Welcome New Principal Nate Schout!

Mr. Schout jumped right in to his new role as administrator at MCS.  While the logistics of preparing for the return of school during a pandemic would make even the most seasoned of principals sweat, he has handled it all in stride. 

Want to see more of Mr. Schout?  Visit the MCS Facebook Page and check out his “Schouting Trips”.  These short informative videos are created to help parents & students navigate through the school year.

Variable-Rate Tuition helps make Christian education accessible!

At Muskegon Christian School we are committed to making this legacy a possibility for every family.

That’s right, every family! One of the foundational missions of MCS is to provide private Christian education that is accessible to families with varying income levels. Families just like yours! How? We offer “variable-rate tuition.” That means, tuition rates are not fixed or one-size-fits-all. We determine the tuition your family pays based on your income and unique situation while, at the same time, asking you to keep in mind that Christian education is an investment and a gift. Our goal is to make it one that you can afford.

How can we afford to pass on this gift to families?

MCS is part of a 5-school collaborative called West Michigan Christian Schools. Together we have been able to sustain Christian education for over 140 years due to the grace of God who has brought us generational supporters. From these gifts each schools’ endowment has grown, helping to offset tuition. Additional funding comes from private donations, school fundraising and our retail fundraising stores, DIBS! On Resale and B2 Outlet Store. Simply put, God provides!

Want to learn more?

With variable rate tuition, making the investment of enrolling your child at MCS, has never been more accessible! A school advisor is waiting to answer any questions you may have. CLICK HERE to contact us today!

Not sure yet? READ MORE about the steps to apply for Variable Rate Tuition Program at MCS.

Saying Goodbye to 19-20!

Our final praise service of the year was a PARK & PRAISE.  We had a packed parking lot as we closed out the 2019-2020 school year.  

On Friday, May 29th we were able to honor our graduating 6th graders at our final praise service of the year.  The parking lot was packed with staff, students, parents and grandparents. 

We also honored departing staff members.  Along with saying goodbye to our administrator, Dan DeKam, we said goodbye to 4th grade SI teacher Lisa Bonilla and 6th grade SI teacher Erika Mariglia.

Special thanks to MCS board member, Pastor Jeremy Lenertz, for leading us in worship!

Enrollment Season has Begun!

It’s time for a New Beginning at MCS this Spring!

If you haven’t checked out MCS recently (or ever), you need to visit us to see how we’re transforming students lives every day! We’re offering many different opportunities to visit us this spring – so no matter what your schedule is, you can check us out!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20thEarly Education Open House
Drop in anytime on Thursday, February 20th between 5:30pm- 7pm to explore our preschool and kindergarten programs and meet our fantastic teachers. We’ll have a fun Dr. Seuss themed night with a little gift for visitors to take home too! More details here!
Can’t make this night? Well, what about a Friday?

EVERY FRIDAY IS OPEN HOUSE AT MCS! 9:00am to 3pm
Come by on a Friday between 9am and 3pm and you’ll be able to see the classrooms as they are meant to be seen – full of students engaging with curriculum, teachers and each other! Call ahead for the best experience!

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 – “STEP UP” NIGHT 6:00 to 7:30pm
Current students and families as well as new ones are invited to visit next year’s classroom, ‘Stepping up’ a grade for the night. Spend time with teacher and discover what exciting new things are in store for the 2020-2021 school year. No reservations required – so stop on by!

CAN’T MAKE ONE OF THESE TIMES? CALL US FOR A PERSONALIZED TOUR!
We want to make sure you have a great visit- so contact us and we’ll give you a personalized tour!

Congratulations! You’re a United States Citizen

MCS 2nd graders get to witness their teacher become an American!

For 2nd grade teacher Ximena and others, swearing the oath of allegiance is the culmination of a long process of naturalization that can take years. So when our 2nd grade Spanish Immersion students found out Ximena was finally becoming a U.S. citizen, they wanted to be there with her.

But they almost missed out on the experience altogether.

