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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 or email Janice.

Come SEA what we are learning

Coral reef activities help accomplish a Great Start Readiness Program goal of learning to predict, observe and record through drawing and writing...

Building relationships that last

The Kids Hope USA mentoring program kicked off this year at Sparta’s upper elementary...

Choose a chair and grab a new book

First year teacher got off to a great start with new classroom seating and new books provided by a Michigan Literacy Grant through Grand Valley State University...

Elected learning

Superintendent Pete Bush and Board of Education member Andy Jensen accompanied the class visit...

For first-year teachers, challenge changes to wow when ‘one thing works’

First-year teachers find challenges and rewards as they rely on Leaders of Tomorrow support from Kent ISD...

Celebrating the holidays with card, treat, gift-making

One thing is for sure - Ridgeview Elementary students will be ready for holiday break. Last week they prepared for the holidays and celebrated with hands-on participation...

Video gaming moves from virtual online to inter-school competitions

A sense of belonging and representing the school is high on educators’ lists when they explain why they are pursuing fielding teams...

Stretch, hold, relax, get ready to learn

A Kent City school social worker uses yoga to help students with emotional challenges face the school day...

Honoring those who served, all year long

For decades Kent City Community Schools has hosted a Veterans Day extravaganza for local veterans, complete with large donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans...

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...
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Come SEA what we are learning

Coral reef activities help accomplish a Great Start Readiness Program goal of learning to predict, observe and record through drawing and writing...

Building relationships that last

The Kids Hope USA mentoring program kicked off this year at Sparta’s upper elementary...

Choose a chair and grab a new book

First year teacher got off to a great start with new classroom seating and new books provided by a Michigan Literacy Grant through Grand Valley State University...
Sponsorship