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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

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them
Bridget Bennett’s fourth-graders use the “fishbowl” style of problem-solving to figure out how to fit a million dollar bills into a box. Students are from left: Aubrey Sieler, Sam Bauchan, Fiona Overdevest and Mady Scarlato

Restorative practices shifts to academics

More and more schools are using restorative practices as a proactive way to handle behavior. At Ada Elementary, teachers have started to use them when teaching content

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...

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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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,...

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...

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.

From Ireland to India, Students Tour Holidays Around the Globe

Yes, Christmas is coming, and Hanukkah just happened, to the delight of kids across America. How are other children around the world celebrating the holidays? A couple of local classrooms sent their students on a quest to find out. Forest...

Finding the Right Fit

How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn't fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments? Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior --...

‘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...

District Grad Aids in Relief Efforts to Hurricane Victims

Editor's note: SNN reporter Morgan Jarema had the opportunity to interview Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stepanovich, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Navy and a 2000 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. His mother, Susan Stepanovich, is...

Making Way for the Butterflies

The nasty invasive species and weeds that took over the Collins Elementary garden space have disappeared, making way for a new garden next spring. Marnie TenCate's second-graders and Karin Cramer's fourth-graders made it happen as part of a STEM project....

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

Science Meets Art, STEAM Results

Stephanie Cionca stood in front of a class of fifth-graders and set up an exercise aimed at figuring out how much water they would need to add to one cup of plaster of Paris to get a perfectly pasty...

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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