Daily Announcements

Daily announcements are read over our PA at approximately 10:25 each day to our students, then they are posted here by approximately 11 am.  If you’d like to have them emailed directly to your inbox or if you have any general questions or comments regarding announcements, please contact Brenda Marsh at 323-5466.

Click any of these links to read the most recent announcements for that weekday:

Monday 17 February 2020  

PARENTS  Did you know that the Portage Northern Band program hosts a Mattress Sale?  On Saturday February 22nd we will turn the North Middle School commons into a Mattress Store!  Why do we host a Mattress Sale? Simply put nearly 50% of the cost of the mattress you purchase is overhead – marketing, sales, and keeping the lights on.  With this company they are selling the same mattresses, with the same quality service and support – but instead of giving that 50% away, they are giving it to our students in support of a BIG TRIP that we are planning for later this year!  If you know a band family – reach out. They have a coupon for you!

Graduation Yard Signs  Our parent group – PN Parents Compass – is selling personalized graduation yard signs for just $25.  Personalized with your graduate’s name and printed in full color on 18×24 corrugated plastic.  Order deadline March 16, 2020. Only $25 with proceeds helping to fund graduation at Miller Auditorium.   Order yours today! 

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Polar Plunge needs your help.  Stop in any office and donate some spare change to our local Special Olympics activities.  They cannot accomplish their goals without your help, so please consider donating by Friday and this money will be included in the Polar Plunge on Saturday.

SENIORS  Applications for PEF scholarships are open until midnight tonight and there is one that is essay-only and has a VERY low number of applications. Take a look at the Student_Scholarship page on the PPS website, get your essay in today and you might get some free cash for college. 

Lit Mag  It’s time to submit your writing and/or visual art for a chance to be published in our literary magazine, Etched on the Head of a Pin!  You have until Friday March 6 to get your submissions to your English teacher. If you have any questions, see or email Dr. Thorpe.

Japan Travel  The last chance meeting to get involved in the 2021 trip to Japan is Thursday at 6pm in the Art Room.  Bring a parent and get all the details. 

Science Olympiad had a great day of science as the team traveled to the University of Michigan and competed against the best teams in the state.  In a 60 team field, taking 17th place with his 3D printed Gravity-powered vehicle was Seth Paige. 16th place in Write-It-Do-It went to Mairin Boshoven and Olivia Kapenga. Taking 15th place in Forensic Science were Justin Hamlin and Ashika Gullapalli.  And 12th place with the ping-pong ball-launching rocket was Justin Hamiln.  

Bowling  Boys varsity thrashed Portage Central 28-2 to remain unbeaten this season going into conference rolloffs on Saturday. Mandi Daniels also had an excellent 354 set, and Essance Polley shot a fantastic 143.  At the JV Regional the boys finished 10th in team with a 151 Baker game in game 2. In singles. Klay Johnson led the group with a 153-151 and a 404 set. 147 for Gavin Bartlam, 141 for Gavin Kellogg, and Kento Fujihara had a 130 high game.

Hockey Congrats to our hockey team on their 5-3 victory over East Lansing on Saturday.

Golf  the Men’s golf team is looking for some rookies who are interested in playing this coming season.  There’s still time to signup – stop in the athletic office or find Coach Wortinger and talk with him.  

And now, your Black History Month Fact-of-the-Day:

My name is Makayla Bolton  and I’m here with your Black History Month fact of the day. Jerry Lawson pioneered home video gaming in the 1970s by helping create the Fairchild Channel F, the first home video game system with interchangeable games. Lawson is one of the few African-American engineers who worked in computing at the dawn of the video game era.

Tuesday 18 February 2020  

PARENTS  Did you know that the Portage Northern Band program hosts a Mattress Sale?  On Saturday February 22nd we will turn the North Middle School commons into a Mattress Store!  Why do we host a Mattress Sale? Simply put nearly 50% of the cost of the mattress you purchase is overhead – marketing, sales, and keeping the lights on.  With this company they are selling the same mattresses, with the same quality service and support – but instead of giving that 50% away, they are giving it to our students in support of a BIG TRIP that we are planning for later this year!  If you know a band family – reach out. They have a coupon for you!

Graduation Yard Signs  Our parent group – PN Parents Compass – is selling personalized graduation yard signs for just $25.  Personalized with your graduate’s name and printed in full color on 18×24 corrugated plastic.  Order deadline March 16, 2020. Only $25 with proceeds helping to fund graduation at Miller Auditorium.   Order yours today! 

Honor Roll Yard Signs  Let the Northern Light help you showcase your Honor Roll students with a yard sign or car decal.  Yard signs are $15 each, double sided and includes the metal stand. Honor roll car decals are $5 each, sold separately from PN decal which can be purchased from the athletic office.  Contact [email protected]rg with questions or to place an order.

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Students Against Violence Everywhere meeting this Friday 2/21 at 7:15 a.m. in room L.113.  If you are interested in being the “change you wish to see in the world,” plan on showing up and having fun.

Science Olympiad will meet after school on Wednesday in L.118 to get reading for regionals.  If you cannot attend, please see Mrs. Mason.

