Principal's Message 9-22-17

Dear East Hills School Community:

Please take a moment to review our eNotify Broadcast  (listserv) message below. As we head into late September, we have many interesting things happening in our building and across the district. Enjoy the weekend and stay cool as we head into what may be our warmest fall weekend ever!

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
-Oscar Wilde


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

East Hills Website
"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures. . ."

This Upcoming Week's A/B Schedule:
Mon., Sept. 25 - B Day
Tues., Sept. 26 - A Day
Wed., Sept. 27 - B Day
Thurs., Sept. 28 - A Day
Fri.,  Sept. 29 - B Day

The following are upcoming key dates for the school year, and our full calendar for the year can be accessed on our website:
Tues., Sept. 26 Chromebook Distribution for 8th Graders (BHS One-to-World)
Tues., Sept. 26 8th Grade Field Trip to 48th District Court
Thurs.,  Sept. 28 4th Grade Lansing Trip
Wed., Oct.  4 Picture Day/Count Day
Wed., Oct. 4 PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 6 Progress Report  #1 (6th-8 th Grades)
Mon., Oct. 9 ½ Day School  – PD for Teachers 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
Fri., Oct. 13 4th/5th Fun Run 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 13 4th/5th Activity Afternoon 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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21st Century Leaders Program Opportunity for Interested 7th Graders - Essay Due September 27 By 9:00 AM

The Birmingham Community House 21st Century Leaders Program is an entrepreneur leadership curriculum taught to inspire and grow future leaders. The program is open to 7th grade students. This program is sponsored by local businesses so there is no cost to the students who participate except for $30 in student supplies. For students and families who participate, there is a one night parent orientation meeting on October 2 from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and throughout the year several student meeting dates that span from October through the Spring at the Community House in Birmingham.  For more information about the program click on the link

East Hills is only able to nominate a limited number of seventh-grade students. If you are interested in your child taking part as a 21st Century Leaders, please have him/her write a short essay on "Why it is important to be a positive leader." Essays are due to Mr. Kalanquin by Wednesday, September 27, at 9:00 a.m.

1. Students must have maintained excellent attendance, grades, behavior, and demonstrated leadership capabilities/potential.

2. Students need to submit a written statement, not to exceed one page, describing why it is important to be a positive leader.  Essays must be turned in to Mr. Kalanquin, by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017

3. Students must be able to commit to the program requirements, including attending required sessions with no more than three absences. For meeting dates, click here.

4. Student's that have siblings that have already participated in the program are not eligible, according to the 21st Century Leaders Program rules.

1. East Hills has only limited seats available - we will have at least one girl and one boy participate.

2. Student essays and student records will be reviewed prior to selection.  Eligible students will be entered into a lottery.

3. Students will be selected through a lottery.  Additional names will be drawn as alternates should our selected students elect to not attend.

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East Hills Fall Forensics Auditions (September 27 and 28)

East Hills Forensics Team Auditions will be after school on Wednesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 28. Sign up for a 5 minute audition time slot on the whiteboard in the drama room 102. Students who can't make either audition day may set up a time with Mr. Schumacher during school lunch or at another time if possible.

Fall Forensics Auditions will be held in the drama room (#102), located in the art hallway. Students do not need to be at both audition days. Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader may audition. You do not have to have any experience, just a desire to perform in front of others for competition. Students may choose one of the days to attend auditions.

For the audition, students need to bring a short excerpt from a book, poem, movie, famous speech, or short story to read aloud for Mr. Schumacher and Mrs. Acton. The audition piece should be a minute or less. It does not have to be memorized for auditions but you may memorize it if you would like. Students should be prepared to read/act the piece with emotion, energy, character, and volume.

Our Fall Forensics Tournament is on Saturday, November 18 at Okemos High School in Okemos, MI.

Remember...RELAX AND HAVE FUN!!!

Please contact Mr. Schumacher with any questions at

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Bloomfield Township Open House

Join us on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from Noon - 4:00 pm for the Bloomfield Township Open House! Enjoy patrol car rides, K-9 and firefighter demonstrations, animal adoptions, raffles and more fun for the whole family.  Be sure to stop by Bloomfield Hills High School for the pop up Bowers School Farm with live animals, free face painting, musical entertainment, tours of learning communities, snacks, and more! Click read more for a list of additional activities, give away prizes, and event map.

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Bowers School Farm Fall Festival

Join in on the fun!  Bowers School Farm Fall Festival is Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Tons of activities for everyone! Wagon rides, animal interaction, live music, food trucks, face painting, pumpkin picking & decorating, bounce house, strawland, inflatable archery, wool activities, historical activities, bungee run, meet and compete with a Black Hawk, and more!  Read more for additional information and visit or call 248.341.6481.

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Free Flu Vaccination Clinic

Alana's Foundation in partnership with the Michigan Community Wellness Visiting Nurse Association will be holding a free* Flu Vaccination Clinic** on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Doyle Center, 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. This opportunity is available to both staff and community members.   Read more to view additional information and forms.

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New Feature Makes Website Easier to View and Navigate

After faculty and staff input, we have made some adjustments to the navigation bar to allow users to view more of the website while browsing!  You will see that in addition to it being shorter, the drop down information also appears when you click on a title, rather than on a mouse over.  We hope that these features make the website easier to navigate and use.  Thank you for the suggestions!  

If you do not see these changes, please clear your browsing history and cache. For steps on how to do this, visit 

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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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East Hills Middle School
2800 Kensington Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


Attendance: 248.341.6210

Jason Rubel, Principal

Angela Konzen, Associate Principal

Carol Weaver, Principal's 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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