No School - October 4th

Reminder, there will be no school Friday, October 4, 2019.  The Business and Scrip Offices will be open normal hours.


Defining Characteristics of Catholic Schools

In August, school leaders from across the 10 county Archdiocese of Milwaukee convened with leadership from the Office for Schools. While our meeting was practical and logistical in many regards, it was also a terrific opportunity to reflect together on our core mission as Catholic schools. Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, superintendent of schools, and Springs graduate of the class of ’65, reminded us of the defining characteristics of Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Here they are, with some brief description of what the characteristic expects schools to strive for:

1) Evangelizing with the Church. We are not private schools with independent agendas, rather we have a unified mission rooted in the Gospel. As such, we urge our students and families to engage with parish communities as well as the school community.

2) Distinguished by Excellence. We pay attention to details, are places of order and beauty and strive always for the better. The mission is evident in actions and culture.

3) Educating the Whole Person. We are spiritual, intellectual, social, moral and physical beings. We are all dignified children of God, made in the image of our creator. All students are recognized and affirmed by name each day.

4) Accessible to All. We strive to be inclusive learning communities in every dimension, and our goal of accessibility is evident in enrollment, hiring and academic strategies.

5) Steeped in a Catholic Worldview. Catholic Social Teachings are integrated across the curriculum and into student life experiences. We strive to develop compassion and empathy within students as well as global consciousness about our human connectedness.

6) Sustained by Gospel Witness. School leaders, teachers, coaches, counselors and parents should strive to be role models of moral and prayerful people, teaching by our lives more than by our words.

7) Shaped by Communion and Community. We strive to be learning communities of faith, love and care. Visitors observe “see how they love one another.”

8) Centered in Jesus Christ. We are schools where all educators and parents grow in relationship with Jesus. We embrace Jesus as a partner in our midst.


At SMSA, we aspire to be an exemplary Catholic school, one that embraces the call of these characteristics as we shape our life together on the Ledge!


Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wisconsin Education Fair - September 27th

The Junior class will be attending the Wisconsin Education Fair on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Marian University (45 S National Avenue). Parents, please watch for a “PermissionClick”, an electronic permission slip, in your email giving your student permission to attend.


They will be leaving about 9:15 a.m. from SMSA and traveling by bus to Marian and will be returning around 10:30 a.m.

Yearbook Orders - Due December 1st

This is your opportunity to order your 2019-2020 yearbook! 


We are already hard at work designing the book and taking pictures to fill its pages. This is your book of memories!


Please click here for the order form.

Please click here for the senior ad form

News and Information

UWO/Fond du Lac ACT Preparation Course – Multiple Dates

UWO/UW Oshkosh at Fond du Lac is offering an ACT Strategies Prep Course on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. – Noon on October 5, 12, 19, 2019 or January 4, 11, 18, 2020.


Class fee $134.


This course is designed to assist students for upcoming testing dates. For questions, contact Angie Miller at 920-929-1155 or by emailing

Transcripts Sent – for Seniors

For seniors wanting their transcripts sent to colleges and universities, please stop in the Counseling Office and fill out a blue form giving us permission to send them out and where you want them sent. 

High School Counseling

News and Information

Y Screen Newsletter – September

Please click here to view the September edition.

Upcoming Dates

UW Oshkosh ACT Test Prep – Multiple Dates beginning in October

UW Oshkosh will be holding their ACT Test Prep course on the following Saturday mornings: 

October 12 and November 16, 2019 or January 11 and February 15, 2020 from 9 a.m.-Noon. 


For more information please call 920-424-1129 or email

Financial Aid Night – October 2nd

Fond du Lac High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night in the PAC on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to learn about post-secondary (college, trade school) financial aid process and options. There is no cost. This is a free service.

College Goal Wisconsin 2019 FAFSA Completion Event – October 7th

Need help filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Plan to attend one of the free events to assist in filling out the form. Find all dates, locations and what you’ll need to bring with you by clicking here.


Marian University will be hosting an event on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Click here to view the flyer. 

Click here to view upcoming dates. 

Americanism Essay Contest – deadline December 1st

The counseling department has received a copy of the Fleet Reserve Association Milwaukee Branch 14 Americanism Essay Contest. This is available for 7-12th graders. Deadline is Sunday, December 1, 2019. 


Entrants must be sponsored by a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association or a unit of the Ladies Auxiliary or by an FRA Member-at-Large. Copies of the application may be picked up in the high school counseling office or from your social studies teachers.

Job Opportunities

Schreiner’s Restaurant

Schreiner’s Restaurant is looking to hire weekend staff for the following positions; Dishwasher (need to be 14 years of age to apply), Busser (need to be 14 years of age to apply), Line Cook (need to be 17 years of age or older to apply) and Servers (need to be 17 years or older to apply).


Schreiner’s offers a great starting wage and room to advance for high school students. Schreiner’s also offers flexible hours for students with active school and social calendars. Pick up an application in the Counseling Office. Or email any questions to


Applebee’s is hiring hosts and to-go specialists. Please stop in the counseling office for more information.

Career Exploration Opportunities - multiple dates

Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy June 22nd – 26th

Do you have a high school junior or senior who is interested in a law enforcement related career? The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin, will be holding their 4th Law Enforcement Career Academy from June 22 – 26, 2020 at The Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Ft. McCoy. The academy is open to 50 Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors. There is no cost to the student. The student cadets are housed in the dormitories at The Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, all of their meals are provided.


The applications for the Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy will be available in January 2020. Students in good standing who are interested in a law enforcement related career are encouraged to apply. You can check out the link about WALLECA on our website by clicking here.


Any questions can be directed to Sheri by calling 608-745-1090 or email her at

C.D. Smith School Partnership Program
Inspiring today’s youth to consider a career in construction, C. D. Smith’s School Partnership Program offers opportunities for local students to experience a day in the life of one of our employees, either on the job-site or in a project management role.


Upcoming opportunities are Tuesday, October 15, 2019, February 11, 2020 and Wednesday, April 15, 2020.


Please stop in the counseling office if interested.

Scholarship Opportunities

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, have a critical financial need, be a United State citizen and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. 


More information available in the counseling office.


University of Wisconsin – Madison

The Office of Student Financial Aid is doing great things for students who want to become Badgers, regardless of their financial background. Explore below to learn more about our programs that help make a degree from a world class institution within reach.


Click here for more information on how to become a Badger!

The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

The Counseling Office has received the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship. This is available to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen.


Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. For details and application please click here.

College/University SMSA visits

College Visits

Junior and Senior students-Please watch for notifications that representatives from various universities will be visiting the Counseling Office this fall and again in the spring. Please come in and sign up for a visit if there is a college you’d like to learn more about. The counseling office will be calling in all of the juniors at some point to get them familiar with the search process.

Viterbo University – September 27th

A representative from Viterbo University will be on Campus from 12:58 – 1:39 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019


Please stop in the Counseling Office for a pass.

College/University Visits

Discover Moraine Park – October 16th

Want to learn more about MPTC? Plan to attend “Discover Moraine Park” on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Fond du Lac campus.


Visit classrooms, meet instructors, tour the campus, attend a FAFSA Completion Workshop (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.) and tour student housing. Walk-in between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Contact Erin at 920-924-3204 for more information or stop in the counseling office.