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West Michigan Christian Schools 2017-18 Year in Review

Annual Themes Serve as a Guiding Light That Ensures a Purposeful Path for all Five Schools

Below is an illuminating peek behind the curtain at all five of our very purposeful WMCS member schools.  In their own words, each school shared about the 2017-18 journey and how they saw Christ in it all.

Walking in Wonder

This year at Fremont Christian School (FCS), our theme had us “Walking in the Wonder” of Jesus Christ.

One area where this theme was so evident was in our building addition project, which required all hands on deck. We walked in His wonder when we saw the incredible ways His community of believers came together for a common goal.

This was especially evident in a number of students who went beyond what was expected of them. Several students set up lemonade stands and donated all the money earned. Some others raised pigs for the county fair and donated a large portion of their sales to the building project. These students were not asked to give, they did it out of support for FCS, God’s school.

Several students set up lemonade stands and donated all the money earned. Some others raised pigs for the county fair and donated a large portion of their sales to the building project.

This is the wonder of Jesus – His presence, His inspiration that drives young people to root for HIS school, and want it to continue on. The wonder of Jesus was surely evident through the grace and support of our students.

 

UNITE!

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

This verse became the foundation for the Grand Haven Christian (GHC) theme “UNITE!”

Throughout the year, our students were challenged through chapel presentations, classroom devotions, and teachable moments to live in unity with one another.

At times, it requires hardships and difficulties for communities to grow in exceptional ways. The trials that several of our students and families endured this year were catalysts for unity growth.

At times, it requires hardships and difficulties for communities to grow in exceptional ways. The trials that several of our students and families endured this year were catalysts for unity growth.

Three of our graduating 8th graders have experienced serious health issues, with two of them still facing challenges as they move into high school. Witnessing the 8th-grade class rally around these boys and encourage them along their difficult journeys exemplified unity.

Witnessing the 8th-grade class rally around these boys and encourage them along their difficult journeys exemplified unity.

A father of two of our students was also recently diagnosed with cancer, and again, the school community united together to provide meals for this family, support, and care for their children, and offer prayers to encourage this family.  

…the school community united together to provide meals for this family, support, and care for their children, and offer prayers to encourage…

Daily we see the students look out for the child who is sitting by him/herself, playing games as a class at recess, doing cross-grade level activities, and so much more! Living in unity together is something we strive for every day and every year at GHC. Through the focused chapels and classroom activities, our prayer is that students will take the concept of unity into all areas of their life.

 

He Must Become Greater

The Muskegon Christian School (MCS) theme this year was just a simple equation based on John 3:30:  HE>i.  

We kicked off the school year with Spiritual Emphasis Week and challenged our students to live out this theme by asking themselves in the various situations they would face, “Am I making God greater in this conversation, in the work I’m doing, in the way I’m treating others?”  

Throughout the year, student Family Groups (small groups of students K-6th grade) worked on projects that helped them reflect on our theme and apply it to their lives in practical ways.

We kicked off the school year with Spiritual Emphasis Week and challenged our students to live out this theme by asking themselves in the various situations they would face: Am I making God greater in this conversation, in the work I’m doing, in the way I’m treating others?

It’s powerful to see God moving in the lives of our students, even if it’s just in short moments of grace. In the words of Mother Teresa; ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.’  We witnessed grace in the kindness of a 3rd-grader hanging back with a kindergartener on field day to encourage him (even helping him tie his shoes).  The kindergartener didn’t ask for help; the older student saw the need, reached out, and helped!

It’s powerful to see God moving in the lives of our students, even if it’s just in short moments of grace. In the words of Mother Teresa; Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

We’ve seen God made greater in students taking ownership of the times they fail and trying to make things right.  A student had been ‘clipped down’ numerous times for running in the hallway.  Well, one particular day he ran out of the classroom upon dismissal and rammed into a parent.  A few days later, the student sought out that parent at praise service and apologized – completely on his own!  Another young lady struggled with being honest all year for fear of getting into trouble or having a bigger consequence.  Despite that, she approached her teacher to share that she had taken something that wasn’t hers the day prior.  She apologized and replaced what she had taken.

None of us are perfect – we are all working out our salvation.  It is a blessing to share this journey together with a staff and student body who strive to make God greater in all that we do.  We are thankful to have shared another great year at MCS together!

