hey its Isaac. the 8th grade just got back from the dc trip. It was amazing even though we all came back exhausted, we had a blast! I took some pictures and video at Arlington cemetery, The White House and the Jefferson Memorial, hope you enjoy. laying of the wreath by Raju Das, Kelly Looman, Clair Waldecker,and Brittany Katerberg, and the changing of the guard
Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a fantastic spring break and is looking forward to the very last quarter of the year. Time sure does fly! I just wanted to write a quick blog as the 4th quarter starts and say that I am so thankful for another amazing year at NorthPointe and am excited to see what the last quarter brings. 8th graders are going to D.C. at the end of April and that is very exciting for us. Also, 7th graders are headed to Chicago for the day too. Have a great last quarter everyone!
Break is now about over, and it’s almost time to get back into the swing of things! But we still one more week of “break” and that is J-term! Tuesday we are going to Camp Roger and doing some very fun activities! Video’s for that to come I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a fabulous New Year’s. God bless you all!
Hi! This week was spiritual emphasis week, a week where we had a speaker, Matt, come in and talk to us about drawing nearer to God. It was amazing and impacted many students. He talked about how we could never get to God on our own, we need Jesus there to “take that jump” for us. He showed us this by taking a tape measurer and measuring out the longest jump in the world. And how even that can’t even get us anywhere close to God’s standards. He also explained how we need to keep God the center of our universe, and if we have other things (money, sports, etc.) in the middle its like putting the planet pluto in the center, its not going to work. Today we had our chapel on social media: Facebook, cell phones, cyber bullying, and internet, which I think opened many students eyes as well. Overall it has been a great spiritual emphasis week!
It’s Emily here. I was asked to blog about the chapel I spoke at on Tuesday, February 7. A couple years ago I watched a movie called Pay It Forward. It’s about a boy who is challenged by his fourth grade teacher in a extra credit assignment to think of a way to change the world. The boy thought of a plan. Help three people in someway they cannot help themselves. Each one of those three people have to bay it forward to three other people. No one can pay back. After watching this movie I thought how amazing it would be to start something like this. Our Middle School theme verse is Isaiah 64:8 “Yet, O Lord, you are the father, we are the clay, you are the potter and we are all the work of your hand.” We have been talking about how we are shaped to serve. Over Christmas break I wondered if I could do a chapel that challenged students to serve three people and each of those three serve three more and so on. I asked Mrs. Willink, our Middle School principal to help me make this chapel possible. She loved the idea and assisted me all the way. From the moment I walked into her office with an idea to the moment I walked to the front of the room, Mrs. Willink always encouraged me. The night before I was really nervous. Even when I was talking in front of the students but I knew God was in control and whatever happened was His will. I also had a great support team. My family was there along with my youth pastor, Jory, and another high school friend of mine. It made me feel better knowing that they were there. At the end of the chapel I encouraged the students to share with me how they had served their three people. On the bus after school, I had someone come up to me and share what they had done. I’m thrilled that I could have made an impact on my school and blessed to have the opportunity. I hope I can do more to make my school, community and world a better place.
“Serve wholeheartedly as if serving the Lord, not men” Ephesians 6:7
We are 8th graders at NPC. And here’s a little more about us:
What do you like to do when you’re not in class?
Emily: I like to play the piano, color, and play video games. In the hallways I like to talk and joke with my friends.
Isaac: I like to play soccer, working on different projects and I enjoy playing with my brother.
What sports do you play?
Emily: I play a little tennis and I play baseball in the backyard with my brother.
Isaac: I play soccer and golf.
How many siblings do you have?
Emily: I have three siblings. An older sister and a younger brother and sister.
Isaac: I have four siblings. Two older sisters then a younger brother and sister.
How long have you been going to NorthPointe?
Emily: In third grade and fourth grade I did the home school program. In fifth grade I came full time.
Isaac: I’ve been coming since preschool. About 10 years.
What is your favorite Bible verse? Favorite quote?
Emily: My favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 ”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” My favorite quote is “Courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to go on despite of it.” -Unknown
Isaac: My favorite quote is “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think of such things.”
Do you play an instrument?
Emily: Yes, I play string bass and piano.
Isaac: Yes, I play the french horn.
Do you have any pets?
Emily: My older sister has a pet fish named Avery Japan. I used to have a hermit crab named Nichole.
Isaac: I have a pet dog named Domino.
What’s your favorite vacation? Have you ever been on a mission trip?
Emily: My favorite vacation would either be Spring Break to Florida in 2011 or the trip to Hawaii in 2008. I wen ton a mission trip in summer of 2011 to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Isaac: My favorite vacation would be when I went to Florida and Busch Gardens. I have been on 3 mission trips. Two were to Mexico each time for a week. The most recent one was a trip to Togo, West Africa for a month.
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Hi there! My name is Lydia and I want to take a minute to introduce myself to all of you. I have lived in Grand Rapids my entire life. I came to NorthPointe Christian in 4th grade, and before then I went to Creston Christian. The things I love about NorthPointe is all the teachers truly love and care about every student. They make me feel like I am an important part of the school and always encourage me to reach my goals. I am so thankful for NorthPointe Christian.
Here is a couple more things about me:
I am in 8th grade. My favorite color is pink I love animals especially my 3 turtles and my dog, Snikers. I have many favorite subjects, but if I had to choose it would probably be English. My favorite class is Orchestra or PE. In my free time I love to hangout with my friends, play piano, go on the computer, or play with my turtles. I have been playing piano for 8 years and playing my violin for 4 years. My favorite store is Charolette Russe or American Eagle. I have a sister, Elizabeth who is in 11th grade and a brother, Sam who is in 6th grade. Anything I missed? Thanks for reading, I’ll keep you updated on the news of NorthPointe!
Student bloggers (Isaac, Lydia, and Emily) have been chosen among the students of NorthPointe Christian Middle School. These students will keep us up-to-date on things happening from their “Pointe” of view. Please stay tuned for posts, videos, and pictures to come!