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GRCHS Home Bulletin News — May 10, 2022

High School News

2022-23 GRCS District Calendar

Click here to see the 2022-23 GRCS district calendar! (Click on the District Family Calendar tab).

Class of 2022 🎓

Cap and gown orders were distributed to students last month. If your student did not pick theirs up, please remind them to come to the office to get them. 

Graduation is May 24 at Calvary Church at 8:00 pm. Graduation tickets and info were mailed to households. Each household received 6 tickets with details on how to request additional tickets if you need them. 

Info about the Senior All Night Party was emailed to you. You can still sign up — we hope to see all our Seniors there! We also need chaperones!

GRCHS Choir Concert Tonight!

We have a huge variety of music we are excited to present. Come hear classical, Motown, Barbershop, cultural, and gospel tunes to celebrate our fabulous year! We hope you can join us at 7:30pm at the DeVos Center for Arts and worship. 

Band and Orchestra Concert

You are invited to attend the final GRCHS Band and Orchestra Concert being held on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 at the GRCHS Center for Arts and Worship. We will be featuring the Sinfonia and Symphony Strings Orchestras, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Band. It will be a great night of music and a special night to honor our Seniors. Hope to see you there!

AP Testing

AP tests go through May 11. Late tests are being scheduled May 18-20 for students who qualify. If you have a student taking AP exams, please check your email for full details. It is important that students know their start times and what they should bring and not bring to the exam. If you have questions about this, contact Laura Rhodes (lrhodes@grcs.org).

2022 Native Plant Sale 🌱

This year we looked at the good of creating small patches of Native Plants that are loved by bees and butterflies and other pollinators. We humans seem to like sterile lawns. Perhaps we should spend some time thinking about what solitary bees find attractive and adjust our tastes accordingly. We purchased seeds recommended by the Xerces Society so we have what we are marketing as “Pollinator Pots.”  Basically a grab bag of good flowers (and a few grasses) for pollinators. More info about plants and pricing here. Contact Larry Borst with questions lborst@grcs.org.

Can you share $5 for a great cause?

A small gift can go a long way in Kenya! Will you help us support our school’s global mission partner: The Kakuma Refugee School? Would you consider donating $5 (or more) to support a Kenyan refugee school? We will partner with Isaiah Luk, an 11th grader, and his family ministry. Isaiah’s dad, Simon Luk, was a former resident at the camp and he has a passion to help students at the camp succeed in their academics. Your donation will help to purchase much-needed supplies for the school. Previous donations have helped purchase computers, desks, and books.

Let’s see what we can do to help this year! Thank you for considering a gift to support this ministry: www.grcs.org/kakuma.

Covid Testing

We still offer voluntary Covid testing here at the high school. Please use this form to request a covid test: Covid Test Request

Please have your student arrive at school by 8:00 am (M/W/F) or 7:30 am (T/TH). Covid testing is done in the athletics office or the Quest Center Lobby, depending on demand. Students should report to the athletics office where they will be directed to the testing location. It is the responsibility of the student to come for a test. 

Host Families Needed

We are delighted to be welcoming a number of students (from at least 10 countries) to GRCS next year. These young people are coming for 1 semester, 1 year, or, for some of them, multiple years, and each of them is excited to live with American families while at GRCS. Would your family consider this adventure in hospitality? And, if you have neighbors or friends who might want to open their homes in this way, please direct inquiries to Joelle Williams at jwilliams@grcs.org or 616-574-5652. GRCS host families receive training, a generous stipend, and support throughout the school year. 

Celebrating Mrs. Baker

After 30 years of teaching, Mrs. Tamara Baker, our middle school Library Media Specialist is retiring! Come and help us Celebrate!

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022
  • 6:30 pm
  • GRCMS Learning Commons

This will also be the unveiling of our mural project that the students worked on with Mr. Joel Schoon–Tanis. He will be around to talk about the creation of our school mural and how all students participated by integrating our Portrait of a Graduate characteristics. 

Mrs. Jongsma is Retiring 

Join us in celebrating Linda Jongsma's upcoming retirement! Please send notes or cards of appreciation and congratulations for Linda's wonderful years of teaching PE at GRCS to the GRCES Iroquois campus at 1050 Iroquois Dr. GR 49506.

Service Academy Information Night

Congressman Peter Meijer is hosting a Service Academy Information Night on Monday, May 23, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. This is an evening for interested students and their parents to learn more about our nation’s service academies and the process of applying for an academy nomination and appointment.

Representatives from all five service academies have been invited. Each will give a short presentation at the event. Information tables will be available as well. The offices of U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have also been invited to participate.

Students at all grade levels with any interest in a service academy education are encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Ungrey, Deputy District Director, Office of Congressman Peter Meijer (MI-03) via email at jennifer.ungrey@mail.house.gov or by phone at (616) 451-8383.


From the Counseling Department

Please visit the Counseling Department web page 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.

Upcoming Saturday ACT dates:

  • June 11, 2022
  • Late registration deadline is May 20th
  • See ACTstudent.org to register. 
  • July 16, 2022
  • Registration deadline is June 17th
  • See ACTstudent.org to register. 

Upcoming Saturday SAT and SAT Subject Test dates: 

  • June 4, 2022
  • Late registration deadline May 25.
  • Register at collegeboard.org.

From the Athletics Department

Sports Physicals

Current 8th-11th graders planning to play sports at Grand Rapids Christian High School in 2022-23 school year need to have an MHSAA physical form on file with the high school athletic office before they are allowed to participate. A valid physical for 2022-23 must be completed any time after April 15, 2022. You may turn in the completed physical to the GRCHS athletic office by mail or email (to cgroendyk@grcs.org) as soon as you finish it, even if it is before the end of this school year or during the summer. You may print out a physical form here. 

This form must be completed with all signatures in order to participate in sports at GRCHS. You may attach your doctor's office physical form for the doctor portion of this form but the parent portion and all signatures need to be completed on this form. 

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