Mr. Tallen Mahaffey, school counselor for the high school,  has announced his resignation from SMSA effective October 1, 2021.  Mr. Mahaffey has accepted a school counselor role at St. Rita’s High School in suburban Chicago.  We are grateful for the two years that Mr. Mahaffey has served the Springs community, and especially for his dedication to students in crisis and supporting the post-secondary planning of Ledgers.  Mr. Mahaffey served the Springs during the most challenging days of the pandemic when remaining connected required virtual creativity.  We wish Mr. Mahaffey the very best as he transitions from SMSA back to his native Illinois.   May God continue to bless his vocation. 


At this time we are pleased to introduce two new colleagues who have been hired to replace Mr. Mahaffey and collaborate to serve students and families through a newly reconfigured high school Counseling Office. 


Mr. James Stamatakos joins the SMSA team as the high school Coordinator of College and Career Planning. He shall be helping Ledgers and their parents to learn and navigate all processes related to post secondary academic and/or vocational planning, scholarships and financial aid.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Electronic Communications from Marquette University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.   Most recently, Mr. Stamatakos served as the college advisor with Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Illinois.  He has also served in the Counseling Office at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee.  Prior to serving in Catholic high schools, Mr. Stamatakos served as an admissions counselor and academic advisor at St. Norbert College.  He resides with his wife and two children in Greendale, WI where he is a member of St. Alphonsus Parish.  Please make Mr. Stamatakos feel welcome on the Ledge!  He can be reached at or (920)-322-8070. 


Mrs. Taylor Friedrichs has been hired as the School Counselor serving the high school.  She is a licensed school counselor in the state of Wisconsin who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University.  She holds a Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling from Adams State University in Colorado.  Mrs. Friedrich has completed clinical intern experiences with the Whitefish Bay and Muskego school districts.  She has co-taught classroom guidance sessions on topics ranging from anger management to anxiety.  Mrs. Friedrichs has also led student counseling groups around anti-bullying and conflict mediation.  She will support Ledgers with a full range of school counseling services, with special focus on social emotional support and mental wellness.  She resides with her husband and child in Kohler, WI and is eager to begin her career as a school counselor.  Please make Mrs. Friedrichs welcome at the Springs! She can be reached at  Her office number will be published as soon as possible. 


Along with administrative support from Mrs. Sue Hackl, our Counseling Office team stands ready to serve the needs of Ledgers.  In the weeks ahead, students and parents shall be invited  to both virtual and in-person opportunities to meet and greet both Mr. Stamatakos and Mrs. Friedrich. They are both very eager to get to know our Ledgers.   We are very excited to welcome them both onto our high school team here on the Ledge!


Coordinator of System Scheduling and Student Records

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Jacob Norlander has been promoted to the role of Coordinator of Scheduling and Student Records for the SMSA system (K-12).  In this role Mr. Norlander is a member of the Pupil Services Team that works closely with Administration and the Counseling Office Team.  In the coordinator role, Mr. Norlander oversees the annual construction of a Master Schedule for the elementary and high school and manages the student scheduling process, including resolution of schedule conflicts and changes.  Mr. Norlander also collaborates with SMSA facilities and business office partners to support a campus space utilization plan.  He assists teachers with Skyward management and is also the SMSA liaison to the Youth Apprentice program.  Finally, Mr. Norlander continues to serve as a member of the Social Studies Department and enjoys teaching Government and Military Leadership to Ledgers.  We congratulate Mr. Norlander and thank him for sharing his skills and talents with our Springs community. 


Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us! 

Eamonn O’Keeffe 

Principal, High School

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, September 30th – Homecoming Week Theme Days begin

Monday, October 4th – Mid Quarter 1 Progress Reports and Co-Curricular Eligibility Review

Thursday, October 7th – NO SCHOOL Teacher in-service Day

Friday, October 8th – NO SCHOOL Archdiocesan Teachers Convention in Milwaukee

Saturday, October 9th – 1:00 p.m. Homecoming Football Game; 8:00 p.m. Dance

Food, Football and Fun - Homecoming Football Game/Octoberfest - October 9th

St. Mary’s Springs and Holy Family have partnered up to help promote and celebrate two great events happening on Saturday, October 9th.  


