Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to the second quarter of our 2020-2021 school year.  The first quarter flew by as we navigated educating students in new and amazing ways.  Reflecting on the last quarter, what resonates with me the most, is the joy I see in the student’s eyes as they experience learning together on the Ledge.  Throughout the school, one can feel Christ at work and the Holy Spirit guiding the learning. 


I appreciate families being mindful of the greater community as they decide when and when not to send their child/children to school.  Thank you for partnering with us through the struggles, transitions, smiles, laughter and joyful moments.  


God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer


November 6, 2020 – Red Ribbon Day

On Friday, our entire System will recognize the sacrifice and work of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena by wearing red.  Growing up, Kiki saw how drugs became part of life for too many of his friends and classmates. Kiki became a DEA agent and devoted his life to disrupting the flow of illicit drugs in our country.  Students and staff are wearing red to show their commitment to making safe and healthy choices. 


Students may wear jeans (no rips or tears) or their uniform pants with a red top.  If your child(ren) choose not to wear read, they must come to school in their uniform.


Skyward Access to Report Cards

First Quarter report cards will be accessible to families through Skyward at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5th.  Please follow the steps below to access and sign off that you have reviewed your child’s report card.   

Steps to your child’s report card


MAPS Testing Results

Tomorrow, Friday November 6th, you will receive a hard copy of a NWEA MAP Student Progress Report regarding your child(ren). On this report you will be able to see your child(ren)’s progress from this fall as well as their testing progress from previous years.  We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement this school year.  Teachers use this data to support individual instruction in the classroom.  For more information about the MAP Growth test please click here. 


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.


God Bless,

Steve Kelnhofer

Upcoming Dates

High School Placement Test - December 5th

The High School Placement Test for current SMSA 8th grade students, will be held on Saturday, December 5th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The test will be administered here at SMSA. 


If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mueller at


Thank you!

News and Information

IMPORTANT - Big Money Raffle Information

It’s that time of year again, for St. Mary’s Springs Academy’s “Big Money Raffle” (BMR). This cash raffle is one of only three major fundraisers for SMSA that involves EVERY family, Pre-K through 12th grade. Each family will be receiving 5 BMR tickets to sell and/or purchase this week in your youngest child’s backpack.


Tickets may be returned to school with your child or to the North, South or Scrip offices. Returning tickets as soon as they are sold is very important this year. If you have any questions, or if you would like to purchase additional tickets, please contact Kristin Zitlow at Participation from every family truly makes a difference. Thank you for your support!

Scholarship Opportunities

Lands’ End Starboard Scholarship (Grades 8-12)

The Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship acknowledges and rewards students who display exceptional leadership skills.  Each winning student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  Applications are being accepted from now until Tuesday, December 15, 2020.


For a full list of details and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Before/After School Care News

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Parent Connectors - Join us Today

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