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01-24-2019 School news & calendars

“Kute Kids”…

THIS “KUTE KID” IS… Iker Alejandro, age 5. He played AYSO soccer in the spring, is the 2018 Hartford Strawberry Prince and attends Kindergarten at Redwood Elementary.

Iker’s proud parents are E. Alejandra Nava-Martinez & Victor M. Ferral of Hartford. He has a little sister, Kamila Angelique. Grandparents to Iker are Eva Martinez Guerra and Martha & Victor Ferral. His great-grandparents are Aquilina Guerra & the late Felipe de Jesus Martinez. He has numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who love Iker dearly. His God parents are Angel & Angelica Martinez. Iker’s parents say he is a very smart and caring boy with a beautiful personality. He enjoys being in parades, playing outside, enjoys camping, going to the movies, and going on vacation to big cities like Houston, Chicago and New York. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you.

Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for Jan. 14-18, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Tyjah Covington, student of Thomas & Nancy Covington; 10th Grade – Donovan Baham, student of Amanda Brown; 11th Grade – Yovana Naranjo, student of Braulio Naranjo & Hortencia Victoria; 12th Grade – Isai Ordonez, student of Raymundo & Matilde Ordonez. 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. At the end of the school year all Student 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!

WAY Watervliet December Students of the Month

Tayler Williams A December Student of the Month in the W-A-Y Watervliet High School program is Tayler Williams. Tayler joined WAY in the fall and has already earned 2.5 credits, with over .75 in December! She does very thorough work and always receives high marks.

Tayler’s parents are Greg and Jennifer Williams. After high school, she would like to start at a cosmetology school to become a makeup artist. In her spare time, Tayler likes to play the ukulele! Her advice to other students is that it’s OK to ask for help. Asking for help can do more than someone would think and give confidence to move forward after getting stuck.

Hannah Meader Another December Student of the Month is Hannah Meader. Hannah is a senior who has been working hard and earning credit the past month. During the month of December, she earned over .75 of a credit putting her only a few shy of graduating!

Hannah’s dad is Thomas Meader and her grandparents are Bill and Maggie Forrester. After earning her high school diploma, Hannah would like to enroll in the culinary program at Lake Michigan College. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games and watching horror movies. Hannah’s advice to other students is to make sure to come into the W-A-Y lab as much as possible because it helps earn a lot of credit. It’s really easy to get distracted working from home and then your work doesn’t get done. Hannah also says students should work from home too whenever they can!

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, January 24 K-5 Full Day School; 6-12 1/2 Day School; Middle School Wrestling at Gobles, 5:00 p.m.; JV Boys Basketball at Martin, 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 25 K-12 1/2 Day School (End of 1st Semester); JV Wrestling Berrien County Invitational at St. Joseph, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Girls/Boys Basketball vs. Martin at Home, 6:00/7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26 Varsity Competitive Cheer at Delton Kellogg, 9:00a.m.; Middle School Wrestling at Allegan Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Varsity Wrestling Berrien County Invitational at St. Joseph, 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 28 Junior High Study Hall Closed; Bowling vs. Schoolcraft at Kelley’s Bowl, 4:00 p.m.; Middle School Girls Basketball vs. Lawton at Home, 5:00 p.m.; Middle School/Varsity Competitive Cheer at St. Joseph, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 9th Grade Boys Basketball vs. South Haven, 4:15 p.m.; JV/Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Lawton at Home, 5:30/7:00 p.m.; JV/Varsity Girls Basketball at Lawton, 5:30/7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 2-hour Delayed Start; Bowling at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:00 p.m.; Middle School Girls Basketball vs. Michigan Lutheran at Grace SJ 5:00/6:00 p.m.; Varsity Wrestling at Comstock, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31 9th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Berrien Springs, 4:15 p.m.; JV Girls/Boys Basketball vs. Fennville, 5:30/7:00 p.m.

