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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 or email Morgan.

Jump!

Les Miner climbs a firmly anchored 25-foot high pole so he can stand atop a platform about the size of a dinner plate. Then he leaps off — and successfully taps a nearby dangling buoy. Right after that, the 10th-grader...

Blue Ribbon Schools: ‘Not Built Overnight’

Anthony Morey says he doesn’t know the magic recipe to being designated a Blue Ribbon School. But the Wealthy Elementary School principal is pretty confident about a few of the ingredients, and says every school in the district has...

Double-Duty Huskies

At halftime during a recent Forest Hills Northern High School varsity football home game against Greenville, cheerleaders finished "Let's Go!" and joined friends and family in the stands as football players made their way back to the locker rooms. But...

Class Class? Yes Yes!

Stacey Byl has had her current group of kindergartners for exactly 20 school days, and already they seem particularly, well, engaged. “Class class,” she says, not loudly or particularly soft. “Yes yes,” all her students respond, their voices matching Byl’s. “Mirror,” Byl...

School of Rock: Will Play for Free

The high school band room before a recent evening practice was a flurry of activity and chatter, as students uncased their instruments and shrugged out of sweaters and jackets to reveal their matching black “Fusion Rock Orchestra” T-shirts. A girl...

Girls: Curious About Sports? Bring It

What if you could try out a sport before trying out for the team? For girls at Grandville Public Schools, it’s possible. The Women's Varsity Leadership Club is sponsoring a Girls Sports Day from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct....

Here They Come! Students Pour Downtown to Soak in ArtPrize

ArtPrize Seven is under way, and that means thousands of students will be streaming into downtown Grand Rapids. With the annual art competition kicking off Sept. 23, teachers across the Kent ISD are taking the opportunity to use public art...

Grandville Scores Big with Victory Day

Touchdown. Some 200 people filled the stands at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 18 to cheer on 26 Grandville Public Schools students with cognitive and physical disabilities who were outfitted with either jerseys or cheering pompons for "Victory Day." They were...

Everyone is a Star on Victory Day

Most everybody who loves football probably dreams of being able to take to the field at least once. This Saturday, nearly two dozen very special sports fans will get to hit the turf at Bulldog Stadium for their moment...

New Tech Center Leader Once Raced NASCAR Drivers (in Go-karts, but Still)

Name: Cameron Buck School: Kent Career Tech Center What and where was your previous job? Curriculum Associate and Instructional Technology Specialist at Careerline Tech Center/Ottawa Area ISD. How long had you been there? July 1 marked the start of my 10th year...

Teachers Team Up to ‘Design Think’ Their Way to Cross-Curriculum Project

Lynn Cvengros is always looking for writing and research opportunities for her students. When the Forest Hills Eastern High School Advanced Placement Language teacher came across an article about the "edible schoolyard" concept, she saw abundant potential. In the article,...

Students Should Have Fun Along with Learning, New Principal Says

Name: Paul Papes School: Alto Elementary How do you pronounce your last name? PAY-pess. Everybody asks. What are your first priorities as Alto Elementary principal? My first priority has been to get to know the people of Alto. I believe that our...

Lesson One: Hold Your Tongue on the Car Ride Home

For parents of school athletes, a few things are obvious: We love our kids, and we love it when they win. But we also want to protect them from harm. And therein lies the trap for some sports parents, says...

Tech Center Students Excel at National Competition

Five Kent Career Technical Center students placed in the top 10 of their competition areas at the National Leadership and Skills Conference of SkillsUSA on June 20 through June 26. Colin Verwys placed sixth overall in computer programming while Sophia...

See Your Challenges As Assets, Urges Forest Hills Grad

Elizabeth Wisniewski says she feels like she’s had three lifetimes squeezed into her 31 years: her happy Michigan childhood, the dark time between her mother’s death and leaving for college, and her life as it is today. She is especially...

Sophia Luettke Doesn’t Hope, She Plans

Barely a week out of high school forever, Sophia Luettke sat in the three-season room at her East Grand Rapids home and wondered how her day would play out: laser tag, go-karts or high ropes? The 18-year-old East Grand Rapids...
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‘Life in the Middle’ is on the air in 3… 2…

Equipment for the podcast was purchased out of the school’s budget, and a grant from the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation helped expand the effort...
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Write what you know, they say. These students did it

First graders wrote the books on what they know...

Want a book? Take a book. Have a book? Leave a book.

Resource room teacher Krysta King put out a single request for donations. Hundreds poured in...
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