Sturgis moves to Wolverine Conference

August 15, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education voted this week to endorse the district’s move to the Wolverine Conference.

The decision means Sturgis High School will join Three Rivers and 10 other schools in the 12-member league starting in the 2014-15 academic year.

With about 3,300 students, Sturgis Public Schools will be the largest in the all-Class-B conference.

Sturgis to join league

August 5, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers High School will have a neighboring rival in its league in the 2014-15 school year, as Sturgis Public Schools is expected to join the Wolverine Conference.

An invitation requesting St. Joseph County’s largest school district to join the league was extended by conference officials late last week. Sturgis school officials have indicated they intend to accept the offer, and approval by their board of education is the final formality needed.

The addition of the Trojans would make the league an all-Class-B conference and even it out with 12 members.

Sturgis will replace Comstock, which is departing the league after the 2013-14 academic year.

Cheer-team takes first place

July 30, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two cheer-team squads from Three Rivers had a successful experience in a national competition last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.

Caroline Goodall, coach for the Three Rivers Young Champions Cheer team, said its 21-person Division 4 team took first place in the national championship round Saturday.

Meanwhile, its 27-member Division 5 team took second place in the nation. The age range between the two teams is 8 through 16 years.

Goodall said the feat marked the first time both divisions qualified for Cheer Nationals.

TR tennis court reconstruction underway

June 25, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Reconstruction of the tennis courts at Three Rivers High School is underway, as Southern Michigan Bank & Trust has been selected to provide the loan for the project.

In action at last week’s Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education meeting, members adopted a resolution for an installment purchase agreement with SMB&T for a loan in excess of $550,000.

Homer-based Quality Asphalt Paving was awarded the bid.

The financing agreement is for a period not to exceed 10 years with annual principal and interest payments beginning at the end of July.

Dorothy Woodbury, district financial supervisor, reported that five banks participated in bidding on the loan, with interest rates ranging from the 2.49 percent offered by SMB&T to 4.14 percent.

The project is slated to be substantially complete by mid-August, district officials said.

Chief mascot is safe

June 14, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Chiefs mascot in White Pigeon appears to be safe following a federal decision to dismiss a case in which the use of Native American names and images would be banned in 35 Michigan school districts.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights had sought the ban, which would have included White Pigeon’s use of Chiefs as the school mascot.

The federal order to drop the case was made based on the opinion that the use of Native American names and images do not cause harm to students in the districts where they are used.

White Pigeon school officials said they were aware of the February complaint. They said the Chiefs mascot is used as a tribute to Chief Wahbememe, and is embraced and respected in a positive manner.

Sturgis may join league

June 5, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis Public Schools athletics director Mark Adams said the district is expressing an interest in joining the Wolverine Conference athletic league.

Although the concept is in its infancy, Adams said Sturgis is aware the conference is interested in adding at least one other team, with the impending departure of Comstock. A Wolverine Conference meeting is expected to take place next week and the issue of what school might fill Comstock’s void – or whether to add at least three more teams – will likely be discussed.

Adams said Sturgis has sent a letter of interest to Wolverine Conference officials, but he reiterated the idea has a way to go.

The Wolverine Conference includes similar-sized schools as Sturgis, and features Three Rivers, Vicksburg and Paw Paw.

Sturgis is currently a member of the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference.

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