None of us are perfect – we are all working out our salvation.  It is a blessing to share this journey together with a staff and student body who strive to make God greater in all that we do.  

New Era Christian (NEC): Living in Community with Christ

The Spiritual Emphasis for the 2017-18 school year for New Era Christian (NEC) was living in community with Christ.  On April 26 and 27, that expanded to Chicago where the 7th and 8th-grade students went on an overnight field trip to learn about art, architecture, world history, American history, science, and big city culture. While they were there, they served the community of Christ by serving the homeless. Preschool through 8th-grade students donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and Subway gift cards. Those items were equally distributed in bags decorated with pictures and words of encouragement drawn and written by New Era Christian School students.

The students were asked to write about their experience handing out the personal care packages to the homeless.

Thorissa Carter wrote, “One man, in particular, stood out to me. When a care package was given to him, his face kind of lit up and he couldn’t stop smiling, even when we walked away.”

One man, in particular, stood out to me. When a care package was given to him, his face kind of lit up and he couldn’t stop smiling, even when we walked away.

Ani Hill composed, “We passed out not only utensils but also the love of God.”

We passed out not only utensils but also the love of God.

Isaiah Morales penned, “The most exciting part that made me almost cry was when we were crossing the street to go to our other location. I saw a homeless woman, who had nothing, with three people kneeling around her with their hands holding each other and their heads bowed.  Then I heard them saying these words, ‘Dear God, please help her….’ Then Joe gave her a bag. God gave us the gift to help all that need to be helped. Praise the Lord on that one.”

The most exciting part that made me almost cry was when we were crossing the street to go to our other location. I saw a homeless woman, who had nothing, with three people kneeling around her with their hands holding each other and their heads bowed.  Then I heard them saying these words, ‘Dear God, please help her….’ Then Joe gave her a bag. God gave us the gift to help all that need to be helped. 

These activities align with the purpose of the school – to grow students in faith, academics, and personal maturity.

 

Rise Up To Identity

Western Michigan Christian’s (WMC) theme for the 2017-18 school year was Rise Up To Identity. What does it mean when you find your identity in Christ? We find ourselves identifying with academics, athletics, and other things but it can be powerful to fully identify with Christ.

What does it mean when you find your identity in Christ? We find ourselves identifying with academics, athletics, and other things but it can be powerful to fully identify with Christ.

During the fall Spiritual Emphasis, we focused on loving God, loving ourselves and others, and making disciples. The spring Spiritual Emphasis focused on our faith journey. This included testimony from the perspective of different students including one whose family forbade him from being a Christian and being baptized. The spring session closed with a celebration of Sawyer Arkema on World Down Syndrome Day and Sawyer led us in worship. J.P. Dorsey, Site Director at Northpoint Bible College and pastor at Grand Rapids First, led a teaching on not being spiritual orphans.

God has adopted us and we can go out to live in the power of Jesus, knowing that we are children of God. When asked at the end of the school year what the theme meant to them and how this became reality for him a freshman student shared that rising up to identity meant, “…being identified as a child of our Lord and Savior, it is not being ashamed of what you are but being proud to be called one of His. For me, this means being a part of people’s lives so that I can show them the work of Jesus, and being backed up by the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. One thing that brought this to reality in my life was praying with my friends and seeing where their faith was with God as the year progressed. Another thing that brought this to a reality was having prospective students from other schools shadow me, it was fun to be a good leader to those people and to see how WMC is different from other schools that people are coming from.”

being identified as a child of our Lord and Savior, it is not being ashamed of what you are but being proud to be called one of His.

It was truly a year of growth for students and staff as they explored identity in Christ. Tyler Ingalls, Spiritual Development Coordinator at WMC, was encouraged by the growth of students and staff this year. “Our students prayed over each other and shared powerful testimony about where they were at in their faith journey. We had excellent participation by staff and I look forward to working next year with students from all backgrounds and experiences.”

Our students prayed over each other and shared powerful testimony about where they were at in their faith journey. We had excellent participation by staff and I look forward to working next year with students from all backgrounds and experiences.

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West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

Grand Haven Christian Completes Year One of the First Spanish Immersion Class in the Tri-Cities Area of West Michigan

Habla inglés? Some Kindergartners and 1st Graders at GHC Do Now!

