Bloomfield Hills Middle School students completed a service action project called the "Water Challenge." First, students studied how people in other countries struggle to find and gather fresh water. Next, students only drank tap water for two weeks. "This has been and will continue to be an educational and rewarding experience," Scott Meyer, says. BHMS' donation was selected to help build a sand dam in Kenya.
News Archives & Points of Pride
- Only district in Michigan to offer tuition-free K-12 IBO curriculum
- Visible Thinking based on Harvard research
- Sustainability education and Michigan-certified Green Schools
- 90% of high school seniors are accepted to their first choice college or university
- MAP (Maximizing Academic Potential) Services available throughout district
- BHS graduation rate: 98%; Graduates who attend college or university: 94%
- Average of 19 annual National Merit Scholars winners
- SAT and ACT scores are well-above national averages
- 22 Advanced Placement programs in high school
- Eight world languages taught: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, German, French, Spanish and American Sign Language
- 82% of faculty have masters degrees or higher and all teach in their major field of study
- Elementary school average class size: 19 in grades K-2; 24 in grades 3-5
- Middle school average class size: 26
- Award-winning Fine/Performing Arts and Athletics programs
- E.L. Johnson Nature Center and Charles L. Bowers School Farm offer extended classroom environments for all grades
- Award-winning radio and television production stations
- Many academic clubs and activities in which students can participate
- BHS philosophy of educating the whole child (intellectual, emotional, social)
- School environments are physically, emotionally and intellectually safe for students
- Diverse student body supports unity and acceptance
- Variety of programs offered to constructively resolve conflicts
- Community service is required for graduation
In a Community Project created by the Bionic Blackhawks Team #2834, titled 'Smart Protection of Poultry from Predators', students Ashton Carrick, Alex Dufour and Hunter Kasravi worked side by side with their mentors to provide "...a community service in the area of automating agriculture to the Bowers Farm". This community service turned out to be an automated door installed in the chicken coop, designed to protect the animals from predators. (Article by: Amanda Howard, BHHS Graduate)
Jason Paulateer is the newest member of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education, filling the vacancy left by former Board of Education President, Ingrid Day.
Paulateer, who has an MBA with an emphasis on Finance, says he has a, "vested interest in the success of this school district," and he also states that he considers himself an advocate for children and education. "One of my core beliefs is that education is a critical component for a successful life. I believe that community service is the rent that we pay for our very lives."
Nothing Feels Natural, by Punk rock band "Priests" was listed as #13 Best Albums of 2017 by Spin Magazine.Alumna Katie Greer, who attended Hickory Grove, East Hills, and graduated from Lahser High School, writes lyrics and sings for the band. Band mates include Daniele Daniele (on drums), Taylor Mulitz (bass), and GL Jaguar (guitar). Their band has received high praise.
Congratulations Bowers Academy students for your graduation and success! We wish you the very best in your futures!
The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education honored students, staff, and community members at the June Board Meeting. Read more for a list of those acknowledged and to view videos and the photo gallery.
This year, 6-8 graders have focused on a Service as Action learning opportunity. Teachers worked to weave a service opportunity for students within their IB units of study. For our 6th grade class, this meant creating a garden of native Michigan plants which attract butterflies. With the help of Michelle Golembieski, Bowers Farm guide, and the EHMS Green Team, students had an opportunity to transfer the plants to our front gardens, where they can be watered and cared for during the summer months. Students will expand to a greenhouse learning space next year.
Bloomfield Hills Schools presented Distinguished Service Awards to Stephanie Bevier, Bloomfield Hills High School Media Specialist, Ingrid Day, School Board President, and Jeffery Dorchock, East Hills Middle School Teacher. Read more to view the nomination video and the photo gallery.
Bloomfield Hills Schools is fortunate to have a community of families and volunteers who wish the best for our students. Without their hard work and dedication, BHS would not be what it is today. A number of individuals were acknowledged at the PTOC luncheon and assembly for their exemplary service. Read more for a list of who was recognized and to view photo gallery.
Lone Pine Elementary hosted guest artist, Samuel Gould. Students were able to learn and ask questions about symphony orchestras, contemporary music groups, popular music ensembles and non-western musical traditions. The visit was made possible by the BHS Foundation. Gould's research is based in studying and performing the music of the African diaspora how these musical traditions and their pedagogical methods can be implemented in the classroom. He has performed with musicians from Ghana, Iran, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Mali, as well as several influential American musicians.
Allison Heath from Bloomfield Hills High School was announced as one of 100 award recipients for the second year of PBS LearningMedia's and Stand Up To Cancer's Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity. Congratulations, Allison!
Bloomfield Hills High School was named the 6th best public high school for athletics in Michigan! "It is quite an honor," Mike Cowdrey, Athletics Director says. "We are incredibly proud of our student athletes and their accomplishments."
Mlive.com reported that the survey, completed by Niche, assessed 12,814 high schools in the United States. BHHS received an A+ overall grade and a 74 national ranking for athletes. Earlier this year, Niche announced that Bloomfield Hills Schools was rated the #1 best school district in Michigan.
Seventh grade students in Bloomfield Hills Middle School participated in The Water Challenge, promising to drink only water for two weeks. The money normally spent on soda and energy drinks was donated to The Water Project, an organization that provides access to clean, safe, and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa. "Overall, it was very fun and a little bit challenging," Alexa and Andreya Vo writes. "We're so glad that we were able to reach our goal of $1000 to build a well in Africa!"
Eastover Elementary recently hosted a Cultures of Thinking Tour, coordinated with Oakland Schools. Participants from Walled Lake and Wayne-Westland Schools learned about Eastover and Cultures of Thinking. "Visitors observed classrooms and studied student thinking displayed throughout the building," Jamie Goldschmidt, Visible Thinking and Sustainability Coordinator says. "We would like to thank Missy Kacy, Clare Manion, and Katie Tocco for opening their classrooms to other Oakland and Wayne County educators."
Eastover Elementary students invited family and friends to attend the Bug Bash, showcasing student learning and Visible Thinking & Sustainability Initiatives.
Julia Matti, 1st grade student, shared a model of a ladybug she created and labeled with main body regions. "The insect wings used for flying must dry before the ladybug can fly," Matti says. "Some people believe ladybugs are good luck. Ladybugs live in all different places in spring and fall." Read more to view the photo gallery.