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May 15, 20147 months ago

Nearly 100 Forest Hills Students Participate in Solo & Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to all of our students who recently participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Nearly 100 Forest Hills students participated representing all of our middle and high school bands and orchestras.

May 15, 20147 months ago

Lacrosse Team Volunteers at West Michigan Food Bank

The Forest Hills Eastern Boys Lacrosse team recently volunteered with Feeding America West Michigan.  Sixteen volunteers participated for three hours totaling 48 volunteer hours for Feeding America.  Volunteers spent the time sorting and packaging raw potatoes and boxed pop tarts for the local food banks in West Michigan.

May 15, 20147 months ago

Central Woodlands 5/6 School Named “Model School” for Mix It Up

Central Woodlands 5/6 School has been named a “Mix It Up” Model School.  Students at Central Woodlands joined more than one million other students across the country to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in the 12th Annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day.  Only two schools in Michigan received this award, and Central Woodlands is one of 76 schools in the country to be named a “Model School.”

May 15, 20147 months ago

Ada Vista Students go to ZooLab

The fourth graders at Ada Vista spent a week at John Ball Zoo this spring and attended ZooLab.  The kids are assigned to an animal which they observe for an hour each day, and write and draw about its adaptations, habitat, habits, predators and prey, and characteristics.  Beyond the specific animal, they have the pleasure of several exclusive zoo experiences, including a touch tank behind the penguin exhibit, making enrichment gifts for some animals, and a tour of the hospital that cares for sick animals.  Since Ada Vista is the Spanish Immersion School, much of the days’ activities are conducted in Spanish, including the journals that each student is keeping about observation and events.  They also incorporated the use of technology, by having the kids use iPads to take videos of the animals, and themselves working on projects, and reflecting upon the experience.

April 30, 20147 months ago

Food Focus - May 2014

  • Stone fruits are a good source of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps heal cuts and wounds and assists in keeping teeth and gums healthy.
  • Stone fruits have a single seed in the center of the fleshy fruit that looks like a stone. They are one of summer’s seasonal fruits that include cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots.
  • Stone fruits like peaches can be added as a topping to cereal or oatmeal, in fruit salad, in sauces and salsas, or blended into smoothies. Baking and grilling stone fruits is easy and is delicious served with yogurt!
  • Plums are not just purple; they come in red, yellow and blue too. There are over 700 varieties of peaches-some Chinese varieties are even flat like hockey pucks.
March 24, 20148 months ago

Final event this year in our Kids' Well-Being Series

Wednesday, March 26
7-8:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
Substance Abuse – Drinking & Smoking & Drugs, Oh My!  What You Thought You Knew
Presenters:  Mr. Glenn Nevelle, Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy and FHPS Liaison Officer; and Anthony Muller, MA, Director of Clinical and Business Development for Wedgwood Christian Services/Specializing in Substance Abuse Counseling
The event is free and geared toward parents and guardians.
It is organized by the Forest Hills Public Schools Parent Group Awareness, Acceptance and Advocacy of Mental Health.
For more information, call 493-8800.

Please click here to view videos of the last three Speaker Series 2013-14:  Suicide Prevention; Impact of Social Media; and Bullying.

March 19, 20149 months ago

Make Plans to Attend the Energy Expo at Central Woodlands 5/6 this Saturday, March 22

The community is invited to attend the Second Annual Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo, Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Woodlands 5/6 School, 400 Alta Dale SE.  The event will feature over 30 different exhibitors to show community members how to save energy and live a “greener” life.  Along with exhibitors, there will be a silent auction, a chance to win a $300 home energy audit, hourly giveaways and much more.  There is a $2 admission fee per person.  Additionally, each student attending the event will have their name entered into a drawing to win $100 worth of native plants for their school.

The Expo is organized by sixth-grade students at Central Woodlands who are environmentally conscious and want to do whatever they can to protect the future of the Great Lakes. Led by Patricia Tolly, teacher, the students hope to educate the community about energy consumption in America.   For additional information click here.

March 3, 20149 months ago

Way to go FHPS Odyssey of the Mind Teams

Congratulations to the Forest Hills Public Schools Odyssey of the Mind teams who competed at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament held at Forest Hills Central High School last Saturday.  This year, 37 teams from FHPS finished among the top in their division, and 14 FHPS teams are advancing to the state finals, March 29, 2014 in Traverse City.

The following schools will represent FHPS at the state Odyssey of the Mind Competition.

Driver’s Test Problem 1 Division I

Knapp Forest Elementary

Not-So-Haunted House Problem 2 Division I

Knapp Forest Elementary

Not-So-Haunted House Problem 2 Division II

Central Middle School

Not-So-Haunted House Problem 2 Division II

Northern High School

Central High School

It’s How We Rule Problem 3 Division I

Orchard View Elementary

It’s How We Rule Problem 3 Division III

Central High School

Winner of the Ranatra Fusca Award

The Stackable Structure Problem 4 Division I

Ada Elementary

The Stackable Structure Problem 4 Division II

Central Middle School

Central Woodlands 5/6

The Stackable Structure Problem 4 Division III

Central High School

Seeing is Believing Problem 5 Division I

Collins Elementary

Thornapple Elementary

Seeing is Believing Problem 5 Division II

Central Middle School

February 28, 20149 months ago

Kindergarten Round-up

All eight elementary schools will host their kindergarten round-up meetings for parents of incoming kindergarten students. Parents with children who will turn 5 years old on or before October 1, 2014, are encouraged to attend. For additional information about kindergarten and enrolling your son or daughter, please contact your elementary school. The kindergarten round-up dates, the schools, and their phone numbers are as follows:

  • Ada Elementary (493-8940): March 12
  • Ada Vista Elementary (493-8970): March 11 (Parent Information)
  • Collins Elementary (493-8900): March 13
  • Knapp Forest Elementary (493-8980) : March 13
  • Meadow Brook Elementary (493-8740): March 6
  • Orchard View Elementary (493-8930): March 6
  • Pine Ridge Elementary (493-8910): March 11
  • Thornapple Elementary (493-8920): March 11
February 25, 20149 months ago

Forest Hills Meadow Brook's nature center provides perfect learning environment for Groundswell project

By Jan Holst | Advance Newspapers

Forest Hills Meadow Brook is the first elementary school to join a group of educators working with local conservation organizations in a Forces Groundswell Grant initiative.

Third-grade teacher Lynnae Jarrell and fourth-grade teacher Annie Meyer were invited last summer to enter the program. They credit the “overwhelming opportunity to incorporate place-based learning on our school property” in part to the Meadow Brook Nature Center, which, they said, is “the perfect venue for students to participate in the relevant hands-on activities.” Read more