Approximately eighteen months ago, Grand Haven Christian School (GHC) began exploring the opportunity of becoming the only school in the Tri-Cities area to offer Spanish immersion. With the success of this program in other WMCS member schools, and after seeing great interest from our constituents, GHC decided to begin its own immersion program.

With the success of this program in other WMCS member schools, and after seeing great interest from our constituents, GHC decided to begin its own immersion program.

With a highly qualified teacher in place, GHC began with a kindergarten/1st combination class. Twenty students and their families joined in to experience the unique educational opportunity. This class brought in seven new students who were previously not a part of GHC and a couple of those families also brought additional siblings to GHC as well.

Grand Haven Christian School

“The class exceeded our expectations as we witnessed first-hand how quickly students were able to develop a second language and become conversational with their teacher and each other. The students have performed skits, presented reports, and eagerly shared verses or songs they know in Spanish, much to the delight of those who get to listen,” explains James Onderlinde, Principal of Grand Haven Christian School (GHC).

The class exceeded our expectations as we witnessed first-hand how quickly students were able to develop a second language and become conversational with their teacher and each other. The students have performed skits, presented reports, and eagerly shared verses or songs they know in Spanish, much to the delight of those who get to listen.

This fall, GHC will be graduating the current class to the next grade levels of Spanish Immersion and will add a new S.I. kindergarten class. Enrollment for the new class is going well and interest continues to grow.

“We feel blessed as a school because we are now able to offer a faith-based education to more families, and we are creating opportunities for these students to be able to share the good news in a second language!” shares Onderlinde.

We feel blessed as a school because we are now able to offer a faith-based education to more families, and we are creating opportunities for these students to be able to share the good news in a second language!

The Spanish Immersion classroom at GHC, led by instructor Señora Heather Grisales (who is pictured above with one of her SI students), was recently highlighted in The Grand Haven Tribune as “Classroom of the Week.” This video feature gives a deeper look into the benefits of a classroom like this. To view it, please click here and enjoy! 

Interested in learning more about Grand Haven Christian’s Spanish Immersion Program?

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Grand Haven Christian School is a member of WMCS,  a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region of Western Michigan, that work under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Benefiting from close cooperation and a seamless curriculum, our schools work together to formulate strategy and execute the necessary plans to achieve, elevate, and sustain Christian Education in West Michigan.

At WMCS, everything we do is from the perspective of a Christ-centered worldview. We not only ask the question, “What would Jesus do?”  we show our students “What Jesus Says” as it relates to the classroom, the athletic field and the community we serve. WMCS extends “Beyond Academics” and educates the whole child, putting Christ at the center of all we do. Academically, we perform with excellence, with top local and nationally standardized test scores.

West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) together strive to:

Create a seamless, exemplary Christian educational experience for families in Western Michigan from preschool through high school. Provide excellent Christian education rooted in the gospel to all who desire it. Provide a model of collaboration that will serve as a roadmap for other Christian educational communities.

To learn more about West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) click here and for more information about WMCS Membership or Partnership contact WMCS.

 

Do You Want to Get Your Company Name in Front of the 5-School WMCS Community?

Sponsor the Annual WMCS Golf Outing!

It’s a Great Way to Support Christian Education and Create Brand Awareness

We are excited to announce our annual all-school 2018 WMCS Golf Outing, benefiting Grand Haven Christian, Fremont Christian, Muskegon Christian, New Era Christian, and Western Michigan Christian.

The fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Grand View Golf Course at the Double JJ Resort in New Era. Registration for the 4-person scramble will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a tee time of 8:30 a.m. Lunch and prizes will be provided.

This year, the funds raised from this event will go for a new program called Teaching for Transformation (TfT). TfT is an instructional framework that will assist our PK-12 teachers to more intentionally integrate faith and learning that will permeate the culture of our school system. We are excited to share more with you about TfT at this event!

We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting our schools through a sponsorship at the WMCS Golf Outing.

Below are various ways that you can get involved:

– Underwrite Our Event: Print the Golf Outing brochure, choose a sponsorship level and mail it in with the payment.

 

– Golf! Put a Foursome Together: Invite family, friends, and colleagues to join you in this event. If you don’t have a foursome, we can set you up with a team! Print the Golf Outing registration form and mail it in today!

