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Morgan Jarema

Morgan Jarema
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Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She 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.

Foundation grants $28,285 in fall funding requests

Virtual phys ed and art experiences, materials to improve classroom focus and books on social issues aimed at middle-schoolers are among the grants approved this fall...

This teacher wants her students to be world citizens

Audrey McKenzie practices what she teaches in celebrating diversity...

Save more money, buy more shoes, do more good

STEM Academy students used Consumers Energy’s new 3D mapping software to take virtual tours of a facility, then crunched the numbers to come up with energy- and money-saving solutions...

Short stories, tall tales

A collection of short stories by Mark Pullen’s fourth-graders at Lakeside Elementary shows what they have learned in their realistic fiction writing unit...

High school career center shifts to project-based learning focus

No more usual, scheduled six-hour school day. Gone are letter grades; instead, concrete standards are detailed on a hybrid transcript...

Bringing ‘positive intent’ to work every day

Heather McKinney-Rewa is the new East Grand Rapids Middle School assistant principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Building closed, great teaching & learning go on

This middle school moved from in-person to remote learning temporarily. SNN got perspective from inside the building while students learned from home...

Freshmen create voter guide aimed at first-time voters

Civics teacher Jeff Manders hopes to spark students’ interest in becoming engaged in the political process...

Fifth-graders find beauty in science by dissecting marigolds

One teacher used readily available nature just outside school to introduce this year’s science unit, as well as flowers from home to study the parts of plants...

Making masks more fun

A face mask tie-dying activity teaches East Oakview developmental kindergartners teamwork and patience while also supporting a very local business...

Two schools closed due to COVID cases

Northern Hills Middle and Northern High schools closed their doors temporarily this week due to students testing positive for COVID-19...

From meeting room to classroom

The district’s Board of Education is on the move this year, now that its meeting room regularly draws a much younger audience...

Teaching from a distance: ‘they have to learn to be patient’

Lana Tran, a 26-year district teacher, is in her regular classroom this year, but behind a locked door. Her 18 students are at home, their parents having chosen distance learning...

May bond passage projects underway

Improvements come from a $36.7 million, no-mill increase bond for building and systems upgrades throughout the district, approved by voters...

Masking up for all-sports golf and beyond

Gym is a challenging class to teach during a pandemic. But teachers are finding creative ways to get heart rates up while playing by the rules...

Avid reader, Petoskey-stone hunter, lover of great outdoors

Melanie Hoeksema is the new Ada Elementary principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...
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