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Michigan’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order brings new perspectives on school life

Michigan’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order brings new perspectives on school life

Maya Crawford, Graphics Editor/Student Update Team

May 19, 2020

It’s no secret that many kids say that they don’t like going to school, even though it’s necessary. Students often complain about having to get up early or how much homework they have to do. Now that the Stay at Home Order has halted person-to-person schooling, I’ve discovered that I appreciat...

The importance of teachers showing off personality while teaching

Sophomore Myah Walker has decided to meet with Spanish teacher Linsey Bain in the morning. Walker has questions on a story she wrote so she decided to go to Mr. Bain to read the story to her, because she trusts her.

Brandi-Rose Phiri, Business Manager

October 26, 2019

Every weekday for 180 days, teenagers wake up and go to school. Most of the time the students learn the curriculum and move onto the next class, typically leaving them unimpressed and often bored.  Once in awhile, there are teachers who make a bigger impact than than usual. Although enjoying a class re...

Chess Club Instructor Moves the Loy Norrix Students to Play Chess

Chess Club Instructor Moves the Loy Norrix Students to Play Chess

Logan Neeley, NLP

May 6, 2019

Loy Norrix is taking steps to capture the king.College Readiness instructor Jim Bellware first started playing chess after he learned the game from his father. He continued to play chess in college with his roommates and coached a chess club in Battle Creek for 10 years. Now, Bellware hosts the club here at...

The Highs and Lows of Having a Parent as a Teacher

The Highs and Lows of Having a Parent as a Teacher

April 28, 2019

By Vanessa Alvarado Gutierrez It’s early Saturday morning and little Kayla Adams is getting herself ready for school. Yes, school at the amazing age of three. Kayla looks to her mom and sees that she is putting all of her students’ work in a bag. Her mom smiles back and they go along with their day. ...

Homework is Unnecessary: Students Receive Enough Direct Instruction During the Day

Homework is Unnecessary: Students Receive Enough Direct Instruction During the Day

April 8, 2019

By Kayla Adams It’s Sunday night and your basketball team has just won the most important game of the year. Plans are quickly made with the team to go to dinner and celebrate the victory. You still feel jitters from when the buzzer went off cementing your victory. You listen to everyone’s paren...

Michigan Should Invest in Substitutes To Improve Education

Michigan Should Invest in Substitutes To Improve Education

Kylazia Dye

March 8, 2019

Before the beginning of a lecture, you notice there is something different about the class that you attend daily: the teacher is gone. As you walk into the class, a substitute teacher is either sitting at the teacher’s desk, standing in the front, greeting you and other students as they enter, or ...

Students and Staff Weigh in on What Makes a Good Teacher

Students and Staff Weigh in on What                                   Makes a Good Teacher

Sofie Nehlsen

June 6, 2018

  Teachers play a huge role in students day-to-day lives. Students spend about one-third of their time at school being taught and influenced by their teachers. Many teachers have vastly different teaching methods. While some like being practical and really letting their students work with th...

Teacher to Administrator: Chad Brady Joins the Loy Norrix Staff

Teacher to Administrator: Chad Brady Joins the Loy Norrix Staff

Zach Skinner

October 25, 2017

Chad Brady came to Loy Norrix unsure of what the school year would hold. After 11 years at Kalamazoo Central as an AP U.S. History teacher, Brady decided to move on to a new role. He has joined Loy Norrix this year as an interim assistant principal and will be located in the B wing, working mainly wi...

Teacher Contract Negotiations Puts a Strain on Kalamazoo Public Schools and its Teachers

KPS employees meet at Miller Auditorium for the beginning of the school year kick off.  KEA members wore black and remained silent in an effort to show their displeasure with contract negotiations. Photo Credit / Amanda Miller

Anna Kushner

October 21, 2017

If you were to walk into Miller Auditorium on August 28, 2017, you would have seen a sea of black-clothed teachers sitting silent in solidarity. Every year the Kalamazoo Public Schools District adopts a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. From this budget the district then adopts a teacher salary co...

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