Announcements 2-6-2018


What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
Joseph Addison 

On this day – February 6, 1952, Elizabeth becomes queen.  After a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham. Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II at age 27.

Research Project – Do you have clothes that are faded, ripped, holey, or overall unwanted? Don’t throw them away! Senior Lauren Straub will be collecting used and damaged clothing/socks for her AP Research project. Bring in your items to the second floor of the Student Center where there will be a labeled collection bin. The clothing items you bring in will be taken to be recycled into new fiber, preventing landfill buildup. The goal of her research is to find effective ways to reduce clothing-induced landfill waste in Grand Rapids.

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 – 1:15 pm 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 on Athletic 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.

Fall All Conference Pictures are available for pick up in CC Athletic Office.  Please stop in at your earliest convenience to pick up your photos.

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

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

Guidance Announcements

KCTC – Current Sophomores & Juniors interested in visiting or enrolling in a KCTC class for next school year must meet with their counselor before March 1.  Visits must be scheduled more than a week in advance and have limited spots.  Enrollment has opened at KCTC so your counselor can register you in your first-choice program now.  Certain programs have limited spots or require an extra application.  To check out program information go to

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 the God of New Fire bless you with a passion for truth and love. May this God who has come to set a fire on the earth fill your heart to overflowing with an awareness of your own goodness and an eagerness for the coming of God’s Kingdom all around you. May you embrace wholeheartedly and without reserve the call to claim and proclaim God’s love and compassion for all peoples of the earth. May the God of New Fire bless you. –©Maxine Shonk, OP

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