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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

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...

District gets good start on long-term strategic planning

Following community input, leaders begin prioritizing improvement plans for school district...

Third-grade artists invited to create new installation

Third-grade artists bring district themes, such as “reaching for the stars” to life on canvases headed for administration building...

School events ‘go live’ thanks to pair of juniors

Thanks to the innovation and initiative of two high school computer students, others can now take a class in producing live-feed video...

Athletes, civic group support district readers

A recent book drive and pancake supper took in books and funds to help stock elementary library shelves...

A new start for New Beginnings

New space, new options, ongoing support for students at New Beginnings High School...

From trash talk to recycling action

Kent City science classes make sure everything that can be recycled or composted gets to the proper place...

District named to AP honor roll for second time

Sparta Area Schools has been named to the ninth Annual AP ® District Honor Roll. The district is one of only 373 in the U.S. and Canada named by the College Board to the honor roll...

A recipe for celebrating hometown memories

Elementary students honor former Sparta students with hometown greetings and goodies for the holidays...

Map-making a fun way to learn about Michigan

Third-graders learn about their Mitten State creating their own Michigan maps...

School resource officer wants to make personal connections

A student’s article about the school’s new resource officer, which originally appeared in the school news publication, 'Bell Ringer'...

Students flock to teaching cadet program, but remain unsure about education careers

Teacher cadet program places high school students in classrooms to learn hands on skills, in Sparta...

Dogs: best friend, great listeners

Students bolster reading time by sharing stories with furry friends from West Michigan Therapy Dogs...
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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...
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