2019 Spring Fundraising Reception

spring fundraiser graphic

spring fundraiser graphic

Spring is just around the corner and, along with it, GCCS’ Annual Spring Fundraising Reception!

About the Guest Speakers

We’re excited to announce our guest speakers for the Spring Fundraising Reception: Newell and Colleen Cerak, co-authors of Mistaken Identity, a book that chronicles the emotional journey of the Ceraks after their daughter, Whitney, was mistakenly identified as deceased at the scene of a tragic van accident in the spring of 2006. This bestselling book recounts the joy and pain of two families who overcame so much and never stopped looking to God for their strength throughout the process.

Event Details

When: April 16th, 2019 at 6:30pm

Where: Goei  Center, 818 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids,  MI

We are now taking reservations! Spots are limited so contact us now to reserve a seat. To reserve your spot or learn more click here.

Early Childhood Education Night January 31st!

Early Childhood Education

Do you or does someone you know have a child in preschool, junior kindergarten, or kindergarten?

Early Childhood Education

On January 31st at 6:30pm, Grandville Christian Schools will be hosting an Early Childhood Education Open House for families to explore Polka Dot Garden preschool and Grandville Calvin Christian Elementary School’s kindergarten and junior kindergarten programs, and all they have to offer. We believe our programs offer an unparalleled preschool experience that will help your child learn to think critically and develop a strong relationship with God.

Why Should You Enroll Your Child?

At Grandville Calvin Christian, we believe in infusing experiential learning into our classrooms each and everyday. Students enrolled at Polka Dot Garden preschool are constantly exploring both indoors and outdoors, and learning about God’s creation. Polka Dot Garden Preschool offers both English and Spanish Immersion classes to equip your child for success. We offer these two distinct and equally important paths, because we believe in providing different tracts to best suit your and your child’s needs.

Our junior kindergarten and kindergarten programs both offer creative playtime and curriculum that grows your child’s mind. In addition to personalized curriculum, our staff offers a loving, nurturing, and creative world for your child to learn and grow!

Visit the Facebook event page for more reminders and updates! We hope to see you there! 


What’s Happening At Homecoming?

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It’s almost time for Grandville Calvin Christian’s homecoming week, honoring the classes of 1969 and 1994. Join us for a weekend of fun-filled events and the chance to reunite with old friends and colleagues.

reunion graphic

Honoring the Classes of 1969 and 1994

We’re hosting a celebration to commemorate the classes of 1994 and 1969 for their 25th and 50th Homecoming! Honored guests are invited to participate in an optional tour of the high school, followed by food and drinks at the Sunnybrook Country Club, and finished with the boys’ varsity basketball game, where the two classes will be honored during halftime.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 30th


  • Alumni Chapel

Friday, February 1st

4:30 PM

  • Optional Tour of the High School

5:30 PM

  • Reception at Sunnybrook Country Club

7:15 PM

  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game

More Info & Registration

For more information about the event, and to let us know if you’re coming, please visit our Facebook event.

If you’re a part of the classes of 1994 and 1969, we also ask that you fill out a short, two-minute survey, to let us know if you plan to attend:

We’re excited to see everyone there! GO SQUIRES!


Ambassador High Info Meeting

The informational meeting for AMBASSADOR HIGH has been rescheduled.

It will now be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7pm in the High School Learning Commons.

We apologize for any inconvenience! Please see our Facebook page for more information.

GCCS Language Arts Class Connects With Readers Across The World

students holding postcards from across the world

Three years ago, Language Arts teacher Mrs. Riddering stumbled across a program so fascinating she felt compelled to integrate it into her classroom. Known as “The Global Read Aloud,” this program connects students and classrooms globally by selecting one book that will be read across the world. The students are then encouraged to dialogue with other students across the world as they unpack the essence of the book and its meaning.

students holding postcards from across the world

Exploring the Experiences of Refugees

This year, The Global Read Aloud selected Refugee by Alan Gratz, a story that follows three refugees across the decades: Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015. The book broaches difficult topics in both history and the present, which her middle school students are expected to unpack. Questions such as what it means to be a refugee, what life looks like inside a refugee camp, and how becoming a refugee can transform a person’s life are just a few of the many topics discussed weekly in Mrs. Riddering’s classroom.

Mrs. Riddering’s classes are using the modern mediums of blogging and vlogging to create their reflections,
teaching them important public speaking, writing, and digital skills which will serve them for the rest of their lives.


book "Refugee" surrounded by postcardsConnecting with Readers Around the Globe

As they’re developing these skills, they’re also interacting with students across the globe in a more personalized manner. So far, Mrs. Riddering’s class has sent out over two hundred postcards around the world, and received postcards from almost every state, in addition to New Zealand, Canada, and France. “They’re making connections and understanding that the world is larger than the four walls in their classroom,” said Mrs. Riddering as she reflected on the program’s impact. “It really accomplishes so many things. We write with it; we learn how to send postcards; we blog and vlog as we reflect on these topics.”

