WMC Guidance Update for Fall/Winter 2019-2020

From the Desk of Jeff Schipper, WMC’s Guidance Counselor

PowerSchool

The transition to our new PowerSchool software system is still underway. We shifted from Renweb during the summer of 2019 because this software is the leading provider of K-12 education application technology supporting over 45 million students in over 80 countries. Thank you for your patience during the process!  Schedules are all set for the remainder of the ‘19/’20 school year. In late-January, we will begin the scheduling process for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Parents/guardians, we encourage you to log on weekly on the website or through the app to stay up to speed on how your kids are doing in their classes.  If you need help with your PowerSchool accounts, please contact Penny Grinage-Guy.

Juniors

We encourage you to start taking intentional steps toward figuring out what life may look like after high school.  Shadowing someone in a possible career option can provide a realistic outlook for you.  This Winter and/or Spring would be a great time to take an initial college visit to schools you are interested in.  With colleges or careers, it is a good idea to start narrowing down your list of options so you can be more informed and efficient next fall when you start applying.

Mr. Schipper will be meeting with each of you beginning in January to help guide you and answer any questions you may have.


Mr. Jeff Schipper, WMC’s Guidance Counselor, helps senior Michelle Johnson
with college applications.

Seniors & Parents of Seniors

College application season is in full swing.  To be considered for the full financial aid offerings and to have the best chance of being accepted to colleges, we recommend completing your applications as soon as possible.  Please be aware of each college deadline as they differ from one to another.  Trimester 1 grades have been added to your transcripts and can be resent via Parchment to colleges for admission & scholarship consideration.

Parents of 2020 seniors should fill out the FAFSA forms ASAP if you have not already done so.  The deadline to complete it is March 1, but colleges recommend completing the free application as soon as possible for full scholarship consideration.  We recommend that all families complete the FAFSA, regardless of family income.

“Scholarship season” for the following year, officially begins December 1.  For a comprehensive list of the current scholarship opportunities, CLICK HERE.Most scholarship applications are due March 1.  While there are thousands of scholarships available, we recommend that students apply for local scholarships and college-specific scholarships first because the likelihood of receiving the award is higher with those.  

For a comprehensive list of the current scholarship opportunities, CLICK HERE.

To set up a meeting with Jeff Schipper please email him.

WMC Mission & Vision: A Word from Pastor Samuel Greer

Dear WMC families, teachers, alumni, and supporters,

I hope you had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Significant progress is happening at WMC! First being, this e-newsletter communication. My team is working hard at bringing back The Prayer Warrior, an e-newsletter about all things WMC each trimester. Please enjoy this holiday edition wrapping up the start of school through the holiday season.  Great things are happening at WMC! This is the place to be.

Our Campus The WMC Board of Directors, led by Stu Kingma, launched the Campus & Community Campaign, which thoughtfully lays out the building projects proposed for WMC. This presentation is designed to be both salt and light to our community.  Please join us in this effort. 

Looking Ahead Another WMC Board-led project is the strategic planning for WMC through 2025. A group of hand-selected influencers culled from WMC parents, teachers, admin, department heads, and board members, who comprise the Futures Task Force, are tasked with providing professional strategic recommendations in the areas of their core competency. 

Our Stewardship Our school is experiencing financial stability through the dedicated WMC board and administrated leadership. WMC has completed successful audits over the last several years.  The November audit is complete with NO findings or recommendations.  

In His Service An update about Project Grace and how it rolls up to ABC. Our head of Spiritual Development, Matt Smith, is leading the charge on PG this year. The time frame for PG is December 2-16, 2019.  Please join us as we strive to live out the Biblical principles of community.

WMC Christmas Tradition You are cordially invited to the WMC Christmas Collage is on Dec 17 at the Frauenthal in Muskegon. Graduates from all five WMCS feeder schools perform in the Collage every year, so please join us in this time of celebration of the birth of Christ our Savior! You do not want to miss this exciting evening.   As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, I want to express deep and sincere gratitude for the many stewards that serve on our WMC board and all other WMC task forces all in the name of Christ Jesus and his Kingdom, as we work to build and sustain excellent Christian education.   

In His Service,

Pastor Samuel Greer

5 Ways to Honor God with Your Christmas Giving

Do You Know How You Are Giving This Year? Don’t be Hasty…Planning is KEY!

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. —Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)

For many people, Christmas is the most financially stressful time of the year.

