PLANNING FOR 2021-22: 

Even though the calendar is still stuck on February, we have been making plans for the next school year for several months.  Among others, the Bell Schedule Team,  Master Schedule Team, Counseling Office, Academic Team and Calendar Committee have all had responsibilities for planning aspects of the next academic year.  


During the past three weeks, freshman, sophomore and junior students have been engaged with the Counseling Office to review course scheduling options for 2021-22.  Students should be having conversations with their parents/guardians, about graduation requirements and 2021-22 scheduling choices.  Mr. Mahaffey is meeting virtually one on one with every student to solidify course request worksheets. 


The Bell Schedule Team has also been meeting and planning during the past months.  They have surveyed students and faculty about the current Block Schedule and have researched various promising models for daily bell schedule options for 2021-22.  Much data has been gathered and many discussions have ensued.  Many data points must be considered in the scheduling puzzle.  The needs of the high school must be balanced with the needs of the elementary school as well as the varied facility usage needs for the common areas of our campus, including both gyms and Korbie Commons. Recently, the Bell Schedule Team made their schedule recommendation to the Academic Team.  I am happy to report  that the  Bell Schedule Team recommendation has been approved and a finalized high school daily bell schedule for 2021-22 will be shared in the coming weeks. I wish to recognize and thank the members of our Bell Schedule Team for all of their extra efforts:  Mr. Norlander, Mrs. Herbst, Mr. Sackett, Mr. Krueger and Dr. Biesmann.  I am grateful for the excellent process used by the team as they aim to advance the learning environment at SMSA. 


Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!


Be well, God bless. 

Eamonn O’Keeffe, Principal Grades 9-12

Upcoming Dates

Friday, February 26th – Lenten Mission Day #2

Monday, March 1st – Academic Bowl (Flyway Conference Schools) 

Wednesday, March 3rd – Class of 2025 Virtual Academic Orientation Night 6:00 p.m.

Ledgerfest Auction Package Sponsored by High School Parents - February 26th

The deadline to contribute to the high school Ledgerfest auction package is this Friday, February 26th. Thank you to the families that have already contributed, your support is greatly appreciated. There is still time to make a monetary donation by clicking here. With your contribution, we are hoping to collect enough to create not one but TWO great packages for this year’s online auction.


Again, this year we are making it easier than ever for you to support the Ledgerfest Auction. Click here to make a monetary donation and the Ledgerfest Parent committee will do the rest!


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


Any questions? Contact Chris ~ ~ 920-322-8059


Mark your calendars for this year’s Ledgerfest, scheduled for Monday – Saturday, April 5 – 10, 2021.


Click here for more details.

Coach Hyland's 50th Season Commemorative Sweatshirt Sale - Sale Ends March 12th

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!


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


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

News and Information

Student Council Hygiene Drive

Please click here to view the document.  Every week we will have a different poster/eLedger as of what item we are collecting for the week.


For more information, please contact Kathy Bartel at

The Gift of Sunday Archdiocesan Lenten Missions

A program of Parish based Lenten Missions is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  These experiences will be  hosted at 18 parishes throughout the archdiocese (including Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac) and will be conducted in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. The list of parishes hosting the Lenten Mission can be found at The Gift of Sunday Lenten Missions:  For more information about any aspect of The Gift of Sunday, please contact Randy Nohl, or 414-758-2216.

SMSA Virtual Learning Guides and Information

With more students electing to learn virtually at this time of the year, I suggest parents of virtual learners review the links provided here. These are resources for better understanding virtual learning at SMSA. 

  1. SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page
  2. HS Expectations for Virtual Learners DOC 2020-21
  3. Expectations for Virtual Learners Slide Deck

High School Counseling

From the Office of Tallen Mahaffey, 9th - 12th Grade Counselor

Scheduling:  We are on our final week of entering course requests for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.  This week, all current freshmen should have an appointment with 

Mr. Mahaffey for a 10-minute online meeting to enter course requests for sophomore year.  The last appointment for freshmen is this Saturday.  


All current juniors and sophomores should have completed their individual meetings with Mr. Mahaffey.  If you are a current sophomore or junior and have not met individually with Mr. Mahaffey, please let him know at 


Seniors: Scholarship opportunities are being updated in Naviance as we receive them.  Please contact Mrs. Sue Hackl if you have any questions about local scholarship opportunities.  Remember to look on the scholarship page for the college you plan on attending for what is available there.  


College Award Letters:  As seniors receive their Award letters from the colleges they have applied to, please forward a copy to Mr. Mahaffey at   If you would like to know more about your “Award Letter,” please look here for some assistance.  


College visits are still happening.  Check Naviance and/or our school calendar for which colleges will be holding virtual sessions with SMSA students.


Groups Meetings:  The Study Table meetings continue.  If any student is interested in participating in these meetings, please contact Mr. Mahaffey.


