Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                       

As I have mentioned in a previous eLedger, St. Mary’s Spring Academy is excited to introduce Standards Based Grading in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade for the 2021-22 school year! Standards Based Grading (SBG) is a best practice initiative the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is leading all of its schools towards implementing in the coming school year.  

Today is the second installment of our six session video series.  Please click here to gain more understanding of the influences SBG will have on students, teachers and parents.  The video also unpacks the timeframe of SBG for SMSA. 


The objective of the video series is to educate parents in short videos to unpack SBG.  The series intends to deliver an education and mind-shift to understand SBD, why SBD is best practice, and how SBG functions with the parent and teacher supporting the student’s journey.  


Thank you for your partnership!


Grades 3 – 8 will begin practice testing for the Forward test on Monday, March 29, 2021.  Forward testing will begin On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and conclude on Friday, April 16, 2021.  Please partner with us and have your child attend school in-person during Forward testing.   


Thank you.  

God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer

Principal SMSA


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

Monday – Friday, March 22 – March 26: Spring break

Friday and Monday, April 2 and April 5:  No school, Easter break

Wednesday – Friday, April 7 – April 16:  Forward tests for grades 3 – 8

Coach Hyland’s Commemorative Sweatshirts - Sale Ends Tomorrow, March 12th

Sale ends tomorrow, Friday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m!


Coach Hyland celebrates his 50th season coaching this year!  To commemorate this milestone season, we are offering a one-time sale of a retro colored, “throw-back” SMSA sweatshirt with a nod to Coach Hyland on the sleeve!


Pick up will be at SMSA in the Scrip Office (or shipped to you for a flat rate fee) the week of March 29th.


All proceeds will benefit expenses related to the artificial turf field upgrade at SMSA.


Click here to order yours before the sale ends!


Sizes available from Youth XS through a Men’s 5XL!  

Youth sweatshirt – $25

Adult sweatshirt – $42


Questions? Contact Chelsea McKay at

Business World in the Classroom Statewide Competitions - Deadline March 15th

In partnership with Kwik Trip, our Wisconsin Business World program launched business-focused competitions open to all 6-12th grade students across the state. The project-based competitions will focus on innovation and production.


Click here for full information. 


Cash prizes will be awarded to top student contestants. Entry deadline is Monday, March 15, 2021.


For questions or input about the competitions, please contact Michelle Grajkowski at (608) 258-3400 or

Ledgerfest 2021 - Virtual Event! - April 5th - 10th

This year’s Ledgerfest will be a week long virtual event, so mark your calendar and join us for the “Ledgerfest Challenge,” Monday – Saturday, April 5 – 10, 2021!


Click here for more details and check out our Ledgerfest Facebook event by clicking here.

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Scholarship Opportunities

BeeDee Scholarship (8th Grade Students) – Deadline Friday April 16th

Please click here for information on the BeeDee Scholarship.


Before/After School Care News

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