Western Michigan Christian School conducts a set of safety drills each year in compliance with Federal, State and County requirements. This includes fire drills, in-shelter drills, and tornado drills. All students and staff are expected to participate in each drill.
WMC conducted a successful fire drill on October 5, 2018.
WMC conducted a successful fire drill on October 9, 2018.
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.
***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
The SAT composite scores were published and although the scores for private schools are not released, the Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite for 2018 is 1135. This is the 31st best reported score in the state, and the highest in Muskegon county and in our lakeshore area. Click here to see the Mlive article that includes a search tool to find public school scores.
We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out. Jenn VanHekken, Director of Curriculum.
Jenn VanHekken, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for West Michigan Christian Schools, 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 4 years we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment. 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.”
Western Michigan Christian students started the day Tuesday August 28 with praise and worship together and Principal Samuel Greer challenged the students to not only “get better” this year but to do so with a higher purpose: to shine for Christ. The students spent the rest of the day doing things together in purposeful way, including service in our community.
The middle school students went to Treetop Adventure Park in Grand Rapids having fun with a purpose. That purpose was to challenge themselves. “It was fun and challenging. I have done ropes courses before with my Scout Troup so it was not a new experience but it was still great to do,” said 7th grade student Hayden, “There were different challenge levels on the the ropes course and we could do easy, medium, hard. There were three levels of the easy and two levels each of the medium and hard.”
The high school students spent the afternoon serving with a purpose. In the past, all WMC high school students have gone out into the community to serve on the first day of school. This year the format was changed to have partner organizations come to the WMC campus and 9th and 10th grade students rotated through different service opportunities that included Christian Haven Home , MOCAP , Kids’ Food Basket , The Noah Project , and clean-up work done on the WMC campus.
We appreciate the students making the laundry detergent today and including encouraging notes so they know where the detergent packs came from.” Lakisha Churchwell, MOCAP Client Services/Outreach Specialist.
Lakisha Churchwell, Muskegon Oceana Community Partnership Inc. (MOCAP) Client Services/Outreach Specialist was at WMC while students made laundry detergent to be distributed from their pantry and looks forward to students serving in the future. “MOCAP provides assistance to low income families with day to day needs including bills, food, and laundry detergent like what was prepared by WMC students today. We appreciate students volunteers helping in our food program because it gives them a chance to step into the shoes of people that are not as fortunate as them and understand what it means to have to come to a pantry or a food truck to get what you need. We appreciate the students making the laundry detergent today and including encouraging notes so they know where the detergent packs came from,” Lakisha said.
Katie Beemer, Kids’ Food Basket Muskegon Kids Helping Kids Program Assistant came to WMC and students helped prepare supper packs, “We serve over 8,000 meals a day in West Michigan and the meals today will help provide a community solution to childhood hunger. We thank Western Michigan Christian students and families for the donating 489 lbs of and decorating 500 bags. That donation equals a monetary value of $2400. We appreciate your school and all that you do.” WMC Sophomore Cora helped decorate food bags, “I appreciate the opportunity to help others and it was fun creating positive messages and colorful pictures on the bags to help brighten a child’s day.”
Marianne Stuparits, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Christian Haven Home in Grand Haven says she always appreciates being able to share their program with students, “Today we worked with WMC students to help them understand and experience the aging process. WMC students serve at Christian Haven Home throughout the year and this will help them to work with our residents in a more dynamic way.” Students had their fingers taped to experience what it may feel like to write with arthritis. They walked on popcorn to replicate corns, bunions or aches from losing fatty tissue in the feet. They also wore glasses with cloudy yellow tape simulating cataracts and poor vision, and ate mints with their nose plugged to understand the loss of taste.
I am glad we had the chance to better understand what someone older goes through on a daily basis,” said freshman student Jonas, “the most impactful for me was wearing the glasses. It was blurry and tinted and much different than I expected.
Students also made cat toys for the Noah Project in Muskegon. “Those cat toys were amazing,” said Noah Project Director Mashele Arndt, “They were so different and creative. We had Pioneer Resources come in and hang the toys for the cats who are not able to roam around. What a great day we had hanging those toys and having the cats play with them.”
Summer Lile, WMC AP Biology teacher who helped coordinate day one activities was excited for new opportunities to serve. “I think this is great because it gives our students and staff to connect with our local partners and serve not only today, but for the rest of the year.”
What’s really cool about having the WMC students here to clear these lots is that they can cut, clean, trim and weed and be done in about two hours. With my crew of three or four it will take about a week to do one lot.” Jason from Americorps.
Junior and senior students went on-site to help the Americorp Urban Safety Corps clean local lots in Muskegon Heights. Jason from Americorp appreciated the hard work and help from WMC students, “What’s really cool about having the WMC students here to clear these lots is that they can cut, clean, trim and weed and be done in about two hours. With my crew of three or four it will take about a week to do one lot. The help we received today will help us get a lot more done as we do this throughout Muskegon Heights. Once the lots are cleaned they can be sold to neighbors or used by local community organizations.”
Luke, a junior, enjoyed being outside with classmates, “It was sweet to know that we were helping clear the way for more things to be done in that space. Plus it was just fun to be be working hard with my classmates.”
It is always fun to know you are helping others. I wish we actually had more time to work but it is good knowing what we did is a part of something greater.” Sarah, WMC Senior.
Other junior and senior students went to the former Nims school building to help Community Encompass clear it out and prepare for refurbishing. Noah Hanes, who works at Community enCompass and graduated from WMC in 2013, supervised WMC students and staff who helped out at Nims. “Community enCompass partners with AvaSure who owns the Nims building and they do a lot of charitable work and community development in Muskegon. We appreciate the great work by WMC students and staff today pulling nails out of trim and moving materials out so they can be repurposed for this project and other projects we are working on. Students and staff are also helping us clean it and prepare it so AvaSure can have a new place to build and grow their patient monitoring and telemedicine company in Muskegon,” Noah said.
“It is always fun to know you are helping others. I wish we actually had more time to work but it is good knowing what we did is a part of something greater, said Sarah, a senior.
This was a transformational day,” said Assistant Principal Scott Liggett as he reflected on the first day of school at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. We have partnered with some local organizations along the lakeshore communities that we serve in order to live out part of our mission to equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.
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
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!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR GODSPELL Friday, March 2 7pm Saturday, March 3 1&7pm Orchard View Auditorium $10. Available at WMC office and at event door.
Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love. This spring the Musical Theatre Department will present the musical, GODSPELL. Based on the New Testament gospels, mostly St. Matthew, GODSPELL uses the parables and passion story of Jesus for an inventively theatrical show about the formation of a community. Inspired by an Easter service in 1970 that “was devoid of feeling” the author’s inspiration was to celebrate the risen Christ and make his teachings accessible to all.
Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” GODSPELL features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”
Each year the school chooses a theme and this year’s theme, “Rise up to Idintity” is the basis for Godspell. It is the story of our faith in Christ and His teachings.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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