Semester I Ends
On behalf of our leadership team, I express gratitude to God that SMSA has been able to consistently provide both in-person and virtual learning options to families all semester long. Of course, we are all operating in a new and strange time, with constant changes to our mutual daily reality that impacts family life and school life. We have seen our fair share of positive COVID tests in families, and subsequent isolations and quarantines. As we have repeated often, “we are all in this together,” and it has been a blessing to see this ethic lived out in the Springs community. Thanks to parents, students and my educational colleagues for demonstrating support, patience, creativity and flexibility in a time when each of these virtues is needed like never before. Each time you have chosen to share solutions, take the high road, or offer kindness, you have made a positive difference to SMSA by living our mission. May God continue to bless our mutual efforts to strengthen the educational experience of our Ledgers.
Gratitude for Mrs. Reilley, Mrs. Amerling and Mrs. Pickart
I want to recognize the extraordinary extra efforts of Mrs. Heather Reilley, Mrs. Bobbijo Amerling and Mrs. Amy Pickart during Semester I. Mrs. Reilley is the System Director of Pupil Services for SMSA. Mrs. Amerling is our North Hall Administrative Coordinator who supports all of our high school teachers as well as Mr. Krueger and I. Mrs. Pickart is the Attendance Coordinator for the whole system. All three of these wonderful servant leaders have been asked to accept several added duties to help our community manage the COVID crisis this year. As a team, they work extremely well together, and have a deep dedication to keeping the whole Springs community safe and well informed. As our “A-Team” they are in regular communication with the Fond du Lac County Health Department as well as other health departments in the state as needed. They are in daily communications with parents of students who are ill or who have concerns about COVID. They are our ever ready front line responders to all of the many COVID and health questions, attendance questions, virtual learning questions and quarantine questions that arise from families and staff each week. To put it directly: Heather, Bobbijo and Amy are very gifted at successfully juggling many irregular tasks and challenges all at once. As a team, they are our most valuable colleagues in this uncertain and troubling time. They go about their daily service to students, teachers, administration and parents with grace, enthusiasm and professionalism. They have earned love and respect from all of us. The Springs community owes each of them an enormous debt of gratitude for the way they work as a team to keep us all informed and supported. I don’t know what we would do without this wonderful team! May God continue to bless their leadership, and keep them healthy!
Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!
Be well, God bless.
Eamonn O’Keeffe, Principal Grades 9-12