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Portage Central and Northern students protest earlier start and no teacher contract

Portage Central and Northern students protest earlier start and no teacher contract

Eric Staats, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2014


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This past Thursday, from 7:35-7:45 students from both Portage Northern and Central spoke out against what they feel to be unfair treatment from the Portage Public School's Administration. Holding signs like "Portage students Value Their Teachers," and "Our teachers = Our idols," and shouting cheers of...

New school policies

New school policies

Olivia Cessna, News Editor

October 8, 2014


Filed under All, Local, Opinion

Positives 7:35 Start Time: From a high schooler's point of view, that is 10 minutes less sleep, so of course, they would oppose, but let’s look at the pros, shall we? “In my opinion, it’s not about where the time is placed, its about the added time in the classroom with our teachers inc...

Poppin’ for popcorn: Buttering up the facts about this delicious snack

Poppin’ for popcorn: Buttering up the facts about this delicious snack

Samantha DeBoer, Special to the nl

October 5, 2014


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“There’s a lot of [popcorn day] that they do with the life skills piece which is valuable for them in their courses and life,” says Jim French, the principal of Portage Northern, speaking about the special needs students who run Northern’s famous popcorn Wednesdays. There have been many rumors...

Sleepy students: The new ten minute earlier start time at PNHS

Sleepy students: The new ten minute earlier start time at PNHS

Demi Jensen, Special to the nl

October 5, 2014


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“I honestly thought it was kind of ridiculous,” said Haley Jordan (10). Like Jordan, many students complained when they found out about the new ten minute earlier start time at Portage Northern High School. Though several students thought the change was a way to make up for lost school days, the...

Thinking about the future: PNHS’s post graduation plans

Thinking about the future: PNHS’s post graduation plans

Kayla Park, Special to the nl

September 30, 2014


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“I am extremely stressed out. I don’t like thinking about the future,” says Isla Wilger (12), when asked about the college application process. Nearly every student who comes through Portage Northern must complete this process, which can be difficult to balance on top of an already full load of...

Teacher’s Union Files Legal Action Against District

Teacher’s Union Files Legal Action Against District

Eric Staats, Editor-in-chief

September 22, 2014


Filed under All, Local, News

It is no surprise that most students in the Portage Public Schools District are unhappy with the additional ten minutes added to the school day. But the complaints do not end with having to wake up earlier to go to school, because of a breach in contract, the new start time has lead the teacher’s u...

Link Leaders introduce freshman to the Huskie Way

Link Leaders introduce freshman to the Huskie Way

Staff, Staff Writer

August 29, 2014


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"It was fun. My leaders worked hard to make my first Northern experience significant," said Lucas Luyckx (9). Luyckx is one of the hundreds of freshman who showed up Thursday, August 28 to tour the school, learn some Northern rules and expectations, and meet some Huskies. "I met some of my teachers,...

Kayla Gercak ready to lead Portage Northern

Kayla Gercak ready to lead Portage Northern

Sarah Cornell, Life & Style Editor

June 6, 2014


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“I am excited for next year, it is going to be great,” said Clara Comiskey (11).  With the 2013-2014 school year coming to a close, there is a fair amount to look back upon- from  Friday night football games and homecoming to prom and all kinds of dances. There is a person who participates with...

Meet the New PN Student Senate Officers

Meet the New PN Student Senate Officers

Hannah Teerman, Entertainment Editor

June 6, 2014


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Portage Northern’s new Student Senate Officers will lead the upcoming 2014-2015 school; they all have high hope for their last year of high school not just for their class, but all of the grades. Here is a look at the new leaders.   Vice President: Will Willoughby “When I was a freshman...

Early School Year?

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

June 6, 2014


Filed under All, Local, News

For the past nine years, school has always started after Labor Day, due to a law passed in 2005. As a result of the excessive amount of snow days the district had this year, we may now start before Labor Day. The primary concern has become whether or not students sitting for IB exams in the fall will...

End of the year preview

End of the year preview

Ally Rabe, Sports Editor

April 24, 2014


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As the school year comes to a close, students become overwhelmed with various deadlines, events, competitions, homework, and exams. While the freshmen are happy to move up in the food chain, sophomores start to dread the homework that IB entails, juniors become ecstatic to be the top dogs, and seniors...

Staats’ Statements

Staats’ Statements

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

April 24, 2014


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North Korea has begun firing shots into South Korea. Said Kim Jong Un, “Don’t make fun of my haircut.”   A new survey has shown that more conservatives understand the liberal perspective than do liberals with the conservative perspective. Which makes a lot of sense. I’d find ...

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