STAFF CHANGE… Hartford Public Schools has named Christine Quist as interim Principal of Redwood Elementary, following the mid-semester resignation of Ed Dickenson. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Quist came initially as Redwood’s Dean of Students, then promoted to Assistant Principal in 2018.  Chris grew up in Gobles where she spent 22 years in various posts teaching 3rd and 6th grade Language Arts and supervising professional development for the district. Recently completing classes and required testing for her Administrative Certification, she looks forward to taking the helm of Redwood’s K-5 campus of 650 students.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, January 24 MS Wrestling at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.; MS Girls Maroon Basketball at New Buffalo, 5:00 & 6:15 p.m.; JV Girls & Boys Basketball at Fennville, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 25 Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball, Home vs. Fennville, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26 MS Wrestling at Comstock Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Varsity Wrestling at St. Joseph HS, Greater BC Invitational, 9:30 a.m.; PTO Movie Night at South School, 5:15 p.m. Monday, January 28 MS Girls White Basketball, Home vs. Fennville, 5:00 p.m.; TBA Freshman Boys Basketball at Schoolcraft, TBA; JV Girls & Boys Basketball at Schoolcraft, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball, Home vs. Schoolcraft, SENIOR NIGHT, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 MS Maroon Basketball at Buchanan, Berrien County Tournament, 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 31 MS Wrestling SAC Meet at Martin, 5:00 p.m.; JV Girls & Boys Basketball at Gobles, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 1 Spirit Day at South School; Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball, Home vs. Gobles, WINTERFEST, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 2 MS Girls Maroon Basketball at St. Joseph, Berrien County Tournament, TBA; Varsity Wrestling SAC Finals at Coloma, 9:00 a.m.

Watervliet North School offers free preschool Watervliet North Elementary School is accepting new students into their preschool program for the balance of the 2018-2019 school year. Help your child get ready for success in school and in life! Children who were at least four years old by December 1, 2018 are eligible. Stop in at North School located at 287 W. Baldwin Ave. in Watervliet to see if your child qualifies for their FREE half-day preschool program. North School’s phone number is 269-463-0820.

Coloma student on Saint Mary’s College Fall 2018 Dean’s List Courtney Kroschel of Coloma has been named to the Saint Mary’s College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. To earn this academic honor at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have a minimum of 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C. Saint Mary’s College was founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Saint Mary’s College is rooted in its mission to prepare women to make a difference in the world. A pioneer in the education of women, Saint Mary’s is a four-year, Catholic, residential, liberal arts college in Notre Dame, Indiana. The College is an academic community offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 major areas of study that also offers four co-educational master’s degrees.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. “BEGINNING GENEALOGY” presentation by Carole Kiernan at the Watervliet District Library. Refreshments will be served. Friday, Jan. 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. “REP. GRIFFIN OFFICE HOURS” at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main Street. No appointment necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled time but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Griffin may call her office at (517) 373-0839 or email Friday, Jan. 25, noon-5:45 p.m. “RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE” at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Hwy. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment. Saturday, Jan. 26, 12-2 p.m. “SNOWSHOE DEMO DAY” by Wanderlust Outfitters at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Test out MRS snowshoes for free. No registration needed; $3 general admission for non-member adults Monday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. “HARTFORD REC BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL SIGN UP” at Redwood Elementary School main entrance. For more information, visit Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-noon “DON’T PUNISH PAIN RALLY” at Coloma City Hall, 119 N. Paw Paw St. Join the fight at Don’t Punish Pain Rally; visit online at Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. “HARTFORD REC BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL SIGN UP” at Redwood Elementary School main entrance. For more information, visit February 16, 4-7 p.m. “A NIGHT WITH ELVIS” St. Jude Fund-raiser at the Coloma FOP 147, 3470 Angling Rd., Coloma. Tickets are $10 and include AYCE spaghetti dinner served from 4-7 p.m. Showtimes are 6 & 7:15 p.m. Open to public; raffle prizes; 50/50 drawing. Call Herb Fickett at 269-208-3380 for more info. February 16-17, 2019 “WINTER FREE FISHING WEEKEND” visit Thursday, Mar. 7, 6-8 p.m. “HARTFORD REC BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL SIGN UP” at Redwood Elementary School main entrance. For more information, visit 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. Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “TRAP SHOOTING” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club. Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or



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