 

– Provide “Giveaways” or Donate Toward Door Prizes:  Gift cards, golf equipment and gear, other items. Click here to offer a prize donation. 

The WMCS Golf Outing provides a wonderful opportunity to have fun and fellowship with the WMCS school families, and support our Christian school network. The event is organized by representatives from all five or our member schools and the WMCS Collaborative, forming the WMCS Golf Committee. 

The WMCS Golf Outing provides a wonderful opportunity to have fun and fellowship with the WMCS school families, and support our Christian school network. The event is organized by representatives from all five or our member schools and the WMCS Collaborative, forming the WMCS Golf Committee. 

In an effort to keep you better informed, we will be sharing WMCS Golf Outing communications via email in our WMCS Golf Outing e-newsletter. Pre and post event news and sponsorship links will also be shared on the WMCS website and blog. Please help support our financial goal by kindly providing us with your email address on the sponsorship form so we can keep you in the loop!

In an effort to keep you better informed, we will be sharing WMCS Golf Outing communications via email in our WMCS Golf Outing e-newsletter. Please kindly provide us with your email address on the sponsorship form so we can keep you in the loop!

Thank you for your consideration in making this event a success.

Questions? ASK US.

We hope to see you Saturday, September 8!

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

Unity Music Fest Volunteers Needed for the WMCS Booth

Do you love WMCS?

Do you like talking to new people and shining God’s light?

Do you like great Christian music?

Then volunteering at the WMCS booth at the 2018 Unity Music Fest in Muskegon at Heritage Landing is a perfect job for you. Volunteers from ALL 5 of our schools are invited!

If you work a 4-hour shift at the concert you get a FREE meal ticket and FREE concert admittance for the day! Click here >> to find out which bands play and when.

These volunteer positions are in high demand so we are taking applications for working in the WMCS booth.

Please click here to learn more and to fill out the form and submit.

Applications will be taken in order of receipt so check the calendar and sign up ASAP!

Volunteers from ALL 5 of our schools are invited!

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

West Michigan Christian Schools Partners with CLC Network

Equipping and Challenging Every Student to Reach Their God-Given Potential

West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) has made a renewed commitment to serving students at all levels of ability, by partnering with CLC Network to strengthen our inclusive Educational Support Services (ESS) program. We are thrilled to promise a place of welcome for students with disabilities (whether physical, behavioral, intellectual, or socio-emotional) and will make sure that each student who learns differently is well-served at our schools.

An inclusive education philosophy “pushes” academic support into the classroom for all students, whereas our former model “pulled” support out of the classroom for select students. Inclusion will ensure that each student — whether they are typically developing, academically talented, or intellectually disabled — is met and challenged at their level, fulfilling their potential in the Christian community.

Inclusion will ensure that each student — whether they are typically developing, academically talented, or intellectually disabled — is met and challenged at their level, fulfilling their potential in the Christian community.

We believe each person is shaped with different areas of gift and need that complement one another; like the puzzle, the kingdom of God is incomplete unless all members are integrated into the community. Inclusive education, like this puzzle, is a reflection of the community described in 1 Corinthians 12. We desire for the student body — composed of members with complementary abilities, strengths and areas of need — to reflect this puzzle and God’s Kingdom. An inclusive community is not just about Johnny who has autism spectrum disorder, or Sam who excels in math, or Erica who struggles with reading, but instead, it’s about everyone sharing their gifts and being challenged to reach their potential.

To ensure we have the right academic and social supports in place for each student, the school has partnered with CLC Network (Christian Learning Center), a nonprofit educational consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. CLC Network works with more than 65 Christian and Catholic schools throughout the United States to ensure that students with a variety of abilities and disabilities are active, integrated members of their school communities.

CLC Network works with more than 65 Christian and Catholic schools throughout the United States to ensure that students with a variety of abilities and disabilities are active, integrated members of their school communities.

Pam Maat, a teacher consultant from CLC Network, will advise our WMCS Educational Support Services (ESS) staff throughout the school year to assist with creating strengths-based plans for struggling students. Pam will also offer curriculum assistance and promote general academic and social inclusion within the school. The Educational Support Services staff will then work with general education teachers to make sure students with learning differences get the support they need, academically, socially, and behaviorally. Our staff will work together so that each student has a sense of belonging in the general education classroom. All staff will have access to CLC Network’s best-practice professional development and training, as well as their team of school psychologists to help understand and create strategies for struggling learners.

