Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


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Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Ingrid Day Commons Dedication Ceremony

Please join us on December 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the Main Commons of Bloomfield Hills High School (4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302) for a dedication of the Ingrid Day Commons.  This event will be held as a Special Board Meeting.

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Second Grade Musical

What could be more fun than having permission to sing about the things that gross us out, or at the very least make us squirm? Even better is to actually have that much fun and learn a few things along the way. That's what  SQUIRM!  A Wiggly, Giggly, Squiggly  Musical  is all about – celebrating the things that make us squirm and discovering that most of those things are in some way, good for us. 

Second-grade students will be performing the musical Squirm! by John Jacobson and John Higgins. The musical will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium at Way Elementary. Due to limited seating, we request that each student limits their guests to two people. Thank you in advance. The second-grade students are proud to present for the school Thursday, December 14, 2017 as well. Don't forget to send their costumes!

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Mulitcultural Celebration

Dear Way Families,
The BHS PTO Council will be hosting a district-wide Multicultural Celebration at Bloomfield Hills High School on March 6, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  This will be a celebration of the many diverse cultures represented by our Bloomfield Hills School District families. The theme this year is Inventions!  The deadline to submit a participant application is December 11th.     
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Neeli Jawad at
Click HERE to access the Multicultural Celebration Information and Participation Packet

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Holiday Wishes

The spirit of giving is alive and well at Way Elementary. Thanks to Way families for another successful Holiday Wish Program. All 130 wishes were wrapped and delivered for the Bloomfield Optimists Club to distribute. A special thank you to Kt Leung for chairing the event.

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Join us for DAERR on December 18

Please consider joining us for the DAERR (Diversity Academic Equity & Race Relations) meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Booth Center (7273 Wing Lake Road) at 6:30 p.m. in rooms A/B/C.

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4th Graders Experience Disabilities Awareness Day

Fourth grade students in Bloomfield Hills Schools had the unique experience of learning how to be inclusive what it might be like to live with a disability.   Hayden Schwartzenfeld, BHS student, explains, "Disabilities Awareness Day is a great way for kids to learn what disabilities people might have, what it feels like, and how to live your life with a disability."

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Bloomfield Hills Schools Students Make A Difference

Over 150 volunteers arrived at Cass Community Social Services, Detroit, for Make a Difference Day, an annual event organized by the PTOC. "Working as a team is better than working alone, and it was fun!" Amanda Vieira, 8th grader, exclaims.  

Students packed donations, collected trash outside, and created recycled door mats.  Ainsley Smith, elementary student, volunteered to make hamburgers with high school students.  "If we were homeless it would be nice to have people helping, like we're helping today," Smith says.

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BHS Robotics Results - November 18th

Congratulations to the following teams for their accomplishments during the weekend of November 18th:

  • Conant: Bloomfield Builders - Won Judges Award
  • Way: The Super Bionical 9 - Won Core Values Award, Advanced to State Competition
  • EHMS: The Patriotic Pandas - Won Strategy & Innovation Award; EHMS Aqua Attack - Won Strategy & Innovation Award; Robo Rangers - First Place Innovate Award, Inspire Award - 3rd Place, Design Award- 3rd Place
  • BHMS: Motor City Maniacs - 2nd place robot overall, Advanced to State Competition; Factory Falcons - Performance Award
  • WHMS: FIRST Tech Challenge - The Omega Warriors - First Place - Think Award, Advanced to State Championship
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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way's 50th Anniversary

For those of you who weren't able to attend our 50th Celebration, read more to view photos that captured our wonderful evening.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses

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