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Tuesday, March 28, 2017




Hackett Catholic Prep


is committed to preparing our students for lifelong success by promoting and developing faith, character, and academic achievement in a supportive and challenging Catholic faith-based environment.










Extinction is a natural phenomenon; it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the “background” rate, with dozens going extinct every day.










“Next Saturday, our Alternative Spring Break group will be heading out on the road for their mission trip to Mary Help of Christians Center in Tampa, Florida. If your family wasn’t able to participate this year, but you would like to support the service work they’ll be doing, please consider checking out this “Wish List for Food Donations” at Sign Up Genius. Your donation would be greatly appreciated and will help defer food costs elsewhere!




If you do choose to donate, please deliver your item(s) to Hackett the week of March 27th.




Please also include them in your prayers - of support and protection for our ASB2017 participants during their trip, and for Mary Help of Christian Center’s hope to provide the children in their community the blessing of a Catholic education.”






Order forms can be acquired in the Main Office, or to order online, please click below.   


The cost of a yearbook is now $65. ORDER SOON!










Remember that the junior class will be taking the SAT on Tuesday, April 11.  The juniors will also be taking the WorkKeys assessment on Wednesday, April 12, and the M-STEP on Thursday, April 13.  The testing on April 12 & 13 will be offsite, at St. Mary's Father Bart Hall.  Permission slips were due last Friday, March 17.  Please return those asap if you haven't already.  Information on these tests was mailed home in February and can be found here.  






Remember that the freshmen will be taking the PSAT 8/9, and the sophomores will be taking the PSAT 10, on Tuesday, April 11.  Information on these tests was mailed home in February and can be found here.    






Due to the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors all testing at Hackett on Tuesday, April 11, the seniors will not have school on April 11th.  This letter is being mailed home this week.    






Morning mass is celebrated on Tuesday and Friday at 7 a.m. in the chapel.  Our All School Mass is Thursday afternoon at 12:50 in the auditorium.  Adoration is held in our chapel on Fridays (when we are in school) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Please join us and spend some time with our Lord in praying for the intentions of our students, staff and Hackett Families.










HCP is offering their computer lab on Tuesday April 18 from 7:45-9:00 am to help parents with online enrollment.  Please come and sign in the main office and we will get you to the computer lab so you can enroll your child(ren).  Michele Buchmann and Melissa Anderegg will be there to assist anyone. 






Senior parents please watch for a couple of important mailings, including the permission slip for the April 18th senior retreat. There will be several senior specific mailings in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to open any Hackett envelopes promptly! Thank you




The application is due March 31st.




Hopefully you received the email with instructions on how to create a Renweb account.  Once an account has been created then you may begin completing the enrollment forms for next year.  By moving to this system, much of the enrollment process can be simplified and shortened.  Follow this link to begin reenrolling your student(s) today.  Please do not hesitate to email Mr. Kosmerick at with questions.  






Pretty Lake Camp offers programs for 9th grade students! See links below for more information!




Students can apply by going to our website: 


or by accessing the director link to our application:






Once again Hackett students will travel down south to Tampa, Florida during spring break to do service for Mary Help of Christians and Cristo Rey Tampa Catholic High School.  We encourage all grade levels to join the hard work and fun!   Please click here for more information. 






HCP is looking for a pickup truck in good running condition, for utility use around the school. Please contact Brian Kosmerick at 269-381-2646 or Mike Feist at 269-569-3567.






As the winter weather begins, we remind families to please watch WWMT or WOOD-TV for school closings.  You can sign up with WWMT for text alerts if there is a closing or cancellation at Hackett.


In the event of snow, we will follow Kalamazoo and/or Portage Public Schools.  If either of those districts are closed due to snow, then HCP will close.  However, with cold days, we will make our own decision, in conjunction with St. Monica Catholic School and St. Augustine Cathedral School.  You may see a 2-hour delay due to cold weather, or we may be in session all day, in spite of the cold weather.  






Please remember that seniors are allowed up to 3 absence-free college visits 1st semester only! Juniors are allowed up to 3 absence-free college visits 2nd semester only.


College visits WILL count as an absence if they exceed the number allowed, are taken at a time other than the designated semester, and/or if a pre-arranged absence form is not completed by the student at least 3 days in advance of the visit.




As with college visit absences, prearranged absence forms must be filled out 3-4 school days ahead of time, especially for extended holiday travel and college visits.  Notification and arrangement of classroom work/tests to be completed prior to departure make for an easier and proactive return to the classroom.  Please have your student stop by the main office for this form, if needed.




SERVICE HOURS: VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION AND OPPORTUNITIES             Hackett Catholic Prep utilizes the website for managing the service hour requirement for our students.  There, students can read updates and reminders about service hours, see service opportunities, and submit information about the service hours they've completed for review and approval. 


