God is the Same
As I began to write this article, South Christian High School transformed from a busy place of learning to a quiet place of reflection. And as I finish the article, summer is kicking into gear and half a dozen summer camps are starting. The campus is busy again. It seems stewardly to me that the building does not sit quietly for very long. We do not turn off the Christ-centered instruction in the summer but transition to developing kids’ talents in dozens of different areas of sport and play. This meets our mission–equipping students to lead Christ-centered lives and serving to their greatest potential–by living into the things kids love to do and developing relationships that honor Jesus.
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to be in New York City. One morning I woke up early and wandered down towards the edge of the Hudson River. I watched a few other early risers run by as the sunrise reflected off the buildings in New Jersey on the other side of the river. I found a bench, read the Bible, and watched as an initially quiet part of the city woke up. It actually felt very much like my morning routine in Byron Center, even though it was a dramatically different setting.
This story from New York came to my mind as I thought about the transitions that are happening here. The high school building transforms from a school to a center for athletic growth. Seniors graduated from school into adulthood. Some of our staff are retiring or moving on to new career paths. Many of our communities find a new rhythm during the summer. But one thing does not ever transition. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” In times of transition, this is vital for us to remember and hold on to.
It is possible that all this comes to mind because I, too, am transitioning. I am excited about the plan God has in store for me and know that this school is in great hands going forward. The staff, board, and particularly Aaron Meckes, the Interim Head of School, have been prepared for what is next and are firmly grounded in the unchanging nature of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to the community for the trust you placed in me the last eight years, and I will persist in praying daily that South Christian continues to nurture kids to love Jesus and obey His call to use their gifts and talents.
—Jim Peterson, Head of School
Honors Convocation was held on Thursday, May 12 in the auditorium. This is a night to celebrate and honor the senior class by recognizing the scholarships and awards they have earned in areas of academics, arts, athletics, drama, leadership, music, and the potential for success. Congratulations, graduates!
Valedictorian & Salutatorian
This year South Christian recognized two students who have earned the top academic honors in the class of 2022. Zachary Logan is the Valedictorian, and Victoria Koorndyk is the Salutatorian.
Zach Logan, Valedictorian
Zach summarizes his journey of self-discovery at South Christian with these words: “I have discovered that I am able to do hard things, including taking 5 AP classes even during swim season.” Zach has indeed excelled in an environment filled with rigor and challenges. As he reflects on his favorite moments on the swim team, in his classes, and in Campaigners, Zach has appreciated how his SC community has exposed him to a variety of great thoughts and ideas he otherwise would not have been aware of. He reflected, “God created us in His image, and the creativity He instilled in His people is amazing.” Zach’s curiosity, love for learning, hard work, and care for others have been evident to his peers and teachers alike. As Zach thinks about how he might serve God to his greatest potential, he says, “I believe that I will be put in situations daily, both small and large, that God will use me in…so while I don’t know exactly how I will impact the world, I have confidence in Him that He will put me EXACTLY where I am meant to be to do his work.” Zach is the son of Brett and Lynne Logan and plans to attend Calvin University, ultimately pursuing an MBA. Zach, we wish you God’s richest blessings as you continue to seek opportunities for building God’s kingdom in both small and large ways.
Tori Koorndyk, Salutatorian
When asked what her years at South Christian have helped her discover about herself, Tori responded, “I’ve learned that God gives everyone different tools; for me, I’m quiet and logical, and I can use those traits to honor God and serve others in unique ways.” Tori’s quiet diligence and strength have made a bold statement to her classmates and teachers. In her studies at South Christian, Tori has enjoyed classes that have encouraged her to ask hard questions and to seek a genuine understanding of the world. When thinking about how she might serve God to her greatest potential, Tori imagines herself serving quietly to make a difference in the lives of individuals and says, “I hope to inspire kids and teens to work hard but also to live in a God-honoring way myself.” We who have worked with Tori over the past years have seen exactly that in her: someone who works hard, inspires others in a quiet, behind-the-scenes way, and strives to live in obedience to God. Tori is the daughter of Jeffrey Koorndyk and Lori Hinds, and she plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to pursue math education or Spanish. Tori, we wish you God’s richest blessings as you continue to be obedient to God’s will for your life.
Congratulations Zach and Tori!
Special Dates to Note:
June 14 – Rod VanDyke Memorial Golf Outing
2022-2023 Event Calendar
2022-2023 Master Calendar
Closed Campus the Week of July 4
The office will be closed for the week of July 4, and there are no sports camps, recreational sports, or sports-related contacts allowed by the MHSAA.
Summer Office Hours
June 6 – 9
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
June 13 – July 29
Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
**Closed for cleaning the week of July 4
August 1 – August 19
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Summer SCRIP Schedule
Orders are due in the Business Office on either Monday or Tuesday (see below) by 9:00 a.m. so that they can be available for pickup by 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning. The office is open until 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays during June and July.
