High School News
2021-22 GRCS District Calendar
Testing Day This Week Weds
Families of all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students:
- Remember that tomorrow, March 3, all students in grades 9—11 will be taking a grade-level version of the SAT. Each student has received an email with a room assignment and instructions about what to bring (and not bring) to the testing room.
- No electronic devices (other than a calculator) are allowed in the testing rooms as per mandate of the College Board. This includes cell phones, earbuds, etc. If possible, students should leave those devices at home for the day.
- Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 am. Students should plan to arrive at school before 8:25 to be in their rooms by 8:30.
- Dismissal will be at 12:15 pm. Buses will run their regular after-school routes, leaving school at 12:25 pm.
Seniors do not have testing and do not need to report to school.
Next Day COVID Testing Sites Available to Students
The Kent County Health Dept. has opened up testing locations to serve students in any school district in Kent County. If you would like to take advantage of this free testing with next day results for your student, use this link to sign up.
Note: You will need to choose Grand Rapids Public Schools, Wyoming or Sparta locations. Other locations only test their own staff/students.
Virtual Event with Safe Haven Ministries
You are invited to a Zoom webinar:
Date & Time: Mar 22, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: GRCS and Safe Haven Ministries Present Talk Early and Often: Building Blocks of Healthy Friendships and Dating Relationships
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Grand Rapids Christian Schools is pleased to partner with Safe Haven Ministries for a special virtual event, Talk Early and Often: Building Blocks of Healthy Friendships and Dating Relationships.
Join Safe Haven Ministries for a presentation that will help parents and caregivers better understand teen dating relationships and steps they can take to promote healthy friendships and relationships for their children.
Participants will receive tools to help them build confidence in practicing open communication with their children, centered on trust, empathy, and accountability. These values are key components in building and modeling healthy relationships in families and key drivers to preventing intimate partner violence. Throughout the discussion, there will be opportunities for questions and answers from attendees.
Presented by Tara Aday, Director of Prevention, and Maddie Rhoades, Prevention Education Specialist.
Fundraiser for Kakuma Refugee Camp
The Service Branch of Student Congress is hosting a fundraiser to buy books and desks for the library in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northwest Kenya. Students can bring money to their 3rd-hour class from March 8—March 15. Also, parents can send money with their children. Our school goal is $100 per class, but we also hope to exceed that goal! The class that raises the most money in every department will get donuts, and the class that raises the most money overall will earn a pizza party. Thank you for supporting this important cause!
Music Event: Senior Solo Night
Music Event: Our annual Senior Solo Night Concert, featuring the GRCHS Symphony Strings Orchestra and several Senior Soloists will be held on Thursday, March 18 at 7:30pm at the GRCHS CAW. It will be both a livestream and in person event. Audience members will be limited per the Kent County Health Dept. and all guests will be required to wear masks and honor social distancing guidelines. This event is free but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets will be available starting March 8 and the livestream event and ticket information is available on the CAW website at dcaw.org. We hope you can join us for this special event. You will enjoy performances by our amazing students playing great music by Haydn, Sarasate, Bartok, Tchaikovsky and more.
Virtual ←→ In-Person Learning
We are asking that families that wish to make a change in their student’s learning plan (in-person to virtual or vice versa) make a request by 3:00 pm on the Thursday prior to their change. All changes can only take place on Mondays this semester. This notice is necessary so that we can make adjustments in classroom furniture to optimize physical distancing and to prepare for potential contact tracing.
To make a change in your student’s learning plan, contact your child's counselor or program coordinator and they will walk you through the process. Please note that parents/guardians, not students, must make these requests.
If your child is home because of illness or quarantine, they do not need to register as virtual but they may join their classes online if they feel well enough to do so. Please report all illness/absences to our attendance line at 616.574.5521 or email HSattendance@grcs.org.
Please continue to be diligent in monitoring symptoms and in filling out the daily screener! The Health Dept has added a screening question about people in your household waiting for test results. Please use the new updated link texted to you each morning and not the old link as that will result in an error submission on our end.
If you have questions about whether your child should be in school, please call attendance at 616.574.5521.
Spanish Immersion Freshmen
Spanish Immersion Freshmen will be taking the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages® (AAPPL) on Wednesday, March 17. The purpose of this test is to "assess the ability of a candidate to engage in linguistic tasks on topics of personal, social, and academic relevance across the three modes of communication. Each task, such as writing an email message, video-chatting in the target language, or making selections from something heard or read, takes place in the context of the language classroom."
