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Article by Jan Holst – Advance Newspaper
Sometimes fourth-graders learn about something most adults know nothing about. When an Ada Elementary classroom learned about eosinophilic esophogitis (EOE), they knew they wanted to help spread awareness, and they found a way to surprise one of their friends with a special birthday party as well.
Eli Luyckx, who turned 10 on Jan. 31 is in nearly every way just like all children. The son of Michael and Melissa Luyckx, he is the oldest of four with three sisters. He is a Cub Scout with Troop 3290 in Ada. He loves his family, grandparents, and cousins and one of his favorite activities is tubing with cousins in the summer. He likes to fix things, tinker and build and has been known to sit for hours taking apart an old computer, said his dad. Eli collects stuffed bunnies and really likes playing Minecraft.
At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with EOE, an extreme food allergy, which basically prohibits him from eating. Since 2010, he has been a patient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which, according to Michael Luyckx, is world renowned for treating the rare disease.
There is no known cure but the disease can be managed if offending foods are determined and eliminated. Read more
National School Counseling Week honors school counselors and their positive impact on students’ lives
Our school district has an amazing group of school counselors who are talented, caring, dedicated individuals. School counselors have a tremendous impact on helping students achieve success in the classroom and in life. They help build strong futures for our students.
People may wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class, or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today’s school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Read more
Emily D’Amato, Forest Hills Central senior, was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. D’Amato’s 20-page research paper titled “The Development of Phosphodiesterase 4D Inhibitors with 3D Printing and Molecular Visualization Software for the Treatment of Acrodysostosis” was one of 300 papers selected out of thousands to be an Intel Semifinalist. The semifinalists were selected from nearly 1,800 entrants from 489 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and seven American high schools overseas. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school.
Congratulations to our 55 high school students who are moving on to the state DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition. The students who will represent Forest Hills and their high schools at the state competition are as follows: From Northern High School: Tai Verbrugge and Mani Singh; from Eastern High School: Chris Cantu, Jon McCready, Michael Bova, Grant Akemann, Austin Whitsett, Treyvor Barclay, Patrick Gregory, Abby Pope, Zach Harper, Kiley Whetter, Christina Garcia, Scott Calandrino, and Emily Gibson; from Central High School: Natasha Agrillo, Allie Ahlers, Celeste Anderson, Keaton Averill, Patrick Awtrey, Keaghan Bacon, Matthew Bailey, Matt Basch, Makenzie Bosworth, Austin Bouma, Maggie Brown, Ryan Conner, Alex Dixon, Patrick Donovan, Sean Elsenbroek, Nico Finelli, Dillon Foster, Quinn Gardner, Nick Gogo, Kaitlin Gordon, Patrick Grady, Aaron Koster, Andrew Kransberger, Eric Krejci, Noah Kuhlmann, Dakota Kutchins, Savannah Lacy, Michaela Maticevic, Niles Nowak, Rachel Otley, Dishant Parmar, Paul Raschid, David Riser, Ariana Roberts, Scott Sible, Sam Slaw, Ian Till, Eva Van Artsen, David Wang, and Cameron Woodard. Read more
Congratulations to the following students who will represent their school and compete in the regional spelling bee in February. One winner from each regional bee will compete in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Eventually one winner from the state spelling bee will represent Michigan in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee school competition and compete in Washington, D.C. in May. Listed below are the student winners and runners-up at their respective schools representing fifth through eighth grades.
Knapp Forest Elementary: Bodie McCloskey (winner); Ty Mikula (runner-up)
Orchard View Elementary: Kendal Mulcahy (winner); Nila Thillaivanan (runner-up)
Central Woodlands 5/6 School: Sabrina Ishanyan (winner); Jenny Zhang (runner-up)
Northern Trails 5/6 School: Aiden Mishley (winner); Giremt Benyam (runner-up)
Central Middle School: Kadhim AL- Kaylani (winner); Hannah Dewent (runner-up)
Eastern Middle School: Parker Pomeroy (winner); Rashane Thapa (runner-up)
Northern Middle School: Jackson Hotchkiss (winner); Adrain Poole (runner-up)
Across the state, there are more than 4,100 school board members who dedicate countless hours of hard work to improving education for Michigan children. In Forest Hills our seven Board Members give of their time, talents, and energy to oversee the direction of a thriving school district, which is leading the way in education. The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation for the trustees who work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. Please join us and all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Month to honor local board members for their commitment to Forest Hills and its children. It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn and achieve their true potential. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our community expect. They are true public servants, and we greatly appreciate all they do. If you see one of our Board members, help us by saying, “Thank you, for all you do.”
The following students from the combined AP Studio Art class at Eastern High School received Scholastic Art Awards from their submissions created in our fall semester AP Breadth classes.
and “Woods” (Ink Wash)
Please join the students at Central Woodlands 5/6 School to help remove Autumn Olive on the nature trail adjacent to the front driveway of the school. The Autumn Olive Removal Community Day is Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Many hands make light work.
Autumn Olive is an invasive plant species that has taken over Perkins Path. Over the years, trimming back these bushes to make the path accessible has caused vigorous growth. As part of a Take Back the Woodlands campaign, sponsored by Groundswell, the students of the Elliott/Peneycad teacher team are sponsoring an Autumn Olive Removal Community Day, and we would love to have you join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the school and community, make a positive environmental impact, as well as honor the memory of CW counselor, Kathy Perkins. Read more