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Congratulations to Forest Hills Northern High School students, Emily Pool and Christina Dood, and Forest Hills Eastern High School student, Jordan Moreau. They are among 10 recipients of the Hutt Scholarship given by Lake Michigan Credit Union. The Hutt Scholarship actually is an essay contest where students responded to the prompt: “25 years from now, how will the world be a better place because of you?”
Congratulations to Eastern Middle School students, Sam Volk and Drew Kunik, who took first place in the Nico-TEAM poster competition in Grand Rapids. The Nico-TEAM coalition of community physicians, dentists, medical students and researchers sponsored a poster contest with area middle school students. The purpose of the event was to heighten the awareness of the harmful effects of smoking in this at-risk population.
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is pleased to announce Graphic Design student Jamie Vander Werf as the valedictorian of the college’s 2015 graduating class. Vander Werf, a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern High School, will be a keynote speaker during KCAD’s commencement ceremony on May 9.
Several students from Eastern High School attended a hands-on career and college readiness event called Career Quest 2015. During this unique experience, students learned from medical professionals, foremen, mechanical engineers and many more. They explored key West Michigan industries expecting solid job growth in the near future. They also made connections between the classroom and the workplace by interacting with technology, tools and professionals from many different fields.
Taking skills learned in a classroom and applying them to every day life took on a whole new meaning for some students, their families and staff in the FHPS Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program. Click here to read about their amazing, recent trip to China.
Congratulations to Donna Pennington and Bev Van Dyke for receiving the Randy Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of school social work by the Midwest Council and the School Social Work Association of America. Donna worked for the district for almost 25 years, and Bev worked for the district to close to 36 years. To read more about this award and the association, click here. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals.
Students district-wide create visual images of what fresh water means to them; on display at the FAC
All of the schools throughout the district have participated with a visual response to the lack of fresh water in the world and what fresh water means to them. The lobby gallery in the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center has been dedicated for each school to have their students’ showcase their art surrounding this topic. Students had to reflect upon what they learned about the use of water through creating an image that shows an environment/social awareness about the use of water in their own lives and others. The students were asked to write a reflection piece to accompany their work. The project was coordinated by Betsy Ernst, teacher.
The French AP class at Eastern High School took their acting troupe on the road for one day to Knapp Forest and Orchard View elementary schools. The high school students wrote a play based on the story of “Rapunzel” and the movie “Tangled” and presented it to the elementary students. The different sections of the play were introduced in English and the dialog was in French. During intermission, the high school students taught the elementary students some French vocabulary.
For the second year in a row, Central Woodlands 5/6 School has been named a National Mix It Up Model School. Mix It Up Model Schools embrace respect and inclusiveness as core values—and they “mix it up” all year long. These model schools have done an exemplary job of organizing, publicizing and implementing “Mix It Up” at lunch days. The Mix It Up Lunch Day program began in 2002 nation-wide, and seeks to break down social barriers by encouraging students to sit with someone new at lunch. So, what’s a Model School? These schools participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day and followed up with additional events that promote kindness and friendship and encourage students to be more inclusive throughout the school year. Congratulations Central Woodlands!