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Upcoming Dates

October 18 – SAN Table
October 22 – NHS Blood Drive
October 22 – Freshman meeting with Jostens during Flex
October 24 – Senor meeting during Flex
October 26 – Parking lot is being paved and striped. No cars allowed in the parking lot.
October 31 – Last day to turn in AP Exam fees
Jostens at Lunch for ordering
November 1 – ½ day of School
End of 1st Quarter;
Top Dog Breakfast
Jostens in 1st Floor Commons before school for ordering
November 5 – FAFSA Workshop
November 9 – BCFAB Craft Show
November 15 – Food Fight Friday

NHS Blood Drive

The National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive with Michigan Blood on Tuesday, October 22 from 7:30am – 2:00pm. The community is welcome to donate. Please enter through the main entrance and sign in at the office.

Driver Education Segment 2

Registration forms are now available. Pick one up in the high school office or download and print from the website. Dates will be Monday, December 2, Tuesday, December 3, and Thursday, December 5. Students must attend all 3 classes to complete Segment 2.

Food Fight Friday

BCHS is proud to partner with Hand2Hand and Fox 17 for Food Fight Friday on November 15th.  Fox 17 will be live at BCHS beginning at 6:00 am. More information as the date approaches! 

BCPRIDE

BC PRIDE would like to thank Plummer's Environmental Services for donating the donuts for the October Donut Day. Plummer's is a locally owned and operated business that believes in supporting community. 

Powderpuff Cancelled

Due to circumstances out of our control, and the continued Health Department concerns over the EEE virus, the 2019 Powderpuff +Kickball Game that was tentatively rescheduled for October 21 has now been cancelled.  We thank you all for your patience, flexibility, cooperation, and understanding regarding the unusual circumstances that have surrounded activities this Fall.  

Craft Show

The Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters invite the entire Bulldog Nation to attend the 2019 Craft Show, at Byron Center High School on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Featuring 245 vendors with their beautiful creations, delicious concessions, and a great opportunity to get started on holiday shopping, while supporting all the fine arts programs in our schools.

Admission to the show is $3 at the door; children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free; additional free parking and a free shuttle are available at Nickels Intermediate School, 8638 Byron Center Avenue SW.

Annual Apple Pie Sale

Thank you to everyone who has been busy selling pies these last few weeks.  Pie sale sheets along with funds are due in the office 10/18 by the end of the school day.  We unfortunately will not be able accept any forms turned in past the deadline.  We will contact the top 2 winners from the pie sales once we have all the forms counted.  Thank you again for all your support!!!  

Class of 2020 parents please look for the email in regards to helping make the pies on the 25th & 26th.  Also, a communication will be going out shortly about upcoming events for the class of 2020 from the BCSAN2020 email.  

Senior all-nighter early registration deadline is coming up, if you would like to take advantage of this, please turn in your all-nighter form by Nov. 1st.  Your student can also bring the registration form to the next Senior table here on Friday 10/18.  If you have any questions please email BCSAN2020@gmail.com.  Thanks again your 2020 Senior all-nighter committee!!! 

FAFSA workshop

The high school counseling office will be hosting a FAFSA workshop on November 5 at 6:30pm in the upstairs commons area.

The purpose of the FAFSA Workshop is to help students and families successfully file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The workshop includes hands-on individual support from a Financial Aid Counselor from GVSU. Students should attend with parents and will need to bring their school laptops. Computers will not be provided. While the FAFSA does contain an IRS retrieval tool, the website recommends gathering the following information ahead of time:

  • Your Social Security number 
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one
  • 2018 Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student:

IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ

Foreign tax return

  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans non education benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  • FAFSA ID for you and for your parent. Link to create the ID  https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

Colleges visiting BCHS

Throughout the school year college representatives visit the high school. This is a great opportunity for students to find out more about a college they may be interested in. Students can sign up to meet with college representatives during their FLEX time. Following are upcoming dates representatives will be at BCHS:

October 22                   Ferris State University, and Douglas J Aveda
October 29                   GRCC and University of Alabama
October 31                   GVSU and Indiana Tech

Kent ISD Career Readiness Events for Students & Parents

TALK & TOUR CAREER SERIES
Designed for students in grades 7-12, these free career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one!  Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace.  Space is limited. Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year. Visit our webpage to register and for the full schedule
Upcoming events:
Public Health Careers @ Kent County Health Department, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:00-7:30PM.
Finance & Accounting Careers @ Plante Moran, Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:00-7:30PM.
Information Technology Careers @ Configura, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:00-7:30PM

PARENTS AS CAREER COACHES (PACC) Workshop
“What am I going to be when I grow up?”  Kent ISD is offering a free workshop on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM to equip parents with talking points, career exploration resources and activities to help guide their student through the challenging process of narrowing down a post-secondary path. Visit our PACC page for information and registration.

Health Careers Immersion Program –  Application opens October 15
Kent County high school seniors interested in exploring health careers during the 2020 Winter semester are invited to apply to the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program.  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience gives students a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Application deadline is December 1 by 5:00 PM.  (Juniors might want to check this out so they can consider participating next year).  Click here for full details and application

DISCOVER MANUFACTURING SCHOLARSHIP! - Application deadline October 31
Discover manufacturing is offering six $500 scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing a manufacturing career in Michigan. The purpose of the scholarship is to support the Discover Manufacturing’s mission: to promote the industry and inspire the next generation of skilled workers in West Michigan.  See attached flier for details.

MEET THE RECRUITERS EVENT (Health Careers)
Planning on a future career in health care, or looking for a job now? Through a moderated panel discussion, recruiters from Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Mary Free Bed, Porter Hills and Metron  will be sharing “insider information” about their hiring processes, along with other job search best practices.  This is a great opportunity to meet recruiters and get your questions answered. All employers are hiring! Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Join us at the Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, GR – Auditorium. Limited space. Please register here.

MiCareerQuest -  Registration opens Wednesday, November 6 at 9:00am
Students can meet with nearly 100 businesses and hundreds of employees from the most in-demand sectors across our region: Manufacturing, Construction, Healthcare and IT. See why this one day has become a must-see event for thousands of students!  This year we’re opening attendance to only those students in grades 7-10. This event sells out VERY quickly, so be sure to put the registration date on the calendar now

You can register your students at micareerquest.org.