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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.

WMC Reopening Plan for Fall 2020

First, a warm THANK YOU to our REOPENING Committee who have worked hard to provide the best plan for WMC. That team includes:

  • Samuel Greer – Team Leader
  • Kristy Taylor – Academics/Scheduling
  • Kathryn Becksvoort – Communications and Academics/Scheduling
  • Sue Dozeman – Communications
  • Kurt Gruppen – Athletics
  • Mark Hill – Academics/Scheduling
  • Kyle Kempster – Health/Safety
  • Haley Langejans – Communications
  • Steve Osburn – Academics/Scheduling
  • Jeff Schipper – Academics/Scheduling
  • Josh Scholma – Academics/Scheduling

Our Mission through Crisis

“To follow the framework our State Legislators & Medical Professionals have decidedly provided us; as Western Michigan Christian School Collaborative strongly believes in making fact-based, faith-driven decisions that provide our Students and Community with the safest, most rationalized, most Christ-centered environment possible. Dedication to College-Preparatory, Christian Education remains a top priority and our Administration and Staff are highly committed to the task of providing this to our Student body no matter the circumstances of the environment. We see this World-wide epidemic and the footprint it is leaving on our communities as another opportunity presented to us as believers to exemplify our strong faith and fervent trust in our Lord and his unfailing plan.”

Communication Plan

It’s very important that we keep our community updated on the details. We also want to hear from you.

Current: Our communication to the WMC School Community has been in three letters and we have also reached out to our parents with a survey. We received wonderful feedback from our community.

Future: WMC will host webinars and town hall meetings to inform our school community of our reopening plan for the academic year 2020-2021.

Michigan Safe Start Plan – Phase 4

We’ve consulted with the State of Michigan, legal advisors, medical professionals and public and private schools in the effort to deliver to and excellent reopening plan for our students and teachers.

As of now, we are in Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan for reopening the schools for fall of 2020.

For WMC, that means that on August 24, we will open our Norton Shores campus with in-person instruction with required safety protocols.

The intent is to have a more interactive experience. To be able to achieve this the safest way possible, we have outlined the safety protocols to which each student, parents and WMC staff/faculty will need to adhere.

WMC head of School, Pastor Samuel Greer, walks through our Fall 2020 Reopening in this webinar from Tuesday, July 21 below:

Pastor Samuel Greer walks through the Fall 2020 Reopening

Questions? Concerns? We want to hear from you.

Please share your thoughts with us regarding the school reopening plan using this online form. Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your loyalty to Christian education and to WMC. We pray that you will keep the WMC teachers and administrators in your prayers as they navigate these precedent-setting times.

Here’s to a wonderful 2020-2021 school year!

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Dean’s Update Fall 2019

Dear WMC Parents,

Our students are such a blessed gift straight from God.

It’s part of what makes this calling as a leader such a high one. We are entrusted to become part of the story of young adults who belong to our Heavenly Father. 

This past month has been a challenging one with the “home going” of a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Brian Vredevoogd, aka Mr. V, but I am so grateful for the promises that the Lord gives us that we will see Mr. V again one day. This community that we all share truly demonstrates ABC (Authentic Biblical Community), our theme for this year. 

We had two evenings of Parent-Teacher Conferences in these past few weeks that provided the opportunity for parents and teachers to dialogue about this important partnership that we have with each other. Thank you to all who were able to attend. We also had two days this past month which allowed teachers the opportunity to attend the annual Christian Educators Association (CEA) conference.  This year we headed to Indiana with 1,100 other Christian educators.

November always seems to be a month of transitions. We see the reality of where we are in the school year (already completed one trimester, 33% of the year already over for seniors, students wondering about post-high school action steps, fall sports season wrapping up and winter sports beginning).  This transition hits students in a variety of ways. After trimester one, it is a good time to redirect students who might not be learning all that we desire for them to learn. This redirection might be a skill issue or it might be a will issue. Good communication in a variety of ways (student to teacher, teacher to student, student to parent, parent to student, teacher to parent, parent to teacher) is vital to achieving our curriculum goals. This might come as a suggestion from a parent or from a teacher that a transition might be needed for them in how they are approaching their studies.

I want to wish you all a great season of Thanksgiving. As you think about preparing your table for Thanksgiving, keep in mind all the wonderful things God has given to us.  We really do have so much to be thankful for as a school community. I am thankful for your child(ren), I am thankful for our fantastic teachers and I am thankful for our partnership with you in their educational experience.

