Archive for 2020-2021

WMC has a Christmas Pop-up Restaurant for International Students and Host Families

“The months of December through February are typically the most challenging for international students in West Michigan because they have been here 4-6 months, it is cold and dark most of the time and homesickness intensifies,” says Kyle Kempster, WMC International Student Program director, “add to that the pandemic and virtual learning and it can be even more challenging.” The school has students from Korea, South Africa, Spain and Vietnam.

That is why the school held a Christmas Pop-up Restaurant. “I was talking with Chanho Song, one of our partner agents about the challenges our students face and he suggested the idea of a pop-up restaurant.” This would allow students and families to get outside, eat food that provided a taste of home and we could exchange gifts. The school usually has monthly cultural activities including a Christmas event but Covid has changed that.

Song and Kempster prepared food from the different countries represented at the school. They served Bobotie from South Africa, Paella from Spain, Ddeokbokki (rice cake) and Eomuk from Korea, Pho from Vietnam. Students were asked to bring gifts to exchange and to make a Christmas card for local nursing home resident. The pop-up restaurant was hosted at Ferrysburg Community Church. “It was a good central location and they have an outside heater and a fire pit,” says Kempster.

South African Bobotie
Spanish Paella
Korean Ddeokbokki (rice cake)
Vietnamese Pho (left) and Korean Eomuk

“My son and host son had a great time! I heard all about the fun and how yummy the food was,” shared Jami Dunbar who hosts a student from Vietnam. Sara Visker, who hosts students from Vietnam and Korea enjoyed the event, “It was a great time! Thank you so much for all the amazing food and good company.  The kids all had a great time!

Kempster says he has work to do on his Paella. “One of the students from Spain shared that he really liked it but one told me, ‘It was good Mr. Kempster, but it was not Paella,’ “I am determined to have them tell me it tasted like home,” added Kempster.

Anh Van Trinh, a student from Vietnam, enjoyed the event, “I loved the Pho. This was a fun break from virtual learning. Even though it was outside in the cold, it was fun to see the other students and taste the good food from different countries.”

“Some of these students were unable to return home in the summer and have been here since last year,” said Kempster. “These events can help students adjust to a different culture while continuing their educational program.” Kempster says cooking food from another country helps him understand the students’ cultures. He adds that, “I may fail but I usually get credit for trying. It is interesting cooking with different spices like saffron, curry, turmeric, coriander and cumin because you realize there is a whole different world of flavor out there. And it is nice to experience that with my students.”

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is a 7-12 Christian school in Norton Shores Michigan and is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools that includes Fremont Christian School, Grand Haven Christian School, Muskegon Christian School and New Era Christian School.

PROJECT GRACE 2020

Pastor Samuel Greer started Project Grace in December of 2000 at Western Michigan Christian as a way for students and staff to give to those in need along the lakeshore. Twenty  years later he is now the Principal at WMC and reflecting on year 20 of Project Grace, “Every year I get an opportunity to see God’s hand at work in the lives of students and staff at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. One of the greatest expressions of God’s presence at our school is Project Grace. Each year we have seen God’s faithfulness in that he has enabled us to reach families in his name.” WMC students have raised over $100,000 over 20  years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in need. This year students raised $1,600 during the fundraising event. “It was a bit more challenging this year because we were virtual. It simply was not as easy to raise money without students in the building being motivated by faculty and by each other,” said Greer, “We had to scale down a bit from past years.”

This year’s focus was Rise Up to Grace. Students focused on giving with a heart of grace as they have been given grace. This has been the theme all year and it is especially timely during the worldwide pandemic. Scott Liggett, Chief Advancement Officer for the school, coordinated the student efforts and was pleased with the way the project came together, “It is good to see our community of students, staff and families come together in the midst of these difficult times to reflect God’s love and grace for us and give to others. That is what Christmas is about.” This year WMC delivered Meijer gift cards and gifts to 4 families in the area. Individual classes competed in a daily competition. This year’s winning class, Summer Lile’s Chemistry class, raised the most money and was able to deliver the gifts.

