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Statewide aquatic robotics competition tests students’ engineering skills

A competition Saturday on the east side of the state will give Forest Hills students a chance to show off their marine robotics skills

All Things Salmon-y

At home, Koen Unangst helps take care of the family dog. At school, he helps take care of nearly 200 newly hatched salmon. So the Pine Ridge Elementary fourth-grader speaks from experience when he says "taking care of a...

‘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..

Students Jam On, with Plenty of Moxie

Forest Hills Eastern High orchestra students joined forces recently with The Moxie Strings for a night of upbeat contemporary music. But before they did, they spent time jamming together at school. Moxies violinist Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn on electric...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Human Anatomy, Now in 3-D

Emma Beck admits she hasn't yet mastered cooking macaroni and cheese without burning it. But even after just two weeks of practice molding a human body, the Central High junior already is showing mad anatomy skills. Emma and her classmates...

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,...

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

Full STEAM Ahead

Students at Orchard View Elementary are getting hands-on experience learning how art can integrate with STEM education, the increasingly familiar term meant to highlight lessons in science, technology, engineering and math. Designing an insect that is interesting to look at...

Honing the Ruchir Technique

Ruchir Gupta became enamored at a young age of tinkering with all things mechanical: elementary school Science Olympiad, building bottle rockets and a mousetrap-powered toy car in middle school helped shape his early decision to steer toward a career...

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...

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...

Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...

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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