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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.

Students and teachers turn to technology to fill educational time

Online platforms already in place enabled this middle school to offer continuing educational opportunities during this unprecedented time off school...

Taking alternate roads to success

A unique classroom option gives struggling students a new way to prepare for high school...

Helping struggling families high priority for school district

The school has opened regular private space for an outreach coordinator from Mel Trotter Ministries to help area students cope with homelessness...

Setting the table for rock star perks

A special rock star lunch table encourages students to obey cafeteria rules at this elementary school...

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...
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Students and teachers turn to technology to fill educational time

Online platforms already in place enabled this middle school to offer continuing educational opportunities during this unprecedented time off school...

Taking alternate roads to success

A unique classroom option gives struggling students a new way to prepare for high school...

Helping struggling families high priority for school district

The school has opened regular private space for an outreach coordinator from Mel Trotter Ministries to help area students cope with homelessness...
Sponsorship