Integrating Faith

However, Mrs. Riddering understands that the Global Read Aloud does much more than just create an  educational opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak. “As Christians,” Mrs. Riddering stated, “we have an obligation to the world to be aware of what’s going on and to help when and where we can. You can’t help if you don’t know where to help.” For this reason, Mrs. Riddering has paired Refugee with relevant videos and lessons that tie the whole learning process together and teach her students about the current global political climate.

Although the Global Read Aloud challenge began as a way to get middle school students excited and engaged with the reading process, it has since transformed into a way of making connections both in and out of the classroom. These connections have exposed students to ideas across the world, and helped them see past their personal bubble. Though these students are only in 6th and 7th grade, the lessons they’re learning are lessons they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.

Calvin Christian Cross Country Teams Sweep at States

cross country team at states

This past weekend, the Calvin Christian boys and girls cross country team traveled down to the Michigan International Speedway to participate in the largest high school cross country meet of the season — the MHSAA State Finals.

cross country team at states

This race represented the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work, and the results proved themselves to be a testament to the countless hours of practice and preparation. By the end of the race, these steadfast Squires returned home with four All-State runner titles and two top ten placements in Division Three. The four students awarded all state honors were Sheila Witvliet (19:48.8), Alicia Estrella (19:54.0), Olivia Quillan (20:00.7), and Chris Jenkins (16.50.9). Overall, the boys cross country team placed fifth, and the girls cross country team placed second. The girls cross country team’s second place victory marks the ninth year in a row that they’ve placed in the top ten, proof of the strength of Grandville Calvin Christian’s cross country program.

Though the fall cross country season has come and gone, we at Grandville Calvin Christian are excited to see what these Squires will do next. No matter what challenge they face, we’re confident that they will continue to run the race set before them, and do so in a way that is honoring and pleasing to God.


Mark Your Calendars For Calvin Christian’s Fall Play, Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing flyer

much ado about nothing fall play

This year, Calvin’s Dramatic Society invites you to travel back in time to a 1997 coffee shop, where alternative music is booming and boy bands are on the rise. However, this coffeehouse performance isn’t your average everyday 90’s music night, but rather a modern day twist on Shakespeare’s beloved
Much Ado About Nothing. Set in the Calvin High School Learning Commons, these actors and actresses will have you laughing and crying as you enjoy a night of love, betrayal, and cheesy choreography.

Tickets are now on sale in the office or at will call at (616) 538-0990. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and non-Calvin students, and free for students at Calvin Christian. Join us on November 8th, 9th, and 16th at 7:30PM or November 10th at 1:30PM.

Grab a pen and mark your calendar so you don’t miss this unforgettable rendition of Shakespeare’s classic play!


How A Student-Led Cardboard Arcade Raised Hundreds of Dollars for World Renew

Engineering and second grade students at Cardboard Arcade Night at GCCS.

When second grade teacher, Mrs. Systema, shared a story with her class about a boy who created a cardboard arcade, they immediately saw an opportunity to make a difference in their community and serve those in need.

engineering students and second grade students

Creating the Cardboard Arcade

three girls playing cardboard arcade gamePartnering with the engineering students at Calvin Christian High School, the two groups worked together to create an entire arcade out of cardboard to raise money for a charity of their choice. After spending countless hours designing the games, these Squire students invited friends, classmates, and family members to come out for a night of fun and entertainment.

Selecting A Charity of Choice

boy playing arcade game

After the event, Mrs. Systema encouraged her students to choose their charity of choice carefully and wisely. After collaborating as a class, the students decided to donate to World Renew, giving a portion of the funds to disaster relief in Indonesia and the rest to help families in need purchase animals.

In total, the Calvin Christian cardboard arcade raised $342.90 for World Renew. This Squire success is just another example of how our students constantly love, learn, and serve.

Calvin Christian Student Ranks in the Top 3% for PSAT Scores

Ben Jenkins holding PSAT Score Award in front of Grandville Calvin Christian High School.

Congratulations to Ben Jenkins, who scored in the top 3.125% in the nation on the PSAT/NMSQT, earning Commended status!

Receiving a Commended status is a major accomplishment, placing Jenkins among the top 50,000 students out of the 1.5 million high school students that take the PSAT each year. This prestigious award is offered through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which recognizes talented students across the United States for their academic aptitude.

According to NationalMerit.org, “Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.”

We look forward to seeing what Ben will do next!