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WEEKLY UPDATE FROM THE PRINCIPAL-JANUARY 20
BERRIEN COUNTY CAREER TECHNICAL ED Q + A WITH ALYSSE ANGELO
What Berrien CTE Program do you participate in?
I am currently attending Twin City Beauty College CTE programs.
Why did you choose to participate in a Berrien CTE Program?
I chose to participate in this CTE program to get ahead and learn more about the career I would like to pursue.
What has been one of the best experience you have had in the program?
One of the best things about attending this program is not only learning and doing hands on work but the friendships I have made. The girls in my class are the most amazing and caring people and it just brings so much joy to be able to do what I love with people who have the same passion as me.
What do you plan to do after high school?
I plan to continue attending Twin City to get my cosmetology license.
What advice would you give to a student considering participating in this program?
If you want to become a cosmetologist do this CTE program, it is so beneficial and all of the hours that you get while in high school transfer over to the hours you need to graduate. Everyone at TCBC is so nice and caring and will help you with whatever you struggle with! I highly recommend TCBC if you want to get your cosmetology license.
First year art students just completed perspective drawings. We have moved from drawing simple cylinders and squares to the sizable task of two and three-point perspective. After several days of practice behind them, students began their final piece. The challenge was to create an interesting composition that demonstrated their knowledge of perspective. The drawings were finished in colored pencil.
MATH AND SCIENCE CENTER Q + A with CECILY SCHOONOVER
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND THE MATH AND SCIENCE CENTER?
I chose to attend the Math and Science Center because academically, I needed a greater challenge than what I was being given. I also wanted to connect with others who were kind of on my same wavelength!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CLASS AT THE CENTER?
My favorite classes have definitely been Geometry and Computer Science I. I absolutely love the professors who taught them. They gave me a good challenge but also were a lot of fun!
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
I’m still undecided on what I’ll be doing after high school, but whatever it is I end up doing, it will be something that will continue to challenge me.
WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES AT THE CENTER?
The sophomore field trip this year is definitely my favorite activity we’ve done at the Center. We traveled down to Tennessee for a weekend in the Smoky Mountains. We participated in a cave exploration hike, a waterfall hike, and many navigation games. We were also each given the responsibility of helping out in the cafeteria. Super fun!!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A CURRENT 8TH GRADER WHO IS CONSIDERING APPLYING TO ATTEND THE CENTER?
Some advice I’d give to an 8th grader applying for the Center is to be prepared for the workload and the stress that goes with it. This is not a high school classroom. You’re always going to get more work than you think you will, and you have to earn every bit of your grade. Also, if possible, stay on good terms with your classmates… they’ll always be your main source of help.
WHS is super proud to have Cecily representing us at the math and science center! She is a hard worker and dedicated student.
Honor Credit Union 2023 Community Commitment Scholarship
I wanted to share that Honor Credit Union has kicked off its 2023 Community Commitment Scholarship program. The application window is open for high school seniors from January 13- March 15, 2023.
Honor Credit Union will award a $1,000 scholarship to 28 graduating high school or home school seniors. Each year, the Community Commitment Scholarship holds steadfast with the mission of supporting high school seniors and their continued education at the university or trade school of their choosing. It reflects Honor’s values of community, education, and supporting its members.
To be eligible, the student must be a primary account holder at Honor Credit Union and complete an online application detailing their academic performance and community involvement. Students must highlight this community involvement in a 300-400-word essay explaining how they have made their community a better place.
The deadline to apply for the Community Commitment Scholarship is March 15, 2023, at 11:59:59 PM. Applications must be submitted online. Here is the application link Community Scholarship | Honor Credit Union (honorcu.com) and also attached is a flyer if you are able to display at your school office. If you could please pass along the scholarship news with your staff & students. Please let me know if anyone would have any questions.
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Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary Scholarship
Graduating senior who is a resident of Coloma, Hartford or Watervliet school districts
Studying in any medical field
3.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale
Attending an accredited 2 or 4-year institution of higher learning
Send to us in one packet:
Personal Essay - 1 page, typed, double-spaced discussing educational goals, career goals, personal goals, community service activities
Two (2) letters of recommendation from non-relatives sent directly to Auxiliary scholarship
Deadline April 14
A MESSAGE FROM MS. MARSHALL--YEARBOOK and ONLINE CLASSES!
