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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.

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.

#BraveLittleWarriors

Announcing the WMC Brave Little Warriors! We are excited to welcome our newest Warriors to Warrior Nation and will be sending a bib to welcome our new Warriors. If you have a Brave Little Warrior, please let us know by sending an email to Scott Liggett, our Chief Advancement Officer at scottliggett@wmchs.net.

A Warrior Nation welcome to Hope! Congratulations to WMC English teacher Jon Den Houter and his wife Heather.
A Warrior Nation welcome to Macsen! Congratualtions to Morgan (’11) and Billy Seiler.

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 Hires New Girls Soccer Coach

WMC Announces Kevin Butler as the Head Girls Soccer Coach

Western Michigan Christian High School is excited to announce the hiring of Kevin Butler as the Warriors Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach.  Butler has coached for 16 years for the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR).  During that span, he coached all levels ranging from U8 to U19 and was the President of SCOR for 3 years.  In addition to his involvement with SCOR, Butler was also the Director of Coaching for one year with the West Michigan Storm. 

“Kevin is a great addition to the WMC coaching staff and specifically the girls soccer program.  He has a wealth of soccer knowledge.  Kevin is very relational and has a heart for mentoring young athletes through soccer,”  stated WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.

Coach Butler is excited to get started. “It is an honor and a privilege to be able to bring my experience to the lakeshore, to lead and build the women’s program at WMC, and most importantly, do so in a Christian context. I look forward to incorporating the values of discipleship into the soccer environment, and helping these young women build character and servant leadership both on and off the field,”  stated Butler.

Kevin and his wife Dina reside in Norton Shores. 

Interested in learning more about WMC’s soccer program?

CLICK HERE to email the WMC Athletic Department.

WMC Names 2019-2020 Athletes of the Year

Congratulations to Warrior Seniors Chloe Mitchell, Jameson Goorman and Brandon Fles 

The WMC Athlete of the Year Award is given annually to the top male and female athlete(s) in the senior class. In the past, the presentation has taken place at the senior awards banquet. Due to COVID-19 that was not possible this year. For the 2019-2020 school year, WMC is proud to name one female and two co-athletes of the year.

Female Athlete of the Year – Chloe Mitchell

Chloe Mitchell, number 7, setting high at the net.
Chloe Mitchell graduation photo.

Chloe Mitchell starred on the volleyball court as a setter in 2019.  Chloe helped lead her team to a MHSAA District Championship and the school’s first-ever Regional Championship.  The Warriors were also Lakes 8 Conference Champions.

Chloe was named First Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-Region, MHSAA 1st Team All-State, 1st team Muskegon Area C/D Dream Team, Player of the Year Muskegon Area C/D Dream Team, and Academic All-State. In addition to these accolades, Mitchell also holds the school record in match assists, season assists, career assists, and career blocks. 

Chloe’s leadership and athleticism were instrumental in the Warrior’s success in 2019.  Mitchell will be attending Aquinas College in the fall and playing volleyball for the Saints.

Co-Male Athlete of the Year – Jameson Goorman

Jameson Goorman makes an amazing save!
Jameson Goorman on the mound in 2019. His senior year baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Jameson Goorman was the Goalkeeper on the 2019 Division 4 MHSAA State Championship soccer team.  He also helped lead the team to a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  In addition to the team accomplishments, Goorman was named 1st team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, All-Region, and First Team All-State. 

Goorman stepped up in a huge way saving 4 of 5 shots in a shootout to win the MHSAA State Championship.  Goorman was also going to be a key contributor on the baseball team in the spring (season canceled due to COVID-19).  He would have played outfield, catcher, and pitcher for an experienced Warriors team that was looking to make some noise in the 2020 season. 

In the 2019 baseball season, Goorman was named First Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, and Mlive All-Area. 

Jameson plans on attending Muskegon Community College in the fall and playing soccer for the Jayhawks. 

Co-Male Athlete of the Year – Brandon Fles

Brandon Fles on the soccer pitch.
Brandon Fles with a midrange floater on the hardwoods.

Brandon Fles was the staple on the back line for the 2019 Division 4 MHSAA State Championship soccer team.  Brandon also helped lead the Warriors to a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  For his efforts, Fles was named 1st Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, All-Region, First Team All-State, and All-Academic.  With Fles anchoring the defense, the Warriors gave up only 1 goal in regulation during the State Championship run. 

In the winter Fles turned his attention to the hardwood and competed for the Warrior basketball team.  He helped lead the team to the MHSAA District Championship game (canceled due to COVID-19) and a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  In addition, he was named to the Lakes 8 All-Conference 2nd Team. 

Brandon will be attending Hope College in the fall and playing soccer for the Dutchmen.

Interested in learning more about WMC’s sports programs?

ASK US!

Western Michigan Christian Hires New Boys Soccer Coach

WMC Announces Ben Buursma as the Head Boys Soccer Coach

WMC looked no further than a former assistant coach to find their next varsity boys soccer head coach.  The athletic department is pleased to announce that Ben Buursma will be taking over as the head coach and leading the boys soccer program. Former head coach Dave Hulings stepped down from both the boys and girls programs in March. 

“From early on in the process it was evident that Ben had a deep understanding of the history and foundation that has been laid for WMC soccer.  Combine that with his soccer knowledge and coaching experience and I believe that Ben is a great fit at WMC. Ben is a confident coach and will not only develop talent on the field but will also disciple young men in their Christian faith,” states WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen. 

Ben is a confident coach and will not only develop talent on the field but will also disciple young men in their Christian faith.

