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WEEKLY UPDATE FROM THE PRINCIPAL-NOVEMBER 18th

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The Watervliet Concert Choir

The Watervliet Concert Choir sang for the Tree of Love lighting on Thursday, Nov. 17. They performed several selections including Dona Nobis Pacem, Remembering Decembers, traditional carols, a duet by Ella Harris and Lauren Lovell, and a solo by Lilly Summers. Students also visited several different floors and shared their music with hospital patients and staff.
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Watervliet Boys' Basketball Families:

Here is the schedule for the first three days of the first week of basketball tryouts/practices Monday, 11/21; Tuesday, 11/22; Wednesday, 11/23:

Monday, 11/21: V: 3:30-5:30 HS Gym; Freshman and JV: 5:00-6:30 MS Gym Tuesday, 11/22: V: 3:30-5:30 HS Gym;

Freshman and JV: 7:00-9:00 HS Gym Wednesday, 11/23: V: 12:30-2:30 HS Gym; Freshman and JV: 2:30-4:30 HS Gym (Half Day of School) Thursday,

11/24: HAPPY THANKSGIVING--LET US BE GRATEFUL FOR OUR MANY BLESSINGS

Thank you.

Coach Hoff

Watervliet Panther Basketball--Preparing to Succeed

CONGRATULATIONS TO WATERVLIET FALL ATHLETES!

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR STUDENTS!!

Today’s HAT DAY has been moved to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21st. Any student that wants to wear a hat on Monday will need to make a $1 donation to the freshmen mentoring program when you enter the cafe on Monday and be willing to wear a sticker. Staff will need to donate $5.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd is a half day of school. Student will be dismissed at 11:40 AM. Students are welcome to grab a sack lunch as they exit the building. Students will be off school on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving Break.


There is a cheerleading informational meeting Tuesday November 22 at 3:30 in the auditorium lobby, those who are interested need to be at this meeting for the upcoming season!


Juniors and Seniors. Do you know more than one language? This is such an advantage as you apply to college or a job. Officially demonstrate your language skills by receiving the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy on your diploma. Please let Mrs. Richcreek know that you are interested.


On Saturday December 10th, the student, alumni, and staff at Twin City is providing free haircutting and styling services to anyone in the community. The event is on Sat Dec 10th from 9-1 pm at the Twin City Beauty College.


The Esports team will be competing in the Southwest Michigan Esports Finals on Saturday, November 19th at the Grand Upton Hall on the campus of Lake Michigan College. Play begins at 10:00 a.m. if you would like to come and cheer on the Esports Team.


Attention Seniors!!! We will have a guest speaker from the University of Michigan here Monday, November the 21st at 8:15. If you would like to attend this presentation please complete the Google form that has been sent to you via your school email. You must complete the Google form in order to attend!


Any senior that gets a FAFSA completed by Nov 23rd—gets to pie the staff member of their choice in the face on Nov 23rd before Thanksgiving Break! Seniors who have already completed their FAFSA have been emailed a doc to identify the staff member that they will be pie-ing. Get your FAFSA done this week to be eligible.

As of today, the seniors who have earned the right to pie a teacher, the athletic director or the principal are:

Frankie Alfarano

Dakota Andreson

Dameon Bell

Brady Bornas

Brenden Camp

Royce Daugherty

Sam Dietz

Zach Hastings

Lilly Lefor

Yoana Martinez

Kendra Overton

Jaylie Querfurth

Perry Rowe

Ella Shaffer

AJ Torres

Tyson Williams

Essie Zuniga


The WHS 2nd annual big buck competition has begun and runs until Dec 2nd.

One entry per student during that time. Check your email for more details.

THIS WEDNESDAY HALF DAY BELL SCHEDULE

Period 1 8:10-8:36

Period 2 8:41-9:06

Period 3 9:11-9:36

Period 4 9:41-10:07

Period 5 10:12-10:38

Period 6 10:43-11:09

Period 7 11:14-11:40

ATTENTION Class of 2025 !

