Alumni News

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2022

SPORTS PHYSICALS

If your student plans to play any sport(s) during the 2022-2023 school year, they are required by the MHSAA to have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2022, before participating in workouts, practices or games. Completed MHSAA physical forms should be submitted via your student's BigTeams account or brought to the Athletic Office.

Sports passes

If you would like to purchase a family or parent athletic pass for all HOME events for the 2022-2023 school year or a VIP parking pass for football games, please use this link. As a reminder, all WC students and all partner school students received a free pass from an anonymous donor. WC students may begin to pick up their passes the week of August 15 in the athletic office. Family, parent and VIP parking passes will also be made available the week of August 15.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Later this month, about 500 students will be heading to West Catholic High School for the first day of school. Most are domestic students, coming from across West Michigan; however, a number of international students will also be traveling to the school’s campus from all parts of the globe, including four students from Ukraine.

When war broke out in Ukraine, West Catholic President/CEO Cynthia Kneibel immediately began looking for ways to help. After seeing a number of schools destroyed by missiles, she was inspired to reach out to her contacts to see if they knew of any families who were interested in sending their students to the United States to continue their education.

“So many parents were making the heartbreaking decision to send their children to other countries to ensure their safety,” Kneibel said. “We wanted to provide families peace of mind, knowing their student had a safe place to learn away from the war.”

School administrators are currently working to finalize the details of their attendance. In addition to obtaining visas, verifying travel arrangements and filling out the appropriate paperwork, West Catholic is hoping to find long-term host families and raise money to help cover student expenses.

Those interested in learning more about serving as a host family or making a contribution to support West Catholic’s efforts can reach out to the school at (616) 233-5900 or communications@grwestcatholic.org.

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022

SPORTS PHYSICALS

If your student plans to play any sport(s) during the 2022-2023 school year, they are required by the MHSAA to have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2022, before participating in workouts, practices or games. Completed MHSAA physical forms should be submitted via your student's BigTeams account or brought to the Athletic Office.

BoyS Tennis

We are excited to announce we have hired Brian Laumeyer as our new boys tennis coach for the upcoming fall season. Coach Laumeyer will be holding a player/parent meeting on Wednesday, August 3 at 7 p.m. in the MAK. Any boys interested in playing tennis this year should plan to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Coach Laumeyer at boystennis@grwestcatholic.org.

SUMMER CAMPS

Sports camps are taking place at West Catholic throughout the summer and we would love to have your students join us! Registration for Middle School Strength & Performance Training and Sideline Cheer Camp is still open, but spaces are limited, so be sure to register ASAP at https://www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm.

FALL SPORTS PARTICIPATION

We are just one week away from the start of the fall sports season! Any students interested in participating should have a physical on file with the athletic department by Aug. 8. If you have not received information regarding tryouts and/or practices or if you have any questions, please contact the appropriate coach:

SPORT COACH EMAIL
Cross Country (Boys & Girls) Noreen Duba nduba012@gmail.com
Equestrian (Club) Lindsay Stelma lindsay.stelma@gmail.com
Esports Dakota VandenToorn esports@grwestcatholic.org
Football Landon Grove landongrove@grwestcatholic.org
Sideline Cheer (Club) Anna Ramirez cheer@grwestcatholic.org
Boys Soccer Ryan Smith soccer@grwestcatholic.org
Boys Tennis Brian Laumeyer boystennis@grwestcatholic.org
Girls Golf Daniel Karamol karamol@prodigy.net
Girls Swimming/Diving (Co-Op) Josh Welles (Calvin Christian) welles_josh@hotmail.com
Girls Volleyball Megan Eversman meganeversman@grwestcatholic.org
Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022

West Catholic is looking to fill a few positions before the beginning of the school year, including:

  • Theology Teacher
  • 1st or 2nd-Shift Custodian (part-time or full-time)
  • Food Service Assistants
  • Substitute Teachers

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please visit grwestcatholic.org/explore-wc/community to learn more.