A Few Surprises

After a 45 minute drive, her students (and parent volunteers) arrived at the Herrick District library and made their way part way down the stairs – when they were stopped. As parent Laura explains, “An official told us we could go no farther, that the room was full and that we wouldn’t be able to witness the ceremony.  We asked if we could at least see Ximena. They did go get her so we could at least say hello, give her a card and greet her before the ceremony. “

Did we say that we didn’t tell Ximena that we were coming? Surprise! She was a little flustered when staff pulled her out of line and asked her to come along with them. (Sorry, Ximena!)

While all of this was going on, a library volunteer, who happened to be an MCS graduate, saw what was going on. He talked to the library Director, who was sympathetic to our situation.  As we were huddled in the lobby trying to decide what to do next, the director told us that she would fit us in somehow.  Soon they announced us as a special group attending and ushered us up on the side of the platform so the kids had a better view. They told our students to cheer loud, and the man who initially told us to leave gave each kid a high five as they came up on the platform!

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Some of the highlights of the ceremony were hearing all 30 countries listed that were represented by participants in this particular ceremony. Our students loved cheering for Ximena as they called her up to receive her certificate.  The coordinators also made it a point to highlight our group of students and let them tell the audience what school they were from. They also had Ximena stand up and wave to her class. 

The students loved being a part of this unique experience. As one student shared, “It was cool how many people were there and that they could all become citizens”. For many of the kids, it is probably the only time they will witness this ceremony. And they loved surprising their teacher.

Ximena was indeed surprised. She was a little overcome too (in the best way).

It has been a long, almost six year journey where I have seen how God’s sovereignty has worked upon our family. First, the doors opened for us to move from our home country and leave everything to then move to the USA in a matter of a few short months.  We first arrived in December, 2013 and we were exposed to a new culture and language.  We did not know where we would end up – but God had a plan for us.

Our family’s almost 6 year journey concluded by becoming a U.S. citizen and being part of this great nation. This country has welcomed me with open arms and it continues to do it for so many other immigrants that arrive from all over the world.  God has facilitated this process to be smooth and now I’m very happy it is completed.

I am thankful for all my students and the parents who came and were the perfect audience for this unique experience.  It certainly made it a lot more special for me to share this special moment with each of them.

– Ximena

We’re happy we could support Ximena on this day. “I’m so proud of Ximena, and of our students and how they behaved,” shares Laura. “They were able to experience a taste of what becoming a citizen involves, and were able to see some of the variety of people who come to join our country. It was a great day!”

A Legacy of Support at MCS

Part of our Family

Bill Malda sharing his World War II experiences with WZZM in 2018.

William ‘Bill’ and Cornelia ‘Connie’ Malda were never shy about their love of Muskegon Christian School.

‘My dad was known for his love of our Christian schools. When we were growing up, he commuted up to Hart or Shelby to work every day, but wanted us to live in Muskegon so we could attend Muskegon Christian”, shares Sharon (Malda) DeWall.

Bill, who passed away this fall at the age of 96, didn’t grow up attending MCS. He instead attended school in a rural one-room school house. After he served in World War II (receiving a Purple Heart for his service), he married MCS alum Connie Rop in 1948. Together they raised 4 children who all attended MCS. The two grandchildren who stayed in the area attended as well.
Upon his discharge from the war, Bill became a masonry contractor for the next 40 years, helping to build many properties in the greater Muskegon area – including MCS. He helped lay the foundations of the current MCS building in 1954 with help from friends like fellow MCS alum Charles ‘Charlie’ Keur. When he retired in the 1980’s, he spent much of his free time volunteering to maintain the MCS building.

Bill and Connie’s gifting of their time, treasures and talent is a legacy that their children have taken on for themselves. Echoing his father, son Jim Malda serves as the coordinator of our MCS ‘Friday Crew’, a dedicated group of volunteers who tackle maintenance projects around our campus every Friday morning. Daughter Sharon DeWall has faithfully volunteered for years in our SCRIP office, even showing up on the eve of her father’s funeral to serve. “It’s what he would have wanted – to be supporting the school like he did. This school is like a part of our family, and it’s a community that we’re deeply committed to,” explains Sharon.