Smiling Huskies Needed  Tomorrow night is 8th Grade Parent Night.  If you’d like to be a welcoming Huskie in the hallways and earn a couple of hours of community service, please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4da9a72aa1fa7-2020

Polar Plunge needs your help.  Stop in any office and donate some spare change to our local Special Olympics activities.  They cannot accomplish their goals without your help, so please consider donating by Friday and this money will be included in the Polar Plunge on Saturday.

Band Concert  Tonight at 7pm, our bands will perform their Pre-Festival Concert.  Best wishes to them as they show off their competition pieces. This performance is free and everyone is invited.  

Golf  the Men’s golf team is looking for some rookies who are interested in playing this coming season.  There’s still time to signup – stop in the athletic office or find Coach Wortinger and talk with him.  

In Today’s Huskie Athletics:  Men’s basketball teams all play in Three Rivers tonight, and Swimming competes down the road at Loy Norrix.

And now, your Black History Month Fact-of-the-Day:

My name is Jamillah Clark and I’m here with your black history month fact of the day. Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected into the House of Representatives. She was elected in 1968 and represented the state of New York. She broke barriers again 4 years later in 1972 when she was the first major party African-American candidate and the first female candidate for the President of the United States.

Wednesday 19 February 2020  

PARENTS  Mattress Fundraiser is Saturday 10am-5pm – PN Bands will turn the North Middle School Commons into a Mattress Store!  If you’re in the market for a new mattress, come shop and support our students. If you know a band family – reach out – they have a coupon for you.

Honor Roll Yard Signs  Let the Northern Light help you showcase your Honor Roll students with a yard sign or car decal.  Yard signs are $15 each, double sided and includes the metal stand. Honor roll car decals are $5 each, sold separately from PN decal which can be purchased from the athletic office.  Contact [email protected] with questions or to place an order.  

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Students Against Violence Everywhere meets this Friday 2/21 at 7:15 a.m. in room L.113.  If you are interested in being the “change you wish to see in the world,” plan on showing up and having fun.

Science Olympiad will meet after school TODAY in L.118 to get reading for regionals.  If you cannot attend, please see Mrs. Mason.

8th Grade Parent Night helpers, if you signed up, please check your PPS email for details.

SENIORS  You now have just 100 days until graduation!!  Get your 2020 spirit ready and buy up the last few SUPREME class t-shirts for $15. To buy a shirt or check on Senior Star Awards…come by room 2.132.  (Parents, send in a check with your students full name and size and I can have it delivered – email me at [email protected] to check if I have a size available.)  And if you have any questions about the SENIOR STAR AWARDS, see Mrs. Dixon. 

Polar Plunge needs your help.  Stop in any office and donate some spare change to our local Special Olympics activities.  They cannot accomplish their goals without your help, so please consider donating by Friday and this money will be included in the Polar Plunge on Saturday.

Golf  the Men’s golf team is looking for some rookies who are interested in playing this coming season.  There’s still time to signup – stop in the athletic office or find Coach Wortinger and talk with him.  

And now, your Black History Month Fact-of-the-Day:

My name is Bridgett Jones and I’m here with your Black History Month fact of the day. While most people know Michelle Obama as the former first lady, she has achieved a tremendous amount of success outside of that role. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, she is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, former associate dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago as well as the vice president for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a Grammy award winner for her audio recording of her biography, Becoming, which we have right here in our media center.

Thursday 20 February 2020  

PARENTS  Mattress Fundraiser is Saturday 10am-5pm – PN Bands will turn the North Middle School Commons into a Mattress Store!  If you’re in the market for a new mattress, come shop and support our students. If you know a band family – reach out – they have a coupon for you.

Grad Bash 2020 – Euchre Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser  Saturday, March 7th from 6:30-10:30pm at Main St. Pub on West Main in Kalamazoo. Join them for a friendly and fun night of Euchre….and an opportunity to bid on some fabulous silent auction items!   Donation is $20.00 (cash or check) at the door or register on their SignUpGenius early and pay online using the ‘Donate’ link on their Grad Bash web page. Space is limited to 48 players.

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Students Against Violence Everywhere has to be postponed to Wednesday, still at 7:15am in room L.113. So don’t come in early tomorrow – wait until Wednesday.  If you are interested in being the “change you wish to see in the world,” plan on showing up and having fun.

Polar Plunge needs your help.  Stop in any office and donate some spare change to our local Special Olympics activities.  They cannot accomplish their goals without your help, so please consider donating by Friday and this money will be included in the Polar Plunge on Saturday.

Portage Robotics Club  is starting up their new season on March 9 and they have room for a few 9th or 10th graders.  Students can join individually or as a small group of friends interested in working together. Regular weekly meetings are held Monday evenings from 6-8pm in the North Middle cafeteria.  Interested students can stop by their next open build session Monday Feb 24 between 6:30 and 7:30, or email [email protected] for more information.

Japan Travel  The last chance meeting to get involved in the 2021 trip to Japan is Thursday at 6pm in the Art Room.  Bring a parent and get all the details. 

Football  Members of the Conference and District Champion varsity football team can come pick up their district championship commemorative patches at 5:30 Friday in the community rooms just prior to the start of the Portage Central vs Portage Northern varsity basketball games.