Thanks for all you do,

Dr. Taylor

WMC Dean of Instruction

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.

Big year for Project Grace at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School

Big year for Project Grace 

Pastor Samuel Greer started Project Grace in December of 2000 at Western Michigan Christian as a way for students and staff to give to those in need along the lakeshore. Seventeen years later he is now the Principal at WMC and reflecting on year 17 of Project Grace, “Every year I get an opportunity to see God’s hand at work in the lives of students and staff at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. One of the greatest expressions of God’s presence at our school is Project Grace. Each year we have seen God’s faithfulness in that he has enabled us to reach families in his name.” WMC students have raised over $100,000 over 17 years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in need.

This year students raised $13,300 during the 2 week fundraising event.

Every year I get an opportunity to see God’s hand at work in the lives of students and staff at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School.

A focus for giving

This year’s focus was on the attitude of giving as a servant to others. Students received a devotional each day that directed them to give from a Biblical perspective. That included giving with an attitude of grace and a heart full of love for others reflecting Christ’s love for us. Scott Liggett, Assistant to the Principal and a Social Studies teacher at WMC coordinated the student efforts and was pleased with the way the project came together, “I am always amazed at the way our community of students, staff and families come together to reflect God’s love for us and give to others. That is what Christmas is about.” The students were instructed to earn money by doing projects at home, school, church and in the community in order to raise funds to purchase food, clothing and gifts for local families in need. WMC worked with local churches and organizations to get in touch with families that can use a bit of help. This year, because of the large total amount of money raised, WMC delivered to 20 families in the area. Individual classes competed in a daily competition with daily winners earning prizes such as an ice cream sundae bar, lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, and donuts. Students earned money by working for friends and family as well as doing some special projects like selling donuts. This year’s winning class, Robin Tyink’s AP Language, class raised more than $4,000. 

I am always amazed at the way our community of students, staff and families come together to reflect God’s love for us and give to others. That is what Christmas is about.

Shopping and Wrapping

 

 

 

Students shopped for items, brought them back to school and wrapped the gifts. Summer Lile, who graduated from WMC in 2012, is now a WMC science teacher and Project Grace is meaningful to her in a new and different way, “As a student I was never able to shop for gifts or wrap them because I was always part of our Christmas Collage at the Frauenthal. As a teacher I have been able to work with students to raise money and then take the lists that families give us and shop with my students for the items the families want. We then go back to school and wrap the gifts together. It is now one of my favorite days of the school year.”

As a student I was never able to shop for gifts or wrap them because I was always part of our Christmas Collage at the Frauenthal. As a teacher I have been able to work with students to raise money and then take the lists that families give us and shop with my students for the items the families want. We then go back to school and wrap the gifts together. It is now one of my favorite days of the school year.

Delivering to Families

Food, clothing and gifts were delivered Wednesday morning by the winning classes. Anna had a chance to deliver, “Bringing presents to families that wouldn’t have gotten them otherwise is the best possible way we could spread Christ’s love this Christmas. It is very important to understand that we were not these people’s Christmas savior. That was not the point.We were just trying to represent Christ who saved us. Seeing the families and little children (and adorable dogs) who we were able to lift up in prayer was definitely the reason we did this.” Project Grace is always a highlight for Pastor Greer, “It has been a blessing to see our students work to benefit others and  to see God work through our students and have them see first hand the power of giving to others. This project aligns with our mission to educate with excellence, integrate faith with knowledge, equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.”

Bringing presents to families that wouldn’t have gotten them otherwise is the best possible way we could spread Christ’s love this Christmas. It is very important to understand that we were not these people’s Christmas savior. That was not the point.We were just trying to represent Christ who saved us. Seeing the families and little children (and adorable dogs) who we were able to lift up in prayer was definitely the reason we did this.

 

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.

PROJECT GRACE VISION: For The Right Reason Day 6

God’s Grace | Romans 6:13-14

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

So often, Christians mistake what the Gospel is truly about. It isn’t as though they haven’t heard the right answers, but rather, they think that they have to follow laws or rules and that if they do the right things God will love them.

This is the opposite of the Gospel! You are not under law, you are under God’s grace, there is nothing you can do that will make God love you any more or less, he went to war for you because he loved you so much. He bought you with the price of his own son dying of the cross. God simply asks that in return, we honor him with our life!

