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Athletics News - 01.17.22

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Monday, January 17, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL STRENGTH & PERFORMANCE TRAINING: West Catholic High School is excited to offer strength training opportunities to young athletes in our community. We will be holding middle school strength training sessions in our high school weight room. Participating middle schoolers will learn the same safe, inclusive and fundamental principles of performance training that our high schoolers are already part of. Our facilities and equipment allow us to safely and effectively teach our Falcon Strength program to kids of all strengths and skill levels. All of the training sessions will be conducted by our certified strength and conditioning coach, Adam Stoyanoff MS CSCS. Coach Stoyanoff has coached thousands of athletes, from the elementary level up to the pros. For more information or to register your student, please visit our programming website at https://www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm.

STRENGTH TRAINING SCHEDULE: Below you will find the strength training schedule for the week of January 17. Weekly schedules will be posted on the West Catholic Sports Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the Falcon Strength Instagram account.

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Exam Week Information

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Date:  Monday, January 10, 2022

Exam Schedule

Our first-semester exam week schedule can be found below:

  • Monday, January 17 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 18 - 1st Hour Exam 9-10:15 a.m.; 2nd Hour Exam 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 19 - 3rd Hour Exam 9-10:15 a.m.; 4th Hour Exam 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 20 - 5th Hour Exam 9-10:15 a.m.; 6th Hour Exam 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, January 21 - 7th Hour Exam 9-10:15 a.m.; Make Up Exam 10:30 a.m.

Please be aware that students who have study hall do NOT need to come in for exams during that hour. Students are welcome to be in the building and remain in the MAK to study. Wandering the halls during exams is not permitted.

Dining Services

On exam days, we will not be following our regular dining services schedule. Please be aware that Tuesday through Thursday, breakfast and a la carte items will be available from 10:15-10:30 a.m. Lunch/dinner will be served from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. There will be no food service on Friday.

Transportation

As a reminder, on exam days, buses will run as normal in the morning (students will arrive early); however, there will be no busing home. Students will need to find alternate transportation home Tuesday (1/18) through Friday (1/21).

iPads

Students should remember to bring their iPads to school each day fully charged.

Dress Code

Our regular dress code will be enforced during exam week. Be sure to wear your uniform each day, including Friday. Spirit wear will NOT be allowed.

WC & CC Present Macbeth

News Type:  Daily Headlines Student Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Wednesday, January 5, 2022

From January 19-22, a combined cast of West Catholic and Catholic Central students will be performing Macbeth, Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now at the PAC box office or online at circletheatre.org/catholic-secondary-schools.

Senior All-Night Party Vigil

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Tuesday, January 4, 2022

ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS! Please send two wallet-sized (2"x3") senior pictures with your student to turn into the box in Mr. Horst. The pictures should be labeled with your student's name and placed in a small zip bag or envelope. These photos are due by April 13 for the All-Night Prayer Vigil, which will take place during the Senior All-Night Party after graduation. More information regarding these events will follow in a mailing later this month.

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Current COVID-19 Guidance for High Schools

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Date:  Monday, January 3, 2022

Last week, the CDC came out with new recommendations of shorter isolation and quarantine times. The Kent County Health Department has let us know these do not apply to K-12 schools. The August mandate by the KCHD will continue to be in effect until a new order is written. Isolation remains at 10 days, with quarantines having a 7-day, 10-day or 14-day option. A test-to-stay option is available in some cases. 

Additionally, the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ has changed to include boosters. While the KCHD is recommending this change, it is not in the existing mandate.

I will provide full details once the new mandate is written. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Cynthia Kneibel
President/CEO

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Athletics News - 1.3.22

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Monday, January 3, 2022

SPIRIT STORE HOURS

The Spirit Store will be open on Friday, January 7 prior to tip-off and during halftime of the boys and girls varsity games. Stop by to get some new West Catholic merchandise!

YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS

For more information or to register for any of the opportunities listed below, please visit our programming website at https://www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm.

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ESPORTS LEAGUE: This winter West Catholic will be hosting our first-ever middle school esports team! Each Wednesday from January 26-March 9, students in 5th-8th grade will meet after school (3-5:30 p.m.) to practice and compete against other middle schools in the State of Michigan.
  • STRENGTH & PERFORMANCE TRAINING: Students in 7th and 8th grade now have the opportunity to train in our high school weight room! Participating middle schoolers will learn the same safe, inclusive and fundamental principles of performance training that our high schoolers are already a part of. All training sessions will be taught and coached by West Catholic's certified strength and conditioning coach. Coach Adam Stoyanoff, MS CSCS, has coached thousands of athletes from the elementary level up to the pros.

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Michigan's Mighty Meals

News Type:  Daily Headlines Student Parent Date:  Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Michigan school meals have changed! This year, every student can eat a school meal - a Michigan's Mighty Meal - at no cost. Michigan's Mighty Meals provide every student with healthy, delicious food to fuel their day. They can save you time and money this school year. Michigan's Mighty Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Please note that West Catholic's dinner program has started up again! Students can get their meal from the window in the cafeteria.

More about Michigan's Mighty Meals:

  • No cost and no qualification needed - Michigan's Mighty Meals are for all Michigan students
  • The balanced, nutritious meals are healthy and delicious to help students be ready to learn
  • Eating Michigan's Mighty Meals helps support your school and your community

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Save the Date - Steubenville Youth Conference

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Monday, December 13, 2021

West Catholic is planning on reserving spots for the Steubenville Youth Conference on July 8-10. If it sells out before we can reserve our spots, the backup date is June 17-19. If interested, please drop off a $50 deposit for Campus Ministry. Email phildolci@grwestcatholic.org with any questions.

Mock Trial Team Sign Ups

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Monday, December 6, 2021

Mock Trial is a courtroom simulation competition designed to reenact much of what takes place in a real courtroom. Competitors take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against other teams in front of real judges and lawyers. This is an incredible opportunity for both aspiring actors and future attorneys.

West Catholic's team will compete against other high school teams throughout the state. The regional competition is on March 12, 2022, at the Kent County Courthouse and the state competition is on March 19 in Kalamazoo.

If you are interested in joining, please email Mike Bartish at mike@sbbllaw.com (subject line: WC Mock Trial). To learn more about Mock Trial, you can visit miciviced.org/programs/mock-trial.

Kent ISD Career Readiness Programs

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Sunday, January 2, 2022

Career chats

Career Chats are designed to provide 7-12th-grade students a virtual opportunity to meet real professionals employed in real jobs. This series of 30-minute sessions will highlight professions from a variety of career pathways, giving students the opportunity to learn more about a career of interest, or to explore new options. Click here for the full lineup and to register.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions:

  • January 11, 2022 - Maranda Cook, Host & Content Developer at WOOD TV
  • January 13, 2022 - Tamara Paylor, Graphic Designer/Branding Specialist/Entrepreneur at Mae Lea Designs
  • January 18, 2022 - Derk Baartman, Executive Producer at DB Studio

Groundhog Shadow Day

Groundhog Shadow Day 2022 will take place on Friday, February 4, 2022. Student registration opens on January 12, 2022. This virtual event will have three one-hour sessions at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Talk & Tour Career Series

Talk & Tours provide a virtual panel of professionals in select industries that share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career that interests you.

Upcoming Virtual Session:

  • February 16, 2022 - Health Science Careers: Mary Free Bed (register here)
  • April 21, 2022 - Health Science Careers: Mary Free Bed (register here)
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