Summer Lile, who graduated from WMC in 2012, is now a WMC science teacher and the staff advisor for student council said Project Grace is meaningful to her in a new and different way, “As a student I was never able to shop for gifts or wrap them because I was always part of our Christmas Collage at the Frauenthal. As a teacher I have been able to work with students directly to raise money  and this year I went shopping with the student council with  the lists that families gave us. Although it was different shopping for fewer families than in the past,  it became a bit more personal because we took extra time as we shopped. It was a blessing to shop with the student council and then deliver the gifts with my Chemistry students and share Christ’s love with families in our community.” One of Lile’s Chemistry students, Raina Luhring, reflected on the experience of delivering the gifts to families, “Joy. It was just pure joy to be able to give to others and see their reaction. I know that they were happy and that made me happy and it actually made me feel joyful as well.”

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 355 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 Names Andre Williams as Dean of Student Life

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is pleased to announce Andre Williams as its Dean of Student Life. Andre joins WMC and will be responsible for overseeing student life and spiritual development.

“We are so fortunate to have Andre as a part of our staff. As Pastor at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and former Youth Engagement Specialist at Health West, he brings with him the needed experience as a spiritual leader and shepherd as well as youth advocacy and youth leadership development ”, says WMC Principal Samuel Greer, “God has blessed Andre’s ministry in our community and we are pleased that he will now be an integral part of our school community.”

Andre, a lifelong resident of Muskegon Heights, graduated from Muskegon Community College and ATS and has served on the board of many local organizations. He also currently serves as Councilman/Vice Mayor of Muskegon Heights. Williams will be responsible for student discipleship as it relates to corrective actions and the ongoing monitoring of student expectations and concerns. Andre also serves as the State Youth Director for the General Baptist State Convention of Michigan. He will also be responsible for spiritual development and, specifically, chapel and small group development.

“I am so pleased to be a part of the WMC school community and a place where I can openly express the love of Christ”, says Andre Williams, WMC Dean of Students, “I feel that all of my life’s training and development has led to this moment. This position. This is God’s work in my life and I am excited for His leading in the development and advancement of our WMC students. I look forward to exploring dynamic ways to grow together.” Williams adds, “WMC represents a big bowl of possibilities and my role as Dean of Student Life will require working with the staff as a team to deposit a spirit of life into all that are here and to build a sustainable environment of spiritual growth. I look forward to developing relationships with our students and staff in order to grow together in Christ.”

Mr. Williams challenged students and staff in his first chapel address today to be light givers as receivers of Christ’s light and in this season of celebrating Christ’s birth and asked that they shine for Christ in relationships at school, at home and in community with others.

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is a 7-12 Christian school in Norton Shores Michigan and is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools that includes Fremont Christian School, Grand Haven Christian School, Muskegon Christian School and New Era Christian School.

Covid Dashboard

To protect the health of our School Community and per the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools on October 6, 2020, we will use this webpage to provide Public Notice to our School Community regarding School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case by the Muskegon County Health Department, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly by the Muskegon County Health Department. 
Last updated: 10/12/20

The new case and cumulative case count can be found here.

WMC starts year with In-Person and Online options, New Athletic Fields and Classrooms and a Partnership with Calvin University

In-Person Learning

“We are extremely excited and blessed to be able to begin the 2020-21 school year with in-person learning and virtual learning options for our families,” said WMC Principal Samuel Greer, “We are uniquely positioned with a building that has a large-footprint compared to our total enrollment that allows us to be properly socially distanced with an average of 21 students per classroom.” The school will adhere to the Michigan Safe Start Plan for schools with safety measures in place that include PPE, social distancing, directional foot traffic throughout the building and proper hygiene/cleaning practices in place. “We feel confident in our plan to provide a safe learning environment while delivering excellence in Christian education,” Greer added.

Virtual Learning

Additionally, the school will give families the choice to do virtual learning. “Our school board approved the funding for audio and video technology in each classroom allowing for live-streaming sessions for students to participate remotely,” explained Dr. Kristy Taylor, Director of Instruction, “We are pleased to be able to offer this to families to give them a choice each trimester to either do in-person or online education. Our students at home will be fully participating through Google Classroom and be able to talk to the in-person students and participate in group discussions,” added Taylor, “This allows us to continue our excellence in education and being one of the top academic schools in our area.” she said.

New Athletic Fields

WMC completed a multi-million dollar capital campaign this spring in order to break ground on new soccer and baseball fields. “This provides state of the art playing fields for our students on our own campus and builds community both for our families and our surrounding area,” said WMC Director of Advancement Scott Liggett, “After winning the D4 Boys State Championship Soccer season last fall we are well positioned to continue our legacy of Warrior championship athletics,” he added.

