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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.

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...

Students Build Arm, Little Girl Scoots

Being born without a forearm has never slowed down Maeli Gottschalk. That is, until she got to the age when most kids yearn to ride a bicycle. Turns out she was only slowed temporarily, thanks to some students at...

Planting Thanks, Growing Hope

About a dozen children from around Greater Grand Rapids gathered at the Kent ISD Educational Services Center building to plant annuals in commemoration of World Refugee Day. The children, who attend the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center’s after-school...

Tech Center Criminal Justice, Aviation Students Earn State Award

Arriya Harris is entirely comfortable about a future as a woman in a field that's traditionally been mostly men. The same goes for Damaris Sanchez. "I just want to be treated the same as the guys," said Arriya, 17, an...

Finger-Pointing Baboons Named Hands-Down Art Competition Winner

Marissa Drew is drawn to illustrating animals with human bodies. Good call. Now she knows others agree with her artistic whimsy. A painting she initially drew for her high school Advanced Placement art and digital art classes has gained...

Kent Career Tech Center Principal is Top Michigan Administrator

As principal at Kent Career Tech Center, John Kraus leads a more-than 100-member staff for more than 20 career-focused programs. He also oversees the educations of some 2,400 students on the center's campus and four satellite sites. Here's who John Kraus...
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Learning to get MAD about winter survival

The visit made by all district third graders is aligned with the science curriculum...
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Students become sign-language teachers to senior learners

Their teacher says having students be the ones people ask for help aids in confidence, self image and job opportunities...
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