- Students from Central Woodlands 5/6 School and Northern Trails 5/6 School have their artwork titled “Caricatures, Artists, and Bobbleheads” on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through April 6. The students, along with their art teacher Merrily Holladay, created over 100 bobbleheads for an exhibit which coincided with Laughfest.
- Congratulations to four Odyssey of the Mind teams who will represent their school and our school district at the World Finals. The following are competing on the world stage: Not-So-Haunted House Problem 2 Division III, Forest Hills Northern High School and Forest Hills Central High School; The Stackable Structure Problem 4 Division III Forest Hills Central High School (also recipient of the Ranatra Fusca Award for excellence in creativity); and Seeing is Believing Problem 5 Division I Thornapple Elementary School. The World Finals will be held at Iowa State University, May 28-31.
- Congratulations to the Forest Hills All-Stars Special Olympics Basketball Team for earning a gold medal at the state tournament.
- Congratulations to Brett Bauman, Northern Hills Middle School student, Danny Richardson, Central Middle School student, and Ram Gindzin, Central Woodlands 5/6 School student, who will represent Forest Hills Public Schools at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, Friday, April 4 at Western Michigan University.
- The Forest Hills Northern High School team finished 2nd in their division at the annual GRCC 9-10 Math Challenge.
- Teachers Kristy Butler and Patti Richardson recently presented at the Michigan Science Teachers Association conference. Their presentations were titled, “BILL – Biology Interactive Learning Logs” explaining how interactive learning logs and lab notebooks allow students and teachers to follow student learning of content throughout the year, and “Deconstructed Dissections” which explored a new way of teaching dissections focusing on enhanced student engagement and examining the evolution of life.
- Sue Gutierrez, principal, Northern Trails 5/6 School, and Christin Topolinski, instructional coach, recently obtained their doctorate degrees.
- David Fouch, Forest Hills Northern High School social studies and AP U.S. history teacher, will be a presenter this summer at FlipCon 14, a national conference for educators who have or will be implementing a classroom model for learning called, “Flipped Learning.”
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Article by Jan Holst – Advance Newspaper
Sometimes fourth-graders learn about something most adults know nothing about. When an Ada Elementary classroom learned about eosinophilic esophogitis (EOE), they knew they wanted to help spread awareness, and they found a way to surprise one of their friends with a special birthday party as well.
Eli Luyckx, who turned 10 on Jan. 31 is in nearly every way just like all children. The son of Michael and Melissa Luyckx, he is the oldest of four with three sisters. He is a Cub Scout with Troop 3290 in Ada. He loves his family, grandparents, and cousins and one of his favorite activities is tubing with cousins in the summer. He likes to fix things, tinker and build and has been known to sit for hours taking apart an old computer, said his dad. Eli collects stuffed bunnies and really likes playing Minecraft.
At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with EOE, an extreme food allergy, which basically prohibits him from eating. Since 2010, he has been a patient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which, according to Michael Luyckx, is world renowned for treating the rare disease.
There is no known cure but the disease can be managed if offending foods are determined and eliminated. Read more
National School Counseling Week honors school counselors and their positive impact on students’ lives
Our school district has an amazing group of school counselors who are talented, caring, dedicated individuals. School counselors have a tremendous impact on helping students achieve success in the classroom and in life. They help build strong futures for our students.
People may wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class, or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today’s school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Read more
Emily D’Amato, Forest Hills Central senior, was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. D’Amato’s 20-page research paper titled “The Development of Phosphodiesterase 4D Inhibitors with 3D Printing and Molecular Visualization Software for the Treatment of Acrodysostosis” was one of 300 papers selected out of thousands to be an Intel Semifinalist. The semifinalists were selected from nearly 1,800 entrants from 489 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and seven American high schools overseas. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school.
Congratulations to our 55 high school students who are moving on to the state DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition. The students who will represent Forest Hills and their high schools at the state competition are as follows: From Northern High School: Tai Verbrugge and Mani Singh; from Eastern High School: Chris Cantu, Jon McCready, Michael Bova, Grant Akemann, Austin Whitsett, Treyvor Barclay, Patrick Gregory, Abby Pope, Zach Harper, Kiley Whetter, Christina Garcia, Scott Calandrino, and Emily Gibson; from Central High School: Natasha Agrillo, Allie Ahlers, Celeste Anderson, Keaton Averill, Patrick Awtrey, Keaghan Bacon, Matthew Bailey, Matt Basch, Makenzie Bosworth, Austin Bouma, Maggie Brown, Ryan Conner, Alex Dixon, Patrick Donovan, Sean Elsenbroek, Nico Finelli, Dillon Foster, Quinn Gardner, Nick Gogo, Kaitlin Gordon, Patrick Grady, Aaron Koster, Andrew Kransberger, Eric Krejci, Noah Kuhlmann, Dakota Kutchins, Savannah Lacy, Michaela Maticevic, Niles Nowak, Rachel Otley, Dishant Parmar, Paul Raschid, David Riser, Ariana Roberts, Scott Sible, Sam Slaw, Ian Till, Eva Van Artsen, David Wang, and Cameron Woodard. Read more
Congratulations to the following students who will represent their school and compete in the regional spelling bee in February. One winner from each regional bee will compete in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Eventually one winner from the state spelling bee will represent Michigan in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee school competition and compete in Washington, D.C. in May. Listed below are the student winners and runners-up at their respective schools representing fifth through eighth grades.
Knapp Forest Elementary: Bodie McCloskey (winner); Ty Mikula (runner-up)
Orchard View Elementary: Kendal Mulcahy (winner); Nila Thillaivanan (runner-up)
Central Woodlands 5/6 School: Sabrina Ishanyan (winner); Jenny Zhang (runner-up)
Northern Trails 5/6 School: Aiden Mishley (winner); Giremt Benyam (runner-up)
Central Middle School: Kadhim AL- Kaylani (winner); Hannah Dewent (runner-up)
Eastern Middle School: Parker Pomeroy (winner); Rashane Thapa (runner-up)
Northern Middle School: Jackson Hotchkiss (winner); Adrain Poole (runner-up)