Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                       

St. Mary’s Spring Academy is excited to introduce Standards Based Grading in grades kindergarten through third grade for the 2021-22 school year! Standards Based Grading is a best practice initiative the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is leading all of its schools towards implementing in the coming school year.  The archdiocese, principals, and teachers have been learning with each other for the past three years to prepare for the upcoming school year.  


Standards Based Grading will offer a more accurate and transparent way of communicating information about what your child is expected to learn and how they are progressing along their learning path.  While we recognize that with change comes challenges, this new approach to grading will benefit all stakeholders including students, teachers and parents/guardians.


Standards-based grading communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to pre-establish learning targets, as opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of a grading period, which can mask what a student has learned, or not learned, in a specific course. It will also provide parents with a more detailed outline of their student’s growth and achievement. 


We believe clear communication between school and home throughout the course of the year is vital to our students’ success. We look forward to working together to provide your child the knowledge and tools needed to reach their fullest potential. By utilizing Standards Based Grading, our goal is to continue providing an environment that creates meaningful, intentional conversations between students, teachers and parents regarding each student’s learning goals. We believe that Standards Based Grading is a great avenue to help each student set and achieve individual learning goals with the help of their parents and teachers.


Over the next several months, we will be sending communications through the eLedger to discuss the details of Standards Based Grading and the benefits it will have on our school community.

Thank you for your partnership!


God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer

Principal SMSA


February 12 and 15, 2021:  No school for students on both days.  Teachers will report to campus on February 15th.  


Ledger Learning Guide  

Parents are always encouraged to check the SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page to see weekly learning targets, resources and expectations in every course.  Parental partnership in helping students  stay organized and focused on learning is always appreciated. 

Upcoming Dates

Mark Your Calendars - No Classes on February 12th and 15th

As President Stacey Akey communicated last week, there has been a change to the school calendar for the month of February.  Parents should please note that both Friday, February 12th and Monday February 15th are no longer school days.  No classes will be held on either day.

We Need Your Help- Ledgerfest Class Auction Baskets - due February 26th

SMSA families will be creating grade level themed baskets again this year as part of the silent auction for Ledgerfest that will be in April. If you would like to contribute towards your child(ren) grade level basket, please send your cash contribution in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, grade level and Ledgerfest Donation written on it. Your children can then give it to their homeroom teacher or drop off in the North or South office. If you send in a check, please make it payable to Andrea Nuss.


*Please note that if you have more than one child attending SMSA, you can send it in one envelope but write each child’s name and the amount you are donating for them, along with their grade level on the envelope. Thank you so much for your support with this portion of the silent auction.


Listed below are the point people of who’s organizing the basket for that specific grade level and their contact information. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions.


P3 – Stephanie Fessler –

4K – Stephanie Fessler –

5K – Jenn Ellestad –

1st Grade– Andrea Nuss –

2nd Grade– Mandy Holz –

3rd Grade – Valerie Everson –

4th Grade – Becky Harmsen –

5th Grade – Andrea Nuss –

6th Grade – Lisa Serovy –

7th Grade – Jacqui Kaufman –

8th Grade – Andrea Nuss –

All High School Grades – Andy King – & Chris Gilles –


News and Information

Attention SMSA bus Riders

The FDL School District will be returning to in person learning starting Monday, February 15th. Bus routes and times will be adjusted as needed to accommodate the public school students riding the bus. Johnson Bus will notify families of any changes to their existing route and/or time using the MyStop app. 


Please check MyStop for communication from Johnson Bus.  The South Street Shuttle bus will not have any changes.

Scholarship Opportunities

No news at this time.


Before/After School Care News

No news at this time.


Parent Connectors - Join us Today

If you have any questions, please contact either Andrea Nuss, or Katie Mathos,