- 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.
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Congratulations to Chad Milton Junior, a student a Northern High School, who won the State Championship in the Novice Division, 165 pound class, in the Michigan State Golden Gloves Championship. Chad’s next competition will be in the Meijer Games in July.
Matt Meyer, teacher at Knapp Forest Elementary School and some Knapp Forest fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the student technology showcase at MACUL 2014. They presented an iBook showcase, and many other school districts were interested in how they could implement a similar program into their classrooms.
Just in time for Earth Day, Kent ISD presented area schools with Green School awards, recognizing the extensive environmental work of educators and students. Congratulations to Forest Hills Eastern High School, Forest Hills Eastern Middle School, Meadow Brook Elementary School and Ada Vista Elementary School for receiving this award.
The Eastern High School Multi-Cultural Club recently adopted two elementary schools in Tacloban City- Mohon Elementary and San Roque Elementary. The club has been able to purchase a year’s worth of school supplies for their 2014-2015 school year which starts the first week of June.
Lois Biggs, Elliot Bekker and Owen Longjohn were chosen to participate in this year’s John Mackey All-Star Band. The all-Michigan High School band event was held at Western Michigan University as part of the 46th annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music hosted by WMU’s School of Music. The Mackey All-Star Band was conducted by Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands at WMU.
Congratulations to all of our students who recently participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival. Nearly 100 Forest Hills students participated representing all of our middle and high school bands and orchestras.
The Forest Hills Eastern Boys Lacrosse team recently volunteered with Feeding America West Michigan. Sixteen volunteers participated for three hours totaling 48 volunteer hours for Feeding America. Volunteers spent the time sorting and packaging raw potatoes and boxed pop tarts for the local food banks in West Michigan.
Central Woodlands 5/6 School has been named a “Mix It Up” Model School. Students at Central Woodlands joined more than one million other students across the country to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in the 12th Annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Only two schools in Michigan received this award, and Central Woodlands is one of 76 schools in the country to be named a “Model School.”
The fourth graders at Ada Vista spent a week at John Ball Zoo this spring and attended ZooLab. The kids are assigned to an animal which they observe for an hour each day, and write and draw about its adaptations, habitat, habits, predators and prey, and characteristics. Beyond the specific animal, they have the pleasure of several exclusive zoo experiences, including a touch tank behind the penguin exhibit, making enrichment gifts for some animals, and a tour of the hospital that cares for sick animals. Since Ada Vista is the Spanish Immersion School, much of the days’ activities are conducted in Spanish, including the journals that each student is keeping about observation and events. They also incorporated the use of technology, by having the kids use iPads to take videos of the animals, and themselves working on projects, and reflecting upon the experience.
- Stone fruits are a good source of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps heal cuts and wounds and assists in keeping teeth and gums healthy.
- Stone fruits have a single seed in the center of the fleshy fruit that looks like a stone. They are one of summer’s seasonal fruits that include cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots.
- Stone fruits like peaches can be added as a topping to cereal or oatmeal, in fruit salad, in sauces and salsas, or blended into smoothies. Baking and grilling stone fruits is easy and is delicious served with yogurt!
- Plums are not just purple; they come in red, yellow and blue too. There are over 700 varieties of peaches-some Chinese varieties are even flat like hockey pucks.