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WEEKLY UPDATE FROM THE PRINCIPAL MAY 13, 2022

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OKAY2SAY

We believe Watervliet High School is safe, but no community is immune from the threats of violence and drugs that endanger students and schools in Michigan.

OK2SAY is a student safety initiative available to Michigan students in grades K−12 which enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff, or other school employees.

The nationally recognized program is run through the Michigan State Police, state agencies, schools, local law enforcement, and community mental health. Tips can be submitted 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.

• Telephone: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)

• Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)

• Email: ok2say@mi.gov

• Website: ok2say.com

• OK2SAY Mobile app: Available in the Apple Store or Google Play.


OK2SAY tips have helped thousands of students and saved many lives because students are stepping up and speaking out when they are concerned about a friend or peer. There are 31 tip categories to choose from when submitting a confidential tip. Most tips were related to bullying, cyberbullying, self-harm, anxiety, stress and depression, and suicide. Other top tips include drug/alcohol use, weapon possession, or assault.

Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY technicians address the immediate need and forward the information to the appropriate responding law enforcement agency or organization. Tips go to schools, local law enforcement agencies, community mental health agencies or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


To ensure tips are acted upon, agencies receiving tips are asked to submit outcome reports detailing how the tip was handled. Annual reports on the program’s impact detail the types and numbers of tips handled. Annual reports are available on the OK2SAY website.

More information is available on the OK2SAY website (ok2say.com).

THANK YOU TIA AND KATE!

Tia Caldwell and Kate Cochran planted some trees they received from MSC program at North School last weekend.
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2022-2023 Calendar Dates

Take a look at the list of high school calendar dates for next year. These are both the building and district dates. Additional dates will be added for state testing and parent informational nights. This list will be updated and included in all newsletters going forward.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

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SUMMER CAMPS AT SMC!


SMC will be offering a couple summer camp options for students this summer, and I'm hoping you are able to help me get the word out before school ends. I have attached flyers for both camps.


One is the Roadrunner Reveal camp, which is essentially a 24-hour, overnight 'day-in-the-life' camp from June 15-16. Students (mainly rising seniors) are invited to stay overnight in the residence halls. They'll attend a class, learn about leadership opportunities and attend sessions on financial aid and scholarships.


Here's the link to sign up! https://www.swmich.edu/events/event-details/roadrunner-reveal.php


Second is our E-sports camp. There is info attached on that, too. This would be for any student interested in seeing what it's like to play on a college Esports team. It's a three-day camp.


https://www.swmich.edu/events/event-details/esports-camps-at-smc.php


Thanks so much for helping get the word out about all this! Please let me know if you need anything from us as the school year winds down.

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JUNIOR DAY AT SMC!

On Friday, May 6th, a group of Juniors attended JUNIOR DAY at Southwestern Michigan College. THANK YOU to Mrs. Dawson for organizing the trip and to Mrs. Halamka and Mr. Morsaw for supervising.

GREG CHISEK SENIOR SCHOLARS 2021-2022

Senior Scholars are chosen based on the SAC formula- using weighted GPA in their English, Match, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language courses- through the 1st semester of their senior year. Students who have 1700 points or higher will be recognized as Greg Chisek Senior Scholars.

1. Andrew Van Lente

2. Jake Kroepel

3. David Koshar

4. Ryan Knapp

5. Jakob Stibal

6. Amy Eisen

7. Madison Hagood-Saunders

8. Andrews Chisek

9. Brennan Bornas

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TOP TEN SENIORS 21-22

Senior Top 10 are chosen based on the cumulative weighted GPA as of the end of the 1st Semester of the Senior year. The top two seniors will be speakers at graduation.

9. Ryan Knapp

9. Amy Eisen

5. Jakob Stibal

5. Addison Riley

5. Madison Hagood-Saunders

5. Brennan Bornas

4. Andrew Chisek

3. David Koshar

2. Andrew Van Lente

1. Jake Kroepel

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SAC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Students earn this honor based on the calculation of their best SAT or ACT test and their high school unweighted GPA in their English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language courses through the 1st semester of their senior year and. The SAC provides a formula for all participating districts. Recipients for the 2021-2022 school year are :

Andrew Van Lente

Jake Kroepel

David Koshar

Amy Eisen

Madison Hagood-Saunders

SUMMER SCHOOL

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DUAL ENROLLMENT

Dual enrollment is the process by which high school students can take college course through Lake Michigan College during the school day at little or no cost to the family. Presentations have been made to all students on the topic of dual enrollment. If your child has interest in dual enrolling in the fall, he/she MUST go to the counseling office this week to talk to the School Counselor, Mrs. Dawson.


Dual enrolled classes can be taken virtually, at Lake Michigan College, and/or on site at the high school. The onsite class that will be offered in 22-23 are:

POSC 101 (National Government)

  • CRN 13509
  • 2:20 pm – 3:10 pm
  • Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Erik Gustafson

COMM 101 (Intro. to Public Speaking)

  • CRN 13425
  • 2:20 pm – 3:10 pm
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Kyle Kelly

MUSI 109 MUSIC APPRECIATION

  • 2:20-3:10
  • M-TH
  • Jen Hollandsworth
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YOUR SENIOR FAFSA RAFFLE WINNER--

YOUR WEEKLY FAFSA RAFFLE WINNER is Sydnee Bartee. She is headed to Twin City Beauty College after graduation this year !
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IMPORTANT DATES FOR SENIOR PARENTS!

