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Janice Holst

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Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She 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 enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

Breadstick boy, Ripcord rider and now athlete and administrator

The new Kent City High School and Middle School principal is Jordan Stuhan. He replaces Bill Crane, who moved to the position of assistant superintendent of business and administrative services...

Open spaces key to new middle school

The new building is designed for collaborative learning but its unique open spaces can be utilized for increased social distancing demands during the pandemic...

No Big Splash This Year

Despite a return to in-person learning this fall, the Board of Education has decided the Kent City High School pool will remain closed indefinitely...

Families need to choose either full-time virtual or in-school learning

The Sparta reopening plan is an either-or proposition between face-to-face instruction or virtual learning...

Most Kent City students heading back to classrooms this fall, but will wait until 9-8

Kent City Community Schools will open school as scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with primarily face-to-face education, offering a virtual option for families who prefer to keep children home...

When school hits the road

When the pandemic closed school buildings, the summer education program for migrant families brought learning to migrant housing camps...

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Sparta High School senior credited with multiple advances in school’s technology programming...

Making school from home work for everyone

Districts scrambled to aid families with connectivity and tech support from March to the end of the school year...

Pedals to the metal for learning’s sake

Motivation to finish the school year strong was boosted by giveaways of bicycles and other prizes...

Taking a musical trip, all the way to California

Musical theater student gets the nod to play at the 2021 Rose Bowl, selected to play with Bands of America Honors Band...

Parade of graduates

Seniors from Sparta High School were honored by the community on May 29 with their own graduation parade...

Food service director leads by loading students up with nutritious foods

With two decades of experience in the school kitchens, this food director continues to find ways to feed the community she loves...

Learning about home, at home

A piece of area history through the eyes of an eighth grader who, via an optional enrichment class exercise, produced a photo essay on her family’s home...

Athletes Stay in Shape During Time Off School

An at-home athletic training program helps keep all students on the go during the school shutdown...

Food, farming, science come together in mobile lessons

FARM lab is the brainchild of a group of farmers working with 26 Michigan county farm bureaus, spearheaded by local dairy farmer Renee McCauley...

Student writers, we want to hear from you

Budding journalists, poets and writers of all genres, now is the time for sharing your work on our many School News Network platforms...
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