Weekly Parent News

Parent News

Upcoming Dates

September 18 – Group B in person
September 21 – Group A in person
September 22 – Group B in person
September 23 – Group A in person
September 24 – Group B in person
September 25 – Group A in person

Parent Teacher Conferences

BCHS is still working through what Parent Teacher Conferences will look like. Due to the details needing to be figured out, we are pushing back the dates of Parent Teacher Conferences to Oct. 26 and 28 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

Safe Campus

In a continual effort to keep our campus safe and secure, we periodically bring in a company we contract with called Interquest. Interquest has dogs that are trained to smell a variety of substances such as drugs, alcohol, gun powder, and more. We do this periodically to keep our campus safe and secure. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to the administration. Thank you!

Hand2Hand

I am very pleased to offer again the Hand2Hand program to all families at Byron Center High School.  This opportunity is being provided through the congregations at South Harbor Church and Woodhaven Reformed which are both located in Byron Center. We would like to give your student the opportunity to participate beginning the week of September 28.

Here’s how Hand2Hand works: Each week, students who are signed up for the program will be able to shop the designated pantry area to receive 10-12 food items each week. We will supply him/her with a specific Byron Center Bulldogs backpack that he/she can use. These food items will be a combination of breakfast, snacks and lunch items. (Please note: if your student has food allergies it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check the contents of the backpack each week to ensure the food doesn’t contain ingredients which could cause an allergic reaction)  To learn more about Hand2Hand, please visit their website: http://h2hkids.org

Many students go through tough times, and we know based on research that adequate nutrition has a positive link for a student’s learning capabilities. If you feel your student or family would benefit from this, please sign the bottom of the Hand2Hand letter, return it to Mrs. Walters in the counseling office by Friday, September 18 and we will make sure your student's name is on our list of distribution. Your response will be kept confidential

Thank you Hand2Hand and all the volunteers for reaching out to our students!

Diversity Newsletter

Diversity is Beautiful in Byron Center. What makes YOU unique, makes US strong! Click on the above link to see the September Diversity News.

J.CREW Shop & Share

Shop J.CREW FACTORY at Tanger Outlet from September 13 - September 27 and a percentage of the sales will be given to BCHS to support the BC PRIDE program.  Spend $100 and save 20% off their already reduced prices. Store hours are 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. 

AP Testing 2020-2021

Last school year, the AP® Program introduced new resources and processes designed to help students earn college credit and placement. We want to remind you of some of the updates

  • Students will register and pay for AP Exams in the fall. 
  • AP Exams will continue to be given in May.  
  • The exam fee is $95 or $53 for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • Students will receive registration forms from their AP teachers this week.
  • Students may turn in registration forms and payment to the Counseling Office starting September 14, 2020 and ending October 30, 2020.  October 30 is the final day to register for spring exams.
  • Students will get personalized feedback through digital tools that provide daily support for every AP classroom. Their teachers will be able to track their performance throughout the year using monthly personal progress checks. 

Learn more at parents.collegeboard.org

Communication Protocol

Education is made up of many people who help to educate our students. For that reason, communication is essential for us to hear and understand each other. The following protocol helps us to make sure that clarity comes before judgement. Most of the time, frustration stems from a misunderstanding or miscommunication. If something does not seem right, this is our protocol to seek clarity first:
1. Student talks to the person in question or counselor. We want to empower our students to talk about something that does not seem right.
2. If that is not possible, or fear takes over for the student, then the parent should communicate directly with the person in question.
3. If that conversation does not help, the parent or student should talk to an administrator (Mr. Joseph, Mrs. Emmons, or Mr. Clophus) We each have areas of expertise, so we will get you to the right administrator.
4. If you have questions on the protocol, you can always contact Mr. Joseph for help or advice.

PASS

BCHS PASS (Parents Assisting Staff & Students) shows appreciation to our staff and helps students as needs arise. If you are interest in helping email your information to bchs.pass@gmail.com. You can also fill out the form that was included in the mailing.

Career Exploration – Kent ISD

Career Chats 2020/2021
Our pilot program was so successful we're launching a great series of Career Chats this year. We will be featuring many professionals from various specialties in the healthcare field for the first several weeks. For our line-up and registration click here. We are still adding dates and speakers so check back often! 
Parents as Career Coaches
Virtual!
October 21, 2020 6:30-8:00PM
This webinar is designed to equip parents with talking points, suggestions and tangible opportunities to help guide their student through the challenging

Talk & Tour Career Series
Virtual!
Our Talk & Tours allow students to get a brief insight into different job clusters allowing them to explore work sites and talk to people who work in the industry. We are currently working with employers as everyone switches over to a virtual format.

Upcoming sessions:
Engineering and Manufacturing: Swoboda
Wednesday, October 14 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)

Health Sciences: Mary Free Bed
Thursday, October 22 (Time TBD)

Information Technology: Atomic Object
Thursday, December 3 (11:00am - 12:00pm)
Click here to register!

P3: Professional Pop-Up Panel
Virtual!
During P3: Professional Pop UP Panel sessions, you will get a chance to meet and chat with Professionals of Color from the fields of Healthcare (Spectrum Health), Cyber Security (WMACT & Millennium Corporation), and Engineering (Progressive AE). You will get an opportunity to get up close and personal with professionals, and get an “inside scoop” into today’s job market. Sessions are 40 minutes speaking with Professionals of Color from various career pathways, and you will gain a better understanding of various industries from the professionals. As Chris Webber stated “You can’t be something until you see it”!
Get more details and register here!