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Students district-wide create visual images of what fresh water means to them; on display at the FAC
All of the schools throughout the district have participated with a visual response to the lack of fresh water in the world and what fresh water means to them. The lobby gallery in the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center has been dedicated for each school to have their students’ showcase their art surrounding this topic. Students had to reflect upon what they learned about the use of water through creating an image that shows an environment/social awareness about the use of water in their own lives and others. The students were asked to write a reflection piece to accompany their work. The project was coordinated by Betsy Ernst, teacher.
The French AP class at Eastern High School took their acting troupe on the road for one day to Knapp Forest and Orchard View elementary schools. The high school students wrote a play based on the story of “Rapunzel” and the movie “Tangled” and presented it to the elementary students. The different sections of the play were introduced in English and the dialog was in French. During intermission, the high school students taught the elementary students some French vocabulary.
For the second year in a row, Central Woodlands 5/6 School has been named a National Mix It Up Model School. Mix It Up Model Schools embrace respect and inclusiveness as core values—and they “mix it up” all year long. These model schools have done an exemplary job of organizing, publicizing and implementing “Mix It Up” at lunch days. The Mix It Up Lunch Day program began in 2002 nation-wide, and seeks to break down social barriers by encouraging students to sit with someone new at lunch. So, what’s a Model School? These schools participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day and followed up with additional events that promote kindness and friendship and encourage students to be more inclusive throughout the school year. Congratulations Central Woodlands!
Middle and high school students can now register for Summer Academy classes. There are several options for face-to-face, traditional classroom learning environments, and online classes for credit advancement and credit recovery. Click here for additional information.
The Ben Emdin Guiding Principles in Action Award recognizes individuals who have had a long-term commitment to Forest Hills Public Schools, have started a project of long-term benefit, and/or have consistently demonstrated the district’s guiding principles. Click here for a copy of the nomination form.
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.