Announcements 2-5-2018


What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.
Jawaharlal Nehru 

On this day – February 5, 1883, The Southern Pacific Railroad completes its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California, consolidating its dominance over rail traffic to the Pacific.

Spring Sports Sign-Ups will be held on Thursday, February 15th, during lunch periods.  Coaches will be located on the second floor of the new CC Student Center from 11:30 am – 1:15p m for students to sign-up.   If you’re absent or miss sign-ups, coaches can be reached by email.  Just visit our new Athletic website at, click onAthletic Directory  and all Head Coaches emails are listed for your use.

Interested in AP Capstone? Come and witness the hard work of your peers this Thursday in the Student Center at 5:30 pm.  AP Research and AP Seminar students will be showcasing their poster presentations and Team Multimedia Presentations and teachers will be available for questions. Please join us.

State Championship Cougar Gear will be sold on Friday, February 23rd in the CC Gym lobby from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Visit our NEW Athletic website:

God, the Human Body, and the Meaning of Life & Under Pressure:  Teens Today – Bill Donaghy will speak to teens and parents on Saturday, February 10th, 9:00-11:30AM at West Catholic High School.  Ticket cost is $5 per individual or $20 per family, and are available at  Bill Donaghy is filled with a passion for his faith and dedicated to spreading the joy of the New Evangelization.  He has given hundreds of talks on Catholic Faith to young people throughout the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.  Bill worked for nearly a decade teaching theology at Malvern Preparatory School as well as Immaculata University, while giving talks, retreats, and conferences for the Theology of the Body Institute.  He has given talks and retreats to bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated men and women, and the lay faithful throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.  He and his wife, Rebecca, live just outside of Philadelphia, PA with their four children.

Guidance Announcements

SAT prep class – Math teacher, Bob Koch, will be teaching an SAT prep class on Thursday, February 22nd and Tuesday, February 27th from 3:15-5:00 in room S-124.  This is a two part group tutoring session designed to combat test anxiety, master timed tests, and develop study techniques.  The cost is $65 which includes an SAT prep workbook.  There are some funds available to help defray the cost for students who meet the qualifications for a SAT fee waiver.  Registration forms are available in the Guidance Office and must be returned along with payment by Friday, February 16th.

A variety of career paths will be highlighted throughout Kent ISD’s Talk & Tour Career Series this year. These career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one! Come hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask your career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace. Parents are encouraged to attend! Designed for 7-12 grade students. Spots still available: GR Symphony, Meijer Pharmacy, Cherry Health and more!   Click here to register and for the complete 2017/2018 schedule  Just added: Careers in the field of Mental Health, May 8, 2018

Planning on a future career in health care? This is your chance to get “insider information” on the job search process directly from local hospital recruiters!  Come learn how you can set yourself up for success.  The format will be a moderated panel-discussion with an opportunity for your questions. All facilities are hiring! Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Held at the Kent Career Technical Center,  1655 East Beltline NE, GR – Auditorium. RSVP is required.   Click here.

The Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Police Departments have launched an amazing program called  Pathways to Policing.   It is a 12-week program that happens on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6PM – 8PM where students are immersed with law enforcement.  It is open to students ages 13 – 20 and is completely free (a $5.00 charge to be a BGC member).

Here is some key dates:
·         February 5, 2018 – Kickoff / information session for participants will be held at Boys & Girls Club
·         February 12, 2018 –  Pathways to Policing Program begins

Scholarship detail is available on Naviance’s Family Connection under the Colleges tab.  Listed below are the scholarships currently available:

2/9 – University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids – $3,750
2/22 – Kentwood Women’s Club – $1,000
2/28 – Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship – $3,000
3/1 – Rosa Park – $2,000
3/2 – Mary Jane Dockerary Scholarship – $1,500
3/31 – MSU Black Alumni – $3,500
4/2 – Michigan Retailers Association – $1,000 – $2,000

Testing Dates:
Catholic Central’s High School code is 231-685.


*Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Register by February 9, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Register by April 6, 2018
*Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Register by May 3, 2108

*=test dates offered at Catholic Central High School

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Register by January 12, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Register by March 9, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Register by May 4, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Register by June 15, 2018

PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU –   May you be made holy when you are feeling frustrated and at wit’s end. When words fail your understanding and actions yield no results, may you step away with God for that moment of silence that brings clarity. May you be given the perspective of a broader purpose and a wider vision. May you see as God sees and be redirected toward what is good and true. May the God of Perspective bless you. –©Maxine Shonk, OP

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