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PDF DocumentParent News April 25, 2019
PDF DocumentSegment 1 Registration Form
PDF DocumentPE Summer School Registration
PDF DocumentCredit Recovery Summer School Registration

Upcoming Dates

April 30 – NHS Blood Drive
May 7 – NSA Senior Luncheon
May 14 – Senior Honors Night
May 17 – Seniors Last Day
May 23 – Graduation 7pm at  Grand Rapids First
May 27 – No School Memorial Day
May 30 – Driver Education Parent Meeting 6pm in Cafeteria
May 30 – Sports Physicals 3-6pm

AP Exams
May 6 – US Government 8am
May 7 – Spanish Lang 8am
May 7 – Physics 1 12pm
May 8 – English Lit 8am
May 9 – Chemistry 8am
May 9 – Psychology 12pm
May 10 – US History 8am
May 10 – Computer Science 12pm
May 13 – Biology 8am
May 14 – Calculus 8am
May 15 – English Lang 8am
May 15 – Macroeconomics 12pm
May 16 – Statistics 12pm
May 17 – Microeconomics 8am

NHS Blood Drive

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

Summer School


Physical Education
Byron Center High School is offering a Physical Education Class this summer. The cost is $150 per student. Students must be current Byron Center High School student to enroll. The Physical Education class will begin June 10 and run until June 28, Monday - Friday. This class will run if enough students register. Location and times are still being determined. PE Summer School Registration form

Credit Recovery
Byron Center High School is offering Summer School for credit recovery. The cost is $125 per student. Students must be current Byron Center High School students to enroll. Credit Recovery (EDGENUITY) is an online program that provides students an opportunity to get back on track and improve their educational standing. Students taking EDGENUITY will be paying for seat time, not per class. Students may take additional credit recovery courses as long as they are completed by July 25, 2019.

EDGENUITY is unique because you will take this class online and will have minimal person-to-person instruction. Students will work on the assigned curriculum independently. Students are required to take tests during the scheduled hours. Credit earned will be credit given on the transcript. Byron Center High School is not obligated to offer summer school. The district offers EDGENUITY as a service to students.

A Mandatory Summer School Credit Recovery Registration is on Tuesday, June 18. Students will stay the entire 2 hours for this day only. Review the EDGENUITY registration form for additional details

During registration students will pick-up computer, log into EDGENUITY and start a lesson, review policies and procedures, and discuss what to do when they get to a test or get stuck.

Driver Education Segment 1

Registration forms are available in the office. The form is also available on the website to download and print. Checks should be payable to BCHS. June sessions are FULL. Both July sessions are still available.

School Policy Updates

We have recently had an increase in questions regarding a couple of school policies and would like to provide some clarification. Please read the following information carefully.

Mr. Hawkins joined our staff which allows us to have an additional presence in the hallways for safety and monitoring. Part of what we have asked him to do is buckle down on the cell phone/earbud use and monitor the hallways during lunch. 

Earbud Use:  Earbuds are considered an electronic device and are only allowed in the morning, at lunch and after school. This has been a policy all year, however, due to limited staffing we have not been as effective as we would like to be at "catching" and "enforcing" this policy on a regular basis.

Hallways (during class time and at lunch):  Students must have a hallway pass/lanyard in order to be in the hallways during class time. During lunch time, unless you have a pass/permission from a teacher, you are expected to stay in the designated areas for lunch (in the cafe and hallway area outside of the main office).

Dress Code:  As the weather gets warmer we always like to send out a friendly reminder regarding appropriate school attire. Please reference the detailed dress code policy below. Highlighted are particular items to play close attention to.

If you have any further questions or concerns, you are always more than welcome to contact any of the administrators in the building. 

