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Join Superintendent Behm as he reviews the School Aid Fund and upcoming ballot initiatives and explains in an easy-to-understand format what it all means for tax payers. Be an informed citizen and voter, and attend one of the following events: Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m., at Forest Hills Central High School Auditorium, and Tuesday, April 21, at noon at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. To read a recent news article on mLive, click here.
Registration for June 9 and June 10 half-day child care as well as registration for Summer Day Camp begins April 15.
Are you looking for a preschool that can offer a five half-day program for your 4-year-old with the added benefit of enrichment classes provided by FHPS staff? Ada Elementary Preschool and Knapp Forest Elementary Preschool are hosting Spring Open Houses for interested families and their preschoolers. Visit Knapp Forest Preschool on Thursday, April 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit Ada Preschool on Monday, April 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children must be 4-years-old by Sept. 1, 2015. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. More information can be found on the child care website. www.fhps.net/child-care/ Feel free to call the child care office at 493-8787 with any questions.
April 13, 2015
Dear Forest Hills Families,
This letter is the second of three letters to Forest Hills families regarding the important issue of funding for Michigan’s schools. Thank you for your response to my first letter regarding School Aid Fund dollars being used to cover items that previously were supported by the state’s general purpose fund known as the General Fund. Unfortunately, state leaders did indeed enact a mid-year budgetary change that will result in the School Aid Fund having $250 million less in it at the end of the fiscal year than if they had left the money alone. Many people expressed the common concern that this money was being used for things other than support of Michigan’s public schools. The purpose of this letter is to explain how the upcoming May 5, 2015, ballot proposal known as “Proposal 1” would address the issue of allowable uses of School Aid Fund dollars.
Come learn about the exciting new campaign the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation has recently launched called Destination: Innovation. The Destination: Innovation campaign will fund exploration of new learning methods, structures and ideas. These funds will enrich teachers with essential resources–such as time, training and technology–so they can deliver a new type of learning in a new way. The community meetings are as follows: Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., at the Fine Arts Center, and Tuesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. To learn more about Destination: Innovation, click here.
Congratulations to the math team students from Forest Hills Central High School who competed in the Grand Rapids Community College Math Challenge last weekend. They took first place out of 21 schools! Way to go Rangers! Congratulations to team members, Isabelle Popp, Kathryn Knister, Rea Parocaran, Scott Hadley, Nick Ettinger, William Xu, and teacher/coach, Jake Mills.
Over 400 students, parents and family members attended the inaugural Doughnuts with Dudes/Dudettes last week at Collins Elementary School. The students were encouraged to bring a family member, spend time reading together, and yes, have a doughnut or two! This event was coordinated by staff to help celebrate March is Reading Month.