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April 19, 2018
Driver Education Registration Form

Upcoming Dates

April 26 – BC Jazz Festival
April 27 – Cool Jazz Concert
April 30 - Choir Awards Night
May 7 – 18 AP Exams
May 16 - Senior Honors Night
May 18 - Seniors Last Day
May 24 - Graduation

May 28 – Memorial Day no school

AP Exam Schedule
May 7               Chemistry 8:00am
                          Psychology 12:00pm
May 8               Spanish 8:00am
May 9               English Lit 8:00am
May 10             US Gov’t 8:00am
May 11             US History 8:00am
May 14             Biology 8:00am
May 15             Calculus 8:00am
                          Comp. Sci 12:00pm
May 16             English Lang 8:00am
                          Macro Econ 12:00pm
May 17             Statistics 12:00pm
May 18             Micro Econ 8:00am

Successful Prom 2018

The BCHS Staff, the GR Public Museum Staff, the DJ and the photographers were all very impressed with your kids at the 2018 Junior Senior Prom that happened on Saturday!  Thank you for raising such respectful young people! 

The following is from one of the photographers:

Good Morning!

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to be part of Saturday's prom. I had a great time! I am sending you this email to commend all the students present at prom. They were a great group of individuals. The students were so respectful, polite and fun!! They were a great group! Please commend them, their parents, and staff on my behalf.  Best wishes to all of them.

Driver Education Segment 1

Registration is now open for Segment 1 Driver Education. Download and print the registration form or pick one up from the high school office.

Due to the renovation and construction projects during the summer, driver education will be held at Nickels Intermediate School. Students will enter through east doors. There will be a sign indicating high school entrance.

Students planning on taking driver education need to plan all 3 weeks Instructors need to coordinate drive times around class time, range time, and sharing driver education vehicles. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00pm in the high school cafeteria.

Host a Student from Spain this Summer

Seventy students from Spain are coming for 4 or 6 weeks this summer to practice their (already good) English. The 4-week program is June 27-July 24, and the students attend activities every Tue/Thu out of the Grandville/BC area. The 6-week program is June 28-August 8, and these students do not attend any activities but only live with the host family. Both programs are flexible and students may go on vacation or to summer camp with you. Students come fully insured and with their own spending money. Please contact Christy Tripp at christytripp@sbcglobal.net or call (616) 204-4538 for more information.

Spring Sports Physicals

When:  Thursday, May 31
Time:   3:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: High School Athletic Entrance
Cost:    $20 cash only

Career Exploration 


Do you have seniors who are still determining their post-secondary plans who are hands-on, mechanically inclined, love troubleshooting, building and disassembling things?  I want to make sure you know that Kent County has received a grant from the Talent & Economic Department (TED) to offer an Apprenticeship Readiness Program this summer called Going PRO – this is a free program that can lead to a certificate, journeyman’s card, and/or degree. The Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness program is open to individuals ages 18 -24 (seniors graduating who will turn 18 by June 4thqualify). This pre-apprenticeship program has a focus on skilled trades featuring apprenticeships in machining, mechatronics, tool & die making, and more. This is a multi-faceted training program where participants will attend classes part time while also earning money training with a local employer. 

 We are hosting regional information sessions for ALL interested students, parent/guardians, and educators:

  • Tuesday, April 24Kentwood High School Auditorium, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 26KCTC Auditorium, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

RSVP’s are helpful but not required. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Amy J. Pierce-Danders, Kent Intermediate School District
Career Exploration Coordinator – Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, and Engineering
2930 Knapp Street NE – Grand Rapids, MI 49525
amypierce@kentisd.org  - (616) 447-5691

HEALTH CAREERS IMMERSION PROGRAM – Application deadline is May 1, 2018.
Current Kent County high school juniors interested in exploring health careers during the 2018 Fall semester are invited to apply to the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program.  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience is open to all Kent County high school seniors. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Click here for full details and application.

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.  JUST ADDED: Mary Free Bed  Click here to register and for the remaining 2017/2018 schedule 

INDUSTRY INSIGHT TOURSLocal Industry. Informative Tour. Great Insight.
Kent County High School students are invited to sign up for a 1.5 hour, small group tour on Wednesday, May 2, from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. This tour will give you a sneak peek into a career of interest and spark your desire for more career exploration!  Featured Careers:  Video Game Development, Aero Med Flight Nurse, Supply Chain in Construction, Neonatal Nurse, Surgical Nurse, and Cinema photography/Video. Space is limited. Click here to register and for more information

The Career Readiness Team has assembled a comprehensive list of West Michigan area SUMMER CAMPS. Camps are a great way to help young people learn more about their interests, values, and skills – all important pieces of the career development process. Camps cover ages 4 -18.  Many offer scholarships, and several offer transportation support as well. 

SAN Bus Sign-Up

The senior all night party will be here before we know it!  To make sure everything is set for that evening, there are a few things that need to happen in advance.

Seniors will need to:

1. Sign-up for the bus that they want to ride to the surprise destination.  SAN Parents are doing this so they can be with their friends rather being assigned to a random bus.  Sign-ups will be next Friday, April 27 during lunch. 

2.  There will be an opportunity to swim at the mystery destination. Students need to bring a swimsuit and towel.  Think cinch sack/Meijer plastic bag size. To make things easier for graduation, bags will be collected at graduation rehearsal earlier in the day.  They will drop them off according to the bus that they signed up to ride.  SAN parents will be ready to check these bags in.  Hairdryers & other necessities will be available in the locker rooms, so no need to bring too much.  Please make sure swimsuits cover all of the essentials or they will be asked to put a T-shirt on.

*Remember that SAN Parents will verify that there are no phones or other inappropriate items packed* 

If you somehow students forget to bring the bag to rehearsal, they will have an opportunity to bring it when they check in before leaving for the mystery destination. Looking forward to a great event.

SAN Parents