August 16-22, 2021

August 16-22, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

Dean of Students Announcement for the 2021-2022 School Year

Date:  August 16, 2021

Dear West Catholic Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce Joe Gietzen, our dean of students, will be stepping down from his position and leaving West Catholic after our Back-to-School BBQ on Friday, August 20. We greatly appreciate the dedication, hard work and leadership he has demonstrated throughout his time at West Catholic, and we will miss him! We are very proud of him as well. Joe will be taking on the role of middle school principal at All Saints Academy. He is replacing Abby Giroux, who recently left for a position at the University of Notre Dame. A letter from Joe sharing his thoughts as he prepares to join the ASA community can be found HERE.

Given the start of the school year is next week, we have decided to replace Joe with an interim dean of students. Sean Nolan, currently a teacher at West Catholic and the director of our House System, has graciously accepted this role. Sean is a graduate of Central Michigan University, Ave Maria University and the Catholic University of America and is working on his Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Creighton University. In addition to his responsibilities as interim dean of students, Sean will continue to teach Latin courses and lead the House System. We are currently securing a replacement for his theology classes.

After speaking with Sean, I know he is excited to start the school year serving in this new capacity. Congratulations to both Joe and Sean as they begin the next chapter in their careers!

In Christ, 

Cynthia Kneibel | President/CEO

Clubs, Organizations & Athletics Open House

Date:  August 09, 2021

All incoming and returning students are invited to attend our Clubs, Organizations & Athletics Open House on August 20 before our Back-to-School BBQ! This event starts at 4:30 p.m. in the MAK and provides students with the opportunity to explore many of the extracurricular activities available at West Catholic. Meet coaches, advisors and student leaders while learning about how you can get involved!

August 20 is WC's Back-to-School BBQ!

Date:  August 13, 2021

Dear West Catholic families,

Thank you so much for signing up for the Inaugural Back-to-School BBQ! We are very excited to bring the community together in celebration of our students and for the new school year. Please take a moment to review the itinerary for the evening:

Time Activity
4-4:45 p.m Confession available in the St. Maria Goretti Chapel
4:45-6:30 p.m. Check-in and registration (main ticket booth)
4:50-5 p.m. Gather and enter the stadium
5-5:45 p.m. Mass
5:50 p.m. Welcome
5:55 p.m. Dismiss for dinner
5:55-7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Band procession (transition to stadium)
7:25 p.m. Band performance
7:35-8:15 p.m. Pep Rally
8:15 p.m. (approximately) Closing prayer and dismissal

Click HERE for a special message from our co-chaplains regarding Mass

For those wondering, we will be serving kielbasa (Sobie's), hamburgers, hot dogs and more! We are also in need of volunteers to help in a number of areas. If you are available, please click the link to access the SignUpGenius to sign up. Thanks again for all you do! See you Friday!

Joe Gietzen
joegietzen@grwestcatholic.org

P.S. The Back-to-School BBQ RSVP form is still open until Tuesday at 5 p.m. Please let us know if you and your family plan to attend so we can get an accurate headcount for dinner.

Back-to-School Info 2021-22

Date:  August 13, 2021

The 2021-2022 school year is quickly approaching and important back-to-school information can be found at grwestcatholic.org/back-to-school. This section of our website contains West Catholic's COVID-19 plan, letters from administration, orientation details, parking and drop-off/pick-up procedures, the free and reduced lunch application, yearbook order forms and much more. Please be sure to review this information in preparation for our first day back - August 25!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 616-233-5900.

Zero-Hour Choir

Date:  August 16, 2021

Do you love to sing, and/or are you interested in sharing your God-given talents with the West Catholic community? Consider joining the West Catholic choir! Zero-hour choir meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and choir is also offered every day during 6th-hour - you can choose the section that works best for you. If you have any questions or would like to join the choir, please email Mr. Houdek at joehoudek@grwestcatholic.org.