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Northview High School Names First Official Poet

A poem about embracing the moment has earned Jessica Swanson an honor for the next school year. The Northview High School junior has been named that school’s first Poet Laureate. She was chosen by English department teachers after AP...

Northview Asks Voters to Maintain Students’ Learning ‘Homes’

The heart and soul of a school is the instruction that goes on inside it. But just like a family's home, a school building needs to be fixed up from time to time. That is what Northview Public Schools are...

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

The Play’s the Thing; So’s the Writing

A lengthy short story from the mind of Eliot King comes to life onstage in a powerful pantomime by Marissa Schutter and Donovan Fletcher. A science-fiction tale written by Hailee Cederquist becomes a humorous domestic skit about channel-surfing by...

‘An Experience I Will Never Forget’ A Jazz Cat’s Account of Music Fest Trip

As a teenager, there are certainly not many reasons that would get me out of bed before 11 a.m. However, when I woke up at 4 on the morning of March 28, I was thrilled to realize that I'd...

Love’s Labor’s Not Lost in Earning This Ph.D.

Her love of teaching Shakespeare led high school English teacher Sheridan Steelman to write a doctoral dissertation on a new way to do just that – and, she hopes, to write a book to help fellow teachers. Steelman planned to...

Students Fashion Recycled Plastic into ArtPrize Entry

Lilly Misner circled around a cascade of about 400 colorful decorations, looking for just the one she had created. “Where’s mine?” the Northview third-grader wondered aloud. “I can’t find mine.” Then she stopped at one particular purple curlicue and cradled...

Gift of 500 Books Stokes Students Love of Reading

Lindsey Tilley was rocking her newborn daughter, Kate, to sleep when she heard the message on her voice mail: She had just been awarded a grant of 500 free books for her high school classroom. For an English teacher always...

Mentor Program Empowers Students and Adults Alike

Gay Van Otteren levels his 85-year-old eyes directly at you and then says this: “The greatest gift that you can give to one another is your rapt attention to their very existence.” The room grows quiet. Heads nod in agreement. And the beautiful...

Music Inspired by Favorite Children’s Books a Big Hit

Students from all three Northview elementary schools got to hear stories in song form thanks to Emily Arrow, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee who creates songs from well-loved children's books. The nationally known artist performed three daytime concerts aimed at...

Thomas to Help Lead College Board Region

Northview High School Principal Mark Thomas has been named chair-elect of the College Board's Midwestern Regional Office. His election at the Midwest Regional Forum in Indianapolis means Thomas will serve one year as chair-elect, a second year as chair...

Souls Taken by the Lake Remembered in Word and Song

Michaella Barton didn’t know much about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald before she joined the cast of “Ten November,” a musical dramatization of the legendary Nov. 10, 1975 shipwreck. She does now – and feels the tragedy in...

Northview’s New Guy Starts Year Seeing ‘Potential and Promise’

It’s almost 7:30 a.m. on the first day of school at Northview High School, and students are buzzing around the warm and muggy front hall: opening their lockers, chatting and laughing, comparing their schedules and checking their phones. Scott Korpak...

Special Ed Student Efforts Underwrite Free Family Stays at Ronald McDonald House

Taking a tour of Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, eight high school students were knocked out by the recreation room. “Oh, nice!” one of them exclaimed as they stepped into the room outfitted with a pool table, foosball table...

Make Art, Then Prosper

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked, “You drew these from figures...

From Victim to Advocate: Student Raises Funds, Awareness for Child Abuse Agency

What a night it was. Cascades of glittering lights. Gorgeous gowns and snappy suits. Fine sculpted centerpieces on the tables. And two talented teens dancing elegantly as more than 200 guests watched. The teens were Alicia Monteith and her brother,...
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