Deadline to Submit Senior Pictures for the Yearbook is November 4

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Attention Seniors,

The deadline for turning in senior pictures and kindergarten pictures is fast approaching. Everything must be turned in by Monday, November 4, 2019.

No late pictures will be accepted. If you do not turn in a senior picture, the picture from your school ID will be your yearbook picture. Don’t let that happen to you!

Requirements for senior picture:

  • Size: 2” x 3” COLOR photo (NO Black & White, Sepia, etc.) Digital file at 300 dpi is preferred
  • Pose: Head-and-shoulder shot looking at the camera. No full body shots.
  • Background: Traditional, neutral (blue, gray, brown), & solid background only
  • Clothing: Both: Solid colored top (no strips, patterns, etc.) Girls: Modest tops with sleeves. No tank tops. Boys: Sweater and tie or sports coat and tie.
  • Other: Absolutely no hands to face in pose, no fade or reflection effects, no extreme close-ups, no "nature" shots.

Please send all senior pictures and kindergarten pictures, as well as any questions, to Ms. Critchett at Digital pictures are preferred, but hard copies can be brought to room 301.

Spirit Store Opens Friday

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Alumni Date:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The grand opening of the Spirit Store with new attire will be held Friday night at the football game vs. Grand Rapids Christian! The Spirit Store will be open from 5:30 p.m. to the end of the 3rd quarter just behind the concessions stand. Come grab some new WC gear and don’t forget to purchase your coffee mug for free hot chocolate and coffee for the entire year!

Softball Meeting

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019

There will be an important meeting on Wed., Sept. 18 at 6 pm in the Team Room for girls interested in fall softball, and upcoming conditioning opportunities for the spring season. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Upcoming College Visits

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2019

Juniors and Seniors – Representatives from the following colleges will be visiting West Catholic High School. You must pick up a blue permission form in the Guidance Office. Permission forms must be signed and returned to the Guidance Office one day prior to the scheduled visit. No late signups!

September 16 – Hope College @ 2:00 p.m.

September 18 – University of St. Thomas (MN) 9:00 a.m. and Valparaiso University @ 2:10 p.m.

September 19 – Butler University @ 8:00 a.m., University of Michigan-Flint @ 10:50 a.m. and Western Michigan University @ 2:00 p.m.

September 23-Aquinas College @ 10:45 a.m.

September 26 – Michigan Tech University @ 9:00 a.m. and Grand Rapids Community College @ 9:50 a.m.

September 27-Wayne State University @ 1:05 p.m.

September 30 – Villanova University @ 9:00 a.m. and DePaul University @ 12:15 p.m

Greenwood Cemetery Fall Cleanup

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2019

Is your team or club searching for a community service project? Looking for opportunities to get more service hours? Consider helping with Greenwood Cemetery's fall cleanup on October 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This event is part of a larger effort to enhance the cemetery and make it more relevant to the community at large. Please contact Steven Williams ( with questions or to sign you or your group up.

Pulaski Days Service Opportunity

News Type:  Daily Student Date:  Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Pulaski Day Parade Committee is seeking volunteers to act in the role of "security" during the parade on Saturday, Oct 5 from 9:45 a.m. until noon. The parade is on the Westside of GR this year. Volunteers will be assigned a 1-2 block radius to monitor during the parade to keep spectators out of and from crossing the street.  You can work with a friend, too!  Service hours will be given as well. For more information and to sign up, please contact Barb at 616-581-0918 or

WC Hockey Scrap Metal Drive

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Monday, September 9, 2019

The West Catholic Varsity Hockey team, in conjunction with our co-op with Grand Rapids Christian, is sponsoring a scrap metal drive to raise money for new equipment. To make it easy to donate, we will be holding it on two back-to-back Fridays and Saturdays – Sept.13-14 and Sept. 20-21. There will be a drop off container and players there to assist you from 3-7 p.m. on the two Fridays and from 8 a.m-5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Eagle Ice Center, located at 2600 Village Dr SE.

The team will thankfully accept anything with metal on it, in it or around it. Appliances, golf clubs, bicycles, grills, fans, cell phones, laptops, computer towers, car parts, car batteries, marine batteries, stainless steel, metal ladders, metal tools, air conditioners, gutters, coat hangers, vacuum cleaners, etc. If you have items too large to haul yourself, please contact one of the event leaders:  Dennis Santo at 616-293-2391 or, or Brian Noordewier at 616-401-2487 or to schedule a time for the team to pick-up your item. You may also bring your scrap metal to any of the PADNOS locations to drop off. Our account is GRA3360. Please ask them to defer billing to GRC Hockey Boosters.

PLEASE NOTE: The item(s) for pick-up need to be placed OUTSIDE of your home-either in the garage or the yard. We apologize, but we CANNOT accept TVs, computer monitors, or anything with fuel or chemicals still left in it.

Thanks for supporting your West Catholic Varsity Hockey Team!

Counseling Office News

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Thursday, September 5, 2019

TALK & TOUR CAREER SERIES: Designed for students in grades 7-12, these free career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one! Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace. Space is limited. Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year. Information and registration.

UPCOMING TALK & TOUR EVENTS: Health Careers @ Mary Free Bed Rehab Hospital, Tues., September 11, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Engineering Careers @ Enterprise Tool & Die, Wed., September 18, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Biomedical Technology/Engineering Careers @ Medbio, Inc., Tues., October 1, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Visit our webpage for the full schedule.

PARENTS OF CAREER COACHES (PACC) WORKSHOP: “What am I going to be when I grow up?” Kent ISD is offering a free workshop on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM to equip parents with talking points, career exploration resources and activities to help guide their student through the challenging process of narrowing down a post-secondary path. Visit our PACC page for information and registration.

AQUINAS COLLEGE FAIR: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center from 12:00-2:00 and 6:00-7:30.

WALKER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOB FAIR: Saturday, Sept 28th from 10:00-3:00 at Zinser Elementary. One employer who will be present is Pyper Tool & Engineering who offer starting jobs at $10/hr.

TRANSCRIPTS ON INFINITE CAMPUS: Students & parents you can now view an unofficial transcript in Infinite Campus. The transcript can be found in the reports section. This is helpful especially to our seniors applying to college.

Fall Play Cast Announced

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to audition for our fall play. Below is the cast and crew list. Congratulations, everyone!

Robin Hood: Josh Hernández
Town's Gal: Emilie Rabbers
Lady Marian: Courtneney Van Solkema
Prince John: Damien Logan
Sheriff of Nottingham: Brayden Janich
Lady in Waiting: Katherine Egeler
Sister Tuck: Meagan Johnson
Wendy Scarlet: Jenna Hemmes
Little John: Courtney Betten
Allana Adale: Maryte Worm
Joan: Nora Aldworth
Isabella: Aniah Tan
Eleanor: Hope Siwek
Matilda: Ceci Gipson

Stage Manager: Madeline Mitchell
Assistant Stage Manager: Amber Whitson
Sound Board Operator: Mary Clare Olive
Light Board Operator: Nina Smith
Makeup: Marie Kieras
Scenic Painter: Caitlin Smith

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