WIS 23 Expansion Project

From the DOT Project Manager

Anytime a new project is started, there is usually traffic congestion for the first few days/weeks as motorists adapt to the changes and some find alternate routes.


The contractor is in the process of installing the temporary traffic signals at the intersection of County K and US 151 to improve the functionality of that intersection with the additional traffic that will be using the intersection during the construction project.  Every time we install traffic signals at a new intersection, we are required to put the lights into a flash mode before activating them to green, yellow, or red.  The signals will be in a flash mode until Monday.  The signals will be functional on Monday, April 26th.  The additional turn lanes are being constructed this week on US 151 and will be paved later this week as another temporary measure to improve traffic flow during the construction project.


The signals at WIS 23 and US 151 should be functioning better after Wednesday.  In order to complete some work, we had to disconnect the sensors in the pavement to detect vehicles.  When the sensors are disconnected the signals run on a pretimed pattern.  During peak hours of traffic, pretimed signals are not as efficient.   The signals should be rewired to run on some of the sensors again by Thursday.  Please be patient as we work through these first stages of the project and get the temporary signals installed.


Looking for real-time updates of the expansion project?  Click here.

News and Information

Accreditation Communication

Dear Parents/Guardians:


St. Mary’s Springs Academy is excited to announce that our System will be completing our re-accreditation process this spring through Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED.  The accreditation process is not about passing a one-time inspection, but demonstrating a persistent commitment to our students, parents and community that focuses on continuous school improvement.  This process allows St. Mary’s Springs Academy to dive deep into the trends and opportunities for improvement affecting the school as well as the different programs and services that are implemented to help support all students in achieving their highest potential. 


Over the past several months, St. Mary’s Springs Academy had the opportunity to examine the entire institution based on rigorous research-based standards and evidence-based criteria.  These standards cover the areas of leadership, learning and resource capacity.


Our accreditation will allow us to:

  • Demonstrate to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on increasing student achievement, providing a safe learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators
  • Validate the work our System is doing meets the nationally recognized benchmark of quality and excellence
  • Receive feedback that will inform our continuous improvement plan and long-term strategic goals


We are looking forward to working with the Cognia review team during our virtual site visit on May 10-12, 2021.  The team is comprised of specially trained educators and administrators who will engage with all of our stakeholder groups through interviews as well as assess our provided evidence to form a comprehensive picture of our strengths and our opportunities for growth.


We thank you, our parent/guardian partners, for your continued support of our efforts in service to our students.


Melissa Trepte, Prek-8 Assistant Principal, Accreditation Coordinator

Applications for Tuition Assistance Now Available

The School & Student Services (SSS/TADS) new program opened today, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Families can begin to apply for tuition assistance for the 2021-2022 school year. The new tuition assistance information with the new link to apply can be found on our website by following this path. Go to the SMSA website > click the Enroll tab (upper right) > click Tuition Assistance. The new SSS/TADS program has resources available to help with the application process.

Upcoming Dates

Staff Appreciation Week Donations - Due April 28th

SMSA Families!  Staff Appreciation Week is coming, Monday, May 3rd – Friday, May 7th. We have some special things planned for our amazing SMSA staff and we are in need of your help! 


We are looking for donations of various pre-wrapped candies. Please use this SignUp link, https://signup.com/go/XDdRWYQ, to sign up for specific items.


We are going to continue with having you drop off your donations at either Katie Mathos (1050 Deer Run) or Andrea Nuss’ (N5530 Boyke Drive) home or you can contact us to meet up at drop off or pick up at SMSA. If you drop off your donation at one of our homes, please write your name on the item. Please have your donations to us by Wednesday, April 28th.

Thank you so much for your help in making this week extra special for our staff. We appreciate you! If you have any questions, please reach out to either Katie (katiemathos@gmail.com) or Andrea (alnuss@charter.net).

Staff Appreciation Week is Coming - Donations Due by April 30th

Hello SMSA Families,

Staff Appreciation Week is coming up, Monday – Friday, May 3rd – 7th. We are kicking off the week by having the Chameleon Food Truck cater lunch to all staff on Monday, May 3. If you would like to contribute monetarily to this, please send money in an envelope to school labeled Andrea Nuss or Katie Mathos and Staff Lunch Donation on it or you can Venmo Katie @Katie-Mathos. If writing a check, please make payable to Andrea Nuss or Katie Mathos. 


Please have all donations in by Friday, April 30th.

Any donation amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!


Also please watch the eLedger the next couple of weeks for updates on other events that will be happening during Staff Appreciation Week!!

Katie Mathos and Andrea Nuss

Health and Wellness

COVID-19 Hotline

For your convenience, the COVID-19 hotline number is 844-225-0147


Scrip Hours

Scrip Hours

Scrip Office will be open Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – Noon, Tuesday and Thursday from Noon – 4:00 p.m.  The Scrip Office will be closed on Fridays.


Can’t make it to the Scrip office during those times? Sign up for the new mobile app, RaiseRight.  Link your account and add Scrip to your mobile wallet. Shop, save and support SMSA on the go.  Click here for information on the app!

Golf and Decrease Your Tuition?!

That’s right…while you are enjoying your round of golf, you can decrease your tuition and support SMSA! Scrip now inventories Whispering Springs Golf Club gift cards in $25 and $50 denominations with a WHOPPING 10% rebate. Scrip is still available for Rolling Meadows Golf Course with the same amazing 10% rebate as well ($25 cards). Both golf courses will accommodate “special orders” and provide gift cards in higher denominations.  A one week lead time is necessary for special orders.

Parents of Athletic Booster Club (ABC) and Performing Arts (PPA) Updates

ABC Update

Thank you for your support!

PPA Update

April Meeting – Wednesday, May 12th

PPA will meet on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. Please email Keri at keri2ig@gmail.com for meeting information.