03-07-2019 School news & calendars

MIGHTY PANTHER AWARD WINNERS AT SOUTH ELEMENTARY… Teachers, staff, and students at Watervliet South Elementary are working together to “Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible” which all add up to: Be a Mighty Panther! These five students were awarded the “Mighty Panther Award” the week of Feb. 25, 2019 for their amazing behavior on the playground. Pictured are (from the left) Isabella Lopez (Mrs. Lanham’s Kindergartener), Serenity Weaver (Mrs. Pratt’s Kindergartener), Lillian Costner (Mrs. Cullitan’s 1st grader), McKinley Adams (Mrs. Melton’s 1st grader), and Kenadi Scott (Mrs. Dobb’s 2nd grader).

Little Panthers experience the longest 100 days! While the polar vortex made the 100th day of school much harder to achieve this year, students at Watervliet South Elementary were excited to see it finally arrive, as they welcomed their favorite superhero, Zero the Hero!

MASKED SUPERHERO… South Elementary Little Panthers were visited by Zero the Hero to help them celebrate 100 days of school for 2018-19. Zero shared many cool 100 things with the students before disappearing from sight!

On the hundredth day of school, Watervliet’s Littlest Panthers eagerly filed into the gymnasium and assembled in their own class “Zeros.” This year students enjoyed a story about how Zero the Hero came to be a superhero, told by South Elementary Principal, Carole Fetke. Then Zero the Hero arrived, cape and all! Zero talked with students about all the great fun they have had in school over the past 100 days and then led the students in 100 exercises in honor of the special day. Zero finished off his visit by throwing zeros out to all the students, before flying off in a flash! Along with the excitement of the visit from Zero the Hero, students at South Elementary also enjoyed many fun 100th Day activities throughout the school day. Activities included making 100th day glasses and hats, writing about how they would spend 100 dollars, stamping 100 times, eating 100 snacks, reading 100 words, and even finding out how they would look at 100 years old with the help of a little technology. It’s safe to say that the 100th day is a good day to be a Little Panther!

Coloma student on Northern Michigan University graduation list Emily Morrison of Coloma has satisfied degree requirements in December 2018 for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for Feb. 18-22, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Bo Janicki, student of Dave Janicki & Janice Lee; 10th Grade – Trenton Lehnert, student of Joseph & Jessica Lehnert; 11th Grade – Citlali Ibarra, student of Juan & Hilda Ibarra; 12th Grade – Mariela Gutierrez Quintana, student of Marcelino Rivas & Claudia Quintana. 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!

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, March 7 Boys Regional Basketball Final at Watervliet, 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 8 North School Spirit Day; PTO Spaghetti Dinner at High School Cafeteria, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Girls District Basketball Final at Bridgman, 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 11 Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 2nd Round of Superintendent Candidate Interviews, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WHS, 7:00 a.m.; 2-Hour Early Release, All buildings; 2nd Round of Superintendent Candidate Interviews, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 SWMVF Choir Festival Friday, March 15 Senior Class Photo (All seniors should attend!), WHS Gym, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16 PTO Movie Night at South School, 5:15 p.m. Monday March 18 Board of Education to make Superintendent Hiring Decision, 6:30 p.m.

WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH… for February 2019 are: (from the left) Freshman Allison Pline, Sophomore Ruth Aguilera Gallegos, Junior Madelyn Wilkinson, Senior Omar Cardoso. All students were nominated by the high school teachers on the following criteria: grades, attendance, work ethic, and attitude.

Thursday, Mar. 7, 6-8 p.m. “HARTFORD REC BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL SIGN UP” at Redwood Elementary School main entrance. For more information, visit www.hartfordrecreation.org. Fridays, Mar. 8 thru Apr. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. “LENTEN FISH FRY” at Coloma American Legion Post 362, 351 E. St. Joseph St. Fish dinners include au gratin potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, bread and coffee and cost $10 each. All you can eat fish dinners are $13. Children ages 4 to 12 are $5 each and children 3 and younger eat for free. Takeouts are available by calling 269-468-5501. Sunday, Mar. 10, noon-4 p.m. “BOWLING FUNDRAISER” at Coloma Lanes, 6025 Mountain Road hosted by Watervliet Rec Council and WHS Softball programs. Tickets are $10 for 3 games and shoe rental. Also for purchase: 50/50, raffle items, baked goods and sloppy joe basket. Contact Rec members Arica Angelo 449-5868 & Jessica Clark 269-449-2296 or Softball Coach Golden 269-200-7435. Monday, Mar. 11, 6 p.m. “WATERVLIET INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION PLANNING MEETING” at the Watervliet Fire Station; 2019 committee invites all community members interested in helping plan this years’ festival. Saturday, Mar. 16, 9 a.m. “ST. PATRICK’S 5K RUN/WALK” at Coloma Charter Twp. Hall, 4919 Paw Paw Lake Rd hosted by the LEO Club. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sign up online at runsignup.com/colomastpatricks5k. Questions can be emailed to racers@swmiracers.org. Saturday, Mar. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. “ST. PATRICK’S BOOK SALE” at the Coloma Public Library Saturday, Mar. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. “ST. PATRICK’S SCAVENGER HUNT” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. Saturday, Mar. 16, 5-6 p.m. “IRISH STEW DINNER” at Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S. Church St. Cost: $7/adult; $4/children 12 & under. Menu includes stew, salad, roll, dessert & beverage; take-out available. Proceeds go to backpack program & general fund. For more info, call 468-6062 Saturday, Mar. 16, 8:30 p.m. “LIGHTED ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE” in downtown Coloma. Visit www.coloma-watervliet.org or call Chana Kniebes at 757-2457 for more information. Thursday, Mar. 21 “KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP” for Hartford Public Schools March 22-23, 7 p.m. “THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.” musical production at Watervliet High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10/adults & $7/students and sr. citizens; contact Tami Brush at 463-0427. Saturday, Mar. 23, 9 a.m. “4-H CAT SHOW” hosted by Young Explorers 4-H Club at Van Buren County Building, 801 Hazen St., Paw Paw. Free event; call Denise Noble at 269-303-5407 for info. Saturday, Mar. 23, 2-6 p.m. “80TH BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE” for Pat Snow of Coloma at Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Ave., Watervliet. All are welcome. Saturday, Mar. 23, 5 p.m. “HARTFORD FOUNDATION DINNER AUCTION” at West Street Station, 210 West St., Coloma. Happy Hour 5:00, Dinner 6:00, Live Auction 7:00; Tickets are $30 Sunday, Mar. 24, 2-4 p.m. “STRAIGHT SHOOTERS 4-H CLUB OPEN HOUSE” for all children ages 9-19 and interested adult volunteers. Contact Julie Holtsclaw 269-277-2233, Herman Mattson 269-208-7452 or John Andrasi 269-861-1824 for more info. March 25-26 “KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP” for Coloma Community Schools Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. “STAY & PLAY” at Hartford Public Library. Unstructured story hour includes play time with doll house, giant LEGOS, computers, sticker sheets and possibly stories. No registration required or no age limit.

Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for Feb. 25-Mar.1, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Alexis Snodgrass, student of Ben & Kelly Snodgrass; 10th Grade – Danny Gutierrez, student of Analberto & Teresa Gutierrez; 11th Grade – Tyler Blocker, student of Mark & Stacey Blocker; 12th Grade – Nayeli Roman, student of Fidel Roman & Maria DeJesus Cruz. 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!