Class of 2025 class dues are due by Jan 1, 2023. Pay $60 and your dues for senior year are $0. See Ms. Marshall with your dues. Thank you :)

2nd Annual BIG BUCK COMPETITION

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DUAL ENROLLMENT

It is time to dual enroll for semester 2. If your child is eligible to dual enroll for semester 2, you will be sent a letter in the mail with your child's Marking Period 1 report card. 9-12 graders with a 3.0 GPA or higher and all A's and B's are eligible to dual enroll for semester 2. Encourage your child to come to the counseling office and talk to Mrs. Tyler, the Guidance Office Secretary about dual enrolling this coming week for semester 2.


Dual enrollment is taking college courses through Lake Michigan College during the school day at no cost to the family while in high school.


Common classes that student take include the list that you see below:

Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, English 102, Intro to Communication, National Government, Principles of Econ, History of Rock Music, Intro to Business, and American History.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Each week for the remainder of the school year, we will be highlighting 1-2 staff members at the high school in our parent newsletter. We have a hard working staff, many of whom have been with us for several years. We would like our parent community to get to know each of them better, while also giving us the opportunity to honor their hard work, time, and dedication to the students in our building.

MRS. JESSICA TYLER--GUIDANCE SECRETARY

My husband, Jim, and I grew up in Watervliet and bought a house here after we were married. We still live there with our two kids, Addy and Preston. Addy and Preston both attend elementary school in Watervliet as well. Jim and I were high school sweethearts, and just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary last weekend. This is my second year working in the guidance office, and I love it!


I attended high school here at Watervliet High School, and graduated as one of three valedictorians of my class. I then went to Lake Michigan College, where I earned an Associate in Science degree. I worked in the medical field for many years, but decided that I wanted a new path and Watervliet High School was a perfect fit!


As the guidance secretary, I get to meet many of our students at the high school. I spend lots of time coordinating our dual enrollment program, both in helping our students choose courses and ensuring that they have what they need to be successful during the semester. I am also in charge of student records, and help in whatever other ways I am needed. I also have taken on the role of Student Council Advisor with Mrs. Richcreek this year, and it has been wonderful so far getting to know our student council members! I am also the treasurer for the elementary school PTO.


In my free time, I enjoy reading and crocheting; I taught myself to crochet with YouTube during the pandemic. My family and I spend lots of time dedicated to sports, if we aren't watching my kids play basketball or softball we are at the high school cheering on our teams.


I am proud to be a WHS Panther because I believe we have one of the best school systems in the area. Not only do we have many academic options, but we have a wonderful staff who truly care about our students and students who are willing to work hard for what they want to achieve. I am a product of WHS and I am very proud of the life I have given myself!


People would be surprised to know that when I was in college, I met Joe Biden at a speaking event in Kalamazoo, complete with Secret Service protection and rooftop snipers!


Mrs. Tyler makes all things possible for us students. She never turns us away to help us. Even when she's super busy. She really has a passion for helping us students. I wouldn't be able to figure out anything with my dual enrolled classes without her.--Abigail Lomoro--Junior


Mrs. Tyler is a great listener--Noelle Sydlik

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MRS. NANCY SCOWCROFT--ATHLETIC SECRETARY

My husband Glenn and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in October. We have two adult sons in their 30s, Nathan and Daniel, who are both Watervliet graduates.


I spent my whole childhood in New Buffalo before going on to Grand Valley State where I earned a Bachelor's Degree with dual Concentrations in Journalism and Social Relations. This is my 16th year at WHS. Prior to this job, I worked at the WSJM/WIRX radio stations for several years, I was a stay-at-home mom when my children were small, and then I worked at a medical office for several years.


As the Athletics Assistant, I am responsible for much of the data that is entered into our athletics student database and our online schedules. I also keep track of each student's athletics participation from 6th grade through 12th grade and make sure they receive the awards they have earned each year. My responsibilities include helping our Athletic Director, Ken Dietz, with the athletics website (www.wpspanthers.com), making sure the gate is staffed at every home event, either by me or another reliable worker (s), handling Panther apparel sales -- plus lots more!


In addition to my work in the Athletics Office, I am also responsible for the School Bell newsletter which comes out twice a year, I post news items and help to manage the District website (www.watervlietps.org) and Facebook page, and I am available to assist our Curriculum Director, Brandon Waggoner too.


When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading, watching movies, going to country or rock concerts, traveling whenever I get the chance, and going to estate sales with Laura Baumeister! Some people might be surprised to know that I enjoy listening to music from bands like Avenged Sevenfold, and Shinedown.


