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10-04-2018 School news & calendars

WATERVLIET MIDDLE SCHOOL Sixth Grade Team is proud to announce Alex Sexton as Student of the Month for September! Alex is the son of Matt & Angie Sexton. He has one brother, David, and two sisters, Rachel and Vivian. Alex’s favorite school subject is Science, because he likes making things and robotics. After he graduates from high school, he would like to go to college. Alex would like to become a mechanic. In school, Alex is involved in cross country. Outside of school, he likes to ride dirt bikes and play Fortnite. The Sixth Grade Team chose Alex because he is extremely respectful to his teachers and peers, volunteers often in class, and is very hard working. Congratulations Alex!

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, October 4 Tennis at Berrien Springs/ Niles; Middle School Volleyball, Home vs. Fennville, 5:00 p.m.; JV Football, Home vs. Schoolcraft, 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 5 Varsity Football at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6 7th Grade Volleyball, Home Tournament, 8:30 a.m.; Middle School & Varsity Cross Country at West Portage, 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 8 Varsity Soccer at Gobles, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 Varsity Tennis, Home vs. South Haven, 4:30 p.m.; JV Volleyball at Fennville, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Fennville, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 MS Football, Home vs. Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Soccer at Comstock, 7:00 p.m.

WATERVLIET MIDDLE SCHOOL seventh grade is proud to announce Karley Knight as the September Student of the Month! Karley is the daughter of Heidi and Eric Knight. She has three siblings: Kiersten, Natalie, and Brooklynn. Karley’s favorite class is ELA because it’s fun and she has many friends in her hour. Coach 0 is her favorite teacher because of his personality and she likes the projects that he assigns. Coach 0 says Karley is always energetic and he enjoys having her in class. Karley keeps herself busy with 4-H, showing her horses, and hanging out with her friends. She also enjoys playing volleyball and softball. Karley’s friends say she is funny, optimistic, kind, and helpful. In the future, Karley plans to attend college to become a pediatric nurse. She would also like to visit all 50 states. Congratulations Karley!

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, October 4 7th & 8th Grade White volleyball at St. Joseph Upton, 4:30 p.m.; JV Football, Home vs. Constantine, 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 5 Mid Marking Period Progress Reports; South School Spirit Day; North School Instrument Demo; Varsity Football at Constantine, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6 Band at Portage Northern MCBA Competition; 8th Grade Maroon Volleyball Tournament at Home, 9:00 a.m.; 7th Grade Maroon Volleyball at Coloma Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; 7th Grade White Volleyball at Paw Paw Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; HS & MS Cross Country at Portage Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Comstock Invitational Tournament, 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 8 7th & 8th Grade White Volleyball, Home vs. Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m.; Board of Education Meeting, HS Media Center, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 Varsity Volleyball Quad at Home, 5:30 p.m.; JV Volleyball Quad at Brandywine, 5:30 p.m.; Final SAC Cross Country Meet at Gilmore Car Museum, 4:30 p.m.; Freshman Volleyball, Home vs. Comstock, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 South School “Walk to School Day”; Elementary Picture Day; HS PSAT/NMSQT Testing; MS Football at Lawton, 5:00 p.m.; District Marching Band Festival Thursday, October 11 Babcock & Romeo classes to Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery; 5th Grade Instrument Fitting, 8:30 a.m.; Berrien County Playgroup at South School, 9:30 a.m.; Varsity Volleyball PINK OUT at Hartford, 1:00 p.m.; JV Football at Schoolcraft, 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 12 Donuts for Dad at South School, 7:30-7:50 (or) 7:50-8:10 a.m.; 7th & 8th Grade White Volleyball at Comstock Tournament, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Football SENIOR NIGHT vs. Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.