The following are the minimum yearly requirements:




Freshman:  20 hours to family, community, parish and/or HCP


Sophomores:  20 hours to community, parish and/or HCP


*Juniors:  20 hours to community, parish and/or HCP


*Seniors:  20 hours to community, parish and /or HCP




*Juniors and Seniors - A minimum of 10 service hours of your year's requirement must be completed at a pre-approved, non-profit agency, which are listed on x2vol’s Bulletin Board. New for 2016-2017: You may submit up to 5 hours of service at your place of worship towards your 10 hours of non-profit service requirement.  The other 5 hours of service MUST be completed at any of the pre-approved, non-profit agencies previously mentioned. 




Also new for 2016-2017 - Service hours must be entered on x2vol within 90 days of their completion. Otherwise, the hours will be denied, and will not be counted towards your yearly goal.


Please note:  Hours spent tutoring siblings, or doing family chores as a sophomore, junior or senior are not acceptable towards your service hour requirement.


Logging all your hours, not just your required 20, on x2vol will be helpful to you as a junior and senior, as you will be able to print off a transcript and submit that for job and college applications.   


Important Dates for Service Hours:


  • December 6, 2016:  First 10 hours of service must be submitted for approval on x2vol.
  • May 2, 2017:  All 20 hours of service hours must be submitted for approval on x2vol.




To read the entire “2016-2017 Service Hour Criteria for Graduation”, please visit here.






If you know of somebody who is not signed up to receive these weekly emails, please forward this to them and encourage them to email Mr. Kosmerick at to be added to the list.






Your student may have told you of a few changes regarding drop off and accessible doors in the morning.  To improve the safety of our building, the entrance doors by the library will remain locked before school.  You may still drop off students at that spot.  We just ask the students to come in through the main entrance (by the office).  In addition, the doors down in the lower foyer will remain locked until 7:15 am.  At that time, an adult will unlock the doors and stand down in that area until 7:45 am.  If students drive to school and arrive before 7:15 am, we ask that they walk up the stairs and enter the building through the main entrance.






Sacramental forms have been mailed to freshman and new students. Please complete those and turn them in to Mrs. Rider in the main office.






We look forward to seeing our parent volunteers this year! Please remember, all volunteers need to complete a Criminal Background Check form, which can be located by clicking here:


These forms must be returned to the Main Office, in person, with a valid picture ID. (If you have a Criminal Background Check form completed at one of our elementary schools, please let their office know that you would like a copy sent to HCP.)


All volunteers must also attend a live VIRTUS training. You can register for a class online at A VIRTUS training session will be held at Hackett on Wednesday, October 14, but there are earlier dates available at other locations. (If you have attended a VIRTUS training in the past, please log on to your account and add Hackett Catholic Prep as an “additional location”.)


BOTH of these requirements must be completed BEFORE volunteering. Thank you.






If you do not already receive the HCP Monday Mailing from Mr. Kosmerick, just send your email address by text message.


Text HCPMONDAY to 22828, to get started!






Medication Release Forms MUST be filled out by a physician for EACH medication that is carried (inhalers) or stored in the main office - prescription or over the counter (OTC).  The forms are on the website under the Parents Tab.  Diocesan policy states that we must have a new form filled out by the student's physician each year for each medication.






Incoming freshman and new students are asked to fill out the sacramental record form and return it to the main office attention Fr. Adams/Mrs. Rider.  The forms were mailed home and are also available in the main office.






Are available in the Main Office for the one-time, low price of $5. You must fill out a form if you have not done so in the past.






Please remind your student to sign up on the X2VOL website to record their volunteer hours and on the Docufide site as well. Details may be found on the HCC homepage.






If you have a Twitter account, please consider following Hackett Catholic Prep. In addition to our website and WWMT Channel 3, inclement weather school closings, and other time-sensitive information, will be disseminated via this forum. Look for us!  @HackettCatholic






Salvation is not try, but trust; it is not do, but done; it is not labor, but look!


“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”


Ephesians 2:8,9












For the week of March 27, 2017




ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK – Did those spring break plans not work out, and now you think you’ll be stuck at home on the couch? ASB2017 still has some spots available, so it’s not too late to join us in Tampa, Florida! Parents: Adult chaperones are also encouraged and welcome to join! Cost for student or adult is $650, which includes transportation, lodging, and food! Contact Mrs. Byrne at  right away if you’re interested!


If your family isn’t able to participate this year, but you would like to support the service work we’ll be doing, please consider checking out this “Wish List for Food Donations” at Sign Up Genius. Your donation would be greatly appreciated and will help defer food costs elsewhere!


If you do choose to donate, please deliver your item(s) to Hackett sometime this week.


