From the Office of Eamonn O'Keeffe

Report Cards and End of Quarter I

Just a reminder to parents that Quarter I Report Cards are NOT mailed. Instead, families will have access to the “Student Profile” section of Skyward to view a Quarter I Report Card.  Families may print the Report Card at home if they wish to have a paper copy.  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.  At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5th, Quarter Report Cards will be accessible. 


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.  This final week of the Quarter provides a great opportunity for parents and students to examine academic progress together.  It 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. 


Back to School Night – Teacher Videos!

As you can all attest, our school year plans have already seen many adaptations in light of the changes brought by the coronavirus  pandemic.  Back to School Night, normally an in-person and on campus event scheduled in September, was canceled this year in an effort to have SMSA remain faithful to health precautions.  In its place, we promised high school families a “virtual alternative” to be shared in October near the end of Quarter I.  I am very pleased to introduce our virtual alternative at this time!  Virtual Back to School Night 2020 


Student Survey Results

During the week of October 12th, all high school Ledgers were administered a survey about the A-B- Modified Block Schedule that has been adopted at SMSA during the 2020-21 school year. Students submitted the surveys anonymously, and the results shall remain anonymous.  We are pleased that 80% of students completed the survey by last Friday. We are also very pleased with the findings of the survey.  Overwhelmingly, our students provided positive feedback about their experience with the new schedule and the adaptations that are associated with it. Please find the student survey results here. Student Survey: Modified Block Schedule . One NOTE: The results are in table format for the first 8 questions.  There were 2 final questions that were short answer formats.  We are still combing through that feedback (232 responses to each question).  Those replies are also looking quite positive, and we will share these in a subsequent eLedger!


Ledger Spirit Week: October 26-30!

Please see the daily alternate dress day themes and plans for Ledger Spirit Week. Also see the link to the daily food drive items. Class competitions are part of every day – including a tally of each class’s participation with themes and the food drive!

Ledger Spirit Week 2020

Ledger Spirit Wk Food Drive 2020

News and Information

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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.  

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

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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.