In yearbook class, we have been busy putting pages together, organizing pictures in folders, and catching every moment of classroom life. We still need seniors to email their senior pictures to Ms. Marshall by March 1st to be able to get them in there. Please get those photos in as soon as possible!
PANTHER PRIDE AWARD
Last night at the Watervliet Public Schools Board meeting, Jennifer Hollandsworth was awarded the Panther Pride Award. Please see below what was said about her. We are super lucky to have her working with and teaching our Panthers!
Panther Pride Award:
The Panther Pride Individual and Group Award program was developed to recognize businesses, service groups, community members, parents, faculty, staff, and students who have provided exemplary leadership and service.
Tonight we honor a teacher who has been with WHS for nearly 25 years and has brought significant honor and distinction to our school. She has built an elite program that is shining brightly year-upon-year and has become a standard of excellence across the State of Michigan.
She works tirelessly to get the most out of her students; producing performances that are intricate, tell a story, and elevate the talents of the students she teaches. She not only teaches all WPS students instrumental music and all marching bands, but she also teaches Music Appreciation for direct college credit at WHS. She has assisted with many musicals and manages the auditorium. Additionally, she is a leader with the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.
Most importantly, she develops great relationships with her students, who frequently cite her as their favorite teacher. She makes her program a “life experience” for her students.
Mrs. Jennifer Hollandsworth has also helped her program achieve a level of excellence that is unsurpassed by any other program in WPS history. Her marching bands have returned three
consecutive top-three finishes in state competitions, including two consecutive state runners-up. And - lucky for us - she is not yet finished!
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Jennifer Hollandsworth, Director of Bands for Watervliet Public Schools, with the Panther Pride Award!
Monday: Be Real/PJ Day (wear pajama pants) no tank tops
Tuesday: Dress Like a Teacher Day
Wednesday: Meme Day (dress like your favorite meme)
Thursday: Anything but a Backpack Day
Friday: Spirit Day (wear maroon & white)
Dance Friday, January 27th
MS Gym-Enter at the MS main doors
$5 person at the door
Students wishing to bring a guest from another school must pick up a guest request form in the office and return it to the office for approval no later than Wednesday at 3:00 PM
No guests over the age of 20 permitted.
No crowd surfing or feet off of the floor during the dance
Once you exit the building during the dance, you are not permitted to re-enter
Prince and Princess Candidates:
Freshmen: Moeko Crago abd Mark Birmele
Sophomores: Makena Edelberg and Logan Eberhard
Juniors: Aleigha Jackson and Ian Coleman
Queen Candidates: Alysse Angelo, Victoria Grzanich, Myah Hobson, Kendall Molter, and Ella Shunkwiler
King Candidates: Frankie Alfarano, Javier Gutierrez, Zachary Hastings, Kaden Jonjevic, and Tyson Williams
All voting will take place the week of Winterfest.
WHAT'S UP IN PERSONAL FINANCE AND ALGEBRA 1?
Seniors in Finance are learning the ins and outs of different types of insurance. They have become familiar with common insurance terms, like deductibles, liability, elimination periods, etc. Though not the most exciting part of adulting, these students will have a toolbox of pertinent questions to ask insurance agents when they enter the workforce as adults to determine their insurance needs.
Algebra students have been working on feasibility of manufacturing certain products, basing their findings on constraints such as warehouse space, machinery capabilities, and minimum production runs to pay expenses associated with business. Then they use the data they find to determine how many items of each type of product to produce for maximum profits.
DUAL ENROLLMENT Q + A WITH JAYLIE QUERFURTH
What classes are you currently taking at LMC?
I am currently taking English 102, Principles of Management, and Introduction to Economics.
What is your major or goal for after LMC? What career do you want to go into?
After I graduate, I plan on continuing to study at LMC and earning my associates degree in Business Administration. From there, I will transfer to a 4 year university to achieve a bachelors degree in Business. One day I hope to open my own business in event planning and own an event center.
Why did you decide to dual enroll at LMC while in high school?
