The Immaculate Conception

On Wednesday, Catholics all over the world celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of obligation in the Church. Mary is the patroness of the United States, and of course, St. Mary’s Springs Academy.  This feast celebrates  the miraculous, spotless conception of Mary in the womb of St. Anne, her mother.  Later in her life, at the moment God invites her to become the birth mother of Our Lord and Savior, an Angel  acknowledges Mary’s sinless conception proclaiming “Hail, full of Grace, the Lord is with you…”.  


Salvation history has a sort of call-and-response rhythm to it. From the beginning of time, God calls and humanity responds.  We also see people cry out for God, and God responding – often in miraculous ways. Perhaps this very pattern has been your lived experience.   Though born without sin, Mary was also endowed with free will.  By courageously, freely and faithfully answering “yes” to God’s amazing call/invitation, Mary enters into a deeper relationship with her creator, and with all of us, forever!  Her affirmative reply to God leads to Jesus and to the “salvation” of all humanity.  God’s will is done in that moment, and forevermore. 


Accomplishing God’s will.  This is our goal and calling as Christians and as Ledgers.  The mission of all Catholic schools and all Christian people  is to glorify God by responding with a courageous, risky “yes, Lord” just as Mary did.   How  blessed are we to have Mary as our patron, and the example she provides that God is “with us!”   Mary models the perfect Christian response to God’s invitation to relationship.  Each day on the Ledge, we pray to the Holy Mother, asking for her motherly spiritual support for our daily efforts to be God’s people.  We ask her to help us say yes to God in small and big ways.  


While we are not a perfect learning community, we are truly blessed to see God’s work accomplished at SMSA.  Over and over, time, talent and treasure is generously shared with the Springs to benefit our mission and to advance learning holistically.  Our Catholic identity and mission focused approach to strategic planning  keeps our Springs community focused on God’s plan, and our collective yearning that God remains present “with us” always – and in all ways.  O Come, o come Emmanuel! 


School Safety

Every Ledger’s safety is the top priority for all who serve at the Springs.  As such, SMSA takes responsibility to establish and conduct various safety audits and drills throughout the school year.  Parents, you likely remember fire and tornado drills from your school days.  As required by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and in partnership with local and regional educational leaders and first responders from healthcare and law enforcement, SMSA is developing additional plans and drills to help our school community be better prepared for a variety of emergency scenarios.  We believe that by establishing, communicating, and then practicing a comprehensive set of safety drills, SMSA will be best prepared to manage potentially difficult situations more effectively. 


Later this month and school year, SMSA leadership shall communicate new versions of emergency plans and safety drills with parents.  We plan to practice these best approaches with students, faculty and staff.  Please watch for more detailed communications about safety plans and drills, and for new resources designed to help parents effectively discuss school safety with their children. 


At SMSA we take school safety seriously, and strive to provide a healthy school culture and positive learning environment.  We fully understand the important role parents play as our partners to accomplish this goal.  It really does take everyone staying alert and working together to keep our Ledgers safe.  As always, if you or your child become aware of a potentially dangerous situation that may threaten campus safety, we urge you to contact the Fond du Lac Police Department.  To report life threatening urgent matters, please dial 9-1-1.  To report concerns that may not be urgent, please call 920-322-3700.  You  may also call the high school main office at 920-322-8062


Loving Patroness, Our lady of the Ledge, pray for us. 

Eamonn O’Keeffe 

Principal, High School

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 10th – Aaron Rodgers Day – wear sweats/jeans and packer apparel please bring in $5 for the Solutions Center to aid in needy families this winter (system wide) also Homeroom X-mas Judging day.  Please see homeroom reps. for more information

Monday, December 13th Mid-Quarter 2 Progress Reports and Eligibility Review 

Monday, December 13th – SMSA Christmas Concert at Holy Family Church, 7pm

Wednesday, December 22nd – Final day of classes before Christmas Break and a no charge dress down day – ugly sweater/jeans

HS Music Department Christmas Concert - December 13th

Come and enjoy an evening of holiday selections at the High School Music Department’s Christmas Concert. This concert will take place on: Monday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church. It will feature the: Vocal Jazz ensembles, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choirs, and Modern Band ensemble. All are welcome to attend in person or view the livestream from the Holy Family Facebook page.

