01-18-2018 School news & calendars

THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… Raeghan and Hudson Prestidge. Rae is 7 and Hudson is 4 months. Their parents are Matt & Taylor Prestidge. Grandparents are Kelli and Greg Muth of Watervliet; Della and Bill Hodge of Benton Harbor; and Jim and Chris Prestidge of Dowagiac. Also, proud great-grandparents Denni and Valerie Soulard of Reed City; and Deloris Pumfery of Benton Harbor.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 18 ½ Day for MS & HS Only – Exams Middle School Wrestling at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.; 7th & 8th grade Maroon team Girls Basketball at Andrews, 5:30 p.m.; JV Girls & Boys Basketball, Home vs. Gobles, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 19 ½ Day for all Buildings End of First Semester Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball at Gobles, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20 Varsity Wrestling at Marcellus Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Elementary Movie Night (Despicable Me 3), South School, 5:30 p.m. January 21-27 Winterfest Week – “Panther Throwback” Monday, January 22 7th & 8th White team Girls Basketball Home vs. New Buffalo, MS Gym, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; 7th & 8th Maroon team Girls Basketball at Andrews; 4:15 & 5:30 p.m.; JV Girls & Boys Basketball at Fennville, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 North School Choir, 3:10 p.m.; 9th, JV, & Varsity Boys Basketball at Brandywine, 4:45, 6:15 & 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 24 Elementary report cards go home; Title I Safari at South School, 4:00 p.m.; 7th & 8th White team Girls Basketball Home vs. Lawrence, MS Gym, 5:00 & 6:15 p.m.; Varsity Wrestling SAC meet at Home, 6:00 p.m.; 7th & 8th Maroon team Girls Basketball at Niles Ring Larder MS, 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25 MS Wrestling SAC meet at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.; JV Girls & Boys Basketball at Martin, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 26 WINTERFEST Games & Dance; Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball Home vs. Martin, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 27 Varsity Wrestling at Berrien County Meet, St. Joseph HS, 9:00 a.m.

HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE WEEK… for January 8-12, 2018 are (from the left): 9th Grade – Jacob Morale, student of Adolfo Morales & Annabelle Meza; 10th Grade – Irvin Zavala, student of Zonia Zavala; 11th Grade – Alondra Ponce, student of Marcos & Maria Ponce and Norma Villalvazo Lopez; 12th Grade – Helen Guillaron, student of Lorenzo & Elizabeth Romero. To become a “Student of the Week,” students are nominated by teachers or staff for doing something positive. For example: getting a good grade on tests or homework, doing well in class participation, or just doing a good deed. Selected students will receive a certificate, their picture taken & posted in the high school front lobby showcase for the week, and in the Tri-City Record newspaper. At the end of the school year, all Students of the Week names will be entered in a drawing for some cool prizes, treats or gift cards. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!


Watervliet High School

December Student of the Month

Sara Krieger has been selected as the December student of the month in the W-A-Y program at Watervliet High School. Sara has just recently finished the program and is already preparing to enter Lake Michigan College for the spring semester. She has worked consistently every month she has been in the program. She came in as a junior and has completed all of the credit and assessment requirements to qualify for graduation this spring.

Friday, Jan. 19 & Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. “RIGHT TURN CLYDE” live music featuring Bill Cook at Big Twin Tavern, 42 W. Main St., Hartford Saturday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m. “SNOWSHOE HIKE & HOT DOG ROAST” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. $8/adults; $3/children, call 927-4832 to register. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. “CROSS COUNTRY SKI LESSONS” for adults at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Lesson fee/$10; equipment rental/$5, call 927-4832 to register. Monday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m. “AUTHOR PRESENTATION: THE RED SKIRT” by Patricia O’Donnell-Gibson at Watervliet District Library, 333 N. Main St. Free event open to the public. Call 463-6382 for more information. Thursday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m. “BREAK THE CHAIN” movie viewing at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence. Fundraiser by students at the Van Buren Technology Center to bring awareness of human trafficking in SW Michigan. Monday, Jan. 29, 10-11 a.m. “REP. LASATA COFFEE HOUR” at Martin’s Supermarket, 5637 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville. No appt necessary. Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. “AARON SHUST CONCERT” at Freshwater Community Church, 274 E. West St., Coloma. $16 general admission tickets available at Eventbrite.com. For more info contact Amy Loshbough at 269-876-1326. Sunday, Mar. 11 “MR. BLOSSOMTIME 2018 CONTEST” at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Monday, Mar. 12 “MISS BLOSSOMTIME 2018 PAGEANT” at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center April 23, 24 and 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m. “RAD BASIC PHYSICAL DEFENSE FOR WOMEN” offered by Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at Berrien County Health Dept., 2149 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Free classes offered to females age 16 and older. Pre-register at 983-7111 ext. 7715 or RAD@berriencounty.org Saturday, July 14 “WATERVLIET PAPER MILL REUNION” hosted by North Berrien Historical Society. Former mill employees and family members may share items, photos & documents of the mill by calling the historical society at 468-3330 or emailing info@northberrienhistory.org. Mondays, 7 p.m. “PUB THEOLOGY” at Arclight Brewery. Public is invited to join in discussions. Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Free youth mental health first aid courses offered

Community members are invited to attend a free mental health first aid training course on Saturday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, located at 1234 Napier Avenue. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents and teaches participants how to assist young people experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Training reviews typical adolescent development, teaches a five step action plan to help young people in crisis, and helps participants understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. A training manual and certification is provided upon completion. Preregistration is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.