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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.
Students from Forest Hills Northern Middle School and Forest Hills Eastern Middle School recently brought history to life and participated in the Michigan History Day State Finals hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. Forest Hills Public Schools had over 10 top-place honors at the state competition which qualifies the teams to participate at the National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland. Additionally, one team from Forest Hills Northern Middle School also received the Sam Breck Award for best entry in railroad history.
This year’s theme was, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” The middle school students conducted extensive research on a topic they selected to represent the theme, then they had to execute their ideas using the disciplines of writing, art, literature, music, drama and/or other forms of visual communication.
The following FHPS students have advanced to the national competition:
The community is invited to attend a free technology showcase highlighting the use of technology in the classroom. The event will take place, Friday, May 17, from 3:15-5 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave SE.