New Parent Informational Meeting Video
The video link here is a summary of A LOT of regular back-to-school information. Much of this information is also available throughout our website and in documents sent home, but we know that sometimes it is helpful to hear things explained. We hope this answers some questions and please know that we are here to help!
Also, here is a link to our New School Year Checklist.
NOTE: Please see the Student-Parent Handbook for more details on many of these topics
Please see the Student-Parent Handbook for all attendance policies and guidelines: (http://www.powerscatholic.org/student-handbook.html)
- If your student is absent from school, coming late*, or leaving early for any reason, a parent or guardian needs to call the Attendance Office and let us know. The attendance line is (810)591-SICK (7425) . Please leave a message on the machine and the Attendance Office will check the messages every few minutes all day.
- *If your student is only going to be 5-15 minutes late, they will be marked as tardy, but a phone call is not necessary.
- Student participating in extra-curricular activities, whether as a participant or spectator, MUST be in school for the full day in order to participate that day. For example, a student who comes late to school or leaves school early due to sickness would not be allowed to play in or be a spectator at a basketball game that same day.
All students are required to use digital books to be purchased and installed on their personal iPads. iPads must be able to run the newest operating system (iOS 13), have a 9.7" screen or larger (no iPad minis), and have a protective case and keyboard. Any of the storage options should be sufficient and cellular 4G/5G/LTE capabilities are NOT necessary. More details can be found in the “1:1 Technology Policies and Procedures” addendum to the student handbook located by clicking here. Please take the time to read the documents on this page.
- Please write your student's name on the iPad!
- During the first days of school, each teacher will communicate with you and your student to help you determine which books your student will need to purchase. Please use the information provided by each teacher to determine the correct book.
- Need help downloading your textbooks? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charger Club is the parent group of Powers Catholic High School. Simply put, they are a group of parents that plan, organize and implement specific projects that enrich the educational experience of our students at Powers Catholic. Our students directly benefit from their efforts. They have scheduled meetings throughout the year to discuss ideas and organize some annual activities. It is a great way to meet other parents and to get involved with your child’s experience at Powers Catholic High School.
- If you would like to be added to the Charger Club email list, please send contact information to the Office of Advancement: email@example.com . Information on meeting highlights, upcoming events, volunteer requests and a “call to action” when necessary will be received through email communication.
- Yes, we do comply with the Diocese of Lansing directive that all high school students be tested for illegal drugs at least once each year. To date, we have used both hair follicle testing and cheek swabs. Individuals who have been trained and certified in those collection methods conduct both style tests.
- All students will be tested at least once.
- All results are confidential and will only be seen by one administrator. If your student’s test comes back positive, you will be made aware.
- This program is non-punitive and was implemented with the intent to get struggling students the help that they need to live clean and healthy lifestyles as well as give other students one more reason to “Just Say NO.”
- More details can be found in the student handbook located here: http://www.powerscatholic.org/student-handbook.html
Nearly 100% of Powers Catholic students are involved in the various programs offered before and after school. In fact, most students are involved in several extracurricular activities.
- A list of most of the offerings is available by clicking here
- Information about athletic offerings can be found by clicking here
- During the first few weeks of school, all new students will be called to the auditorium for a presentation on extracurricular options. Leaders and members of various clubs and teams will introduce themselves to the students, talk a little about their program, and share information on how to join.
Using a student’s ID number, families must set up a lunch account at http://www.myschoolaccount.com. You are able to add money to the account online or turn in a check or cash to the school business office and they will credit your student’s account. The business office has a minimum payment of $50.
- The cafeteria workers will scan a student’s ID card to deduct money from their account.
- The lunch options are a-la-carte with rotating hot lunch choices as well as a salad bar, sandwich bar, and other options.
- Most students spend between $4 and $6 each day (but all is paid through a student’s online account. The cafeteria will not accept cash).
- Students are welcome to bring lunches. The cafeteria staff will allow students to put items in a designated refrigerator and there are several microwaves available to the students.
Every Friday, a bulletin of important announcements is emailed to all of our parents who have updated email addresses on file. If you do not begin receiving these weekly bulletins in the fall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify that we have your correct email.
ParentPlus and StudentPlus web portals
Plus Portals allows parents and students to see grade reports (updated in real time) and communicate with teachers.
- Parents and students have separate accounts (instructions will be emailed to parents before August 14th).
- StudentPlus allows students to submit assignments, check on missing work, look at progress reports, and many other things.
- ParentPlus allows parents to check on student progress, see class announcements, and email teachers. Parents, your account will be linked to the primary email address we have in our system. Account set-up information will be emailed to you at the beginning of the school year.
- Help can be found at http://redikersupport.com/documentation/parentplus.htm
- If a family needs more than one parent account for separate households, that can be arranged with Andre Purdy in our IT office. email@example.com
Parent – Teacher Conferences
Conferences take place in the Goggins Field House (gymnasium) twice a year, usually in November and April. Exact dates and times are available on the school’s master calendar and will be communicated to parents through the parent bulletin and website and will be printed on 1st quarter and 3rd quarter report cards. Meetings with teachers are first-come, first-serve and are intended to last 2-5 minutes.
