September 27, 2021
Quarantined Meal Availability If you have kids that are in quarantine that need meals delivered to their homes we are prepared to meet this need. Please fill out the link below if you are interested in receiving meals https://docs.google.com/forms/d/107kWd8HIhoV-MOE2N6NIV8kM3psTAaRoiZ2nLWviGoI/edit
Handicap Seating St. Marys Junior/Senior High School does have handicap accessible seating available in the gymnasiums. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact the school 437-6257. Thank you.
Parent/Teacher Conferences Monday Oct. 4th and Wednesday Oct. 6th details TBA. No School Friday Oct. 8th due to Conferences.
Information for SMHS Book Club We have 8 different book clubs this quarter. If you are reading Snitch or Hate I Give be ready to discuss it on Tuesday, October 5th during flex times. If you are reading Purge or The Cellar be ready to discuss it on Tuesday, October 12th during flex times. If you are reading Cinder or All the Bright Places be ready to discuss it on Tuesday, October 19th during flex times. If you are reading Room or I Hunt Killers be ready to discuss it on Tuesday, October 26th during flex times. Please pick up your book in the library. Mrs. Moore has it ready for you. We are looking to have a SMJH Book Club 2nd Quarter.
Individual Picture Orders If you are interested in ordering school pictures online the website is mylifetouch.com and the school picture id code is EVTKCNJPM.
Handicap Parking Shuttle If you are in need of a ride from the handicap parking space to the stadium for football games, please let the office or administrators know.
Junior High Football Game today at Wabaunsee @ 5pm. (this is the postponed game from Sept. 2nd that was called due to inclement weather) There will be a 5th quarter played following. Bus will leave at 3:45pm.
Conservation District Speech Are you passionate about pollinators? Are you interested in $25 just for giving a speech? Did you know you could win $100, $500 or even $1,000 at the State Level? See Mrs. Lukert about the chance to participate in the Conservation district speech contest on October 18th at 7:00 pm in Westmoreland. The deadline for registering is Friday, October 15th. The theme this year is "Where would we BEE without pollinators?" Must be in grades 9-12 to participate.
JH Spirit Week September 27th-October 1st Monday: Pajama Day, Tuesday: Groovy Tuesday (Dress as a 70s Hipster), Wednesday: Jersey Day (Favorite teams jerseys or t-shirts), Thursday: Bear Wear (Support the bears by wearing St. Marys Blue), Friday: America Friday (Wear Red, White & Blue)”
FCCLA dues need to be turned in by September 30th. Please turn them in to Mrs. Graham.
Junior High Volleyball Triangular today at Rossville @ 4:30pm. Bus will leave at 3pm please release students at 2:45pm. Order of Events: 7A & 8A: RJHS v. Wamego, Wamego v. SM, RJHS v. SM. The Concession stand will be open at 4:00.
Junior High Cross Country Meet Tuesday Sept. 28th at Rock Creek @ 4pm. Suburban will leave at 2:30pm please release students at 2:15pm.
Junior High Volleyball Game Thursday Sept. 30th vs Riley Co. @ 4:30pm
Junior High Football Game Thursday Sept. 30th vs Riley Co. @ 6:30pm.
Sophomore, Junior, & Senior Students On Tuesday September 28th during 1st flex, Shannon Heim will be here to discuss potential employment opportunities at the St. Marys Manor. There's even a possibility to have financial assistance to get your CNA or CMA if you agree to work there after getting your certification. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please sign up to attend her session via adaptive scheduler/flex 1.
Girls Golf Meet today at Jeff West @ 9am. Suburban will leave at 7:45am. (Location is Village Greens Golf Course 5615 K-92 Hwy Meriden, KS 66512). Teams Participating: Holton, Santa Fe Trail, Jeff West, Silver Lake, Osage City, St. Marys, Rossville, and Tonganoxie.
*FCA Shirts There are 3 designs and several color choices. If you are interested in ordering, stop by the office for an order form. Shirts are $8. Order forms and money are due Friday Oct. 15th.
*Letter Jackets are now available online through Jostens. This is the only way to place an order, as we will not be taking orders through the office. Click the link below to get started. You will also be able to order new patches for your jackets if you need to as well. https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1070451/SAINT-MARYS-HIGH-SCHOOL/Letter-Jackets/1387990938/CATALOG_REPOSITORY
FFA Dues paying members Movie Night on September 29th details TBA.