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2022

On July 29, West Catholic announced the appointment of Jill Annable as the school's next president/CEO. Mrs. Annable will transition into her role as president/CEO-designate beginning on August 15. She will be working part-time alongside Mrs. Kneibel until the end of the calendar year and then full-time until Mrs. Kneibel's retirement on January 20, 2023. For more information and to read the full announcement, visit grwestcatholic.org/presidentceo. Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Annable as we welcome her back to the WC community!

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2022

SPORTS PHYSICALS

If your student plans to play any sport(s) during the 2022-2023 school year, they are required by the MHSAA to have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2022, before participating in workouts, practices or games. Completed MHSAA physical forms should be submitted via your student's BigTeams account or brought to the Athletic Office.

Girls swim & dive

The 2022 Calvin/West Catholic Swim & Dive season is starting soon! Any girls interested in participating should join in the practices listed below:

  • August 8-12: 1-4 p.m.
  • August 15: 1-4 p.m.
  • August 16-18: 4-7 p.m.
  • August 19: 1-4 p.m.
  • August 22 and beyond: 4-6:30 p.m.

Practices and meets will be held at Grandville Middle School. You must have a physical on file prior to practicing. A partial schedule of the team's meets can be found HERE; additional meets will be added soon. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Welles at welles_josh@hotmail.com.

SUMMER CAMPS

Sports camps are taking place at West Catholic throughout the summer and we would love to have your students join us! Registration for a few programs is still open, but spaces are limited, so be sure to register ASAP at https://www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm.

EVENT DATES GRADES (AS OF FALL)
Middle School Strength & Performance Training (August) 08/08/22 - 08/17/22 7th - 8th

Sideline Cheer Camp

08/09/22 - 08/11/22 K - 8th

Westside Football Youth League

Registration for flag football and rocket football is currently open! For more information and to sign up, please visit westsidefootball.ryzerevents.com/register.cfm.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2022

OFFICE HOURS

The main office has officially moved into summer hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. If you have any questions, please call 616-233-5900.

CONSTRUCTION

As a reminder, our campus is currently undergoing a number of construction projects. Please remember that both entrances off of Richmond St. will be closed until further notice. Additionally, our baseball field, softball field and Falcon Stadium will be off-limits until August 20. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to complete these improvements to our campus.

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2022

Each year, West Catholic welcomes dozens of international students to experience life and learning in the United States. We invite you to be part of this adventure by opening your heart and home to serve as a host family! We are currently working to place students from Spain (semester), Germany (3 weeks), Brazil (1 month) and Argentina (1 month). We also have a number of international students studying for the entire academic year. There may be a stipend available for some programs to help offset the cost of hosting. Please contact Leann Garrison (leanngarrison@grwestcatholic.org, 616-233-5938) with any questions or if you are interested in becoming a host family.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

West Catholic's President/CEO Cynthia Kneibel announced today that she plans to retire, effective January 20. In a note to members of the school community, Mrs. Kneibel shared, "For almost 20 years, I have had the privilege of working at West Catholic, first as a teacher, then the principal and now in my current role as president/CEO. It has been an incredible honor to serve this school and community; however, after much thought, consideration and prayer, I have decided that it is time for a new adventure... I will be retiring at the end of January 2023. It is time for me to join my husband in retirement and focus on my family."

West Catholic plans to begin searching for a new president/CEO immediately. More information regarding Mrs. Kneibel's retirement and the selection of her successor can be found at grwestcatholic.org/presidentceo.

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2022

This year's Falcon Awards Night will be held on October 19, 2022, at the Kindel Room in the Goei Center. That evening, we will be honoring the following members of our Falcon community:

  • St. John Paul II Award - Fr. Dennis Morrow
  • Alumni Excellence Award - Rita Totoraitis
  • Falcon by Choice Award - Bernard Geerling
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - John Thompson

For more information or to register for the event, please visit community.grwestcatholic.org/wcfan2022.

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