Weekly Parent News

Parent News

April 20, 2017

Upcoming Dates

April 21 – final day of Refugee Drive
April 22 – Prom at Bridgewater Place
April 23 – LAX for a Cause
April 27 – Jazz Program
April 28 – Electric Car race day at Berlin Raceway
May 1 -12  - AP Exams
May 11 – Senior Class Meeting
May 18 – Seniors Last Day
May 19 - Electric Car race day at Berlin Raceway
May 24 – Senior Honors Night
May 25 – Graduation
May 29 – No School Labor Day
June 7 – Half Day; Exams
June 8 – Half Day; Exams
June 9 – Half Day; Exams – Last Day of School

Refugee Drive

Please help!  In an effort to help ALL people feel welcome, AUA Diversity Club at Byron Center HS is helping a refugee family who recently arrived to Grand Rapids from the Congo.  It is a very large family of a mom, dad, 3 sons (ages 10, 14, and 21) and 4 daughters (ages 7, 15, 15, and 19).  AUA has been to the home and met the family - they are beautiful people with dire needs!  Please sign up HERE so that donations do not get repeated, and please drop off all donations in Mrs. Tripp's office in the library at BCHS by Friday, April 21.  You can e-mail her at ctripp@bcpsk12.net with questions.  Thank you so much for helping us welcome our new neighbors!

BC/MSU Community Lax for a Cause

LET’S SHOW OUR AMAZING BC NATION SUPPORT! There are things in life much more important than sports. Sports has a unique way of bringing us all together and thus enables us to collectively do things greater than what we could do ourselves. Our BC Lacrosse Program is trying to accomplish just this with our GAME FOR A CAUSE coming up on April 23rd. They are choosing to focus their efforts on a disease that no doubt has impacted each and every one of us in some way, Cancer. In fact one of our own is fighting a battle with this disease right now.

Dylan Bussa is a junior at Byron Center High School and a part of our BC Lacrosse Family. Dylan was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer last year and is now going through chemotherapy. He has had a difficult time with the chemo but is continuing to fight each and every day!  Below is information on how to help support the Bussa family. 

BC and MSU is hosting LAX for a Cause on April 23 to honor Dylan. All games and activities will take place at Waddell Field. Admission is $5 or Free if you wear your LAX for a Cause t-shirt. T-shirts are available during lunch Friday, April 20 All proceeds from this day will go to help support the fight against Cancer. Thank you in advance for your support to this cause.

Event and Game schedule
12:00pm – 1:30pm
MSU Youth Clinic (grades 3-8) – hosted by MSU coaches and players
2:00pm – BC JV vs. East Kentwood
4:00pm – BC Varsity vs. Holland
7:00pm – MSU vs. Western Michigan University

Prom 2017

This year, the prom will be hosted at Bridgewater Place, with the theme "A Thousand Lights." The location will be great with free parking, awesome appetizers and desserts, and even carriage rides out front!

Tickets are still on sale for $40 during lunches Friday, April 21. Tickets the day of Prom will be sold for $45.

Jazz Program

Next Thursday, April 27, the Byron Center Jazz Program will be hosting a swing dance at the ROCK on 84th and Byron Center from 6:30-9. The Jazz Band, Jazz Lab, and Byron Center Charter School Jazz Band will provide live music!

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at all three lunches next Monday through Thursday. They will also be available at the door. 

The event is open to everybody, so please bring your friends and family!

Kent County Health Forum: Opioid Awareness for Parents & Guardians

The Kent County Medical Society Alliance in collaboration with Grand Rapids Families against Narcotics, is hosting an educational forum for parents and guardians of middle and high school students on Wednesday, May 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Kent ISD Education Center, Grand Room, 2930 Knapp, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (parking in lot #11).

This forum will focus on prevention of opioid addiction in teenagers. Kent County experts will share their stories and statistics on the epidemic impacting our youth at the local, state, and national level. You will walk away with an understanding of how to keep our Kent County youth safe from this epidemic. Join us prior to the forum at 6:30 p.m. to take part in a prescription drug take back effort facilitated by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. If you are a parent/guardian, you will not want to miss this event! This forum is being offered free of charge.  Questions can be directed to info@kcmsalliance.org.

