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How Many Licks to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop?

Mr. Aardema’s AP Calculus class finds out

Calculations vary from 295 to 492

Students noted time, licks, volume and radius to make calculations. Licks were estimated at 50 per thirty seconds.

Tootsie Pop Lab

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

First Year Robotics Team Wins Award

The Western Michigan Christian High School First Robotics team entered their first-ever competiton and earned the most points by a rookie team and brought home the rookie trophy. Here is a link to the award-winning event at Orchard View, including the team walking through the congratulatory line after receiving their award.

Team Captain Siyabulela (Paul) Tyaliti reflects on the season

I miss Robotics already. I enjoyed every moment of building our robot during build season and every moment of competing on last Friday’s and Saturday’s competition. I can’t wait for the next competition at East Kentwood High School on March 29th and March 30th. Hopefully practice goes well on Saturday. It was nice working with everyone on the team. I really thank the Lord for bringing across some of the smartest people I’ve met at WMC and allowing me to work together with them in our school’s robotics team. I love all the friends I’ve made and people I’ve worked with in robotics. One of the things I’m thankful for the most is to be amongst people include me in everything we do and share fun times and memories with me regardless of one’s shyness to socialize or personality. I can’t wait for our Robotics celebration. Seeing the Lord’s hand in Robotics was awesome. Through all the stressful times when things did not go so well or when things did not go as planned to even all the triumphs and comebacks we had, one of the most memorable things from all those times is that no matter what we always stuck together as a team. One of the things I love about our team is the way we’re all united and bond together as a team. From what I’ve experienced in our team, I think we’re far more than a team. Being part of the team has shown me that it’s not just being part of a team but also being part of a family and a community where everyone values one another and each other’s ideas. It’s pretty saddening that Robotics is about to be over for the year quite soon. It was pretty neat to be together with people who have similar interests to me and to get to not be the only stereotypical ‘nerd’ in the room. Getting to know each other better as a team and as individuals was pretty fun.

Team enters final competition at East Kentwood HS March 28-30

Coach Dan Garland takes his team, senior captain Paul Tyaliti, sophomores Caiden Flint, Luke Soave, Trent Wallace, and freshmen Ben Ferrier and Peter Brink to East Kentwood to compete in their final competition of the 2018-19 season. Here is a link to that event, including a watch live link.

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Spiritual Emphasis at Western Michigan Christian

Joe Lane, Olivet Nazarene University bring a message of PURPOSE.

Spring Spiritual Emphasis at WMC

Joe Lane opened with sessions studying King David and his life’s purpose.

Olivet Nazarene University closed with breakout sessions.

Creating a Healthy Culture
Every person desires to be respected, heard and known. This workshop looked at how a student can help create that environment in their school on purpose.

Getting Through to Others
People often struggle to get their message across to others. This workshop equipped students with the purpose of communication and help them become more effective.

Building GRIT
Building GRIT into a student’s life will encourage them to keep learning and trying regardless of difficulty. This is important for school and athletics, but it really prepares them for life in the world today!

Confident of the Call
God’s will, calling, plan, purpose, path… They have probably heard those words thrown around; but instead of having clarity, the student feels confused. We addressed the questions: How do you make a decision of what to do with your time and life? What happens if it gets hard? Then
understand how God uses opportunities to challenge and grow people for his glory.

DISC: What is your style?
Learn about behavior styles so students can understand themselves better and work more effectively with others. They will interactively walk through the four different behavior styles, and discuss how to flex.

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Pi Day 3.14 at Western Michigan Christian

Pi at Western Michigan Christian

Math classes celebrate 3.14 with projects and desserts

Miss Koetsier’s class brought in desserts and read “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi”.

Mrs. Markel’s middle school math project:

To celebrate National Pi Day (3-14), you may choose from a variety of activities to complete for a 25 point project. These will be due on Thursday, March 14th.  Every activity centers around pi.  You may choose from the following or if you have another idea for a project, you will need to get approval from me first.

  • Pi dessert – Must have π on it.  Must be round, have a pi question (and answer) with it and be homemade.  For full credit, this question must be written out and turned in at the beginning of class.
  • Pi poster – with history of pi, pictures and formulas, etc.
  • Pi chain – At least 50 digits.
  • Pi necklace – At least 50 digits

Up to 15 points Extra Credit:  A second different Pi Day project or a new Pi Day t-shirt.

HAVE FUN and BE CREATIVE! IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, COME ASK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please click here to contact WMCS.

Christmas Collage December 18, 7pm at the Frauenthal Center

Please join us Tuesday December 18 at the Frauenthal Center 7pm for the Christmas Collage

Collage tickets are available in the WMC office!  They are $12 apiece and are also available at the Frauenthal Box Office.  We are accepting cash or checks made out to “Warrior Music Boosters.”

Click here to pre-order a DVD or Blu-Ray of the Collage concert.

Students prepare for Collage

Please help us Fill the Frauenthal for this year’s joyous Collage!

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Safety Drills

Annual Safety Drills

Western Michigan Christian School conducts a set of safety drills each year in compliance with Federal, State and County requirements. This includes fire drills, in-shelter drills, and tornado drills. All students and staff are expected to participate in each drill.