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Senior Scholarship/Academic Awards Assembly--Wednesday, May 18th 6:00PM

Class Trip to Great America-May 21st

Semester 2 Exams--May 25th, 26th, 27th

Parade through elementarys and middle school May 27th 10 AM

Last official school day for Seniors--Friday, May 27th

Car Parade--May 27th 3:30PM

Baccalaureate--Wednesday, June 1st 6:00PM

Class Picnic--Thursday, June 2nd 2:00PM

Graduation Practice--Thursday, June 2nd 3:30PM

Graduation--Friday, June 3rd 6:30PM

FINAL EXAMS FOR SENIORS

Exams will take place on May 25, 26, and 27.

Wednesday, May 25th Periods 5, 6, and 7

Thursday, May 26th Periods 3 and 4

Friday, May 27th Periods 1 and 2; 10 am Dismissal

11:00 AM Class Picnic

12-3 Parades through elementary buildings and the middle school

3:30 Senior Car Parade

BACCALAUREATE

Baccalaureate

A non-denominational religious service that honors the past, celebrates the moment, and gives hope for the future will be held on June 1st at 6 pm in the Watervliet High School Auditorium.

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors and look forward to their next adventures. We will look back and recognize not only their hard work, but also recognize that God has been there to help them along. We will take this time to honor both them and God for their past successes and to send them off with the hope and guidance that God will continue to be there for them. Desserts will be offered in the auditorium lobby following the service.

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PANTHER HOTLINE

In addition to being able to report concerns of violence to OK2SAY, we also want our students to have a way to anonymously report concerning information to the building principal and school resource office immediately. The PANTHER HOTLINE is an anonymous way for students and families to report concerns of potential violence, fighting, self harm, bullying and/or harassment. If you, or your child have concerning information that you want to get to the building principal and/or the school resource officer quickly, but you would prefer to remain anonymous, please consider completing this form. This information has been emailed to all students and this flyer has been posted throughout the high school building.

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ATHLETIC EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK!

Friday, May 13

4:30 PM HS Track at Berrien Springs

4:30 PM JV Softball Home vs. South Haven

5:00 PM JV Baseball Home vs. New Buffalo

6:00 PM Varsity Girls Soccer at New Buffalo


Saturday, May 14

Junior-Senior Prom & Post-Prom


Sunday, May 15

7:00 PM Senior Sunset Gathering at Silver Beach


Monday, May 16

4:30 PM Varsity Baseball at Kalamazoo Central

4:30 PM JV Baseball home vs. Kalamazoo Central

4:30 PM JV Softball home vs. Decatur

5:30 PM Varsity Girls Soccer at Berrien Springs


Tuesday, May 17

4:00 PM Varsity Golf Lawton Match at Lake Cora

4:30 PM Varsity Softball (DH) Home vs. Lawton

4:30 PM Varsity Baseball Senior Night - (DH) Home vs. Lawton

7:00 PM 5 th – 12 th Spring Band Concert and Awards


Wednesday, May 18

2-Hour Early Release, All Buildings

6:00 PM WHS Senior Awards Night

8:30 AM Varsity Golf at Red Arrow Cup Match

3:00 PM Varsity Softball at Fennville

4:45 PM JV Baseball Home vs. Decatur

5:00 PM JV Softball Home vs. Marcellus

6:00 PM Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Marcellus


Thursday, May 19

1 st Grade Muffins in the Morning

4 th Grade Field Trip to Air Zoo

4:30 PM Varsity Baseball at Lawton – single game

4:30 PM JV Baseball Scrimmage at MI Lutheran

5:30 PM JV Softball at Buchanan


Friday, May 20

Young 5s & 2 nd Grade Muffins in the Morning

TBD Varsity Track Regional Meet at Lawton

7:00 PM 8 th Grade Spring Formal

4:30 PM Varsity baseball (DH) at Fennville

4:00 PM JV Softball Home vs. Hartford

7:00 PM JV Softball Home vs. South Haven

5:00 PM Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Covert


Saturday, May 21

7:45 AM Senior Trip to Great America and Medieval Times

10:00 AM Varsity Softball at Bronson Tournament

#18 May 5 Issue Tri-City Record

TEAM WORK… Watervliet's Samantha Dietz scoops up a ground ball while watching a runner as teammate Grace Chisek moves to cover third base. The Panthers won the game against South Haven 10-9 on Friday night, April 29, 2022.

(TCR photo by John Oliphant)

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#18 May 5 Issue Tai-City Record

#18 May 5 Issue

GO! GO! Panther baseball coach Josh Tremblay waves runner Frankie Alfarano around third base to score the first run in their game against South Haven on Friday, April 29. The Panthers would eventually win the game 11-0.

(TCR photo by John Oliphant)

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