All staff will have access to CLC Network’s best-practice professional development and training, as well as their team of school psychologists to help understand and create strategies for struggling learners.

“We believe that inclusion for students at all levels of ability changes the school community for the better,” said Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski, CLC Network executive director. “We are thrilled to work with Whitney Piersma (WMCS Director of Educational Support Services) and the entire West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) staff from all five schools to implement best practices that help all students reach their potential.”

We believe that inclusion for students at all levels of ability changes the school community for the better.

To learn more about CLC Network, visit clcnetwork.org. To inquire about WMCS ESS Program or West Michigan Christian Schools in general, please click the member logo below!

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

WMCS Executive Director Letter Challenging all WMCS Families to BE the Influence

From the Desk of Dan DeKam

Influence.  It can be subtle or it can be strong, but today it is everywhere.

The competition for our attention, money, vote or our values is intense and inescapable.  The bombardment of constant product advertising, social media, instant coverage of disasters, viral videos, even “news” that may not really be news is unprecedented.

Very little of it is honoring to our Lord.

The bombardment of constant product advertising, social media, instant coverage of disasters, viral videos, even “news” that may not really be news is unprecedented.

This is one of the reasons our family has been thankful for our partnership with our Christian schools.  My wife and I recognized that in a typical day our children were directly under our care for only a few hours a day (not including sleeping) and truly interacted with us for much less than that.  As our children grew we have been so thankful for teachers who continued to influence them to consider all things in the light of scripture. They have modeled a healthy prayer life and a desire to know and understand the world around them as God’s creation and themselves as His children.  They have praised God with them in good times and they have agonized in prayer with them during the tough times. They have been invaluable partners in helping us raise our children – to influence them – in the way they should go.

As our children grew we have been so thankful for teachers who continued to influence them to consider all things in the light of scripture.

This spring, our youngest (of 5) will graduate from Western Michigan Christian High School.  Her older siblings have not only told us how well prepared they were academically to face the rigors of college, we know they have been prepared to discern and withstand the influences of culture.

This spring, our youngest (of 5) will graduate from Western Michigan Christian High School.  Her older siblings have not only told us how well prepared they were academically to face the rigors of college, we know they have been prepared to discern and withstand the influences of culture.

Our Christian schools here in the lakeshore region are prepared and excited to partner with even more families and make a difference for Christ in our communities.

 

BE the influence for Christ in your neighborhood, family and church!

 

Our 5-school WMCS collaboration has been invaluable in providing an even stronger academic experience. It has also strengthened our community and helped us hone our philosophy and practice in Christian education.

I CHALLENGE YOU ALL to cut through the clutter and BE the voice of INFLUENCE in your friends’ lives!

I CHALLENGE YOU ALL to cut through the clutter and BE the voice of INFLUENCE in your friends’ lives!

Share with them the benefits awaiting their children and their families via West Michigan Christian Schools.

Your heartfelt referral speaks volumes as does your personal invitation to check out the school system that has brought your own family blessing. It makes sense that you would want to share with others you care about!

Sharing your own testimony with friends and family about why you choose WMCS and Christian Education for your kids is powerful Influence that can be the difference in someone changing his/her mind about where their kids attend school. SHARE!

 

THIS blog post is a perfect torch for you to pass on to potential WMCS families.
Simply text this link https://mailchi.mp/wmcschools.org/be-the-voiceof-influence-from-west-michigan-christian-schools-faith-matters-spring-2018  and/or print out a copy and hand it to a friend in person.  Let the Lord to the rest!

This blog post is a perfect torch for you to pass on to potential WMCS families.

Leading by example, I and my fellow WMCS Principals share our personal testimonies in this WMCS blog as to why we choose Christian education for our own children. We are all Heads of Schools but also tuition paying dads and husbands. Have a read and enjoy getting to know us all a little more.

WMCS Principals (left to right) include Samuel Greer (WMC); Dan DeKam (MCS); Phil Morse (NEC); James Onderlinde (GHC); and John Barkel (FCS).

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Thank you in advance for using your influence to help further the Kingdom!

