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June 6, 20131 year ago

Wardrop, Schaffs Named 2013 Recipients of Ben Emdin Award

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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May 29, 20131 year ago

Forest Hills Eastern to Host Saturday’s State Track Meet

–Volunteers still needed

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

May 24, 20131 year ago

All Three FH High Schools Rank Among the Top in the Nation

Forest Hills Eastern, Northern and Central High Schools recently were named among the top public schools in America according to a report by NewsweekNewsweek, 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:

May 17, 20131 year ago

-For history's sake...Bringing history to life, winning state honors

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:

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May 17, 20131 year ago

Integrating Innovation: A Technology Pilot Showcase, Friday May 17

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.

During the 2012-2013 school year, the Forest Hills Public Schools technology department has supported teachers looking to integrate innovation into the classroom by funding the purchase of certain devices based on project criteria.  Teachers from all buildings, levels and content areas will be there to share their thoughts and reactions to integrating technology into the classroom.  Some of the projects that will be reviewed include:  digital learning centers, Google Chromebooks for blogging, digital portfolios, tablets in the classroom, digital reading, kinder technology, digital literacy, Google immersion in the classroom, inquiry-based biology, digital physics, real-time journalism, iPads for special needs students and much more.
May 10, 20131 year ago

EHS - "You're Not Alone" Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

LaCrosse Cares

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.

April 29, 20131 year ago

FHPS Foundation Grant Awarded to EHS

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

April 25, 20131 year ago

NHS Brothers Take Sibling Rivalry to National Academic Games

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

April 25, 20131 year ago

Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo

The public is invited to attend the first Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo, Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central Woodlands 5/6 School.  The event will have 30 different exhibitors to show community members how to save energy and live a “greener” life.  Along with exhibitors, there will be a silent auction, music by Tony Reynolds, and food and activities for children.  There is a $2 admission fee per person. 

“The Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo is organized by students at Central Woodlands who are environmentally conscious and want to do whatever they can to protect the future of the Great Lakes,” said Patricia Tolly, teacher, Central Woodlands 5/6 School.  According to Tolly, the sixth grade students, through their research and exploration, raised concern for energy consumption in America. Read more

April 19, 20131 year ago

8 Teams Advancing to World - Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind – Eight teams are advancing to the World Finals next month, having earned at Saturday’s State Finals Tournament six gold medals and two silver medals.  Forest Hills teams also won TWO Ranatra Fusca Awards on Saturday.  The Technical Team from Forest Hills Northern Hills Middle School earned this coveted award, as did the Classics Team from Forest Hills Central High School (which also earned that honor at the Regional Competition in March).  The teams are:

Northern Trails 5/6 – Vehicle Problem, Division 2, Second Place
Pine Ridge Elementary – Technical Problem, Division 1, First Place
Northern Hills Middle – Technical Problem, Division 2, First Place and a Ranatra    Fusca Award
Northern High – Technical Problem, Division 3, First Place
Central Middle – Technical Problem, Division 3, Second Place
Central High – Classics Problem, Division 3, First Place and a Ranatra Fusca Award
Central Woodlands 5/6 – Structure Problem, Division 1, First Place
Central High – Structure Problem, Division 3, Second Place

Please congratulate the students and coaches.