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FHPS Instructional Coach Judy Walton, has been selected to receive the Clyde M. Campbell Endowed Fellowship for the fall semester 2015 from the Michigan State University College of Education. Read more
Fourth-graders from Pine Ridge Elementary School recently released their classroom’s hand-raised Chinook salmon on the shore of the Thornapple River in Ada. They released their smolts into their new natal stream as the culmination of this year’s Department of Natural Resources Salmon in the Classroom Program. This release added another hands-on component to the Great Lakes, watershed, and ecosystem lessons learned throughout the school year. Read more
Meadow Brook Elementary School students received a treat when guests from Kent Intermediate School District maintenance department showed up to try their skills at bocce ball. Although no scores were kept, everyone was a winner. The day was extra special too since all participants received cookie medals supplied by the culinary class at the KISD Tech Center. The bocce ball fun helps foster teamwork and so much more through Meadow Brook’s program called Project Unify and LINKS. To read more about this event, covered by School News Network, click here.
The Forest Hills parents who lead the AAA Team (Awareness, Acceptance, and Advocacy of Mental Health), were recently highlighted in School News Network. Click here to read more about this team and the positive impact they are having on our youth, our schools and our community.
“U.S. News and World Report” just released their 2015 rankings that include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. All three Forest Hills High Schools–Central, Eastern and Northern–made the list based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. All three high schools continue to rank among the top public schools in the state and nation. To read more about the rankings and methodology, click here.
Please join us in congratulating Scott Korpak, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for instruction, on being named the superintendent for Northview Public Schools, effective July 1, 2015. According to Superintendent Dan Behm, “Northview will be gaining a humble and hard-working educator who leads through service to others and always with a keen focus on the needs of children. Forest Hills will be forever grateful for Scott’s service to our school district and his leadership of numerous programs, initiatives, and innovations. Scott is a man of deep character and steadfast integrity.” To read more about Korpak, click here.
Ashley Peuler, an 11th-grade student at Northern High School, has her artwork on approximately eight billboards throughout Michigan. Following her art being on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, she was contacted by Mackinac Island Company (creators of cherry mustard and smoked whitefish spread) interested in having her draw something for an advertisement. Peuler did the drawing, and the company added the wording on the billboard. Now her artwork can be seen all over Michigan in print, online, and on billboards.
Alexandria Vaughn-Earvin, a seventh-grader at Forest Hills Central Middle School, recently spoke to a panel of Grand Rapids city officials and leaders. She shared why attending college would help her achieve her goals. This opportunity was part of KidSpeak 2015, an annual forum facilitated by the Mayor’s Youth Council, managed by Our Community’s Children, that gives young people in kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to speak directly to legislators, community leaders, and other officials about issues of importance to them. KidSpeak 2015, “Where Are We Going & How Do We Get There?” is about how young people see their future sense of self.
It was the world premier of the oldest music notation ever written. The music came to life on stage with world-renowned pianist Malek Jandali, Forest Hills Central senior and violinist, Tasneem Sannah, and the FHC orchestra. According to orchestra director, Andrew Pool, “It’s a gift. It’s about music, hope, harmony; it’s about understanding a different culture through the lens of music.”