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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

Lowell asks for help in shaping $50 million bond request

The district says school building improvements can be made with no tax increase. Officials are asking for input from school staff, district families and community members to help come up with detailed plans...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

At Field School, natural world is a living textbook that’s always open

This year, 46 students in grades K-3 will report to a pair of portable classrooms at East Oakview Elementary. At least half of most every school day will be spent outdoors...

District grad, longtime staffer takes helm … but can he moonwalk?

Jerry Klekotka is the new Crossroads Middle School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Use your education thoughtfully, EGR grad tells today’s students

This 2000 East Grand Rapids High School graduate was chosen as an American Federation of Teachers “Everyday Hero” Award winner in 2016, and she’s got real skin in the game when it comes to public schools...

From Panther to Red Arrow, he’s on his way

Steve Gough (pronounced Goff) is the new Lowell High School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

From the ballpark to the open road, summer gigs keep this English teacher busy

When do you see a public school teacher driving a Porsche? When it’s somebody else’s Porsche...

EGR selects new superintendent

The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously on June 21 to offer the superintendent’s position to Heidi Kattula. She would replace Sara Magaña Shubel, who will retire at the end of July...

Camping for credits? It’s a thing

The year-long pilot class offered to freshmen at Eastern High combines honors biology or biology with health and physical education requirements into a two-hour block...

With EGR’s Shubel, ‘We never coasted’

Superintendent Sara Magaña Shubel will retire at the end of June, after 12 years at the district’s helm...

Don’t lose that beetle! Fourth-graders prep for annual science fair

Some 60 fourth-graders in Cheryl Radecki’s science classes will share their projects with parents and others on June 7 at the school’s annual science fair...

It’s all happening at the zoo

Nearly 200 Central Woodlands ⅚ students worked in teams to research and develop plans for what they saw as an ideal renovated otter exhibit at John Ball Zoo...

A ‘drive to do good in the world’

Born in Paris, Léa Schmitt and her family moved to Grand Rapids from France in time for the last few weeks of her sixth-grade year at Breton Downs. She barely spoke English...

Students express selves through words, drawings, and their own hands

Susan Langford’s studio art students made old-fashioned casts of their hands. They posed them to convey one or more concepts, then added their own drawing and words. The results were profound...

Take a bow, grasshoppers

Recorder karate is about many things, but first and foremost it is about training...

Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...
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Lowell asks for help in shaping $50 million bond request

The district says school building improvements can be made with no tax increase. Officials are asking for input from school staff, district families and community members to help come up with detailed plans...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

At Field School, natural world is a living textbook that’s always open

This year, 46 students in grades K-3 will report to a pair of portable classrooms at East Oakview Elementary. At least half of most every school day will be spent outdoors...
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