Policies reference from the student handbook:  21. Possession of electronic equipment: The school supplies most electronic equipment necessary in school. However, students are encouraged to bring their own electronic devices that may aid in school such as laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones. All electronic devices may only be used or visible in classrooms with teacher permission, or before school, after school, at lunch in the designated area, and during the last 5 minutes of school. Staff members have the right to confiscate the device if the student uses a device inappropriately or at a time not allowed by the teacher or school policy. This includes text messaging. Laser pointers will be considered a violation of this rule. Byron Center High School is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

DRESS CODE:  While fashion changes, the reason for being in school does not. Students are in school to learn. Any fashion (dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Personal expression is permitted within these general guidelines: (1) Student clothing should be neat and clean; (2) student clothing should protect the health of the student; (3) clothing that will damage school property such as cleats, chains, or rivets may not be worn; (4) student dress that is likely to be sensational or distracting to the educational process will not be acceptable; (5) hats, visors, bandanas, and/or hoods are not to be worn in the school; (6) no clothing may be worn that advertises cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, weapons or have any sexual implications; (7) no clothing may be worn that identifies gang affiliation or be worn in a manner that identifies gang affiliation; (8) student clothing is expected to be modest; the following clothing and accessories are not permitted: costume wear, tank tops, tops that expose the midriff, backless tops with strings, halter tops, tube tops, low cut shirts, short shorts or short skirts (fingertip length), exposed undergarments (shirts must cover the shoulders), ripped clothing above fingertip length, pajamas and/or slippers, blankets, and studded jewelry. No sagging of the pants. Shoes must be worn at all times in school. Leggings/yoga pants need to be paired with long shirts that cover to the thigh area. Parents will be called to bring proper clothing for the student to wear or the student will be sent home. Persistent dress code violations will be considered insubordination.

Sports Physicals

Any athlete who plans to participate in sports for the 2019-2020 school year for grades 6-12 is required to have a Sports Physical. The physical must be dated on or after April 15, 2019. BCHS will have a doctor available on Thursday, May 30 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. The cost is $20 cash only.  

Food Service Subs

BCPS is growing and we are in need of more Food Service Subs.  Please consider joining our fun, flexible, fast-paced team. This is a part-time/seasonal position. Receive paid training.  Please contact Kerri Saltzgaber at 616-878-6115 or ksaltzgaber@bcpsk12.net for more information.  

Job Board

Many businesses In the Byron Center area are looking for part-time, temporary and full-time employees. The businesses listed on the job board want to hire within our community. If you or your student are looking for employment opportunities take a look at the BCHS Job Board.

BC pride

Thank you to the following businesses who are sponsoring our BC PRIDE Program for the month of April.

Freedom Physical Therapy.

PRIDE stands for Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discovery, and Excellence. We want each student to have PRIDE and if they accomplish this, there are rewards that follow.  If you need more information or know of a business that may be interested in sponsoring BC PRIDE, please contact Donna Hogoboom at dhogoboom@bcpsk12.net.

Kent ISD Career Readiness Events for Students & Parents

HEALTH CAREERS IMMERSION (Internship) PROGRAM – Deadline May 1, 2019
Current Kent County high school Juniors interested in exploring health careers during the 2019 Fall Semester/Trimester are invited to apply for the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program.  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience is open to all Kent County high school seniors. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Click here for full details and application.

MICHIGAN CONSTRUCTION CAREERS DAYS  - Hands-On Construction Career Exploration
May 1 & 2, 2019 at the Operating Engineers Career Center in Howell, MI 
Educators are invited to register their students for this important educational experience, where students will have a chance to explore a variety of career opportunities available in the skilled trades. Use real tools, real equipment and materials while working alongside industry professionals.
Sign up at http://michiganccd.com/ or call 248-979-1473

SUMMER PROGRAMS 2019
The Career Readiness Team has assembled a comprehensive list of West Michigan area SUMMER CAMPS.  Camps are a great way to help young people learn more about their interests, values, and skills – all important pieces of the career development process. Camps cover ages 4 -18.  Many offer scholarships and several offer transportation support as well.   **Please note: This spreadsheet is still being updated. Current information is marked in green.

CAREER/FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR
May 8th, from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM at Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids. This free community all-encompassing event will provide services and support for students, and their families. Resources support categories includes; housing, children & youth mental health support, education, senior services, on the spot interviews, veterans services, and a plethora of other resources for students, and families. For more information please contact Alicia at fiedrecruitergr@forgestaff.co