High School Volleyball Game Tuesday Sept. 28th vs Silver Lake @ 5pm.
Girls JV Golf Meet Wednesday Sept. 29th at Jeff West @ 1pm. Suburban will leave at 11:45am please release students at 11:15 to eat lunch. Location is Village Green Golf Course. 5615 K-92 Hwy Meriden, KS 66512. Teams Invited: Basehor, Holton, Silver Lake, Jeff West, St. Marys, Osage City, Tonganoxie, West Franklin.
Cross Country Meet Thursday Sept. 30th at Horton @ 4pm. Bus will leave at 1:15pm please release students at 1pm. Location is Mission Lake Golf & Fitness.
High School Football Game Friday Oct. 1st @ Nemaha Central @ 7pm. Bus will leave at 4:15pm.
High School JV VB Tourn. Saturday Oct. 2nd @ Jeff West @ 8am. Bus will leave at TBA.
High School Varsity Volleyball Tourn. Saturday Oct. 2nd at Silver Lake @ 8am. Bus will leave at TBA.
District Financial Aid Night Parents/Guardians, We will be hosting a Financial Aid Night for juniors/seniors and their parents on Wednesday September 29th at 5:30 PM at Rossville Jr/Sr High School. A Financial Literacy Coordinator from one of our local universities will be facilitating the event. Students and parents will learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a new state scholarship opportunity called the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act. We strongly encourage juniors/seniors and their guardians to attend. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions/concerns.
Washburn Tech Entrance Exam (Accuplacer) October 12th at SMHS High School Students, If you are interested in attending Washburn Tech your junior or senior year, you will need to take WT's entrance examination called the Accuplacer. The Accuplacer will be offered at St. Marys High School on Tuesday October 12th at 11:30 AM. This is open for any freshman-senior who is interested in attending WT. There are two portions to the test (reading and math)and each portion costs $10 to take. If you are interested in taking the Accuplacer, please complete the form below by Friday October 1st at noon. Payment is due on the day of the test. (Students will pay Washburn Tech directly.) Link: https://forms.gle/zN9xXthejqS3Dh7J6 Please contact Ms. Heitman if you have questions!
KSU Airforce ROTC Cadet for a Day KSU Airforce ROTC Cadet for a Day High School Juniors/Seniors, I am Cadet Cameron Maltz, and I am a sophomore in the Construction Science Management program here at Kansas State University. I will be running the Cadet for a Day program this fall which gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to come here to K-State’s Manhattan campus and shadow one of our current Air Force ROTC cadets for the day. It’s a unique chance to see what college and AFROTC life looks like! We will be hosting the Fall semester event on Thursday, the 7th of October. The event will kick off at 8:30 AM in Richard B. Myers Hall here in Manhattan and conclude at 6:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. Activities include a detachment tour, attending a freshman aerospace studies class, campus tour, shadowing a cadet, attending our Leadership Lab, and more! Please sign up quickly as spots are limited and are first come, first serve. To register for this event, please email Lt Col Paul Bozzo at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register will be the 29th of September. In the event all of the slots are full by the time you try to sign up, you are always welcome to contact the Detachment 270 front office via email at email@example.com or calling (785)-532-6600 to schedule a normal visit and meet with one of the cadre who can answer all your Air Force ROTC questions. I look forward to meeting those who can participate and think you will find it to be an awesome experience! Very Respectfully, Cameron Maltz
Essay Contest with Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers This essay contest is open to all Kansas students in grades 5 through 12 (high school senior). Essay responses must be completed by the student, but the form must be signed by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Submissions will be accepted from now until close of business on October 8. Students must answer the following two questions: 1) What does the Kansas State Treasurer do? (50 words minimum) 2) If you had $1 million, what would you do with it? (200 words minimum) To be considered a qualified submission, students must respond to both questions with the minimum word requirement. Qualified submissions will be grouped by grade levels of 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12. Responses to the second question will be judged by a panel of educators from all across the state. Essays will be judged based on creativity, quality of writing, and grammar, usage, and mechanics. One winner from each grade level grouping in each Congressional District will be named for a total of 16 winners. Winners will be notified in early November, and will each receive $529 to invest in a new or existing Learning Quest 529 Savings Account designated by the parent or guardian. No taxpayer dollars are being used for this promotion. Link to Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVHfz-kXmviRP_gDumldDoQYEEu23cBSsTjm_dqG6DuOcYnQ/viewform