“Kute Kids”… THIS “KUTE KID” is… Ava Brielle Thomas! She turned 9 in July and is a 3rd grader at Watervliet North Elementary School. Ava is a wonderful person with a heart of gold. She enjoys being with her friends and mostly family. Ava loves being active, she plays softball, cheer and acrobats and is hoping to try basketball this year. She enjoys hunting and fishing, but don’t let this fool you, she is a girly girl also and loves participating in local pageants. Ava is the daughter of Dennis Jr. and Kassie Thomas, they live in Sister Lakes. Her grandparents are Kathy and James Blanchard (Coloma), the late Donnie Scates, Dennis Sr. and Donna Thomas (Watervliet) and Bernice and Ken Culbreath (Venus, TX). Ava has one brother, Jacob Thomas.

Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Thursday, Oct. 4, 4-5 p.m. “GRAND OPENING” of the Paw Paw River County Park on M-140 in Watervliet. Public invited. Friday, Oct. 5, 5-6 p.m. “COMMUNITY SOUP & SALAD SUPPER” at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ-Watervliet. Proceeds benefit H.O.P.E. Resources Food Pantry-Coloma United Methodist Church. $5/adults; $3/children up to 12; free/under age 3 Oct. 5-7 “BUY NEARBY WEEKEND” State of Michigan support the local businesses program Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. “MARY ANN LORD” at Plymouth Congregational Church to speak on Bible translation mission work. Potluck to follow morning worship service. Public invited Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. “WHEN MARK TWAIN CAME TO MICHIGAN” free program by Al & Dave Eicher at the Coloma Public Library. Call 468-3431 with questions. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4-6 p.m. “MOBILE FOOD PANTRY” sponsored by Berrien Community Foundation at 7181 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. Open to anyone needing food assistance. Call 983-3304 for more information. Saturday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m. “PASTOR COWELL RETIREMENT PARTY” at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. RSVP for dinner at or call 463-3195 by Oct. 5 Friday, Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. “COAT DRIVE” hosted by Impact Youth Group at New Life Christian Center, 6674 Paw Paw Ave., Coloma in recognition of Homeless Awareness Day. Collecting gently used/new coats, hats, gloves & scarves of all sizes to be distributed to those in need during Nov. and Dec. Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-noon “WINTER COAT DISTRIBUTION” at Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S. Church St. for those in need. Call 468-6062 for more information. Sunday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “CHILI HOP FLY-IN & 5K” at Watervliet Airport, 8560 Airport Dr. Free admission & hay rides; chili & chili-dog lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Visit SWMI RACERS on Facebook for race information & registration Tuesday, Oct. 23, noon-6 p.m. “BLOOD DRIVE” hosted by Michigan Blood at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet, 400 Medical Park Drive. Visit or call 866-MI-BLOOD to make an appointment. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. “BOOK READING & SIGNING” by Chrissy Meek for ‘The Magic Puppy’ by Caleigh Lee (Chrissy’s pen name) at the Coloma Public Library. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2-5 p.m. “KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY” at Coloma FOP, 3470 Angling Rd. Free event with games, prizes, food, haunted maze and hayride (weather permitting). Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. “TRICK OR TREAT” in City of Hartford Nov. 2-3 “ANNUAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE” at New Life Christian Center, 6674 Paw Paw Ave., Coloma. Friday at 7 p.m. & Saturday at 10 a.m. Open to the public. Thursday, Nov. 8 “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” United Way’s Day of Action for Seniors, volunteer event to help senior citizens with yard work. Seniors and volunteers can sign up at by Oct. 12 Saturday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m. “MISS TEEN COLOMA 2019 CONTEST” at Coloma High School Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, 6 p.m. “MISS & MR. COLOMA 2019 CONTESTS” at Coloma High School 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

WATERVLIET MIDDLE SCHOOL Eighth Grade Team is proud to announce Connor Telschow as their September student of the month! Connor is the son of Dana and Amy Telschow. He has four siblings: OJ, Tyler, Body, and Jake. Connor has plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering upon graduating high school, and enjoys building things in his spare time. His favorite quote is, “Be your best!” Which was said to him by his favorite teacher, however, he is not mentioning any names as to whom that might be. Way to go, Connor! Keep up the good work and keep reaching for the stars! WMS is proud of how hard you are working!


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