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10 absence rule pauses for semester 1

10 absence rule pauses for semester 1
November 4, 2020

The feeling of getting a call home saying you weren’t in class, or getting a slip saying you need a certain percentage on the exam to pass, is one of the worst feelings for a highschool student. In the...

Moorsbridge Elementary becomes first Portage school with a documented Covid-19 outbreak

Moorsbridge Elementary becomes first Portage school with a documented Covid-19 outbreak
October 14, 2020

The Portage Public Schools System has been taking precautions to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, but with elementary students back face to face, it was viewed by many as an inevitably that cases would...

PPS Covid-19 data now available for families

PPS Covid-19 data now available for families
October 13, 2020

As of October 12, 2020, to be in compliance with current state guidelines for reporting Covid-19 data in schools, PPS has added a Covid-19 dashboard to their main webpage.  The dashboard is a Google...

Miscommunication about district move to hybrid causes concerns and confusion among shareholders

This illustration was created from a screenshot of the Board meeting in question while District Communications Director Michelle Karpinski read public comments.
October 13, 2020

At 6:30 on the evening of September 28th, community members all across Portage cleared their tabs and readied their screens for the standard bi-monthly Board of Education meeting. The meeting’s first...

Quarantine pet photo challenge winners announced

Quarantine pet photo challenge winners announced
May 8, 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge!                                 Second...

DECA state competition takes place in Detroit

DECA state competition takes place in Detroit
March 20, 2020

The past weekend was an eventful one for members of Portage Northern’s DECA chapter. DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization which promotes and encourages the...

PN United team participates in Polar Plunge together

Freshman Brandon Frick, sophomore Carter Belson, junior Max Zigterman, assistant principal Kelly Hinga, sophomore Ian Luczak, and freshman Xavier Luczak. “I wanted to jump in the freezing cold water and it’s for a good cause,
March 20, 2020

On February 22, the Portage Northern Unified team participated in the Polar Plunge at Bell’s Brewery to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI). Student leader of the Youth Advisory Committee,...

PN to implement social emotional learning dog for students’ mental health

PN to implement social emotional learning dog for students' mental health
March 18, 2020

Anxiety and depression are a major problem for many high school students. Soon, Portage Northern hopes to employ a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) dog to help. “The dog will be at PNHS every day school...

Black history month assembly takes place on 2/27

Black history month assembly takes place on 2/27
March 5, 2020

On February 27th, Empowered Club students presented the school-wide Black History Month assembly in the auditorium.  The program, which featured 35 PN students and was directed by Empowered Club leader...

Parents, students adjust to an education without E squared

Parents, students adjust to an education without E squared
February 12, 2020

This is a follow up to Portage Public Schools to eliminate E-Squared program for gifted and talented elementary students. Almost six months after the new gifted education program has been implemented...

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