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At the Oct. 20, 2014, meeting of the Forest Hills Public Schools Board of Education, the board unanimously approved the refinancing of its 2005 bonds—ultimately saving the school district almost $7 million. By approving the refinancing of the bonds, the interest rate decreased from 5 percent to 1.7 percent.
Click here for the video: An Ode to ArtPrize
Click here for the complete article: http://www.mlive.com/ada-cascade/index.ssf/2014/10/forest_hills_spanish_immersion.html
Jeff Yalden, highly acclaimed life coach and #1 youth motivational speaker, will be presenting a special, inspiring evening for the Grand Rapids community, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. This is one event you definitely won’t want to miss!!
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, marked the district’s first two-hour delay day for staff professional learning. Many people wonder, “What do teachers and staff do on these days?” Here’s a great blog post by one of our very own…FHPS Instructional Coach Judy Walton. It’s definitely worth the quick read.
Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws, along with Michigan State Police Trooper Martin Miller were at Orchard View Elementary School as part of an assembly called, “Go to Bat for Respect!” “Go to Bat for Respect” is an anti-bullying assembly presented in partnership with The Detroit Tigers, The Michigan State Police, and Subway Restaurants. Trooper Miller told the students, “If you see a bully; stop a bully.” He also said, “Every student can make a difference. You’re special for reason and be proud of that!” October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
Ada Elementary School had a special guest before school opened this year. With a little assistance from a walker, 97-year-old Cathaleen Hardy navigated her way through empty halls to the classroom where she taught first grade for 11 years. In 1951, she started teaching in the old Ada Elementary School until it closed. She then taught at Thornapple Elementary School until the new Ada Elementary opened again in 1965. This is where Hardy would spend her years teaching first grade in the same classroom until her retirement in 1976. She said she enjoyed the first grade because she loved to teach the little ones to read. During her August visit back to Ada Elementary, she could envision where her desk once sat, and the blackboards now have been replaced with whiteboards.
Collins Elementary School Principal Mitch Balingit accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Dr. Sue Gutierrez, principal, Northern Trails 5/6 School. More importantly than accepting the challenge, the students and staff raised money to contribute to the ALS Association as well as support another initiative the school adopted last year–the Uganda Well Project providing clean water to people in Uganda. Mitch has now challenged Scott Haid, principal, Knapp Forest Elementary School and Greg Greg Shubel, principal, Thornapple Elementary School.
Click below to view the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Prior to the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the Forest Hills Public School District conducted its first district climate survey. The survey asked parents, community members and staff to provide feedback on important issues such as district leadership, district decisions, budget awareness, communication and new initiatives. Nearly 2,500 individuals participated in the survey, and the results of the survey reflect these individuals’ perceptions and opinions.