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12-05-2019 School news & calendars

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events

Friday, December 6 Elementary & Intermediate celebrate Kindness and Compassion Spirit Week: Fun Festive Day; Jr. Varsity/Varsity Girls Basketball at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7 Middle School Boys Basketball at Greater SW MS Tournament at St. Joseph Fieldhouse, TBA Monday, December 9 7th Grade Vision Screenings; Middle School Boys Basketball at Lawton, 5:00 p.m.; PTO meeting 6:00 p.m. at Intermediate; Board meeting 7:00 p.m. in Intermediate Media Center Tuesday, December 10 Winter Band Concert 5th, 6th and 7/8th Grade performances starting at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 Middle School Boys Basketball at Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13 Second marking period Progress notes released; High School Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Watervliet Middle School November Students of the Month

Marissa Lowell Watervliet Middle School is proud to announce Marissa Lowell is the Sixth Grade Student of the Month for November 2019. She is the daughter of Ben and Kylee Lowell. Marissa has two sisters, Morgan and Miranda. She also has a dog, Oreo, a snapping turtle, Snippy, a bunny, Angelina and two ducks and five chickens. Marissa enjoys hunting and fishing and is involved in youth group at her church. Her favorite subject is gym and her favorite color is blue. Marissa likes sports and has played basketball and enjoys horseback riding. The sixth grade chose Marissa because she is organized, hard working, considerate and helpful. Susannah Weckworth The seventh grade is proud to announce Susannah Weckworth as the November 2019 Student of the Month. Susannah is the daughter of Kirsten and Steve Weckworth. She has two older siblings, Grace and Daniel, and a younger sibling, Nolan. Susannah’s favorite class is math because it comes easy to her. Mrs. Zuniga says, “Susannah is such a pleasure to have in math class. She is an enthusiastic learner who exhibits a positive outlook and attitude in and out of the classroom. What makes Susannah an outstanding student is that she strives to reach her full potential and seek new challenges everyday”. At school, Susannah participates in Honor Club and Choir and plays volleyball and basketball. Outside of school, Susannah spends a lot of time with her family and really enjoys camping. Susannah’s friends have a lot of nice things to say about her. Anjelina says, “She is funny, smart, kind, beautiful, and an amazing friend.” Olivia says, “She is very nice and she helps me when needed.” In the future, Susannah would like to travel to Hawaii. She isn’t certain on a college or career, but is considering becoming a veterinarian. Samuel Crago The eighth grade is proud to announce Samuel Crago as Student of the Month for the month of November. Sam is the son of Rob and Masano Crago and older brother to his sister Moeko Crago. In his free time Sam enjoys playing baseball, video games and participating in competitive swimming. Sam also takes joy in playing music and solving Rubik’s Cubes. In school Sam’s favorite subject is Band. In band Sam plays the trombone, piano and percussion. Sam states that band is his favorite subject because he not only learns about music but band also teaches him responsibility, how to manage his time, and that practicing something is important for success all while having fun at the same time. After high school Sam wishes to attend college to pursue a career in music or math. He is also considering the possibility of starting a career in the armed forces. The eighth grade team chose Sam as student of the month because he is a hard worker, stays engaged in the classroom, goes beyond expectations and is always willing to help others.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 5 MS Boys Maroon Basketball, Home vs. Saugatuck, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.; JV & Varsity Girls Basketball, Home vs. Eau Claire, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 6 Mid-Marking Period Progress Reports; South School Spirit Day; MS Dance, MS Gym, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7 TBA 7th & 8th Grade Boys Maroon Basketball at St. Joseph (BC Tournament) Monday, December 9 7th Grade Boys White Basketball at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.; MS Boys Maroon Basketball at Fennville, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.; Board of Education Meeting, HS Media Center, 6:00 p.m.; Winter Band Concert (6th – 12th), HS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10 9th, JV & Varsity Boys Basketball, Home vs. Berrien Springs, 4:15, 5:30 & 7:00 PM; MS Boys Maroon Basketball, Home vs. St. Joseph, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 2-Hour Early Release, ALL BUILDINGS; MS Boys White Basketball at Lawton, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.; Varsity Wrestling at Vicksburg Tournament, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12 9th Grade Boys, JV Girls, & JV Boys Basketball, Home vs. Fennville, 4:15, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.; 7th Grade Boys White & Maroon Basketball at Lakeshore, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.; 8th Grade Boys White & Maroon Basketball, Home vs. Lakeshore, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.; Winter Choir Concert (7th – 12th), HS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 13 North School Spirit Day; Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball, Home vs. Fennville, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14 Varsity Wrestling at Galesburg-Augusta Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; JV & Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball, All Home vs. Hartford, TBA

