Principal's Message 11-17-17

Dear East Hills School Community:

We had our first night of fall parent-teacher conferences this past Thursday night for sixth- through eighth-grade families. It was great to see so many parents and family members in our building! This Monday, November 20 from 5:00-8:00 PM, we have one more night of conferences for sixth- through eighth-grade as well as a continuation of some pre-arranged individual fourth- and fifth-grade conferences. Thank you to our incredible PTO for making tasty snack bags for staff heading into Thursday night's conferences and thank you in advance for providing dinner for our faculty this coming Monday night.

Additionally, we had a lovely 7th and 8th grade music concert Wednesday, November 15. The concert featured music from our 7th and 8th grade orchestra, band, and choir students. The music and performance sounded fantastic! A special thank you to Mrs. Lucas, Mr. Erde, and Mr. Schumacher for directing such great performances.

Today East Hills was very fortunate to receive some amazing grants from the BHS Foundation! We are blessed to work in such an amazing school district with such generous families, community members, and staff!

Please note that Tuesday, November 21, is a half day for East Hills with an 11:35 AM dismissal. We do not have school for the remainder of the week. Next week, have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Break!

"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
-William Blake


Jason Rubel
East Hills Middle School
Bloomfield Hills Schools
(248) 341-6205
Twitter: @EastHills4_8

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"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures. . ."

This Upcoming Week's A/B Schedule:
Mon., Nov. 20 - B Day
Tues., Nov. 21 - A Day (1/2 Day - 11:35 a.m. Dismissal)
Wed., Nov. 22 - No School
Thurs., Nov. 23 - No School - Happy Thanksgiving!
Fri.,  Nov. 24 - No School

The following are upcoming key dates for the school year, and our full calendar for the year can be accessed on our website:
Sat., Nov. 18 Fall Forensics State Tournament - Okemos High School
Mon., Nov. 20 4th-8th Grade Progress Conferences #2 (5:00-8:00 p.m.)
Tues., Nov. 21 1/2 Day of School (11:35 a.m. Dismissal)
Wed., Nov. 22-Fri., Nov. 24 No School (Classes Resume Mon., Nov. 27)
Wed., Nov. 29 BHHS IB-Diploma Programme Visit for 8th Graders (1:30 p.m.)
Early December (likely Sat. Dec. 2) Band/Orchestra Solo & Ensemble TBD
Fri., Dec. 8 PTO-Sponsored Cold Rush 6th/7th/8th (3:15-4:30 p.m.)
Wed., Dec. 13 6th Grade Band/Orch./Choir Concert (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Dec. 15 6th/7th/8th Grade Talent Show (in the afternoon - more details to come)
Fri., Dec. 15 6th/7th/8th Grade Progress Report #2
Mon., Dec. 25-Fri., Jan. 5 No School
Mon., Jan. 8 Classes Resume

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East Hills 6th/7th/8th Grade Talent Show Tryout - Online Sign-Up EXTENDED (Now-Nov. 17

Tryout sign-up for the East Hills Talent Show for the 2017-18 school year HAS BEEN EXTENDED!  It is active online and will close at midnight, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17. NO SUBMISSIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE SIGN-UP WINDOW HAS CLOSED.

There will be a link on our school homepage that will take you to the sign-up site or you can simply click on the link below to get there:

Talent Show Sign-up Link

Students who wish to participate will audition on Tuesday, November 21 during the half-day morning classes. Notification will be sent out to participants of the timing of their tryout. 

Performers must come to tryouts prepared. If the act requires recorded music, students must bring that music with them on a CD or a flash drive to the tryout. If students are unable to bring the pre-recorded music on CD or flash drive to the tryout, they can also include an online link to the pre-recorded music (youtube link, for example) when completing the online sign-up. If students will be singing to recorded music, they must bring the INSTRUMENTAL version of the music on a CD or flash drive to tryouts (or include the link when signing up for the Talent Show online). There should be NO VOCALS on the recording. Singers must also bring printed lyrics for their performance to tryouts.

If a group will be performing, ONLY ONE STUDENT SHOULD SIGN UP FOR THE ENTIRE GROUP on the online form and that same student will be the contact person for that group. The group leader NEEDS TO CHECK HIS/HER SCHOOL EMAIL REGULARLY for important information regarding the talent show.

There is space on the sign-up page to list the other members of the group.

The Talent Show auditions are open to grades 6-8.  Elementary students will have the opportunity to perform in a variety show later in the Winter.