Basketball  All three of our men’s teams had wins on Tuesday night:  

Freshman team had a final score of 69-32. Leading the way for the Huskies were Gavion Sheppard with 17 points, 11 Rebounds, and 2 Assist. Also, Turab Alam poured in 13 points, 4 Steals, and 2 Assist. Playing great defense for the Huskies were Harrison Byers with 4 Steals, 4 Rebounds, 5 Points and Wyatt Greer with 4 Steals, 5 Rebounds and 4 Points.

JV men won with a score of 57-33. Kamree Thurmond led the team in scoring with 15 points, Cane Mack added 10 points and 5 rebounds, Jackson Morford scored 8 points, and Xavier Thomas added 8 points and 6 rebounds. Great defense was played by CJ Russell, Jack McDaniel and Carter Batt who took a charge. The JV has now won 5 in a row to bring their record to 8-7.

And rounding out the night of victories was your varsity team with Tyler Amos, Kareem Williams, and Nate Mason leading the way.

In Today’s Huskies Athletics:  Men’s basketball freshman and JV, and women’s freshman basketball play at Portage Central.  Get pumped for tomorrow’s big night of basketball right here in our Igloo when the women’s JV and then both varsity teams take on Portage Central.  Come cheer on your Dawgs! 

And now, your Black History Month Fact-of-the-Day:

My name is Yamari Jett and I’m here with your black history month fact of the day. While the image of most cowboys in Westerns is white, one in four cowboys was actually black!  In fact, the character of the “Lone Ranger” was likely based on an African American man named Bass Reeves. He was born a slave, but escaped West during the Civil War and lived in then-called Indian territory, which was common in the 19th century. 

Friday 21 February 2020  

PARENTS  Mattress Fundraiser is Saturday 10am-5pm – PN Bands will turn the North Middle School Commons into a Mattress Store!  If you’re in the market for a new mattress, come shop and support our students. If you know a band family – reach out – they have a coupon for you.

Grad Bash 2020 – Euchre Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser  Saturday, March 7th from 6:30-10:30pm at Main St. Pub on West Main in Kalamazoo. Join them for a friendly and fun night of Euchre….and an opportunity to bid on some fabulous silent auction items!   Donation is $20.00 (cash or check) at the door or register on their SignUpGenius early and pay online using the ‘Donate’ link on their Grad Bash web page. Space is limited to 48 players.

Honor Roll Yard Signs  Let the Northern Light help you showcase your Honor Roll students with a yard sign or car decal.  Yard signs are $15 each, double sided and includes the metal stand. Honor roll car decals are $5 each, sold separately from PN decal which can be purchased from the athletic office.  Contact [email protected] with questions or to place an order.  

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Sophomores  If you are a 10th grader who wants to do the IB Diploma in 11-12th grade, please sign up in the Counseling office to meet with Mr. Searing and Ms. Smith on Thursday Feb 27 during 6th or 7th hour in the auditorium.

Students Against Violence Everywhere will meet Wednesday  at 7:15am in room L.113. If you are interested in being the “change you wish to see in the world,” plan on showing up and having fun.

Crochet Club  meets Tuesday February 25 after school until 3:30pm in room 3.129.  Stop in for some needlework and fun conversations.

Polar Plunge  Today is the last day to donate some spare change into the orange buckets in any of our offices.  The money will be donated to our local Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Saturday.

Portage Robotics Club  is starting up their new season on March 9 and they have room for a few 9th or 10th graders.  They meet on Monday evenings in the North Middle cafeteria. Check out their next open build on Monday at 6:30 or email [email protected].

Football  Members of the Conference and District Championship varsity football team, stop and pick up your commemorative patch at 5:30 Friday in the community rooms just prior to the start of the Portage Central 

Track and Field Anyone interested in joining the track team this spring – be sure to visit Coach Kaylor’s site to sign up to stay up to date with season information and the schedule.

In Today’s Huskies Athletics:  Get pumped for tonight’s big night of basketball right here in our Igloo when the women’s JV and then both varsity teams take on Portage Central.  Come cheer on your Dawgs! And over the weekend, good luck to our bowling teams as they compete in their next level tournaments, and to our cheer team as they head to Districts at Thornapple Kellogg High School on Saturday starting at 4pm.  Also happening this weekend, hockey plays their last home game of the season, Saturday at 3:30 pm at Wings West. This is a league playoff game so unfortunately season passes are no longer accepted, entry is $5.00 per person.

And now, your Black History Month Fact-of-the-Day:

My name is Maya Daniels and I’m here with your black history month fact of the day. Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave. In 1706, Puritan church leader Cotton Mather received a slave as a gift named Onesimus. Onesimus told Mather about the centuries old tradition of inoculation practiced in Africa. By extracting the material from an infected person and scratching it into the skin of an uninfected person, you could deliberately introduce smallpox to the healthy individual, making them immune. When a smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721 and over 240 people were inoculated, only 2% of inoculated patients died compared to the 15% of people who were not inoculated. Onesimus’ traditional African practice was also used to inoculate American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.