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Morgan Jarema

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Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering Kent ISD, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

Voices off, connections made

For the 40 or so staff members of the district’s deaf and hard of hearing programs, American Sign Language ruled the day...

Sit-spots, salmon and saving lives

On Tuesdays throughout the school year, Field School grades K-5 will be at Little Pine Island Camp, a new partnership with the district...

A joyful noise for all

A new program is putting a musical instrument in the hands of every district fifth-grader...

Business-minded man meets sweetheart, turns to education

Joe Lienesch and Gerry Verwey are the new principals at Kent Career Tech Center, and at Kent Innovation High and MySchool@Kent, respectively...

Students muse on the 20th anniversary of 9/11

The discussion was part of the high school’s History vs. Hollywood class, a semester-long look at the historical accuracy of nearly 20 films...

New building heads include a car DJ, a Pizza Hut fan & a magician

There are three new principals in the district this year. SNN gets to know them in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

Need they remind? Be kind

The mural is the creation of 2021 Forest Hills Central High graduates Ayesha Jeddy, Ana Ahmed and Valerie Greenwood, all of whom attended Ada Elementary...

Online learning a mixed bag of offerings this year

While all districts offered some form of virtual learning last year, this year the offerings are more limited, where they exist at all...

It pays to get vaccinated, two local students learn

Two area students were scholarship winners in the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes...

All-new classrooms and more await East Oakview students

Updates to the elementary school will be ‘a positive for the neighborhood’...

Math whiz, student surveyor, star-gazer

This Eastern High School sophomore developed a survey this year to learn what areas her peers struggle with most. Programs to address what she found have already started...

Invasion of the artistic kind

A wooded area east of the middle school that is often traversed by neighbors and students is being taken over by aggressive invaders. Here’s how students are tackling them...

Portraits of goodwill

A U.S.-based nonprofit invites skilled youth artists to draw portraits of children in other countries as keepsakes, and to build international goodwill...

Students portray government’s three branches — no, make that three carrots

One student said thinking of the branches of government in terms of carrots definitely gives him a better understanding of the way things work in Washington, D.C.

This 2020 grad’s advice: ‘Focus on what comes next’

A year ago she felt robbed of the customary senior rites of passage. Now she’s on to the next chapter as a college freshman living in downtown Chicago...

‘School is about relationships’

New hire will coach football, work to increase student engagement...
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