The Northern Light

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.

Kylie Clifton, Astrid Code, Maya Daniels, Sloan Markin, and Bryana Quick

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 hour passed as might have been expected, with routine updates coming to a close with no objections. ...

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...

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...

Let’s embrace online learning for the blessing that it is

Let's embrace online learning for the blessing that it is

Arushi Mithal, Feature Editor

September 14, 2020

This year has been filled with inconveniences. We must simply adapt, accept, and move on. One of the inconveniences students are navigating through is the idea of online classes. It can immediately be said that online classes are burdensome and will never replace the connection within the traditional classroo...

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,...

Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge

Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge

Kellie Miles, Photographer

April 27, 2020

Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge

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

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...

Color is not consent: how St. Patrick’s day can start an important discussion about touching people without permission

Color is not consent: how St. Patrick’s day can start an important discussion about touching people without permission

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 17, 2020

A two sentence horror story: “You’re not wearing green!” A pinching hand reaches towards you, tapping their pointer and thumb together.  Every St. Patrick’s Day, thousands of people across the country scramble to find any sad excuse for green to avoid unwanted touching from their peers. ...

“Yeah, I’m graduating today”: seniors stand in solidarity during threat of COVID-19

Isabel Reid (at left) and Hannah Thomas Perez (at right) pose with their mock-diplomas. Photo courtesy of Hannah Thomas Perez.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 16, 2020

The class of 2020 drudged on through the home stretch, battling senioritis and grinding out a year that felt like it would never end. That is, until everything changed at 11:05 on the night of March 12, when a State of Emergency was declared by Governor Gretchen Whitmer for preventative action toward the COVID-19 virus which cancelled sc...

Huskies hand PC their second loss of the season

Huskies hand PC their second loss of the season

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

February 25, 2020

Portage Northern vs Portage Central Basketball 2020 from Absolute Video on Vimeo. Headed into Friday night’s game, the Portage Central men’s basketball had only lost once. By the time they left the Igloo, their loss column had increased by 1 when the Huskies defeated them in double overti...

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