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WMC’s Academic Excellence Fall Round-Up

Fall 2010 Wrap Up

It’s a lot. So many students, grades, subjects, classes, days, hours…you get the gist. So we decided to stop by a few classrooms each trimester to give you a little peek at what goes on academically at WMC.

But first, did you know that WMC is at the top in the area in standardized test scores? That’s a fact! For the past three years, we have had the best reported SAT composite score in Muskegon County. Our students go on to the best colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan, Penn State, other Big Ten schools, Calvin University, Hope College, and many more. Although SAT composite scores for private schools are not released, the Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite for 2019 is 1129 and is the 31st best-reported score in the state. Click here for a searchable database of all public schools in Michigan.

Did you know that WMC is at the top in the area in standardized test scores? That’s a fact!

Dr. Kristy Taylor, WMC Director of Curriculum and Instruction, is very pleased with this year’s score, “We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out. In the last five years, we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment in the WMCS collaborative, and the progress we’ve made is now showing in our test scores. A huge thank you goes out to our teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that each and every student in our building is being educated with excellence.

In the last five years, we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment in the WMCS collaborative, and the progress we’ve made is now showing in our test scores.

STEM

This year some WMC high school and middle school students took an Introduction to STEM course taught by Mark Hill. They were introduced to what STEM is as well as certain engineering careers. 

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

After researching student-selected careers, students had the opportunity to apply and work with different engineering concepts. Students developed and built Rube Goldberg devices, designed, engineered and built usable furniture out of cardboard and glue, and built and coded autonomous cars that could run through an obstacle course. The reason for a course such as this is for students to begin to understand the design process and search out possible careers in STEM-related fields and local trades. Students understood, in a course such as this, that “failure” leads to opportunities for success and that many questions we have lead to multiple answers.

One of the Rube Goldberg devices that students designed and built.


“At Orchard View Middle School, I previously taught automation and robotics to 7th graders and design and modeling to 8th graders through PLTW (Project Lead the Way),” shared Mr. Hill. 

Students using Python software to program Dexter robots to travel autonomously through a simple maze.

If you would like to get involved with the STEM program at WMC feel free to email Mr. Hill.

SCIENCE FAIR

This fall, Kelly Wierenga’s “Physical Science A” students chose a scientific question to research and test. These projects related to real-world issues such as water pollution, energy efficiency, and human health. Student presentations were judged by members of the community including WMC parents as well as representatives from libraries, Blandford Nature Center, and the MI Department of Environmental Quality. 

Two projects tied for 1st place including Staci Krieger’s “Doodling…Distracting or Not Distracting?” and “Goldfish and Water Pollution” by Emily Matz, Michaela Faith, and Meralee Detar.

WMC students voted for their favorite and the project “Water Quality Experiment” by Sophie Hendrie and Isabel Post won the Popular Vote award.

One of Ms. Wierenga’s students created this video montage of all the Science Fair submissions.

CIVICS & CURRENT EVENTS

Every class David Miedema teaches, at some point, will include a student debate. It’s a two-pronged approach; students get to evaluate important issues from multiple perspectives and consider various angles before drawing conclusions. They also benefit from practicing some public speaking and active listening.

In today’s political climate, there can be a lot of hostility and animosity on certain issues. Instead, in Mr. Miedema’s class, students practice speaking and listening with grace, respect, and love while still seeking to boldly live out God’s truth.

“Kids love these debates because they center on controversial issues ranging from immigration, sexuality, and gun rights to more local concerns like school chapel and service hours. It involves a lot of emotion and allows students to share ideas and ask questions about issues that actually matter to them in a controlled, respectful setting,” explains Mr. Miedema. 

WMC BOYS SOCCER FUNDRAISER 2018

WMC Varsity Soccer team raises money for the bills and training of a Companion Dog for Lucas Barton.

Here’s Lucas’ story…

Meet Lucas. He’s a fun-loving and tenderhearted six-year-old that loves dogs and dinosaurs and likes to build with Legos and Magnatiles. He has a great sense of humor and likes to make everyone laugh. He has such a joyous outlook on life. He enjoys playing with his family and friends and loves the outdoors.

