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Morgan Jarema

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

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...

Top Chef Lowell

The activity, in its second year, was kick-started by a $1,500 grant last year from the Lowell Education Foundation...

This leader is always learning

Elle Waldron is president of the Northview High National Honor Society, but she prefers listening to telling others what to do...

She’s a model for leadership, addressing big issues

With a focus on local, national and global issues, Eleanor Cooper has dedicated herself to serving as a voice for minorities, an advocate for change...

How’s school? No really, your voice matters

Students at Eastern Middle School participated in one of four workshops in April as part of the national Student Voice Organization’s school tour...

Take me out to the ballgame, and put me to work

Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and business leaders developed the program, which ties together academic and career education. Students earn credit for exploring and learning about careers, and for some, even while earning money...

You’re hired!

Students in Meg Richards’ class took wondering about that a few steps further, when Richards assigned them to write cover letters aimed at convincing her they were ideal candidates for a spot in her classroom...

Chaffee scholarship winner aims to leave a legacy, in the lab or in the...

Forest Hills Central senior Noah Stout, who will enter the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall, recently was named recipient of this year’s $3,000 annual award from the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund...

Second-graders learn who polluted the Flat River, & how it improved

The lesson ties in with the second-grade science curriculum and is part of a national freshwater monitoring program...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Figuring out problems, not just learning about them

Third-grade teachers in Sparta, Northview, Kentwood and Wyoming are participating this year in a pilot program that ties Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lessons with lessons in math and literacy...

Student interviews connect history with real people

For the fifth year, those in Tad VandenBrink’s U.S. History class got a chance to see how close they could get to someone who lived through and was uniquely affected by key events in the country...
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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...
Sponsorship