Dear Parents and Guardians,


The first quarter will come to a completion on November 5, 2021.  Skyward gradebook will be closed from November 5th through November 11th.  First grade through eighth grade parents will be receiving electronic report cards on November 12, 2021 in Skyward.  On November 12th, Skyward will reopen and parents/guardians will be able to view and sign their child’s report card.  To view the report card please log into Skyward.  Select your child.  Scroll down to Portfolio.  Select the report you would like to view or print.  It’s that easy.  Please contact the South Hall office if you need support.  Early Childhood and Kindergarten will receive their first report card in January.  


The MAP scores for grade two through eight were sent home on Wednesday via backpacks.  Please reach out to your child or homeroom teacher if you did not receive them.  


Thank you to the Parent Connectors and students and parents for the awesome Trunk or Treat event.  It was well attended and  full of Ledger Spirit and Ledger Way Core Values. Thank you for your support of the grade 6-8 dance as well on Friday.  The students had a blast.


Thank you to parents that supported the classroom Halloween parties.  Thank you for supporting SMSA in numerous ways to make the parties a wonderful time for the students.  


Thank you for your continued partnership with SMSA .  Together we create a path for tomorrow’s children to achieve amazing dreams. 

God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer

Elementary Principal, SMSA


Standards Based Grading

The objective of the video series is to educate parents in short videos to unpack Standard Based Grading.  The series intends to deliver an education and mindshift to understand Standards Based Grading, why Standards Based Grading is best practice, and how Standards Based Grading functions with the parent and teacher supporting the student’s journey.


Please select the following six links to see the box set of SBG at SMSA.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 5th – End of the First quarter

Monday, November 8th –  No School, Teacher in-service

Friday, November 12th – Report cards are available for Parents to view online through Skyward.

Elementary Christmas Concert - December 14th

Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Hutter Gym

Middle School Christmas Concert - December 15th

Wednesday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Hutter gym

News and Information

Principal's Pen

The Principal’s Pen is an opportunity for teachers to recognize students who consistently demonstrate The Ledger Way with a focus on faith, learning, respect for leadership, community and responsibility.  The students chosen will attend a special breakfast with Mr. K and Mr. Fisher, receives a certificate with a brief sentence on how they followed The Ledger Way, and a principal’s pen.

Neil Parker – Grade 2: For his leadership abilities.  Neil is always holding the door for others and letting others go first.  He helps others in the classroom as well.  

Alayna Rector – Grade 1: For being a wonderful leader in and out of the classroom.  Alayna loves to learn and is very respectful towards her teacher and classmates. 

Lucas Feld – Grade 2: For his leadership abilities. Lucas is very responsible and accountable for his actions.  He loves to be part of a team. 

Logan Giese – Grade 2: For always challenging himself.  Logan never gives up and uses problem solving skills to understand new concepts. 

Noah Kollmorgan – 4K: For Learning and Responsibility.  Noah works hard on all his tasks.  He has been working hard on writing his name and can do it on his own. He is also a great helper at clean up time and loves to lend a helping hand!

Madelyn Moses – 5K: For her kindness, caring for others, and always trying her very best. 

Trunk Or Treat Was A Huge Success!

Last Thursday evening at our Trunk or Treat event, we filled the upper parking lot with cars that were all decked out for Halloween! It was a huge success! Thank you to all of the families who attended this event! Fun was had by all.


A special thank you to Ellen Kant and Lisa Shannon for chairing this event!  Thank you to all of the SMSA families who donated items! Thank you to the high school students who helped! We appreciate all of you!

Developing God’s Given Gifts With Art, Music And Movement

Click here to read the November updates.

Big Money Raffle (BMR) Tickets - Blue And White!

As a reminder, please only sell and/or purchase the BLUE and WHITE BMR tickets for the Friday, January 14, 2022 drawing. Please throw away any pink tickets that you may still have.


We appreciate your support in selling and/or purchasing the new blue and white tickets and returning them to school on or before Friday, January 14, 2022. Your participation is vital to the success of this fundraiser and reaching our goal of raising $100,000 for our school. We cannot wait to pull the $20,000 winning ticket on Friday, January 14, 2022 at noon.

Please contact Kristin Zitlow at or 920-322-8006 with any questions.

Elves R Us Coming Soon!

As the weather cools, our thoughts turn toward the holiday season ahead!  At SMSA that means the 20+ year tradition of Elves R Us is just around the corner! Please be on the lookout for information regarding this year’s event to come home with your student the week of November 15th. Shopping days will run December 2nd – 10th.


Please click here to view the Elves R Us FAQs! We can’t wait for another year of Elves R Us!

Scholarship Opportunities

Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship - 8th Grade



The Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship acknowledges and rewards students who display exceptional leadership skills. Up to five scholarships will be awarded to eligible Preferred School students in grades 8‑12. Please see full eligibility guidelines. The Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship Program was established to assist middle and high school students, currently in grades 8-12, who are enrolled at a Lands’ End Preferred School in the U.S. (SMSA Preferred School Number: 900157314)


2021-2022 Application now available. Applications will be accepted now through December 15, 2021 or until 1,000 applications have been received.


Before/After School Care News

No news at this time.


Parent Connectors - Join us Today

Would you like to get more involved as a parent at SMSA? On supply drop off day, you will be receiving a Parent Connectors Volunteer Form. Please fill out this form with the ways you would be interested in helping and return it to school by Friday, September 17th. You will then receive emails regarding upcoming events and ways to assist throughout the year. Thank you so much! We couldn’t do this without our amazing volunteers. If you have any questions, please reach out to Andrea Nuss,