Bill’s daughter Sharon with MCS classmates in 1963

Friends for 4 Generations

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

Pearl (Vannette) Vanderlaan wrote this as her MCS Class of 1946 personal motto, and over her lifetime, lived this out. She was loved by so many, including her listed ‘favorite pastime’ in the 46’ MCS yearbook– Arnie – who ended up being her husband for 68 years until his death in 2018. Together Arn and Pearl Vanderlaan saw their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren attend MCS, and so many of them have blessed us in their support of MCS. So while we were sad to hear of Pearl’s passing away on November 8th, we are thankful that we know she celebrates in heaven with her Savior today.

One of Pearl’s great-grandchildren at MCS designing a trebuchet.

We are blessed by the legacy that Pearl and Arn, Bill and Connie – and so many other friends of MCS like them – have left behind through their commitment to Christian education.

Welcome Back, MCS!

Updates to the Building and Grounds

Every summer we try to get some projects done around the school, and this year we accomplished some pretty major updates.

  • We are SO excited that our ‘original’ upper elementary bathrooms received a remodel, including new stalls and sinks, as well as freshly painted walls. Our Friday Guys took on the demo (thanks, gentlemen!) and we were able to keep on budget.
  • We were able to repave our south parking lot, and extend it as well.
  • SERVE volunteers visited us for a week in July and were able to spread mulch, clean out lockers, and other tasks.
  • Our music and band room received new carpet, band chairs, and technology upgrades. Our music teacher Brenda Oosterhouse also volunteered to paint and decorate the entire room. It looks great, Brenda!
Band Teacher Nick DeBone teaching Band to 5th grade students

New Faces in the Classroom

We not only welcome a new batch of preschoolers to MCS this fall, but new staff as well!

Our new 3 year-old Preschool teacher is Penelope DeWeerd. She moved to the area recently with her husband and LOVES working with preschoolers. She is musically gifted (plays 5 instruments) and loves to paint as well.

In our Spanish Immersion Kindergarten class, Betty Fernandez brings over 20 years in Christian education experience with her from the Dominican Republic. She loves to spend time with her husband and 3 kids exploring new places.
She was first inspired to become a teacher by a cousin who was a Kindergarten teacher.


I loved to see how much fun she had with her students and how much love she gave them and received from them. As a teacher, we are able to mold and shape the lives and hearts of our students. This is the main reason why I became a teacher: to make a difference in their lives and hearts. Teaching is my passion!

Katie Kalvaitis, our new Spanish Immersion 5th Grade teacher, grew up in Fremont, MI and attended Aquinas College. After graduating college, she did mission work in Bolivia for 14 months where she participated in community outreach & taught English. For the last 5 years, she has been teaching kindergarten, first, & second grade Spanish immersion at Fremont Christian School.
She is excited to teach 5th grade here at MCS. “God gave me a heart for working with youth!”

We also added a new part-time Spanish Immersion 6th grade teacher this fall. Erika Mariglia grew up in Frankenmuth, MI and attended WMU for her bachelor’s degree. After that, she lived in Honduras for 7 years doing mission work and helped to build a bilingual Christian school.
Back in Michigan now for over 5 years with her husband, Erika and her husband just adopted a baby boy and also have 3 pets – so they’re a busy family!

We are thrilled to have these wonderful new teachers join our MCS family this fall. If you run into them in the halls, please join us in welcoming them!

Lessons from a Veteran

WWII Veteran shares with MCS students his story – and how God is at work even in hard times.

As a soldier in the ninth air force during World War II, Mr. Clarence Schipper met a lot of hardship and sadness. Yet he came back home with his faith strengthened.
When he visited our 4th grade students in Miss Potts class this spring, he shared his testimony and some memories of the war.

Mr. Schipper showing students pictures from when he served in World War II

“I saw a lot in the last two years (of the war). We crossed the English Channel on D+16 (that’s 16 days after D day) and we went through northern France. We went through the tip of Belgium, down into the Netherlands… and then across Germany.

