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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 or email Morgan.

Student Group Explores Latest Assistive Technology

Tony Bonofiglo was trying to be as helpful as possible to the woman sitting across from him. She was wearing a blue plastic band on her head with a playing card tucked inside. The card had a picture of...

Poet, Rapper Teaches Sixth-Graders to Let the Words Flow

Sixth-graders at East Elementary recently got to work with an award-winning wordsmith who writes music they can relate to. Before they learned his method of composing, they learned how to clear their minds in order to give all that...

Students, Educators Show Off the Latest and Greatest in Teaching & Learning

More than 100 educators, business people and students from across the region are expected to participate in NovaNow, a two-day conference that spotlights innovations in teaching and learning, from new ways to battle bullying to teaching math skills through...

300 Area Students Get Inside Local Companies on Groundhog Shadow Day

Miko Poot’s father worked with his hands, and that’s what the Wyoming High School senior imagines he’ll spend his professional life doing. But just how he's not sure. So Miko took advantage of an opportunity this week to job-shadow...

District Seeks Tax Renewals, Full Headlee Funding

East Grand Rapids Public Schools is the only Kent County school district with a March 8 tax proposal -- a trio of them, in fact. The requests are not new for the district, but Superintendent Sara Shubel thinks they...

Studying Human DNA with Help from 3-D Printers

Noah Korhorn thinks working with 3-D printers, where hours of computer calculations become a three-dimensional reality, would make for a pretty cool workday. “Seeing it come out is the moment of truth,” he said. The Lowell High School freshman's fascination with technology...

New Technology Helps Kindergartners with Math

Lakeside Elementary kindergartner Charlotte Kanaan stood beside teacher Shannon Mitchell and worked through a math problem, which her classmates could see thanks to a document camera that beamed her actions through an overhead projector. Today’s lesson: 11s and 12s,...

History, Geography Collide with Writing, Art and Math in ‘Around the World’ Exploration

Lilly Vydareny said doing school lessons strictly from books is “sometimes pretty boring.” So when her fifth-grade class at Lakeside Elementary started an interactive “Journey Around the World” unit to learn about famous explorers, she was pretty excited. “We get to...

Fun Furniture Invites Readers into New Learning Commons

Teacher Katie McIntosh’s kindergartners made their way into Lakeside Elementary’s recently opened Learning Commons and quickly made themselves right at home. A group of girls selected books from the easy reader section and draped themselves over soft, movable lightweight blocks....

Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth. Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year...

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Brittany Rosely and Sydney Paalman liked the idea of making loom caps for newborns to raise awareness of heart problems. Besides, agreed the Forest Hills Eastern Middle seventh-graders, there's just about nothing cuter than a baby in a tiny...

Segregation, Civil Rights and a Local Neighborhood

It's one thing to read about the country's Civil Rights movement. It's another entirely to get a visit from three local women who came of age during that period. Forest Hills Northern Middle students were visited recently by three area...

Earth Science Rocks!

Earth Science teacher Burt Breuker has hit on a way to use all those good-for-next-to-nothing, stubby crayon nubs and at the same time engage hundreds of eighth-graders: make rocks. "I've always wanted to do something like this, switch to more...

A Capitol Idea

Lakeside Elementary fourth-graders recently paid a visit to the state Capitol as part of the social studies curriculum on the State of Michigan. Classes were given a tour of the building and a look at the rotunda. They met...

Foundation Just Keeps on Growing

Forest Hills Eastern High School teacher Jaclyn Hartman's science students will be able to study a real-world issue for which jobs are currently being created and shaped, thanks to a $487 grant from the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation....

There’s an App for That

Go to any school sporting event, sit in any medical or dental office waiting room or watch families in parks, at malls, grocery stores or just about everywhere and you'll notice something: A lot of people use smartphones. When Valerie...
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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...
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