The Northern Light

Virtual learners experience school at home and in-building

Senior Rachel Church completes her virtual learning in the school building from the media center.

Natalie Grinder, Digital Media Editor

September 25, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year has had quite a unique start. With the pandemic still underway, PPS students found themselves learning virtually either from their own homes or from designated learning spaces in school (with masks and social distancing protocols in place).  There are many differences between the two c...

The physical and mental effects of online learning

The physical and mental effects of online learning

Astrid Code and Dra'Noscha Jett

September 14, 2020

Online school has forced students, parents, and teachers alike to make a tremendous change in their daily routine. Although logistically, video calls work well to replace each period of classes, they have a large effect on students’ mental and physical health.  Nationwide, 29% of parents that were studied...

Students adjust to online learning

Google Drive folders are replacing traditional notebooks and binders in 2020's virtual learning environment.

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

With the new school year starting, students are figuring out ways to adjust to online learning. PNHS students have the option to do online learning in the building or at home. Whether the students are in the building getting help or just doing it in the comfort of their own home, they’ve had to do s...

The history of the five main instrument groups

The history of the five main instrument groups

Kai Pennington, Staff Writer

June 12, 2020

 Music has a huge place in society. From wind, brass, string, keyboard and percussion, instruments have made music what it is today. Many tend to overlook the progression of instruments through history. Wind Instruments can be found in early prehistoric times with cave drawings reflecting a variety o...

Types of masks and the safest way to wear them

Types of masks and the safest way to wear them

Natalie Grinder, Associate Digital Media Manager

June 9, 2020

During the pandemic most stores are requiring or recommending masks to be worn to protect themselves and others from the virus. The three main types of mask are medical masks, single layered masks, and a double layered mask. According to the CDC, medical masks are to be used by hospitals only. Masks f...

Learning together: district commits to cultural responsiveness after controversial online learning assignment

An air of tension surrounds Portage Public Schools after the assignment.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

May 11, 2020

It was 9:15 on the morning of April 23rd, and eighth grade Portage North Middle School student Pablo Fraga was ready to return to a new kind of normal with his online history assignment. The content that awaited him, however, was anything but.  “I read the questions through and they disgusted me,...

Saying goodbye to my senior season

Before every game, the team gets together and everyone high fives each other, which we call the “five finger discount.” This picture is from the state championship game, the last Huskie baseball game for both the 5 seniors and 12 juniors on the team.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

April 6, 2020

The effects of being self deprecating

The effects of being self deprecating

Lucy Madelung, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Humor. It’s used to make people laugh, make people feel better about their day, and most importantly, it attracts people. In a world where big personalities thrive, however, the wit that goes along with it may be at the person's expense. Teenagers in today's society are plagued with the thought th...

PN marching ensembles take their talents indoor

PN marching ensembles take their talents indoor

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

While most people associate the marching band with Fall, many of its members are hard at work in the winter, too. PNHS has three winter ensembles: the Portage Northern Winter Guard, Cyclone Winds and Portage Northern Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  The groups have been hard at work to make the shows thus ...

Divided by time: generations reflect on the defining qualities between age groups

It's hard navigating the generation divide- here's what that means

Kylie Clifton, Arushi Mithal, and Lucy Madelung

March 27, 2020

Laughter pours in at the dinner table at a family reunion. Surrounded by familiar faces,  a breathtaking aroma of food drizzles in. In the midst of all this warmth, iPhones buzz and chime from people’s pockets. Some people choose to ignore it, others cannot resist the temptation of checking thenotif...

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Microscopic view of Coronavirus, a pathogen that attacks the respiratory tract.

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 26, 2020

What Happened? On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the monumental decision to close all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 6th as a way to combat the spread of Covid-19. That would be the first day of Spring Break for Portage students, which made their return date April 13th: a fu...

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