: $50

Wednesday, July 28, 2021: $50

Includes camp t-shirt, lunch and clinical supplies

 

  • Medical Imaging Day Camp

Thursday, July 29, 2021: $90

Includes camp t-shirt, lunch and clinical supplies

 

Payment is not required until after the participants have been selected to attend the camp.

 

How are the participants selected?

Students are selected after a holistic review of their application including the date the applied, GPA, essay question, and dates available.

 

Who can apply?

High school students who are sophomores and juniors at time of application.

 

Questions?

Please contact Claire Drevs at claire.drevs@bellincollege.edu.

Apply online at www.bellincollege.edu/summercamps.


Job Opportunities

M.W. Tighe Roofing

M.W. Tighe Roofing has summer positions for seniors who are 18 years old . 

Please phone 929-923-2603 or dianereiter@tigheroofing.com.


Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac

Click here for more information.

Click here for an application.


Scholarship Opportunities

6th Annual Epic Flight Academy Aviation Scholarship Awards – October 1st

Do you have students whose heads are in the clouds? We invite U.S. high school students who are interested in flight training or aviation maintenance to apply for Epic Flight Academy’s 4 aviation scholarships. We are located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and welcome applicants from all around the U.S.

 

Will you please join us in supporting students’ dreams by sharing this scholarship information with interested students?

 

We are awarding $65,000 this year!

 

Open to current high school juniors and seniors for flight training and seniors for aircraft mechanics

Awarding 4 scholarships ($20,000 and $5,000 for flight training; $20,000 each for 2 aircraft mechanics)

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 1, 2021

 

Full details and links to the online application forms are available by clicking here.


College/University SMSA visits

None at this time.


College/University Virtual Visits

None at this time.

WIS 23-Expansion Project

For updated information on the WIS-23 Expansion project, please click here.

For real-time updates, please click here.