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GRCHS Morning Announcements Thursday April 29

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AP Testing Next Week

Beginning next week Monday, May 3, and continuing through Monday, May 17, there will be no bells or "tones" of any kind during the school day. This is due to AP testing which requires no distractions. Please cooperate with your teachers to be in your classroom on time and remain until the usual dismissal time. Your cooperation is appreciated!

Music News

Congratulations to the following Orchestra students who received the Outstanding Performance award coming out of the MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) Virtual State Solo and Ensemble Festival held in March. The honored students are Julia LaGrand, Cara Wunder, Liz Parker, Matthew Chen and Noah Chun. From over 5,000 entries state-wide, this group received this distinction for their performance of a Schubert Quintet and Julia, Cara and Matthew also received the honor for their solo performances.  It is a huge honor to receive this recognition and we thank you for your hard work and for representing our school at this prestigious event.

School Lunch 🥙

  • Thursday: hot Italian subs, crinkle fries, fruit
  • Friday: Fredo Friday


Activities & Clubs

World Language Week activities

Thursday: Scavenger hunt 

Pick up a handout from any language teacher. Available by 8:15am and due by 3:00pm. Turn in your completed handout to be entered in a raffle!

Friday: Share your story (in your native language)

Look for Focus Time sessions set up by language teachers to hear students tell their stories in their native language. If you attend one of the FT sessions, your name will be entered in a raffle!


This Friday is Senior Decision Day

The class of 2021 will be wearing shirts and hats from their post-high school destinations. Please check out the monitors for information on where our seniors are headed next year and make sure to help us celebrate the class of 2021!

Cap and Gown Pickup 🎓

If you did not pick up your cap/gown order last week, please drop by the office this week to get it!

Virtual Students — you may drop by the office any time between 8am-3:30pm this week to pick up your orders.

Remember graduation is coming quickly on Tuesday, May 18. We are looking forward to celebrating the class of 2021!

Secret Seniors 🤐

It's secret senior week. Be sure to surprise your secret senior throughout the week. Make sure they don't know who you are. This will be a great week to celebrate our seniors!

Senior Banquet May 15 💃🏽

Seniors! Senior Banquet is on Saturday, May 15! Come to Eagles Stadium from 7-11pm for appetizers, dinner, dessert food trucks, dancing, photo and TikTok booths, firepits, games, and more! Tickets are $15 and will be sold during lunch and Focus on May 3, 4 and 6. Come join us to "light up the night!"

Senior Chapel Details ⛪

Cardboard Testimonies

Seniors pick up your cardboard for your Cardboard Testimonies in Mr. VanderWerf's room (107) today. Be sure to get the short video to him ( by May 6. Questions? Contact Mr. VanderWerf (

Senior Video 📹

Seniors - come to Mr. VanderWerf's room (107) Thursday (April 29), or Friday (April 30) to create your senior video. Come by yourself with a group of others! Questions? Contact Mr. VanderWerf (

The International Student Program is looking for a little social media engagement help.

This could be done as a classroom internship for a semester (or year) during the 2021-2022 school year or it could be a paid position (about 3-4 hours/week). If you are pretty tech savvy and have an interest in learning about the ISP and helping spread the word about GRCS, please stop by the International Student Program office (room 202 by the prayer wall) to ask questions, grab an application and talk with Mrs. Williams. 

GRCHS World Language Week '21 

It's almost World language week at GRCHS! Each year the world language teachers like to celebrate the people and languages represented in our school body and taught in our WL wing. This year our first 2 events are:

Monday: International students share their stories!

WL commons (sign up for Mrs. Allen’s FT to listen & show our school community support)

Tuesday: Speak your language lunch — all speakers of World languages taught at GRCHS (Spanish, French, German, ASL) are invited!

Sign up for your language teacher’s FT — Lunch A and they stay through Focus B 

✨ Raffle: Students’ names will be entered in a raffle drawing to win prizes for participating. 

Ranked, A New Musical is coming to a screen near you! 🎭

You don’t want to miss our Spring Musical. Ranked tells the story of a dystopian world where academic competition reaches new heights as public leaderboards define each student’s worth. In the face of an intense and perverse culture of performance, Lily must come to grips with her place in the status quo as she watches friends and enemies alike destroy themselves and each other to score their way to the top. When an unthinkable lie is discovered, the fate of these students’ futures hangs in the balance.
Ranked will be presented Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. All performances are at 7:00pm and will be livestreamed from our auditorium.
As always, HS students will be able to view the event for FREE!
Watch your student email for your unique student promo code and instructions on how to secure your digital ticket to the show.

Participate in the 2021 Student Ambassador Program Virtual Silent Auction!

This online fundraiser will remain open until 5 p.m. on April 30, all proceeds from this entirely student-driven fundraiser will benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education programs at Van Andel Institute. To participate, visit or text VAISAP to 76278. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kaylee Rodenhouse or McKenzie Hollern at

Eagle Links is hosting a pop can & plastic grocery bag drive in honor of Earth Day (April 22) & to benefit Mel Trotter Ministries. ♻️

Please bring pop cans & plastic grocery bags to room 219 (right next to the teachers' lounge upstairs) now through the end of April. Thank you in advance for your support!

Want to welcome a little more Spain into your home?

Our GRCS community has the opportunity to welcome 8 students from Madrid, Spain for 8 weeks this next summer/fall. These students (9th and 10th graders) are excited to experience life in West Michigan! They want to live with an American family and attend classes here at GRCS for a few weeks. Are you interested in Spanish culture? Perhaps you are studying Spanish and enjoy hospitality. If so, then this could be a great opportunity for you and your family! Students will arrive in Grand Rapids on August 6 and depart in early October. Stop in the ISP office (room 202 by the Prayer Wall) to talk with Mrs. Williams for more information or have your parents contact Mrs. Williams at or 616-574-5652.

Spring SAT Test Prep 

Are you taking the SAT on May 8? Focused practice immediately before the test is the best investment you can make! 

Small group format. Individualized instruction. Proven strategies.

  • SAT 4-day workshop, May 3 - 6
    • Target date: May 8 SAT
    • Schedule: Mon-Tue 6-8 PM, Wed-Thur 6-9 PM
    • Instructors: Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Madole, and Mrs. Hartemink 
    • To register or inquire, contact or 616-498-1372.

Summer Gettysburg Trip

Mr. Vos (teacher at GRCMS) is offering a summer Gettysburg trip. June 27- starting at 6:00 PM, June 28, and June 29 for all history enthusiasts, regardless of age, interested in learning about the Battle of Gettysburg in a once in a lifetime experience.  World-Class speakers which include: Garry Adelman, Doug Douds, and Jim Hessler will be teaching about the battle along with Jim Vos.  This is a unique opportunity because the typical person does not have access to these highly sought-after speakers.  The trip is limited to the first 36 paid participants.  If you would like more information regarding the trip, email Jim at




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