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 Emily Zemlick 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:

September 19

Parents interested in PN Baseball- The first booster club meeting of the year is TONIGHT @ 6 pm in the lower commons/cafeteria area of the high school. All new and returning parents are welcome to attend.

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STUDENTS WHO DRIVE TO SCHOOL: PLEASE be careful when entering and exiting the parking lot and driving through the neighborhood. It is important to be mindful and courteous of our neighbors.

Our Hispanic Heritage Month Fact of the Day is: While many people use Latino(a) and Hispanic interchangeably these two words mean different things. A Hispanic person is someone who comes from, or is a descendant of a Spanish-speaking country. Latino(a) is used when referring to someone who comes from Latin America, or is a descendant from any Latin American country.

A person can be both Hispanic and Latino(a), but not all Latinos are Hispanic. Brazilians, for example, are Latinos, but their native language is not Spanish. Conversely, not all Hispanics are Latino(a). Spaniards are considered Hispanic, but not Latinos, since they are part of the European Union.

We have a new addition to our PACKStrong ticket redemption initiative.. We now have a weekly T-shirt drawing.  Bring your ticket to the 3rd floor office to enter the weekly T-shirt drawing for your choice of a PACKStrong t-shirt in your size.  Sizes Small to 2 XL are available.

College Visits coming to PN! Eastern Michigan Univ TOMORROW at 1pm and Albion College on Wednesday at 9:30am. Both meetings are in the Community Room. Sign ups are in the counseling office! Passes to attend will be sent the day prior to the visit.

Interested in unified sports? Interested in softball? Then join us at our first club meeting on Thursday, 9/22 from 2:45-3:30 in room 3.130. Not sure what unified means? We are a club that promotes equity and acceptance. Come join us!

Do you like anime and manga? Come join the anime club for our first meeting to meet like-minded folks and decide our activities for this year. 2:45- 5:00 in Community Room A on Wednesday the 28th, we will be watching Spirited Away and having snacks. If you want updates and reminders, join our GClassroom with code 6d3px4p or email Ms. Nott.

ATTN ALL STUDENTS/FAMILIES: Photos from our Picture Day are up on the Geskus Site. If your student brought home a card with the QR code on it, scan that and you will see their images. If you don’t have the card, you can contact Geskus by phone at (800) 473-3885 to access your student’s photos. Retakes are scheduled for OCTOBER 4.

Michigan Youth in Government will be meeting TUESDAYS going forward! For those interested in politics, judicial processes, press, and more are all encouraged to stop by room 2.132 after school. Meetings run from 2:45-3:30. All are welcome! Join the classroom with code pmf2xkf to learn more.

The Guild will be meeting on Thursday this week because of the half-day on Friday. It will also be ending at 4:40 instead of 5 this week only.

Hey Students, you have the opportunity to nominate, via this google form, one of our awesome staff members for “Staff Member of the Month.” Each google form enters that staff member into a drawing for “Staff Member of the Month”. The monthly winner is provided an awesome lunch out. Completed forms are given to staff members so they can see the wonderful things shared about them.

Are you interested in traveling to Europe in June 2023? Join us for a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 PM. We will discuss the travel plans, pricing, and more. Use this link to join the Meet! https://meet.google.com/hby-qtto-bbp?authuser=0&hs=122

A BIG HUSKIE SHOUT OUT to the students at the Football game on Friday!  The student section looked great after the game!  Thank you for being PACKStrong and demonstrating why we are Stronger Together.  Keep up the good work!!

Athletics:

Varsity Volleyball won the silver division this weekend at their home tournament. Jordyn Hughes led in blocks with 14 and kills with 35. Kiera Sims added 27 kills, Sydney Bates 24, and Hannah Garrison 23. JeNiah Whitley had a great weekend defensively and scored several points on her serve. Come support the Huskies this Wednesday at home as we take on Portage Central.

Men’s Soccer:  On Saturday, Huskie Men’s Soccer hosted the Huskie Invite. Varsity and JV both ended up 1-1 on the day. Varsity dropped their first game 0-2 to Plainwell, but came back in the afternoon game to top Holland West Ottawa 2-1. The goal scoring connection of Avery Kucharski and Cole Smith was back at it, as they each had a goal and assisted each other! 

