Fred VandenBrand Honored

Fred VandenBrand – a hall of fame journalist

Fred VandenBrand

Western Michigan Christian School’s very own Assistant Athletic Director, Fred VandenBrand, was honored today in the Grand Haven Tribune for his tireless and extraordinary efforts during his tenure there as managing editor.

GH Tribune community columnist, Len Painter, recalled the days when Fred worked at the Tribune and highlighted some of his contributions as a writer and a man of character:

“I certainly agree that Falls and Waldmeir belong in the hall of fame, as well as many other notable journalists in the state. According to the Michigan Hall of Fame, nominees are judged on their contributions to Michigan journalism, courage, innovation and leadership.

While he isn’t in the hall of fame, Fred VandenBrand, former managing editor of the Grand Haven Tribute, fits those attributes.

Fred worked 35 years at the Tribune, including the last 20 as managing editor before retiring in 1998. Fred was one of the most respected editors in the state. He was the key factor in the growth of the Tribune.

Fred was a great journalist but he also cared about the welfare of his co-workers and was an integral part of the career of many young journalists.

Fred’s reputation as an editor was impeccable. He helped develop many young journalists who moved on to bigger careers and was well-respected as a leader in the community. 

“I am thankful for the legacy that our Assistant AD continues to leave here at WMC. Congratulations on this well deserved honor, Fred!” shares WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.

Fred graduated from Western Michigan Christian in 1961 and has been working at his alma mater for about 15 years. He enjoys building relationships with students and keeps his writing chops honed as the editor of the WMC Sports Update, a daily e-newsletter that covers all things Warrior sports! To sign up for the WMC Sports Update email click here

To read the full article on Fred in the Grand Haven Tribune click here.

Congratulations Fred! Your Warrior family loves you and we are so grateful to have our very own Hall of Famer gracing our halls, fields, and courts!

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.

Community Update May 2019

Earlier this week, Western Michigan Christian School held our annual Community Update meeting. At the gathering, we reviewed our current 2018-19 school year and discussed an exciting look ahead.

Meeting highlights included:

-Celebrating the outstanding service of several teaching staff members who will be retiring.

-We reminded our community of student life including, but not limited to, new safety protocols, student Ride with Pride, and our commitment to the community by supporting families who are disenfranchised (i.e. Project Grace).

-An academics presentation that celebrated outstanding SAT scores, new industry arts initiatives, robotics successes, and the Teaching for Transformation (TfT) initiative.

-And last, our WMC Board Chairperson, Stu Kingma, delivered a presentation on the financial health of WMC including enrollment strategies, budget initiatives, and a vision for campus development.

Below is a letter from Stu, to you!

Dear WMC Supporters:

This past Monday night we met as a Board and Community to review this past year for WMC and to address the vision for our future.  We also were able to recognize the contributions of those teachers and board members who are finishing their time serving at WMC.  Congratulations for outstanding service!

Knowing that evening meetings such as this can be difficult for many to attend, we as a board thought it appropriate to bring the meeting and its content directly to you.  To that end, we enlisted a videographer to document the presentation and comments for your review. 

The video can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Community Update Video

During the meeting, we also used a PowerPoint presentation to update the community in an understandable and transparent fashion.  The PowerPoint presentation will be a helpful reference when watching the presentation video.

The PowerPoint PDF is attached in this below link:

Community Update PowerPoint

As always, we thank you for your continued support of WMC and welcome any suggestions or comments that you would like us to consider as we continue to live out God’s will for WMC. 

Thank you,

Stu Kingma
Chairperson, WMC Board of Education

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.

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.