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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

Walking in their shoes

ARROWS class aims to promote compassion, understanding and friendship among general education students and those with disabilities...

Long-time counselor David Witucki remembered for his ‘heart for kids’

Educator motivated by doing the right thing for people remembered with a scholarship to seniors following in his footsteps...

Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...

Lightbulb lunches garner student voice

Every month, teachers recommend a different group of students from each grade for lunch with the principal. Students offer suggestions and ideas about their school...

Complicated but fun: learning about energy with eggs, balloons, marbles and more

The project is part of the fourth-grade physical science unit on energy and waves using Next Generation Science Standards...

Code talkers transmit using their new/old language of Morse code; especially useful in the...

Fourth graders learn Morse code as an intro to the science of binary communication, giving them a ‘secret language’ as part of Michigan’s Next Generation Science Standards...

Well-read and fed, but not sold in stores

Middle school English teacher Anne Hoekstra tried something new for independent reading projects this year: Students created a cereal based on the novels they read...

Letters to policy-makers make cases for education reform

Students in Anne LaGrand’s AP language and composition class spent weeks researching education and came up with what they think are the top priorities...

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...
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Walking in their shoes

ARROWS class aims to promote compassion, understanding and friendship among general education students and those with disabilities...

Long-time counselor David Witucki remembered for his ‘heart for kids’

Educator motivated by doing the right thing for people remembered with a scholarship to seniors following in his footsteps...

Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...
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