Better together,

Dan DeKam

WMCS, Executive Director

This article originally appeared in the West Michigan Christian Schools “Faith Matters” Spring 2018 E-Newsletter. To view a PDF of the full WMCS “Faith Matters” Spring 2018 E-Newsletter and to read ALL five of the WMCS Principals’ blog posts, click here or scroll down in this blog. 

Why Enroll Your Child at West Michigan Christian Schools? Part 5 – Testimonial

After Adopting Three Children, this WMC Bible Teacher Turned Principal Had a Big Choice to Make

About ten years ago, my wife Judy and I had the wonderful opportunity to adopt three amazing girls.  The added blessing is that they are our granddaughters. Among the many decisions to make was the choice of where our girls would attend school.

At the time, I was a Bible teacher at WMC and we wanted the girls to be immersed in Christian education. Judy and I made an appointment with Mr. DeKam at Muskegon Christian School.  Mr. DeKam and the staff at Muskegon Christian became wonderful partners in the education of our children.

The girls began to grow in all areas of life. They became active in music and athletics. There are a variety of extra-curricular activities for our girls to participate in throughout the year.

The girls began to grow in all areas of life. They became active in music and athletics. There are a variety of extra-curricular activities for our girls to participate in throughout the year.  Now they are active in the service of the Lord both in and out of school.

Now they are active in the service of the Lord both in and out of school.

I am privileged to welcome students to the hallways of Christian education at WMC High School and Middle School. What an extraordinary joy to see students from all areas and situations of life sharing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

What an extraordinary joy to see students from all areas and situations of life sharing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

This is your special invitation to join our Western Michigan Christian (WMC) Middle and High School family and to share in the joy of the Lord.

Hope to see you real soon!

WMCS is ENROLLING NOW for the 2018-19 school year.

Please CLICK HERE >> to GET MORE INFO about Christian education options for children preschool through 12th grade.

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

Better Together,
Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr.
Western Michigan Christian Middle & High School Principal
(and proud dad of 3 girls in Christian education)

Feature Photo caption: Greer’s family includes (from left to right) A’Nyah, Amaria, Greer’s wife Judy, Avia and Pastor Samuel Greer. 

Why Enroll Your Child at West Michigan Christian Schools? Part 4 – Testimonial

This Father of 3 was Profoundly Shaped by His Christian Instructors and Wants the Same for His Children

Many of my formational experiences as a child came from my failures and from falling short of expectations. In several of those difficult situations, I was picked back up and shaped by my Christian school teachers. Those teachers not only nurtured my faith in all areas of the curriculum they taught but more importantly, nurtured within me a life of love and service to Jesus.

I was picked back up and shaped by my Christian school teachers. Those teachers not only nurtured my faith in all areas of the curriculum they taught but more importantly, nurtured within me a life of love and service to Jesus.

I have a deep respect and a grateful heart for those who have been called to the honorable task of serving through Christian education. I often look back and fondly remember those teachers who modeled their love for Jesus and taught me to love Him, from elementary school through college.

I often look back and fondly remember those teachers who modeled their love for Jesus and taught me to love Him, from elementary school through college.

My Christian education was a priceless investment made by my parents. It was not always easy making that commitment for my three sisters and me, but it will reap eternal dividends. The gift of our spiritual formation and the building of God’s kingdom will never be regretted or considered a sacrifice, but rather a blessing and a necessity. The lessons I learned about myself and about God’s purpose for my life through Christian education, I deeply desire for my children as well.

My Christian education was a priceless investment made by my parents. The gift of our spiritual formation and the building of God’s kingdom will never be regretted or considered a sacrifice, but rather a blessing and a necessity.

My wife and I have been tasked with a great opportunity and responsibility in raising our children for God. We want them to be taught at home, in church and at school (where they spend most of their time), to see Jesus in all things, in the joys and especially in the struggles. We want them to experience acts of grace, share it with others, and learn to receive it themselves.

Our Christian schools will nurture our children to become lifelong learners, kingdom builders, and servant leaders. This is the everlasting legacy we are blessed to be able to provide our community, society, and Christian culture.

Our Christian schools will nurture our children to become lifelong learners, kingdom builders, and servant leaders. This is the everlasting legacy we are blessed to be able to provide our community, society, and Christian culture.

WMCS is ENROLLING NOW for the 2018-19 school year.

