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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 or email Janice.

Five districts win tax approvals, one weathers defeat

Five Kent ISD school districts are breathing easier following voter approval of tax requests in Tuesday's election, but one, Cedar Springs, is weighing options after its proposed bond issue was defeated...

‘Their absolute best’

After a nearly flawless season, the Kent City High School Marching Band brought home the school’s first state championship, while the Rockford Marching Band won top honors for the third straight year...

From tiny houses to camping utensils & personal phone cases, they can design it

A grant from the education foundation to purchase a 3D printer made a design class possible at the middle school...

‘Doing art well is what matters’

A young artist took home a national award and has pledged to put his winnings toward his family’s future home...

Never too early to learn ways to stay safe

Kent City Community Schools recently expanded the ongoing OK2SAY programming to include elementary students...

District unveils phone app to connect with community

The district this month launched a phone app, with information for both students and their families as well as the greater Sparta community. More people rely solely on their phones for information, officials say...

By the middle schoolers, for the middle schoolers

Middle school student government is designed to teach about government structure, while representing classmates wants and needs...

Sparta sinking fund renewal on Nov. 5 ballot

Approval means no tax increase, officials say. The bond request approved in 2017 pays for technology needs, they say...

Ninety year-old volunteer is something special

Grandmother has not missed a year of donating supplies and volunteering classroom support in Sparta Schools for nearly two decades...

Classroom activity gets a bit ‘squirrely’ as students head outside to explore

First year pilot STEM program takes all elementary students out of their classrooms to provide experience in important science, technology, engineering and math skills...

‘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...
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Five districts win tax approvals, one weathers defeat

Five Kent ISD school districts are breathing easier following voter approval of tax requests in Tuesday's election, but one, Cedar Springs, is weighing options after its proposed bond issue was defeated...

‘Their absolute best’

After a nearly flawless season, the Kent City High School Marching Band brought home the school’s first state championship, while the Rockford Marching Band won top honors for the third straight year...

From tiny houses to camping utensils & personal phone cases, they can design it

A grant from the education foundation to purchase a 3D printer made a design class possible at the middle school...
Sponsorship