I decided to start dual enrolling at LMC because it gave me a head start in my college career. I’ve always known I’ve wanted to go to college so when I heard about this opportunity, I knew I wanted to take advantage of it. With my first year of dual enrolling, I used some of the classes to help me figure out what I wanted to do. On top of that, the high school pays for the classes I pass which will help financially in the long run.
What has been your favorite dual enrolled class and why?
My favorite dual enrolled class has been “The History of Rock and Roll.” I took this class as a Fine Arts credit and it was very fun. I learned about music of all different genres and where some of it originates. I was introduced to some really good songs that I still listen to today.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from being dual enrolled? Or in a dual enrolled class?
The most interesting thing I have learned is the major I want to pursue. Ever since 8th grade I wanted to go into the medical field, but once I took a business class at LMC, I found that I want to major in business.
What advice do you have for future dual enrolled high school students?
My advice to future dual enrolled students is to put time aside to make sure you stay caught up in classes. By taking dual enrolled classes, you have to learn how to balance your time. It can get stressful if you procrastinate too much. If you have to ask your professor for an extension, do it in as sufficient amount of time. You will never know if you don’t ask and from my experience, most of them are pretty lenient. Don’t take advantage of any time you have that could be used to work. You don’t want to fall behind in class work.
UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS
Friday, January 20
4:15/5:45/7:30 PM Girls JV, Boys JV, Boys Varsity Basketball Home vs. Coloma
Saturday, January 21
9:00 AM MS Wrestling at Comstock Team Tournament
9:00 AM Varsity Wrestling at Marcellus Tournament
JANUARY 23-27 IS WINTERFEST WEEK
Monday, January 23
4:00 PM Girls JV and Boys JV Basketball at Hartford (2 gyms)
5:30/7:00 PM Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball at Hartford
Wednesday, January 25
5:30 & 7:00 PM Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball at Buchanan
6:00 PM Varsity Wrestling SAC Meet at Allegan
Thursday, January 26
5:00 PM MS Wrestling SAC Meet at Coloma HS
5:30 & 7:00 PM Girls & Boys JV Basketball at Fennville
Friday, January, 27
6:00 & 7:30 PM Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball home vs. Fennville
WINTERFEST GAME – King and Queen Crowning
Saturday, January 28
10:00 AM Varsity Wrestling at Berrien County Tourney, St. Joseph HS
NEXT PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL
On the agenda for this month's meeting is the following:
- Update on cell phone policy implementation
- Review of PBIS plan for semester 2
- Parent/Teacher Conference Plan
- Exam Week Feedback
- Think Fast Interactive Assembly
- Your Questions and Concerns
If you have questions or concerns specific to your child, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Powers at the high school office anytime. firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.463.0730.
Link to join virtually:
Looking forward to seeing you at this meeting!
STAFF SPOTLIGHT--MRS. SIBLEY
- I grew up in Marcellus - Home of the Wildcats graduating 1989. I still live in Marcellus with my family; husband (Fred) and children (Jade & Hunter).
- I attended MSU and graduated in 1993 with a BS; majoring in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science - earning teacher certification in both. Fews years later I attended WMU to earn a Masters in Educational Leadership.
- I have taught Algebra, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Computers, Health, AP Computer Science, SAT Prep Class. I also coached 8th grade Basketball in Dowagiac. My favorite extracurricular activity for many years was being the advisor to the Student Council here at WHS.
- I started here in 1997 as a 1-yr sub job to teach Health (totally out of my element) and Algebra 2. At the end of that year I was fortunate to be hired on permanently.
- I am proud to be a Watervliet Panther because of the teachers and students I get to work with. In my time here our school has always been striving to do better for our students and our teachers are great at working together to achieve goals.
- A little known fact about me is that I live on a family apple orchard which focuses on antique apple varieties; some that date back to the 1800s.
VAN BUREN TECH CENTER Q + A WITH BRIANNA HOY
WHAT PROGRAMS HAVE YOU BEEN ENROLLED IN AT THE TECH CENTER?
