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Across the state, there are more than 4,100 school board members who dedicate countless hours of hard work to improving education for Michigan children. In Forest Hills our seven Board Members give of their time, talents, and energy to oversee the direction of a thriving school district, which is leading the way in education. The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation for the trustees who work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. Please join us and all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Month to honor local board members for their commitment to Forest Hills and its children. It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn and achieve their true potential. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our community expect. They are true public servants, and we greatly appreciate all they do. If you see one of our Board members, help us by saying, “Thank you, for all you do.”
The following students from the combined AP Studio Art class at Eastern High School received Scholastic Art Awards from their submissions created in our fall semester AP Breadth classes.
and “Woods” (Ink Wash)
Please join the students at Central Woodlands 5/6 School to help remove Autumn Olive on the nature trail adjacent to the front driveway of the school. The Autumn Olive Removal Community Day is Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Many hands make light work.
Autumn Olive is an invasive plant species that has taken over Perkins Path. Over the years, trimming back these bushes to make the path accessible has caused vigorous growth. As part of a Take Back the Woodlands campaign, sponsored by Groundswell, the students of the Elliott/Peneycad teacher team are sponsoring an Autumn Olive Removal Community Day, and we would love to have you join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the school and community, make a positive environmental impact, as well as honor the memory of CW counselor, Kathy Perkins. Read more
The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association recently announced that Kristy Butler was selected as the 2014 Science Teacher of Promise. Butler is a teacher at Forest Hills Central High School and was chosen for inspiring students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, demonstrating potential for leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and for teaching. She will be honored at an awards ceremony at the MSTA Conference in March.
Forest Hills middle school students recently attended a writer’s workshop featuring world renowned author Cynthia Lord. While visiting with the students, Lord talked about her approach to writing and explained the “writer’s craft” to help students understand the importance of reading and writing, and the importance of the editing process. Additionally, the students worked together with Lord to brainstorm a new story, and collectively they worked, step by step, to write a story during the workshop.
Lord spoke about ways to come up with ideas for writing, and then how to develop the idea once it is thought of. She even showed students a “draft” copy of a book, complete with editor’s notes, and discussed with students the illustration process. Read more
Congratulations are in order to a number of our Eastern music students!
Junior trombone player Owen Longjohn has been selected as a member of the Michigan All-State Jazz Band.
Eight grade students: Annika Bekker (tenor sax), Micah Longjohn (french horn), Andrew Lu (alto sax), and Sam Rechner (clarinet) were all selected as members of the Michigan All-State Middle School Band.
Junior Jonathan Thomas has been selected as a member of the Michigan All-State High School Orchestra
Rachel Thomas has been admitted to the Michigan All-State Middle School Orchestra. Read more
Robots made from 100 percent juice boxes guarded the hallways at Eastern Middle School this fall, during the middle school students’ philanthropic campaign to collect juice boxes for Kids’ Food Basket. Within three weeks, students collected a total of 786 juice boxes. Yet there was more to the challenge than just collecting juice boxes for a good cause. The students were challenged to build robots from the juice boxes they collected. The first hour class with the tallest robot made from a minimum 100 boxes won the challenge and won the opportunity to help deliver the items to Kids’ Food Basket. Read more
CONGRATULATIONS to Central Middle School teacher Roxanne Gerds!!! Roxanne has 32 years of service to the children and families of FHPS. Roxanne’s dedication, skill, and love of kids is emblematic of so many teachers and staff throughout our district.