04-25-2019 School news & calendars

COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL… March 2019 Students of the Month are (from the left): Freshman Ethan Kreitner, Sophomore Mason Lampros; Junior Jerry Binder and Senior Michael Sanchez.

Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for April 15-19, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Alyssa Birmele, student of Jeremy Birmele & Heather White; 10th Grade – Vanessa Diaz, student of Rogelio Diaz & Eleodora Rosas; 11th Grade – Maria Gutierrez, student of Analberto & Teresa Gutierrez; 12th Grade – Jesus Martinez, student of Eutimio Martinez & Azucena Jimenez. 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!

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events Friday, April 26 JV Golf at Kalamazoo Christian, 4:00 p.m.; Tennis vs. Dowagiac, 4:30 p.m.; Soccer vs. Bridgman, 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27 PROM Monday, April 29 JH Study Hall Closed; JV Softball vs. Hartford, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball at Galesburg, 4:30 p.m.; Soccer at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, April 30 Tennis at Galesburg Augusta, 4:30 p.m.; JH Track vs. Gobles/ Comstock, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 2-Hour Delayed Start; Varsity Track vs. Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.; Soccer at Constantine, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 Varsity Baseball/ Softball at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball vs. Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; Tennis vs. Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m.; JH Track at Watervliet w/Martin, 4:30 p.m.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, April 25 4th Grade Field Trip to Sarett Nature Center; Varsity Softball & Baseball Home vs. Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; MS Track at Gobles Relays, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 State Science Olympiad at MSU Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3 Elementary PTO Book Fair Monday, April 29 Varsity Track at Martin, 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & Baseball Home vs. Constantine, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Softball & Baseball at Constantine, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer at Lawton, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 Varsity Baseball & Softball Home vs. Dowagiac, 4:15 p.m.; JV Baseball & Softball at Dowagiac, 4:15 p.m.; MS Track Home vs. Lawton & Constantine, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 Varsity Track at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.; PTO Meeting at South School, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Delton Kellogg, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 MS Track Home vs. Coloma & Martin, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball Home vs. River Valley, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Softball & Baseball at Gobles, 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 Mid-Marking Period Progress Reports; Varsity Golf, Watervliet hosting at Paw Paw Lake, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Bangor, 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4 Band in Blossomtime Parade, St. Joseph/ Benton Harbor

Berrien County 4-H certifies nine new tractor operators

On March 28, nine local young people completed the Berrien County 4-H Tractor Operator Program. Michigan State University Extension teaches 4-H Tractor Operator each winter, January through March, with 4-H volunteer instructors. They require a minimum of 24 hours of instruction and practice. Participants must be 14 years of age by the date of the driving test to be eligible for certification. Successful completion of the 4-H Tractor Operator Program provides a certificate of training required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by 14 and 15 year old youth employed on property not owned, leased or operated by a parent or legal guardian. Participants learned about topics such as: farm/ranch hazards and safety, tractor component basics, pre-operational procedures, operation basics, tractor-powered implements, self-propelled agricultural equipment, operating on public roadways, basic maintenance and repair, ATV/utility vehicle safety, first aid and emergencies.

Post-program evaluations indicated that one hundred percent of participants: Plan to seek work on a farm or ranch; felt they would be a safer worker as a result of this training; were more confident to operate a tractor as a result of this training. When parents were asked about what impact this program had on their child, they shared that the following skills were enhanced or that the young person learned: Increased confidence; how to think about and avoid potential hazards; hand/eye coordination; made connections; to follow directions and be able to have work done in a timely fashion; to anticipate problems before they occur.

In addition to the support of the instructors, parents, and friends of 4-H; MSU Extension would like to thank Berrien County Farm Bureau for the scholarships that were given to the graduates in support of farm safety to help cover part of their registration fees. For more information about the 4-H Tractor Operator Program, contact Deb Barrett at