JV beat Plainwell in game 1 by a score of 1-0. Melvin Messan scored the lone goal on an assist by John Hughes with just a few minutes left in the game. The team also had a great defensive effort by Nolan Ratliff, Nolan Phillipson, Riley Patterson and John Hughes. GK Josh Freeland earned the shutout. JV dropped a very close game 2 to Holland West Ottawa by a score of 0-1. 

Next up this week – 2 very important SMAC games against Portage Central at home on Tuesday 9/20 and Kalamazoo Central away on Thursday 9/22.

Varsity Football:  Congrats to PN Football as they won their game Friday night against the Maroon Giants of Kalamazoo Central!  The score was PN 63, KC 7.  Varsity Football will be away for the next 2 weeks returning to Huskie Stadium on 10/7 for the Homecoming Game vs Portage Central.  

September 20

Senior Parents:  Thank you parents for coming out to the first Grad Bash Planning meeting, on September 15th. Our next meeting is in October, so watch these announcements. If you want to learn more or have questions please email. [email protected] To join our list of parents/guardians to receive updates https://forms.gle/yZgu3K7ESNsHBmgC9

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Hey Students, you have the opportunity to nominate, via this google form, one of our awesome staff members for “Staff Member of the Month.” Each google form enters that staff member into a drawing for “Staff Member of the Month”. The monthly winner is provided an awesome lunch out. Completed forms are given to staff members so they can see the wonderful things shared about them.

College Visits coming to PN! Albion College will be here TOMORROW at 9:30am in Community Room A. Sign ups are in the counseling office!

Unified Club meets Thursday 9/22 from 2:45-3:30 in room 3130. We are discussing our upcoming unified softball game.

The Guild will be meeting on Thursday this week because of the half-day on Friday. It will also be ending at 4:40 instead of 5 this week only.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fact of the Day: Spanish is the world’s number 2 language. There are almost 500 million Spanish speakers in the world.  As of 2021, these were the top five countries by number of native Spanish-speakers:  Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, United States

Michigan Youth in Government is meeting TODAY from 2:45-3:30 in room 2.132. For those interested in politics, judicial processes, press, and more are all encouraged to stop by after school. All are welcome!

Are you interested in traveling to Europe in June 2023? Join the google meet for a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 PM. We will discuss the travel plans, pricing, and more. 

Hey Seniors…do you need help with Parchment or the Common App? Counselors will be in the media center 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th hours tomorrow, September 21st to help. Please sign up today in the counseling office.

The GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) will meet on Wednesday, Sept 21. We will talk about our $10,000 grant, events for the year, and if there’s time, play some games. All are welcome. Meet us in 3.134 after school until 3:30!

Crochet Club meets on Wednesday, September /21 from 2:45-3:30 in room 3130. All skill levels are welcome.

National Honors Society will hold a brief mandatory meeting after school TODAY in room 3.132. Please come at 2:45 to learn about how to report volunteer hours and some other exciting opportunities. 

Athletics:

PN Women’s Golf:  Last night your husky women’s varsity golf team came in 1st at their SMAC tournament for the third time in a row this season! Three players were in the top 5. KT Leinwand took 1st, Brooke Randall placed 3rd and Zoey Quinn placed 5th. The team was rounded out by Lizzy Rzepka, Jenna Vlietstra, and Lauren Shaman. Come see your huskies at home today at 4:15 at the Kalamazoo County Club as they attempt to win their conference!

PN Women’s Swimming & Diving:  Best of luck tonight as they compete at home against St. Joe at 6pm.  

Men’s Soccer:  Come out and support your Men’s Soccer Huskies tonight at home in a big game against crosstown rival Portage Central! JV kicks off at 5p and Varsity at 6:30p.

PN Men’s Tennis is at home today against Hackett Catholic Central beginning at 4:30pm. Good Luck Huskies!

September 21

Parents/Caregivers are invited to participate in an informational meeting to discuss the hiring of a permanent principal for PN. PPS HR Director, Mr. Brad Galin will be at PN on September 27 in Community Room A at 6pm to walk through the principal hiring process and timeline. After walking through the timeline, you will be invited to respond to a series of questions with individual responses. You also will be asked to identify character traits you would like to see in the new principal. Mr. Galin will end the evening with a Q & A session. Parents/Caregivers interested in attending should fill out this form to RSVP for this meeting.

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Students and Families- PACK ATTACK IS BACK! Please click here for more information on this fun event! PACK ATTACK  is sponsored by Portage Northern Parents Compass. Funds earned are put back into the Portage Northern community.