New Middle School Classrooms

Along with the new athletic complex, WMC has added two middle school classrooms, including a science lab. “Over the past few years our middle school has continued to grow to the point where we needed to add classroom space.” said Principal Greer, “We have shown double digit enrollment increases over the past 10 years and this puts us in position to continue that as we look to the future.” 

Spanish Immersion Partnership with Calvin University

West Michigan Christian Schools, including Fremont Christian, Grand Haven Christian, Muskegon Christian, New Era Christian and Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School, will begin a Spanish Immersion partnership with Calvin University. “This partnership allows our Spanish Immersion students to graduate high school with a Spanish Minor from Calvin University,” said West Michigan Christian Schools Spanish Immersion Director Heather Grisales. Juniors and seniors will take college level courses through Calvin and will also be able to participate in a three week study abroad experience in a Spanish speaking country. “We are excited to offer this program to our immersion students from Fremont Christian, Grand Haven Christian and Muskegon Christian who continue on to Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School,” added Grisales. 

For more information on our in-person, virtual learning, or Spanish Immersion programs please call 231-799-9644×237. WMC is a grade 7-12 Christian school located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. Elementary schools include Fremont Christian, Grand Haven Christian, Muskegon Christian and New Era Christian.

Back to School 2020-2021 Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School

August 24th: Smart Start and 1st Day of School

  • 8:00AM: School day begins for all students.
  • 7:50 AM: Arrival time for school for classes to start at 8:00 AM. WMC will officially open each day at 7:30 AM. Students that arrive between 7:30AM-7:50 AM must go to the competitive gym.
  • Students will receive their Chromebook.
  • Locker assignments are given to each student.
  • Picture Day: LifeTouch Parent Portal (will be emailed soon) Pdf link here.
  • Students will receive their class schedule. Also, all student class schedules will be available Friday, August 7 by 3:00 PM via your Powerschool account.

FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR GREER:

Dear Warriors,

Welcome to Western Michigan Christian Middle & High School. I am excited to greet you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Saviour. We are in great expectation of you coming back to school. I recognize the major challenges that COVID-19 has caused to our local community and to our school. Please know that we have worked extremely hard to develop a plan of operation that will provide you with a safe environment to learn.

Enclosed is some information as we begin this journey of excellence under the umbrella of Jesus Christ. We are planning for your presence on Monday, August 24, 2020. Our first day will consist of “Back to School Efforts” and course introductions. Special thanks in advance for your patience and understanding as we embrace community in a safe way.

Remember, Monday, August 24, 2020. See you at 8:00 am. Enjoy the final days of summer break. “Go Warriors!”

In the Lord’s Service,

Samuel Greer Jr.

Principal

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Daily Expectations: Face to Face Instruction

Student and Parent Expectations: click here

WMC Commitment to Students and Parents: click here

WMC Response to COVID infections: click here

Immunizations

Information: click here

New Teachers

Intro to WMC’s New Teachers: click here

PowerSchool

Powerschool URL access and login information: click here

Print and Post

Academic and Events Calendar: click here

School Calendar/Year View: click here

Daily Bell Schedule: click here

School Supply List

Middle and High School Supply List: click here

2020-2021 Warrior Handbook

Academic, Technology and Athletic Handbook: Click here

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School Breaks Ground on New Soccer and Baseball Fields

WMC Enjoys New Beginnings on Campus

This spring, with less than typical pomp and circumstance due to the constraints of the pandemic, WMC celebrated the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art soccer and baseball field.

In most cases, events such as the start of a construction project are commemorated with an official groundbreaking event where the entire WMC community would be invited, however, given the ongoing pandemic, it was decided that we would hold a “virtual” groundbreaking instead. 

Knowing that many of you would have wanted to be part of this event, we captured it on video. See below:

Below is a rendering to help illustrate the work that is underway.

Since the groundbreaking day on June 9, 2020, the construction crews have cleared the land that sits to the west of the Norton Shores campus to make way for the soccer and baseball field. It’s so exciting to see the progress!

July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

For the first time in school history, both of WMC’s soccer and baseball teams will have home games on our campus. This will allow our students to support their classmates in a way that has not been previously possible since prior to this, baseball and soccer home fields were located off-site.

For the first time in school history, both of WMC’s soccer and baseball teams will have home games on our campus. This will allow our students to support their classmates in a way that has not been previously possible since prior to this, baseball and soccer home fields were located off-site.

WMC Boys Soccer

The roots of the Warrior soccer program harken back to the fall of 1968. In the beginning, the WMC mens soccer team was a member of the 6-C Soccer League with Grand Rapids Christian, Holland Christian, Unity Christian, Calvin Christian, and Kalamazoo Christian.