June 14 (Tuesday)
June 28 (Tuesday)
July 12 (Tuesday)
July 26 (Tuesday)
August 8 (Monday)
August 22 (Monday)
Society Meeting Results
Thank you to those who voted online or in person at our annual Society Meeting. The financial proposal for 2022-2023 was approved, and we welcome the following new board members:
- Matthew Alferink
- Erin Haverdink
- Stacy Meulenberg
- Brent Miedema
Thank you to our retiring Board Members (Matt Bol, Bill Morren, Mario Veldhuijzen, and Vickie Zylstra) who served for the past 3 years.
Congratulations to the SC Sailors Robotics Team for qualifying for the State Tournament and the World Championship in Houston, Texas.
The enrollment deadline was May 31. If you have not enrolled your student yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you need the enrollment form sent to you again by email, please contact Dana Veldhouse (email@example.com or 455-3210 x102).
Class Schedules 2022-2023
You can expect to receive your son or daughter’s class schedule via email sometime mid-summer. If you have questions, please contact Rebekah Wierenga (firstname.lastname@example.org or 455-3210 x114).
Senior Picture Requirements for the Yearbook
Class of 2023, as you prepare to possibly take senior pictures over the summer, keep in mind the picture requirements for the yearbook. Only head and shoulder poses with muted backgrounds but without hands, hats, and backdrops like cars, pets, etc. will be accepted. Girls are required to have straps/shirts visible in the picture. Please email the digital file to Kimberly Koetje (email@example.com). Thank you.
Save the Date
First Day of School Monday, August 22
Freshmen/New Student Orientation - AM
Full Student Body - PM
More information to come in the August South Scenes.
Note: All student I.D. photos will be taken this day.
During a school year, each student attends about 1,250 classes. Congratulations to the following students who did not have any absences during the 2022-2023 school year.
Freshmen - Class of 2025
Sophomores - Class of 2024
Juniors - Class of 2023
- Ryan Offringa
- Gabe Verlin
Seniors - Class of 2022
—Mark VanStee, Dean of Students
Senior Summer Camp
At the end of each summer, the incoming Senior class is invited to Senior Camp. This year, camp is August 21-22 at Camp Manitou-Lin. More information about camp, including more details and registration information, was emailed to parents the week of May 23. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Meckes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SCHS Debuts New Disc Golf Course
After years of discussion and planning, South Christian has installed a permanent 9 hole disc golf course on the south-east corner of the property. This family friendly course provides opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to enjoy this growing sport. It is the latest, most permanent version of disc golf on the property. The contours of the land make it interesting, and the variable wind (which always seems to be blowing on some level) provide a challenge that everyone will be able to enjoy for years to come.
Shortly after South Christian acquired what was then the “Sports Park,” a 9 hole course using posts was installed around the new baseball fields. As the property was developed, different areas throughout the property were utilized and the course expanded to 18 challenging and various holes. The course provided some good opportunities for players to enjoy the sport. When construction on the new building began and the different areas of the property were adapted to the current configuration, the course was “uprooted” to make room for our new facility with the vision toward bringing back a more permanent type of course. Money was donated, and plans were made.
Last fall, the momentum of the project took off again as the southeast corner of the property was set aside for developing a 9 hole course. The baskets, tee signs, and other essentials were ordered, the course design was finalized, and the project was well on its way. After supply chain issues in the fall and wet weather in the spring delayed the course installation, things finally were set in place, and in the second week of May, the Great Lakes Disc crew came out and installed the course.
The course is already seeing some good use from both PE classes and people coming to play. We encourage you to come out and have some fun.
For the past several years, we have sent parents the weekly Culture Translator e-newsletter from Axis. Axis has announced they will no longer be co-branding with schools. If you enjoy reading the e-newsletter and would like to continue to receive it, you can use this link to sign-up directly.
Host Families Needed
We are excited to have six new international students joining us for all or part of the school year next year, which means we are looking for host families for each of them. If you haven’t considered this opportunity before, now is a great time. Four of the six students will only be here for a few short months, and the other two will be here for the full school year. These students are so eager to come to the US to experience life with an American family and will be arriving on August 22. Not only is their tuition covered, but their living expenses and incidentals are as well. Please click here to read a little more about each student and prayerfully consider if this might be something you could do. If you’d like more information or have any questions, please contact Leah VanElderen (email@example.com).
Welcoming Guatemalan Students
This fall we will once again be welcoming Guatemalan students to campus through the FACES Program.
In order to participate in the Faces Program, Guatemalan students apply to be Cultural Ambassadors of their country and are carefully selected by the Coordinators of the FACES Team. They go through a preparation process during the year and also prepare cultural projects to share with their host family and school.
