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Program Effectiveness Survey

Parent Input Requested – An important part of our efforts to continually improve is to gather parent feedback via a brief Program Effectiveness Survey. We greatly value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This survey is available in both English and Spanish.  Survey deadline is April 30.

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Position Open – Instructional Technology Specialist

Position Title:                       Instructional Technology Specialist

Reports To:                            Diocese of Grand Rapids Director of Educational Technology

                                                    Catholic Central High School Administration

Education:                              Minimum BA in Education

Hours and FLSA Status:    Full-time, exempt


About Catholic Central High School:

Catholic Central High School is rich in both history and tradition. Founded in 1906 by Bishop Henry Richter and the Dominican Sisters, it is the oldest Catholic, coeducational, diocesan high school in the U.S. It draws and benefits from a culturally diverse student body of 645 students, grades 9-12.   In its 110-year history, Catholic Central has maintained its mission to challenge students to know and love God, seek knowledge and truth, respect the dignity of each person, and contribute to society through leadership and service.


Job Summary:

The Instructional Technology Specialist is responsible for creating and implementing sustainable systems that support the effective integration of technology in support of instructional and co-curricular goals with a heavy emphasis on 1:1 device application. The ideal candidate must possess an exceptional understanding of current methodology and practice for implementing technology in alignment with diocesan curriculum standards and school program goals. They also demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, both written and verbal with the ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with teachers, administrators, and diocesan staff in order to increase student achievement.


Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinates technology integration aligned with curriculum, including: analyzing needs, identifying resources and solutions, facilitating lesson planning, and mentoring, training and supporting technology integration
  • Fosters staff collaboration and models effective use of appropriate technology.
  • Develops systems to leverage instructional technology to support instructional initiatives with a focus on student outcomes in coordination with Director of Educational Technology.
  • Designs, develops and delivers efficient and scalable programs promoting  technology professional development aligned with curriculum standards.
  • Works with/across Catholic Secondary Schools departments as needed to promote and coordinate the use of instructional technology with other initiatives.
  • Participates in technology and instructional meetings, committees and workgroups as needed.
  • Monitors innovations in instructional technology including devices and instructional methods, in order to identify future instructional technology needs.
  • Assists with creation, evaluation, and implementation of diocesan/school technology planning.
  • Coordinates and develops online and distance learning opportunities as needed.
  • Creates and maintains documentation related to instructional technology support processes.
  • Assists in the evaluation and monitoring of content filter settings.
  • Understands and follows FERPA, CIPA and COPPA guidelines.
  • Collaborates with Technology team on projects and in the creation of technology training and tutorial materials.
  • Assists in on-boarding new students and staff with regard to technology systems and devices.
  • Manages school technology budget in collaboration with building/Diocesan administration.
  • Supports integration of SIS and LMS in collaboration with Diocesan staff.
  • Collaborates with Diocesan Director of Educational Technology and technology team to meet student, staff, community, and building needs.
  • Actively participates in local, regional, state, and national technology professional organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Performance Characteristics:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, both written and verbal with the ability to break down complex, technical language and communicate it in a manner that the general staff can comprehend.
  • Must possess an exceptional understanding of computer hardware, operating systems, and internet services to identify and resolve technical issues for school staff.
  • Desire to work in a school setting and interact with young adults and staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a commitment to teamwork
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to handle several tasks at one time



  • Practicing Catholic preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Experience in Adult Professional Development /Training
  • Experience in technology integration in an educational setting



Review of applicants will begin immediately. The identified candidate will ideally gain familiarity with existing operations in mid-June before assuming the full time position in July.


Qualified candidates should submit a letter expressing interest in serving as the Instructional Technology Specialist at Catholic Central High School, as well as a professional resume with contact information for at least two professional references to:


Lisa Doyle, Administrative Assistant

Catholic Central High School

319 Sheldon Blvd. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


E-mail: lisadoyle@grcatholiccentral.org

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Catholic Central Summer Programs

It’s hard to believe that we are already gearing up for this school year coming to close! With only a few more months remaining, it’s time to start planning for the summer. Over the course of summer 2017, Catholic Central is offering a number of summer programs. These programs include a number of academic programs in reading, math, health, economics and babysitter training. Courses are available to students ranging from grades 7-12.

Click Here for a complete list of all programs and for a printable registration form

Enrolling in one of these courses is a fantastic learning opportunity that prepares students for future courses and keeps their minds sharp over the warm summer months. We’re hoping to see your child this summer!

Early registration deadline:  Friday, April 28th.  Courses fill up quickly, so please mail in your  registration by the early deadline to receive a $5.00 discount for each course.