The boys soccer team claimed the State Championship in 1988, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2019.

In 1982, 1983, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2011 Warriors came up short as the runner up.

WMC Girls Soccer

The Warrior girls soccer program started in 1989 with an intramural team. That team blazed the trail for the first varsity girls soccer season in 1990. Nine years later the program achieved state runner up!

1990, back when girls had to play on the boys team to find higher level competition.
(source: The Torch 1990, WMC’s yearbook archive)
WMC’s first Girls Intramural Soccer team in 1989
(source: The Torch 1989, WMC’s yearbook archive)
WMC’s first girls varsity soccer team.
(source: The Torch 1990, WMC’s yearbook archive)
July 27, 2020
July 27, 2020

Both of WMC’s soccer coaches for the 2020-2021 school year are new to the post, so they will be the first to enjoy coaching on the new home soccer field. Boys soccer coach Coach Buursma shared, “These fields are going to be an amazing addition to the WMC campus. I am excited for the athletes and fans and the WMC community to enjoy the facility. I know a lot of prayer, planning, and financial resources went into making this portion of the campus plan a reality, and it’s incredible to see it come to fruition.” 

…a lot of prayer, planning, and financial resources went into making this portion of the campus plan a reality, and it’s incredible to see it come to fruition.

WMC’s new girls soccer coach, Kevin Butler, “The multi-sport complex is incredibly exciting for the players as well as the coaches.  I know the girls can’t wait to experience the training and playing environment in this new facility, to welcome their supporting fans into the complex, and thank the WMC families for their strong support of sports through a Christian perspective.”

The multi-sport complex is incredibly exciting for the players as well as the coaches.  I know the girls can’t wait to experience the training and playing environment in this new facility, to welcome their supporting fans into the complex, and thank the WMC families for their strong support of sports through a Christian perspective.

WMC Baseball

The baseball program started at WMC back in 1951. The first time baseball was featured in The Torch (WMC’s yearbook archives) was in 1952.

The Torch; 1952; Recognize anyone you know?

Warrior baseball clinched the state championship in 1985 and they were runner up in 1980.

“I’m extremely excited to have Warrior baseball being played on campus next spring.  It will provide an opportunity to strengthen the community feel where students and staff are only a short walk to watch us play,” shares Varsity baseball coach Mark Hill.  

I’m extremely excited to have Warrior baseball being played on campus next spring.  It will provide an opportunity to strengthen the community feel where students and staff are only a short walk to watch us play.

“Seeing the WMC community come together and provide the necessary support to make this project happen has been incredible.  For the last several years there have been so many hands involved.  To see this vision come to fruition is an example of how exceptional the WMC community is.  Our athletic department is grateful for the opportunity to have a facility of this stature for our coaches and athletes.  The WMC student-athletes are excited and ready to put these fields to use,” explains Western Michigan Christian Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.  

WMC promises to incur absolutely no debt for any of these projects and we will have 105% of the required funds in hand for any part of the project to commence.  We’re eternally grateful for the generosity of our community that has allowed for these exciting developments.

Interested in WMC’s Sports Programs? Click here to learn more.

WMC’s International Student Program Update Winter 2020

By Kyle Kempster, Head of the International Student Program at WMC

Asian New Year

This year WMC was blessed to host 19 international students from countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year. Traditionally, this is a time when families and friends get together for food, games, and a time of celebration that can also include fireworks. 

There were two students that joined WMC for 4 weeks as part of a winter cultural camp and we celebrated the Asian New Year together with host families, student ambassadors and several international students.

Chanho Song, one of our agency partners, led the celebration of food by bringing ingredients for dumplings rice cake soup. The group of 25 students and host families made dumplings together and enjoyed the delicious feast. They also played board games and a fowling tournament — what is fowling? It’s a combination of bowling and football during which teams take turns throwing footballs at bowling pins. It was a very fun night!

Other students gathered at the Gabel host home for an evening of food and games. They cooked traditional Vietnamese food and had a fun time together. Several ISP alumni joined them.

Winter Camp

For the past three years, WMC has held a winter cultural camp this has included students from China and Korea and has typically been 4-8 students. This year we had two students join us from South Korea.

