FHPS Board Refinances Bonds Saving the District and Community Nearly $7 Million

At the Oct. 20, 2014, meeting of the Forest Hills Public Schools Board of Education, the board unanimously approved the refinancing of its 2005 bonds—ultimately saving the school district almost $7 million. By approving the refinancing of the bonds, the interest rate decreased from 5 percent to 1.7 percent.

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NEW - Volunteer Hours Now in Naviance

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, students will now track, electronically,  all their volunteer/service hours in their FHPS student Naviance account.  High school staff will no longer be tracking student volunteer hours for the purpose of bestowing awards on graduates in recognition of total hours reported.

Teaching and Counseling staff support focusing on the quality and commitment to service learning and not simply the overall time spent.  This change in the collection and tracking of student volunteer hours reflects this philosophy.  Students will be counseled on recording their volunteer experiences in their journals and resumes through Naviance and elsewhere.

FHN Theater Trip to NYC 2015

The FHN theater department is planning a trip to NYC in June of 2015.   If you are interested in going with us to experience Broadway shows, Statue of Liberty, NBC Studios, Shopping on 5th Avenue and so much more,  plan on registering ASAP!   There is a sample itinerary attached as well as the registration form.  It is a trip you don’t want your child to miss!   We can always use adult chaperones also!    Email Dave Howard if you have any questions!  Join today!

Registration for NYC 2015-2


Attention Junior Parents: Important Senior Information

Attention junior parents:
Counselors are meeting with juniors today to go over important information regarding the college admission process and tasks that may be completed over the summer. We will meet with seniors again during Orientation in the fall to reiterate this information to help support students regarding this process.
We are sending home a folder with valuable information. Please review the packet with your student as it will include all of the necessary information to make this a seamless process.

Thank you,
FHN Counselors

Healthy Living Lecture Series

Healthy Living Lecture Series!
Wednesday, May 21, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
At the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
FREE!  No registration required.
Exhibitor booths and health screenings are provided by local businesses and organizations for adults 60+ and their adult children.
Healthy Living Lectures are presented by doctors from Mercy Health at 1pm,2pm, 3pm.
Door prizes include gift cards to Forest Hills Foods & Fuel, and Visa gift cards from Founders Bank & Trust.  Free snacks and coffee in the Café!

For more info, including lecture details, go to Forest Hills Community Services’ website

Prom Week: May 5th - May 10th

Friday, May 2nd:  Prom Nominations @ Lunches

Thursday, May 8th:  Prom Assembly @ 1:15pm

Friday, May 9th:  Prom Voting @ Lunches

Saturday, May 10th:  Prom @ 7:30pm at the Grand Rapids Public Museum


Exploration of Mechatronics: Students Grades 9-11

Do you enjoy working in the fields of Technology and Engineering?   If so, we have a place for you in the Kent Career Tech Center’s Exploration of Mechatronics class!

Exploration of Mechatronics gives students an introduction to the fields of robotics, engineering, high tech manufacturing and other math, science and technology related fields. Students work in teams, completing real project work while exploring the basics of Mechatronics.

This course is offered in a hybrid format – partially online and partially face-to-face. This unique structure creates more flexibility in a student’s schedule. Students in this full year program can expect the following schedule:

  • 1 day working hands-on at the Tech Center (6:55-9:10am)
  • 3 days at the home high school working independently online (during 1st hour)
  • Every Friday at the home high school connected virtually to the instructor and other students (1st hour)

*We provide students with the laptops and special software they need to participate and complete work when not on our campus.

This is a unique opportunity for hands-on, creative students looking for a different option for their schedule.  It’s a great foundation for students interested in attending one of our other STEM courses in their junior or senior year, and it helps prepare students to be college and career ready.  Students can earn Online Learning, VPAA and either math or science credit for the course.

You can read more about this program online at:

We will be offering an Exploration of Mechatronics Program Spotlight for prospective students, parents, school counselors and staff who are interested in learning more about the program.  This event will be held Thursday, May 15th, from 8:00 – 11:30 am at the Tech Center.  Please forward this information on to interested students, parents and staff.

For more information about the program or the event,  contact Cindy Urban at EHS:  493-8831 or Gary Moline/Ashley Wood at KCTC:  365-2370

IEP Parent Boot Camp Tuesday, May 6th @ KISD

Jann Van Airsdale (Director of Student Services) and Sarah Castro (Special Education Coordinator) will introduce Rebecca McIntyre (Supervisor of Special Education at Kent ISD) who will present IEP Boot Camp for Parents.

This session will give an overview of a variety of topics related to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)..  Topics will include Transition Planning, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, Development of Goals and Objectives, Programs and Services, Extended School Year (ESY), and Special Education Transportation.

AP EXAM late fee registration deadline Thursday, April 17th @ 2pm

The last day current AP students may register and pay to take a 2014 AP exam is Thursday, April 17, at 2:00 pm.  In addition to the exam fee of $89, a late fee of $55 per exam is also charged.  Please have your student see the Guidance Office secretary immediately for a late registration form.  The form and the fees must be returned to the Guidance Office by 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014.  If you have questions, please call Judy Walton at 493-8578.