Welcome to Northern Hills Middle School!
Welcome to Northern Hills Middle School located within the Forest Hills School District, one of our Nation’s great public school systems! This summer we have been busy working on a new website which we are pleased to unveil to you.
We invite you to explore our new site and learn more about the district and what makes Northern Hills Middle School so unique. The new site offers many exciting facts, figures, features and new functionality: A new Interactive Google Calendar for both the District and our school, thus enabling you to add either calendar to your other calendars; School Directories are now embedded Google Docs making it easy for you to access information; Search functionality; new Google Maps enable you to get walking, biking and driving directions to school with real-time traffic updates; Local Weather Forecasts; District-wide and school specific news updates; many news updates made in real time by members of our teaching staff; compatibility with all browsers-iPads, iPhones, and most Smart Phone devices; and a Twitter News Alert System which will enable you to receive school closing and delay news to your favorite mobile device.
We hope you find this website to be a useful resource for information – whether you are a prospective family, parent, student, or a community stakeholder. Like all websites, you will be able to find lots of information, interesting news and facts, and helpful tools. However, even with the best modern technology has to offer, sometimes there is no substitute for a human connection. We invite you to visit our main office, email us, or contact our main office number at (616) 493-8650 where we will be happy to help you.
Thank you for your interest in and your support of Northern Hills Middle School.
Latest NewsNorthern Hills News
Good Luck to the NHMS teams competing at the State History Day Competition!
Seventeen entries from Northern Hills Middle School will be competing this weekend, April 27, at Saginaw Valley State University for the opportunity to attend the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland.
Michigan History Day (part of National History Day) is a fascinating opportunity for students to move social science beyond rote learning. It is an educational competition (similar in organization to a science fair) designed to encourage students in Grades 4-12 to explore historical subjects related to a broad annual theme. Turning Points in history is the 2013 theme. Students choose topics in state, national, or world history that personally interest them and perform research using primary and secondary sources on their topic. Entries are presented through the allied disciplines of art, literature, music, drama, visual communications, and writing.
Congratulations to the Northern Hills Middle School Science Olympiad team! After competing in the Michigan Science Olympiad Region 12 tournament on March 23, our team walked away with 11th place (out of 44 Kent and Ottawa counties middle school teams)! This earns them a slot to compete in the state tournament on April 29!
This is quite an accomplishment as the Region 12 tournament is the largest and most competitive tournament in the state. It also is one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in the nation as 68% of the time in the last 25 years, a school from Region 12 has finished in the top three at the national Science Olympiad tournament! Read more
March 5, 2013
Dear Families of Current Eighth Grade Students:
The Michigan Department of Education mandates that every school district provide current eighth through eleventh grade students with general information about postsecondary enrollment opportunities such as Advanced Placement (AP), dual enrollment, and career and technical preparation options. You and your child will learn all of this information in detail when the process of scheduling courses for ninth grade begins later this month. In preparation of the scheduling process, you may want to review the following resources:
To learn more about AP courses, please see the High School Course Description Guide. The High School Course Description Guide is available on Forest Hills Northern’s website and can be accessed by clicking here.
The Michigan Department of Education released new guidelines governing dual enrollment options for students in Grades 9-12. A dual enrollment brochure is available on Forest Hills Northern’s website and can be accessed by clicking here.
Career and technical preparation programs are available through the Kent Intermediate School District. Information on these programs is available by clicking here.
If you have additional questions after reviewing the above resources, please wait until your child has been assigned their high school counselor. The high school counselors are highly knowledgeable and the best resource for all questions related to student scheduling.
Nancy L. Susterka
Forest Hills Public Schools Care!
Moody or sad?
Stressed or depressed?
What is going on up there?
How can we help?
Please join us at this free event to learn more about issues facing our community.
Who: Parents/Guardians and Community Members are Welcome!!
When: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Avenue SE
What: Speaker, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
Why: Because you care and it is free!
Presenting: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and the Developing Brain with Dr. Steve Pastyrnak, Division Chief, Pediatric Psychology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Panel Discussion with:
Dr. Kathleen Howard, Forest Hills Pediatric Associates
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
Kathy Freberg, Network 180
Moderator: Daniel Behm, FHPS Superintendent