Lucas has recently been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. This is a rare and progressive disorder that causes his muscles to become weaker over time until it affects the whole body. Right now, his hand and arm strength are diminished and going up stairs, walking, getting up off the floor and playing at the park are difficult and cause him to become fatigued. He needs to take frequent breaks and rest and also experiences muscle cramping and pain.

Something that we can do right now that would give him help every day is to get him a Companion Dog. This dog will need to have special training and certification. A Companion Dog can help him in his everyday life. We hope this dog can open and close doors, pick things off of the floor, give him bracing support, put laundry in a basket, take off his shoes, get help, and so much more. This dog will also help him during stressful Doctor appointments and with anxiety.

On October 5 the Boys Varsity Soccer team and Warrior Nation raised more than $4000 to support Lucas and the Barton family.

The Barton family thanks the WMC Senior Soccer Captains, the Warrior Soccer Team, the Bradford-Royle family, Warrior Nation and Leland fans for their support, prayers and generosity.

***PLEASE NOTE: Lucas and his older sister, Sidney, do not have a full understanding of what DMD is, it’s progression or it’s life-limiting prognosis. We ask that you please not mention or discuss these things around them or to them. Thank you***

PC Anna Sytsema

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

Western Michigan Christian 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.

Project Grace Final Devotional: Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here | Romans 8:19

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Jesus didn’t create us to only live like him on certain days. He created us to be his image-bearers to a world in need! The world is waiting to see the love of God. The world groans for the church to rise up and look like Jesus. Giving isn’t a one time deal. It becomes part of our very nature, as our minds are renewed to look more like Jesus every day!

Questions:

  • How will you look more like Jesus as we go forward?
  • Will you do the due diligence of being in God’s Word so we can learn more about who Jesus is? What will you do to hold yourself accountable?

FINAL PROJECT GRACE TOTAL: $13,884. Thank you all who helped make Project Grace a Success!

We Are Still in Need of TAPE and GIFT TAGS. These can be dropped off at the office before Tuesday.

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: PROJECT GRACE 2017 Kick-Off

WMC’s Annual Service Project

Pastor Samuel Greer Kicks-Off Project Grace To Students

WHAT:

Project Grace is one of WMC’s biggest fundraisers and acts of compassion at our school! Each year during the Christmas season, we raise money to support local families in our area who cannot afford to provide gifts to their families for Christmas. As a school, we want to grow in what it means to be a servant.

HOW:

  • Daily Giving from Students: During 2nd hour each day, an envelope will be passed around in each classroom. Money is collected for the total. At the end of the 2 weeks, the classroom with the most money will go shopping for gifts for families. Then we will deliver those gifts to families in need. 
  • Other ways to raise funds:
    • The best way is to sacrifice! Donate your shopping money, chore, babysitting or your coffee money as an offering.
    • You may also ask family and friends. We do ask that you don’t ask local businesses without first emailing Tyler Ingalls to check if they already support WMC. We don’t want to over ask.  Email Tyler by clicking here >>.
    • Group Fundraising Events: Attend the Galaxy Night Varsity Basketball Games on
      Friday, December 15, where the WMC Green Machine is hosting “Galaxy Night” in which we are selling Glow Sticks to benefit Project Grace! There will be a collection of donations at halftime! Go Warriors! Donations Needed: Tape, Bows, and Wrapping Paper! We are asking for students bring in tape, wrapping and bows to help wrap the gifts we have for our families! Please drop these off at the main office!

WHY:

Daily Devotions: “For The Right Reason”: Our theme this year is “For The Right Reason” – we want to emphasize that Project Grace is not about us, or even the people we are serving. Rather, we offer grace, simply, because Jesus offered us grace first! To this end, we will have a daily devotion in our 1st-hour classes. These devotions are written by WMC students and are to encourage us to think deeper about generosity, giving, and grace!

WHEN:

Students can bring money to their second-hour class any day, however, there are little class competitions that happen on 4 different days throughout the week as an added incentive. Key Dates & Days of Giving:

  • Tuesday, Dec 5: Winning Class Receives Donuts!
  • Thursday, Dec 7: Winning Class Receives Ice Cream!
  • Tuesday, Dec 12: Winning Class Receives Pizza!
  • Thursday, Dec 14: Winning Class Receives Buffalo Wild Wings!
  • Monday, December 18: Shopping Day with teachers to buy gifts.
  • Tuesday, December 19: Wrapping day.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Winning classes will deliver gifts in the morning!