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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

‘100 percent mesmerized by my job-this is what I get to do today’

Making sure each student is recognized and learns life lessons are what matters, said this Cedar Springs teacher...

Meteorologist? Business owner? Investor? Students explore careers

Kent City annually brings in professionals in multiple fields to expose students to future careers and get them thinking about the future...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Figuring out problems, not just learning about them

Third-grade teachers in Sparta, Northview, Kentwood and Wyoming are participating this year in a pilot program that ties Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lessons with lessons in math and literacy...

Passion for dance, hometown values will follow this grad to college and beyond

Coping with loss, yet this graduate heads to college with confidence and hometown values...

Just learn the rules and stay safe

School resource officers demonstrate they are all in for students, even when it comes to offering after school hunting safety courses...

Student team takes suspense film from classroom to the forest

Cedar Springs film students had an opportunity to write and produce their own films for the school’s YouTube channel...

District voters asked to renew 10-year sinking fund

On Tuesday, May 7 the Sparta Area Schools Board of Education will ask voters to renew its 1.25-mill sinking fund for an additional 10 years...

Boating course helps get students ready — safely — for summer fun

In this class, all seventh-graders earn a boating safety certificate, required to drive any watercraft under parent supervision or on own at age of 16...

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...

Expanding early childhood options part of renovation plan

Staff are considering a plan to bring all early childhood programs and services together into a renovated space and increase services to families...

One extra year nets big reward: free college degree

'100 percent happy that I did it.' Middle College grad earned associates degree in half the time, free...

Are you one too? Cool Teachers create ‘something very special’

For two decades, teachers around West Michigan have been honored by WGVU’s “Cool Teacher’ program. Kent City’s Anita Kosak has joined the list...

Take a ‘walk in the woods’ at this elementary school

A fifth-grade teacher’s hobby has transformed the hallways, with a carved woodland creature at nearly every classroom door...

The quest for scientific discovery

New curriculum has students discovering scientific principles on their own before memorizing them...

Getting along, helping out are keys for this born leader

This high school junior takes pride in keeping up her grades, but isn’t limited to classroom excellence...
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‘100 percent mesmerized by my job-this is what I get to do today’

Making sure each student is recognized and learns life lessons are what matters, said this Cedar Springs teacher...

Meteorologist? Business owner? Investor? Students explore careers

Kent City annually brings in professionals in multiple fields to expose students to future careers and get them thinking about the future...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...
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