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Protect our waters from straws, pesticides and other pollutants, students say

The videos were initiated last year as a project with Groundswell, with whom the school has partnered for water quality education for the past four years...

How’s school? No really, your voice matters

Students at Eastern Middle School participated in one of four workshops in April as part of the national Student Voice Organization’s school tour...

Chaffee scholarship winner aims to leave a legacy, in the lab or in the...

Forest Hills Central senior Noah Stout, who will enter the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall, recently was named recipient of this year’s $3,000 annual award from the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund...

Students teach students in history-making collaboration

Northern Hills Middle eighth-graders made videos on chosen aspects of the American Revolution. Elementary teachers will be able to show them to their students as part of their introduction to the unit...

Inadequate funding – even in affluent districts – still short-changes students

It’s not just poorer districts feeling the pain from Michigan’s inadequate school funding, officials say. Higher-income districts are also pinched by the funding formula and having to make cuts...

Increased costs, slow funding increases create tight budget

While Forest Hills is considered one of the most affluent school districts in West Michigan, it still feels the budget pinch of a lower per-pupil allowance than the district received a decade ago...

Lightbulb lunches garner student voice

Every month, teachers recommend a different group of students from each grade for lunch with the principal. Students offer suggestions and ideas about their school...

Nick Minnema – special and driven, for all the right reasons

The Forest Hills Transition Center student and athlete competed this month at the Special Olympics World Games half a world away – in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi, as well as the UAE’s largest city, Dubai...

Their writing is tops with readers, judges

A pair of students from two West Michigan public schools took high honors in the seventh annual Write Michigan short story contest, hosted by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music...

Why did the pencil cross the road? Wait for it …

The pint-sized comedians got tips from comedian Allen Trieu, then tried out their own funny bone-tickling skills on one another...

Urban & suburban students find common interests in 15-year partnership

The recent meet-and-greet was the 15th annual gathering of students from the two elementary schools...

Providing ‘safe spaces’ for students of every kind to learn

Collins Elementary Principal Mitchell Balingit has been named the district’s first director of student success and equity...

Homemade toys sale benefits endangered animals

As an added, cross-curricular twist, each toy was given a materials budget of 10 virtual dollars, and art supplies and equipment could be purchased or rented...

Reading is elementary for these word detectives

For the first full school year, students across the district are using the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, a curriculum developed by author and educator Lucy Calkins...

Students drink deeply of cultures while making cups with masks

Math, history and art come together in creative ways as sixth-graders make drinking vessels inspired by cultural masks...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

If I have to be standardized, so do they

Forest Hills Central High School Senior Reena Mathews reflects on her experience as a student taking standardized tests...

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,...
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