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Location & Contact Details

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address:

West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Events Calendar

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Weekly Chatter

Interested in receiving a weekly email update about news and events that are occuring at West Catholic High School? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, the Weekly Chatter!

Current Announcements

OFFICE NEWS

Tell the Federal Government to ‘Do No Harm’

The Church’s ministries of healing, education and social services bear witness to Jesus Christ and build up the common good. Church institutions are not mere providers of social services. They are expressions of Christian ministry dedicated to human flourishing. We serve all people, without regard to race, sex, religion or any other status, because God has imbued every person with inherent human dignity. Most Americans understand that mission-driven organizations should be free to operate in accordance with their missions. But a recent rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would prevent Catholic hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities and health care workers from carrying out their work. HHS needs to hear your opinion by October 3! Visit www.usccb.org/do-not-harm to learn more.

Drive Resurfacing

We are planning to resurface our Richmond entrance (R2) next month. This entrance to our campus will be closed from October 7-11 (weather permitting). Work will also be done on the small parking lot near our north field. Please plan to avoid these areas / use another entrance.

Host Families Needed for 3-Week Program This Fall

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming a small group of German students for three weeks in the fall (Oct. 12-Nov. 2)! We invite you to be part of this adventure by serving as a host family! A stipend is available to help offset the cost of hosting. Please contact Leann Garrison ([email protected], 616-233-5938) with any questions or if you are interested in hosting a student.

COUNSELING NEWS

Grand Rapids Christian College Fair

On Monday, September 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Cornerstone University, more than 40 Christian colleges from across the U.S. will be participating in a special college fair. Interested students are encouraged to register for their personalized bar code at findyourchristiancollege.com before attending. During registration, students will learn about colleges that would be a great fit for them. The personalized barcode will also help students stay connected to the colleges that they meet with at the college fair.

U.S. Coast Guard Career Fair

The U.S. Coast Guard is on the hunt for enthusiastic leaders that want to make a meaningful contribution to the service! Those interested in a challenging, yet rewarding career path with the opportunity to learn various trades, experience new and exciting adventures, and travel the U.S. and abroad are invited to attend the U.S. Coast Guard’s career fair. The event is set for Sept. 29 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station. RSVP today!

Financial Aid Night (FAFSA)

Come join us in the MAK on Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. for a presentation on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from Aquinas College. A financial aid representative will be available to answer any questions you may have about the FAFSA. If you would like assistance in completing the FAFSA, schedule an appointment with your school counselor or reach out to any college’s financial aid office to get connected with a representative.

EVENTS

Financial Planning, K-12 & Beyond

It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s future. We invite you to join us at West Catholic in the MAK on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to learn how you can make Catholic education affordable for your family. Anyone considering or currently investing in K-12 Catholic education is invited to attend. Please visit grwestcatholic.org/financial-planning to RSVP.

Experience West Night

Calling all middle school families! Consider West Catholic for your student and join us for Experience West Night on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.! Come learn more about the WC community and see what your family’s experience at West Catholic will be like with your newest Falcon! Visit grwestcatholic.org/admissions to register today.

ACADEMICS

Fall Conferences

Fall parent-teacher conferences are set for Monday, October 3 (6-8:15 p.m.) and Wednesday, October 12 (2-5:30 p.m.) Parents/guardians, if you are interested in setting up an appointment to meet with your student’s teachers, please visit grwestcatholic.org/parent-teacher-conferences for instructions on how to sign up.

National Honor Society

All juniors and seniors who are not already members of the National Honor Society and who have a GPA of at least 3.8 have been informed that they can apply to join NHS. Applications are due by Monday, October 3 at 9 p.m. If you are a student who qualifies and did not get the informational email and link, please contact Mrs. Cortes ([email protected]).

FAITH & SERVICE

Pilgrimage to the Holy Sites of Italy Informational Meeting

If you were unable to attend our first meeting, please be aware that there will be a second informational event on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in the MAK. Before this meeting, we encourage you to visit grwestcatholic.org/pilgrimage to learn more about the trip or email WC parent Jeanne Walch ([email protected]) with any questions.