Juniors: The College Board PSAT/NMSQT is coming up on October 12th. If you are interested in brushing up your skills, there are practice test books available in the counseling office. Please note there will be a late start to our normal schedule on this day. 1st hour will begin at 12:35pm. Lunch will be available in the lower commons at noon.

Unified Club meets TOMORROW from 2:45-3:30 in room 3130. We are discussing our upcoming unified softball game.

ATTN ALL STUDENTS/FAMILIES: Photos from our Picture Day are up on the Geskus Site. If your student brought home a card with the QR code on it, scan that and you will see their images. Retakes are scheduled for OCTOBER 4.

The Guild will be meeting on Thursday this week until 4:40pm because of the half-day on Friday.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fact of the Day: The Pew Research Center says the U.S. Hispanic population is the nation’s second-fastest-growing ethnic group after Asians. The Hispanic population in the U.S. reached a record 62.1 million in 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Hispanics account for 18.7% of the total U.S. population.

Are you interested in traveling to Europe in June 2023? Join the google meet for a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 PM. We will discuss the travel plans, pricing, and more. 

The GSA will meet TODAY. We will talk about our $10,000 grant, events for the year, and if there’s time, play some games. All are welcome. Meet us in 3.134 after school until 3:30!

Crochet Club meets TODAY from 2:45-3:30 in room 3130. All skill levels welcome.

PN College Visits: Tues Sept 27: University of Michigan and Adrian College; Wed Sept 28: Michigan State; Fri Sept 30: Northern Michigan University; Sign up in the counseling office to check the times. Passes are sent the day prior to the visit.

PN Girl’s Basketball:  Attention all girls interested in playing basketball, there will be a quick meeting after school on Thursday in the community room. Anyone who has not turned in a reversible jersey, please bring it on Thursday.

Athletics:

PN Women’s Golf:  Last night your women’s varsity golf team was declared SMAC champions breaking St.Joe’s 10 year winning streak. The team won all 4 SMAC events this season and will be moving on to regionals! KT Leinwand, Zoey Quinn, and Brooke Randall all placed in the top 10. Way to earn that W ladies!

PN Women’s Swimming & Diving: Another close meet for our Huskies last night that once again came down to the last race. Unfortunately we came up just short with a final score Saint Joe 95 – Portage Northern 91. 

We took first place in seven out of the twelve events overall. Meghan Hincher won the 200 yard freestyle. Hannah Williams won the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard breaststroke. Sasha Alles swam a state championship meet qualifying time to win the 100 yard butterfly and followed up with a win in the 100 yard backstroke as well. Way to go Sasha! We also took first in the 200 yard IM relay with the team of Sasha Alles, Hannah Williams, Annie Tran and Ella Nilges as well as a first in the 200 yard freestyle relay with the team of Meghan Hincher, Annie Tran, Logan Hannig and Hannah Williams. 

The team travels to East Grand Rapids for an invitational this Saturday and will be at home again next Tuesday against Portage Central.

Men’s Soccer: Huskie soccer fans! The PN vs PC game was postponed due to lightning last night. The game will be finished tonight with a 5p kickoff. There is NO admission charge for this game. Please come back out support us as we battle our crosstown rivals in a huge SMAC matchup!

PN Volleyball:  Come support volleyball tonight as they take on Portage Central. It’s a Jersey theme and make a sign to support your favorite player or the team. Freshman and JV start at 5:30 and Varsity at 6:30.

September 22

**REMINDER-PA/Video Announcements will not run tomorrow, Sept 23 due to the Half Day.  Please watch your inbox for Friday Huskie Headlines.  Dismissal is at 10:55am.

Parents/Caregivers are invited to participate in an informational meeting to discuss the hiring of a permanent principal for PN. PPS HR Director, Mr. Brad Galin will be at PN on September 27 in Community Room A at 6pm to walk through the principal hiring process and timeline. After walking through the timeline, you will be invited to respond to a series of questions with individual responses. You also will be asked to identify character traits you would like to see in the new principal. Mr. Galin will end the evening with a Q & A session. Parents/Caregivers interested in attending should fill out this form to RSVP for this meeting.

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Are you interested in traveling to Europe in June 2023? Join the google meet for a virtual informational meeting TODAY at 6:00 PM. We will discuss the travel plans, pricing, and more.