Fire Drills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMC conducted a successful fire drill on October 5, 2018.

WMC conducted a successful fire drill on October 9, 2018.

 

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

WMC BOYS SOCCER FUNDRAISER 2018

WMC Varsity Soccer team raises money for the bills and training of a Companion Dog for Lucas Barton.

Here’s Lucas’ story…

Meet Lucas. He’s a fun-loving and tenderhearted six-year-old that loves dogs and dinosaurs and likes to build with Legos and Magnatiles. He has a great sense of humor and likes to make everyone laugh. He has such a joyous outlook on life. He enjoys playing with his family and friends and loves the outdoors.

Lucas has recently been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. This is a rare and progressive disorder that causes his muscles to become weaker over time until it affects the whole body. Right now, his hand and arm strength are diminished and going up stairs, walking, getting up off the floor and playing at the park are difficult and cause him to become fatigued. He needs to take frequent breaks and rest and also experiences muscle cramping and pain.

Something that we can do right now that would give him help every day is to get him a Companion Dog. This dog will need to have special training and certification. A Companion Dog can help him in his everyday life. We hope this dog can open and close doors, pick things off of the floor, give him bracing support, put laundry in a basket, take off his shoes, get help, and so much more. This dog will also help him during stressful Doctor appointments and with anxiety.

On October 5 the Boys Varsity Soccer team and Warrior Nation raised more than $4000 to support Lucas and the Barton family.

The Barton family thanks the WMC Senior Soccer Captains, the Warrior Soccer Team, the Bradford-Royle family, Warrior Nation and Leland fans for their support, prayers and generosity.

***PLEASE NOTE: Lucas and his older sister, Sidney, do not have a full understanding of what DMD is, it’s progression or it’s life-limiting prognosis. We ask that you please not mention or discuss these things around them or to them. Thank you***

PC Anna Sytsema

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Western Michigan Christian Top SAT in county

Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite 1135 top in county

 

The SAT composite scores were published and although the scores for private schools are not released, the Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite for 2018 is 1135. This is the 31st best reported score in the state, and the highest in Muskegon county and in our lakeshore area. Click here to see the Mlive article that includes a search tool to find public school scores.

We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out. Jenn VanHekken, Director of Curriculum.

Jenn VanHekken, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for West Michigan Christian Schools, is very pleased with this year’s score, “We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out.  In the last 4 years we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment. The progress we’ve made is now showing in our test scores.  A huge thank you goes out to our teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that each and every student in our building is being educated with excellence.”

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

WMC begins the year with SERVICE

Day 1

Western Michigan Christian students started the day Tuesday August 28 with praise and worship together and Principal Samuel Greer challenged the students to not only “get better” this year but to do so with a higher purpose: to shine for Christ. The students spent the rest of the day doing things together in purposeful way, including service in our community.

 

 

 

The middle school students went to Treetop Adventure Park in Grand Rapids having fun with a purpose. That purpose was to challenge themselves. “It was fun and challenging. I have done ropes courses before with my Scout Troup so it was not a new experience but it was still great to do,” said 7th grade student Hayden, “There were different challenge levels on the the ropes course and we could do easy, medium, hard. There were three levels of the easy and two levels each of the medium and hard.”  

 

The high school students spent the afternoon serving with a purpose. In the past, all WMC high school students have gone out into the community to serve on the first day of school. This year the format was changed to have partner organizations come to the WMC campus and 9th and 10th grade students rotated through different service opportunities that included Christian Haven Home , MOCAP ,  Kids’ Food Basket , The Noah Project , and clean-up work done on the WMC campus.

 

Serving on-campus

We appreciate the students making the laundry detergent today and including encouraging notes so they know where the detergent packs came from.” Lakisha Churchwell, MOCAP Client Services/Outreach Specialist.

Lakisha Churchwell, Muskegon Oceana Community Partnership Inc. (MOCAP) Client Services/Outreach Specialist was at WMC while students made laundry detergent to be distributed from their pantry and looks forward to students serving in the future. “MOCAP provides assistance to low income families with day to day needs including bills, food, and laundry detergent like what was prepared by WMC students today. We appreciate students volunteers helping in our food program because it gives them a chance to step into the shoes of people that are not as fortunate as them and understand what it means to have to come to a pantry or a food truck to get what you need. We appreciate the students making the laundry detergent today and including encouraging notes so they know where the detergent packs came from,” Lakisha said.

Service with Kids’ Food Basket

Katie Beemer, Kids’ Food Basket Muskegon Kids Helping Kids Program Assistant came to WMC and students helped prepare supper packs, “We serve over 8,000 meals a day in West Michigan and the meals today will help provide a community solution to childhood hunger. We thank Western Michigan Christian students and families for the donating 489 lbs of and decorating 500 bags. That donation equals a monetary value of $2400. We appreciate your school and all that you do.”  WMC Sophomore Cora helped decorate food bags, “I appreciate the opportunity to help others and it was fun creating positive messages and colorful pictures on the bags to help brighten a child’s day.”

