Delicately knitted together. Wonderfully complex. A marvelous workmanship. Formed and watched over by God in utter seclusion. Woven together. Every day of your life recorded before you were born. Every moment laid out before a single day had passed. We are honored to have shared in so many moments with the Class of 2020. We have seen your wonderful complexities and God’s marvelous design in each of you. As you celebrate the close of this chapter in your life, we want to share some of our memories with you. We aim to honor you, and we hope this blesses you as much as you all have blessed us over the years.
So many in this class are athletically gifted. Sixteen of you have played at least one varsity sport, and ten have been able to balance multiple sports in high school. You have given so much time and effort to our athletic program, and we have enjoyed watching you compete. Loren, you have been an excellent example of a student who takes advantage of all that this school has to offer. Not only have you excelled in multiple sports, you have also taken time to serve and lead your peers in a variety of ways. Dean, your swimming skills are incredible, and we have enjoyed hearing of all your accomplishments in the water. I think we can all agree that we’d like to have you around in case we start drowning. In all seriousness though, we hope that you will take that passion and drive with you in the future. Cortland, determined is not enough of a word to describe your character. You have been relentless on the basketball court over the years, and you have shown us what it looks like to persevere. We know that God can use these traits for your good and His glory.
As busy as our lives seem to be, there are some of you who remind us to slow down and enjoy what God has given to us. Preston, even though you try to hide your musical prowess, we still see glimpses of it. Whether you’re giving an impromptu concert in Vancouver or listening to the Beatles, you make us relax and smile. Let It Be is definitely your life’s theme song. Parker Inkelaar, there never seems to be a dull moment when you’re around. You make us laugh…even when we try our best not to…and your lovable personality reminds us to take ourselves less seriously and to have more fun. Corbin, although you’ve joined us for a short time as a senior, we still remember your time at WCCS fondly. Your laugh is infectious, and we know your peers have enjoyed having you around as you all close out this chapter of your lives.
Great leaders inspire those around them. They willingly serve others, just as Jesus did. Tanya, many of us have been blessed by your care and compassion. You lead by serving others, and you have impacted this school in a way that is not easily described. Thank you for showing us all the love of Christ. Parker Dhillon, it is easy to point out all of your leadership accomplishments over the years, particularly with Student Council; however, it is your unwavering commitment to the Warming Center that has left an impact on us. We are amazed by your willingness to serve the men in our community each and every week. John, you are an undeniable leader among your peers. Others look to you, and your charisma draws people in. We know that God will cultivate these gifts in you as you continue to lead and serve.
This Class has left a lasting impression in so many areas, including the fine arts. Reagan, you are a vocal leader in chorus. You have a good ear for music and a desire to get it right. You have been able to help younger students learn the music, and you do so with gentleness and patience. Abigail, your appreciation for music is astounding, and you have provided a quality sound for our chorus. Your voice brings energy to the group, and you are a great encourager to the rest of your peers. Adair, you have given so much to our theater program. You have played many wonderful characters throughout school, but it will be difficult to forget your performance as Juror #8. You reminded us of shifting perceptions and the importance of knowing a person’s full story. Nate, or should we say Edward? How can we pick just one great performance? You have consistently lived out your faith for Jesus, both on and off the stage. Thank you for showing us how to live a life that exemplifies Jesus, without judgment or pride. You have loved well.
Not only is your class able to perform athletically, in leadership and service, and as artists, you have shown diligence and perseverance in the classroom as well. CJ, you are a great thinker and a consistent academic; however, we also recognize your steady service at the therapeutic horse barn. You’ve reminded us to recognize and be quick to meet the needs of others, especially those who may not be able to help themselves. Justin, your humility in achievement is refreshing. You are one of the smartest young men we’ve known, yet you have never been one to flaunt your successes to others. You instead meet others where they are and help them to feel valued.
Embedded in all of these accomplishments is a great sense of kindness. You are quick to come together when someone needs help. Kyle, we really believe that you would give the shirt off your back if asked to. You are so quick to help others, and without questions or complaint. We will miss your caring and compassionate demeanor. Avery, you are a great listener, graciously accepting others and trying to understand who they really are. Thank you for jumping into this class with an open mind and for sharing your story with us. We are blessed to have spent this year with you. Logan, we count your shy grin as a gem. Your gentleness is rare and very necessary as we seek to love others well. You are a loyal friend, quick to show empathy and give support. JP, you are one of the kindest gentlemen we’ve ever known. You are valued and treasured, more than we can explain. Your ability to relate to others is an incredible gift, and it will open many doors for you to share Jesus’ love. Thank you for encouraging us.
As much as we recognize your beauty, God sees you most clearly. He has examined your heart and knows everything about you. He knows when you sit down and when you stand up. He knows your thoughts, even when you’re far away. He sees you when you travel and when you rest at home. He goes before you and follows after you. As you leave Westminster, we pray that you will remember your time fondly and hold fast to the truth of God’s Word. Keep in your memory that God’s thoughts for you are precious and cannot be numbered. May God’s hand of blessing be upon each of you. We love you, Class of 2020, but God loves you more. He sees you perfectly, and that’s what we’d call 20/20 vision.
