- 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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The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association recently announced that Kristy Butler was selected as the 2014 Science Teacher of Promise. Butler is a teacher at Forest Hills Central High School and was chosen for inspiring students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, demonstrating potential for leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and for teaching. She will be honored at an awards ceremony at the MSTA Conference in March.
Forest Hills middle school students recently attended a writer’s workshop featuring world renowned author Cynthia Lord. While visiting with the students, Lord talked about her approach to writing and explained the “writer’s craft” to help students understand the importance of reading and writing, and the importance of the editing process. Additionally, the students worked together with Lord to brainstorm a new story, and collectively they worked, step by step, to write a story during the workshop.
Lord spoke about ways to come up with ideas for writing, and then how to develop the idea once it is thought of. She even showed students a “draft” copy of a book, complete with editor’s notes, and discussed with students the illustration process. Read more
Congratulations are in order to a number of our Eastern music students!
Junior trombone player Owen Longjohn has been selected as a member of the Michigan All-State Jazz Band.
Eight grade students: Annika Bekker (tenor sax), Micah Longjohn (french horn), Andrew Lu (alto sax), and Sam Rechner (clarinet) were all selected as members of the Michigan All-State Middle School Band.
Junior Jonathan Thomas has been selected as a member of the Michigan All-State High School Orchestra
Rachel Thomas has been admitted to the Michigan All-State Middle School Orchestra. Read more
Robots made from 100 percent juice boxes guarded the hallways at Eastern Middle School this fall, during the middle school students’ philanthropic campaign to collect juice boxes for Kids’ Food Basket. Within three weeks, students collected a total of 786 juice boxes. Yet there was more to the challenge than just collecting juice boxes for a good cause. The students were challenged to build robots from the juice boxes they collected. The first hour class with the tallest robot made from a minimum 100 boxes won the challenge and won the opportunity to help deliver the items to Kids’ Food Basket. Read more
CONGRATULATIONS to Central Middle School teacher Roxanne Gerds!!! Roxanne has 32 years of service to the children and families of FHPS. Roxanne’s dedication, skill, and love of kids is emblematic of so many teachers and staff throughout our district.