Weekly Parent News

Upcoming Dates

September 28 - Students Half Day - School dismisses at 11:05am
(Office will be closed)
September 30 - KCTC not in session
October 7 - Homecoming Parade & Football Game
October 8 - Homecoming Dance
October 10 - Picture Retakes
October 10 - Parent Teacher Conferences - virtual only
October 12 - Parent Teacher Conferences - in person by appointment
October 12 - FAFSA meeting for parents in VSFAC at 6:30pm

Homecoming Week

Following are the Spirit Days for Homecoming Week October 3-7, 2022
Monday - Celebrity Day
Tuesday - Little Miss/Mister 
Wednesday - On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
Thursday - Iconic Duos
Friday - BC Pride

Homecoming Parade Route
Line-up opens at 4:45pm in the parking lot of First Christian Reformed Church. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 5:30pm starting north onto Prescott Ave. 

Homecoming Dance is 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Homecoming Dance Theme - Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice in Wonderland) 

Homecoming guest forms are available in the main office. If students plant to bring someone who is not a current BCHS student, they will need to complete a guest form and return it to the office by Friday, September 30 at 3:00pm. We will not be faxing or emailing forms, students will need to plan ahead. As a reminder, students are only allowed to bring one guest and they cannot be middle school or over age 20.

Tickets will go on sale during all 3 lunches starting Monday, September 26 - October 7. Cost is $10 per person (cash only). Students must present their student ID to purchase tickets. If students are purchasing a guest ticket, the guest must be approved already. No tickets will be sold at the dance. 

Save a Life Tour

On September 13th, Byron Center High School partnered with "Save A Life Tour" to bring awareness to the impact of distracted driving. The Save A Life Tour utilizes several methods for educating and demonstrating the effects and consequences that are direct results of poor choices and/or decisions made by operators of a motor vehicle. The program places emphasis on driver experience, improper driver behavior, safety restraints, and more. Fox 17 News reported live on Teaching Teens about Distracted Driving. Watch the Interview with Assistant Principal Nathan Clophus

Parent Teacher Conferences

BCHS will be using SchoolBookings.com to schedule parent teacher conferences. All conferences times will be scheduled for 5 minutes. October 10 will be virtual conferences only from 4pm-7pm. October 12 will be face to face in teachers' classrooms from 4pm-7pm. Look for more information in the upcoming weeks on how to schedule using SchoolBookings. 

Student Water Bottles

Our drinking fountains are water filling stations only. Please send your student to school with their own water bottle. If they are missing one, they can check our lost & found. 

NO KCTC September 30

On Friday, September 30, KCTC will not be in session. Students at Byron Center will have two choices. They can choose to attend school during their scheduled time at KCTC and work in the 2nd floor commons area, or they can choose to be at home. If they choose to leave at the end of the day, please call or email the attendance line at 616-878-6619 or bchsattendance@bcpsk12.net 

Senior Information

Cap and Gown Information for Seniors
Jostens met with the senior class on Tuesday, Sept. 20 during FLEX to go over cap and gown information. Students received information on how to order online.

Video DocumentJostens' Video is an overview of the cap & gown information 

Ordering is done online and due by Oct. 14. Each student participating in the graduation ceremony must have a cap, gown, stole and tassel. There is an option to purchase this as a package for $43.25. Cap and gown orders are shipped to the school. Invitations and other items available for purchase, will be shipped to your home. Please contact Pam Gillespie at pgillespie@bcpsk12.net or 616-878-6635, if you have any questions.

If students were unable to attend due to KCTC, KTC, STC, or an absence, they will be able to get the information after the meeting. 

Requesting Transcripts
The following email was sent to Seniors earlier this week:
You will soon receive an email directly from Parchment, asking you to set up your account. Please do so following the instructions in that email exactly. It is not necessary for you to fill in all of the information it asks for- please just skip ahead where you can!

If you have questions, please reach out to Mrs. Valente at bvalente@bcpsk12.net.

With a few exceptions (including the Common App), Parchment is the only way for you to obtain an official transcript for college applications. Please do not email your counselor asking them to send your transcript to a college. These requests can be made right in Parchment.

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for this year's play: A Christmas Carol.  There will be one performance on November 18 at 7 pm and two performances on November 19 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are on sale at VSFAC.COM or at the box office Wednesday-Friday from 12pm-5pm. Tickets are $10 reserved seating until September 30.  After September 30, ticket prices increase to $12. 

Career Exploration 

Career exploration starts with exposure and interaction, and English 12 teachers are working to develop opportunities to show our students what careers exist as they prepare for their next steps in life. We are confident there is a robust array of careers represented right here within our community. To give our students the best real-world career exposure, we need members of our community to participate! 

We are interested in inviting our parents, local employers and other community members interested in supporting this initiative. Find out how you can help!

Counseling Office News 2022-2023


We will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT test on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8am. By taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior, students may meet the requirements to enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. This testing is optional, so there is no penalty for not signing up. All juniors will take the SAT in the spring at no cost. Sign ups begin on Tuesday, Sept 6 in the counseling office. The last day to sign up will be Friday, Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please email Pam Gillespie at pgillespie@bcpsk12.net.

Athletic Schedules