From the Office of Eamonn O'Keeffe

Friday, October 30th: End of Quarter I

Our first academic quarter concludes on Friday, October 30th – which is a scheduled early release day for students (11:30 a.m.) as faculty will have the afternoon to complete grading.  As usual, families will not have access to Skyward temporarily during the Quarter grade entry and verification period Friday, October 30th – Thursday, November 5th.


Please reach out directly to our teachers with any questions you may have about your students academic progress.  In cases where students may be in jeopardy of failing a class at the Quarter mark, teachers shall be reaching out to you. 


While Quarter grades are not “permanent marks” in a student’s official high school transcript, they are an important indicator – a snapshot in time – of student learning in specific content areas.  These final two weeks of the Quarter provides a great opportunity for parents and students to examine academic progress together.  These weeks can be an important time for students to make-up missing assignments or assessments.  Parents are always able to reference the Ledger Learning Guide  SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page to see weekly learning targets, resources and expectations in every course.  Parental partnership in helping teens stay organized and focused on learning priorities each week is always appreciated. 


Flu Season

Please see the eLedger ‘All System’ update from Nurse, Patti Shippee, regarding the upcoming flu season and access to flu shots. Due to the pandemic, we are not able to administer flu shots this year on campus.  


As we are all aware, flu season is approaching.  Do know that SMSA is ready.  We will continue conducting in-person learning on the Ledge for students who are well and healthy enough to attend.  Sanitizing classrooms, washing hands regularly and wearing masks will continue to be practiced daily. We will also continue to offer virtual learning to any student who may need to stay home due to flu or COVID-19, or who through an abundance of caution regarding their health, or out of concern for the health of their family.  During this year, and especially in the weeks ahead, we urge parents to keep students home whenever under the weather.


Ledger Spirit Week will be October 26th-30th!

SMSA Student Council and a committee of committed students and  teachers have been making plans for an October “Spirit Week” that promises to help us celebrate our Ledger pride. Stay tuned to eLedger next week for theme day details and a schedule of Spirit Week plans! While broader plans to gather in larger groups (as classes or as a school) will not be possible due to our Phase I County status with the pandemic, we look forward to using technology and homeroom time to accomplish some Ledger fun and special recognitions!


Ledger Learning Guide

Parents are encouraged to check the Ledger Learning Guide to keep updated on instructional expectations and course learning targets for their teens.  The LLG can be found on the SMSA Website under the tab for Parent & Family Resources.  We recommend that all parents bookmark the LLG landing page  SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page

News and Information

High School Yearbook Orders

High school families! If you would like a yearbook, you can find them on the SMSA website. There will be a banner that states, “High School Yearbook Orders”. You can also access the link directly by clicking here.

High School Counseling

From the Office of Tallen Mahaffey - High School Counselor


College Applications: Due dates for many college applications are fast approaching. Many colleges have deadlines between Sunday, November 1st through Sunday the 15th. Make sure you are planning ahead to get these done, request your letters of recommendation and transcripts now. Contact Mr. Mahaffey with your questions. Many of your questions can be answered by using the resources in the Google Classroom for Seniors.


Transcript Requests: Make your request in Naviance. All requests for transcripts for your college applications should be added to Naviance asap. Remember to allow for a two week notice for all transcript requests. A signed Transcript Release Form must be signed by your parent/guardian for any transcripts to be sent. Please check your college’s admission site to see if there is a Friday, November 1st deadline for your application. Act now.


Recommendation Letters: Seniors, remember to ask your teachers first in person (or virtually if you are learning at home) before adding your request in Naviance. Allow teachers two weeks to write your letter. Friday, November 1st deadlines are coming up-please plan ahead if you wish to have a teacher write a letter for you to meet this deadline.


Meetings with College Admissions Representatives: Upcoming Virtual College Visits can be viewed in your Naviance Account in the “What’s new box” that can be found in the bottom left hand corner of your screen and also on this calendar by following this link. College admissions representatives will be available to meet with our juniors and seniors in virtual sessions. Please sign up using this form if you would like to meet with one of the many college admissions representatives who will be making a virtual visit to our campus. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Hackl or Mr. Mahaffey .

News and Information

Ripon College Updates

Interested in learning more about Ripon College? Schedule a campus visit by clicking here. We are open for Daily Campus Visits (tour and admission appointment only) Monday – Friday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.


We also offer student led Virtual Tours via Zoom Monday – Thursday at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.


Students and families can register for Zoom Virtual Admission Appointments between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Financial Aid videos are available by clicking here.

Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC)

MPTC will be having free applications for seniors through the month of October.  Please click here to view the flyer.  All they need to do is reach out to, Beth Mitchell, in Admissions and set up a time to chat.  You can contact her via email at or by phone at 920-924-3201.  


Also a reminder that Discover Moraine Park will be held Wednesday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.or 5:00 p.m..  Registration is required.  Please click here for more information or to register.   Learn more about Moraine Park Technical College on the FDL campus.

Upcoming Dates

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Career Exploration

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Job Opportunities

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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.

College/University SMSA visits

No updates at this time.

College/University Visits

Virtual Wisconsin Education Fair – Multiple Dates

Exploring colleges this fall?

Register for the virtual Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) to find colleges, universities, military branches and specialty schools that you’re most interested in from the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s FREE to attend!


WEF Fall Dates:

  • Sunday, November 8, 2020

To attend any of the WEFs offered this fall, please register as a student. Once you’re registered, you’ll get to:

  • Attend all of the virtual WEFs offered during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Filter through schools to find the ones you’re most interested in
  • Live chat with college admission representatives to get your questions answered
  • Attend an interactive financial aid session brought to you by College Goal Wisconsin


For additional details on virtual college fairs, visit Plus, check out this short video so you can get the most out of the virtual college fair.