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March 24, 201410 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, 201410 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, 201411 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, 201411 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, 201411 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

February 10, 201411 months ago

Ada Elementary Classroom Helps Raise Awareness About Esophogitis Disorders

Article by Jan Holst – Advance Newspaper

Sometimes fourth-graders learn about something most adults know nothing about. When an Ada Elementary classroom learned about eosinophilic esophogitis (EOE), they knew they wanted to help spread awareness, and they found a way to surprise one of their friends with a special birthday party as well.

Eli Luyckx, who turned 10 on Jan. 31 is in nearly every way just like all children. The son of Michael and Melissa Luyckx, he is the oldest of four with three sisters. He is a Cub Scout with Troop 3290 in Ada. He loves his family, grandparents, and cousins and one of his favorite activities is tubing with cousins in the summer. He likes to fix things, tinker and build and has been known to sit for hours taking apart an old computer, said his dad. Eli collects stuffed bunnies and really likes playing Minecraft.

At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with EOE, an extreme food allergy, which basically prohibits him from eating. Since 2010, he has been a patient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which, according to Michael Luyckx, is world renowned for treating the rare disease.

There is no known cure but the disease can be managed if offending foods are determined and eliminated. Read more

February 5, 201411 months ago

National School Counseling Week honors school counselors and their positive impact on students’ lives

Our school district has an amazing group of school counselors who are talented, caring, dedicated individuals. School counselors have a tremendous impact on helping students achieve success in the classroom and in life. They help build strong futures for our students.

People may wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class, or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today’s school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Read more

January 30, 20141 year ago

FHC Senior Named Semifinalist in Intel Science Talent Search

Emily D’Amato, Forest Hills Central senior, was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.  D’Amato’s 20-page research paper titled “The Development of Phosphodiesterase 4D Inhibitors with 3D Printing and Molecular Visualization Software for the Treatment of Acrodysostosis” was one of 300 papers selected out of thousands to be an Intel Semifinalist.  The semifinalists were selected from nearly 1,800 entrants from 489 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and seven American high schools overseas.  Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school.

January 30, 20141 year ago

55 FHPS students qualify for the 2014 State DECA Conference

Congratulations to our 55 high school students who are moving on to the state DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition.  The students who will represent Forest Hills and their high schools at the state competition are as follows:  From Northern High School:  Tai Verbrugge and Mani Singh; from Eastern High School: Chris Cantu, Jon McCready, Michael Bova, Grant Akemann, Austin Whitsett, Treyvor Barclay, Patrick Gregory, Abby Pope, Zach Harper, Kiley Whetter, Christina Garcia, Scott Calandrino, and Emily Gibson; from Central High School:  Natasha Agrillo, Allie Ahlers, Celeste Anderson, Keaton Averill, Patrick Awtrey, Keaghan Bacon, Matthew Bailey, Matt Basch, Makenzie Bosworth, Austin Bouma, Maggie Brown, Ryan Conner, Alex Dixon, Patrick Donovan, Sean Elsenbroek, Nico Finelli, Dillon Foster, Quinn Gardner, Nick Gogo, Kaitlin Gordon, Patrick Grady, Aaron Koster, Andrew Kransberger, Eric Krejci, Noah Kuhlmann, Dakota Kutchins, Savannah Lacy, Michaela Maticevic, Niles Nowak, Rachel Otley, Dishant Parmar, Paul Raschid, David Riser, Ariana Roberts, Scott Sible, Sam Slaw, Ian Till, Eva Van Artsen, David Wang, and Cameron Woodard. Read more

January 30, 20141 year ago

Top spellers Move on

Congratulations to the following students who will represent their school and compete in the regional spelling bee in February.  One winner from each regional bee will compete in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee.  Eventually one winner from the state spelling bee will represent Michigan in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee school competition and compete in Washington, D.C. in May.   Listed below are the student winners and runners-up at their respective schools representing fifth through eighth grades.

Knapp Forest Elementary: Bodie McCloskey (winner); Ty Mikula (runner-up)
Orchard View Elementary: Kendal Mulcahy (winner); Nila Thillaivanan (runner-up)
Central Woodlands 5/6 School:  Sabrina Ishanyan (winner); Jenny Zhang (runner-up)
Northern Trails 5/6 School:  Aiden Mishley (winner); Giremt Benyam (runner-up)
Central Middle School:  Kadhim AL- Kaylani (winner); Hannah Dewent (runner-up)
Eastern Middle School:  Parker Pomeroy (winner); Rashane Thapa (runner-up)
Northern Middle School:   Jackson Hotchkiss (winner); Adrain Poole (runner-up)