Lakeland receives $15,000 grant for pop-up museum

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation in support of a collaborative effort between population health and Krasl Art Center. The grant will fund the creation of an artist-guided, pop-up museum designed to facilitate better understanding of mental health, and to introduce the concept of community resiliency. The museum exhibits will feature a variety of visual and hands-on, arts-based activities designed to help participants practice and build resiliency skills. The pop-up museum is slated to launch in the summer of 2020 at the Benton Harbor Public Library and Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph. The population health team at Spectrum Health Lakeland is committed to fostering an environment where optimal health is achievable for everyone with the hopes of creating a thriving, resilient, and socially cohesive community. For more information about the collaborative work that Spectrum Health Lakeland and Krasl Art Center are developing, visit The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 659 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 funding. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at 517-241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at

Community Calendar

Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. “HOLIDAY BAZAAR” at Blossomland Learning Center, 711 St. Joseph Ave., Berrien Springs. Various items for sale, raffle items and light lunch options; proceeds benefit students. Friday, Dec. 6, 5-6 p.m. “SOUP & SALAD SUPPER” at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. Menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. Open to public: $5/adults, $3/children 3-12, children under 3 are free. Proceeds go the HOPE Resources food pantry. Hosted by North Berrien Senior Center. December 6-8 “HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. Free admission. See Page 3 for more details. December 7 & 8, 2 p.m. “GREENS WORKSHOP” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Make a wreath (greens provided) for $15; extra fee for frame, wire and ribbon or bring your own. Call 269-927-4832 to register. Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. “CHRISTMAS CAROL HYMN SING” at Plymouth Congregational Church, 123 First St., Watervliet. Refreshments will be served. December 7-8 “HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS” celebration in Watervliet Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m. “BREAKFAST WITH SANTA” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club, 6145 Angling Rd. FREE/12 and under; $5/ 13 and over Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m. “BENEFIT DINNER” for Barbara Machado family provided by CK Catering at Coloma FOP, 3470 Angling Rd. $10/ticket ($5/5-10 year olds, 4 and under free) available for purchase at Mike’s Pit Stop, Coloma and B&B Grocery, Watervliet Sunday, Dec. 15 “MISS HARTFORD PAGEANT” at Hartford High School Auditorium Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. “CANDLELIGHT SERVICE” at Plymouth Congregational Church, 123 First St., Watervliet. Public is invited. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 “MISS COLOMA PAGEANT” Sunday, Jan. 12 “MISS WATERVLIET PAGEANT” Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “INDOOR SHOP HOP” hosted by Sweet Charity Sewing Group at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 601 Sycamore St., Niles. Quilting related items for sale from Indiana, Illinois & Michigan vendors. Raffle tickets with paid $5 admission and food by Brew Ha Ha of Niles. Tuesdays 1-5 p.m. “SOCIAL WORK INTERN” at Watervliet District Library, 333 N. Main St. provides assistance with educational opportunities, employment assistance, emergency services, family matters and any other issues that people may need help with. The intern does not give legal advice nor do they counsel people, but they can refer them to agencies that provide these services.


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