Willowcreek Roundup – Fall 2013

Things were pretty busy this month at the ‘Creek! There were lots of fun filled activities during the Month of October, check it out:

Earlier in the month the 7th and 8th graders had a Dance sponsored by the Special Education Department. The theme was the “Mustache Dance”. Mustaches were available for purchase along with fall treats like donuts and cider, along with a picture taking opportunity. Entertainment Express provided the DJ service and all who attended had a Mustachistic Time!

Willowcreek was also treated to a convocation by the Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company from Arizona. They demonstrated traditional Mexican Dances while donning traditional dance costumes. The dancers were in town to perform for the annual Folklorico program held at PHS which was presented by the Portage based dance group Folklorico Tapatio of NWI. The 6th graders at Willowcreek were studying a unit in culture in Social Studies that related to the performance.

Willowcreek and Fegely hosted the Lake Porter Conference Cross Country Meet at Woodland Park. Runners from 8 different conference schools competed for championship awards.

Mr. Swindle was excited that, “The team worked hard throughout the season and ran their best at Conference. That’s all any coach could ask for!”

The 6th grade girls were Rensselaer Invite Champs, 2nd in the Willowcreek Invite and 2nd in Conference finishing with an 8-1 record. The 6th grade boys were 7th at conference with a 4-5 record. The 7th grade girls were 5th in conference with a 6-4 record. Boys were 3rd in conference with a 7-3 record. The 8th grade the girls were 4th in conference with a 5-5 record and the 8th grade boys were 4th as well at conference with a 7-3 record.

“It was a great finish to a great season,”  coach Swindle stated. “Running your best at the end of the year in the biggest race of the year is what we strive for and these kids did exactly that.”

The “A” Football team wrapped up their season with a record of 7-1 which took 2nd place honors in the Conference.

Coach Haupt stated, “Highlights of the year consisted of wins over rival Valparaiso Ben Franklin by a score of 22-18 and defeating crosstown rival Fegely on the High School Varsity field by a score of 24-8.”

The “B” Football team ended their season on a positive note.

Coach Smith states, “For many of the players this was their first experience on a school team and we had no quitters. It was an eye-opener for many of them and it’s not as easy as it looks on TV.”

Their record was 4 -3-1 and ended their season by winning their last two games.

“Both the 7th and 8th grade Lady Braves finished strong for the 2013 season,” Stated coach Scheuer. “The “B” team ended their season as Porter County Conference Runners up.”

The “A” team finished with an 8-4 record and lost to a tough Taft team in the first round at Conference. The team is capping off their season with a field trip to Valparaiso University to see the Lady Crusaders Collegiate Volleyball play on the 8th.

The National Junior Honor Society sponsored their Gruesomely Spooktacular -Haunted Courtyard. For a small fee students and their families were able to come and check out the spooked up gym. Awesome decorations, treats and costumes were found anywhere you looked. Everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The Student Body also gathered baby food for their part in the drive to help out the Portage Food Pantry.

“The pantry is in need of items that typically do not get donated, or they run out of quickly. We are provided with a list and this year chose to gather baby food to demonstrate our critical value of compassion,” stated Mrs. Stewart adding that, “I am proud of the effort Willowcreek demonstrated in this effort, donating over 1500 items!”

The Justice League had the largest donation accounting for over 600 items and earned themselves an after school pizza and movie date.

You may already know that the Willowcreek Braves also held their school fundraiser during October. We did a booklet type of sale and we would like to thank all the students/parents and community that supported this effort. The money raised from this fundraiser helps fund the end of year picnic and a much needed sound system to use for activities in the gyms, outdoors and other various activities around the school. Also, we will utilize some of the funds for a school beautification project.

Coat donations are being accepted at this time. The coats will be cleaned by Dres-Well cleaners and will be collected thru Nov. 15th. Clean out your closets and send in a coat that can help keep someone warm this winter.

Stay tuned for more updates at the ‘creek!

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