Weekly Parent News

Parent News

Welcome Back

We hope you had a great summer. It’s almost August and the building is starting to become busy preparing for the upcoming school year. Student registration packets will be mailed the week of August 12. Please take the time to review all the contents of the packet. There is a lot of information that your student will need for the 2021-2022 school year and for their scheduled student registration day. Registration will be held in the High School cafeteria located at 8500 Burlingame Ave SW. Students should enter using the athletic entrance located on the west end of the building.

Seniors - Wednesday, August 18
9:00am – 11:00am or 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Juniors and Sophomores – Thursday, August 19
9:00am – 11:00am or 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Freshman Smart Start

Plan to drop off your student for Freshman Smart Start on Friday, August 20. Students will attend the entire time going to several sessions to learn how to get involved and be successful in high school. They will get a tour to find their classrooms and become familiar with the high school building.

The Freshman class is a very large class. Based on the numbers we are splitting the groups by alphabet a little differently than previously communicated.

Last Names
A-K      will attend the morning session 8:00am – 11:00am
L-Z       will attend the afternoon session 12:00pm – 3:00pm

New to District Families

Families who are new to the district are welcome to take a tour of the high school starting at 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 17. You will be given a guided tour of the high school and have an opportunity to ask questions. Students should plan to attend their grade level student registration day.

Nurse’s Corner - Medication At School

All meds (Prescription and OTC) must have a medication form on file in order to be dispensed. The form can be downloaded and printed from our website  Please contact Nurse Vander Veen with any questions or concerns. Email: lisavanderveen@bcpsk12.net OR Ph: 616-878-6607.

Schedule Changes

To ensure a smooth registration process, we would like to provide you with information about schedule changes.  Much time and consideration has been given to creating a master schedule that meets the academic needs of the entire student body. We prioritize students’ opportunity to meet graduation requirements, course requests made and confirmed in the spring, and balanced class sizes. Because changes affect the balance of the schedule and teacher assignments, teacher changes and lunch changes cannot be accommodated.  Year-long classes cannot be dropped at the semester. 

Please meet with your counselor during your assigned registration time to adjust your schedule if:

  1.  You are enrolled in fewer than 6 courses each semester.
  2.  You are enrolled in two courses in the same hour of the day.
  3.  You are enrolled in the same course more than once.
  4.  You are enrolled in a course that you have already successfully completed.
  5.  You are enrolled in a course that requires a prerequisite you have not yet taken. 
  6.  You are a senior who is missing a graduation requirement.

If you have a complete schedule that includes six courses, though not necessarily the teachers or hours you would prefer, we consider this to be your FINAL schedule for the duration of the school year. Requests for schedule changes that involve a change in teacher or change in lunch hours will NOT be considered.  

New Phone System

The district installed a new phone system over the summer. Please be patient during the next couple weeks as our staff becomes familiar with the new system. Many extensions have changed. Updates will be made to our phone trees, voicemail extension messages and our staff directory on the website. Following are the most common numbers:

Main High School Office – 616-878-6600
Attendance Line – 616-878-6610
Fax Number – 616-878-6620
Athletics – 616-878-6640
Counseling Office – 616-878-6630

Parent News

Parent News is sent on Thursdays throughout the school year. It is sent through our School Messenger system using the emails we have on file through PowerSchool. If you need to update an email make sure to update it when you fill out the Returning Students information which you will recieve in the student registration packet.
Parent News can also be found on the high school website.