My name is Brianna Hoy and this is my second year at the Van Buren Tech Center. During my junior year, I was in the Fire Science Program where I did so much hands-on work. In Fire Science by the end of the year if you pass both state written and practical tests then you become a certified firefighter. This means when you turn 18 you can work in a fire department so you have a job right out of high school. Now, during my senior year, I am in Agriculture and Natural Resources. There I get to work with animals hands-on and I also get to learn about plants too.
WHAT HAS BEEN SOMETHING FUN YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO DO THIS YEAR?
On January 27th, I got to show a pig at the Green and White pig show at Michigan State University. At the Tech Center, I am also Vice President of the National Technical Honor Society but I am also a Student Ambassador for the Tech Center.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
Before going to the tech center I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school but now I kind of have an idea. I know I want to do something with animals leaning more towards a vet but the school for a vet is a lot. So by doing fire science I can get a job and make money while helping people while also helping animals too.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ENROLL IN THE TECH CENTER?
I decided to go to the Tech Center because my sister went there for Cadet Teaching and she said that it was mostly hands-on work and that's how I learn; hands-on. So the tech center was a perfect fit for me.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF ATTENDING THE TECH CENTER?
My favorite part of my two years at the tech center is all the faculty and staff. When you walk through the doors there is a staff there waiting to give you a fist bump with a smile. The concealers also help so much. I had so many questions my first year and Mrs.Maack found me and answered those questions but she also got me a visit with Ag during my junior year to see if I was even gonna like it. The most interesting thing I learned at tech was how to tie so many knots and how they save people and also how to make a harness out of rope.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANOTHER STUDENT CONSIDERING THE TECH CENTER?
If you want to go to tech-- go for it. If you are good with hands-on work and can’t do all of that writing and stuff in your normal classes go to tech for 3 hours and get your hands dirty and if you ever need help ask anyone there they are all so helpful.
45 WHS students attend the Van Buren Tech center daily. WHS provides transportation to those students who need it. If your current Sophomore or Junior has interest in attending the tech center next year, please reach out to Mrs. Jamie Dawson at email@example.com.
SMC WELDING AND ROBOTICS FIELD TRIP OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS
Southwestern Michigan College is hosting their annual Welding and Robotics program day, which will be on Friday, February 3rd at their Niles Campus from 9:45 am to 1 p.m.
WHS will be attending with students who have interest in learning more about the programs and the perspective careers. A bus will leave WHS at 9 AM on February 3rd. Students will spend the majority of the day experiencing what you see described below:
This event will provide students an opportunity to learn more about the course curriculum and job opportunities in Industrial Technology and Robotics/Engineering.
The day will include presentations from current faculty members, hands on experiences in both the Welding and Robotics labs and will include representation from outside vendors/employers.
Lunch will be provided.
Students will return to WHS before the end of the school day and return to their normal WHS class schedule.
Mr. Grear and Mrs. Fletcher will be chaperoning this trip.
If your child has interest in attending, please have him/her pick up, complete and return a permission slip by Friday, January 20th.
This absence will count as a school related absence and not affect the 3 and a B incentive for semester 2. Students who attend other centers, but would like to attend this trip, will have their absences at those centers excused by WHS.
THINK FAST INTERACTIVE
ThinkFast Interactive is an experiential team building, and awareness program that appeals to all ages with its professionally designed production set, sound system, music videos, and informative and engaging awareness trivia.
From start to finish the message of prevention, responsibility, and awareness are non-intrusively reinforced. Our experienced team of hosts guide participants through the program so that everyone engages with the information. Both teens and adults from across the country have repeatedly given them high praise, and many say they create a unique, and engaging experience that participants will always remember.
The students at Watervliet High School will participate in the Driver Safety THINK FAST INTERACTIVE Program in January 30th. We are looking forward to a fun filled and informative assembly for all of our Panthers on the topic of Driver's Safety! Check out the video below if you would like to know more.
Beginning Semester 2, the high school will be implementing Tier One Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Known as PBIS, this is an approach to positive, school-wide behavior. PBIS is a way to support everyone and to create a school where all students are successful.
PBIS applies practices and strategies for all students to do better in school, improve overall safety, decrease behavioral issues, and create a positive school culture. PBIS is not a curriculum we purchased or something teachers learned during a professional development training. It is a building wide commitment to positively addressing student behavior.
