WIS 23 Expansion Project

This week's update from the DOT

WIS 23 Expansion

Location/limits: USH 151 to Seven Hills Road

Length: 5.59 miles

Cost: $35 million

Schedule: Contract Completion Date of November 15, 2022

Description of work:  This portion of the WIS 23 improvement project will reconstruct and raise the profile of the existing four lane portion of WIS 23 from US 151 to Whispering Springs Boulevard and expand WIS 23 from 2 lanes to 4 lanes from Whispering Springs Boulevard to Seven Hills Road.  Interchanges will be constructed at County K and County UU, intersection improvements will also be made throughout the corridor.


November 8 to November 12:

The contractor is working on the following items:

  • Highway 23 eastbound (Wisconsin American Drive to County UU)
    • Complete barrier wall construction
    • Place guardrail
    • Complete asphalt paving
    • Continue topsoil, landscaping, and permanent signing
    • Begin pavement marking
  • Highway 23 westbound (County UU to Seven Hills)
    • Continue concrete paving
  • County K south of Highway 23/Maryhill Drive
    • Complete gravel shoulders
    • Complete permanent signing
    • Complete pavement marking
  • County UU interchange
    • Placing fill on the interchange
    • Begin topsoil placement
  • County UU bridge over Highway 23
    • Continue pier construction


November 15 to November 19:

The contractor is scheduled to work on the following items:

  • Highway 23 eastbound (Wisconsin American Drive to County UU)
    • Complete pavement markings
    • Complete topsoil, landscaping, and permanent signing
    • Install temporary concrete barrier
    • Traffic switch
  • Highway 23 westbound (USH 151 to Wisconsin American Drive)
    • Install traffic signal poles and remaining light poles
    • Complete pavement marking
    • Remove temporary traffic signals
  • Highway 23 westbound (County UU to Seven Hills)
    • Complete concrete pavement placement
  • County K south of Highway 23/Maryhill Drive
    • Traffic switch
  • County UU Interchange
    • Placing fill on the interchange
  • County UU bridge over Highway 23
    • Continue bridge construction
  • Whispering Springs
    • New temporary pavement will be placed connecting existing Whispering Springs to new Highway 23 eastbound.


Traffic impacts:


The following items are anticipated for the week of November 15th:

  • Highway 23 eastbound traffic will be moved to the new eastbound lanes from Wisconsin American Drive to County UU. Eastbound traffic east of County UU will use the existing eastbound lanes. The traffic switch is tentatively scheduled for the night of Monday November 15th.
  • Highway 23 westbound traffic will be moved to the new eastbound lanes from County UU to Wisconsin American Drive. The traffic switch is tentatively scheduled for the night of Tuesday November 16th.
  • Whispering Springs will have access to Highway 23 on the new temporary pavement connection.
  • Access to Highway 23 from Hilltop Drive will use the existing westbound lanes of Highway 23 to the west to the Whispering Springs temporary connection.
  • County K south of Highway 23 will be open when Highway 23 traffic is moved to the new eastbound lanes. County K will have access to Hillside Circle, Maryhill Drive, and Highway 23 eastbound. County K will remain closed under Highway 23 until late 2022. Access to Highway 23 westbound will remain closed until late 2022. Highway 23 eastbound will be able access County K south using the new ramp. 


The following traffic impacts remain in place:

  • CTH UU (South of STH 23) – Closed
  • CTH UU (North of STH 23) – Closed
  • CTH K North (Highway 23 Intersection) – Closed.
  • WB shoulder closure Whispering Springs to 7 Hills Road – Closed


The following restrictions will remain in place. 

  • Southbound Whispering Springs to eastbound highway 23
  • Eastbound highway 23 to northbound Whispering Springs


Please use alternate routes to access these locations. 

News from the Kitchen

Part Time Food Service Opening

Interested in a job that works with your family’s schedule? Food service has a part time position that doesn’t interfere with holidays, weekends or evenings. There is potential for additional hours and professional development. Please check out the listing by clicking here for more information.

Supply chain update 

As school foodservice programs return to normal service and menus, schools are facing unprecedented issues with the supply chain that will cause us to alter our posted menus with little to no notice. We are working closely with our distributors and manufactures to secure both the food and supply items needed to support our programs. While it is our intention to serve the posted menu each day at school, supply issues will not make this possible throughout the school year until supply chain issues are rectified. We will always attempt to substitute the scheduled menu item with another that is as similar as possible to the extent we are able to do so.


