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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.

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.

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