Billings Central Catholic High School

May 1, 2023

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Students:

Happy May Day! It is unbelievable how fast this year has gone. It is unbelievable the time and energy people have put forth this year to ensure that this school year has been successful. It is also unbelievable to look at the accomplishments of BCCHS students both in and out of school… they truly are World Class! All I have seen this year reaffirms why I am so proud to be a Central alumnus. Great parents, great staff, great kids, and great supporters make this a very special place. I feel blessed to be part of Billings Central Catholic High School and hope you do, too.  Thanks for everything this year.

As you know, Mr. Trafton will be transitioning into the role of principal this summer. As difficult as it is for me to leave this position, it is made easier knowing that someone of Mr. Trafton’s caliber is stepping into the role. Mr. Trafton comes into the job already understanding the tradition and legacy Central has, built on faith, family spirit, and academic excellence. He reminds me a great deal of myself when I was starting 21 years ago here, but honestly, he brings much for to the table than I did at that point. I am also grateful for the relationship he and I have built on mutual respect. Our relationship will make the transition more successful, as he knows how excited I am for him and that he can call on me at anytime for support. My hope is to continue to be a great supporter and to provide help if it is needed. I am only a phone call away for anyone, anytime.

The following is a listing of events from my calendar.

  • Monday, May 1st – Friday, May 12th
    • AP Exams
  • Friday, May 5th – Sunday May 7th
    • Diocese of Great Falls Billings Eucharistic Revival – BCCHS, building closed to all outside activities
  • Wednesday, May 10th
    • Mass – Special Guest Monsignor Shea, President of the University of Mary
    • BCCHS Film Class Movie Premiere – 6:30pm at the Babcock Theatre, $5 entrance fee
  • Saturday, May 13th
    • Mayfair ‘23
    • Masterlube Day 7:00am – 6:00pm, Downtown Masterlube – please support the class of ’23!
  • Tuesday, May 16th
    • BCCHS Music Department Spring Concert – 7:00pm BCCHS
  • Sunday, May 21st – Tuesday, May 23rd
    • Senior Retreat
  • Wednesday, May 24th
    • Senior/Underclass Awards Assembly 8:15am – Seniors, wear college/future plans sweatshirt or t-shirt, no jeans
    • Senior Farewell Mass 10:30am
    • Senior BBQ and Check-Out 11:30-1:30pm
    • Senior Farewell at SFC 2:00-2:30pm
    • Senior Farewell to BC 3:00pm
  • Thursday, May 25th-Saturday May 27th
    • State Tennis at Missoula (25th and 26th) Go Rams!
    • State Softball at Belgrade (25th -27th) Go Rams!
    • State Track at Laurel (26th and 27th) Go Rams!
  • Thursday, May 25th
    • Senior Refocus Period 8:00-9:00am for make-up work/testing if needed
    • Senior meeting with Mr. Hanser and final checkout in the main bleachers at 9:00am
    • Senior graduation practice at 9:00am, Nelles Center
  • Sunday, May 28th
    • Graduation Day
      • Breakfast 10:00am
      • Senior Class Picture 5:10 Sharp! Nelles Bleachers
      • Graduation 6:00pm, Ram Jam to follow graduation
  • Wednesday, May 31st – Friday, June 2nd
    • Underclassman Final Exams –
      • Please see the attached schedule HERE.

All of us are looking forward to graduation and the end of the year. Please do your part to promote a safe and healthy May for our students. Remember, attendance is the key to academic success as we end the year. Lastly, as the weather turns nice, please take note of the dress code so that we don’t have issues on each of the last days of school. Parents, before your students leave the house, please make sure your daughter’s shorts/skirts are long enough and that their tops meet dress code, and please check that your sons are clean-shaven and that their shirts have sleeves! Thank you, we appreciate your help in making the last month of school as amazing as the first eight months have been. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or stop in for information.

God Bless and Happy May!

Shel Hanser, Principal
Billings Central Catholic High School