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Chief mascot is safe

June 14, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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.

New sod for stadium

May 22, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 40 people played a role in helping lay more than 9,000 yards of sod over the weekend at Sweetland Stadium in Constantine.

The school district’s $100,000 allocation toward the new grass surface covered the entire portion of the stadium’s field, the installation of an in-ground watering system and dirt and seed for two practice football fields, according to Constantine athletic director Mike Messner.

Several members of the school’s varsity football team joined in the work, which started Saturday and concluded Sunday afternoon.

Though sections of the field had been replaced through the years, some of the outlying areas around its perimeter were original from when the field and stadium were created in the 1930s, Messner said.

Newly created team league

May 16, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The four remaining schools from the St. Joseph Valley League athletic conference are expected to join a newly created, 10-team league.

The Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph Conference was announced this week during the Bronson Community Schools Board of Education meeting. The new league, which will include SJV members Centreville, Bronson, White Pigeon and Mendon, will debut in the 2014-15 academic year.

Other members will be New Buffalo and Lake Michigan Catholic from the Red Arrow Conference, and Cassopolis, Buchanan, Bridgman and Niles Brandywine from the Lakeland Conference.

The state of the SJV became jeopardized after Colon, Constantine and Schoolcraft left it in 2008.

Athletic directors from the 10 schools have agreed to split the new conference into east and west divisions.

Sturgis school was in lockdown

April 22, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis High School went into lockdown Thursday as a precautionary measure after a student reported overhearing a possible act of violence.

Superintendent Tom Langdon said the action was employed based on what the student reported to school officials. It prompted what Langdon called a Phase One security measure, considered a low-level threat.

Based on a student’s report to the principal that he or she heard of possible violence, administrators enacted the Phase 1 plan.

Administrators and members of the Sturgis Police Department investigated and determined the threat was unfounded.

Boys receive accolades

March 28, 2013 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Two area high school boys basketball players received state accolades for their performance on the hardwood.

Sturgis junior Chance Stewart, who has already verbally committed to a football scholarship at the University of Wisconsin, was named to the Associated Press Class B, all-state honorable mention team. Stewart averaged 18.5 points a game in leading the Trojans to a 14-9 season record.

Meanwhile, White Pigeon senior Matt Crowl received honorable mention to the Class C, all-state team.

Crowl averaged 12 points a game and was a three-year starter on the Chiefs’ varsity squad.

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