If you have any questions about this assessment, please reach out to Sra. Rodríguez. More information to come soon in your SI class.
Summer Session is an exciting way at Grand Rapids Christian High for students to participate in fun enrichment and immersion activities during the summer and earn high school credit. 9th – 12th grade students can participate in Courses, College Application Essay workshops, SAT and ACT Test Prep workshops, and Drivers Training.
Mr. Lutke's Economics course will no longer be available.
Mr. Diekema's United States Government course will now be available.
Summer Session is June 1-22 (with courses starting June 7), and registration will open March 3 at Noon.
We will be hosting virtual Parent/Teacher conferences on Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9 with time slots from 5:30 pm — 8:30 pm. Check your email for sign up info!
New GRCS Bands Website
Check out our GRCS Bands Website to stay up to date with the latest info and newsletters about our band program!
Adventure Club Ski & Snowboard at Cannonsburg
Join us at Cannonsburg on Thursdays from 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm until the snow melts! Come to meet up with classmates and find others to ski/ride with! All skill levels welcome. You can still purchase discounted passes in Cannonsburg's online store. Be sure to bring a mask or Buff. A full list of rules for Cannonsburg can be found here. Contact Mr. Van Harn if you have any questions!
Yearbook Orders 📷
If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please visit Jostens.com.
From the Counseling Department
Please visit the Counseling Department webpage for the latest information from the GRCHS Counseling Department, including curriculum and class information, ACT and SAT testing information and prep classes, college planning guides, and much more.
The counselors will continue to offer Junior Parent Conferences to Juniors and their Parents through April 2021. The Zoom conference helps students and families prepare for the senior year and applying to colleges. Please contact Jill Anderson at JAnderson@grcs.org to schedule yours today.
Sophomore Coffee Video Coming Soon
Our Virtual Sophomore Video will be sent next week via email. Check out this information about testing and college planning!
Upcoming Saturday ACT dates:
April 17, 2021
Registration deadline of March 12 with late deadline of March 26.
Register at ACTstudent.org
June 12, 2021
Registration deadline of May 7 with late deadline of May 21.
Register at ACTstudent.org
Upcoming Saturday SAT and SAT Subject Test dates:
May 8, 2021
Registration deadline of April 8 with a late deadline of April 27.
Register at collegeboard.org.
June 5, 2021
Registration deadline of May 6 with a late deadline of May26.
Register at collegeboard.org.
From the Athletic Department
Spring Sports Physical Forms
Everyone planning on playing a spring sport this year must have a physical on file in the athletic office before they are allowed to tryout or practice — tryouts begin March 22. A valid physical for 2020-21 is a little different than in years past.
- If your student had a physical on file in the athletic office for 2019-2020, the MHSAA has stated that you are not required to go to the doctor's office for a new physical this year, but must fill out this health questionnaire. Please make sure the entire form is filled out. Completed health questionnaires can be mailed to the high school athletic office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you finish it. Please put the word "Physical" in the subject line of the email.
- If your student did not participate in GRCHS athletics in 2019-2020, they are required to have a physical on file that was completed anytime after April 15, 2020. Print a physical form out by clicking here. Note that in addition to the doctor's portion of the form, there is a medical history section, and there are four places where a parent/guardian signature is required and two where a student's signature is needed. Completed physical forms can be mailed to the high school athletic office or emailed to email@example.com as soon as you finish it, even during the summer. Please put the word "Physical" in the subject line of the email.
Food Service News
Free Meals and Snacks
High School is still offering FREE Breakfast and Lunch each day! Breakfast opens at 7:30 am choose from the following:
- Big Apple Bagel w/ Cream Cheese
- Yogurt Smoothie
- Strawberry yogurt parfait
- Egg, Cheese and Sausage Muffin Sandwich
- Coffee Smoothie
- Cereal, crackers, and other grab-and-go breakfast items.
- All items are served with fruit and milk.
Free Lunch continues each day as well. Pizza Hut PIzza, Grab and Go salads and sandwiches, popular grill items, and our daily chef choice. All served with fruits, vegetables, side salads, and milk. A la carte items are not free such as bottled and canned beverages, cookies, snacks.
Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits
We encourage you to fill out a meal application if you feel you would qualify for Free and Reduced meals. For those of you that received a P-EBT card this past summer — a debit card that offers grocery dollars for each child. USDA passed a second bill to reinstate the program in January for virtual learners. One of the criteria to qualify is to have an application filled out.
Go to lunchapp.com to fill out an application.