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Maker’s Week at Fremont Christian School

Exploring God’s Creation Through STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

This year, Fremont Christian School teachers offered students a variety of inquiry-based opportunities that are unique to the Fremont community.  These experiences activate the students’ natural curiosity and have them taking the lead in how they learn the information through hands-on exploration and problem-solving.

First, FCS began Maker’s Week, a week of problem-solving activities focused on teamwork, creative thinking, and design to achieve a goal. Students had to design roller coasters with a variety of turns, sailboats with sails that got a small boat far and fast down a canal, plus many other STEM-based building activities.

Students worked in their K-8 family groups, making this experience all the more interesting. It was awesome seeing a kindergarten student present an idea to an 8th grader as the best idea in the entire group!

Here’s our Maker’s Week video! 

In addition to Maker’s Week, FCS also introduced the following new and unique learning experiences:

  • Our second-grade students met after school for the first FCS Stem Club with Mrs. Yonker to solve inquiry-based and hands-on challenges.
  • Our middle school boys stayed after school with Mr. Stepanek to design a useable catapult. The thing was huge!
  • Our 3rd-5th graders transformed themselves into historical figures for a “wax museum.” Ben Franklin, Rosa Parks, Steve Jobs, and Franklin Douglas were among the many characters that the students learned about before portraying them to the public. Click here for pictures! 
  • Our Spanish Immersion students held a Multi-Cultural day where students in both English and Spanish Immersion classes earned their first FCS passport stamps by traveling to different Spanish speaking countries around the world! They experienced dance, music, food, and art from Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Spain! Click here for photos! 

This list is by no means complete, but are some of the significant and unique learning experiences from which FCS students were able to enjoy and learn!

Fremont 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.

Fremont Christian School Joins the Family

Fremont Christian School Joins the Family: WMCS is Five Schools Strong

This year West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) celebrates a wonderful new addition to the school family. We are proud to announce that Fremont Christian School (FCS) is now an official member of the WMCS collaborative! This new addition brings our school system to a total of five schools and a collective 1,171 PK-12 students for the 2017-18 school year.

WMCS Timeline Infographic with chronological dates and logos of all five schools

WMCS has been offering Christian Education in the Lakeshore region of West Michigan for more than 100 years!

Why Did FCS Join WMCS?

Principal John Barkel has been at FCS for twelve years, first as a teacher and more recently as the head of school since 2012. Earlier this year, the FCS board retained the services of a consultant to help them create a new strategic plan for the school. The mission that Barkel and the FCS board set out to accomplish in 2017 was to “be visionary.” The idea was to break free from daily regimented minutia and move forward with fresh visionary ideas for the school. Joining the WMCS collaborative was a direct result of this outside-of-the-box thinking.

“The partnership allows FCS to benefit from being part of a united body all focused on the same goal. It also allowed FCS to grow our team without having to bring on new staff. Practical team members were some missing links for us and WMCS membership afforded us access to a curriculum, Education Support Services (ESS) and marketing director. The value added to our programs and education by having these benefits will be incredible! Ultimately the goal is to better support our students and Christian education in West Michigan, and this move gets us closer to achieving that,” explained Fremont Christian School’s Principal John Barkel.

The partnership allows FCS to benefit from being part of a united body all focused on the same goal. It also allowed FCS to grow our team without having to bring on new staff. Practical team members were some missing links for us and WMCS membership afforded us access to a curriculum, Education Support Services (ESS) and marketing director.

Opening Up the Pipeline to WMC:

As a WMCS member, FCS will actively work to open people’s eyes to the option of PK-12 Christian education with the final destination at Western Michigan Christian (WMC).

“We’re excited to offer parents a comprehensive PK-12 Christian education plan for their children. Additionally, we’ll work on carpooling options to make the drive easier. Some pretty amazing conversations happen en route to high school between peers, parents and students. The stories we’ve heard throughout the years are remarkable!” shared Barkel.

We’re excited to offer parents a comprehensive PK-12 Christian education plan for their children.

A warm welcome to the faculty, board and families of Fremont Christian School. We’re delighted and BLESSED to have you on board!

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

What Benefits Does WMCS Membership Include?

 The WMCS Member Schools Include:

Click here to view a PDF copy of the press announcement.

This article originally appeared in the West Michigan Christian Schools “Faith Matters” Fall 2017 Newsletter. To view a PDF of the full WMCS “Faith Matters” Fall 2017 Newsletter click here.

WMCS Members include, Fremont Christian, Grand Haven Christian, New Era Christian, Muskegon Christian and Western Michigan Christian Might Schools and Middle School