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September 25, 20145 months ago

97-Years-Young and Retired Teacher Visits Ada Elementary; Would Love to Hear From Former Students

Ada Elementary School had a special guest before school opened this year. With a little assistance from a walker, 97-year-old Cathaleen Hardy navigated her way through empty halls to the classroom where she taught first grade for 11 years. In 1951, she started teaching in the old Ada Elementary School until it closed. She then taught at Thornapple Elementary School until the new Ada Elementary opened again in 1965. This is where Hardy would spend her years teaching first grade in the same classroom until her retirement in 1976. She said she enjoyed the first grade because she loved to teach the little ones to read. During her August visit back to Ada Elementary, she could envision where her desk once sat, and the blackboards now have been replaced with whiteboards.

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September 25, 20145 months ago

Collins students raise money for ALS and Uganda

Collins Elementary School Principal Mitch Balingit accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Dr. Sue Gutierrez, principal, Northern Trails 5/6 School.  More importantly than accepting the challenge, the students and staff raised money to contribute to the ALS Association as well as support another initiative the school adopted last year–the Uganda Well Project providing clean water to people in Uganda.  Mitch has now challenged Scott Haid, principal, Knapp Forest Elementary School and Greg Greg Shubel, principal, Thornapple Elementary School.

Click below to view the Ice Bucket Challenge.
http://www.fhps.net/collins/files/2014/09/IMG_1738.mov

September 22, 20145 months ago

Forest Hills Public Schools Releases Results of First District Climate Survey

—87 percent rate the school district as “excellent” or “very good”; an additional 12 percent respond with a “good” rating

 

Prior to the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the Forest Hills Public School District conducted its first district climate survey. The survey asked parents, community members and staff to provide feedback on important issues such as district leadership, district decisions, budget awareness, communication and new initiatives. Nearly 2,500 individuals participated in the survey, and the results of the survey reflect these individuals’ perceptions and opinions.

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September 17, 20145 months ago

FHN Teacher Helps Student Triumphantly Participate in Bridge Run

It’s not about the run, but what it represents for these individuals.  Read this amazing, heart-warming story of a FHN teacher and student.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/09/forest_hills_northern_teacher_1.html#incart_river

September 12, 20145 months ago

Community Football Events; Pregame Family Festivities, Friday, Sept. 12

Central and Eastern high schools both have their community football family fun nights Friday, Sept. 12.  Come out and support our teams and have some fun too!

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September 12, 20145 months ago

School Counselor Passes National Counselor’s Exam

Congratulations to staff member Cindy Urban who recently passed the National Counselor’s Exam which is the final requirement to becoming a fully Licensed Professional Counselor.  This ends a long journey through a double master’s program consisting of 62 semester credits at Michigan State University and three different licensing exams.  Although being a LPC is not required for school counselors, it just adds another level of mastery of skills and competencies which can be beneficial to all Forest Hills students.

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September 12, 20145 months ago

Students Take Part in Patriot Day Events

Northern Trails 5/6 students took part in two ceremonies throughout the day on Sept. 11 to honor our American heroes during Patriot Day. Patriot Day, also referred to as 9-11, has been established as a holiday in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America and the heroes who responded. (Patriot Day is not to be confused with Patriots’ Day, a day that commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, observed the third Monday in April.)

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July 24, 20147 months ago

FHN Tennis Coach David Sukup Inducted Into Hall of Fame

David Sukup, Forest Hills Northern boys’ and girls’ tennis coach for the last 47 years recently was inducted in the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Sukup’s teams have been a dominant force in high school tennis. To date, the Huskies girls’ tennis team has won the previous six state titles and seven of the previous nine. Before that, they were state runners-up in 1999, 2001, and 2012. Read more