Auditions: Morning of Tuesday, November 21st 

Mandatory Meeting for Participants: Wednesday, November 29th, 12:50-1:25 pm

Dress Rehearsal: Monday, December 11th, during 6th-8th grade lunches

Performance: Friday, December 15th, afternoon

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BHS Robotics

The robotics teams at Bloomfield Hills Schools are off to a successful start! Congratulations to the Conant Aqua Warriors, BHMS Mechanical Monkeys, BHMS No Limits, EHMS GEKOT, and EHMS IntergalacTECH for their many awards and excellent finishes during the weekend of November 11th.

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BHHS Presents: A Chorus Line

Bloomfield Hills High School proudly presents A Chorus Line! Musical dates are November 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now ($15 students/seniors and $18 general admission) at (search Bloomfield Hills High School). Senior Gold Card members can contact Sharon Beltowski at 248.346.0190 or For ADA Accessible seating, please call 248.346.0190.

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Transition Update - 11-10-17

Dear Families,

Now that the fall is well underway, we wanted to give a brief update on the transition.  It has been a great start to the school year at both Eastover and East Hills.  Eastover has been growing into its new structure as a lower elementary, and East Hills has benefited from having a true upper elementary experience for fourth and fifth grades.  We have continued to meet as a lead transition team, collecting feedback from members of our transition team, and we would like to continue to collect questions and feedback from the larger community using the 4th Grade Transition website link found HERE.  

We want to keep you apprised of what has transpired since the 16-17 school year came to a close and the 2017-18 school year began.  Actions include the following:  

  • Social emotional supports for students, staff, and families during the end of last year, start of this school year, and ongoing

  • Finalizing construction needs as we conclude that phase of the project

  • Proper staffing and resources for the school year

  • Club and after school opportunities

  • Developing new routines and structures at both buildings (movement in the building, bus etiquette, lunch routines, and other logistic structures)

  • A review of curriculum and resources to meet the needs of all students

  • Ordering and providing access to a range of books and reference materials in our media centers

  • Providing students with opportunities to mentor and lead in each school community

  • Bridging our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) work within and between schools

  • Generating engaging and numerous after school activities

We have collected some initial feedback from students, staff, and families on how things are going, and we are collecting more input during the fall through discussions, meetings, and online forums.  If you have questions about the process, please use the Q & A form found on the transition website.

Please also feel free to contact us.

-Carey Crocker

-Jason Rubel

-Angie Konzen

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Calling for Exhibit Participants for the BHS Multicultural Celebration!  Deadline: December 11

The BHS PTO Council will be hosting it's first district-wide Multicultural Celebration at Bloomfield Hills High School on March 6, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  This event presents family exhibits showcasing cultures from around the world, with an emphasis on the theme inventions!  The deadline to submit participant application is Dec. 11th.  This will be an event not to miss!   Please see the info packet for more details. 

Questions?  Contact Erin Watson at or Tracey Kevelighan at

Click HERE to access the Multicultural Celebration Information and Participation Packet

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BHS Ski and Snowboard Club

Interested in skiing and snowboarding?  The Bloomfield Hills Schools Ski and Snowboard Club will begin in January, 2018!  "It is a blast!" Jacob Saltsman, BHMS 8th Grader, exclaims.  "The instructors are really cool and everyone has a positive attitude.  At first, they teach the basics, then carving and how to look good and ski properly."

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Cavalier Fund Information

To further our mission for equity and inclusion, the East Hills Global Education Team (GET) is pleased to share information about the Cavalier Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide access for all students to enjoy school activities (e.g., field trips). As a school community, our desire is for all students to have these learning experiences. Our intention is to provide families with a chance to give funds to assist our students in a direct and meaningful way. Look for upcoming forms regarding field trips, school events, and other specific enrichment activities for opportunities to donate. You may specify how your funds will be directed through future communication (field trip forms and other specific events and opportunities). Click on this link to see more details and review an example of how you will be able to participate and to give toward this new fund.

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Mission Statement

East Hills Middle School Community works together to foster caring partnerships that promote self-esteem and value the dignity and diversity of each individual. Through inquiry, creative expression, and critical thinking we nurture the joy and desire for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship for each learner of our school community.


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Attendance: 248.341.6210

Jason Rubel, Principal

Angela Konzen, Associate Principal

Carol Weaver, Principal's Secretary

Kristin Bridges, Attendance Secretary

Julia Beattie, IB Teacher Leader/MYP Coordinator

TaMarcus Southward, Counselor
(4th, 5th & 6th grades)

Tom Kalanquin, Counselor
(7th & 8th grades)

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