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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.
Dear Forest Hills Families,
On behalf of the Forest Hills Public Schools and all of our staff, I want to express my heartfelt thank you and appreciation for your support of the bond proposal and taking the time to vote in this important election. Your commitment and dedication to our schools and children are unwavering and serve as testament to the quality of education our district is committed to providing. Moving forward, we will remain vigilant in always doing what is in the best interest of our students and helping them all achieve their true potential.
Thank you for your continued support and entrusting us to provide safe and secure environments, with enhanced technology that will meet the needs of our district for years to come. Thank you for “Investing in Our Future” by investing in our children.
Dan Behm, Superintendent
Please click here for the ArtPrize 2013 video
The Forest Hills Community has created an entry for the 2013 ArtPrize, 7,000 Leaves of Love. We have had over 7,000 FHPS students participate, as each artist has created a ceramic leaf that symbolizes a specific act of love directed toward a person in their lives.
Click Here for MLive report on 7000 Leaves of Love.
Eastern High School would like to recognize Jonathan Thomas (class of 2015). This spring, Jonathan took the American Chemical Society Test locally and scored the highest in Kent County. He is now eligible to take the national test. He received a $50 gift card from GVSU. This is a fantastic achievement because the tests were extremely difficult. He also earned the outstanding score of 5 on the AP Chemistry exam. To review past exams, please click on the link below for the ACS website:
The Global Learners Initiative (GLI) put together this wonderful video that was shown at the FHPS District Kickoff.