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Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020

​​​​​​​As Gov. Whitmer has unveiled her ​MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap, we are now able to finalize our plans for re-opening West Catholic on August 19. We are required to submit plans to the State Superintendent prior to the start of school for both Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the reopen Michigan plan. We will make the full plan available to you when all details are finalized. We will follow the necessary requirements and work with the Kent County Health Department to form sensible policy, making sure our students, staff and community are safe. And we will continue to provide our students with a cutting-edge, dynamic, excellence-driven education.

Our current plans center around the knowledge that there is no substitute for in-class instruction and human interaction. Yet during this pandemic, we recognize the need to provide flexibility and choice so we can provide an excellent education while protecting the health of each and every student and staff member. We can get through this together! Go to grwestcatholic.org/back-to-school to learn more about our plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

West Catholic has seen great growth in our international student population. That growth continues this coming year! New students mean we need new host families. If you're interested in hosting a full-year international student for West Catholic, please contact Kirsten Herich at kirstenherich@grwestcatholic.org. Due to the pandemic, special considerations will be taken this year to keep families and students safe.

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2020

Get your tickets for the West Catholic Touchdown Club's 2nd Annual Kick-Off Event on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious food, an open bar, raffles and more! That night we will also be honoring Sue Armstrong for her 28 years of dedication to WC Athletics! Check out the event flyer HERE for additional details and to purchase tickets.

Posted on Sunday, July 19, 2020

West Catholic will be following recommendations from the Kent County Health Department in regard to students, staff or community members who have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Please note that these can and may change over time - if so, we will communicate the changes.

Doctors and other health care providers may be giving different advice. The KCHD is working on addressing this. However, we will follow this guidance. For now, here are our requirements based on the KCHD:

  1. If a student, staff member or community member has been diagnosed as positive for COVID-19, they may return to West Catholic and WC activities after 10 days of the onset of symptoms, given that they have been fever-free for 72 hours and their symptoms are improving.
  2. If the diagnosis is asymptomatic, it is 10 days since the test was administered, assuming 72 hours without a fever.
  3. If a family member tests positive, other family members must quarantine for 14 days since the last close contact. Close contact is defined as any period 15 minutes or longer when you are closer than 6 feet with or without a mask. Close contact also includes sharing anything that would put you in direct contact with the infected person's saliva or respiratory droplets - being directly sneezed on or sharing an ice cream cone, for example. Please note that this timeline resets if any additional household members are diagnosed positive.

We are anticipating all of those in the above cases will be in quarantine during the time period prior to their return to campus for the safety of those around them.

We would also like to communicate the following -- For any individual that has spent more than 15 minutes with someone diagnosed positive, closer than 6 feet with or without a mask, we encourage you to quarantine for 14 days since the encounter. You may return to school functions after the 14 days if you remain symptom-free. Household members of a close contact do not need to quarantine.

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Thank you to all those who joined us for our 2020 graduation ceremony! It was truly a wonderful, unique celebration we will never forget. For those who were unable to attend, the event was recorded live and posted to the West Catholic YouTube channel. That video may be viewed HERE. We also invite you to check out our Graduation 2020 playlist. It includes recordings of our honors assembly, graduate speeches, senior gift announcement and more!

Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2020

This year's Falcon Awards Night will be held on October 28, 2020, 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

Additional information regarding Falcon Awards Night registration, sponsorships and more will be announced in the weeks to come.

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thanks to all of our Celebrate West! Auction sponsors, donors and participants! Without your support, we wouldn't have been able to reach and EXCEED our goal of $200,000 for tuition assistance! We feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing community. Thank you!

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2020

If you are planning on being in the West Catholic school building this summer, you will be required to follow the procedures listed below:

1) Stay home if you have a fever (over 100.3 degrees), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

2) When coming to West Catholic, go to this link. Fill out your name and answer the questions in the Google form. There will be QR codes in the main office that you can scan with your phone or an iPad that will bring you directly to the form. If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions, please return home.

3) If you answer "No" to all the questions, you will be allowed to enter the Main Office. Do not use any other entrance. Go directly to the front desk where a temperature check will be administered. If your temperature is below 100.4 degrees, you will be allowed to enter the building.

4) A confidential record of screenings will be maintained to the extent possible by the law.

Please note that these procedures may be adjusted to keep our WC community members safe and are subject to change at any time. We are also in the process of developing a procedure for the fall and will communicate this plan as the 2020-2021 school year approaches.

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2020

The 2020 West Catholic yearbook has been inducted into the Walsworth Publishing Gallery of Excellence. Only a small percentage of yearbooks are inducted into this gallery each year. Books are chosen based on quality demonstration of theme, coverage, design, photography and copy.

"I am so proud of the yearbook staff. Despite having to complete the yearbook while quarantined at home, the staff worked hard and created a phenomenal book," Ms. Critchett, yearbook adviser, said.

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020

Students will be on the Honor Roll if they have earned a grade of B- or higher in each course. Honor Roll is based on quarter grades only. If you have any questions, please contact Lauri Ford, Registrar at 233-5909 or lauriford@grwestcatholic.org.

4th Quarter Honor Roll 2019-20​

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