Yesterday, a group of West Catholic students and staff joined together with members of Catholic Central High School for a prayer service and silent march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme of the gathering came from one of Dr. King's speeches to a group of high school students - "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" (See the speech HERE). Those in attendance spent time reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream and learning how our community can grow stronger by standing together in God's love. These young leaders were a true inspiration as they prayed, listened and learned with each other in the hope of creating a better and brighter future for all.
Registration for WC Athletic's Middle School Strength & Performance Camp is now open! This new program is available to 7th- and 8th-grade students and will be led 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. All COVID-19 protocols set by the MHSAA and West Catholic will be followed.
Dates and additional info can be found at bit.ly/2XIZpHh.
*BONUS* Current 8th graders who have applied to West Catholic for the 2021-22 school year can train for FREE!
Lifeology Counseling of Grand Rapids is offering Spring Into Less Stress - a teen group on managing anxiety. Please see the information below or click HERE for more details:
- Who: High school students grades 9-12
- What: A therapy group to learn concrete coping skills to help manage anxieties, big and small
- Where: Online via Zoom; facilitators will send out a link prior to each session
- When: Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. beginning Feb. 16 until March 16
- Why: Teens are experiencing higher levels of anxiety than ever before. Especially after living through a pandemic this last year, we want teens to be equipped with knowledge to help them manage the stressors they encounter.
- Cost: $30 for all 5 weeks - to RSVP for your high schooler, please email email@example.com or call 616-929-0248
As a reminder, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are FREE to students through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity to receive nutritious and delicious meals at no charge. Please contact Dining Services Director Mary Jo Jones with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 233-5923.
This year's Falcon Awards Night will be held on October 27, 2021, at the Kindel Room in the Goei Center. That evening we will be honoring the following members of our Falcon community:
- Business Excellence Award - Joe Maggini
- Alumni Excellence Award - Tom Wesholski
- St. John Paul II Award - Fr. Tom Simons
- Lifetime Achievement Award - Sandy Golembiewski
For more information or to register, click HERE.
ATTENTION SENIORS: It's time to place your order for graduation announcements, senior apparel and more! Jostens is our official provider for caps and gowns and has a variety of other items to help you celebrate your senior year.
ATTENTION FRESHMEN: It's time to place your order for class rings and class jewelry! Jostens is one of our school partners and they have a variety of items to help you celebrate and remember your high school experience.
Jostens will be taking orders a little differently this school year. Check out this video for important information about ordering your class jewelry and about the special free gift for freshmen from your local Jostens Rep Amy.
Click HERE to place your order today.
Each year, West Catholic welcomes a large number of exchange students from countries around the world! Your family can participate in this unique and enriching experience by hosting an international student this school year. Stipends and tuition credits are available to host families. Contact our director of domestic and international admissions, Kirsten Herich, today at email@example.com or 616-233-5920 for more information.
As we begin to enter the darker days of the year, leaving summer and sunshine behind for a while, I have great news to brighten up your day.
Standardized test scores are in and our seniors have earned some of the highest scores that I have seen not only here, but in West Michigan. Seniors averaged 1193 on the SAT, compared to a national average of 1051 in 2020 and a state average of 985 in 2019. Our seniors also performed extremely well on the ACT, which is taken by fewer students, with an average score of 27, compared to the national average of 20.8.
The top 25% of our SAT test-takers earned an average of 1401.77. To put this into perspective, here are the scores typically cited as needed to attend* the following universities:
|Grand Valley State University||1050|
|Western Michigan University||1090|
|Michigan State University||1120|
|Michigan Tech. University||1160|
|University of Michigan||1380|
|University of Notre Dame||1400|
*Other factors, including extracurriculars, leadership experience, service hours and a strong personal story, are considered. Students are admitted with lower scores than those cited if other factors are strong. However, having these scores is no guarantee that a student will be accepted.
It’s no wonder we have so many students applying to Notre Dame and the University of Michigan this year! Congratulations, class of 2021, for a job well done!
Good luck on your college admissions and God bless,
Cynthia Kneibel | President/CEO
The 2020 West Catholic Craft Show has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are planning to move the show to May 1, 2021, in hopes that these restrictions ease by that time.
Vendors are being offered the option to transfer their registration to the May 1 show or use their current registration to hold a spot for our 2021 holiday show (scheduled for December 4, 2021). Vendors may also request a refund of their registration, minus any online fees that may have been paid.
Vendors should fill out THIS FORM to make a choice regarding postponement options.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-233-5965.