Gifts for friends and family, end-of-year charity campaigns, the cost of holiday traditions like special meals, decorations and Christmas cards—it can add up to a financial mess that follows you well into the new year.

You may find yourself wondering … is it really worth it? Is this how God meant for us to celebrate the birth of His Son—by spending until there’s nothing left?

While the Bible doesn’t specifically address holiday spending, it has plenty to say about being faithful with our finances. Here are five Biblical ideas to help you honor God with your budget this Christmas.

1. Have a budget.

Proverbs 21:5 says planning leads to abundance, but those who are “hasty” will come to poverty. Heading to the mall for Christmas shopping without a firm budget is a recipe for debt—something the Bible strongly warns against. Before you begin shopping, make a list of everyone who’s getting a gift and set a limit for each of those gifts. Then stick to it, and refuse to spend money you don’t have. If that means hiding your credit card for the season and only using cash, do it. Do whatever it takes to keep your Christmas spending from following you into next year.

2. Give to Christ first.

When Jesus was born, wise men came to offer gifts to the newborn baby, the Savior of the world. Today, we can’t literally give a gift to Jesus, but we can give to causes that are close to His heart. Jesus said, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). When you make your gift list, don’t forget to give to Christ first. What can you do for “the least of these” this Christmas?

3. Keep things in perspective.

Are you stressed out about checking off your children’s or grandchildren’s lengthy Christmas lists? Wondering how you can afford to have the kind of holiday season you want? It might be time for a healthy dose of perspective.

Living in America around Christmastime can numb us to the realities outside our world of abundance and excess. Don’t lose sight of how fortunate we are. Most of the people in the world live off less than $10 a day. You can bet they aren’t stressing over Christmas lists; they’re likely focused on where their next meal will come from. In the United States, millions of people live below the poverty line. Many children have a less-than-joyful Christmas because their parents are absent, in jail or can’t afford presents. These are a few things to keep in mind when holiday stress creeps into your heart.

4. Check your motives.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” —Jesus (Matthew 6:1, ESV)

When Jesus taught about giving, He made it clear that motives matter. We should always be aware of our reasons for giving, but Christmas is a great time for a heart check in this area. Whether you’re giving gifts to family and friends or donating to a church or charity, ask yourself why you’re giving. Is it out of obligation? Pride? Keeping up with the Joneses? If your motives are less than pure, ask God to help you give for the right reasons; then ask Him to show you how to give in a way that honors Him.

5. Be an evangelistic giver.

How can you adjust your Christmas list to use it for God’s glory? This doesn’t necessarily mean giving everyone a Bible or a Christian book. What it means is finding ways to leverage your giving for God’s Kingdom.

Where should you start? Think about people in your life who don’t know Jesus or who may have wandered away from God. Then think about how you can build relationships with them over the holidays. Something as simple and inexpensive as a batch of cookies can be evangelistic if it gives you a chance to spend a few minutes with that neighbor you wave to over the fence but don’t know very well.

Whatever you decide to do, make an effort to give gifts that point people to Jesus Christ, the greatest gift this world has ever seen.

To give to Western Michigan Christian School CLICK HERE or email Scott Liggett.

SOURCE: https://billygraham.org/story/5-ways-to-honor-god-with-your-christmas-giving/

WMC’s International Thanksgiving

Flavors from Around the World

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, the WMC International Student Program (ISP) gathered at the home of one of our host families, Russ and Cindy Gabel, to celebrate the American Thanksgiving holiday.

The WMC ISP twist was the international flavor added to the event.

There were over 50 guests at the event with 5 American students and the rest host families, international student

Each student was asked to bring a food item from their country. There were Patatas Bravas, pasta, and Spanish Chorizo sausage and cheese, and a Spanish omelet from Spain, an egg roll, kimchi egg and candy from Korea, and spring rolls from Vietnam. These were all side dishes to the main course of turkey, ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes provided by the Gabel family. Students and host families totaled more than 50 giving thanks for our school, food, culture, each other, and the blessings we have. The group was joined by Man Ho, a WMC grad and current Calvin College student, pursuing a nursing degree and some friends.

Man Ho (a former WMC international student from Vietnam) graduated from WMC in 2019 and is a current Calvin student. All alums that continue education locally are invited back every year!

This year WMC has 28 students from China, Korea, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam. Each month the ISP has a cultural activity that has so far included a camping trip and a Fall Festival. Students will celebrate Christmas later this month and there is a spring break trip planned to go to Washington D.C.

