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 1 to November 5:

The contractor is working on the following items:

  • Highway 23 eastbound (Wisconsin American Drive to County UU)
    • Continue curb and gutter
  • Highway 23 westbound (USH 151 to Wisconsin American Drive)
    • Pour outside curb and gutter
    • Work on electrical items
    • Switch traffic to the new outside lanes
    • Remove existing median
  • Highway 23 westbound (County UU to Seven Hills)
    • Continue concrete paving
  • County K south of Highway 23/Maryhill Drive
    • Complete asphalt pavement
    • Work on topsoil, landscaping, and sign placement
    • Switch Maryhill Drive to the new Maryhill Drive roadway
  • Highway 23 eastbound bridge over County K
    • Finish pouring parapet walls
  • County UU interchange
    • Placing fill on the interchange
  • County UU bridge over Highway 23
    • Continue pier construction


November 8 to November 12:

The contractor is scheduled to work on the following items:

  • Highway 23 eastbound (Wisconsin American Drive to County UU)
    • Begin placing concrete barrier wall
    • Topsoil, landscaping, sign, and guardrail installation
    • Asphalt shoulders, driveways, and crossovers
    • Gravel shoulders
    • Begin pavement markings
  • Highway 23 westbound (USH 151 to Wisconsin American Drive)
    • Install signal light bases
  • Highway 23 westbound (County UU to Seven Hills)
    • Continue concrete paving
  • County K south of Highway 23/Maryhill Drive
    • Complete asphalt paving and pavement marking on the new jug handle ramp
  • County UU Interchange
    • Placing fill on the interchange
  • County UU bridge over Highway 23
    • Continue bridge construction


Traffic impacts:

  • CTH UU (South of STH 23) – Closed
  • CTH UU (North of STH 23) – Closed
  • CTH K (South of STH 23) – Closed – County K and new Maryhill is tentatively scheduled to be open late the week of November 8th.
  • CTH K North (Highway 23 Intersection) – Closed.
  • WB shoulder closure Whispering Springs to 7 Hills Road – Closed
  • Tower Road – Scheduled to be closed November 4, 2021, for concrete paving
  • Taft Road – Scheduled to be closed November 5, 2021, for concrete paving


The following restrictions will remain in place. 

  • Northbound Mary Hill to westbound highway 23
  • Southbound Whispering Springs to eastbound highway 23
  • Westbound highway 23 to southbound Mary Hill
  • Eastbound highway 23 to northbound Whispering Springs


Please use alternate routes to access these locations. 

News from the Kitchen

Supply Chain Issues/Meal Flexibility

 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.


To help families keep abreast of changes, families are encouraged to use our online menu app  MealViewer  This online menu service provides a quick and easy way to view our school’s daily menus. 

MealViewer provides:

  • Convenience Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone.
  • Safety – Create profiles for your students and select their allergens.  Get alerts each time that allergen is on the menu! 
  • Fun Feedback – Let students favorite and rate certain meals so that we ensure we are serving meals they enjoy!

Signing Up is easy!

  1. Go to schools.mealviewer.com or download the mobile app and register for a free account.
  2. Create a profile for you and your students by first selecting their school.
  3. Set up your student’s profile by selecting the appropriate allergens and let them favorite their most loved meals.  Now you will receive notifications every time any of these are served!

The school menus link is available on our website.  Click here to see our new look!


If you have any questions pertaining to Mealviewer, contact MealViewer directly:


Scrip Hours

Monday and Wednesday – 8:00 to Noon

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

Friday – Closed

Scrip Is Open November 8th

Although school is not in session on Monday, November 8th, the Scrip office WILL BE OPEN. Stop by to get your every day Scrip needs or start planning ahead for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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 - Sale Begins November 5th

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.

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

News and Information

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

Pediatric COVID-19 trends in Wisconsin

Hello SMSA Families, if you are interested in following current Covid-19 trends in WI, please click here to visit Milwaukee Children’s Hospital website. It is updated weekly and illustrates hospitalization rates and related diagnosis for ICU admissions. You can also find this information going forward on the “Covid-19 Resources” page of the SMSA website.


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 6:00 p.m. in the Lauby Lounge. Contact Coleen Feucht Colfeucht@gmail.com for questions.