07-05-2018 Schools news & calendars

“Kute Kids”… THIS “KUTE KID” is… Donovan Robert Allen Craig of Chicago, Illinois. He will turn 7 years old on July 7. Donovan is the son of David and Stacy (Bannen) Craig of Chicago and grandson of Ken and Bonnie Bannen of Watervliet. Happy 7th Birthday, Sweets! 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 record@tricityrecord.com. 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”?

W-A-Y Watervliet High School Honor Roll – 2018 Winter/Spring Semester It is important to recognize students who have demonstrated hard work and have achieved at a high level. Students who have dedicated themselves to reach goals and surpass expectations need to be recognized. W-A-Y Watervliet High School is no different. They have created an honor roll system to publicly recognize students who have earned 1.5 credits or more for the semester, and earned grades of A’s and B’s or better. Honor Roll for the 2018 Winter/Spring Semester is as follows: 1.5 – 2.0 credits B or better Natalie Harris, James Byrd, Emily Monaghan, Sabrina Tancil 2.0 – 3.0 credits: B or better Miranda Green*, Kaylee Hartwell, Cierra Partee, Taya Parks, Hunter Sapp, Kayla Spears 3.0 – 4.0 credits: B or better Sidney Barchett, Jaclyn Litaker 4.0 – 5.0 credits: B or better Alana Burchett, Taylor Lynch, Adrianna Rutherford* 6.0 credits or more B or better Kendall Christopher * Met all graduation requirements The W-A-Y Watervliet High School staff is very proud of all of their students, and wanted to recognize the students mentioned above who have used strong work ethic, drive and dedication towards their educational goals and achieve at such a high standard.

Michigan to offer nation’s first STEM certification on diplomas Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Sen. John Proos’ legislation to provide students with important career outlook information and reward students for taking extra science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. “As Michigan’s economy continues to grow and create jobs, many well-paying positions remain unfilled,” said Proos. “We owe it to every high school student to provide them with valuable career information – including materials on fields where jobs currently exist and are expected to be created – so they can make the best decision for their future.” Senate Bill 343, now Public Act 242 of 2018, requires school districts and public school academies to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand occupations for the economic forecast region in which the school or public school academy is located. The new act allows the in-demand careers information to be emailed to students. Residents can see the current “Hot Jobs” outlook for Southwest Michigan. This information is compiled on an annual basis by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Outlooks for all of Michigan’s 10 prosperity regions are available at www.milmi.org/research/regional-hot-jobs-for-2024. SB 344, now PA 241 of 2018, allows Michigan students to receive a STEM certification on their diploma or transcript as an incentive for taking additional courses in STEM subjects. “Michigan is now the first state in the nation to allow this STEM certification opportunity,” Proos said. “It is a great way to reward students who have taken the initiative to complete additional STEM classes to prepare themselves for success in growing careers and to highlight their accomplishments. “Both of these measures will help Michigan students succeed by ensuring they can make informed decisions by receiving information on in-demand jobs and giving them a competitive advantage in landing a great job.” To earn the STEM certification, students need to complete at least six credits in mathematics, at least six credits in science, at least a half credit featuring significant coursework involving technology, and at least a half credit featuring significant coursework involving engineering.

Bariatric surgeons to discuss weight loss options The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is offering a free seminar titled, “Lose Weight…Find Health.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center St. Joseph, located at 1234 Napier Avenue. Bariatric surgeons Jill Gorsuch, DO, and Michael Schuhknecht, DO, will discuss programs available for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for years to come. The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center specializes in working with each person to create a customized lifestyle plan, including medical weight loss management through diet or bariatric surgery, nutrition counseling, individualized exercise programs, and monthly support groups. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 190 million adults in the United States are overweight and obese. Individuals more than 40% overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of average weight. However, the good news is that losing as little as 5-15% of your initial body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes and other illnesses, and can even eliminate your need for some medications. For more information or to register for the seminar, visit www.lakelandweightlosscenter.com/events or call (269) 927-5361.

Brat & Corn Roast in Berrien Springs July 24

On Tuesday, July 24 the Berrien County Shrine Club is holding their annual Brat & Corn Roast fund-raiser at the Sportsman’s Club in Berrien Springs starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults; children under 10 eat for free. The meal includes all the sweet corn, baked beans and potato salad you can eat plus brats and condiments and free beverages. There will