Christian Service

Students can log in to HelperHelper to learn about and sign up for upcoming service opportunities, including helping disabled members of Rockford’s Equestrian Center enjoy riding therapy with horses, preparing, cooking and eating a meal with members of the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan, and greeting attendees at Grand Rapids Symphony events this fall.

Weekly Mass at West Catholic

As a reminder, community members are welcome to attend our weekly all-school Mass, typically help on Tuesday mornings at 10:20 a.m. in West Catholic’s cafetorium.

Eucharistic Adoration

The St. John Paul II Adoration Chapel is open for adoration Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. when school is in session. All students and family members are invited to adore Christ in the Eucharist. No special requirements, except a willingness to be quiet and reverent in the chapel. For more information, please contact Patricia Kohane ([email protected]), the Parent Guild’s Adoration Ministry Chair.

West Catholic Parent Guild

The WC Parent Guild is a parent-led volunteer organization that provides opportunities to serve our school community and enjoy hospitality and fellowship. Register to stay informed and become involved.

FINE ARTS

ArtPrize 2023

ArtPrize is now open and WC art teacher Lisa Nawrocki has work on display! If you are interested in seeing Mrs. Nawrocki’s painting, head to the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott.

ATHLETICS

Register for BigTeams

West Catholic Athletics recently partnered with its scheduling platform, BigTeams, to help keep important documents organized that student-athletes need to sign or turn in to participate in WC Athletics. With this change, we are asking at least one parent/guardian to create an account and link their account with their student’s so they can electronically sign all documents, upload their physical forms and add their health insurance information in case of emergencies. This system will also allow communications between the athletic department, coaches and athletes.

All WC students have an account. They need to sign in using the instructions provided, add in the rest of their information and link their account to their parent’s or guardian’s account. Again, at least one parent/guardian needs to create an account as well. We ask that you complete this process as soon as possible.

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 pick up their passes in the athletic office. Family, parent and VIP parking passes are also available.

Equestrian

The WC equestrian team is headed to MIHA Regionals! To help with some of the expenses, the team is putting on a pop can drive. Please help support by bringing in your empty pop cans and dropping them off in the blue bin labeled “WC Equestrian Team Pop Can Drive.”

Hockey Fundraiser

The Grand Rapids Christian/West Catholic co-op hockey team’s annual scrap metal drive is back! Bring your scrap metal to Eagle Ice Center (2600 Village Dr. SE) on Friday, Oct. 7 (3-6 p.m.) or Saturday, Oct. 8 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.). Anything from appliances, car parts, car batteries, marine batteries, stainless steel, metal ladders, metal tools, golf clubs, grills, gutters, bicycles, coat hangers, fans… anything that has metal on it, in it or around it! TVs, computer and anything with fuel or chemicals still left in it will NOT be accepted. You may also drop off your scrap metal to any of the PADNOS locations using the account code GRA3360. Questions? Contact Rachel VanSchepen ([email protected]).

Baseball

Boys interested in playing baseball in the spring should fill out this interest form.

Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)

Students interested in playing lacrosse in the spring should fill out this interest form.

STUDENT LIFE

Order Your Yearbook Now

It’s time to order a yearbook for the 2022-2023 school year! Yearbooks can be purchased at yearbookforever.com for $60. Buy it before the price increases on November 1!

Senior Picture Guidelines

Seniors, when you are getting your senior pictures taken, please refer to these requirements and guidelines for the yearbook. The deadline to turn in your senior portrait is Tuesday, November 1, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Critchett at [email protected].

Dress Code for the Week of Sept. 26

Monday – Uniforms
Tuesday – Uniforms
Wednesday – All A’s Incentive Day (see below)
Thursday – Household Shirts (uniform bottoms)
Friday – Spirit Day

All A’s Incentive Day

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, anyone who has brought in $75 or more will receive a FREE dress-down day. Any student who has not brought in $75 or more will have the opportunity to turn in their money Wednesday morning to participate in the dress-down day. Please make sure you stop by the MAK before the morning bell to receive your dress-down day sticker. Any student without a sticker must be in uniform.