Daily Announcements

Our daily Huskie Headlines will be send to all of our parents/guardians as well as all our students via Skyward in the afternoon each school day. If you have any general questions or comments regarding announcements, please contact Brenda Marsh at [email protected] or 323-5466.

The Headlines will also be posted here each day, so you can find the most recent week’s info here:

Monday April 19

PARENTS:  Academic Awards are coming up on Thursday April 29.  If you received a letter inviting your student, watch your mail for more details and tickets. Note the ceremonies begin as follows but virtual students need to arrive at the auditorium 15 minutes early:  11th grade ceremony begins at 9:30am, 10th grade at 10:30am, 9th grade at 1pm.  Senior awards begins at 6pm.  We do need a few parent volunteers at each ceremony, so please consider signing up for a different grade than that of your student – check this SignUpGenius for details.

Autism Acceptance and Arab American Heritage Month

This is Max Hinga with today’s Autism Acceptance Month fact of the day.  More than half of children with autism are bullied at some point in their lives, and twice more compared to their peers who don’t have a disability . More than half of bullying is also stopped when a peer intervenes showing the importance of not only autism awareness but also autism acceptance.  Contact me for information about Portage Northern Special Olympics Unified Team.

SAT Test Makeup Dates We will offer makeup testing for Juniors to take the SAT on April 27 and/or Workkeys on April 28.  This for those who were not able to attend this past week.  Complete this form for the SAT and this form for the WorkkeysDeadline to sign up for these makeup dates is April 20 at 3pm.

PSAT Test Makeup  If your 9th or 10th grade student was ill or quarantined during the PSAT testing time and your family wishes to have the student take the test, please contact Mrs. Mein at: [email protected] for more information.

Interact Club will meet virtually this Thursday from 3-4pm. We will share about spring volunteer events, as well as our annual schoolwide $2-gether for Tuleeni fundraiser. Join us on Thursday through the Interact Google Classroom (code: nxypxjp).

CTE Students  Students that are enrolled in a CTE program next fall can pick up their course packets in the Main Entrance Vestibule starting Monday, April 19.  These packets contain critical information that you will need in order to take the class, including information on the required orientation meetings that are being held this spring.  So, please stop in to pick up that information as soon as possible!  Look for the packet with your name in the top right corner.

SENIORS  Huskie Senior Celebration  Games and activities, senior swag bags, and FUN with your friends! Dress for casual outdoor shenanigans.  Tickets will be on sale during lunches in the Lower Commons Mon-Thurs this week for $10.00. Virtual students are welcome to stop in and get theirs. They will also be sold on Friday in the main office from Mrs. Brotebeck from 12:30-3:30 for $10.00. Otherwise they are $15.00 at the event.  Don’t miss this on-site outdoor class party Saturday April 24.

Forensics Regionals  Portage Northern Forensics competed in the Regional tournament this past weekend! The entire team will be advancing to States on April 29th and Northern took home FOUR 1st place spots!!!  Congrats to CHAMPIONS Liam Fagan and Mia Pellegrini in Duo, Arianna Coleman in Prose, Annabelle Bartz in Prose 9/10, and Abby Kamm in Storytelling.  The team will be hosting an outdoor evening performance on May 14th from 4:30 – 6:30.  More info to come.

WMU Admissions is hosting a virtual trivia night TONIGHT Monday, April 19 from 6-7pm for local seniors to celebrate the end of the school year with a night of virtual trivia, fun, and conversation. Students will be able to collect points throughout the night, and at the end, one person will be crowned the winner. RSVP ahead of time at https://s.visitdays.com/wmich/ci/wjkzqvzvtj.  Any questions, contact Cal Kreiner, Western Michigan University – Admissions at 387-2000.

 

Huskie Athletics

Men’s Lacrosse  On Thursday, the Huskies of Northern travelled to the putrid den of the Pennfield Panthers.  Northern were engaged in a donnybrook slugfest and put together a 19-5 victory.  Scoring for the Huskies came from ten different players and were led by Squints Bravata with 4 goals and 2 assists.  Also contributing were Carter “Batman” Batts with 2 goals and 2 assists, Tristian “Freight Train” Johnson with 4 goals, Abram “Rosie” Roseboom with 2 goals and an assist, Camden “Lucky Charm” Luyckx with a goal, “Big Ben” Torrence with 2 goals and 4 GBs, TJ “Touchdown” Coon with 1 goal and 2 assists, Matteo “Hold the Mayo” Brosco with a snipe and 6 GBs, Ryan Gillen 2 goals, and Gage Witt with an assist.  Also providing solid minutes for the Huskies were Trevor Horobik, Kevin Lepage, and Robby Lennon.  Providing the backbone of the defense, netminder Tony “Don’t Call Me Troy” Valade, was solid between the pipes.

