Back to School 2023–24

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians of the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Classes,

I hope your summer vacations have been enjoyable.

I would like to announce that we are trying something new at the start of this school year – there will be no Orientation Programs for the members of the sophomore, junior and senior classes. Rather, an abbreviated class schedule (7:45-11am) will occur on Friday, September 8, 2023 during which all seven courses in a student’s schedule will meet. The purpose of this abbreviated day is to allow teachers to review with their students – syllabi, class expectations, grading policies and other important aspects of the courses. The bell schedule for Friday, September 8, 2023 is shown below. Please note that:

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1st Bell – Move to Class


2nd Bell – Prayer, Pledge, Announcements


1st Period


2nd Period




3rd Period


4th Period


5th Period


6th Period


7th Period (Day 2 Period 6 Class)


Buses Depart


The first full-day of school (7:45am-2pm) will occur on Monday, September 11, 2023, with a Day 1 Schedule in place. All bus routes – public school district and Bergen Catholic private routes – will operate on this day and the dress code is a BC polo shirt, pants, belt and shoes. Please know that a student is always permitted to wear a dress shirt and tie. The bell schedule for Monday, September 11, 2023 is noted below.


1st Bell – Move to Class


2nd Bell – Prayer, Pledge, Announcements

7:55 – 8:03

1st Period

8:03 – 8:53

2nd Period

8:56 – 9:46


9:51 – 10:01

3rd Period

10:04 – 10:54

4th Period A – Freshmen

10:57 – 11:27

4th Period B – Sophomores

11:30 – 12:00

5th Period A – Juniors

12:03 – 12:33

5th Period B – Seniors

12:36 – 1:06

6th Period

1:09 – 2:00

Buses Depart



Summer assignments

As a reminder, all summer assignments must be submitted by Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

Summer assignments can be found by clicking on the following link: or by accessing the Bergen Catholic High School website ( then clicking on the “Academics” tab at the top of the page and lastly clicking on the “Summer Assignments” tab. Summer assignments are to be submitted on Blackboard. Classes will appear on Blackboard based on the assignments. You will find these classes under “My Classes.” Once you open the appropriate class, click “Content” to view the “Drop Down” for your assignment.

Please note that on Friday, September 1, 2023 student/matrix schedules; inclusive of teacher and classroom assignments will be made available on PowerSchool.

School Pictures

The calendar for school pictures is provided below. Please note that sophomores and juniors must wear a dress shirt and tie for the pictures. Members of the senior class will be provided with more information in regards to senior portraits as the dates approach.

School Pictures Calendar

Please remember that the dress code is an important feature of the Bergen Catholic scholastic experience. As such, students must adhere to it during every school day. Students who are unable or unwilling to do so will unfortunately receive disciplinary consequences, which could include detentions, suspension or expulsion. Please note that during the 2023-24 school year, no sweatshirts of any type will be permitted to be worn during the school day; this includes Bergen Catholic State Championship sweatshirts. Again, no sweatshirts will be permitted to be worn during the school day.

I look forward to greeting the students on Friday, September 8, 2023.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer.


Timothy J. McElhinney