Ben assisted the WMC boys program in 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, he helped the squad advance to the MHSAA Regional Championship game.  He later served as the head JV soccer coach at Grand Haven High School from 2010 – 2017.  Ben is currently the President of the Lakeshore Soccer Club’s Board of Directors. 

“What an honor to be selected as the next head coach for the boys’ soccer program at Western Michigan Christian. I am humbled and excited to lead this program into a new era, while continuing the traditions of excellent soccer on the field, service in the community, and spiritual development that Coach Hulings and his predecessors have built. This is a dream come true for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with these young men,” states Coach Buursma. 

I am humbled and excited to lead this program into a new era, while continuing the traditions of excellent soccer on the field, service in the community, and spiritual development that Coach Hulings and his predecessors have built.

Ben and his wife Rebecca have 4 children and reside in Grand Haven.

Interested in learning more about WMC’s soccer program?

CLICK HERE to email the WMC Athletic Department.

WMC’s Online Event and Auction is LIVE

Fellowship in the Family Room is LIVE now!

Dear WMC Family,

Welcome to Fellowship in the Family Room —  we’re glad you could make it!

We pray you are healthy and safe at home. The Lord has this situation and all of us in His mighty hands!

It’s unfortunate that we cannot gather in person this year, but be confident that the heart behind the mission and vision of WMC is beating stronger than ever!

To financially support this effort, click on any gold DONATE NOW buttons (like the one below) or mail your gift to WMC at 455 E Ellis, Muskegon MI 49441.

Now, let’s have some FUN!

Western Michigan Christian School Principal, Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr. prepared a welcome video for you:

Pastor Samuel Greer Jr. welcomes the WMC community and has a word for you!

🎶Let’s Start with a Smooth Jam

We’re excited to bring you “5.4 on the Richter Scale” by Larry Neeck and delighted to introduce these Warrior hip cats!

Ladies, and gentlemen, the WMC Jazz Band!

Led by Nick DeBone, it’s our honor to present to you the WMC Jazz Band! 

Warrior Voices

We have three very special guest speakers lined up for you.

These particular individuals were asked to share the impact that WMC has had on their lives.

These stories are the living breathing mission of WMC that happens under our roof, on the soccer field, and in far-off nations.

Enjoy! 

Audrey Markel teaches middle school math and Bible at WMC.
She shares her testimony of working at WMC and how it’s shaped her life.
Kaitlynn Summerfield is a 2019 WMC graduate WHO stretched her faith and traveled far and wide as a missionary to share the Gospel and serve others. She embodies the mission and vision of WMC!
David J. Hulings, WMC boys and girls varsity soccer coach, MHSAA Coach of the Year 2020, author and speaker, has been providing inspirational and instructive leadership to Western Michigan Christian School for over 30 years.

🎶A Choral Concert Just For You

Folks, you’re in for another treat tonight!

Enjoy this feast for the ears and the soul led by Katherine Becksvoort. 

We’re proud to bring you the gifted students of the WMC Chamber, Men’s and Women’s Choirs!

Enjoy!

The WMC Chamber Choir sings “As Torrents in Summer” by Edward Elgar
The WMC Chamber Choir sings “Where Your Bare Foot Walks” by David N. Childs.
The WMC Women’s Choir sings “Carrickfergus” arranged by Sean Ivory.
The WMC Men’s Choir sings “Bound for Jubilee” by Joyce Eilers.
The WMC Woman’s Choir sings “Cantate Domino” by Heinrich Schutz.

Closing Thoughts from Pastor Greer

A final word and request of our WMC community from Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr. 

Time to BID! 

WMC has partnered with ClickBid once again this year for our online auction. Bid with confidence with a secure connection!

How do you log in?

The PRIVATE AUCTION WEBSITE LINK was emailed to you on April 1 and 2 from WMC.

No email? Please email Scott Liggett ASAP.

Once you get to the WMC Fellowship in the Family Room ClickBid website, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Click the “Register Now” button. If you created a ClickBid account last year, simply login with your phone number or email.
Step 2 – Fill in the necessary information
Step 3 – You will be assigned a bidder number and will be ready to place bids

NOTE: We’ve chosen to scale back this portion of the fundraiser as we are transition away from a traditional auction. 

The auction portion of this event will end on April 7 at 9:00 pm.

Happy bidding! 

Special thanks to all of our wonderful event sponsors

Patronizing these businesses will allow them to continue their generous support of WMC!

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WMC SPORTS UPDATE: Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School Athletic Department News

Important Communication from the Athletic Director

Dear WMC Community:

On March 12, 2020, the Michigan High School Athletic Association directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons– effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, April 5 – to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all schools close for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of COVID-19.

MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl

All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages, and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning, and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports.

The suspension of activities applies to sports for all three MHSAA seasons as Spring sports practices have begun, Winter tournaments were suspended Thursday and Fall sports coaches are working with limited numbers of athletes during the offseason.

“By suspending all sports activities for the next three weeks, we are taking an additional step to maintain safety and minimize risk first, and also keep a level playing field for our schools and teams during this time of uncertainty,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “A number of schools across the state already were making this decision, and setting this as the standard across our membership is appropriate especially given the quick pace with which this situation is continuing to evolve. Given the rapid, fast-moving and unprecedented events of this week, the MHSAA will use the time during this all-sport suspension of activities to evaluate all options and next steps which will be shared with schools in a timely manner.”

Updates will continue to be posted as necessary to the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.

In His service,

Kurt Gruppen,

WMC Athletic Director