Please also include them in your prayers - of support and protection for our ASB2017 participants during their trip, and for Mary Help of Christian Center’s hope to provide the children in their community the blessing of a Catholic education.








SENIORS AND PARENTS - KVCC’s 2017-2018 Merit Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and a minimum ACT composite score of 21 or new SAT score of 1060. This $3,000 freshmen scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who complete 24 credits their first year at KVCC with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please visit this link for an application form.


A section of the application must be completed by the HCP Guidance Office, so the deadline to get your application to us is this Tuesday, March 28th. Fully completed scholarship applications must be submitted to KVCC’s Office of Enrollment Management by Friday, March 31st.




SENIORS/ALUMI AND PARENTS – OMNI Credit Union is offering scholarships for high school seniors (3 @ $2,000) AND recent college grads ($ @ $2,500) who are members of their credit union. A minimum 2.75 GPA and a 500 word typed essay are required. Please see Mrs. Hargarther in the Guidance Office for more information. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.




SENIORS AND PARENTS - The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association is once again offering their annual music scholarship, the “Boogie Woogie” Bob Peters Scholarship, sponsored by the Bob Peter’s family. The $1,000 award is for a graduating senior who has been involved in music programs during their high school career. Other requirements are –


- Have been accepted to a college or university.


- Write a 2-page, double spaced essay, on the topic “What Contributions has Blues Music Made to Our American Culture?”


- Emphasis will be placed on the number of years students have been in music classes, musicals, special ensembles. Please see Mrs. Hargarther in the Guidance Office for more information. Application deadline is May 6, 2017.




SENIORS AND PARENTS - The Michigan Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO Michigan) is an organization of upper level minority professionals in the transportation industry dedicated to promoting, strengthening and expanding the roles of minorities in all aspects of transportation. A variety of scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 for students who are currently enrolled, or interested in pursuing, degrees in technical transportation-related fields such as engineering, planning, construction management, design and architecture are eligible to apply. Scholarships are also open to students pursuing degrees in transportation administration-related fields such as accounting, business management and communications.


Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students and vocational-technical students with a 2.5 GPA or above. They must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited college, university or technical-vocational institution. Funds are paid directly to the student and may be used for education-related expenses such as books, education-related technology, etc. Awards may be renewed annually for up to four years according to eligibility guidelines. Scholarship application packages and instructions are at . All completed applications must be received by mail (or email) no later than Friday, April 14, 2017.




JUNIORS AND PARENTS - Every year, Wendy’s High School Heisman and The Heisman Trophy Trust team up to recognize more than 5,000 of the best high school seniors and rewards $120,000 to schools across the country. The culmination of this process takes place in December in conjunction with the National Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation during Heisman Weekend in New York City. The leadership award-honorees are well-rounded young men and woman who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the class room, on the field and in the community.


Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.


A $1,000 college scholarship will be awarded to one senior male and one senior female from each state, as well as a silver medal and a Wendy's High School Heisman State Winner patch. The judging panel will select 10 National Finalists from the 100 State Winners, made up of five senior males and five senior females from each of the five geographic Heisman regions. National Finalists receive a $5,000 college scholarship, as well as an invitation to the Wendy’s High School Heisman Weekend in New York City, a gold medal and a Wendy's High School


Heisman National Finalist Heisman patch. The judging panel will select one senior male and one senior female from the 10 National Finalists as Wendy’s High School Heisman National Winners. National Award Winners will receive a $10,000 college scholarship, as well as national honor and recognition during ESPN’s national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation, a Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy and a Wendy's High School Heisman National Winner patch.


Like The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Wendy’s believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity. In addition to honoring student accomplishments, Wendy’s High School Heisman inspires all future high school students to pursue their higher education goals. For more information, please visit . Phase 1 Application deadline is 3:00pm, Monday October 2, 2017.






St. Thomas More Parish is looking for anyone interested in participate in their Palm Sunday weekend Passion Play. There will be four performances of the play - Saturday, April 8th at the 6pm Mass, and Sunday, April 9th at the 9:30am, 11:30am, and 6pm Mass. Practice for the play begins today, Monday, March 27 (6:30pm at St. Thomas More Parish in The Bronco Room). Practices are Monday to Thursday the week of March 27 for 1-2 hours. Practices will also be held the week of April 3-7. The schedule is pretty flexible. Interested students should contact Mrs. Bradshaw  or text her at 269-760-4198.




The Knights of Columbus are looking for student volunteers to help them on “Tootsie Roll Weekend”, April 7th and 8th. Not only is help needed at local parishes after Masses, but they will also be taking donations for the Special Olympics and Kalamazoo’s MRC Industries at local Harding’s Markets and Big Apple Bagels. Please see Mrs. Hargarther in the Guidance Office if you’re interested in helping out! (These hours would qualify towards your non-profit goal.)