Kyle Kempster, Director of International Student Program, and Mar Rabes (Junior) and Carla Ibanez-Costa (Freshman) both from Spain.

Each student lives with an American host family that includes a monthly stipend to help cover transportation and food expenses. This is a great opportunity for families to share faith and culture as well as learning a new culture and developing long-lasting relationships.

Thanksgiving Bonfire:
(left to right) Gene Zhou (12th), Benjamin Sandoval 11th, Owen Varnardo (10th, WMC host family), Pablo Crespo Ballester (10th), Hugo Allende Campillo (10th), Marco Allende Campillo (11th), Hector Sanchez Alcon (10th).

CLICK HERE for more information on WMC’s International Student Program.

Interested in hosting an international student? Please contact Kyle Kempster.

Good Times! Positive and Uplifting News of the WMC Community

Warrior Celebrations, Additions, and Unions

Shout praises to the LORD! Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him. Psalms 147:1

Birth Announcements

Sam (WMC grad 2011) and Elyse (Ray WMC grad 2012) Vos celebrated the birth of their baby boy, Jackson James Vos June 29, 2019.
Elliot (WMC grad 2010) and LaRissa (Byma WMC grad 2011) Vanderlaan celebrated the birth of their baby girl Anneke Grace Vanderlaan on Oct 12, 2019.
Nathan and Bailey (Mines, WMC grad 2014) Kolkema celebrate the birth of their baby girl Makena Rose on September 19, 2019.
Sue Dozeman (WMC front office “mom”) and her husband Mike welcomed a new grandson Carson James Fogelman into the world on December 1st, 2019.

Engagement Announcements

Shelby Lile (WMC grad 2016) and Kevin Mannes celebrated their engagement on November 6, 2019. Their wedding date is set for July 31, 2020.

Benjamin Landheer (WMC grad 2010) and Mallory Yonally celbrated their engagement November 9.
Elizabeth “Betsi” Brook (WMC grad 2014) and Ryan Farris celebrated their engagement. 
Logan Waller (WMC grad 2015) and Brandi Balzer celebrated their engagement on July 20, 2019.
Riley Arkema (WMC grad 2015) and Olivia Couch celebrated their engagement on June 12, 2019
Devin Eekhoff (WMC grad 2015) and Hannah Veldman celebrated their engagement on October 13, 2019.

Marriage Announcements

Alec Breit (WMC grad in 2013) and Gracie Snuffer (WMC grad in 2017) celebrated their wedding on August 16, 2019.
Lydia Goorman (WMC grad in 2013) and Jordan Moya celebrated their wedding on June 29, 2019.
Sam Goorman (WMC grad in 2016) and Allison Bergklint (WMC grad 2016) celebrated their wedding on July 27, 2019.
Mark Boersma (WMC grad 2013) and Anna Stafford celebrated their wedding on July 19, 2019.

Please share your good news with us – email scottliggett@wmchs.net 

Remembering Our WMC Warriors

“My body and mind may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever.”  -Psalms 73:26

This section is dedicated to members of the Warrior Nation who have passed on to eternal glory. 

Mrs. Donna E. Stevens

Mrs. Donna E. Stevens, age 91, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Muskegon. Donna was born September 2, 1928, to James and Katherine (Fischer) Siplon in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. Donna grew up at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Muskegon, and she and her husband, Rich, were longtime members of First Reformed Church. She was currently a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church of Norton Shores. On November 22, 1950, Donna married Richard J. Stevens, and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2011. Survivors include 4 children: Terrance J. (Beth) Stevens, Joni L. (Dan) Wagenmaker, Mark J. (Cindy) Stevens, Kathy A. (Rick) Wilkie; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and one on the way; her in-laws: Les and Marva Stevens. Donna was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, and by a special uncle, Herman Fischer. Donna loved the Lord and enjoyed Bible studies, singing in the choir, picnics at Lake Michigan, walking in the mall with Rich, spending time with her family, baking, and knitting.

Brian D. Vredevoogd, age 57, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, October 26, 2019. Born in Zeeland to Clarence and Johanna Vredevoogd, Brian devoted his life to impacting the lives of middle schoolers. For 36 years he taught Bible and History at Muskegon Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. He was a founding member and elder of Celebration Community Church. Brian loved to travel, dote on his grandkids, read voraciously, and extend hikes to fit in one more waterfall. He was married to his best friend for 37 years. CLICK HERE to read a “Tribute to a Dear Friend, Mentor, and Colleague.

