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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...

‘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..

Area Special Education Teams Shoot and Score!

Kenowa Hills High School recently hosted for the second year a regional Special Olympics basketball tournament. Schools from Byron Center, Sparta, Forest Hills, Thornapple Kellogg, Hudsonville and Holland sent teams. Kenowa Hills students filled the stands during the game, held...

‘No Sense Keeping Knowledge to Yourself’

Vishnu Mano was selling homemade lemonade at home over the summer when a better way of doing business dawned on him. The Knapp Forest Elementary sixth-grader decided to enhance his stand -- called "Chubby Yoda's Organic" -- by cross-promoting it...

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...

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...

Staff Joins Students in Bocce Tournament, Prep for Special Olympics

Edible medals and a rolling good time was had by Forest Hills students when the Kent ISD maintenance staff showed up for a bocce ball tournament. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner munching on cookie medals...

Paddling, Early Settler Style

It's almost certain that neither the Native Americans nor the early settlers sat on the banks of the Grand River some 200 years ago and lunched on single-serving bags of popcorn or juice boxes. But it is highly likely...

Student Brings STEM to Nearby District

A Central Woodlands fifth-grader turned a little TV-watching time into a golden opportunity to reach students who maybe haven't had the same opportunities she has at her school. Inspired by a commercial, Hannah Levy applied for a $500 grant from...

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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