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It’s Showtime for Student-designed Production

Trenton Brink twirled around wearing a purple jacket and top hat as he sang the gentle opening lines of "Pure Imagination," from the book and movie "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory." The pressure is on for the Knapp Forest Elementary...

Adding Sugar to Education’s Cake

As a young mother new to the district in the early 1970s, Candace Hinshaw remembers hearing about a magazine sale at Pine Ridge Elementary to raise money to bring in outside performers. "They brought in an individual who was doing...

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

See Your Challenges As Assets, Urges Forest Hills Grad

Elizabeth Wisniewski says she feels like she’s had three lifetimes squeezed into her 31 years: her happy Michigan childhood, the dark time between her mother’s death and leaving for college, and her life as it is today. She is especially...

Past Top Teachers Advise, Encourage This Year’s Honoree

Surrounded by a dozen exemplary teachers in the room, Michigan Teacher of the Year Tracy Horodyski paid close attention to the advice of one of them. “It’s a real gift,” said Nancy Flanagan, the award’s recipient in 1992-93. “Don’t let...

Where the Reading Meets the Road

A major construction project in Ada was used as a learning experience for a group of students at two Grand Rapids Public Schools academies and one Forest Hills high school. Students at Innovation Central High's Academy of Modern Engineering and...

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...

Segregation, Civil Rights and a Local Neighborhood

It's one thing to read about the country's Civil Rights movement. It's another entirely to get a visit from three local women who came of age during that period. Forest Hills Northern Middle students were visited recently by three area...

The Change Agents

If you didn't have to go back to school tomorrow -- or ever -- would you? When Evan Lehmann first heard the question, "I was in between" answering yes or no, he recalled. "There are classes I really enjoy, like...

‘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...

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...

Spelling Bee Winner off to National Bee

The third time was the charm for Aiden Mischley. The Forest Hills eighth-grader bested 18 students from six counties on March 22 to take first place at the 39th annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Other top participating districts included...

It’s All Happening at the Zoo

Corrin Kile made a beeline around the corner to where her classmates sat on folding chairs in front of a window of water. "Dos nutrias!" she called. Jack Kenworthy and Kaeden Berg dropped what they were doing to follow Corrin,...

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

Hey Teacher, How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

As choir teachers passionate about music, Jed and Mandy Scott found themselves in Nirvana this summer by studying under renowned choral composer Alice Parker. The Rockford Public Schools couple spent a week at Parker’s idyllic farm property in Massachusetts, learning...

Parking Lot Painted with ‘Positivity & Joy’

On a gray-grit city parking lot through some of this summer’s hottest days, a dozen students painted a bright path of hope. Their zig-zag creation of sunshine colors on West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids emerged from interviews with area...

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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