- 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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3D Molecular Models aid EHS students with Basic Concepts
A grant awarded by the Forest Hills Foundation allowed magnetic molecular model kits to supplement science instruction at Eastern High School. The modeling kits provide a manipulative way to better understand the abstract ideas of molecular structure.The goal is with better understanding of molecular basics there will be more comprehension of the larger concepts which tie the science together.
Students are more engaged with the easier ability to “play” with the kits and ask more questions. The more students ask questions, the more they are developing their scientific thinking. Several students have had the precious “A-ha!” moments when ideas come together and it makes sense.
Staff are already coming up with more ways to continue
Story by Kyle Moroney – MLive – Grand Rapids
For brothers, Devin and Trey Moore, sibling rivalry has taken on a different type of mind game.
The Forest Hills Northern High School siblings not only compete in sports, but have been competing in Academic Games for the past six years. For the first time, they will try to out-smart each other in math, language arts and social studies at the national tournament this weekend.
“It’s fun to play against my brother because when I beat him I can rub it in a little,” Trey, 16, said. “But, it is hard – because he knows a lot of my tricks.” Read more
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!
The Re-Design Fashion Show is coming up and students are already busy from all three high schools making clothing from recycled materials, Goodwill castoffs, and new design clothing from scratch. The show is open to the public and admission is free. It will take place on Tuesday, April 16, at the Fine Arts Center from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come and see the wonderful designs these students have produced and enjoy the evening event.
Attached are two videos of the event at the Fine Arts Center on January 28, with Dr. Steve Pastyrnak, Division Chief, Pediatric Psychology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and the Q&A panel.
Please click on “Video 1″ and/or Video 2.”
Video 1 – I Dr. Pastyrnak speaking about Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and the Developing Brain.
Video 2 – Is the Q & A panel made up up Dr. Pastyrnak; Dr. Kathleen Howard, Forest Hills Pediatric Assoc.; Tammy Bentley, M.A., L.P.C., FHPS; Aaron Kauffman, L.M.S.W., FHPS; Christy Buck, Executive Director, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan; and Kathy Freberg, Network 180.