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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.

Building career skills, block by block

Sessions with Ability Employment Services aim to help students hone interview skills, get jobs and thrive in them...

Crash courses offer a smorgasbord of learning

Administrators and teachers called planning and implementing two weeks of nearly 40 classes both energizing and exhausting...

‘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...

La práctica hace mejor!

English-Spanish conversations with overseas peers are connecting a teacher and her students with her sabbatical classroom...

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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A life well lived? Students decide

Over about a four-week period, they came up with their own definition of ‘a life well lived’ by researching people not found in their textbooks...

Picture-perfect graphing equations

Graphing equations became an artistic endeavor recently for eighth graders in Stephanie Balaskas’ Challenge Algebra class at Eastern Middle...

I’ll trade you Tecumseh for James Madison

The trading cards made by eighth graders in Lowell Middle School teacher Darla Palmer’s social studies class might not fit the traditional 'fun to collect' mold, but they do illustrate their understanding of a pivotal point in U.S. history...

Art & mental health: building skills, processing emotions

At its base, the unit was about drawing facial features accurately. The deeper task: to process a mood or feeling through art...

Students tackle big issues through research, advocacy

In one language arts class at Crossroads Middle, eighth graders worked in groups to take on social justice issues through research and advocacy...

The day the crayons were in so many storybooks

Seventh graders worked in groups to write, edit and illustrate original work for students in lower grades...

How one district banned cell phones — and how everyone is adjusting

While Forest Hills has banned cell phone use in schools, other districts have varying policies, but essentially phones have become a distraction for many...

How one district banned cell phones — and how everyone is adjusting

While Forest Hills has banned cell phone use in schools, other districts have varying policies, but essentially phones have become a distraction for many...

Video gaming moves from virtual online to inter-school competitions

A sense of belonging and representing the school is high on educators’ lists when they explain why they are pursuing fielding teams...

Elvis, meet Malala

Teachers bumped up the presentation portion of fourth grade nonfiction learning objectives to include a biography 'wax museum' ...
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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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