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Forest Hills Public Schools is a place where ALL learners achieve their individual potential. We are a school district whose success is rooted in its residents coming together to do what is best for children and their future. Forest Hills continues to set the standards of excellence in education and it is where education transcends classroom boundaries. Excellence happens daily in our classrooms, on our playing fields, on our stages and performance halls, in our community and beyond. Take a closer look at Forest Hills Public Schools, and experience the Forest Hills pride that resonates throughout our schools.
District News and Headlines
Ada Elementary School had a special guest before school opened this year. With a little assistance from a walker, 97-year-old Cathaleen Hardy navigated her way through empty halls to the classroom where she taught first grade for 11 years. In 1951, she started teaching in the old Ada Elementary School until it closed. She then taught at Thornapple Elementary School until the new Ada Elementary opened again in 1965. This is where Hardy would spend her years teaching first grade in the same classroom until her retirement in 1976. She said she enjoyed the first grade because she loved to teach the little ones to read. During her August visit back to Ada Elementary, she could envision where her desk once sat, and the blackboards now have been replaced with whiteboards.
Collins Elementary School Principal Mitch Balingit accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Dr. Sue Gutierrez, principal, Northern Trails 5/6 School. More importantly than accepting the challenge, the students and staff raised money to contribute to the ALS Association as well as support another initiative the school adopted last year–the Uganda Well Project providing clean water to people in Uganda. Mitch has now challenged Scott Haid, principal, Knapp Forest Elementary School and Greg Greg Shubel, principal, Thornapple Elementary School.
Click below to view the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Prior to the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the Forest Hills Public School District conducted its first district climate survey. The survey asked parents, community members and staff to provide feedback on important issues such as district leadership, district decisions, budget awareness, communication and new initiatives. Nearly 2,500 individuals participated in the survey, and the results of the survey reflect these individuals’ perceptions and opinions.