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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.

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...

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...

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...

Wedding singer, home renovator, intentional leader

Kristen Pennington is the new Knapp Forest Elementary principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Community input key to district’s reopening plan

After initially releasing a fully in-person return-to-school plan, the district revised it twice as national, state and local health guidelines changed...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...

Virtual career exploration a hit with students

The district helped shape the online program, which is now being used to varying degrees by a handful of area schools...

‘Middle school’s gonna love you’

The annual rite of passage for fifth graders was modified because of safety measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus...

‘We have a newspaper? I want to join’

When teachers were tasked to come up with and lead two-week courses in January on topics of interest to them, Melissa Moens created the Crossroads Chronicle...

‘Please just stay home’

An eighth grader whose parents are both essential workers has a message about the state’s executive order...

Above the fold: student journalists make headlines with big wins

Three area school news sites take top honors at annual state interscholastic journalism awards, held online this year...

In the words of 2020 graduates

Lowell High School English teacher Heidi Kolp gives her class the chance to take a crack at crafting a commencement address...
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