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GRCHS Morning Announcements
GRCHS Morning Announcements Tuesday, Oct 15

School Business

Testing Day and Freshman Retreat On Wednesday - NO LATE START 

10th and 11th grade students: If you haven't yet read the email about our testing on Wednesday, do that now. It's important that you know which room to go to, and what to bring and what to not bring. There is no late start on our test day; please be on time so that we can begin testing promptly at 7:55.

Testing will conclude by 11:45am and buses will run their regular routes home at 11:50.

Freshmen, your retreat will be at Camp Geneva. School begins at 7:55am, the bus will leave at 8:15am from the high school and return at 2:45pm in time for your regular transportation home.  When you get to school please report to the Town Square to wait for your bus. Lunch will be provided - please let Mr. Taylor know if you have any food allergies or any special needs. If you have any questions please e-mail Mr. Taylor at Check for more details via e-mails. 

Alternate Schedule on Friday - 75 Odd with late start 

Due to the testing day, this week Friday will be a Wednesday schedule (75 min classes with late start and office hours).

Details from the Dean (of students) ⭐️

Did you know that if you exceed 8 tardies in a class, it will result in an in-school suspension? Be sure you are getting to class on time each day. It's important that you don't miss key instruction or disrupt the learning of your classmates. See Mrs. Hoving with any questions. Have a great day. 

Picture Retake Orders Are Here 🤳

If you had school picture retakes done stop by the office and pick up your photos/school ID!

School Lunch Menu 

Tuesday: grilled cheese, tomato soup, veggies, chips, fruit

Weds: No lunch service (1/2 day for testing, Freshman are on their retreat)

Activities & Clubs

Instrumental Concert 🎺

Come and join us for our Symphonic Band and Symphony Strings Fall Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm at the CAW. These gifted students will be performing works by Ludwig Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten,  Frank Tichelli, Claude T. Smith, Jack Stamp, John Phillip Sousa. We would love to see you there!

Island School Semester Opportunity 🌴

Interested in spending a semester in the Bahamas scuba diving, doing research, and having class right next to the ocean? Sign up for focus time today to learn more about the Island school with Spring 2019 alum Lucy Swedberg and Island School representative Taylor Hoffman.

Man 2 Man Meeting

Calling all young men - this group is designed to nurture the spiritual, social and emotional life of young men here at GRCHS.  We will meet today in the Garage at 12:35 to hear the message for the day, please bring your lunch. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Taylor.

Community Internship Opportunity

Bethany Christian Services is need of 1-2 volunteers or interns who are interested in advocacy through policy analysis and data collection. These students/interns would be supervised by form GRCHS graduate, Rossy Sical. Please see your counselor if you are interested.

Sibling/Family Photos for Yearbook 👩‍👧

The family/sibling photos for yearbook are postponed to this Friday during office hours. If you have a family member here at school please come to the student entrance by the coffee shop to get your picture taken together!

Science Olympiad 🔬

Science Olympiad is starting up once again! If you are interested in joining for this year, sign up for a meeting during Focus Time on Tuesday in Mr Christians room (223). Class work has priority so do that during FT if you need to. Talk to Mr Christians if you have questions.

KCTC Open House Thursday, October 17, 5-7 pm

1655 E. Beltline NE Grand Rapids

KCTC is opening its doors to the entire community for its annual fall open house!
 This is your chance to come see what they're all about. Check out their programs, visit their labs, talk to current students and staff. You'll be amazed at the range of programs they offer and the many ways they're helping students find successful futures. Did you know KCTC students earn free college and technical school credit plus all kinds of certifications? And they connect them to both colleges and employers.
Come find out how! 

Michigan Math League #1

Date: Tuesday, Oct 15
Time: 1:05pm (5 minutes before Focus)
Location: Mr. Zietse's classroom (214)

Tree Planting Partnership 

Our school coordinates with Plaster Creek Stewards to help keep our watershed healthy. Come plant some trees with us on Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm! All you need is some boots (or shoes you don't care to get muddy). Email Mr. Borst ( if you are interested!

Focus Time - Career Pathways 👩‍⚕️

This year we have a great opportunity for you! Starting this week, professionals from the community are visiting during Focus to talk about their jobs and career pathways. Please see the following descriptions of professionals and sign up today on Focus if you are interested. 

Clinical Research, Nursing: Stacy Smith - Tuesday, Oct. 15

Description: Stacy is a nurse with a BSN. She worked as an infant and pediatric intensive care nurse for 8 years before taking a role in clinical research. She has been involved in this for about 22 years, providing atypical treatment options to individuals who may have failed standard treatments or have a diagnosis for which there is no treatment. She will touch on the industry as a whole, as it is not a well known career option that can employ individuals with math, science, health administration and nursing degrees.

So You Want to Be In Publishing: Kim Childress - Tuesday, Oct. 15

Description: Kim is author of Find Your Future in Art and began thirty-year career in children’s publishing as a bookseller and reviewer. Later she became an award-winning, middle-grade editor for a publishing company and has written and edited hundreds of books. 

VP of Digital Innovation: Ryan Anderson - Thursday, Oct. 17

Description: Ryan Anderson is VP of Digital Innovation at Herman Miller, which is a large global furniture company based in Zeeland, MI. His work focuses on using technology to improve how Herman Miller serves their customers and to better plan for the future.  He will share with you an overview of how organizations are seeking to transform themselves using technology, and the many career opportunities being created as a result.   

Gap Year Program and College Rep Visits This Week:

Tuesday: Centre College and Hillsdale College - Sign up on SCOIR and Focus

Thursday: Illinois Wesleyan University, Loyola University Chicago, and Indiana Wesleyan University - Sign up on SCOIR and Focus

Friday: Spring Hill Discovery Gap Year Program (in the Town Square at Lunch)



Game Schedules and scores can be found on the GRCHS athletics website.

Boys Lacrosse 🥍

All boys interested in playing lacrosse this year - there will be a meeting in room 107 on Friday during lunch, starting at 12:55pm. Email Ethan Knobeloch with questions.

Bowling Team 🎳

Anyone interested in joining the bowling team this year is welcome to come to Mr. Borst room (106) this week Friday at lunch to meet the new coach and get some information on the up coming bowling season.  If you cannot make it please stop by Mr. Borst's room and put your name on the email list.  

Scholar-Athlete Award

The Scholar Athlete Award is thirty-two $1,000 scholarships awarded by the MHSAA to the top student-athletes in the state. For the first time, all steps of the Scholar-Athlete Award process will be online without any paperwork. Students will fill out the entire application online and our judges will also be reviewing and scoring applications online. 

Schools are limited to the number of students who will be considered for the award. Class A schools can nominate 6 boys and 6 girls, Class B can nominate 4 boys and 4 girls, Class C can nominate 3 boys and 3 girls and Class D can nominate 2 boys and 2 girls.

1.       Go to to start the application process.

2.       Once there, students will create an account.

3.       Finally, students will need to enter the Access Code- see the athletic department for the code.

At this point students can start to fill out the different parts of the application. If they leave the application, they will pick up where they left off when they return. Students also need two letters of recommendation. Students can upload PDFs or Word docs themselves, or they can use the system to have recommenders upload recommendations themselves. The deadline is Nov. 30, at 4:00 p.m. Since the process is entirely online, there is no longer an internal school deadline.