- 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.
- Congratulations to the Forest Hills All-Stars Special Olympics Basketball Team for earning a gold medal at the state tournament.
- Congratulations to Brett Bauman, Northern Hills Middle School student, Danny Richardson, Central Middle School student, and Ram Gindzin, Central Woodlands 5/6 School student, who will represent Forest Hills Public Schools at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, Friday, April 4 at Western Michigan University.
- The Forest Hills Northern High School team finished 2nd in their division at the annual GRCC 9-10 Math Challenge.
- Teachers Kristy Butler and Patti Richardson recently presented at the Michigan Science Teachers Association conference. Their presentations were titled, “BILL – Biology Interactive Learning Logs” explaining how interactive learning logs and lab notebooks allow students and teachers to follow student learning of content throughout the year, and “Deconstructed Dissections” which explored a new way of teaching dissections focusing on enhanced student engagement and examining the evolution of life.
- Sue Gutierrez, principal, Northern Trails 5/6 School, and Christin Topolinski, instructional coach, recently obtained their doctorate degrees.
- David Fouch, Forest Hills Northern High School social studies and AP U.S. history teacher, will be a presenter this summer at FlipCon 14, a national conference for educators who have or will be implementing a classroom model for learning called, “Flipped Learning.”
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The public is invited to attend the first Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo, Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central Woodlands 5/6 School. The event will have 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, music by Tony Reynolds, and food and activities for children. There is a $2 admission fee per person.
“The Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo is organized by students at Central Woodlands who are environmentally conscious and want to do whatever they can to protect the future of the Great Lakes,” said Patricia Tolly, teacher, Central Woodlands 5/6 School. According to Tolly, the sixth grade students, through their research and exploration, raised concern for energy consumption in America. Read more
Odyssey of the Mind – Eight teams are advancing to the World Finals next month, having earned at Saturday’s State Finals Tournament six gold medals and two silver medals. Forest Hills teams also won TWO Ranatra Fusca Awards on Saturday. The Technical Team from Forest Hills Northern Hills Middle School earned this coveted award, as did the Classics Team from Forest Hills Central High School (which also earned that honor at the Regional Competition in March). The teams are:
Northern Trails 5/6 – Vehicle Problem, Division 2, Second Place
Pine Ridge Elementary – Technical Problem, Division 1, First Place
Northern Hills Middle – Technical Problem, Division 2, First Place and a Ranatra Fusca Award
Northern High – Technical Problem, Division 3, First Place
Central Middle – Technical Problem, Division 3, Second Place
Central High – Classics Problem, Division 3, First Place and a Ranatra Fusca Award
Central Woodlands 5/6 – Structure Problem, Division 1, First Place
Central High – Structure Problem, Division 3, Second Place
Please congratulate the students and coaches.
Evening of Percussion with Guest Artist David Hall, Assistant Principal Percussionist/ Assistant Principal Timpanist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hall will be performing with the Forest hills Central Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mr. John DeStefano.
Tickets will be available at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in April 2013.
Date: Monday, April 29, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. Time changed to 7:30 p.m.
Where: FH Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Avenue SE
Cost: $5 (college student admission w/ID $3)
The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions that bring together the world’s most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry. Nations around the world conduct examinations to — nominate the most high-performing students for the International Chemistry Olympiad. Jonathan Thomas, a sophomore at EHS, scored the highest in Kent County on the American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad Test. He has been chosen to take the national test. Congratulations Jonathan.
Eastern High School Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Chapter for the first time attended the state conference the weekend of March 15. During the event, students visited Career Booths, attended sessions, and competed in these events:
Drew Barron-Kraus – Financial Services – Individual Series
Andrew Hammond – Sports and Entertainment Marketing – Individual Series
Chris Cantu and Zach Derylo – Financial Services – Team Event
Kelsey Muma, Elaine Bageris. and Alex Wassink – Advertising Campaign – Team Event
Meghan Fries – Entrepreneur Innovation Plan – Individual Event.
Having this many students qualify for the state conference in the first year that FHE has participated in DECA, was quite an honor. Alex Wassink was honored for the top five test scores in her category, and Elaine Bageris also was honored for a high score in her category. Qualifying to move on to represent Michigan at the International Career and Development Conference in Anaheim, California is Meghan Fries and Drew Barron-Kraus! Congrats to all of the DECA members and good luck to Drew and Meghan in Anaheim!