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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...

True Grit

If anyone is deserving of their name, it's Ginny Grit. The Forest Hills district social worker who focuses on students with special needs and splits her time between three elementary buildings has bypassed roadblocks every step of the way to...

Showing Respect for Community’s Veterans

School districts across Kent ISD marked Veterans Day in ways big and small on Wednesday. Here’s a sample of how a few schools honored those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Forest Hills Public Schools Pine...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Students Build Arm, Little Girl Scoots

Being born without a forearm has never slowed down Maeli Gottschalk. That is, until she got to the age when most kids yearn to ride a bicycle. Turns out she was only slowed temporarily, thanks to some students at...

Forest Hills Takes Top Honors at Odyssey of the Mind World Event

Danny Burns just can't resist adding the 'Dun, dun, dun!' sound effect when he talks about the costume he donned for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May. In a gold cape and white tights, the Forest...

Controlled Burn Culminates Two Years of Invasive Plant Study

Sixth-grader Hannah Fife said she and her classmates feel more like part of their community after spending part of their day researching plant life on the grounds of their school. For the past two years, students at the Forest Hills...

Staff Joins Students in Bocce Tournament, Prep for Special Olympics

Edible medals and a rolling good time was had by Forest Hills students when the Kent ISD maintenance staff showed up for a bocce ball tournament. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner munching on cookie medals...

Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program Students Test What They’ve Learned in China

Sixth-grader Andy Kuo concedes it took him a few days to realize the language skills he’s learned during the past seven years in Forest Hills Public Schools’ Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program would stand up to a real world test. The...

Parents Lead Effort to Promote Mental Health Awareness, Acceptance and Advocacy

To attack negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness, a group of parents in the Forest Hills Public Schools district has put to work the theory that there's comfort in numbers. Experts say it's not only working, but actually saving lives. A...

Bocce Games, School-wide Campaign Create Connections

As second graders at Forest Hills' Meadow Brook Elementary School, Zada Karas and Korey Festian know what Project Unify is all about. "We get to make new friends that we probably wouldn't get to meet outside of Project Unify," said...

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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