I am blessed and proud to be a part of WHS and in particular Panther athletics. The work ethic, talent, and grit of our student-athletes, our coaches, and our athletic director inspire, impress, and motivate me. I love our school and our community!

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MRS. RICHCREEK--MAIN OFFICE SECRETARY

Mrs. Richcreek is someone who can make you smile. She is always working hard and is the first one here in the morning and probably the last one to leave. You can tell she works hard. --Abigail Lomoro--Junior


Mrs. Richcreek handles all of the comings and goings of the school and those darn printers with grace and much appreciated humor. She is always helpful and kind whenever I step foot into the HS. --Sarah Crowe, 8th Grade Teacher


My husband and I have 3 beautiful daughters (all are former graduates of WHS), 1 granddaughter (WMS student) , and 1 baby grandson. Our oldest daughter, Jessica,lives locally with her husband, Dillon, and 2 children, Gianna (12) and Clark (1). She is currently a paraprofessional at Watervliet Middle School. Katie lives in Chicago with her husband, Blake. She graduated from Grand Valley State University and is currently a Project Manager for an advertising firm, Energy DBBO. Our youngest daughter, Jamie, graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she currently resides. Jamie is a general manager at Applebee's.



Although I was born in Chicago, my family moved to Coloma when I was 4 years of age. I graduated from Coloma High Schoolwhere I was active in student council, band, volleyball, softball, basketball, and several variety shows.



I am the High School Secretary of which I have several duties...too many to list, so I will mention a few. I am responsible for student attendance, Count Day reporting, compiling and listing all student awards for Senior Awards Night and Honors Convocation, facilitating our commencement ceremony, ordering teaching supplies, and various administrative assistant tasks assigned by Ms. Powers.


In previous years, I was the Class of 2011 advisor with Mrs. Spaulding. I coached MS girls basketball and am currently Student Council advisor with Mrs. Tyler.


In my free time, I like to travel, ride our Harley Davidson motorcycle, play cards and games, spend time with family and friends, go to the movies, float in my Think Tank (pool) during the summer, and do massive on-line shopping.



I am proud to be a Panther because of how much our staff truly cares for our students. I have witnessed first-hand on several occasions where staff have gone above and beyond in terms of donating their time, sometimes money, and talents to help students and their families.




People are often surprised to learn that I am a pastor's wife. My husband and I have attended Revive Church in Coloma for 26 years. Over the years I have been involved in several ministries such as leading our womens' and youth group ministries, and I am currently on our worship team.

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HOW TO ACCESS CANVAS TO SEE YOUR CHILD'S GRADES

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EARLY MIDDLE COLLEGE

Melissa Springsteen the Early/Middle College Coordinator from Berrien RESA, met with all of our Sophomores this month to talk about the opportunities available through the Early Middle College. There are 3 more county wide informational meetings coming soon! Check out the flyer below!

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THANK YOU WESCO!

Wesco is honored to be a part of every community in which each of our 55 locations resides. We are also fortunate enough to have the ability to give back to these communities. Through our relationship with Pepsi, $20,000 of fountain profits will be given to local public high schools like yours.

During the months of October, November, and December, every Wesco location will be donating one cent from each fountain drink sold to local public high schools. Pepsi has committed to donating up to $20,000 of fountain cup proceeds. Each Public High School will receive a minimum of $100. The rest of the $20,000 pledge will be distributed according to sales.

As one of the high schools selected, you will be notified in early January of the amount collected from your local Wesco. We are very excited to work with Pepsi on this generous giving program for our local public education.

Sincerely,

Bryan Link
Marketing Director
Wesco Inc.
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LMC Campus Tour Time!

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FAFSA Campaign--DONATIONS NEEDED FOR SENIORS!

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SENIOR FAMILY FAFSA SUPPORT

Students and families looking for help paying for college are encouraged to register for a Virtual College Financial Aid Night provided by Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid team.

Participants will be able to gather information on the following financial aid topics:

  • FAFSA application information
  • Federal financial aid programs
  • State financial aid programs
  • Scholarship searching resources

All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Please register below for the date that works best for you:


October 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

November 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

November 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

November 22, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

November 29, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to your participation!

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NOVEMBER BREAKFAST MENU

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NOVEMBER LUNCH MENU

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