12-12-2019 School news & calendars

PANTHER OF THE MONTH… The following Watervliet North School students have been awarded Panther of the Month for November 2019: (from the left) Back row – Isabella Clark, Brooke Romano, Lilly Collins and Olivia Mitchell; Front row – Landon Schlipp, Taven Riggs, Bradee Preston and Karina Short. Congratulations to all Panthers of the Month – keep up the good work!

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events

Monday, December 16 Middle School Boys Basketball at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 North Berrien Historical Museum Field Trip – Miss Chlystek’s class; 3rd Grade Christmas Program at the High School, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 North Berrien Historical Museum Field Trip – Mrs. Czuba’s class; Winter Choir Concert, 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19 North Berrien Historical Museum Field Trip – Mrs. Trail’s class Friday, December 20 HALF DAY Dec. 23, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020 NO SCHOOL – Christmas break

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 12 9th Boys, JV Girls, & JV Boys Basketball, Home vs. Fennville, 4:15, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.; 7th Grade Boys White & 7th Maroon Basketball at Lakeshore, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.; 8th Grade Boys White & 8th Maroon, 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 Girls (MS Gym) & JV Boys (HS Gym) Basketball, Home vs. Hartford, 2:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball, Home vs. Hartford, 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. December 16 – 19 Santa Shop at Elementary Buildings Monday, December 16 Christmas Socks & Santa Hats at North School; MS Maroon Basketball, Home vs. Coloma, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 Ugly Sweater/ Green & Red/ Christmas Shirt Day at North School; Varsity Wrestling SAC Home Meet vs. Coloma, 6:00 p.m.; Freshman Basketball, Home vs. Bridgman, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19 JV & Varsity Girls Basketball at Portage Northern, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 20 PJs or Comfy Clothes Day at North School; Mini Choir Concert at North School, 2:00 p.m.; JV Boys (MS Gym) and Varsity Girls (HS Gym) Basketball, Home vs. Gobles, 6:00 p.m.; JV Girls (MS Gym) and Varsity Boys (HS Gym) Basketball, Home vs. Gobles, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21 Varsity Wrestling at South Haven Invitational, 9:00 a.m. December 23 – January 3 NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break Saturday, December 28 Varsity Wrestling at Martin Clipper Classic Invitational

Hartford School Board hires alumnus for specialist position

By Jon Bisnett Reported at the Hartford Board of Education meeting in November, Phillip Earls is the newest addition to the Redwood Elementary staff as Behavior Support Specialist. A Hartford alumnus baseball standout at both Hartford and then Kalamazoo College, Earls comes in with six years of experience at the Van Buren Behavioral Education Center. Finance Normal monthly bills were paid. Business Manager Rebecca Drake noted three large bills including the bus repair from accident on Red Arrow Highway with 100% reimbursed from insurance, Professional Development for Daily 5 and Fields Plumbing for Chemistry classroom lab repairs. Business The board approved a resolution of support for a Van Buren Intermediate School District Special Education County Wide Millage request for .9 mills over five years. Proceeds from the millage would provide renovations to the VBISD Learning Center and Behavioral Education Center with the balance equally divided in the form of special education reimbursement to the eleven local Van Buren County school districts. A taxpayer with home valued at $100,000 would pay $45 per year. The matter will be on the ballot in March of 2020. The Annual Board Organizational Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Approval was granted for the Middle School Washington D.C. Trip request. HMS teacher Jennifer Stubbs will head the group traveling May 18 – 20 of 2020. The board also approved an updated High School Course Directory for the 2019-2020 school year. Vice President Mike Banic noted the Advanced Placement courses had well written descriptions and expectations. The board accepted a bid from West Michigan Glass Coatings from a field of three bidders for purchase and installation of security window film. Funding for the security upgrade project is provided by 75% grant funding with the remaining 25% paid from district funds. Board member reports Rick Vawter reported on information from the recent Michigan Association of School Boards Conference he attended. Potential legislation is on the way from Lansing that would require mandatory board member training. MASB supports this legislation, while MASB delegates voted against the potential legislation. Vawter recommends the Hartford school board discuss the matter at the December work study and take a position on the potential legislation. Transportation & Facilities Transportation Director Marc Clauser reported a list of future projects that he’ll be working with the board to prioritize into the capital expenditures budget. The list includes student lockers for the high school, alarm upgrades, LED lighting upgrades to all building done in phases, parking lot repair & sealing and bus replacement schedule. Superintendent District Superintendent Andy Hubbard welcomed Phillip Earls, commenting on how many successful alumni have chosen to return to Hartford as part of their educational career path. Hubbard also thanked Jennifer Stubbs for her extensive work on the Washington trip.