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Student lawmakers for a day debate real bills, including uniforms, fuel tax and speed...

Government day is an experience-based approach to learning about basic government skills, specifically how a bill becomes a law. The entire day is completed through role play
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Students’ fairy tale figures live wax-ily ever after

More than 100 Knapp Forest Elementary second-graders became “frozen” wax characters who occupied displays in the school’s classrooms and hallways to recite stories they had written

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

Personal finance class looks closely at personal values

Business teacher Brian Johnson’s students are taking an in-depth look at money this semester. As part of that, they are examining how they view money so far

Statewide aquatic robotics competition tests students’ engineering skills

A competition Saturday on the east side of the state will give Forest Hills students a chance to show off their marine robotics skills

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them
Bridget Bennett’s fourth-graders use the “fishbowl” style of problem-solving to figure out how to fit a million dollar bills into a box. Students are from left: Aubrey Sieler, Sam Bauchan, Fiona Overdevest and Mady Scarlato

Restorative practices shifts to academics

More and more schools are using restorative practices as a proactive way to handle behavior. At Ada Elementary, teachers have started to use them when teaching content

Magical Creatures Via Design Thinking

As his classmates glued, cut, pasted and painted around him, Ada Vista Elementary fourth-grader Marcus Benard quietly alternated different colors of permanent markers to create what he had dubbed "Blacktron." "He's like a space alien robot that has a green...

A Shadower’s-eye View of Job Shadow Day

One cannot simply learn from a classroom or a computer the insights and experiences that reside in a workforce, beyond the education bubble and removed from the nurtured opinions with which parents heavily equip their kids. I have no...
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Trending Now: Student News Site Thrives

The two classrooms-turned-newsroom of the student news website, The Central Trend, are a steady buzz of activity on a winter afternoon just before the final bell. On the sports side, reporters on laptops put the finishing touches on ice hockey,...

Portraying History Through Art

Freshman Daniel Zawodny can tell you about a courtyard confrontation between artistic rivals Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. And while freshman Brock Sweezie admits he’s more into modern art than that of the Renaissance, he still knows about the work...

Re-Imagining School

In this 21-minute podcast, Supt. Dan Behm talks about how Steelcase's Applied Research + Consulting team worked with Forest Hills to rethink curiosity, collaboration and communication.

From Ireland to India, Students Tour Holidays Around the Globe

Yes, Christmas is coming, and Hanukkah just happened, to the delight of kids across America. How are other children around the world celebrating the holidays? A couple of local classrooms sent their students on a quest to find out. Forest...

Finding the Right Fit

How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn't fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments? Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior --...

‘Living the Experience’ as Students Create a Civilization

For the past 10 years, juniors and seniors in Brad Anderson's World History class have come to expect that they will spend six weeks studying ancient civilizations and empires. But it's how they study them that's unique: They create...

A Shadower’s-eye View of Job Shadow Day

One cannot simply learn from a classroom or a computer the insights and experiences that reside in a workforce, beyond the education bubble and removed from the nurtured opinions with which parents heavily equip their kids. I have no...

How We Can Help Harvey Victims from Home

Written by Forest Hills Central High student Sophie Bolen. This piece originally was published in The Central Trend. Republished with permission. As the rain trickles down my window, I can’t help feel anything but gratitude. I am engulfed in dryness,...

Building a Dream Into Reality

I see the horror figures portrayed in the media. I flinch and glower at the images of helpless people, abandoned and alone, drowning in hatred, blood staining their bodies while marking them for dead. They're all refugees trying to...
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