Tuesday April 20

PARENTS

Grad Bash Meeting  TONIGHT 6:30pm at Revel & Roll or virtually here.  Any senior parents are welcome to join.

Senior Yard Signs are in!  The first pick up day will be this Thursday, April 22 from 5-7pm in the parking lot by the main office.

Academic Awards are coming up on Thursday April 29. Can you help?  Check this SignUpGenius for details.

Autism Acceptance and Arab American Heritage Month

This is Makayla Bolton with our Arab American History Month fact of the day. Arab Americans are one of the most successful entrepreneurial groups in the US. 64% of Arab Americans who are self-employed have an incorporated business, compared to just 27% of other entrepreneurs. Close to 80% of these independent business owners also have an advanced college degree, compared to 55% of other entrepreneurs.

Science Olympiad will meet online TODAY after school.

Interact Club will meet virtually TOMORROW Thursday from 3-4pm. We will share about spring volunteer events, as well as our annual schoolwide $2-gether for Tuleeni fundraiser. Join us on Thursday through the Interact Google Classroom (code: nxypxjp).

Testing Updates:  MSTEP for Juniors  This Friday will be the M-step test for Juniors testing in Science and Social Studies.  If you plan on attending the testing Session, testing will begin promptly at 7:40.  Please bring your full-charged Chromebook, Student ID and calculator if you wish.  We anticipate an end time of 10:15.  And AP Testing: Find the instructions here. We suggest downloading the app now to practice with it ahead of time.

SENIORS  Huskie Senior Celebration  Games and activities, senior swag bags, and FUN with your friends! Dress for casual outdoor shenanigans.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate.  On sale during lunches in the Lower Commons Mon-Thurs this week for $10.00 (virtual students are welcome to stop in) or on Friday in the main office 12:30-3:30.

SENIORS  The Yearbook is looking for you to submit candid photos from 6th-11th grade for the spring supplement to look back on and remember all the experiences of middle school and high school, since we are so close to graduating. Please submit any by WEDNESDAY, in the Senior Timeline google form.  Contact [email protected] if questions.

Huskie Athletics

Varsity Baseball went 5-1 last week led by an overall great team effort. The team beat Three Rivers twice, Lakeview, Grandville and Ann Arbor Skyline. The team is now 7-3 on the season and plays at home this Thursday vs St Joseph.

Varsity Soccer defeated Mattawan last night, 2-0 with Sophomore Ali French netting both goals in the first half. Senior Jordan Hartman, goalkeeper, had multiple saves to keep the game scoreless in the second half. The girls go into Saturday’s match against Caledonia with a schedule record of 2-1-1.

Portage Women’s Lacrosse had plenty of action last week-end. Big wins on Saturday at Grand Haven’s Play Day with strong victories over Northview 11-1 and Grand Haven 8-1. Great Job Ladies!!  Bundle up and JOIN them TONIGHT at Husky Stadium where both JV & Varsity will give their all!  5:30pm for JV vs Rockford and Varsity vs. Vicksburg at 7:00pm Wednesday night, April 21, we’re away at Mattawan. JV at 5:30pm; Varsity at 7:00pm

Wednesday April 21

PARENTS

Senior Yard Signs are in!  The first pick up day will be TOMORROW Thursday, April 22 from 5-7pm in the parking lot by the main office.

Academic Awards are coming up on Thursday April 29. Can you help?  Check this SignUpGenius for details.

Autism Acceptance and Arab American Heritage Month

This is Max Hinga with today’s Autism Acceptance Month fact of the day. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) helps students with disabilities from Pre-K through High School get the services they need. If they get into a post-secondary program, they lose their IEP and instead have to advocate for their accommodations through whats called, Reasonable Accommodations.   The majority of scholarships available for individuals with autism for post-secondary programs are for those with physical disabilities. Programs such as KFM Making a Difference are offering scholarships for those with autism to help bring about the change.  Contact me for information about Portage Northern Special Olympics Unified Team.

Interact Club will meet virtually TOMORROW Thursday from 3-4pm. We will share about spring volunteer events, as well as our annual schoolwide $2-gether for Tuleeni fundraiser. Join us on Thursday through the Interact Google Classroom (code: nxypxjp).