Volunteer teacher's aides are needed to assist with KIA’s Spring Break Art Camp for kids in grades K-5. Examples of possible TA duties are helping the teacher to set up the room, keeping kids supplied with materials, reminding them of the next step in an art project, and accompanying them to the rest room--no artistic talent is required. The camp will take place April 3 through 7, with morning shifts from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and afternoon ones from 12:45 to 4:15. Interested volunteers can sign up for one or more half- or whole days, with the option to also serve as lunch monitor (which involves simply sitting with the kids as they watch a movie). (If you monitor lunch, you'd either stay on from the morning until 1 p.m. or come at noon, then stay on for the afternoon.) To sign up for either of these opportunities, call or reply to Sandy Linabury at 269-585-9280 or . (These hours would qualify towards your non-profit goal.)




The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is in need of a few more student volunteers for their Saturday morning program this Spring! If you’d like to know more about volunteering at the museum, please contact Annette Hoppenworth, Program Coordinator, at 269-373-7955


or  (These hours would qualify towards your non-profit goal.)




The Borgess Marathon is looking for student volunteers to help with registration and packet pick-up on Saturday, May 6th at Wings Stadium. This is a great opportunity to earn FUN service hours while supporting our community! There are two shifts lasting 3-4 hours, and 20-30 student volunteers are needed, so get a group together and make it even more fun! Each volunteer gets a t-shirt for helping out, and delicious food during the breaks! If you’re interested in running or anything health-related, this is the event for you! Please contact Dr. Phyllis Florian at  or 269-352-7922 to sign up to help! (These hours would qualify towards your non-profit goal.)








SENIORS AND PARENTS - NALS of Greater Kalamazoo, an association for legal professionals, is offering two $1,000 scholarships for students who will be pursuing higher education in the legal field – such as criminal justice, paralegal studies, political science, pre-law, law enforcement, or forensic science. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic or legal career achievement, future career goals, demonstration of financial need, and leadership ability. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, April 28, 2017. Please see Mrs. Hargarther in the Guidance Office for more information.




SENIORS AND PARENTS - The Board of Directors of Kellogg Community Credit Union, on behalf of the Credit Union, is pleased to offer five $1,000 college scholarships. The scholarship is open to all traditional and non-traditional students who are members of Kellogg Community Credit Union (non-members are welcome to open a KCCU account to qualify). The scholarship covers $1,000 towards tuition and admission fees, provided the student is enrolled full time (12 credit hours). Students must attend an accredited community college or university within Michigan or be working towards a certification or degree program in the trades at a state supported community college. Students interested in this scholarship must complete the application found on their website at: Students may apply online now through April 30, 2017.




The Polish-American Scholarship Fund of Greater Kalamazoo is presently accepting applications for their 2017 scholarship award. The Fund seeks to recognize and support outstanding Polish-American students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. A single one thousand dollar ($1000) non-renewable scholarship will be awarded. All students of Polish descent from secondary schools located in the greater Kalamazoo area are invited to apply. Information and application materials can also be accessed here on the Kalamazoo Community Foundation website. A copy of the student’s high school transcript and a completed application are required for consideration. Application materials must be received no later than May 8, 2017.




Old National Bank is proud to recognize outstanding students by annually awarding $1,000 Community Matters Scholarships for post-secondary education – one in each of the regions they serve. To qualify, students must have a Kid$ Start Savings or ONB Student Checking account, and demonstrate a commitment to community service. For full eligibility information, go to or contact Joe Kiser, Community Relations Manager at 269-567-7317.




AAA Michigan is pleased to announce the 22nd annual AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program. Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to four graduating seniors attending a Michigan public, private or charter high school. Students must show proof of AAA Michigan School Safety Patrol participation in elementary or middle school, good academic standing and a strong record of involvement in the community and/or extra-curricular activities. A personal letter of introduction must be included describing community and extra-curricular activities and what being a Safety Patroller meant to you. This application must be returned to the Guidance Office no later than Friday, May 5th.




Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its third annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Their website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics, and a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017. Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.




In an effort to promote interest in the founding of our great nation, the Founders Freedom Scholarship is a one-time, $1776 educational scholarship that will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest based on the founding of the United States of America. Any high school senior in Kalamazoo or Van Buren county that will be attending college, trade school, or an apprenticeship in the fall of 2017 is eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. For more information, please visit , or see Mrs. Hargarther in the Guidance Office.




The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) is proud to announce the 19th year of the Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship Program, offering approximately 17- $1,500 scholarships for graduating seniors. The awards are not based on financial need. To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of MRA. Students are encouraged to apply online through MRA’s website at, under the education & events tab, using the access code MIRA. Deadline for submission is April 1, 2017.


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