Ms. Rusch will begin her popular Stress Management group shortly. If you are interested in learning more about how to chill your mind and improve your focus and overall health, please contact Ms. Rusch at 


ACT for current Juniors: We can now confirm we will be hosting the ACT here at St. Mary’s Springs Academy on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021.  Our juniors will have the advantage of taking this exam during the school day when they are in the habit of doing their best work.  Having this on a Tuesday provides an important advantage to our juniors because they will be more rested and alert compared to taking the exam on a Saturday morning after a full week of school.  This ACT will be taken online using school issued chrome books.  Scores will be available more quickly and earlier for our students and families because this exam will be taken using chrome books. There is also a modest cost savings to our families of approximately $10.00 per student. We are excited to offer the ACT with these distinct advantages for our juniors.

News and Information

Business World in the Classroom Statewide Competitions

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 more information.


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


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

Upcoming Dates

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

Career Exploration

Bellin College Summer Nursing and Imaging Camps – Multiple Dates

Applications are now being accepted for Bellin College summer nursing and imaging camps. Applying to summer camps

How much does it cost?

  • Nursing Day Camp:

Monday, July 26, 2021: $50

Tuesday, July 27, 2021: $50

Wednesday, July 28, 2021: $50

Includes camp t-shirt, lunch and clinical supplies


  • Medical Imaging Day Camp

Thursday, July 29, 2021: $90

Includes camp t-shirt, lunch and clinical supplies


Payment is not required until after the participants have been selected to attend the camp.


How are the participants selected?

Students are selected after a holistic review of their application including the date the applied, GPA, essay question, and dates available.


Who can apply?

High school students who are sophomores and juniors at time of application.



Please contact Claire Drevs at

Apply online at

Job Opportunities


YMCA Camp Y-KODA is hiring for summer camp 2021. Must be 18 years or older by Monday, June 14th. It’s located in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Summer dates June-August. Counselors learn leadership, teamwork, communication and problem solving in our diverse day camp




Please complete one of the methods below.

  1. Online Application Form, which can also be found on our website.
  2. Have a resume? Upload it to our Resume Online Form
  3. Complete our Hard-Copy Paper Application and submit it to

  1. Visit Camp Y-Koda to pick-up an application form!

Festival Foods

Festival Foods in Fond du Lac is hiring. Please visit,, to apply.

Fond du Lac County Seasonal employment opportunities

Fond du Lac County is hiring for seasonal help this summer, pay for these positions is $11/hour.


Multiple different departments that hire for seasonal, such as:

Our highway department doing mostly manual physical labor.

Our parks department doing mostly grounds maintenance.

Our golf course (Rolling Meadows) doing a wide variety of tasks.

Our fairgrounds doing grounds maintenance as well.


Hours and duties vary by department, which are listed on each posting.  Please visit, to apply


Students can apply for more than one department if they are interested in doing so.


If you have any questions regarding these employment opportunities, please contact Stephanie Dahlke at or 920-929-3154.

Scholarship Opportunities

Money Smart – Wisconsin 2021 Scholarship – Deadline March, 12th

Click here for information on this scholarship.

American Legion Americanism And Government Scholarship Program – Test Available Monday, March 8 through Friday March 19, 2021

The American Legion Americanism and Government Scholarship Program Department of Wisconsin



To promote “Americanism”, love of country, knowledge of government and allegiance to the U.S. flag to our youth. Eligible students are tested on their knowledge of U.S., Wisconsin and County Governments, the U.S. Constitution and flag etiquette.


What Is It?

The test consists of 50 questions; true/false, multiple choice, matching, and an essay question that must be answered in order to qualify for the scholarships. Students are not allowed to use outside resources for answers while taking this test.


Who Is Eligible?

Any student in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in any public, private, parochial or home-schooled within the State of Wisconsin may participate. Students may only take the test 1 time per year; however, students may participate all 3 years and be eligible for the scholarships for multiple years.


The test is available on-line on Monday, March 8 through Friday March 19, 2021.

Students Register on-line when taking the test. The test link is found by clicking here.  The link is only active during the test window.


Annually, 33 students throughout the State of Wisconsin are awarded scholarships selected by the Americanism Committee of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin. The following scholarships are awarded:


11 students in Grade 10 receive a $250 scholarship

11 students in Grade 11 receive a $300 scholarship

11 students in Grade 12 receive a $750 scholarship


For more information contact The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin (608) 745-1090 or check out our website at

College/University SMSA visits

None at this time.

College/University Virtual Visits

Upcoming Virtual College Visits

Monday, March 1st – Bellin College at 8:00 am

Friday March 5th – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 1:10 pm

Monday March 8th – University of Iowa at 1:10pm and UW Whitewater at 1:10 pm

Tuesday, March 9th – Judson University at 1:10pm and Viterbo University at 1:10pm

Wednesday, March 10th – UW Stout at 1:10 pm