Recent News Articles

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2020

On Thursday, March 12, West Catholic High School decided we needed to provide teacher training about online learning. Students were told to come to school two hours late so teachers could have time to work together. When students arrived at school, the teachers used their class time to discuss what online learning would look like for our school and for individual classes should we be unable to attend in-person classes. There were growing concerns over the rapidly spreading coronavirus but no one predicted what would happen next.

On the morning of March 13, schools all over Michigan closed. West Catholic was ready to begin online learning--but what about our 32 international students? On March 16, many of our international students were encouraged to return home by their agencies. How would they continue learning? During that week we said goodbye to 10 of our students, and for four of our seniors, it was the last time. But despite returning home, learning did not stop for any of these students. Teachers meet the challenge with courage and compassion. Learning continued through online classes when possible and over email or other messaging apps when necessary. West Catholic teachers sought creative ways to communicate, support and grade our students who returned home, often to face quarantine. By putting grace before grades, each teacher found ways to make sure their students were still successful academically.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Whansu returned home to South Korea on March 17. South Korea had already seen a great deal of infection by the time Whansu got back home. He was quarantined with his family for two weeks, but he was not bored. He had classes to attend and assignments to complete. Because of the time change, he could not always attend classes, and when he couldn’t, he was met with empathetic emails from teachers reminding him to do what he can. “I had to be quarantined for two weeks and I just stayed at home. WC teachers were really flexible and are helping me get through this hard time and time zone difference. They also did great organizing their Canvas pages so it was easy to follow.”

Mia returned home to Vietnam on March 21. When she arrived home, she had to remain quarantined with all other returning Vietnamese international students in an empty college dorm in Ho Chi Minh City. “I have online classes from 10-12:30 a.m. EST time, which is 9-11:30 p.m. in Vietnam. It was tough the first few days where my body was jet-lagged. West Catholic teachers were very helpful and understanding about my situation so they excused my absences and extended my due dates.” Mia is set to finish her sophomore year without missing a day of class or a moment of instruction while on the other side of the world.

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Starting this year, students will indicate the college/university they want to receive their free score report only through My AP.  To add their free score report recipient, students sign in to the My AP (myap.collegeboard.org), go to the My AP Profile, and then click the Score Send tab.  The deadline to send a free score report is June 20, 2020.

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2020

As our year is drawing to a close, we are scheduling appointments for families to come into the building and return class books and any other items you may have borrowed from teachers. You will need one appointment per family, not student. The appointments will be starting on Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10.

We will have your yearbook (if you purchased one), personal items from your locker and anything else we may need to give to you. If you didn’t order a yearbook and would like to purchase one, please be sure and bring $75. We will sell as supplies last.

When making an appointment, please keep in mind that freshmen cookie dough orders will be available at some point on June 8th. You may want to make a later-day appointment if you are expecting to pick those up.

If your student has a negative lunch balance, we ask that it be paid at this time. If your student is not returning next year, please contact us at 233-5900 so we can make a longer appointment.

Please enter through the athletic doors off of the main parking lot and follow the directions provided. FOR THE SAFETY OF YOURSELVES AND STAFF, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, DO NOT JUST "DROP IN." All social distancing guidelines are to be followed in accordance with the governor's executive order. 

The link to set up an appointment is: CHECK-OUT SIGN UP GENIUS

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2020

We're excited to announce that bidding for our virtual Celebrate West! Auction is now open! Make sure to bid early and often as the auction is set to close on June 10. Check out our 2020 auction program for more information and to see a listing of auction items.

Don't miss out! Register today in three easy steps:
1) Go to bit.ly/CelebrateWest2020
2) Click "Start Bidding"
3) Create an account

Need help? Click HERE to access our registration guide.

BIG CASH RAFFLE

There is still plenty of time to get your Big Cash Raffle tickets! Enter today for your chance to win $5,000. For every 5 tickets you purchase, you will also be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 tuition credit certificate. Tickets may be purchased online at our auction page after registering.

GOLDEN TICKET RAFFLE

Get your Golden Ticket before they're gone! For $100, your name will go into a drawing at this year's auction. The winner can choose ANY auction item of their choice on June 10. Register and buy your ticket today! A winner will be chosen on June 9.

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020

We have many items that have been found around the school and athletic areas. Below are some photos. If you see anything that looks familiar - please let us know and we can have that ready for your student at their pick up appointment. We will also have everything not claimed on lost and found tables during the pick-up appointments.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/115nV3eo--uqGZ769rzbpOtHSXzkWeKRT?usp=sharing

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020

Starting June 1, the hours of our meal program will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each Tuesday bag will include meals for Tuesday and Wednesday, and each Thursday bag will include meals for Thursday, Friday, and Monday. 

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2020

The following students currently have access to sign up for early registration for the August, September, and October SAT tests:

  • Students already registered for the June SAT or Subject Tests who didn’t cancel their registrations
  • Students in the high school class of 2020 who don’t have SAT scores
  • Students in the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

Registration for August, September and October tests will open for all students on June 3. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver. Register online at www.sat.org.

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

All students who are signed up to take an Aquinas Dual Enrollment class next year received an email from Mrs. Ysasi with the required steps they will need to complete in order to take the Aquinas classes.  It is important that these steps be completed before the end of the current school year.

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

FlynnO'Hara Uniforms, West Catholic's uniform company, wants you to stay connected! Click HERE to opt-in to FlynnO'Hara's emails for discounts, promotions and important back-to-school updates in light of COVID-19. Visit their website or check out their flyer for more information.

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2020

In honor of Memorial Day, our band and choir students worked together to create a virtual performance of the National Anthem. All elements of the performance were individually recorded by our students under the direction of Choir Director Joe Houdek and Band Director Darren LaPrise.

FOX 17 reported on this beautiful tribute over the Memorial Day weekend. Check out the story HERE. A full video of the completed arrangement can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=Vlm8GzTvK_g​.

A special thanks goes out to Jeff Bailey, our instructional technology specialist, for his guidance and editing.

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