- 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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For 18 years, WGVU Public Media has coordinated the WGVU Cool Teacher Contest designed to recognize outstanding teachers in West and Southwest Michigan and the important role they play in the lives of their students. This year, 29 teachers were named “Cool Teachers”, and Forest Hills Public Schools had two teachers receive the award. Kim Crampton, second grade teacher at Knapp Forest Elementary School, and Tonja Bogema, seventh grade teacher at Central Middle School, each were honored when one of their students wrote to WGVU and entered their essays in the Cool Teacher Contest. Read more
Director of Instructional Services for Forest Hills Public Schools Margie Fellinger recently was named to a three-year term, on the executive board for Learning Forward Michigan. Learning Forward, formerly known as the Michigan Staff Development Council, is part of a national organization advocating for quality research-based professional learning policies and practices for those in the field of education. Fellinger joins other school administrators and professionals representing K-12 and post-secondary education across the state. Read more
At the regular June meeting of the Forest Hills Public Schools board of education, three local leaders were honored by being named recipients of the Ben Emdin Guiding Principles in Action Award. Maribeth Wardrop and John and Mary Schaff each received the award which was created to honor Emdin who devoted 40 years of service to the FHPS district, and who resigned as board of education president in 2002.
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Nearly 5,000 athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, parents and community members are expected to gather on the campus of Forest Hills Eastern High School, Saturday, June 1, to take part in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 girls and boys state track meet. Schools from across our state will compete in track and field events including pole vault, shot put, high jump, discus, long jump, hurdles, 200-meter and 100-meter races, 3200-meter relays and much more. Gates will open at 8 a.m. and the event will run all day. Tickets are $7 per person and parking is $3. Read more
Forest Hills Eastern, Northern and Central High Schools recently were named among the top public schools in America according to a report by Newsweek. Newsweek, and affiliate company, The Daily Beast, analyzed high schools throughout the country to find exemplary ones and released their findings of the top 2,000. According to the study, the organizations were looking to find schools that best prepare students for college. The study looked at indicators of college readiness such as graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs, and acceptance into a two- or four-year college program.
“Forest Hills Public Schools take great pride in doing what’s best for all students and helping all of our students reach their fullest potential,” said Dan Behm, superintendent. “We continue to strive to move our educational standards forward and implement best practices in education. Although the study just examined high schools, academic excellence can be found throughout all of our buildings in the district.”
All three Forest Hills high schools made the top list in 2012 as well.
Additional information is available online: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/features/2013/americas-best-high-schools.html.