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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.

On being an empathetic ear

Ben Sorota read a School News Network article about a group at another school, which led him to start a group of his own...

‘I want to learn more’

It is part of a wider effort to encourage cross-curricular collaboration among teachers and students...

Like a bunny in the sky

Fourth graders at Orchard View Elementary recently got the chance to be rising stars in art class...

‘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...

Curious? Figure it out, then report back

Similar to what some schools refer to as 'genius hour,' the pilot was aimed at sparking curiosity and engagement, and to develop research and planning skills...

‘Unity is always important’

Sharing about his Hindu faith with his peers and others is important to this high school freshman, who has plenty more going on...

School never tasted so good

A switch two years ago to a trimester calendar created new slots in the schedule for more exploratory experiences...

Replacing scariness with facts

Second graders in Whitney Hoard’s Cherry Creek Elementary classroom marked World Diabetes Day by learning about the disease from a pair of their classmates, who have firsthand knowledge...

Just part of the school day: impacting the world

All three district lower-el buildings have Early Act groups, the elementary version of Interact groups at the middle and high school...

They’ll huff & they’ll puff & they’ll become storytellers

Teacher Angela Burns uses the Read It Once Again curriculum she acquired a few years ago, thanks to a grant from the Northview Education Foundation...

Remembering their sacrifice

With cards, visits, songs and poems, students took time on Veterans Day to honor those who have served...

Blowing the woof off design thinking

Fifth graders were challenged to develop works of art that could be printed on a product and sold at the Raise the Woof event on Nov. 22 to benefit Hearts of Hope dog rescue...

Staging a comic tragedy, with masks and lots of deaths

The class, in its third year being offered at the school, includes the study of the history of drama, improvisation, performance skills and scene creation...

Plant whisperer, reptile rescuer, amphibian aficionado

Creative, innovative, imaginative ... Many of today's students are all that and more in a vast variety of interest areas. This series features students with exceptional and unusual gifts...

Grandpa for the win

The persuasive writing assignment is part of the fifth grade opinion writing unit. Students were charged with coming up with an idea for a costume, supporting the idea with whys, and using evidence...

‘Everything is, like, so expensive’

The exercise is part of the percentages unit. Once students chose a profession, they researched the average salary for that career, then were given a set of non-negotiable expenses...
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On being an empathetic ear

Ben Sorota read a School News Network article about a group at another school, which led him to start a group of his own...

‘I want to learn more’

It is part of a wider effort to encourage cross-curricular collaboration among teachers and students...

Like a bunny in the sky

Fourth graders at Orchard View Elementary recently got the chance to be rising stars in art class...
Sponsorship