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Janice Holst

Janice Holst
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Janice Holst has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and is thrilled to spend some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’ — so the children on...

During the first few days of school, students review behaviors expected of them in hallways, lunchrooms, restrooms, playground, classrooms and on the bus...

District seeks funds for safety, technology & general upgrades

The Nov. 5 request is for an extension of the existing 8.25 mill levy. Because the request is for debt retirement extension, property taxes would not increase...

‘All in the Family’ activities feature game shows, scavenger hunts, lip syncs to kick...

Students from freshmen to seniors, divided into families, spend the first few days of school getting to know each other in order to make sure no student feels alone...

District’s new logo: State of the Art – Small Town Heart

The Sparta district strategic plan calls for continued facility improvements, updates in curriculum choice, improved communication with constituents and community and enhanced emphasis on student wellness...

Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...

Students’ planes fly toward summer break

From building robots and coding to exploring the best paper fold for flight patterns, this class helps students explore technology of all kinds...

Students raise funds to bring clean water to Haitian people

A middle school global problems classroom raises funds for Haiti and raise enough for charitable organization to match funds for water filters...

Students speak, district listens

As the district gets closer to completing a new strategic plan, administrators turn their ears to the voices of students...

‘A light that cannot and will not be put out’

Surviving family trauma and housing instability, getting behind on classes, losing beloved grandmothers and becoming a mother did not stop this senior from walking across the graduation stage...

Young leaders leave a literary legacy

Fifth graders did their research, worked with a budget and chose a new collection of books for their school as part of a new library legacy committee...

‘More fun to figure it out’

Teacher Greg Busse worked with the Kent ISD science team to bring the relatively new standards into more classrooms. MiSTAR is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards...

District showcases its ‘great things’ in visit from MDE

Cedar Springs one of five Michigan schools to host visit from state Education Department...

Parents go to school, students learn at home

Parents are Teachers program helps parents find ways to encourage their children’s education outside the classroom...

A little school work, some crafts and a whole lot of listening build a...

Church-based volunteer mentor Miss Judy, from Kid’s Hope, lends an ear and support to a fourth grader named Angel...

From Grief and Recovery to Graduation

This high school senior survived a deadly car accident, determined to re-build his physical strength and graduate with his class...

Science and math fun all month long

A month of special Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities at this school culminated in a special costume presentation of fifth-graders representing a favorite scientist...
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‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’ — so the children on...

During the first few days of school, students review behaviors expected of them in hallways, lunchrooms, restrooms, playground, classrooms and on the bus...

District seeks funds for safety, technology & general upgrades

The Nov. 5 request is for an extension of the existing 8.25 mill levy. Because the request is for debt retirement extension, property taxes would not increase...

‘All in the Family’ activities feature game shows, scavenger hunts, lip syncs to kick...

Students from freshmen to seniors, divided into families, spend the first few days of school getting to know each other in order to make sure no student feels alone...
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