PSAT October 13th (Optional for Sophomores and Juniors) The PSAT will be offered to interested sophomores and juniors on Tuesday October 13th. This optional assessment is primarily for two different groups of students: students who are interested in applying to universities out of state where the SAT is an admission requirement should consider taking the PSA OR students who are interested in the National Merit Scholarship Program. If you do not fit into either of these categories, the PSAT will NOT be helpful to you. Here's a link with more information regarding the PSAT/SMSQT: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/why-take-the-psat If you are interested in taking the PSAT, please complete the attached Google form by Wednesday October 6th. If you have any questions, please let Ms. Heitman know. Google Form Sign Up Link: https://forms.gle/1ATGxrEezr14K1mD9
Elks MVP Scholarship The Elks MVP Scholarship is open for any current senior to apply for. The scholarship entry information can be found online at enf.elks.org/mvs In addition to the National Scholarships, Junction City Lodge #1037 gives two $1000.00 scholarships. (We do ask that students that are going to submit for this scholarship, identify Junction City Lodge #1037 as their local Lodge.) All applications must be submitted online on or before 11/15/21. Local judging will take place in December, with state judging taking place in early January 2022.
Fort Hays State University College Rep The Fort Hays State college representative will be at SMHS on 10/28 at 11:30. There will be a flex session scheduled that sophomores-seniors can sign up for.
Kansas Buffalo Association Scholarship The Kansas Buffalo Association is offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior or first-year college freshman who is involved in raising bison and/or is planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally related field. The KBA invites interested applicants to complete an application, provide one letter of reference and submit a 500-word essay explaining why they have chosen agriculture as their field of study and why the selection committee should choose them to receive the KBA scholarship. KBA members may act as sponsors to qualify family, friends or a member of a local school or county ag-related organization (FFA, 4H, etc.) for this scholarship. The KBA website has a membership list to help applicants find a member in their area, and call, email or stop in for a visit to ask whether he/she would be willing to sponsor them. While a sponsor is not required, it is strongly recommended as an indication of the applicant's interest in the industry. Applications and supporting materials are due by Oct. 15, 2021. The scholarship will be awarded at the Kansas Buffalo Association Sale in Salina, Kan., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2020. Either the recipient or his/her designate must be present to accept the scholarship and have a picture taken with representatives from the sponsoring organization. Link to Application Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16BpaKs1mYdN9sCb9aXvYqfykKdQci58OcK947Xy7-bY/edit?usp=sharing
2021 KSDE AEOP SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE Applications are now available for the Kansas State Department of Education Association of Educational Office Professionals (KSDE AEOP) Margaret Van Horn Scholarship. Each year the association offers a scholarship to a Kansas student. The scholarship program is open to current Kansas High School, College, and/or Technical School students. Applicant must intend to continue his/her education in an education or business-related program. Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of nine semester hours (at least half-time). Enrollment must be in an accredited post-secondary educational facility within the state of Kansas. The scholarship award of $300 is offered for the purchase of books, payment of fees or tuition, purchase of supplies, or other academic expenses. Emphasis for selection of the recipient will be based on the scholarship application, initiative exhibited, character shown, and/or other factors supporting his/her candidacy. The completed application, with original signature and enclosures, must be postmarked by January 14, 2022. The 2022 application can be found on their website: www.ksde.org/AEOP.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship - $30,000 - 50 Awards Voice of Democracy Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download and complete the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy entry form as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31. For more information please visit their website
Kansas Promise Scholarship The Kansas Promise Scholarship is a new scholarship program that was unveiled last spring. Called the ‘Last Dollar’ Scholarship, when other scholarships and grants do not cover the costs owed on tuition, fees or books, the Kansas Promise Scholarship makes up the difference. Promise Act funding may be used for various Career and Technical Education or two-year degrees. The specific CTE categories which qualify for Promise Act funding have been identified by state legislators within the areas of: Information Technology and Security, Mental and Physical Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing and Building Trades, and Early Childhood Education. In addition, each college may select one additional area. Ms. Heitman will be hosting an information session during flex times in September to discuss this program in more detail to seniors. For more information please visit: https://www.kacct.org/kansas-promise-scholarship