 

Learning from Christian Haven Home

Marianne Stuparits, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Christian Haven Home in Grand Haven says she always appreciates being able to share their program with students, “Today we worked with WMC students to help them understand and experience the aging process. WMC students serve at Christian Haven Home throughout the year and this will help them to work with our residents in a more dynamic way.”  Students had their fingers taped to experience what it may feel like to write with arthritis. They walked on popcorn to replicate corns, bunions or aches from losing fatty tissue in the feet. They also wore glasses with cloudy yellow tape simulating cataracts and poor vision, and ate mints with their nose plugged to understand the loss of taste.

I am glad we had the chance to better understand what someone older goes through on a daily basis,” said freshman student Jonas, “the most impactful for me was wearing the glasses. It was blurry and tinted and much different than I expected.

 

Service for The Noah Project

Students also made cat toys for the Noah Project in Muskegon. “Those cat toys were amazing,” said Noah Project Director Mashele Arndt, “They were so different and creative. We had Pioneer Resources come in and hang the toys for the cats who are not able to roam around. What a great day we had hanging those toys and having the cats play with them.”

Summer Lile, WMC AP Biology teacher who helped coordinate day one activities was excited for new opportunities to serve. “I think this is great because it gives our students and staff to connect with our local partners and serve not only today, but for the rest of the year.”

Service off-campus with Americorps

What’s really cool about having the WMC students here to clear these lots is that they can cut, clean, trim and weed and be done in about two hours. With my crew of three or four it will take about a week to do one lot.” Jason from Americorps.

Junior and senior students went on-site to help the Americorp Urban Safety Corps clean local lots in Muskegon Heights. Jason from Americorp appreciated the hard work and help from WMC students, “What’s really cool about having the WMC students here to clear these lots is that they can cut, clean, trim and weed and be done in about two hours. With my crew of three or four it will take about a week to do one lot. The help we received today will help us get a lot more done as we do this throughout Muskegon Heights. Once the lots are cleaned they can be sold to neighbors or used by local community organizations.”

Luke, a junior, enjoyed being outside with classmates, “It was sweet to know that we were helping clear the way for more things to be done in that space. Plus it was just fun to be be working hard with my classmates.”

 

Service off-campus with Community enCompass

It is always fun to know you are helping others. I wish we actually had more time to work but it is good knowing what we did is a part of something greater.” Sarah, WMC Senior.

Other junior and senior students went to the former Nims school building to help Community Encompass clear it out and prepare for refurbishing. Noah Hanes, who works at Community enCompass and graduated from WMC in 2013, supervised WMC students and staff who helped out at Nims. “Community enCompass partners with AvaSure who owns the Nims building and they do a lot of charitable work and community development in Muskegon. We appreciate the great work by WMC students and staff today pulling nails out of trim and moving materials out so they can be repurposed for this project and other projects we are working on. Students and staff are also helping us clean it and prepare it so AvaSure can have a new place to build and grow their patient monitoring and telemedicine company in Muskegon,” Noah said.

“It is always fun to know you are helping others. I wish we actually had more time to work but it is good knowing what we did is a part of something greater, said Sarah, a senior.

 

This was a transformational day,” said Assistant Principal Scott Liggett as he reflected on the first day of school at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. We have partnered with some local organizations along the lakeshore communities that we serve in order to live out part of our mission to equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.

 

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Student Feature: Hanna Klaassen

“God is good”

God made it possible to pursue my passion, career field and learn what my purpose is through leadership opportunities while giving me the ability to bring light to a broken world all at the same time.  He also created a way for His light to shine through me.

God is good…Yes, yes He is.  This was a big week for one of WMC’s own.  Many of our seniors are considering post-secondary options for next year, including senior Hanna Klaassen.  Hanna recently applied for a fellowship program at Calvin College called the John M. Perkins Leadership Fellowship.  This program is highly competitive and only 25 students that apply are selected. Hanna applied and laid this at the Lord’s feet.  She waited and prayed, waited and prayed. She told me that if this was God’s plan for her then He would make it happen. That is exactly what happened, the Lord not only answered her prayers, but also provided the opportunity for Hanna to be one of the 2 chosen to receive a full ride scholarship to Calvin!  In addition to leading a Small Group and a Bible study at WMC, Hanna was chosen because of her leadership on the Grand Haven Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council and their Grant Committee, completing leadership training through LeaderTreks and leading multiple short term mission trips, and serving on the Worship Task Force and Worship Team at First Christian Reformed Church.

Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others. – John M. Perkins, Leadership Revolution

Give God all the glory

Now this is HUGE! But what stuck with me the most was Hanna’s response, while of course she was ecstatic, one of the first things she said to me was, “God is good.”  It wasn’t, “aren’t I the best?” or “look what I did,” it was “God is good.” I love to see our students grow and take ownership of their faith while at WMC, but hearing one of them give God all the glory is a pretty amazing thing. Dr. Perkins said, “Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others.” Hanna has certainly exemplified that as a servant leader. Something I pray for all of our seniors is that they pursue the path that God has for them and are able to find such great fulfillment in knowing He has a plan. Congratulations to Hanna and the rest of the seniors! We are so proud of you!

Congratulations Class of 2018! We are so proud of you!

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.