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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

May the tree climbing, dirt sifting and general hollering commence

Three years in, the Adventure Leadership Club has added a second session and hopes to expand to more grades...

Hands-on career exploration via Future Focused Fridays

The entire East Campus student body will either be visited by or spend time every Friday this school year at area businesses, as well as work with employers on resumes and interviewing...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Politically engaged, though not all of voting age

From canvassing for candidates to registering voters – or voting themselves – some area students have been active in the midterm elections...

Two classes, two ways to learn about refugees

Students at Cherry Creek Elementary and Lowell Middle School are giving thought to what it means to have to leave home and make a new one, thousands of miles away...

Breathe deeply and stretch: yoga students find help for de-stressing and testing

A survey of students two years ago prompted teachers to recommend a wider variety of elective offerings...

‘I’m so thankful we can sing for them’

More than 20 fourth-graders heralded through song the addition of 73 new U.S. citizens from 30 countries at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum...

Brain-teasers for bears? Spider monkey back-scratchers? High-schoolers can devise those

Biology teachers at Central and Eastern high schools involved some 400 students -- mostly freshmen biology and senior AP biology -- in designing new animal exhibits at John Ball Zoo and enhancements for existing ones...

‘Walk slow, move things around, be patient’

The goal is that students gain an appreciation for the natural world, and to understand ecosystems having seen them with their own eyes, right outside school..

Northview voters to decide Headlee Override and Sinking Fund Proposals

District voters will decide a pair of proposals on Nov. 6, neither of which would increase residential taxes if approved...

Bond would improve classrooms, infrastructure, security

Voters in Forest Hills will be asked Nov. 6 to approve a $130 million request at no increase to taxpayers to fund capital improvements over eight years...

A yearbook that’s 2 good 2 be 4gotten

Student staffers use design thinking to up their yearbook game. After all, says their adviser, “This is a business”...

Not playing scientists; ‘We’re being scientists’

Some students at Eastern and Central middle schools have been bringing caterpillars and monarch chrysalides indoors from their outdoor native plant garden to boost their chances of becoming butterflies...

Art on the fly: Ford Airport travelers see students’ self-expression on display

Two ArtPrize entries from Forest Hills Public Schools students are being displayed at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, one of them featuring a student’s special vision and the other hundreds of flowers...

New superintendent aims to focus on instruction, managing growth

New EGR superintendent Heidi Kattula sees her role as advocating for students and staff, as well as providing instructional leadership...

Baseball, high school, happiness

Amy Pallo is the new Eastern High School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...
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May the tree climbing, dirt sifting and general hollering commence

Three years in, the Adventure Leadership Club has added a second session and hopes to expand to more grades...

Hands-on career exploration via Future Focused Fridays

The entire East Campus student body will either be visited by or spend time every Friday this school year at area businesses, as well as work with employers on resumes and interviewing...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...
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