Family Fun Day will take place at the Johnson Nature Center on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 1- 4 p.m. Activities will include canoeing, nature crafts, a scavenger hunt, catch and release fishing, log cabin tour, guided nature walks, and a live animal presentation! There is no cost for this event. For more information the Johnson Nature Center can be reached at 248.341.6487.
100 Men Club, a group of local men committed to making a positive difference within the Metro Detroit communities and their families, announced its latest donation to BLOOMFIELD SCAMP for $14,100. The nomination was made by William Haines, Jessi Haines's husband (ARP teacher at Bloomfield Hills High School and Bloomfield SCAMP Assistant Coordinator).
SCAMP seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disabilities ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area. Bloomfield SCAMP was founded in 1967 and was the first in our area. Campers enjoy a variety of structured activities that focus on social skills improvement, language enrichment, and prevocational skills. They also enjoy art and music therapy and physical education. Participants swim at Walnut Lake, located behind West Hills Middle School.
"I wanted to be a part of the Jills, because it's such a time-honored tradition," shares Bailey Mcclelland, BHHS student. The Jills, a small, all-girls audition choir, celebrates 60 years of musical excellence.
"The reason I wanted to be in the Jills was I liked that it was a smaller group, so we could do different pieces than we would normally do in Choir," says Nivey Nithiyananthan, BHHS student. "The Jills perform pieces from all around the world. I've enjoyed singing pieces from Czechoslovakia, African pieces in Swahili, and a lot of Latin music, adds Mcclelland.
In addition to singing, students learned to read music and play the handbells. "We taught ourselves Carol of the Bells on the bells," Sophie Beeckman, BHHS student shares.
"It is my pleasure to welcome Rebecca Anders, Supervisor, Wing Lake Developmental Center," shares Kelly Bohl, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations. "Rebecca has been serving the Birmingham Public Schools since 2010, initially as a School Social Worker and since 2015 as their Special Education Supervisor. Previous roles also include a Facilitator at Oakland University for OUCARES, an Autism Spectrum Disorder program, an Instructor at Baker College in Human Services, a Behavior Specialist, Principal Intern and a School Counselor for the Fitzgerald Public Schools.
'Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Social Work, an Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration and she has Full Approval from MDE as a Supervisor/Director of Special Education. A team of Wing Lake stakeholders interviewed 4 candidates deemed qualified for this unique role and unanimously agreed that Rebecca had the training and
experience to maintain the integrity of the program, despite its complex needs, and the temperament and drive to continue the work of enhancing the program from an instructional perspective.
"Through collaborative efforts, Rebecca has also worked with staff, students, and parents to promote best practice/research based instructional strategies including Co-Teaching, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Foundations of Math, Universal Design for Learning, and Empathy/SocioEmotional Learning Standards. Rebecca is clearly committed to the values of equity and inclusion and we are very happy to have her joining our leadership team."
Welcome Jen Perrone, Special Education Director! "Jen brings to this position a wealth of experience," Kelly Bohl , Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations.. "She shares she has served as Assistant
Director of Special Education for Livingston ESA and Walled Lake Consolidated Schools and Director of Special Education for Livingston ESA and West Bloomfield School District.
"Jen has multiple advanced degrees, including an Education Specialist from Wayne State University. Jen is a certified teacher with a special education endorsement in Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired (POHI) and holds a Master's degree in Autism. Prior to working in
public education, Jen worked in the private sector as a corporate trainer.
"While Jen admittedly has big shoes to fill, when checking her references, I heard Jen referred to as 'a total rock star', the 'best Special Education Administrator I've ever worked with' and 'strong
advocate for students and staff'. "
"It was amazing!" exclaimed Abe Rosett, 4th grade student, after seeing birds banded at the Nature Center. Bloomfield Hills Schools students visited the Nature Center for an annual bird banding field trip each spring. Expert, licensed bird bander Allen Chartier taught students how to capture, weigh, measure, and track birds of all species that fly into the area. The Nature Center has been home to a 29 year long bird banding study!
Andover Alum (2004), Matt Lisiecki, will be on Jeopardy on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. on NBC. Best of Luck, Matt!