Over the last few months, the faculty at WHS have worked to create an expectation matrix for our building. This matrix outlines the expectations for all students in every area of the building. Beginning semester 2, the faculty will be teaching these expectations to students, holding students accountable to these expectations, and celebrating good decision making on the part of our students.
As our partner in the educational process, we want you to understand this approach and become aware of the expectations in each area of our building. Below, you will find these expectations. These expectations will be taught at school and reinforced in various ways throughout the remainder of this school year. Please review and reiterate these expectations with your child at home. Thank you for your continued support of the high school students and staff as we continue to improve outcomes for our Panthers! Should you have any questions or concerns about these expectations, please reach out me at the high school office.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT TICKETS
Starting Monday, students can receive CAUGHT IN THE ACT TICKETS for following the expectations in the area of the building that we are reinforcing expectations for that week. This Monday we will begin our PBIS implementation with a focus on the cafeteria in the morning. Students who receive the ticket below anytime during the week, can bring the tickets to the office to redeem for a treat. Please review and reinforce our cafeteria morning expectations with your child. We love catching Panthers in the act of following our building wide expectations!
CAUGHT IN THE ACT TICKET
I was caught in the act following the expectations in the cafeteria in the morning!
- Remain in the cafe from 7:45-8:00 AM.
- Leave the cafe better than you found it.
- Listen to adult instructions.
- Use earbuds to play music.
- Use please and thank you.
- Profanity free zone.
- Walking only.
- Keep all body parts to yourself.
- Reports issues of concern to an adult.
EARLY MIDDLE COLLEGE INFORMATION for SOPHOMORES
ATTENTION 10th Grade Students! The Berrien County 5th Year Early/Middle College Program application is now open. Any student interested in applying will need to complete ALL three steps of the application. Deadline to complete Step two (testing): January 31, 2023. Deadline to submit completed application: February 3, 2023 (Steps 1 - 3). Application can be found at www.berriencte.org/5th-year-emc. Any questions contact Melissa Springsteen: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING SENIOR PARENT MEETING--JANUARY 24th
On January 24th, at 6 PM, WHS will hold its annual Senior parent meeting in order to answer all of the questions that you see listed below. It is strongly encouraged that a parent, guardian, or family member attend this meeting so that you are fully informed regarding the events and expectations for the remainder of your child's senior year. It will fly by quickly.
The following items will be reviewed:
Has my child earned all of the credits required to earn a WHS diploma?
What should I do if my child is behind on credits and it looks as if he/she may not graduate on time?
When do all credits have to be earned in order for my child to walk at graduation?
Has my child completed all required State testing for graduation?
Does my child have fees or fines?
What are the behavioral expectations for the remainder of the school year?
Are Senior skip days authorized by the school?
How can a student be honored at graduation for completing community service hours?
What is attire is expected for graduation?
What is the scholarship process for interested students?
What if my child has yet to complete the FAFSA?
If you are not able to join us in person, feel free to join us virtually using this link:
Mrs. Zuniga, the Senior Class Advisor will also be present at this meeting with additional and important information to share!
NEXT FAFSA COMPLETER REWARD --CHANGE OF DATE!
Several Seniors earned the opportunity to pie a staff member in the face in November for having completed a FAFSA--the FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID. This application allows Seniors to be eligible for loans, grant, and scholarships for training after high school.
AND--we want to keep the momentum going and encourage additional Seniors to complete their FAFSA as well.
At the end of Winterfest week, any Senior who has completed a FAFSA up to that point, will earn the right to work in a team to tape a staff member to the wall in the gymnasium.
Seniors will be placed in teams and have 3 minutes to plan their taping strategy. Seven minutes will be allowed for the actual taping of the staff member to the wall. And when time is up, the staff member who stays taped to the wall the longest will win and in turn win a treat for those Seniors on that taping team. The event will take place in gym during the second half of the day on December 23rd.
Participating Staff are: Ms. Powers, Mrs. Lefor, Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs. Adams, Mr. Hoffman, Mrs. Dawson, Mr. Carter, and Mrs. Halamka
We encourage all Seniors to complete their FAFSA this year. See Mrs. Dawson in the counseling office if you need any assistance. We would love to help you!