The Northern Light

A mother, a teacher, an entrepreneur: getting to know Daniall Poulsen through a different lens

Poulsen took this photo for her profile for a Kalamazoo photography group.
December 31, 2020

When walking into room L.114, the students and teachers of Portage Northern may think they know exactly who they’re about to run into. They’re about to run into a science teacher… right? Upon...

“Overall, everyone just wants to be included”: creating safe spaces and increasing representation and inclusivity for LGBTQ students

Ileana Oeschger, a freshman at Kalamazoo College, has developed a website showcasing art by queer youth in Michigan and advocating for more LGBTQ+ inclusion in Michigan’s curriculum.
December 18, 2020

Ileana Oeschger, a freshman at Kalamazoo College, has developed a website showcasing art by queer youth in Michigan and advocating for more LGBTQ+ inclusion in Michigan’s curriculum. Oeschger started...

Too real to laugh: Saturday Night Live romanticizes political chaos

 To laugh or to fear? As society flocks to laughter instead of fearing the worst, it begs the question, “Are we a part of the problem?”
November 4, 2020

I’m 17 years old, and I don’t like politics.  Yet here I am, deciding that my free time is best spent campaigning, phone-banking, knocking on doors, advocating for human rights, calling out ignorance,...

Class of 2019 grad KBeaZy produces Billboard #1 hit

KBeaZy is pictured in his natural environment for his Genius profile. It reads,
November 3, 2020

If the name Keegan Bach doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a chance you just don’t know who he is. There’s also a chance that you know him by the same name that most of the world does: KBeaZy....

Undefeated: the class of 2021 wins their fourth Powderpuff game

Undefeated: the class of 2021 wins their fourth Powderpuff game
November 3, 2020

The pressure was on for this year's senior class of 2021 to keep their winning streak for powderpuff going. They won last year by a measly four yards and the scoreboard reading zero to zero. This achievement...

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...

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

An air of tension surrounds Portage Public Schools after the assignment.
October 2, 2020

It was 9:15 on the morning of September 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...

Virtual learners experience school at home and in-building

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

Students adjust to online learning

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

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

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

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