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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...

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...

‘You don’t have to be best friends to be nice to each other’

Cindi Reynolds pulled a miniature tube of toothpaste from her pocket and asked fifth-grader Stella Cummings to squeeze out a big ol' dollop onto a piece of paper. "OK got it?" Reynolds asked. "Now put it back." As her classmates giggled,...

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,...

A Trio of Newcomers

Meet three of seven new principals at Forest Hills Public Schools: Eastern High Assistant Principal Kristine Yelding, Ada Elementary Principal Kimberly Van Antwerp, and Orchard View Elementary Principal Tim Fournier. Other principals in new buidings this year are David Simpson, Northern...

‘Beautiful Chaos … So Much to Learn’

With just about a week to go until the start of her senior year, Ella Streng was still feeling a bit out of sorts. She had returned to Michigan only days before, after a month in India, where she'd had...

Can’t Find the Words? The Writing Center is Open

Jane Sypniewski knows her honors English teacher has high expectations. Earlier this school year, the Eastern High sophomore came to the fledgling Writing Center with a draft of a paper she had written on "The Great Gatsby." "I just thought that...

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...

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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