When students come to the U.S. they sometimes prefer their name but often will choose an American name, mostly for ease of pronunciation and use. Our 8th-grade student wanted an American name but did not have one in mind so his host family, the Mitchells, chose Bronnie, thinking of LeBron James. Bronnie did not say much about the name as it was referred to a bit before he came but when he walked in the door and saw the “Welcome Home Bronnie” sign, it stuck!

Bronnie’s warm welcome from Korea at the Mitchell home.

Our 9th-grade student Yebin was quite shy when she arrived but she quickly settled into her host family, the Viskers, and became fast friends with student ambassadors Kendal Young and Cate Garretson.

The Visker family welcomes Yebin from Korea

In fact, most of the activities became photoshoots for ice skating, sledding, jumping at J3, and even The Bean at Millenium Park. Besides these activities the students also enjoyed painting at Create-a-Frame studio, shopping at Rivertown Crossing, an overnight lake Michigan cottage experience that included traditional Korean food, and skiing at Cannonsburg.

The students also attended classes and one of Yebin’s favorite subjects included Physics during which she participated in a Bungiee Barbie lab with 3/4th graders from GHC.

Bronnie had fun with student ambassadors Henry Hubers, Jake Hwang and Seojin Yeo, and Bronnie’s favorite activities were the ski days at Cannonsburg.

Host Family Round-Up

Our ISP for the 2019-20 school year included 28 students from China, South Korea, South Africa, Spain and Vietnam and we are always in need of host families.

Hosting a student is not always easy but it can be surprisingly rewarding. Some would argue that the host family is the most important element of the ISP because the families have the most impact and spend a lot of time with the students.

This includes church, family activities, helping with homework and making them part of the family. The Gabel family has hosted for six years and have called 6 students their host children. This in addition to their own children.

“We are a busy family with big hearts and a big house,” says host dad Russ. One of the highlights for them was when Man Ho, now a freshman at Calvin University, made a decision to commit her life to Christ and be baptized. Her testimony included the impact her host family, WMC and church had made on her life. Russ and his wife Cindy have had students stay all four years and have become part of their family.

Simon, a former student from China, annually visits them at Christmas time and sometimes in the summer breaks from Purdue. “It is a blessing to have them come back,” shared Cindy. “We love them and they know they are always welcome.”

Hosting also includes the discipline part. And families need to become comfortable treating students like their own. With the same expectations. If WMC has been blessed with great host families that are inclusive and loving. It is a labor of love.

LEARN MORE about hosting an international student.

Sawyer Arkema, A Warrior’s Heart

The 2019-2020 WMC Homecoming court took their places on the basketball court and waited for the announcement. This year there was a house favorite and everyone knew it.

“The 2020 Western Michigan Christian Homecoming King is Sawyer Arkema!” The gym roared with cheers and applause. It was a special tear-jerking moment for everyone gathered in Warrior gym.

Sawyer had one heck of a senior year! 

  • He was crowned Homecoming King
  • He was awarded a brand-new 3-wheel bike from the Muskegon Ambucs during half time on Senior Night
  • He scored several buckets in the WMC-hosted United Basketball game with his Special Olympics team in front of his home crowd in his home gym
  • He made front page news in the local paper and was featured on local TV news
  • He graduated from high school in June
Classmate Ryan Bradford Royle congratulates his buddy Sawyer on being crowned King.

Sawyer’s academic journey started at New Era Christian School when he entered kindergarten. Before long, he completed 8th grade and moved on to Western Michigan Christian for high school. Sawyer has a rich and full school life, complete with the support and love of a close-knit school community and peers who adore him. 

At WMC, he is on what is called a “Certificate of Completion” track.  He takes general education classes and works to complete goals instead of aiming for a certain grade.  Fully included in senior-level classes, Sawyer takes general education classes alongside his peers with the help from Daniel Garland, WMC’s ESS Teacher. The main goals of these classes are to further develop social skills with peers, following directions, and staying on task. Sawyer has attended a specific class every year at WMC to work on functional, life, and academic skills.  A key part of this ESS class is to take interest inventory assessments to determine and match him with occupations that he can both enjoy and demonstrate proficiency. Sawyer was matched with job placement at B2 Outlet, a retail store, and Lake Effect Kitchen, a catering company, where he works half-days two days a week. He loves his work!  

Sawyer took his brand-new 3-wheel bike from the Muskegon Ambucs for a spin in Warrior gym

Like most high school boys, Sawyer’s favorite part is being with his teammates. He attended practice with the varsity boys basketball team every Wednesday last fall/winter.