Any student with a driver’s license is allowed to drive to school once they obtain their parking pass sticker from the Mrs. Raquepaw's office (Business Office). In order to receive their parking pass, students must fill out a short form about their vehicle and purchase a sticker for $1. Students should list any vehicle they may drive to school and buy a sticker for each vehicle. A new sticker will need to be purchased at the beginning of each school year. Forms will be available from Homeroom teachers at the beginning of the school year. Students may only park in the student lot (west side of the building by the Goggins Field House).
We have a partnership with MTA to offer busing from Grand Blanc and Fenton. All students using MTA busing MUST fill out the MTA Busing Form and return it to the school as soon as possible to sign up for this service. Then, students must purchase a pass every month from our school business office. The cost is $60 for the month. The form is available in the FORMS section of the website located here: FORMS PAGE
An updated MTA bus schedule for the week starting August 31st is available here.
Please read this letter from the MTA outlining what steps they will be taking to limit exposure to COVID as well as what expectations students will need to meet in order to ride the bus (these include wearing a mask and temperature screenings before boarding the bus).
- The Grand Blanc bus stop is in the parking lot of Holy Family.
- The Fenton bus stop is at the Silver Lake Road Park & Ride Lot.
MTA Bus Registration Forms and payments, as well as questions, should be directed to Dawn Raquepaw (firstname.lastname@example.org )in the Powers Catholic Business Office (810) 591-4741.
Pick up and Drop off
NEW PROTOCOL FOR FALL 2020:
For pick up and drop off, parents are asked to use the East entrance (with the "S" curve) while the West entrance will be used by students using the student lot to park for the day. Here is a diagram that may be helpful.
Students are asked to arrive after 7:45am and report directly to their A hour room (stopping at a locker is fine). Student may arrive earlier if they have a specific practice, meeting, or tutoring session to attend, but students are asked to not loiter in the commons before school.
After school, students are asked to leave right after school and to be out of the commons by 3:30pm. Exceptions are made for students with scheduled after school activities beginning by 3:45pm, like practices, meetings, or pre-arranged tutoring.
If special arrangements need to be made for your student, please contact the main office.
Registration for subsequent school years
In the spring of each school year, the business office will send you a registration form asking you to confirm your student’s enrollment for the following school year and to submit updated information for your tuition account. A digital version of this form is available on the Forms page of this site. Please be sure to return this form on time with the $100 registration fee. If you will have more than one student enrolled, the fee is $150.
Access the school calendar by clicking here.
Please note days that have early dismissals from school.
Service Hours (Students)
Every student is required to perform five hours of Christian service for each semester in attendance at Powers Catholic. A broad range of service activities will be acceptable including our annual school-wide service day. While many students work and assist the community in various venues, service hours are to be voluntary, without pay, and with no classroom grade or mark given. No diploma will be granted until a student completes the required service hours.
Students must submit a paper form to record service hours with the Guidance Office. Forms are available from the Guidance Office and on the website by clicking here.
Service Hours (Parents)
- We no longer require parents to do or log hours of service helping out at school, but we regularly do ask for parent volunteers to assist with a variety of events and projects each year. These needs will be communicated in the parent bulletin; please consider helping out it if you are able. We are thankful to have such wonderful support from our parents.
- Additionally, each year, every family will be asked to help sell raffle tickets for our annual fundraiser. In the past, families have been asked to sell nine, $20 tickets between October and January.
- The athletic department website is www.powerscatholicathletics.org
- Contact information for coaches and summer schedules are available on the athletic website (above) and were mailed home to all new students in May.
- An overview of our Athletic Program also can be found here.
- Teams often design a team coat or sweatshirt for the season. Students are allowed to wear these items (with regular uniform bottoms) on any Friday.
Students in ALL GRADES are assigned math, reading, and science assignments for the summer. These assignments and expectations can be found here: http://www.powerscatholic.org/summer-assignments.html
Technology Policies and Procedures
All students and parents must read the “1:1 Technology Policies and Procedures” addendum to the Parent/Student Handbook and sign the included form. This form must be submitted before your student will be allowed to use any school computers or personal computing device (like their iPad) during the school day. The document can be found by clicking here.
If you are interested in joining or starting a carpool, please fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/2020PCHSCarpool
Dawn Raquepaw, in our business office, is the main contact for inquiries regarding tuition accounts. Tuition is paid in monthly installments running June thru the following May. Families may elect to pay tuition in one lump sum, in which case the annual $100 registration fee is waved.
Please visit this section of our website for information on 7 different programs to help with the costs of tuition.
- Please note that several of the programs have application deadlines.
- FACTS Tuition Management is a company that compiles the supplied data from families completing the Tuition Assistance Application.
- Families MUST complete this form in order to receive a variable (reduced) tuition rate from Powers Catholic.
- This application is good for one school year only. A new form must be submitted each year that assistance is requested.
- Generally, applications are made available in late January and are due by March 1st in order to apply for assistance for the next school year. For example, the family of a 9th grade student would submit a form in March of their 9th grade year in order to receive assistance for their 10th grade year.
- Forms submitted on or before the March deadline will receive a response in May.
- Late forms may be accepted until funds are depleted.
The National Honor Society runs a tutoring lab in the Library before school and after school most school days. All students are welcome.
Classroom teachers are often willing to work with a student before school, after school, or during a planning hour or study hall when available. Students should not be afraid to ask a teacher for help.
If a professional tutor is needed, the Guidance Office may have suggestions as to whom to contact.
Everything must be ordered from Flynn O'Hara or Tommy Hilfiger. More details are available in the “Student Life” section of our school website found here.