Juniors: The College Board PSAT/NMSQT is coming up on October 12th. If you are interested in brushing up your skills, there are practice test books available in the counseling office. Please note there will be a late start to our normal schedule on this day. 1st hour will begin at 12:35pm. Lunch will be available in the lower commons at noon.

PN Girl’s Basketball will have a short meeting after school TODAY for those interested in playing this season.  Please come to Community Room A. Anyone who has not turned in a reversible jersey, please bring it at that time.

Unified Club meets TODAY from 2:45-3:30 in room 3130 to discuss the upcoming unified softball game.

PN College Visits: Tues Sept 27: University of Michigan and Adrian College; Wed Sept 28: Michigan State; Fri Sept 30: Northern Michigan University; Sign up in the counseling office to check the times. Passes are sent the day prior to the visit.

The Guild will be meeting TODAY until 4:40pm.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fact of the Day: Even though Spanish is the official language of most Latin American countries, there are more than 370 languages spoken across Central and South America.

Students and Families– PACK ATTACK IS BACK! Please click here for more information on this fun event!  PACK ATTACK is sponsored by Portage Northern Parents Compass. Funds earned are put back into the Portage Northern community.

Athletics:

PN Men’s Soccer:  Come out and support Huskie Men’s Soccer as they head over to Kalamazoo Central tonight for an important SMAC matchup. JV kicks off at 5:00p and Varsity will follow at 6:30p. Please note tickets must be purchased ONLINE for this event. Cash will not be accepted at the gate.

Varsity Volleyball defeated PC last night with help from our amazing student section. Emersyn Alban and Jordan Hughes each had 10 kills. Jordan and Kiera Sims added 4 blocks a piece as well. Kaylee McDaniels led us in aces. We are home again next Wednesday against Gull Lake. Hopefully we will see you then.

September 23

Parents/Caregivers are invited to participate in an informational meeting to discuss the hiring of a permanent principal for PN. PPS HR Director, Mr. Brad Galin will be at PN on September 27 in Community Room A at 6pm to walk through the principal hiring process and timeline. After walking through the timeline, you will be invited to respond to a series of questions with individual responses. You also will be asked to identify character traits you would like to see in the new principal. Mr. Galin will end the evening with a Q & A session. Parents/Caregivers interested in attending should fill out this form to RSVP for this meeting.

REMINDER: TODAY, September 23 is a HALF DAY. Dismissal is at 10:55am.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Fact of the Day: The Aztec and Maya were pre-Spanish empires, with the Aztec spread across much of modern day Mexico and the Maya in southern Mexico/ northern Central America. We can trace the source of chocolate back to the Aztec and Maya civilizations!

HEY PN! PACK ATTACK IS BACK! Please click here for more information on this fun event!  PACK ATTACK season runs from September 26-October 28.  

The All Portage Elementary STEAM Event is Back!! October 21, 2022 from 4-8:30pm, all Portage Elementary students are invited to the Air Zoo to enjoy hands-on exhibits from SW Michigan’s STEAM experts. There are several volunteer opportunities for high school students at this event ranging from ticket collections (2 helpers or 4 if divide night into two parts), event map distributions (2 helpers or 4 if divide night into two parts), and 4 companies enlisting the help of 3-4 student volunteers each for the night to assist in helping elementary students experiment with their STEAM exhibit. Interested students should email [email protected] to sign up!

Students & Families: Picture retakes are scheduled for OCTOBER 4 and will be held in the balcony of the Igloo beginning at 7:40am.  Students will be dismissed for retakes by grade level.

Athletics:

Men’s Huskies came out with a win and a tie against Kalamazoo Central last night. JV finished in a 1-1 tie, with the goal scored by Riley Patterson on an Ian Biddle corner kick.

Varsity shut out the Maroon Giants 2-0. Goals were scored by Cole Smith and Brandy Mejia, and Avery Kucharski had an assist. Great defense by Jackson Barnard, Owen Broeckel, Gavin Thompson, and Rylan Andrews. GK Keegan Hammond earned the clean sheet.

Next up for your Huskies is a road trip to face Forest Hills Central on Saturday 9/24. JV kicks off at 10a, with Varsity following at 11:45am.

PN Varsity Football is away this week at BC Lakeview.  Kickoff is TONIGHT at 7pm.  Tickets are available online here. Come out and support our Huskies as they take on the Lakeview Spartans!  Superfan theme is Construction.