It’s said that absence makes the heart grow fonder! Hearts were bursting with love as faculty and staff brought JOY to families and students at the WCCS community parade hosted on Friday, May 1 at the Upper School campus.
The parade was such a fun way to engage with families one more time as a whole school and to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” for his provision during this time. School spirit was on full display as families and teachers expressed their love and appreciation for each other!
Early Childhood teacher and WCCS parent, Monica Monigold, shared “my mom heart and teacher heart are bursting with emotions. I am blessed to be a part of an amazing work and school community. We miss being together so much, but are incredibly thankful to still connect and do fun things to finish the year strong. It isn’t the classroom, but it is so much more. It is precious memories I will forever hold in my heart.”
It did our hearts so much good to see our WCCS families and faculty and staff at the WCCS parade! Thank you to everyone who made this possible and helped us maintain proper social distancing guidelines. We loved seeing your smiling faces and school spirit!
When teachers and administrators met over a month ago to devise a short term plan for the Christian education of your children to continue in an online format, it was certainly not our desire for this to be the reality for the remainder of the school year. While our hearts are breaking for the in-person fellowship that comes with learning and teaching alongside one another - not to mention the realization that some of our most loved celebrations and programs, like our beloved spring musical, lower and upper school concerts and art shows, and of course, graduation, have been put on hold - we stand AMAZED for what God is continuing to do through our teachers and students. Online learning projects have stretched us creatively and encouraged us all, teachers and students alike, to think outside the box and the four walls of a typical classroom. While this transition may not be an easy one, our WCCS community stands together. What a blessing it is for our teachers to be able to use technology to ensure our students finish the academic school year strong and prepared for 2020-2021, while also providing the spiritual guidance needed to get them through this tough time.
We thought we would give just a few highlights of some fun and creative learning projects that have been taking place in the last couple of weeks. Be sure to also check out our #blessingourworld posts on Facebook and Instagram for a look into how our students have been serving each other and their community lately!
Early Childhood Students Learning Colors, ABCs, & More Online!
Our Early Childhood team has been working hard from the start of our online transition to develop age-appropriate activities and lesson plans for our "littles" to continue their learning and skill building at home. Weekly ZOOM meetings, video posts from teachers, and the creation of class Facebook groups has helped maintain a sense of community and "normalcy" as students and teachers have the opportunity to see each other, catch up, practice skills, sing songs together, and share at home projects with one another. We have been amazed and thank God for the partnership that has grown between teachers and parents over the course of these few weeks.
Elementary Students Find Ways to Serve Others and Explore Nature!
One of our favorite elementary projects this past week has been our 5th grade service learning activity of blessing the community around them. Students have outstretched their hearts and efforts to their neighbors, family, friends, essential workers, and more by making goody bags, sending encouraging notes and Bible verses, making humorous gifts, and finding other special ways of serving from a distance. Lower school students have also had the chance to explore the world around them in their own backyards with siblings and parents, making fun art projects out of things in nature, and learning hands-on science activities. ZOOM calls with teachers and fellow class mates have been filled with lots of laughter, smiling faces, and guidance as teachers and students continue to support each other academically and spiritually through technology.
Middle School Students Stretch Their Brains!
Our middle schoolers have been learning about the advantages of using simple machines to help with work. They created their own books about the topic and made videos to share their work with fellow classmates! Check this out!
Some of our other middle school students have been making documentaries. One of our students even used a drone to make his video! So cool! In Life Science, students have been learning about the senses and the nervous system. They created their own optical illusion this week and talked about how sometimes, our senses can be fooled!
High Schoolers Get Creative While They Are At Home!
Our high schoolers have really stepped up to the plate, showing us some of their best work while they have been away! Did you catch the art project below on our social media? So creative!
Some of Hali Christopher's theatre students chose from famous pieces of artwork and created an audible soundscape to hear the mood that the visual art preview represented. Check it out!
Chemistry experiments are still going strong at home! Check out this cool experiment that Mrs. Lisa Gold's students completed at home with an egg. It's called the "rubber egg experiment". It's about the chemical reaction between calcium carbonate (the egg shell) and acetic acid (vinegar). It resulted in calcium acetate, water, and carbon dioxide. Then, they learned about osmosis by putting the naked egg into water and watching it get much larger and heavier. Finally, they put the expanded egg in corn syrup and watched it shrivel.
Mrs. Jennifer Lindemann's English student, Mabry Connelly, has been making a mock epic movie advertisement modeled after 17th century British Literature during our online learning time at home. Check it out!
Spanish students are showing off their creativity at home with some unique learning projects created by teacher, Mrs. Anne McKeown. Some students created their own restaurant menus, and others created story characters, labeled them, and wrote stories to help them learn spanish vocabulary!
What a unique time this is for our school community. We are amazed at what our teachers and students have been able to accomplish at home, and we pray that through these unusual circumstances, your families are still holding to the truth that the Lord is GOOD. We continue to be here to instruct, encourage, and pray for you all and look forward to being together again soon!