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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.

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.

Student Feature: Hanna Klaassen

“God is good”

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

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

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

Give God all the glory

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

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

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

 

Superior Rated Arts at Western Michigan Christian

Recent Award-Winning Performances for Western Michigan Christian

Western Michigan Christian recently competed in some regional and local competitions in which we came away with top awards. This included the Central Michigan University’s 45th Annual Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, as well as Michigan School, Band and Orchestra Association’s District Solo and Ensemble competitions.

Central Michigan University’s 45th Annual Jazz Weekend

The WMC Jazz Band performed and received  trophies for the Most Outstanding Band, the Most outstanding Rhythm Section 1st Runner-up (David Clausing, Ben Garretson, Ema Davis and Rebecca TerHaar), and the Most Outstanding Soloist 1st Runner-up (Daniel Hartley). Western Michigan Christian Jazz Band under the direction of Nick DeBone Most Outstanding Soloist 1st Runner Up Daniel Hartley Most Outstanding Percussion 1st Runner-up

Michigan School, Band and Orchestra’s District Solo and Ensemble

Madison Woods, Catherine Bradford-Royle, and Kylie Luhring (all pictured below) received a Superior 1 rated flute trio “Dance of the Reed Flutes” and they each achieved a Solo Superior 1 rating individually qualifying them for State Solo and Ensemble. Madison Woods, Catherine Bradford-Royle, and Kylie Luhring Dance of the Reed Flutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 10 was a big day for the WMC Vocal Music Department – our students participated in the District Solo & Ensemble Festival at Reeths-Puffer High School. -WMC Choir Director Kathryn Becksvoort

Our two large ensembles, the Chamber Choir Women and Chamber Choir Men, scored Division 1 ratings and will be heading to State Solo and Ensemble.  The “Leesier” Ensemble (Brendan Lee, Andrew Plaisier, and Daniel Plaisier pictured below along with Cameron Lee) earned a Division 1 rating as well!  On top of this, all the following high school soloists received Division 1 ratings – Jamel Williams, Brendan Lee, TJ Williams, Andrew Plaisier, Emma Visker, and David Clausing.  They all qualify to participate at the State level.  Please congratulate them on their fine work!  Our middle school vocalists were also well-represented:  the duet of Cate Garretson and Jessica Eeningenburg received a Division 1 rating, along with soloists Taylor Johnson and Belen Francis.Brendan Lee, Daniel Plaisier, Cameron Lee, Andrew Plaisier

 

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 School’s 2018 Auction is Saturday, March 17

WMC is 70 Years Young and We’re Celebrating at our Annual Auction 

Have you Saved-the-Date yet?

The ground was broken in Muskegon, MI in the fall of 1948 and WMC was born.  

So much has changed in 70 years…different faces, different building, different programs. And yet the legacy that was started by a group of families with a vision and a calling to build a high school for Christ-centered education lives on and lives strong!

The auction, which is held annually in the spring, is WMC’s biggest (and most FUN) fundraising event!  

This event is for EVERYONE who…

  1.   Loves Christian education
  2.   Is a parent, grandparent, staff, retiree, or alumni of WMC
  3.   Loves to support local non-profit organizations making a giant impact on the world
  4.   Loves to have a fun night out with friends and raise money for a great cause
  5.   Loves birthday cake

When & Where – The Deets

  • DATE:  Saturday on March 17, 2018
  • TIME:  5:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Fricano’s Muskegon Lake at 1050 W. Western Ave., Muskegon.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available beginning January 31 in the High School Office or through your favorite WMC Board Member.

  • Adults:  $25 each (includes dinner, late night pizza, soft drinks and coffee, and 2 complimentary beverages)
  • Students:  $10 each (includes dinner, late night pizza, and soft drinks)

Whether you remember the birth of WMC, are raising current or future Warriors, or just love a good party, we hope you’ll join us in this celebration of legacy, friendship, and excellence!

Click here >> to view PDF of the WMC Auction Poster 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.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year

Enrollment/Re-enrollment

Please see below for enrollment informational video and presentation.

All families must be signed up for the FACTS Payment Plan and must set up auto pay with their bank

All families requesting a tuition adjustment must complete the FACTS Tuition Grant Aid & Assessment

Re-enrollment begins February 1. Please complete your student enrollment packet here

 

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.

Counseling Office Newsletter: Winter Edition

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed

I can’t believe that 1st trimester is already done and exams have come and gone.  The counseling office is bustling with seniors applying to college and looking at post-secondary options.  That post-secondary decision is a big one, and the seniors are feeling this pressure.  As parents you are able to help this process by starting conversations early.  Even as 7th graders, students can begin pursuing their interests and talking about what they might want to do.   We will also be doing this at WMC.  We want to start conversations early and help our students see the importance of all their years at WMC, 7th-12th grade.

The counseling office has also been working on new and upcoming programs to benefit our students.  Our counseling group has been launched and there will be others to follow.  We want to support our students in all areas; this includes social/emotional, career development and academic development.  Please let us know if your student  is struggling so that we can come alongside them and encourage them in their journey.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with each of your children!

Things you might not know about…Anxiety

  • 6.3 Million teens in the U.S. ages 13-18 struggle with an anxiety disorder.
  • 3 million adolescents in the U.S. have experience at least one major depressive episodes in the past year.

So what can you do?

  • Talk about the real stuff
  • Pay attention, but don’t smother them
  • Resist getting angry
  • Don’t put off getting help
  • Treat the whole family

Class of 2018

This year’s seniors have been busy looking to the future, whether that be applying to colleges or making plans to begin working following graduation.  Whenever a senior is accepted to a college they will be featured on the WMC Counseling Instagram page to recognize their accomplishments.  We want each of seniors to know how proud of them we are and want to encourage them as they make plans for the future.

To have your student take a career inventory or to get more information on prospective jobs, please check out the following one of our recommended resources, 0*NET.

This can be done at any grade level and age!

Have questions about how to help your student start to plan for the future?  Contact Ms.Bosscher in the counseling office at msbosscher@wmchs.net

Also keep up to date on what’s happening in the office by following us on social media:

FacebookWestern Michigan Christian: Counseling Office

Instagram: wmc.counseling

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.

A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE INVITATION

Calling Warrior Nation to the WMC Gym:

On behalf of Western Michigan Christian, we want to extend an invitation to all WMC High School alumni and their families to join us for our Night of Remembrance at the WMC gym for the boys/girls varsity basketball games on Friday, December 22.
The WMC Athletic Department will honor beloved WMC athletes who have gone to be with the Lord.
First of all, families will be recognized during the boys varsity halftime presentation, additionally, they will be mentioned in the event program and their athlete’s picture will be displayed in honor. Immediate family members of former Warrior Athletes will be given free admission.
We are asking that families email the following information to WMC:
  • Name of Warrior Athlete
  • Sport played
  • Graduation Year
  • One Sentence Memory
  • Athlete’s Photo
Please email all information to mrglerum@wmchs.net or mail information attention Josh Glerum to 455 East Ellis, Norton Shores, MI by Friday, December 15th.
Most importantly, in order to reach many Warrior generations, we need your help in getting the word out. Please forward this information, or print and share in person, to anyone you know who would like to honor a departed Warrior family member.
It is our intention to honor as many Warriors as possible during this evening!
Blessings,
Josh Glerum and the WMC Athletic Department