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Morgan Jarema
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Morgan Jarema 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 or email Morgan.

It’s official: they can read

For the fourth year, kindergartners were honored with a parade through Lakeside Elementary hallways and along the sidewalk in front of the school to celebrate finishing the first Units of Study for Teaching Reading...

The friendliest store at school

There are nine special needs students working at the Spirit Store this trimester, and a handful of general education students who work alongside them...

Art & mental health: building skills, processing emotions

At its base, the unit was about drawing facial features accurately. The deeper task: to process a mood or feeling through art...

Hooked on history and gifted in writing, senior publishes paper on PBB crisis

Eastern High School senior Claire Parish’s National History Day article on the 1970s PBB crisis is in the current issue of Michigan History magazine...

Students on vaping: ‘pretty scary stuff’

In school buildings throughout West Michigan and beyond, the use of e-cigarettes is officially an issue -- a potentially deadly one. Experts and students weigh in...

Thanks to dedicated artists, city snowplows will be hard to miss

Over the past couple weeks, art teachers led third and fourth graders from all three elementary schools in decorating a trio of city snowplow blades...

Xlandia: a government created by the people, for the people

In order to make recommendations, students studied their assigned home countries and weighed the effectiveness of the current governments there...

‘Bruno makes me feel happy and safe’

Cherry Creek third graders have taken a liking to newcomer Bruno, a therapy dog-in-training owned by teacher Brook Beaufait...

‘I want to change the world’

Ja'Kaurie Kirkland makes an impression on pretty much everyone he meets, including us. Learn what’s behind his positive outlook...

On Chickenman, changing classes and staying off the senior bench

Some 75 members of the school’s Leadership and Youth Development Program guided 250 newbies through all things Pioneer...

Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...

Pupil poets recite odes to cool moms and happy Saturdays

At the annual poetry party in a trio of Wealthy Elementary classrooms, kindergartners got the chance to show off their newly minted descriptive and rhyming skills...

‘Surround yourself with people who care about you’

Aubrey Robinson had a tough go before switching to Northview from another district. But once she did, she soared...

Students learn skills the fun way: making music

A group of Alto Elementary students took part in 10 one-hour sessions with a music therapist at the Franciscan Life Process Center, thanks to a grant from the Lowell Education Foundation...

‘I didn’t give myself any other option’

When Don Zandbergen was suspended from school the second semester of his junior year, he knew he could just not go back. That thought lasted about a second...

Protect our waters from straws, pesticides and other pollutants, students say

The videos were initiated last year as a project with Groundswell, with whom the school has partnered for water quality education for the past four years...
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It’s official: they can read

For the fourth year, kindergartners were honored with a parade through Lakeside Elementary hallways and along the sidewalk in front of the school to celebrate finishing the first Units of Study for Teaching Reading...

The friendliest store at school

There are nine special needs students working at the Spirit Store this trimester, and a handful of general education students who work alongside them...

Art & mental health: building skills, processing emotions

At its base, the unit was about drawing facial features accurately. The deeper task: to process a mood or feeling through art...
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