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The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 10, 1985 The hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Run Thru The Rapids
Saturday, Oct. 19- morning
Help keep the runners safe on the course!
You will receive an awesome t-shirt for being a helper.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity!! 
Catholic Central/West Catholic Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day
When: Saturday, October 19th
Where: 2019 Habitat Catholic Build – 354 Rumsey St SW
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Volunteers needed: 6 – 10 per school (16 years and older)
Job for the day: To Be Determined (it might be painting or landscaping)
Please contact Deacon Rybicki to sign up or for more information:

Congratulations to the Cougar Marching Band for earning at Division One (Superior) rating at the District Marching Festival on Tuesday, October 8.  The band had a strong performance and represented CC very well.  Great work band students!

Winter Sports Sign ups will be Tuesday, October 15 in the student center during lunches.

Family Directories provided by the Band Boosters are available in the main office for $10.00.


We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, MI. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.
We are now seeking applicants for our Royal Oak, MI program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  Applicants are directed to fill out the online application in advance of the October 23, 2019 application deadline.
The application may be accessed directly using the following link:

Tuesday 10/15 –  Grand Rapids Area College Fair at Aquinas College (Sturrus Athletic building), 12- 2 pm and 6 – 7:30 pm is free and open to students in all high school grade levels – biggest single event of the fall semester to learn about LOTS of institutions from across the U.S.
Thursday 10/17 –  College Info Night at CC, 7 pm Student Center – parents (& students) are invited to hear panelists from MSU, AQ, GRCC and Notre Dame share about best strategies for college search, admission and “fit” – this annual event has been well-received by many CC parents and is recommended for parents of underclassmen who want to get an early start to planning.

Music Therapy Career Day

Interested in learning more about music therapy?  Attend this free event to gain an overview of the field of music therapy, observe examples of music therapy interventions in various settings, and learn how to get started on your path to becoming a music therapist.  To register, follow this link:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

3 pm to 5 pm

Spectrum Health Medical Group, Room 3000

25 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Service Hours – Knights of Columbus will be handing out Coats for Kids on Saturday, October 26 in the gym lobby from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.  They could use some volunteers for that day. Please see Mr. Farley or Mrs. DeYoung for info.

WHITE OUT T-shirt’s will be available for sale on the Thursday before the West game during the lunch hours at school. Students will be able to purchase a shirt for $10.

Designed for students in grades 7-12, these free career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one!  Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace.  Space is limited. Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year. Visit our webpage to register and for the full schedule.
Upcoming events:
Orthopedics/Health/Surgery Careers @ OAM Surgical Center. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
Engineering Careers @ Custom Profile. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Peer Tutors – Attention Juniors and Seniors – Student Support Services is looking for peer tutors to work with students in all subjects.  If you are interested in helping out your fellow students by tutoring, please click on the link below and complete the google form.  After we receive your response we will reach out to you.  All tutoring hours are eligible for service hours and a great service to note on a college application or resume.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joynt by email –
Peer Tutors Interest Form

Attention Juniors and Seniors:

Nearly 60 different colleges and universities are scheduled to visit our school this fall.  You are invited sign-up in your Naviance account to meet various college representatives who come to CCHS.  Information about each college visit is posted in Naviance under What’s New on the homepage or under the Colleges home section.

Simply log into your Naviance account- Find the list of college presentations under What’s New- Click on individual colleges to REGISTER.  The presentations take place during Monday/Wednesday lunches and during Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Focus sessions.  An email is sent weekly to remind students.  Juniors & Seniors must get permission in advance from their teachers of Monday/Wednesday (carriers 3,4,5,7) lunch visits.  It is not advisable to miss instructional time for college presentations unless the teacher has granted permission in advance for the student to sign up in Naviance.  Juniors and Seniors who are signed up in Naviance on Focus days will be locked into that Focus session- PLEASE pay attention to dates/times/locations for the presentations you sign up to attend.
College rep visits at CCHS are perfect for expanding your college list or getting more personalized answers to specific college-questions.  You can also learn how to schedule a campus tour.  Juniors are strongly encouraged to kick-start their college planning by attending college rep visits in the fall.  (More details will be sent regarding the counselors’ work with college planning in November of Junior year)
Questions about signing up for specific college visits this fall may be directed to your counselor or Mrs. Stream in the Guidance Office.

Juniors and Seniors are invited to meet with college representatives.  To secure your place in a college presentation, students must sign up 24 hours in advance through their Naviance account.
10/11/19 – Grand Rapids Community College – 11:40 a.m.

10/14/19 – Davidson College – 11:45 a.m.
10/14/19 – Hillsdale College – 1:05 p.m.
10/14/19 – Ripon College – 1:05 p.m.
10/15/19 – University of Dayton – 11:40 a.m.
10/15/19 – Holy Cross College – 11:40 a.m.
10/15/19 – Centre College – 12:10 p.m.
10/15/19 – Grand Valley State University – 12:10 p.m.
10/17/19 – Kenyon College – 11:40 a.m.
10/17/19 – Marquette University – 11:40 a.m.
10/17/19 – Loyola University Chicago – 12:10 p.m.
10/18/19 – Benedictine College – 11:40 a.m.
10/18/19 – The University of Toledo – 11:40 a.m.
10/18/19 – University of Vermont – 12:10 p.m.
10/18/19 – Compass College of Cinematic Arts – 12:10 p.m.

10/21/19 – Purdue University – 1:05 p.m.
10/22/19 – Oakland University – 11:40 a.m.
10/22/19 – Western Michigan University – 12:10 p.m.
10/24/19 – Alma College – 11:40 a.m.
10/30/19 – Wittenberg University – 12:15 p.m.
10/31/19 – Marian University – 11:40 a.m.
10/31/19 – Central Michigan University – 12:10 p.m.
11/4/19 – Greenville University – 1:05 p.m.
11/6/19 – Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – 11:15 a.m.

11/13/19 – Trine University – 11:15 a.m.

11/18/19 – Davenport University – 1:05 p.m.

Lunch for Friday – Pizza (Veggie, Cheese, Pepperoni)

Breakfast is served every morning from 7:00 – 8:00 am

PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU –   May you know blessing when you find yourself orphaned by the death of a parent or the diminishment of the generation before you. When you are left to your own devices and find yourself responsible for your own future, may you hear the voice of God in your inmost being: “I will not leave you orphaned.” May you know this parent God beside you and before you, guiding and loving you into a future of justice, peace, and compassion for all who feel alone in this world. May the Parent God bless you. –Maxine Shonk, OP

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