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Introducing Strong Catholic Families

Attention Parents of Incoming Catholic Central Freshman:

The research on faith and teens cannot be clearer:  Parents matter…a lot!

Catholic Central is inviting all parents of incoming freshman to an evening to gather with other parents and school staff on Friday, June 2, 7 – 9 p.m., at Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. – adjacent to the high school campus).

  • Start Building Community now. Share with other parents and school leaders your hopes, needs and concerns about the faith of your children and how the school can support you in your efforts to instill faith.
  • Explore and assess your own “family faith inventory” and discern steps for growing in faith as a family in the coming year.
  • Discover some practical ideas and tools for family faith growth.

Follow the link for more information SCF_Parent Session Flyer_CCHS

Atención Padres de Estudiantes de Primer Año en Catholic Central:

Las investigaciones sobre la fe y los adolescentes no pueden ser más claras: ¡Los padres importan… y mucho!

A Catholic Central le gustaría invitar a todos los padres de estudiantes de primer año a un encuentro para compartir con otros padres y miembros de la facultad de la escuela el viernes 2 de junio, de 7:00-9:00 PM, en Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. —junto a la escuela secundaria).

  • Empiece a crear una comunidad unida desde ahora. Comparta con otros padres y líderes escolares sus esperanzas, necesidades y preocupaciones acerca de la fe de sus hijos y como la escuela puede ayudarle en su esfuerzo por inculcar la fe.
  • Explore y evalúe su propio “Inventario familiar de Fey discierna los pasos para cultivar la fe como familia en el próximo año escolar.
  • Descubra ideas prácticas y herramientas para crecer en la fe como familia.

Para obtener más información, visite  SCF_Parent Session Flyer_CCHS

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St. Robert High School Service Week

Calling all high school volunteers! St. Robert of Newminster Parish will be holding a High School Service Week July 16-20. Students entering Grades 9-12 and recent graduates are welcome to participate in any of the four following categories:

Music- Students will travel to different homes and sing to residents.

Community Organizations- Work with community organizations around the Grand Rapids area, serving in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, thrift stores, and more.

Canned Food Drive/Pop Can Drive- Collect canned goods and pop cans in the community. Funds and donations will benefit local food pantries.

Liturgical & Youth Ministry Leadership Training- Learn techniques of youth ministry and liturgy. Students will learn about job roles within the church and will help serve at Mass.

For more information or to complete a form, click here. Have questions? Email faithformation@strobertchurch.org .


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Uniform Fitting Day

Uniform Fitting Day- Representatives from FlynnO’Hara Uniforms will be at school to measure students and take uniform orders on Wednesday, May 24 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. They will accept cash/card/check and will ship orders to your home within 7-10 business days with a prepaid return label for exchanges.

Can’t Make it?

Send your student to school with a $75 deposit and an order form completed (link below). Select the items you would like to purchase and representatives will take care of measuring and sizing. A bill will be sent to you within a week and your order will be shipped once the balance is paid in full.

Uniform Order Form

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The Greatest Gift Construction Logistics Plan


Here are some important takeaways about the logistics plan:

  •      Since our current main entry will be behind construction fencing, a new temporary main entrance will be created on the southwest end of campus accessible from Goodrich Street beginning May 18 and will remain until mid-September.  The security camera and buzzer will be relocated to this location as the only entrance point on campus. Temporary signage will be established.
  •      Drop-off and pick-up procedures will continue as normal. There will be no construction deliveries during student drop-off or pick-up times. However, if a parent drops off a student, it is necessary s/he exit the car once it comes to a stop on Goodrich St.  In order to keep traffic moving, we discourage people from inching up to the closest point of the new temporary main entrance to prevent issues on Division Ave.
  •      Student, staff, and guest parking should not be a problem for the remainder of the school year since the Class of 2017 will no longer occupy campus.  NOTE: Sophomores during the 2017-18 school year are prohibited from parking on campus until further notice.   
  •      Students will not be able to transition between the Main and North buildings through the cafeteria or the central grotto area for the remainder of the school year.    They will transition between buildings in a counterclockwise manner.   On the west side of campus, please know that brick columns, landscaping, and approximately 40 feet separate the area students walk from the public sidewalk on Division Ave.  We will position our security guard in this area during student passing times to ensure their safety between classes. Also, we are increasing passing time between classes by an additional minute to accommodate this disruption.
  •      Hot lunch is still available and students will be able to eat on the west side of the cafeteria.  A temporary wall will be constructed within the cafeteria so crews can continue their work on the cafeteria’s east side.
  •      Aside from the temporary wall constructed within the cafeteria, only external work will be taking place for the remainder of the 2016-17 academic year.
  •      We are reviewing this plan and other details with the student body on May 17.

The Greatest Gift Construction Timeline

  • May 17th – Rockford Construction starts mobilization to CC and establishes temporary fencing
  • May 18th – Temporary fencing up and new temporary entrance used
  • May 23rd  – Exterior demolition of the east side of the cafeteria
  • May 31st  – The Greatest Gift Construction Kick-Off Celebration, 4:00p.m. – All are welcome!
  • June 12th  – Interior demolition begins
  • August 25th – Phase 1 Complete: Interior construction of the Main Office, Guidance Office, Advancement Office, Student Support Services, 3rd floor classroom, library conference room, 1st floor conference room, kitchen/serving area, and ground level of the Student Center.
  • September 18th – Phase 2 Complete: New school entrance and 2nd story of the Student Center
  • December 19th – Phase 3 Complete:  STEAM Center  
  • March 23rd – Phase 4 Complete: 4th and 5th floor classroom renovations
  • May 5th  – All exterior landscape complete

To learn more about The Greatest Gift campaign, click here 

***Please direct any of your questions or concerns to Todd Kolster, Director of Facilities (toddkolster@grcatholiccentral.org) or Principal Greg Deja (gregdeja@grcatholiccentral.org).  A similar memo of this nature will be shared later this summer detailing the state of the construction and any implications for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.


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Congratulations Capella Choir

Congratulations to the Capella Choir who earned an Excellent (Division I) rating at the State Choral Festival in Holland, MI on May 4. The choir achieved a very high score which places them in the top tier of choirs within the State of Michigan. Congratulations to the singers who continue the long tradition of choral excellence for our school! Well done!!

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Science Teacher (Long-Term Substitute)

Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan is seeking a long-term substitute teacher to teach Honors and AP Biology courses for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

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.   Since being established, over 20,000 students have graduated, many of whom still serve our community today.   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.

Science Department:

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, students will develop an understanding of what science is, what science can and cannot do, and how science contributes to the culture of our society. Through a “minds-on,” experiential approach, students will become familiar with modes of scientific inquiry, rules of evidence, ways of formulating questions, and strategies for explanations. Students will practice applying both moral and ethical principles when evaluating advances in technology, the role of science in society, and personal decision-making.


  • A. in Education and/or Science-related field
  • Teacher certification in Life Science-related field (DA or DX) preferred
  • Previous teaching experience preferred

Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of introduction, and 3 professional references to:

Lisa Doyle, Administrative Assistant

Catholic Central High School

319 Sheldon Blvd. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

E-mail: lisadoyle@grcatholiccentral.org

Deadline:  Review of applicants will begin immediately.

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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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