Mr. William Malda

Mr. William Malda, age 96, went to be with his Heavenly Father, Saturday morning, November 9, 2019, at The Poppen Residence. Bill was born December 19, 1922, in Rothbury, MI; and has resided in the Muskegon area since 1948. Bill was a U.S. Army – World War II veteran; and was a Purple Heart recipient for wounds received at St. Lo, France. He served from January 1, 1943, through December 8, 1945. Upon his discharge, Bill became a masonry contractor with his brother Ben, from 1947 – 1987. On October 20, 1948, he married the former Cornelia “Connie” Rop; and she preceded him in death on March 1, 2010. Bill was a former member of First Christian Reformed Church; and now of Grace Christian Reformed Church.

Ottolena Van Andel (DeHorn) died on September 21, 2019, at her home after a long confinement. Ottolena was born in Muskegon on January 26, 1919, to Arie and Marie (VanBrulgel) DeHorn, and married John VanAndel in 1946. She and John owned and ran the VanAndel Hardware on Terrace Street in Muskegon, until his death in 1967. She then worked as an inventory clerk at Hardware Distributors, Inc. until retiring in 1997. She was a life-long member of the Christian Reformed Church, attending East Muskegon CRC until it closed, then attending Allen Avenue CRC. Ottolena liked working with her hands, doing ceramics, needlecraft, china painting, and making quilt tops. But most of all, Ottolena enjoyed spending time with her family-watching the grandkids and great-grandkids after school, attending sporting and musical events, and cooking Sunday dinners.

Pearl Vanderlaan

Pearl Vanderlaan

Reformed Church, and was a dedicated supporter of Muskegon Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School/Middle School. With her quiet spirit, she served the Lord in many very special ways. Pearl was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. On May 4, 1950, she married Arnold J. Vanderlaan, and he preceded her in death on January 8, 2018. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her entire family.

If you have information of any other WMC alumni, staff, supporters, or friend who has passed, please email scottliggett@wmchs.net .


WMC Offers High School and Middle School Spanish Immersion Program

Warrior Spanish Immersion

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is the only academic institution in the area with a Spanish Immersion program. WMC supports continuing SI students that complete K-6 or K-8 Spanish immersion education at any of our WMCS feeder programs. Offered in both middle school and high school, WMC offers Language Arts and Bible classes taught only in Spanish as an extension, or “maintenance,” to continuing immersion studies.

Growing Spanish Immersion Program

The 2019-2020 school year started with a total group of six 9th graders and eighteen 7th and 8th graders. Due to the WMCS feeder schools and their growing K-6th and K-8th grade SI programs, WMC’s Spanish Immersion program is projected to grow exponentially every year as these young SI students come up through the WMCS system.

An exciting byproduct of SI is that these students are not only learning a second language, they are also being introduced to a new culture. At WMC, Mrs. Victoria Esteva, aka “Senora,” has teaching experience from Santo Domingo and Punta Cana both in the Dominican Republic. Her classroom consists of fluent Spanish speakers demonstrating the prowess of mastering a second language.

WMC’s Dean of Instruction, Dr. Kristy Taylor shared, “I wish I could have had this experience as a student! It is so remarkable to sit in this class and hear everyone (teachers and students) speaking Spanish so naturally and learning in this environment. The accents are awesome!” 

Senora Esteva’s 9th grade Bible students discuss the Scriptures.

The Future Is Bright for College-Bound SI Students

The dept of instruction is actively engaging with institutions of higher learning to carve a pathway for post-HS development as it relates to Spanish Immersion. This fall, WMC’s Administrator Pastor Samuel Greer and WMC Dean of Instruction, Dr. Taylor met with a couple of colleges to partner with when it comes to Spanish Immersion.

Stay tuned for details in 2020!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the K-12 Spanish Immersion Program at West Michigan Christian Schools.

CLICK HERE for more information about continuing SI at WMC MS or HS.

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.

Dean’s Update Fall 2019

Dear WMC Parents,

Our students are such a blessed gift straight from God.

It’s part of what makes this calling as a leader such a high one. We are entrusted to become part of the story of young adults who belong to our Heavenly Father. 

This past month has been a challenging one with the “home going” of a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Brian Vredevoogd, aka Mr. V, but I am so grateful for the promises that the Lord gives us that we will see Mr. V again one day. This community that we all share truly demonstrates ABC (Authentic Biblical Community), our theme for this year. 

