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A Forest Hills Eastern High School teacher recently participated in the Google Teacher Academy, a professional development experience on innovative technologies for primary and secondary educators from around the world. Kelly Kermode, a journalism, yearbook, technology and English language arts teacher at Eastern, was one of 50 educators selected to participate in the academy.
Each academy is an intensive, two-day event during which participants get hands-on experience with Google tools, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators. Read more
Forest Hills Instructional Coach Selected to Attend National Endowment for the Humanities Educational Workshop
Judy Walton, a Forest Hills Public Schools instructional coach, was chosen to participate in a summer workshop organized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which focuses on landmarks of American history. Walton was one of 80 school teachers across the nation to be selected to attend this year’s workshop on the civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Ala., titled, “But for Birmingham…The Rise of the Magic City and the Evolution of the Civil Rights Movement.” Read more
Forest Hills Schools has teamed up with Chartwells to provide nutritious meals. Visit www.eatlearnlive.com for nutritional and other informative information. You can also sign up to receive free e-newsletters to be sent directly to your e-mail address.
Forest Hills Northern High School recently hosted a one-day camp called Healthy Hearts Youth Camp. The goal of the camp was to raise awareness of heart disease, early intervention, and for Metro Health to provide heart screening to West Michigan student athletes. Dr. Edwin Kornoelje, D.O., Metro Health, also talked to parents about sports injuries such as concussions, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. This year’s camp, featured two all-star sports standouts. Allyssa DeHaan-Clark, former Miss Basketball in the state of Michigan, and a four-year starter for Michigan State University’s women’s basketball team helped led the basketball clinic. Jared Veldheer, a 2005 Forest Hills Northern High School graduate, two-time All-American at Hillsdale College, and starter as left tackle for the Oakland Raiders, lead the football clinic. Both basketball and football sessions focused on fundamentals, leadership, nutrition, strength and conditioning. Read more
Statistics may seem to be a dry subject often avoided by most people and perhaps it was that dreaded college class you had to take. Yet through the eyes of students, it can actually be quite interesting, fun, and educational. Better yet, you could win state accolades for designing the best statistics poster in Michigan. That is exactly what happened for students from Eastern Middle School, Knapp Forest Elementary School, and Ada Vista Elementary School.
Eleven Forest Hills Public Schools students were among this year’s winners of the Michigan Statistics Poster Competition. The students and poster titles are as follows: Read more
For 18 years, WGVU Public Media has coordinated the WGVU Cool Teacher Contest designed to recognize outstanding teachers in West and Southwest Michigan and the important role they play in the lives of their students. This year, 29 teachers were named “Cool Teachers”, and Forest Hills Public Schools had two teachers receive the award. Kim Crampton, second grade teacher at Knapp Forest Elementary School, and Tonja Bogema, seventh grade teacher at Central Middle School, each were honored when one of their students wrote to WGVU and entered their essays in the Cool Teacher Contest. Read more
Director of Instructional Services for Forest Hills Public Schools Margie Fellinger recently was named to a three-year term, on the executive board for Learning Forward Michigan. Learning Forward, formerly known as the Michigan Staff Development Council, is part of a national organization advocating for quality research-based professional learning policies and practices for those in the field of education. Fellinger joins other school administrators and professionals representing K-12 and post-secondary education across the state. Read more
At the regular June meeting of the Forest Hills Public Schools board of education, three local leaders were honored by being named recipients of the Ben Emdin Guiding Principles in Action Award. Maribeth Wardrop and John and Mary Schaff each received the award which was created to honor Emdin who devoted 40 years of service to the FHPS district, and who resigned as board of education president in 2002.
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Nearly 5,000 athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, parents and community members are expected to gather on the campus of Forest Hills Eastern High School, Saturday, June 1, to take part in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 girls and boys state track meet. Schools from across our state will compete in track and field events including pole vault, shot put, high jump, discus, long jump, hurdles, 200-meter and 100-meter races, 3200-meter relays and much more. Gates will open at 8 a.m. and the event will run all day. Tickets are $7 per person and parking is $3. Read more