SENIORS  Since you’ve missed out on so much Senior stuff, the prom committee set up a fun Huskie Senior Celebration for Saturday, promising a good time … BUT ticket sales are not where we need them to be in order to pull this off.  Procrastination may seem okay in the moment, but we would hate to cancel this and then hear “but I was gonna come get a ticket!!”.  Tickets are available today and tomorrow from 11:30-1pm in the lower commons for just ten dollars.  If you are virtual, come on over and get yours. If you are virtual and cannot get to school during the day to get a ticket, email Mrs Hinga right now and she will work with you on getting your ticket in advance.  Come on, take a chance Huskies – this is going to be a blast!!

SENIORS  The Yearbook is looking for you to submit candid photos from 6th-11th grade for the spring supplement to look back on and remember all the experiences of middle school and high school, since we are so close to graduating. Please submit any by TODAY Wednesday in the Senior Timeline google form.  Contact [email protected] if questions.

PSAT Test Makeup  If your 9th or 10th grade student was ill or quarantined during the PSAT testing time and your family wishes to have the student take the test, please contact Mrs. Mein at: [email protected] for more information by Thursday April 22nd at 3pm.

MSTEP for Juniors  This Friday will be the M-step test for Juniors testing in Science and Social Studies.  If you plan on attending the testing Session, testing will begin promptly at 7:40.  Please bring your full-charged Chromebook, Student ID and calculator if you wish.  We anticipate an end time of 10:15.

CTE Students  Students that are enrolled in a CTE program next fall, pick up your course packet in the Main Entrance Vestibule.  These contain critical details including the required orientation meetings that are being held this spring.  Look for the packet with your name in the top right corner.

Thursday April 22

PARENTS:  Senior Yard Signs pick up is TONIGHT April 22 from 5-7pm in the parking lot by the main office.  If you ordered for your senior, come and get yours!

Autism Acceptance and Arab American Heritage Month

This is Makayla Bolton with our Arab American History Month fact of the day. Did you know that ⅓ of all Arab Americans reside in just three states? Those states are California, New York, and Michigan. Dearborn, MI and surrounding areas have a strong Arab American community, and the city is also home to the Arab American National Museum.

Huskie Senior Celebration scheduled for Saturday is cancelled – if you already purchased a ticket, Mrs Hinga will be issuing full refunds.  We will work towards some other ideas for a spring celebration for the Class of 2021.

Interact Club will meet virtually TODAY Thursday from 3-4pm. Join their Google Classroom code: nxypxjp.

MSTEP for Juniors  TOMORROW is the M-step test for Juniors testing in Science and Social Studies.  If you plan on attending the testing Session, testing will begin promptly at 7:40.  Please bring your mask, fully-charged Chromebook, Student ID and calculator if you wish.  We anticipate an end time of 10:15.

PSAT Test Makeup  If your 9th or 10th grade student was ill or quarantined during the PSAT testing time and your family wishes to have the student take the test, please contact Mrs. Mein at: [email protected] for more information by TODAY Thursday April 22nd at 3pm.

Congratulations!  The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association (MOSPA) just announced that  Culinary Arts student, Mame Seck, was awarded the MOSPA 2021 Outstanding Secondary Student Award. Hayley Ennest from the CTE Culinary Arts program nominated Mame for the award, which honors the  perseverance, personal growth, and exemplary achievement of one CTE student each year. Mame will be recognized at the virtual MOSPA state conference on May 7th. Way to go Mame!!  #PACKstrong

Portage Women’s Lacrosse Varsity Team was on fire this week, despite the frigid weather, beating Vicksburg at home on Tuesday 24-2 and defeating Mattawan on Thursday 19-2. Mark your calendar for next week Friday when we play Grandville at home in Huskie Stadium!

Students/Staff of the Month!  Each month each department nominates a student that shows exemplary Huskie pride and hard work, and our students have the opportunity to select a staff member. Here are those students and staff member for March 2021:

Seniors Olivia Bagley, Makayla Bolton, Jamillah Clark, Lia Dittenbir and Kellie Miles,

Junior Tai Tran, Sophomores Donte’ Anderson, Colin Carlson and Minaleah Koffron,

Freshmen Ja’Nyah Burton and Kazuma David, and Staff of the Month, Mr. Olsen.

Check out a few of them with fun gifts and a certificate of recognition.

Friday – no announcements