Summer School

Physical Education
Byron Center High School is offering a Physical Education Class this summer. The cost is $150 per student. Students must be a current Byron Center High School student to enroll. The Physical Education class will begin June 19 and run until July 13. Class will not be in session during the week of July 4. (July 3 - July 6). All 16 days of summer school are mandatory. No pre-approved vacations or notes from parents are allowed beyond 2 absences. Class will begin at 8:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. Students can stop by the guidance office to pick up the PE registration form.

Summer School will also be available for credit recovery. Students must be a current Byron Center High School student to enroll. Credit Recovery (EDGENUITY) is an online program that provides students an opportunity to get back on track and improve their educational standing. Students taking EDGENUITY will be paying for seat time, not per class. Students may take additional credit recovery courses as long as they are completed by July 20, 2017.

Summer school will run Monday – Thursday, June 19–July 20. Class will not be in session the week of July 3–July 7. The cost to enroll is $150.00. Registration forms and contract can be picked up in the guidance office.

Bond Information

See the great video about the importance of the bond passing from a student’s perspective.
Bond Video by Kate Townley
Here are a few bullet points about the bond:

  • Expansions to the High School, Early Childhood Center, and Extracurricular Spaces

  • Secure Entrance Vestibules at Marshall Elementary School and Nickels Intermediate School

  • Redesigned Parking and Drop-Off Zones

  • Replace Outdated Equipment including 

  • Technology, Buses, Food Service Equipment, and the Track Surface

  • Improvements for Long-Term Fiscal Responsibility through District Efficiencies and Planning

**This bond renewal can allow Byron Center Public Schools to generate $68.5 million dollars for district expansion and improvement with a ZERO mill increase for the taxpayers.


The Parent Group (PASS; parents assisting staff & students) is planning a Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon for Thursday, April 27. We need help from other parents to make it a success.
Click on the Volunteer Spot/Sign Up if you are willing to help out: http://signup.com/go/Ct3F8C

Gift Ideas:
1. 80 $10 gift cards to give to the teachers/staff from places, like: Subway, Biggby, Starbucks, Celebration Cinema, BoardWalk Subs, Petes.

2. If any of you have connections to business that may be willing to donate items as gifts

3.  Larger gifts for raffle prizes (create a gift such as a movie night out, or beach chairs/bag/towels, a larger gift cards)

Donations: Non-perishable items can be dropped off anytime the week of April 24-26
Perishable items can be dropped off the morning of Thursday, April 27 between 7:15am-10:30am.

Thank-you for your willingness to be a part of this event.
PASS Committee: Shannon ‘Perry’ Hibschman, Ginney Pratt and Janel Pierson.

Driver Education Segment 1

Registration for Driver Education Segment 1 is now open. Look for registration forms in the high school office or print a copy from the high school website.

June session 9am-11am if FULL.

Health Careers Immersion Program

Current Kent County High school juniors interested in an extended job shadow experience at a hospital or clinical setting are invited to apply to the Health Careers Immersion Program for the Fall 2017 session. This is a 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience for high school seniors. Students rotate throughout hospital and clinic settings.  Registration deadline is May 1, 2017. For more details and application materials visit http://www.kentisdcareerreadiness.com/health-care-internship.html

AP Exam Schedule

May 1    AP Chemistry                                                  8:00am
                AP Psychology                                               12:00pm
May 2    AP Computer Science                                    8:00am
                AP Spanish Language & Culture                 8:00am
                AP Physics 1                                                   12:00pm
May 3    AP English Literature & Composition         8:00am
May 4    AP US Government & Politics                      8:00am
May 5    AP US History                                                 8:00am
May 8    AP Biology                                                       8:00am
May 9    AP Calculus AB & BC                                      8:00am
May 10  AP Language & Composition                       8:00am
                AP Macroeconomics                                    12:00pm
May 11  AP Statistics                                                    12:00pm
May 12  AP Microeconomics                                       8:00am