Final Deadline is Monday, May 15th.

If you have questions about our summer programming, please contact our Admissions Director, Jackie Stetson at 616-233-5802 or via email at jackiestetson@grcatholiccentral.org

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In Memory of Jared Pilczuk

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we mourn the death of one of our students, 18-year-old senior, Jared Pilczuk. Please join us in remembering this great young man and praying for his family during this difficult time.

Jared Pilczuk

Lord God,
source and destiny of our lives,
in your loving providence
you gave us Jared
to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.
Now you have called him to yourself.

As we grieve over the loss of one so young,
we seek to understand your purpose.

Draw him to yourself
and give him full stature in Christ.
May he stand with all the angels and saints,
who know your love and praise your saving will.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Romans 14: 7-8

7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Jared’s beautiful, self-less life will be celebrated with a visitation from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. A scripture service will immediately follow visitation at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Tony Russo at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at OLC Catholic Church. A one-hour visitation will be held at church prior to Mass, beginning at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Our Lady of Consolation Education Foundation or the Catholic Central Greatest Gift Campaign. 

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Spring 2017 Retreat Catalog

The Office of Campus Ministry strives to make the Dominican charisms of prayer, study, service, and community relevant within the contemporary life of high school students and the larger school community.

Partnering with parishes around the diocese, Campus Ministry would like to promote youth opportunities from our partner parishes as well as offer retreat experiences within our school.  These retreats are optional retreats unless otherwise noted, but are highly encouraged to explore and practice the Dominican charisms that have been the foundation of faith life at Catholic Central.  We hope that this partnership will help to make these charisms not only relevant but also the backbone of the faith life of each student as they grow in relationship with Christ.

Please note registration procedures, costs (if any), and registration deadlines where applicable.

Discover the full Spring Retreat Catalog HERE.  

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Raising Tuition Money For Children in Seguin, Haiti | Lenten Project 2017

As part of our Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are calling on all CC students to participate in providing tuition for a class of students in Seguin, Haiti, partnering with Haiti Needs You. 


Who are we helping?
25 students (who are in 4th Grade right now) have been entrusted to our care. We have been asked to provide tuition assistance for them each year to get them through high school. These students live in a remote mountainous village of Haiti called Seguin. Many of these students walk 2 hours to and from school each day.

What are we doing for them?:
Tuition for these 25 students amounts to $3,000.00. We, at Catholic Central, are planning to raise this amount during Lent. Paying their tuition ensures that these 25 young Catholic children will be given an education and a chance to transform their lives and eventually be able to help transform their village through the power of education.We can do this by having every student bring in only $5.00.

When are we doing this?:
We will spend this Lent collecting at least $5.00 from each CC student in 5th hour classes. The Lenten project will be completed on Holy Thursday, April 13. Any additional money over our goal will go toward the High School Project just beginning in Seguin.

How are we accomplishing our goal?:
Each 5th hour classroom is assigned a student (a photo of the student will be given at the Haiti Kickoff on March 7). Pray for your student each day. Talk with your students about the situation in Haiti and how they want to raise the money. We are challenging each 5th hour class to talk about a class sacrifice, something the class can give up together, then use that money to give to Haiti Needs You. For example, the class can give up fries for Lent and the money they would normally spend on those fries can go to the collection. Talk with your child(ren) about the value of almsgiving and sacrifice. Help them to understand that this project will really help students through education.

All money collected needs to be turned in by Thursday, April 13. Thank you for your partnership on this project as we provide an education to children in Haiti.

Check out the following resources for more information about this project:

Additional Resources
1. Haiti Needs You http://www.haitineedsyou.com
2. Haiti Information http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti
3. Catholic Relief Services http://crs.org/countries/haiti

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Apply for our AP Capstone and Dual Enrollment Programs!

Interested in learning about two college-level learning opportunities at CC?  Our AP Capstone Program and our Aquinas College Dual Enrollment program offer unique opportunities to expand your thinking, explore ideas, and experience college-level learning right on our campus.

The AP Capstone program is open to sophomores through seniors who are curious thinkers, collaborative group members, and dynamic speakers –  or who want to improve these skills through student-led research.  More information on AP Capstone is available here, and the on-line AP Seminar application is due Monday, February 27th.  

The four Aquinas courses we will offer next year, all taught by Aquinas professors on our school’s campus, expand junior and senior elective offerings and provide an opportunity to earn transferable college credit in a Catholic learning environment – before you graduate high school!   More information on our Aquinas Dual Enrollment Program is available here, and completing the on-line Aquinas application is one of the first steps.