This would also be a good time to have a conversation with your child(ren) encouraging them to make smart decisions on the line and take only what they will eat to help reduce food waste.  Daily we see unopened or untouched food being thrown into the garbage. It is hard to watch knowing that we may not be able to bring in that product again in the future due to supply issues.


Scrip Hours

Monday and Wednesday – 8:00 to Noon

Tuesday and Thursday – Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Friday – Closed

Scrip Christmas Cash is Coming

Get your Christmas Cash from Monday, November 15th to Monday, December 13th. Every time you purchase $500 worth of Scrip, you earn $10 Christmas Cash to be used on a future order AND you are entered into a drawing to win a $100 Scrip Certificate. There’s no better time to purchase Scrip.

Use Scrip To Prepare For Winter

Brrr…that chill in the air means it’s time to get your furnace ready for Winter. Let AirTech Heating be the one to get that done and save money on tuition at the same time! That’s right – pay your invoice at AirTech and let them know you are part of the SMSA Scrip program. Bring your invoice (or send a copy) to the SMSA Scrip office and your rebate will be applied. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Upcoming Dates

Tickets for Living Nativity - On Sale Now

Holy Family Catholic Community’s Living Nativity is back! Join Holy Family as it retells the story of Jesus’ birth with live animals, beautiful music, and more in this popular event at 4:00 p.m on Sunday, December 5th at Holy Family Church, 271 Fourth Street Way. Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 5th at hometowntickets.com/hf or the Parish Office for $12 each.  Children age 3 and under are free, but still must reserve a seat.

NHS/Red Cross Blood Drive - November 17th

NHS Red Cross Blood Drive will be hosted in the SMSA High School Hutter Gymnasium Wednesday, November 17th. The Blood Drive will be at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please be aware to maintain COVID-19 protocols you will need to sign up for a time slot to give blood.


Sign up for the blood drive will be coming.

Land's End 20% off Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale - Begins November 18th

Land’s End 20% off uniforms sale begins Thursday, November 18th and will run through the 30th!  To take advantage of this great sale, sign up or log into your Land’s End account, choose your school as St. Mary’s Springs Academy, fill your cart, and then at checkout, enter Promo Code: SHOPPER and PIN: 2655!


Click here to go directly to the Land’s End school uniform website.

PPA Poinsettia Sale- Deadlines December 3rd

Poinsettia Sale begins for High School music department students. All proceeds go directly into each student’s account and can be used for future field trips (more information coming). Deadline for ticket requests is December 3rd. Contact Maggie Rose for tickets Maggierose27@yahoo.com

High School Placement Test - December 4th

The High School Placement Test for 8th grade students will be held on Saturday, December 4th, from 8:30 am to 12:00 PM. The test will be administered at SMSA. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mueller at kmueller@smsacademy.org. We look forward to seeing the Class of 2026! Thank you!

News and Information

Hockey Spirit Wear

For a limited time, you can order Ledger Hockey Spirit Wear using an on-line link to Hopper’s. Please place your order by midnight Tuesday, November 16th so items can be ready for Christmas.  


Click here to order today!

Big Money Raffle (BMR) Tickets - Blue And White!

As a reminder, please only sell and/or purchase the BLUE and WHITE BMR tickets for the Friday, January 14, 2022 drawing. Please throw away any pink tickets that you may still have.


We appreciate your support in selling and/or purchasing the new blue and white tickets and returning them to school on or before Friday, January 14, 2022. Your participation is vital to the success of this fundraiser and reaching our goal of raising $100,000 for our school. We cannot wait to pull the $20,000 winning ticket on Friday, January 14, 2022 at noon.

Please contact Kristin Zitlow at kzitlow@smsacademy.org or 920-322-8006 with any questions.

Elves R Us Coming Soon!

As the weather cools, our thoughts turn toward the holiday season ahead!  At SMSA that means the 20+ year tradition of Elves R Us is just around the corner! Please be on the lookout for information regarding this year’s event to come home with your student the week of November 15th. Shopping days will run December 2nd – 10th.


Please click here to view the Elves R Us FAQs! We can’t wait for another year of Elves R Us!

Heartbeat on Health

Return to the Ledge Health and Safety Protocols for 2021-2022

Please click here to view the safety protocols for the 2021-2022 academic year.


FdL County Quarantine Recommendations for COVID-19 Exposure

Please click here to view the Fdl County Health Department’s quarantine recommendations.


Be Well,

Allisen Willis, RN (’04)

Coordinator of Health Services

(920) 322-8017

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

ABC Update

Thank you for your support!

PPA Update

PPA Meeting – November 17th

Our next PPA meeting will be Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Horace Mann High School (NFdL).


Contact Coleen Feucht Colfeucht@gmail.com for questions.