We encourage our students to participate in competitive sports as a way to build character, gain self-confidence and develop teamwork. Our 5th and 6th grades girls and boys compete in a Basketball league with other local Christian schools. We partner with Western Michigan Christian School, our middle school and high school, for sports camps and clinics including softball, volleyball, soccer and cheer. We also offer two running clubs for students in grades 3rd – 5th: Girls on the Run for girls and Total Trek Quest for boys. These clubs not only focus on running but on healthy choices and building self-esteem.
Students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design! With coaches to guide them, our MCS LEGO League team (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field and compete at the area competition against other teams. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
Students in grades K-6th at MCS have the opportunity to participate in a student-led competition called Destination Imagination (DI), a program that focuses on team building and creative problem-solving. Students begin the year signing a contract with parents and team leaders that states “The Team Owns Every Bit of Its Team Challenge Solutions”. The students meet together after school to work together to solve a challenge of their own choosing. After months of preparation, the teams present the challenge they have been working on before a set of judges.
MCS has sent 2 teams to compete in the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee where they competed against 75 teams from all around the world. We love that this program builds community and teamwork at MCS!
3rd Grade ‘Bucket Brigade’
This is an optional lunchtime drumming club for 3rd-grade students at MCS led by teacher Chad Bonnema. Students practice drumming a number of songs and perform at chapel services and WMC Warrior basketball games every year. Students develop their rhythm skills while having a lot of fun!
Our students participate in a number of extended learning opportunities that happen off-campus. These highly anticipated trips allow for highly engaged learning and support the curriculum that students are studying. Students in grades K – 6th participate in various class trips throughout the school year and parents are encouraged to come along.
Every year, all of our 3rd-grade students participate in “The Big Lesson” at the Lakeshore Museum Center. The students spend a week at the museum learning about Michigan history and cultural traditions and enjoy getting “hands on” with the curriculum. They end the week with a presentation to family and friends at the museum.
Grade 6th students enjoy a special overnight camping experience at Camp Pendalouan every year to bond with classmates and explore nature together.
We offer after-school STEM clubs that encourage students to explore God’s world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students have opportunities to collaborate, create and design together with basic robotic programming kits and other resources like Foundry in a Box.