Weekly Parent News

Parent News

November 16, 2017

Upcoming Dates

November 22-24 – No School
Thanksgiving Break
November 27, 28 & 30 – Driver Education Segment 2
December 4 – NHS Induction
December 11 & 12 – Artastic
December 25 – January 3 Holiday Break
January 4 – School resumes

Flex Time

As we strive to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all individual students, we recognize that more time is needed within the school day to work one on one with students.  Whether that means re-teaching an Algebra lesson to a small group, allowing a student to make up a test from a date they were absent, giving the clarinet section of the band time to get that piece of music just right, or lots of other options; we see the need to provide time during the school day to work with students.  

Beginning the week of December 4, the High School will be having an alternate class schedule three days a week in order to implement a Flex Time program.  The start time and end time of the school day will not be different.

Flex time is primarily an intervention program. Time is reserved during the school day to provide intervention and/or enrichment as needed to every student. Flex time will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for 25 minutes between 5th and 6th hour.  All students must attend a Flex offering.  Students who are not requested by one of their teachers to a specific Flex offering will have a choice of which option they wish to attend.  

If you have any questions about Flex Time, please contact Mr. Dykhouse in the main office.  

Thank you – Bite Cancer

The Bite Cancer Foundation would like to extend a huge “Thank You” to all who participated during the Bite Cancer Game week festivities.  We are truly grateful not only for your generosity in contributing to the foundation - helping to raise over $27,000 -, but also your passion and enthusiasm in sharing in the foundation’s mission.  It was an emotional and empowering week for all.

If you are aware of someone in the Byron Center community that is presently on a ‘cancer journey’ please:

Visit www.bitecancerfoundation.com click on “Join the Bite” and select “Apply for Assistance”.  Complete and Submit the form.
Email the bitecancerfoundation@gmail.com and we will begin the process for assistance.

Hockey Season Opener

Come out and support the Hockey team this weekend. Friday November 17 vs Grand Haven at 6:00 pm at Lakeshore Ice Arena.
Season Home Opener is Saturday November 18 vs East Grand Rapids at 4:30 pm at Southside Ice Arena

School Pride Night Wear your school colors.  T-shirt give away in student section.

Free admission for all BC, South & Wayland students with valid student ID.

Order BC Gear for the Holidays

Go to www.victoryapparel.org/teamsales to see a detailed product description and to place your online order for BC apparel. All orders are due by Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Order Online
Team Password: BULLDOGXMAS
BC Gear Flyer

Ski/snowboard club card

It is time again to purchase your ski/snowboard club cards for the 2017-18 ski/snowboard season. Club cards cost $16 this year. The club card offers you discount prices on lift tickets and rentals for the whole season. The card pays for itself in savings after just 2 uses. Club cards can be used any night of the week, or after 3:00pm on weekends and holiday periods. Please be aware that Byron Center Public Schools will not be providing transportation. It is the responsibility of the members to arrange their own transportation to and from Bittersweet.

Please be sure to read through the Ski Club 17-18 information sheet, as this will answer most of your questions. Information and applications can be found on the BCHS website

High School Students can turn money and completed forms in to the HS office. Contact Mr. Cotts at 878-6842 or stop in room 419 for more information.

No parent news next week

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, Parent News will not be going out on November 23, 2017.

Upcoming Events

U.S. Representative Justin Amash has scheduled his Service Academy Night for Monday, November 20, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. This is an evening for students and their parents to learn more about our nation’s service academies and the process for applying for an academy nomination and appointment.

Liaison officers from all five service academies have been invited. Each will make a short presentation at the event and will have information tables set up. The offices of U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have been invited to participate. Connie Giarmo, staff of Representative Amash, will briefly highlight the congressional nomination process and will be available to answer questions, along with the Academy Representatives.

Students at all grade levels with any interest in an academy education should attend. The event will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. free parking at the Museum is available.

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.  Click here to register and for the complete 2017/2018 schedule

Tuesday, November 21st  - Health Careers @ Kent County Health Department
Featured careers: Medical Technologist, Dietician, Animal Control Officer, Public Health Educator, and Public Health Nurse

Tuesday,  December 5th – Engineering and Architecture @ Progressive A&E
Featured careers: Architect, Mechanical Engineer, Interior Designer, and Civil Engineer

MEET THE RECRUITERS EVENT – for students interested in working in healthcare
Planning on a future career in health care? This is your chance to get “insider information” on the job search process directly from local hospital recruiters!  Come learn how you can set yourself up for success.  The format will be a moderated panel-discussion with an opportunity for your questions. All facilities are hiring! Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Held at the Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, GR – Auditorium. RSVP is required.  Click here.

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, December 6, 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: Neonatal Nurse, Website Development, Video Game Designer and Finance. Space is limited. Click here to register and for more information.