Questions:

  • Why do Christians think that they have to earn their love from God?
  • After hearing the passage, what are 2 practical ways that you can remind yourself daily about God’s great love for you?

GIVING TOTAL TO DATE $3,054.37

PROJECT GRACE VISION: For The Right Reason Day 5 Giving Love

Day 5 | Giving Out of Love | 1 Corinthians 13:3

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

The Bible commands us to give out of what has been given to us, if we have 2 dollars, we give 20 cents, if we have 20 dollars, we give 2, and if we have 2000 dollars, we give 200 dollars. But, why does it seem like every time we give, we either give the bare minimum of what God commands, or we don’t give at all?

All of our life we have heard that giving is good, but still we often find it hard to give away our money or possessions, unless we are rewarded. Giving should not be something we do because we get something in return, or because we will look good, or even because we are told to (whether that be by our parents, our school, or even the Bible).

The truth is, Jesus doesn’t want us to give if it is not out of love for Him and for the people we are giving to. We should give because he has already given us everything when Jesus died on the cross out of love for us. We should give generously of all we have, because Jesus gave his entire life for us.

The importance of love can be seen through what Jesus has done for us, and he loves the heart of the person who gives generously out of love and thankfulness, not simply him who gives the most out of their pockets.

Questions:

  • As a class, how can we continue to give out of a place of love?
  • These passages keep our eyes focused on one thing, Jesus! How have you seen Jesus move in your life this week?

PROJECT GRACE GIVING TOTAL TO DATE: $2,675.60

There are some friendly competitive giving incentives. One was having ice cream and toppings served in the winning classroom. Mr. Vredevoogd’s 2nd hour 8th grade Bible class won.

 

PROJECT GRACE VISION: For The Right Reason

Day 4 | Refreshment of the Soul | Proverbs 11:25

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

The word ¨generous¨ does not mean giving what feels good to us, but about what Jesus has asked of us! What we get from giving shouldn’t be a specific reward, but genuine joy from the giving.

A generous person will prosper;

The verse then states that we will be refreshed by Christ through the act of being generous to those in need. Refreshment of the soul is what we should strive for and all we should expect to receive in terms of getting something out of giving. Is not the refreshment of the soul fulfillment enough?

  • One might consider “refreshment of the soul” living in right relationship with Father God. Is being in his presence enough for us?
  • What does the word generous mean? What does it mean in the context of the Bible?

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

WELCOME Back To School at Western Michigan Middle and High School 2017-18!

BACK TO SCHOOL: Project Serve 2017

WMC STUDENTS BEGIN THE YEAR WITH PRAISE/WORSHIP and SERVING

WMC welcomed students this week Tuesday with sidewalk chalk greetings that included the word “Welcome” in 5 different languages, along with staff and student leader greetings. The 360 7-12 school then assembled for praise and worship followed by opening presentations given by Head of School Samuel Greer. Officer Scott VanWylen of the Mona Shores Police Department introduced the Ride with Pride program in which one student will win a car at the end of the school year.

The 71 Middle School students were dismissed to Treetop Adventure Park in Grand Rapids for team building while the 289 High School students went through school orientation sessions.

The High School students spent the afternoon serving the community at 17 different non-profit organizations along the lakeshore including the Tri-Cities YMCA, International Aid, Love in Action Grand Haven, LOVE In The Name of Christ Muskegon, Hope’s Outlet and Kids’ Food Basket. “This was a great way to start the year and included a great effort by all the students and staff on our Back to School Team,” said Assistant Principal Scott Liggett.

Head of School Samuel Greer shared, “It is important to set the tone for the year that includes spiritual development and having our school serve others.” Students and staff spent the afternoon cleaning, doing yard work, packing sack suppers along with other activities. Kathy Tabor, Director at Hope’s Outlet said, “The students worked very hard and moved a huge pile of clothes. We could not have done all of that in such a short period of time without them.”

Students had an abbreviated class schedule on Wednesday, along with small group activities and had a full day of classes Thursday.

Western Michigan Christian is a grade 7-12 high school and middle school located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. Our WMCS feeder schools include Fremont Christian School (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian School (PK-8), Muskegon Christian School (PK-6) and New Era Christian School (PK-8).

Click here to learn more about WMC or any of our other West Michigan Christian Schools!