Holy Family has extended a part of their parking lot to Ledger Nation to use for extra spaces for the homecoming football game taking place on the Ledge.  Holiday Automotive will be providing shuttles to and from the homecoming football game.  


After the game, stick around at Holy Family to enjoy their Octoberfest celebration.  Click here to visit their Facebook page for more information!


Click here to view the flyer!

News and Information

ACT Testing Day At SMSA For Seniors Only 

At the start of school, students received information from Mr. Mahaffey and Mrs. Trepte about the ACT Test to be given at SMSA on Tuesday, October 19 to any interested senior.  This is an optional test. The cost is $60.00.  Most Ledgers took the ACT Test last Spring as juniors.  Some students choose to take the ACT multiple times, and often improve their score.    The test on October 19 will be administered as a paper and pencil test in an SMSA classroom, with an SMSA test proctor.  The deadline for registering for this test has been extended to Monday, September 27.  Interested students should complete the survey sent to them by email, or can reach out directly to Mrs. Trepte at

Homecoming Week 2021!

Homecoming Week 2021 will begin unconventionally on Thursday, September 30, and continue through Wednesday, October 6.  This is due to the teacher Inservice Day and Archdiocesan Teachers Convention scheduled for October 7 and 8.  Student Council and Class Council members are working with administration to finalize themes and activities for Homecoming Week 2021.  A final plan will be published and shared with students, and to parents via Skyward Message Center in the next few days.  The Homecoming football game is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, October 9 on campus on our new turf field!   The Homecoming Dance will occur in Hutter Gym on the evening of October 9.  Watch for more details to be shared soon for both events!

Late And Missing School Work

 Informed by the Ledger Way core values of respect, responsibility and community, all SMSA teachers and students abide by the same norm for late and missing school work. Missing work is not only disruptive to the student, but also to the learning of other students, the efforts of teachers and the overall learning process. When a medical excuse or other valid extenuating circumstances are verified, exceptions may be granted. As a standard practice, however, students and parents should be advised of the following SMSA norm: 

  • Work submitted 1 calendar day late shall be  accepted, but may earn only 95% of full grade potential. 
  • Work submitted 2 or 3 calendar days late shall be accepted, but may earn only 90% of full grade potential.
  • Work submitted 4-7 calendar days late shall be accepted, but may earn only 80% of full grade potential. 
  • Work submitted after 8 calendar days late shall not be accepted, and will be recorded as a “zero” grade. 

Virtual Learning Applications 

A change from last year is that parents may not spontaneously (day-to-day) declare students as virtual learners.  Students who are in-person learners (undeclared virtual learners) shall be marked absent on any school days when they are not present in-person, similar to attendance practices prior to the pandemic. Students who are home ill for a day can expect to keep up with classroom expectations via Google Classroom, but not as live/ synchronous virtual learners. As has been previously communicated, in 2021-22, all requests for the virtual learning option must be approved by the administration. The application form can be obtained at   or by contacting Mrs. Amy Pickart at

2021-2022 Yearbook News

The yearbook club is working hard to create a memorable publication this year! High school yearbooks and senior ads will be purchased through Walsworth; a link will be added to the website very soon. More information regarding senior ads and senior portraits was sent to all senior parents/guardians.

High School Counseling

News and Information

No news at this time.

Upcoming Dates

None at this time.

Career Exploration

None at this time.

Job Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club

The Fond du Lac Boys and Girls Club is hiring.  Please click hereb to view their flyer.  Please click here to view their video.

Blanck’s Lake Aire

Blanck’s Lake Aire Supper Club is looking to hire:

  • 14 or older
  • nights and weekends (willing to work w/school schedules & sports)
  • Part-Time (2-4 nights a week)
  • Employee Benefits
  • Starting bonus after 3 weeks

Please click here to view their flyer.

Festival Foods

Click here to view our flyer.

Red Cabin at Green Acres

We are looking for full and part time positions and are willing to work around your schedule with school, sports, family and church.  We are doing a hiring incentive. $100.00 to the person hired, after being with us for 30 days.  Click here to view our flyer or call and ask for Sara or Kathy at 920-906-9110.

Scholarship Opportunities

None at this time.

College/University SMSA visits

None at this time.

College/University Virtual Visits

None at this time.