- Students from Central Woodlands 5/6 School and Northern Trails 5/6 School have their artwork titled “Caricatures, Artists, and Bobbleheads” on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through April 6. The students, along with their art teacher Merrily Holladay, created over 100 bobbleheads for an exhibit which coincided with Laughfest.
- Congratulations to four Odyssey of the Mind teams who will represent their school and our school district at the World Finals. The following are competing on the world stage: Not-So-Haunted House Problem 2 Division III, Forest Hills Northern High School and Forest Hills Central High School; The Stackable Structure Problem 4 Division III Forest Hills Central High School (also recipient of the Ranatra Fusca Award for excellence in creativity); and Seeing is Believing Problem 5 Division I Thornapple Elementary School. The World Finals will be held at Iowa State University, May 28-31.
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Forest Hills Northern High School recently hosted a one-day camp called Healthy Hearts Youth Camp. The goal of the camp was to raise awareness of heart disease, early intervention, and for Metro Health to provide heart screening to West Michigan student athletes. Dr. Edwin Kornoelje, D.O., Metro Health, also talked to parents about sports injuries such as concussions, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. This year’s camp, featured two all-star sports standouts. Allyssa DeHaan-Clark, former Miss Basketball in the state of Michigan, and a four-year starter for Michigan State University’s women’s basketball team helped led the basketball clinic. Jared Veldheer, a 2005 Forest Hills Northern High School graduate, two-time All-American at Hillsdale College, and starter as left tackle for the Oakland Raiders, lead the football clinic. Both basketball and football sessions focused on fundamentals, leadership, nutrition, strength and conditioning. Read more
Statistics may seem to be a dry subject often avoided by most people and perhaps it was that dreaded college class you had to take. Yet through the eyes of students, it can actually be quite interesting, fun, and educational. Better yet, you could win state accolades for designing the best statistics poster in Michigan. That is exactly what happened for students from Eastern Middle School, Knapp Forest Elementary School, and Ada Vista Elementary School.
Eleven Forest Hills Public Schools students were among this year’s winners of the Michigan Statistics Poster Competition. The students and poster titles are as follows: Read more
For 18 years, WGVU Public Media has coordinated the WGVU Cool Teacher Contest designed to recognize outstanding teachers in West and Southwest Michigan and the important role they play in the lives of their students. This year, 29 teachers were named “Cool Teachers”, and Forest Hills Public Schools had two teachers receive the award. Kim Crampton, second grade teacher at Knapp Forest Elementary School, and Tonja Bogema, seventh grade teacher at Central Middle School, each were honored when one of their students wrote to WGVU and entered their essays in the Cool Teacher Contest. Read more
Director of Instructional Services for Forest Hills Public Schools Margie Fellinger recently was named to a three-year term, on the executive board for Learning Forward Michigan. Learning Forward, formerly known as the Michigan Staff Development Council, is part of a national organization advocating for quality research-based professional learning policies and practices for those in the field of education. Fellinger joins other school administrators and professionals representing K-12 and post-secondary education across the state. Read more
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.
On Saturday, May 11, at the FH Eastern Stadium, the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse teams will be scrimmaging Grand Rapids Catholic Central to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan teen suicide prevention efforts. Please help support this great cause and need in our community. ADMISSION IS FREE
Girls’ Lacrosse at 5:30 p.m.
Boys’ Lacrosse at 7:00 p.m.
Did you know…in Kent County, suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens? The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is dedicated to educating teens, schools, and the community to recognize teen depression and the importance of early treatment. Join us as we commit to take the steps needed to prevent teen suicide.