At home games, it became a tradition for each player to share a special handshake with Sawyer as they took the court. Always decked out in green and white, Sawyer is a big part of the heart of the team. 

WMC hosts a United Basketball game each year where Sawyer’s Warrior teammates join forces with his Special Olympics pals scrimmage in front of Sawyer’s WMC student body. School let out early that day so everyone can attend the big game and cheer on their classmate.

Sawyer being introduced as a starter before his big game.

“It’s the favorite basketball game of the year for all of us at WMC,” shares WMC teammate and sophomore Kellen Mitchell.

This love and support is the hallmark of the WMC warriors.

The crowd went wild when Sawyer scored. It was a sight to behold indeed. Not a dry eye in the house as Sawyer pumped his fists and bolted down the court fully enjoying his big moment. It was pure joy.

WATCH the annual Special Olympics United Basketball Game Fox17 news coverage.

READ the Grand Haven Tribune‘s coverage.

After graduation from WMC, Sawyer will start “college” at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Transition Campus in the fall of 2020.  This program provides him with training and hands-on experience in both life and job skills.  They do a great job of placing their students in actual jobs and then coaching them through the process of learning to do those jobs independently. Sawyer is well-prepared to excel in this environment. He is ready for it!

“We are excited about the possibilities that this program offers Sawyer.  He still very much wants to go to college like his big brother so we like to refer to this program as Muskegon College,” explains Sawyer’s mom, Betsy Arkema.  

Sawyer chatting up teammate and fellow senior Nick Moser on the Warrior bench.

Sawyer is a beloved part of the Warrior family and the halls will not be the same without him. We look forward to his return visits and hearing of his future successes. 

There will always be a spot open on the basketball bench for one of WMC’s all-time favorite Warriors — we love you, Sawyer!

To learn more about WMC and our ESS program, click here.

WMC Reopening Plan for Fall 2020

First, a warm THANK YOU to our REOPENING Committee who have worked hard to provide the best plan for WMC. That team includes:

  • Samuel Greer – Team Leader
  • Kristy Taylor – Academics/Scheduling
  • Kathryn Becksvoort – Communications and Academics/Scheduling
  • Sue Dozeman – Communications
  • Kurt Gruppen – Athletics
  • Mark Hill – Academics/Scheduling
  • Kyle Kempster – Health/Safety
  • Haley Langejans – Communications
  • Steve Osburn – Academics/Scheduling
  • Jeff Schipper – Academics/Scheduling
  • Josh Scholma – Academics/Scheduling

Our Mission through Crisis

“To follow the framework our State Legislators & Medical Professionals have decidedly provided us; as Western Michigan Christian School Collaborative strongly believes in making fact-based, faith-driven decisions that provide our Students and Community with the safest, most rationalized, most Christ-centered environment possible. Dedication to College-Preparatory, Christian Education remains a top priority and our Administration and Staff are highly committed to the task of providing this to our Student body no matter the circumstances of the environment. We see this World-wide epidemic and the footprint it is leaving on our communities as another opportunity presented to us as believers to exemplify our strong faith and fervent trust in our Lord and his unfailing plan.”

Communication Plan

It’s very important that we keep our community updated on the details. We also want to hear from you.

Current: Our communication to the WMC School Community has been in three letters and we have also reached out to our parents with a survey. We received wonderful feedback from our community.

Future: WMC will host webinars and town hall meetings to inform our school community of our reopening plan for the academic year 2020-2021.

Michigan Safe Start Plan – Phase 4

We’ve consulted with the State of Michigan, legal advisors, medical professionals and public and private schools in the effort to deliver to and excellent reopening plan for our students and teachers.

As of now, we are in Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan for reopening the schools for fall of 2020.

For WMC, that means that on August 24, we will open our Norton Shores campus with in-person instruction with required safety protocols.

The intent is to have a more interactive experience. To be able to achieve this the safest way possible, we have outlined the safety protocols to which each student, parents and WMC staff/faculty will need to adhere.

WMC head of School, Pastor Samuel Greer, walks through our Fall 2020 Reopening in this webinar from Tuesday, July 21 below:

Pastor Samuel Greer walks through the Fall 2020 Reopening

Questions? Concerns? We want to hear from you.

Please share your thoughts with us regarding the school reopening plan using this online form. Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your loyalty to Christian education and to WMC. We pray that you will keep the WMC teachers and administrators in your prayers as they navigate these precedent-setting times.

Here’s to a wonderful 2020-2021 school year!

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