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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...

Six school districts seek tax approvals on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters in six Kent County school districts will be asked to vote on school tax proposals that can be found on the second page of their ballot Nov. 6...

Building a groundswell of support for fresh water

They started the year as penpals. Now they have met and are working together to explore local water systems...

Brain-teasers for bears? Spider monkey back-scratchers? High-schoolers can devise those

Biology teachers at Central and Eastern high schools involved some 400 students -- mostly freshmen biology and senior AP biology -- in designing new animal exhibits at John Ball Zoo and enhancements for existing ones...

‘Walk slow, move things around, be patient’

The goal is that students gain an appreciation for the natural world, and to understand ecosystems having seen them with their own eyes, right outside school..

Bond would improve classrooms, infrastructure, security

Voters in Forest Hills will be asked Nov. 6 to approve a $130 million request at no increase to taxpayers to fund capital improvements over eight years...

Not playing scientists; ‘We’re being scientists’

Some students at Eastern and Central middle schools have been bringing caterpillars and monarch chrysalides indoors from their outdoor native plant garden to boost their chances of becoming butterflies...

Art on the fly: Ford Airport travelers see students’ self-expression on display

Two ArtPrize entries from Forest Hills Public Schools students are being displayed at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, one of them featuring a student’s special vision and the other hundreds of flowers...

Baseball, high school, happiness

Amy Pallo is the new Eastern High School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

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...

Students explore many ways of worship

The four-day Interfaith Service Day Camp brought together 21 West Michigan students representing several religious and non-religious backgrounds to explore religions, get to know one another, enjoy food and culture, and volunteer...

Camping for credits? It’s a thing

The year-long pilot class offered to freshmen at Eastern High combines honors biology or biology with health and physical education requirements into a two-hour block...

It’s all happening at the zoo

Nearly 200 Central Woodlands ⅚ students worked in teams to research and develop plans for what they saw as an ideal renovated otter exhibit at John Ball Zoo...

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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