I saw death, destruction, cities bombed, planes shot down, pilots killed. We were near one battle where Germans shot up a British truck and a tank. I looked inside to the truck and there were two English guys. One had his arm around his buddy to protect him – but they both were dead. And in a tank nearby were soldiers that were trying to get out of a crippled tank – they were shot and dead.

Our unit was not a combat unit, but we were close to the front… we were in the Battle of the Bulge, we had buzz bombs flying over us (and some landed near us), and we went through the Buchenwald concentration camp.”

Mr. Schipper shared what it was like to encounter the people that the Germans starved, and how they fed some of them out of their mess kits with food left over. And as all this came to a head, he questioned, ‘Is there a God who cares?’

“I walked up a steep hill and I began to read my Bible. Here’s what I read:
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:12-15

And when I read that, when I thought how Jesus suffered like we did and was tempted in every way that I was, I wanted to follow Him for the rest of my life. And so when I got back home I made profession of faith in our church. And I’m glad I did.

The students enjoyed trying on his uniform and learning all about the different symbols on his hat and jacket.

Some other things our students learned from Mr. Schipper?
” They ate C and K-rations. He taught us about K rations.”
” He was scared for his life – war isn’t easy! Mr. Schipper is so brave.” (One of our students wrote he is the bravest person they know.)
” He served for 2, almost 3 years.”
” He showed us lots of pictures.”
” He talked with us about weapons and war technology”.
” He was drafted before he finished high school, but he did get his diploma.”

We were so thankful to hear Mr. Schipper’s story and to be able to ask him questions. Thank you to all those who served our country in the past – and serve today – to protect our freedoms.

The MCS Auction Book is ready!

Join us on Friday, May 3rd 2019!

A Special ‘Thank you’ to our awesome Auction sponsors!

Betten Baker Chevrolet
West Coast Pediatric Dentistry 
Core Realty Partners
Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services
Bishop Heating and Air Conditioning 
Independent Bank
Van’s Car Wash
WESCO

and other friends of MCS.

Save the date for the 2019 MCS Auction!

We are excited to be hosting our annual Muskegon Christian School Auction at The Innovation Hub in downtown Muskegon on Friday, May 3rd at 6pm.  Our goal is to raise over $40,000 from this auction and all funds raised will help support our teachers and students at MCS.  This auction is our biggest event of the year and we love how it brings together our community leaders, donors, current parents, and friends of MCS.  We would love you to be a part of it!

We have some exciting items up for bid this year, many that are new to our auction! Here’s a sneak peek:

Mackinac Bridge Tower Tour for 2
Have you ever wanted to go to the top of one of the 2 towers of the Mackinac Bridge?  This year at our MCS auction, you can bid on 2 tour tickets for this rare opportunity! (The bridge authority only donates 25 tours a year so, we likely won’t be able to offer this opportunity again for a long time). More details available on our Facebook page.
Beautiful Dining Table from Blended Furniture Market
50″ wide round table with gorgeous heavy base. A beautiful table that blends with so many styles!
Backyard Pollination and Honey Package
Host a hive, learn the craft and make lots of honey on your own property!
10 Cu. Yards of Shredded Bark Delivered – Grand Haven Garden House Includes delivery within Tri-Cities area (S of Pontaluna, N of M-45, W of 128th.)
2 Hour Tour from West Michigan Cycleboat
It’s a Bike – and it’s a Boat! You and up to 11 friends can enjoy up to 2 hours on West Michigan’s first Cycleboat!

We are still collecting items for our auction!  Especially popular items include gift certificates from local businesses, getaway and ‘staycation’ items and once-in-a-lifetime (think ‘bucket list’) offerings.   Do you have a donation for us?  We love new and creative gifts to offer at our auction!  Hundreds of people attend our annual auction and your donation would be noticed by many more through our advertising efforts and in our booklet.

We are a 501(c)3 and all donations will be receipted for tax purposes.

Donations can be mailed to:
Muskegon Christian School, Attn: Auction Committee, 1220 Eastgate St, Muskegon, MI  49442
For more information on this event including donation and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us!

Look for more updates after Spring Break and sneak peeks on items up for bid here on our blog and on MCS Facebook page.
Plan to join us on May 3rd for an inspiring night in support of our students!