We would like to invite you to learn more about FACES and the possibility of becoming a Host Family for one of these students for 8 weeks. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided our students and guests with valuable cultural experiences.
If you are interested in hosting a student and participate in this life enriching experience, please contact Gaby Padilla, State Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the Host Family Form HERE.
Gaby will be hosting an Informational Meeting on Zoom this Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. Please join her to learn more about this opportunity.
MEETING LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83931789904
MEETING ID: 839 3178 9904
—Erika Brown, Guidance Counselor
—Connie Muller, Guidance Counselor
Development Office News
SCHS Women's Golf Outing - Register Today
Join us for the 4th annual SCHS Women’s Golf Outing. Come out for a fun-filled day with friends on the golf course and support a great cause. We’ll enjoy nine holes followed by lunch and awards. Proceeds benefit SCHS Tuition Assistance Fund.
Date: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 9:30 a.m. shotgun start
Course: StoneWater Country Club
Cost: $85 per golfer
Registration and Sponsorship opportunities available online
For further questions, contact Sandy Dobbs (email@example.com or 616-262-7205)
Scrap Metal Drive
An unbelievable amount of $30,000 was raised. An additional $2,000 was raised from pop cans. Together it totals $32,000! Thank you to all who so generously donated their scrap metal and pop cans, which contributed to the success with all the funds going to Tuition Assistance.
Tuition Assistance Fund
THANK YOU to all who responded to the Tuition Assistance appeal thus far. This year $400,000 is needed to be able to award 75% of the qualifying need to fellow SCHS families. To date $323,000 has been raised. If you are able to help financially, please direct your gift to the Development Department.
Athletic Sponsorship opportunities available. Are you interested in promoting your business to the SCHS community while supporting athletics? There are a variety of athletic sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Sandy Dobbs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-262-7205) for more information.
—Sandy Dobbs, Development Director
Food Service News
We had a great year serving the staff and students. We were able to operate a bit more normally and were able to expand our menu offerings. If your returning student has funds in his/her account, it will be waiting for them to access come fall. Looking forward, you will find the August/September menu and Allergen information on the website and again in the August South Scenes. You will be receiving a welcome back email for returning students in August. New students will receive a detailed informational email by mid-August.
Our food service staff is also proud to share that our Health Inspection came with an excellent report. The health inspector found no violations and was very impressed with the food service organizational practices in the kitchen. We receive two health inspections a year, and we have not had a violation in the past three years.
Have a rest filled summer, and we are eager to serve the Sailors in the 2022-2023 school year.
Athletic Department News
Spring Sports Information
Spring Sports conclude in June. We are looking forward to some teams making a postseason push. Continue to stay tuned to southchristiansports.com
for the most up-to-date information on game times, locations, ticket information, and results.
Spring Live Stream Information
If you cannot make it out to Girls Soccer games this spring, you can catch all of their home games on live stream via the NFHS network. To access NFHS, you need to click on this link
, search for South Christian High School, and then click subscribe. This will allow you to make an account to view any South Christian Pixellot events such as soccer, volleyball, and football. This will also allow you to watch any away games in which the opponent has Pixellot. There is a yearly fee ($69.99) or monthly fee ($10.99) that you have to pay. We will also be live streaming some of our Spring Sports through our YouTube channel "SailorZone." Stay tuned to our website for all of this information.
Interested in Becoming an Official?
The OK Conference and the MHSAA are looking for more officials. There is a shortage of officials, and we can use your help. If you are interested in this opportunity, please let David Kool (email@example.com
) know. The process to become a registered official is very simple. Thanks for considering this opportunity and giving back to interscholastic athletics.
Don't forget your "SCore Card"
In order to participate in athletics during the 2022-2023 school year, a student athlete must have his or her “SCore Card
" filled out and turned in to the coach prior to the first official practice. “SCore Cards
" will be available in the office starting Monday, August 1.
If a coach does not receive a “SCore Card
" from an athlete, he or she will not be able to practice until it is turned in.
" information must include signatures for approval of:
Sports Physicals -
- Physical Date - MUST BE AFTER APRIL 15, 2022
- Concussion Awareness Form
- Eligibility and Training Rules Form
We will be providing Sports Physicals once again this summer/fall. We will be working with HealthBar. We will be having our Physical night on Monday, August 1 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at South Christian High School. This will be for all middle school and high school students who need a physical for the upcoming sports year. The cost will be $40. Save the date.
MHSAA Dead Week - July 4 - July 10 (No Activity)
MHSAA Pre-Season Downtime - August 1 - the first date of practice (strength/conditioning - four player workouts permitted)
Summer Camps 2022
Summer camps will be starting in June. We are also providing Strength and Conditioning workouts all summer long on campus for all high school and middle school students. Click here
for more information.
