We are incredibly proud to see West Catholic so well represented on MLive's 2019-20 Girls Basketball Dream Team (Grand Rapids)! Congratulations to Abbey Kimball on her first-team selection as well as honorable mentions Crysta Daetwiler, Cadence Dykstra, Maya Mileski and Maddie Smith! Additionally, a huge congratulations goes out to Jill VanderEnde who was named Coach of the Year after leading your Falcons to their first district title in 25 years!
Our final Fish Fry (March 27, 2020) has been canceled. Thanks to all those who attended our previous dinners in support of WC Athletic Boosters!
Our teachers will continue to provide quality instruction for all students including those in AP courses. The College Board continues to provide updates on AP tests. It is still the expectation that, despite a changed format, students take their AP tests.
- For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
- Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
- Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
- The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
- Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.
- Additional details for tests and test dates will be made available next week.
You are welcome to keep up to date with the exams by visiting The College Board or by continuing to check in with your teacher.
Beginning in early April, free online video lessons developed by AP teachers will be available for the AP topics and skills typically taught in the final weeks of each AP course. Watch the videos at youtube.com/user/advancedplacement.
- As a service to students and families, NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Course Registration (2020-2021 School Year):
- Course request sheets and AP contracts that were signed by a parent/guardian can be scanned and emailed to Mrs. Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to do if you struggle over break:
- Resources can be found on the Personal/Social Resources page on our website.
- School Counselors will continue to check email regularly. We are here for all of you!
- Coronavirus Resources:
- Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety (Harvard Medical School)
- 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety (The Conversation)
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 (CDC)
- Complete Mental Health Guide During COVID-19 Pandemic (Peak Resilience)
- Manage Anxiety and Stress (CDC)
- Coronavirus: 8 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health (MHE)
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) issued a memorandum on March 20, 2020, regarding hours and days of instruction for public schools during this closure. Since the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are not public schools or public charter schools (also known as public school academies or PSAs), we follow the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS) guidelines and diocesan calendar standards rather than MDE requirements.
The instruction which Catholic school students are currently receiving through remote learning will be counted, and Catholic schools in the diocese will continue to deliver instruction. We believe it is in the best interest of our students to continue their Catholic education during this unprecedented time.
We are grateful to the teachers, school leaders, boards, and pastors throughout our alliance of Catholic schools whose tireless efforts enable this instruction and maintain a sense of school community. We are grateful also to families for their commitment to Catholic education.
As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us during this time.
Many of our families have been asking about our 2020-2021 school calendar. Here is an abridged version of our calendar for planning purposes.
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
|August||2-9||Fall Sports Dead Week|
|11-12||Senior Gift Days Retreat - Camp Blodgett|
|19||First Day of School (full day)|
|September||4-7||Labor Day Weekend - No School|
|October||1||All A's Walk - 1/2 Day Schedule|
|14||Testing Grades 9-11, 1/2 Day Schedule (No School for 12th grade)|
|15-16||Staff Professional Development - No School|
|November||25-27||Thanksgiving Vacation - No School|
|December||21-31||Christmas Break - No School|
|January||1-3||Christmas Break - No School|
|12-15||Exams - 1/2 days|
|18||Martin Luther King Holiday - No School|
|February||15-16*||Midwinter Break - No School *Possible make-up for snow days, if necessary|
|March||5 OR 12 TBD||Staff Professional Development - No School|
|April||2||Good Friday - No School|
|3-9||Spring Break - No School|
|31||Memorial Day Holiday - No School|
|June||1-4||Exams - 1/2 Days|
A message from the College Board:
In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance from public health organizations, the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT® administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. We will provide refunds to all students who are registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores due to an irregularity.
Our top priority is the health and safety of students and educators.
We will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration and will continue to assess its status.
Same great event, new date! Our annual Celebrate West! Auction has been moved to June 10, 2020. We look forward to celebrating with you! Be ready for Billy K's Polish-style dinner, raffles, prizes, a live auction, and our traditional Champagne toast. You won't want to miss this fun event! Visit grssc.ejoinme.org/CelebrateWest2020 to register.
As you are aware, Michigan schools will be closed for the next three weeks in a proactive attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. During this time, we plan to continue to provide all of our students with a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education by moving to online learning. Online classes begin Monday, March 16. An updated class schedule can be found at grwestcatholic.org/alerts. Both teachers and students have received training to aid in this transition.
Please note that while our campus will be closed, our entire staff will be working to continue to provide appropriate support to all West Catholic families. Do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors or administrators for assistance. Contact information for West Catholic staff members may be found at grwestcatholic.org/directory/staff. If you need technical support for one of your student’s classes, please email email@example.com. Questions regarding specific class information should be directed to your student’s teachers.
Our main office will remain staffed during this time. If you need to enter the building for any reason, please call 616-233-5900 to schedule an appointment. It is important that we are able to monitor the number of individuals in our building at any given time.
West Catholic is working in collaboration with All Saints Academy, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity and St. Anthony of Padua to offer free meals to ALL children under the age of 18 during this extended break. We will provide breakfast and lunch to be picked up at the front of the gymnasium entrance at West Catholic High School from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Vegetarian, gluten-free and peanut-free items are also available. Parents may stop by to pick up meals for their child(ren).