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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

Reworked leadership team keeps Korpak at helm by delegating duties

The near-resignation of district Superintendent M. Scott Korpak has prompted a leadership restructure that not only will keep him in the position he has held for six years, but could serve as a model to other districts...

Ballot proposal to ask for funds to address infrastructure needs, expected growth

Voters will be asked on May 7 to consider a $52.1 million bond request that would address infrastructure upgrades and improvements and extend the existing 7-mill levy for another seven years. No millage increase is expected...

Ye olde history unit comes to life

Fifth-graders at Lakeside Elementary finally got their reward as part of the culmination of their eight-week social studies unit studying the 13 U.S. colonies...

Their writing is tops with readers, judges

A pair of students from two West Michigan public schools took high honors in the seventh annual Write Michigan short story contest, hosted by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music...

Why did the pencil cross the road? Wait for it …

The pint-sized comedians got tips from comedian Allen Trieu, then tried out their own funny bone-tickling skills on one another...

Second-graders write what they know

Turns out, by second grade a person knows a lot about some things. So much that it could fill a book, even...

Urban & suburban students find common interests in 15-year partnership

The recent meet-and-greet was the 15th annual gathering of students from the two elementary schools...

Sensory path, movement supports help students get focused, calm

The tools came from a $370 grant from the Lowell Education Foundation to Vanessa Hogarth, at-risk social worker...

Up above the world so high, like an RV in the sky

The unit is part of Next Generation Science Standards, which charge students to practice an integrated understanding of core ideas in science and engineering...

Interim principal hopes you have the time of your life

Tony Quinn is the new interim principal at West Oakview Elementary School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Teachers do the snow-day shuffle, trying to make up for lost instruction time

The mid-winter blitz of snow days has teachers trying to make up for lost instruction time, and reshuffling their lesson plans for the weeks to come...

WMCAT arts residency trains novice shutterbugs

The program is part of Future Focused Fridays, a new effort this school year to give all East Campus students real-world career exposure every week...

Faithful recycler, expert laminator, dedicated teacher supporter

In the long run, said Alto Elementary parent volunteer Angie Kennedy, what she and other parent volunteers contribute to is maintaining teacher enthusiasm for a career in education...

Dream Keepers honor MLK

Second-graders create Dream Keeper boxes and add mementoes of every year’s activities. At the end of fifth grade, the students leave Wealthy Elementary with their boxes...

Providing ‘safe spaces’ for students of every kind to learn

Collins Elementary Principal Mitchell Balingit has been named the district’s first director of student success and equity...

Anger as an iceberg? Camp explores ways to wellness

Wellness Camp is the first program to use data from the “LoWellness Health Survey” released in 2016. The survey and the pilot camp were funded by a grant from the Lowell Area Community Fund...
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Reworked leadership team keeps Korpak at helm by delegating duties

The near-resignation of district Superintendent M. Scott Korpak has prompted a leadership restructure that not only will keep him in the position he has held for six years, but could serve as a model to other districts...

Ballot proposal to ask for funds to address infrastructure needs, expected growth

Voters will be asked on May 7 to consider a $52.1 million bond request that would address infrastructure upgrades and improvements and extend the existing 7-mill levy for another seven years. No millage increase is expected...

Ye olde history unit comes to life

Fifth-graders at Lakeside Elementary finally got their reward as part of the culmination of their eight-week social studies unit studying the 13 U.S. colonies...
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