Fall Sports Start Dates
August 8 - All fall sports will begin on the same date again this coming fall.
Rod VanDyke Memorial Golf Outing
Monday, June 13
Railside Golf Club in Byron Center, Michigan
Event features a morning and an afternoon flight.
Sailor Community Night
Football Tailgate - Friday, September 9
More info will come out at a later time
SCHS Sporting Clay Shoot
All sportsmen, save the date: The SCHS Sports Boosters is hosting its second annual Sporting Clay shoot to raise funds for the sports programs in our school. Join us on Saturday, September 24 at the Caledonia Sportsman Club for a morning of clay shooting and a delicious lunch. More information will come out at a later time, but make sure you save the date.
Victory Day will once again be back to the South Christian campus this coming fall. Please make plans to join us for this special event on Saturday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. on the main soccer field at South Christian High School.
—David Kool, Athletic Director
Music Department News
I am a "graduating" parent from South Christian as our youngest just graduated in May. For the past four years, I have helped serve the music program through Music Boosters. I wasn't bringing to the table a resume of life experiences for myself: I was not in band, choir, or orchestra in high school, but I did play the piano. I love praising God through music, and my son was in band, and my daughter participated in the choir program. Definitely one of my highlights serving was chaperoning the band/orchestra trip to Nashville during the 2018-19 school year. That trip helped me know so many of the students in the music program. (I am excited current boosters are working on the details of a spring 2023 trip after having to put these plans on hold for a few years.) I also enjoy helping at the concerts, whether it is greeting our guests to pinning a flower on a senior student or hearing the students warm up in the choir room. I have appreciated getting to know our music directors as well and hearing their dreams for their students. As myself and another member are retiring from Music Boosters, this group welcomes new volunteers!
Looking back and ahead, Music Boosters helped approve and raise money this year for new choir risers, a band trailer, a cello, and a saxophone. We are also looking forward to our second summer of marching band camp on August 1-4. We celebrated the retirement of Sharon VanderHeide, South Christian's beloved piano accompanist.
When I think about our music department and our directors, it reminds me that Christian education is different. I recently read the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn, in which he writes, "music is transcendent-a bridge between this world and another. That's why people devote so much of themselves to it and gain such pleasure in it. We love the rich and varied rhythms and harmonies. In Heaven, God will unleash our creativity...." Randy also quotes passages in Revelation (5:12 and 8:6) that tell us about music in Heaven with singing and trumpets! Music has so many purposes here on Earth and will continue forever. The kids at South Christian learn from staff who are gifted in time, meter, and tempo, but they also teach our kids how to praise God's greatness and uniqueness through great hymns and new songs and songs written in other languages.
Thank you, South Christian community for your financial support and prayers this year and for enabling us to gift our music program with new purchases and programs.
—Jen Carlson, SCHS Parent & Music Booster
Madrigals had a fantastic year of performing. We started our year with a performance at a Deacon’s Dinner and ended 2021 with our annual Christmas Tour of the feeder schools and local businesses. We had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Griffins game as well as SCHS home basketball games. We received an “excellent” rating at District Choir Festival AND at State Choir Festival. We are looking forward to wrapping up our year singing the National Anthem at the Whitecaps game on June 7, 2022.
The 2022-2023 season of Madrigals is already in the works. On September 18, Madrigals will be singing a 10 minute opener for Foreigner at Fredrick Meijer Gardens! Because of this opportunity, auditions for Madrigals will take place in early August before school starts. Students who are interested in auditioning for Madrigals must also be in band, choir, or orchestra. Madrigals is open to 9th-12th graders. If your student is an incoming freshmen and is interested in auditioning, please make sure they are registered for a music class! Keep your eyes open for the actual audition dates. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Holly Baar (firstname.lastname@example.org
—Holly Baar, Madrigals Director
SAVE THE DATE: The Legacy Christian School 2022 Golf Outing
will be taking place on Monday, September 26
at StoneWater Country Club. The cost is only $150 per person or $600 per team, which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, appetizers, and prizes. Get your team registered today. Teams of four are preferred, but single and/or two person entries are welcome. We will assign you to a team. More details along with the registration can be found on our website
. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the golf outing or if you have further questions, please call the west campus office (616-455-3860).
Hulst Jepsen is excited to be running the Sportsmetrics Program again this year out of our Gaines township office. This is a comprehensive jump training program that combines plyometrics, strength training, and flexibility. It is the only scientifically proven program that reduces the risk of knee injury, increases jump power, and improves leg strength.
This program is great for athletes who play sports that involve pivoting, cutting, or jumping and is safe for high school and middle school aged kids. See links for details and to sign up.
Sportsmetrics Program Details
Sportsmetrics Registration Form
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