Please CLICK HERE >> to GET MORE INFO about Christian education options for children preschool through 12th grade.

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

Better together,

James Onderlinde

Grand Haven Christian School, Principal (and proud dad of 3)

Feature Photo caption: Onderlinde’s Family includes (from left to right) Benjamin, James, John, James’s wife Wendy, and Luke.

Why Enroll Your Child at West Michigan Christian Schools? Part 3 – Testimonial

This Father had a Fine Experience at Spring Lake Public Schools Yet Still Gravitated to Private Christian for His Kids

I couldn’t ask for anything more from my upbringing.  I grew up in the same house, had good parents that raised me with Christian values, went to the same church, and attended the same school system.  At Spring Lake Public Schools, I made friends, played baseball, and received a quality education. Christian education was never a consideration for my family.  

Since I had a nice childhood without a Christian education and have turned out a respectable member of society and, humbly assert, a Christian leader in my community, why would my wife, Missy, and I not choose the same path that I had for my three children Anna (7th grade), Matthias (5th grade), and Eli (3rd grade)?

A small part of the answer is that things have changed in society over the past few decades, including the collective values and focus of our public schools.  

A small part of the answer is that things have changed in society over the past few decades, including the collective values and focus of our public schools.  The biggest reason is that providing a Christian education, raising our children with Christian values, and having a consistent church upbringing gives my children the best foundation to be transformers in this world for Christ.  Furthermore, My Heavenly Father deserves nothing but the best from my wife and me as we raise our children.

The biggest reason is that providing a Christian education, raising our children with Christian values, and having a consistent church upbringing gives my children the best foundation to be transformers in this world for Christ.

Does this upbringing guarantee that my children will be respectable Christian members of society?  I wish the answer was yes, but there are too many variables in life. My hope and prayer is that the foundations that New Era Christian School (and WMCHS later), our church, and Missy and I laid will be solid so that when they are hit with struggles, they will still trust in God.

WMCS is ENROLLING NOW for the 2018-19 school year.

Please CLICK HERE >> to GET MORE INFO about Christian education options for children preschool through 12th grade.

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

Better together,

Phil Morse

New Era Christian School, Principal (and proud dad of 3)

Feature Photo caption: Morse’s Family includes (from left to right) Matthias, Phil’s wife Missy, Phil, Anna, and Eli.

Why Enroll Your Child at West Michigan Christian Schools? Part 2 – Testimonial

This Parent is New to it all But Certain that Christian Education is the Right Choice for His Family

My oldest is just beyond her first year at Fremont Christian School, so for my wife and I, the journey of Christian education is just beginning.

I wonder what will her favorite Bible story or who her favorite character will be? How will her experience in Spanish Immersion go? How will chapel, Bible class, and Christian teachers influence her in her walk with Jesus? How will God use this unique experience of Christian education to make her into the person He desires her to be?

Being a parent of a student in our Christian schools family brings a fresh perspective on Christian education. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity for my child, and, soon enough, all my three children. I’m excited for them to be at Fremont Christian School! I’m pumped knowing they will get into God’s Word, and learn how it applies to life! They’ll learn how to rely on Jesus when tough times come their way. They’ll know how to rejoice when they see God’s work being done.

 

I’m pumped knowing they will get into God’s Word, and learn how it applies to life!

The unknowns of what lies ahead for my children can, at times, be both exciting and frightening. It is a blessing to have them be part of Fremont Christian School. I’m thrilled that the school my children are attending is being creative and opportunistic in being part of a collaborative of Christian schools, WMCS. These schools care about kids. Period.

These schools care about kids. Period.

If you’re like us, and just starting this journey of Christian education, whether you’re in Fremont, Grand Haven, Muskegon, New Era or WMC, you are not alone.

It’s a commitment, a blessing, and a sacrifice.

Get excited about what God is about to do in your kid’s lives!

It’s a commitment, a blessing, and a sacrifice.

WMCS is ENROLLING NOW for the 2018-19 school year.

Please CLICK HERE >> to GET MORE INFO about Christian education options for children preschool through 12th grade.

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is 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.

Better together,

John Barkel

Fremont Christian School, Principal (and proud dad of 3)

Feature Photo caption: Barkel’s Family includes (from left to right) John’s wife Ruth, Piper, Allison, James, and John.