Guidance counselors can help you with any questions you have about either program. AP Capstone teachers, Mrs. Marrinan, Dr. Molloseau, Mr. Schrems, and Mrs. Burns, would welcome the chance to talk to you about AP Capstone.

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Position Open – Head Girls Swim Coach

Catholic Central High School Athletic Office

319 Sheldon SE

Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Ph.:  616-233-5805  ~  Fax:  616-233-5873

Catholic Central High School is a 660 student co-ed school, grade 9-12, serving the Grand Rapids metropolitan area for over 100 years.  Over 500 students participate each year in a wide range of sports at top notch facilities.  The Cougars compete in the OK Gold Conference.

Position Summary:  Responsible for planning and implementation of a quality swim program supporting the school mission.  Primary duties include: establishing and maintaining the quality tradition and standard of Catholic Central High School Athletics, providing student-athletes with the knowledge and fundamentals necessary to succeed, financial management of the swim program, planning and execution of summer swim camps; team practice and facility scheduling; and management of all levels of the program.  Additional duties include providing quality faith based experiences within our community; maintaining the high quality up keep of all school facilities; and compliance with OK-Conference and MHSAA policies.

Classification and Salary: The Girls Varsity Head Swim Coach is classified as a “Part-Time Coaching Position”, reporting to the Athletic Director and supervising part-time assistant coaches of all levels.  Salary is negotiable within Catholic Secondary School guidelines.

Applicants:  Submit application, resume and references to Athletic Director, Trevor Hinshaw, Catholic Central High School, 319 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Email: trevorhinshaw@grandrapidscatholiccentral.org

Job posted on 2/9/17 and will remain posted until filled

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WIN BIG in our CASH Raffle; LAUGH BIG at our Bible Bingo Event

YOU could be one of three winners of our CASH raffle! YOU could be one of many winners of funny prizes at our upcoming Bible Bingo production. So many chances to win!

Raffle tickets were mailed to Catholic Central families a few weeks ago and tickets are still available in the main office. Raffle tickets will also be sold at both our Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 production of Bible Bingo, right here at Catholic Central. Tickets are only $20 each! There will be CASH prizes of $3500, $1000, and $500; winners will be announced at the Sunday performance of Bible Bingo.  You do NOT need to be present to win, but it sure is fun to be there to hear your name called.

Buy more raffle tickets to increase your chances to win! All proceeds of the raffle go towards our Cougar Fund for tuition assistance.

** Added Incentive ** For every 5 tickets you sell, your name is entered into a drawing for a $1000 tuition credit at Catholic Central! All the more reason to buy raffle tickets and win big.

Need a laugh? IT’S NOT TOO LATE to purchase tickets for Bible Bingo. Gather your friends and join us; this hilarious production is sure to beat your winter blues. Click here to get your tickets before they sell out! 


If less than 550 raffle tickets are sold, the grand prize will become a 50/50 drawing. 

Questions about our Cash Raffle or our Bible Bingo event? Contact Tressa Brondyke at tressabrondyke@grcatholiccentral.org or at 616-233-5851.

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Bible Bingo is Coming to Catholic Central!

Chicago’s hit Catholic comedy is coming to Catholic Central February 25 & 26—don’t miss out on a night/afternoon of laughs!

From Vicki Quade, co-creator of the hit comedy, Late Nite Catechism, comes a new, interactive hit.

Tickets are just $35 per person! ($15 for students)

Saturday, February 25 @ 7:00 PM is “Adult Night” and tickets include a reception with complimentary adult beverages and snacks.

Sunday, February 26 @ 2:00 PM is “Family Night” and tickets include a reception with complimentary hot chocolate bar and snacks. CASH raffle drawing at conclusion of show (ticket info here!)


The name of the play is Bible Bingo: a comedic performance about fundraising and bingo. You’ll be transported to a city where a parish needs money and the Archdiocese has a new bingo fundraising department. Bring these two together and you have a crazy night of Bible trivia, audience interaction, and the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you’ve ever seen.

Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor for side-splitting entertainment you’ll never forget. And in this interactive bingo show, you’ll actually play bingo and partake in discussions with fellow audience members about everything from Adam & Eve to modern sins.

Experience what Theatre by Numbers calls “Just a good, fun night out. Laughs, trivia, nostalgia. Bingo!” You’ll be laughing so hard, you’ll have to be careful watching your bingo cards!


**No prior Bible or bingo knowledge required to enjoy this hilarious production**


Interested in sponsorships, program ads, or volunteering? Contact Tressa Brondyke at tressabrondyke@grcatholiccentral.org or 616-233-5851.

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