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Double-Duty Huskies

At halftime during a recent Forest Hills Northern High School varsity football home game against Greenville, cheerleaders finished "Let's Go!" and joined friends and family in the stands as football players made their way back to the locker rooms. But...

Art Exhibit Celebrates Historic, Integrated Neighborhood

Ruby Jazwinski said she enjoyed talking with ArtPrize-goers about the paintings and digital images she and a group of district middle schoolers created about a Grand Rapids neighborhood that represents a turn in local race relations. "It's good for people...

Farmhand, Auto Worker, Advocate for All

School: Central Middle Other positions you have held in education: Middle school math teacher, Gypsum Creek Middle School, Gypsum, Colorado; math coach/instructional coach, New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School, New Berlin, Wisconsin How about jobs outside education? Farmhand (I milked cows!), General...

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...

Celebrating Chinese Culture All Year

As a college student, Yang Du pictured himself teaching English to students in his native China. Instead, he's teaching his native Chinese to students in the U.S. And he said students here show even more curiosity and enthusiasm for...

Teachers’ Turn to Learn

This year, nearly 1,000 K-12 school leaders in 45 states and 38 countries signed up to participate in Shadow a Student Challenge. It's a full school day when administrators and teachers spend a day in February alongside one of...

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...

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...

Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program Students Test What They’ve Learned in China

Sixth-grader Andy Kuo concedes it took him a few days to realize the language skills he’s learned during the past seven years in Forest Hills Public Schools’ Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program would stand up to a real world test. The...

New Group Gives More Parents a Voice

As a mother with three children in public schools, Barbara McFall wants to support her children’s educational experience. But sometimes she senses a wall between the school system and parents, and a less than welcoming attitude in some schools. That’s...

Simultaneous Kite-Making Launches Goodwill Across Oceans

Homemade kites connected elementary students nearly 2,000 miles apart as part of what they dubbed "One World, One Sky." Students from Forest Hills Central, Eastern and Northern high schools spent time at Ada Elementary helping construct kites, at the same...

Coming from struggle, Somali student wants to ‘change someone’s life’

A Forest Hills Northern High School graduate born in war-torn Somalia plans to leverage the opportunities he has been given in this country to help children and families adjust to the U.S. and its culture...

Just Like Us

Editor's note: This essay was originally published in the Central Trend, the student newspaper of Forest Hills Central High School. What college are you going to next year? How many colleges are you applying to? What did you get for...

Showing Respect for Community’s Veterans

School districts across Kent ISD marked Veterans Day in ways big and small on Wednesday. Here’s a sample of how a few schools honored those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Forest Hills Public Schools Pine...

Limit Children’s Screen Time, Experts Tell Parents

Dave Korte says he and his wife, Angela, try to be very deliberate about the rules they have regarding screen time for their children, Kyle, 14, and Eva, 13. “They know having a phone is privilege, who is paying the...

Students Hope to Save Lives with Honored Video

Brooke Buchanan and Molly Growney admit they sort of assumed their teacher was giving them busy work when he assigned them a project at the end of last school year. What they created took nearly four months to finish and...

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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