Clubs & Organizations
BCHS School Sponsored Clubs
AUA: Accept, Unite, Act
Be nice is a mental health and suicide prevention program with an action plan. When used effectively, the program encourages individuals to challenge themselves and others to seek appropriate professional help when they notice changes in their mental health.
The program includes a four-step action plan to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower individuals to take action when they or someone they know may be experiencing a change in their mental health. Take it a step further, and be nice. The implementation of be nice in schools creates a positive culture and increases mental health referrals and suicide prevention behaviors.
Co-advisor: Mrs. Kalajainen
Code Red Robotics
Code Red Robotics is a competitive robotics team that is part of FIRST Robotics Competition. It is "the ultimate sport for the mind" that provides an opportunity for real world problem solving in a fun atmosphere.
FIRST is an international organization that creates games and runs large sporting event style competitions. From the moment the game is revealed in January, Code Red has six weeks to design, build, wire, program, and drive a robot to play that game. The team competes in 2-3 district events with the goal of making it to the Michigan State Championship and ultimately the World Championship in April!
The team also meets in the fall during the off-season for training and to serve our community by mentoring our elementary and middle school teams and doing robot demonstrations at community events. Code Red is a team for students with all kinds of interests: robot design (CAD), robot building and wiring, programming, creating published materials, creating videos and animations, game strategy and scouting, and robot driving.
Code Red Robotics is for any student who is interested no matter their skill level. We can teach students the skills needed.
For more information, check out our website at www.coderedrobotics.com.
Club Advisor: Mrs. Baas
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.
Organzation Advisor: Mr. DeHaan
Club Advisor: Mr. Diekevers
The members of the German Club learn and celebrate the German language and culture.
Club Advisor: Mrs. Finkbeiner
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Students with a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply for membership when they are sophomores.
Organization Advisor: Mrs. Parrish
Co-advisor: Mrs. Kraker
Pride Pack is a student-led organization to promote school and community pride. Pride Pack members volunteer their time during home sporting events and organize themed events. Applications are available in the Spring for the following school year.
Club Advisor: Mr. Boillat
Co-advisor: Mrs. Ingersoll
Ski & Snowboard Club
Ski & Snowboard Club is a prepaid program in which students get five designated bus trips to Bittersweet Ski Resort to ski or snowboard.
We hope to give students the opportunity to enjoy and learn a lifelong sport while building community with other students in the club.
Club Advisor: Mrs. Robbert
The Spanish Club at Byron Center High School highlights events throughout the year to encourage students to learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Events at the high school include movies in Spanish, salsa dancing lessons, and holiday parties. The Spanish teachers encourage students to travel to Spanish-speaking countries through a company called EF (Education First) tours. Events in the Grand Rapids area are promoted including the Hispanic Festival, Mexican Festival, and Day of the Dead exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Library and Museum.
Club Advisor: Mrs. Showers
Co-advisors: Mr. Domeier
Student Life & Leadership
Student Life & Leadership is a mix of all high school grades who work hard to build a positive culture in our district through event planning, mentoring younger grades, leading peers, and building personal leadership skills through the Leader In Me curriculum from the 7 Habits.
Mission Statement: Student Life & Leadership provides students with an opportunity to become servant leaders whose work connects and shapes the culture of BCPS.
Organization Advisor: Mrs. Klopfenstein
Co-advisor: Mrs. Bower
Club Advisor: Mr. Cotts
BCHS Student-Led Clubs
Student clubs that meet on school grounds must be approved by a building administrator and must meet the following criteria listed below.
Guidelines for Student Clubs:
- All clubs must have at least one professional staff member to serve as an advisor
- The club must be initiated by students
- Student attendance at club meetings is voluntary
- Clubs shall be student-run
- Club meetings may not interfere with the school instructional day
- Nonschool persons shall not conduct or regularly attend meetings
Participation in clubs must be available to all BCHS students and cannot be denied on the basis of a student's gender, religion, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, social or economic status, and/or any other legally protected characteristic.
These protocols are based on BCPS District Policy 5730: Equal Access For Non-District Sponsored, Student Clubs and Activities
Interested in joining a student-led club?
If you are interested in joining one of BCHS's student-led clubs, please contact the main office, 616-678-6600.
Following is a list of student-led clubs BCHS currently has:
- Appreciators of Literature
- Art, Design, & Technology Club
- Environmental Club / Preservation Nation
- Knitting Club
- International Music Appreciation