Big Money Raffle (BMR) - January 14th

Have you turned in your BMR tickets yet? The BMR drawing is Friday, January 14, 2022!


Holiday get-togethers are the perfect time to sell your tickets. Take them to Christmas gatherings, or purchase one or more for that hard to shop for person on your Christmas list.

Tickets may be returned to school any time before the drawing at noon on Friday, January 14, 2022. Additional tickets are available at the North, South and Scrip offices or email

News and Information

Congratulations to our Elected Freshman Officers:

President: Alexandra Welsh

Vice President: Ella Pierret

Secretary: Lily Rameker

Treasurer: Parker Gorske


Y-Screen For Freshman 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all youth have an emotional health screening at least once a year. Freshman continue to participate in the emotional health and wellness “YScreen” assessment. SMSA has been partnering with Fond du Lac YScreen since 2003.  YScreen is the only program in our community that addresses the issue of teen emotional health and suicide prevention through screening and follow through. YScreen is free and confidential, and the YScreen staff does not share the results of the screening with any teachers or school staff, and the results are not stored with academic records.


The YScreen program helps pinpoint a problem in its early stages and gives support to families to address the problem in a positive and helpful way.The computerized screening is very simple and it takes students about 5 minutes to complete. 


Click here for more information about Y-Screen and the process at SMSA. 


Parents and guardians are required to sign a permission slip for students to participate.  All parents and guardians have received an email from Mrs. McCarthy of the Counseling Office regarding the Y-Screen permission slip.  Most have returned the permission slips, but some are still outstanding. Click here for the Consent Form.


Ledger Learning Guide

SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page 2021-2022 School Year

Parents are reminded to reference the Ledger Learning Guide each week.  Teachers are updating their course expectations  each week, identifying learning targets and referencing relevant standards.  Parents are invited to 


Dress Code Reset

A reminder to all high school families that beginning November 29, the SMSA Handbook Dress code will be reinforced for all students in the high school. During the first two months, SMSA made an adjustment to accommodate the supply chain delays found when ordering uniforms through Land’s End.  We are now ready to live into our original dress code standards. Parents and guardians are asked to review the dress code standards with students and reinforce school expectations.  Click here for dress code information.

Ledgerfest Auction Package – Sponsored by High School Parents

We’ve all been through this before so again this year we are making it easier than ever for you to support the Ledgerfest Auction. The high school Ledgerfest parent committee is collecting funds to put together an amazing auction package for Ledgerfest – Luck of the Ledger – Saturday, March 119, 2022.


With your contribution, we are hoping to collect enough to create not one but TWO great packages for this year’s online auction. Click here to make a donation today!


If you prefer, you may send cash or check (payable to Andrea Nuss) in an envelope marked: HS Ledgerfest/Kristin Zitlow.

High School Counseling

News and Information

YScreen Information

Freshman and Sophomore Parents, 


The mental health screen program, Y-screen, will continue to screen our students a few days a week the rest of the semester. We ask that you return the consent form if you plan to have your student participate or not.  Click here if you are wanting more information.  Please email Mrs. McCarthy if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you! 

Please let Mrs. McCarthy know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates

None at this time.


Career Exploration

None at this time.

Job Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club

Click here for more information on open positions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship – Due December 15th



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.

Michael J. Wolfe Scholarship Essay Contest

Attention All Teens! Would you like the opportunity to win some cash? The FDL Chapter of WRTL is sponsoring the Michael J. Wolfe Essay Contest. Write an essay expressing your pro life views and you could win $100, $200, or $300. Please see attached correspondence for details.


Please click here to view the flyer.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger Precollege

Applications for Badger Summer Scholars and the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger Precollege are now open.


Badger Summer Scholars is a two-week program in which students attend a college-level seminar in a topic of their choice, taught by UW-Madison instructors. Students also participate in the Jump Forward series, a workshop series on how to prepare for college, including topics on the admissions process, navigating college, career exploration and more.


The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) engages talented students from across Wisconsin, the nation and the world in an intense, research-focused, three-week summer program. Designed to push students to the next academic level in an intimate learning environment, students in ALP enroll in a single course for an in-depth experience, with numerous opportunities to connect with instructors, build community and engage with peers.


Click here for the flyer

Click here for more information

College/University SMSA visits

None at this time.

College/University Virtual Visits

None at this time.