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What Do Owls Eat? See For Yourself

It was the day Knapp Forest Elementary first-graders knew was coming: the day teacher Lana Tran would have them put on their scientist caps -- in this case, in the homemade form of birds -- and dissect owl pellets. "That's...
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Trending Now: Student News Site Thrives

The two classrooms-turned-newsroom of the student news website, The Central Trend, are a steady buzz of activity on a winter afternoon just before the final bell. On the sports side, reporters on laptops put the finishing touches on ice hockey,...

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...

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Brittany Rosely and Sydney Paalman liked the idea of making loom caps for newborns to raise awareness of heart problems. Besides, agreed the Forest Hills Eastern Middle seventh-graders, there's just about nothing cuter than a baby in a tiny...

ASL Helps Students ‘See From a Global Perspective’

Gabe Vogt has no problem honing his sign language skills. It's the ideal way, he said, to communicate with his older brother, Aden, who is hearing impaired. The third-grader at Meadow Brook Elementary took advantage of a visit from Central...

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...

Here They Come! Students Pour Downtown to Soak in ArtPrize

ArtPrize Seven is under way, and that means thousands of students will be streaming into downtown Grand Rapids. With the annual art competition kicking off Sept. 23, teachers across the Kent ISD are taking the opportunity to use public art...

Elementary Counselors: ‘The Normal Has Changed’

Elementary school counselors at Kelloggsville Public Schools and Forest Hills Public Schools are helping students navigate their way through a world of evolving technology, high academic expectations and exposure to issues unheard of 20 years ago. Lisa VanKampen, Hillary DeRidder,...

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...

Teachers Team Up to ‘Design Think’ Their Way to Cross-Curriculum Project

Lynn Cvengros is always looking for writing and research opportunities for her students. When the Forest Hills Eastern High School Advanced Placement Language teacher came across an article about the "edible schoolyard" concept, she saw abundant potential. In the article,...

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

Re-Imagining School

In this 21-minute podcast, Supt. Dan Behm talks about how Steelcase's Applied Research + Consulting team worked with Forest Hills to rethink curiosity, collaboration and communication.

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...

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...

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...

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...
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