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Thursday, February 23, 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.










Between 1950 and 2005, worldwide metals production grew sixfold, oil consumption eightfold, and natural gas consumption 14-fold. In total, 60 billion tons of resources are now extracted annually—about 50% more than just 30 years ago. Today the average European uses 43 kilograms of resources daily, and the average American uses 88 kilograms.










Senior personal ads can be submitted, and paid for, now through February 24th.




ROME 2017


You will be receiving statements and regular e-mails in February. Emails will include meeting dates, a tentative itinerary and departure times. This is the final call for frequent flyer miles.  






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!










The CSGK Bands Festival Preview Concert (Grades 6-12) is this Thursday, starting at 7:00 pm, in the Hackett Auditorium.  






This year’s Captains’ Clinic will be held on Saturday, March 4th in the Hackett Cafeteria.






Please save the date, and plan to attend the Shamrock Celebration on March 11!  This year’s event will mark the 30th anniversary of the Shamrock!!  Ticket prices have been rolled back to previous levels at $75 per person, yet we have maintained the high standards of the recent years.  This year, we are holding the Shamrock at the WMU Bernhard Center.  It will feature premium food offerings, and complimentary beer and wine; as well as the multitude of silent and live auction items that make this event so much fun!  Along with dinner and the auction, we will honor the Bishops' Award recipient, and Distinguished Alumnus.  Capping off the evening by dancing to the live band L'USA will make this year's Shamrock one to remember!!  Look for more updates over the coming weeks, followed by your mailed invitation.  For now, save the date, and plan to attend!!   If you're interested in joining the Shamrock planning committee, please contact Kate Willard ( or Drew Uryga (






Sign up for the 10th Annual Shamrock Run 5k by going to and registering or if you want to volunteer go to the same website and click on volunteer.  Hope to see you all at the Shamrock!






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.










The Kalamazoo Numazu Sister City Committee is sending a delegation from Kalamazoo to Numazu this summer and you can be part of it!


There are 2 openings for high school students. The committee will be leaving on July 20th and returning August 1st.


Students are responsible for the cost of airfare. Room, board and daily activity cost will be covered by the committee.


If you are interested, please email the committee Vice President Billy Clayton at before March 10th for an application.






Some of you may have heard already, but we are moving to a new school management system next year, called RenWeb.  RenWeb provides an online enrollment system which we will be utilizing.  In the coming days you should receive an email from Michele Buchmann ( with instructions on how to create an 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.  Please do not hesitate to email Mr. Kosmerick at with questions.  






The Hackett Student Council annual blood drive will be on Tuesday, March 7.  Students may start signing up for an appointment time this Friday, February 24.  Requirements for donating blood are as follows:


  • Be at least 17 (16 with parent permission).
  • Weigh at least 120 pounds (for 1st time donors), 110 pounds for those who have previously donated with Michigan Blood.
  • Be in good health.
  • Eat a nutritious meal 2-4 hours ahead of time --- we are providing a breakfast of bagels and fruit in the cafeteria the morning of the Blood Drive.
  • Have not given blood or plasma in the last 6 weeks.
  • Bring photo ID - school ID is acceptable.






Anthony J Tyus (TJ), who has been meeting with students at Hackett this year during assemblies and small groups, is hosting his first Kalamazoo Conference on March 25 at the Radisson.  Please see this link 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.  






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. 






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






God gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.


“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”


Proverbs 16:9










For the week of February 13, 2017






Hackett Catholic Prep is honored to announce that a special, one-time scholarship has been established for one or two members of this year’s graduating class by Hackett Class of 2001 alumni Joshua Cypher. 




For the past 10 years, Joshua has given back to his alma mater by providing a $1,000 scholarship, called the “Cypher Technologies Award”, to a rising sophomore or junior.




To commemorate his 10 years of giving, the Cypher Foundation will also be offering the “Cypher Foundation Scholarship”, a one-time scholarship to one or two members of the


Class of 2017.  This award will be distributed as either one $10,000 or two $5,000 awards!




This scholarship will be awarded to a HCP senior who will be continuing their education at an accredited college or university, demonstrates leadership abilities, and a commitment to school and community involvement.  In recognition of Joshua’s talents and passions, the student must be pursuing a career in technology, engineering, science, or math.




Additional information and applications are available in the Guidance Office or on the Guidance page of the school’s website.  The deadline to apply is March 17, 2017, and winner(s) will be announce at the Spring Award Ceremony on May 24, 2017.




(No applications will be accepted after 4:00pm on March 17th.)




SENIORS AND PARENTS - Consumers Credit Union’s “Consumer Scholars!” scholarship program will be awarding 20 - $500 student scholarships…with iPads!  To qualify, you must be a full-time high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT score of 23 or higher.  The student must also be an active member of Consumers Credit Union with their own account.  Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, community service and essay content.  The topic for this year’s essay is "Describe your biggest ‘Aha’ moment?".  For more information and to apply online, please visit . Deadline to apply is March 19, 2017.










The State of Michigan Chapter 1607 of Phi Delta Kappa will award a $1,000.00 scholarship this year to a high school senior or undergrad planning to pursue a teacher education program.  Please visit for additional information and application forms.  (Eligible recipients of their chapter scholarship are then recommended for the PDK International Scholarship.)  To apply, complete the application form by the March 1st deadline, including all required supporting documents and submit the documents via e-mail at the following email address: .




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 VanBuren 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.




Since its founding in 1925, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation has awarded more than $27 million in scholarships and grants to Kalamazoo area high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students from all walks of life. The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications. The deadline to apply is March 1. Most of these scholarships are available to students who either reside in Kalamazoo County or attend a Kalamazoo County high school. Complete eligibility criteria and scholarship application requirements are available online at .




Are you planning to attend college, technical, or vocational school?  The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship doesn’t require a high GPA, but rather focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial need.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:


•           Be a 2017 graduating high school senior.


•           High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA between a 2.5 and 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.


•           Plan to enroll full-time for the 2017-18 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university or vocational-technical school.


•           Must be a U.S. citizen


The deadline is March 1, 2017 or the first 700 submitted applications.




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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