We had two evenings of Parent-Teacher Conferences in these past few weeks that provided the opportunity for parents and teachers to dialogue about this important partnership that we have with each other. Thank you to all who were able to attend. We also had two days this past month which allowed teachers the opportunity to attend the annual Christian Educators Association (CEA) conference.  This year we headed to Indiana with 1,100 other Christian educators.

November always seems to be a month of transitions. We see the reality of where we are in the school year (already completed one trimester, 33% of the year already over for seniors, students wondering about post-high school action steps, fall sports season wrapping up and winter sports beginning).  This transition hits students in a variety of ways. After trimester one, it is a good time to redirect students who might not be learning all that we desire for them to learn. This redirection might be a skill issue or it might be a will issue. Good communication in a variety of ways (student to teacher, teacher to student, student to parent, parent to student, teacher to parent, parent to teacher) is vital to achieving our curriculum goals. This might come as a suggestion from a parent or from a teacher that a transition might be needed for them in how they are approaching their studies.

I want to wish you all a great season of Thanksgiving. As you think about preparing your table for Thanksgiving, keep in mind all the wonderful things God has given to us.  We really do have so much to be thankful for as a school community. I am thankful for your child(ren), I am thankful for our fantastic teachers and I am thankful for our partnership with you in their educational experience.

Thanks for all you do,

Dr. Taylor

WMC Dean of Instruction

Important Dates/Events/Forms for WMC Students and Families for Aug/Sept 2019-2020

Greetings Warriors!

The school year is quickly nearing so we wanted to share some important dates and details for you!

Does your child have their FORMS ready for the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?

ALL MS & HS students/parents need to review the WMC Technology Handbook and then fill out a WMC Technology Agreement Form, which is to be signed by both student and parent. This MUST be completed in order for your child to receive a Chromebook.

WMC upperclassmen, Juniors and Seniors, MUST have two Americorp PDF forms signed by their parents to attend the first day of service. NOTE: Please send your child to school in CLOSED-TOE shoes on Monday!

We also sent out an e-newsletter to help you and your student prepare and to make the start of school go smoothly! CLICK HERE to pull up that e-newsletter online now.

AUGUST:

  • Until Aug 16: Office Hours: T, W, Thu 9:00 am-2:00 pm
  • As of Aug 19: Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-3:30 pm
  • Aug 20: NEW STUDENT/PARENT ORIENTATION DINNER at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria
  • Aug 26: FIRST DAY of MS & HS – 8:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Aug 30-Sept 2: Four-Day Labor Day Weekend

SEPTEMBER:

  • Sept 9th: Both MS/HS BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents 7:00 pm
  • Sept 9th: JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENT INFO MEETING at 6:00 pm in the Media Center
  • Sept 11: MS/HS LATE START at 10:00 am
  • Sept 14: WMCS All-School Golf Outing
  • Sept 25: MS/HS LATE START at 10:00 am

Please be sure to follow us on the official Western Michigan Christian School Facebook page for updates as well!

Have questions? EMAIL US!

Dr. Kristy Taylor Joins Western Michigan Christian School as the New Dean of Students and Instruction

Welcome to Dr. Kristy Taylor!

We are blessed here at WMC to have such an esteemed educator join our school family! Here’s a little more information about Dr. Taylor’s background and what she brings to the WMC team.

Dr. Kristy Taylor joins Western Michigan Christian School as the new Dean of Students and Instruction.

Dr. Kristy Taylor has served in education for the past 20 years.  She has worked with students of all types and ages from private schools, public schools, university, and community college.

She has taught several years in the classroom and has worked in several administration roles at different institutions.  She has served on a public school board and currently serves on Cornerstone University’s Board of Trustees. Prior to coming to WMC, her most recent position was the High School and Middle School Principal at Holland Christian.

“I am excited to be A WARRIOR and blessed that God has given me the opportunity to serve at Western Michigan Christian to work with our students, parents, teachers, and staff. Christian education is a labor of love and is close to my heart,” shares Dr. Taylor.

She and her husband Matt have four boys and live in the Holland area. Their family photo (above) features her husband Matt, Kristy, Reeves (freshman in HS), Davis, (8th grade), Pearson (5th grade) and Brock (4th grade).

Dr. Taylor’s life verse is Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”   

Dr. Taylor’s life verse is Proverbs 16:9.


She enjoys watching sports (mostly her sons’ teams), reading, and camping. Her favorite season is summer and she considers herself a “lifelong learner.”

Please join us in giving Dr. Taylor a warm Warrior welcome! If you need to reach her, please contact us.

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.