Welcome to Forest Hills Public Schools!
We invite you to explore our new site and learn more about the district and what makes Forest Hills Public Schools so unique.
The new site offers many exciting facts, figures, features and new functionality: A new Interactive Google Calendar for both the District and our school, thus enabling you to add either calendar to your other calendars; School Directories are now imbedded Google Docs making it easy for you to access information; Search functionality; new Google Maps enable you to get walking, biking and driving directions to school with real-time traffic updates; Local Weather Forecasts; District-wide and school specific news updates; many news updates made in real time by members of our teaching staff; compatibility with all browsers-iPads, iPhones, and most Smart Phone devices; and a Twitter News Alert System which will enable you to receive school closing and delay news to your favorite mobile device.
We hope you find this website to be a useful resource for information – whether you are a prospective family, parent, student, or a community stakeholder.
Latest NewsForest Hills District News
Forest Hills Eastern, Northern and Central High Schools recently were named among the top public schools in America according to a report by Newsweek. Newsweek, and affiliate company, The Daily Beast, analyzed high schools throughout the country to find exemplary ones and released their findings of the top 2,000. According to the study, the organizations were looking to find schools that best prepare students for college. The study looked at indicators of college readiness such as graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs, and acceptance into a two- or four-year college program.
“Forest Hills Public Schools take great pride in doing what’s best for all students and helping all of our students reach their fullest potential,” said Dan Behm, superintendent. “We continue to strive to move our educational standards forward and implement best practices in education. Although the study just examined high schools, academic excellence can be found throughout all of our buildings in the district.”
All three Forest Hills high schools made the top list in 2012 as well.
Additional information is available online: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/features/2013/americas-best-high-schools.html.
Students from Forest Hills Northern Middle School and Forest Hills Eastern Middle School recently brought history to life and participated in the Michigan History Day State Finals hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. Forest Hills Public Schools had over 10 top-place honors at the state competition which qualifies the teams to participate at the National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland. Additionally, one team from Forest Hills Northern Middle School also received the Sam Breck Award for best entry in railroad history.
This year’s theme was, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” The middle school students conducted extensive research on a topic they selected to represent the theme, then they had to execute their ideas using the disciplines of writing, art, literature, music, drama and/or other forms of visual communication.
The following FHPS students have advanced to the national competition:
The community is invited to attend a free technology showcase highlighting the use of technology in the classroom. The event will take place, Friday, May 17, from 3:15-5 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave SE.
On Saturday, May 11, at the FH Eastern Stadium, the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse teams will be scrimmaging Grand Rapids Catholic Central to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan teen suicide prevention efforts. Please help support this great cause and need in our community. ADMISSION IS FREE
Girls’ Lacrosse at 5:30 p.m.
Boys’ Lacrosse at 7:00 p.m.
Did you know…in Kent County, suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens? The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is dedicated to educating teens, schools, and the community to recognize teen depression and the importance of early treatment. Join us as we commit to take the steps needed to prevent teen suicide.
3D Molecular Models aid EHS students with Basic Concepts
A grant awarded by the Forest Hills Foundation allowed magnetic molecular model kits to supplement science instruction at Eastern High School. The modeling kits provide a manipulative way to better understand the abstract ideas of molecular structure.The goal is with better understanding of molecular basics there will be more comprehension of the larger concepts which tie the science together.
Students are more engaged with the easier ability to “play” with the kits and ask more questions. The more students ask questions, the more they are developing their scientific thinking. Several students have had the precious “A-ha!” moments when ideas come together and it makes sense.
Staff are already coming up with more ways to continue
Story by Kyle Moroney – MLive – Grand Rapids
For brothers, Devin and Trey Moore, sibling rivalry has taken on a different type of mind game.
The Forest Hills Northern High School siblings not only compete in sports, but have been competing in Academic Games for the past six years. For the first time, they will try to out-smart each other in math, language arts and social studies at the national tournament this weekend.
“It’s fun to play against my brother because when I beat him I can rub it in a little,” Trey, 16, said. “But, it is hard – because he knows a lot of my tricks.” Read more