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Farm on the Spot Visits Wing Lake!

Cinnamon the llama surprised students and Superintendent Rob Glass at Wing Lake Developmental Center!  How fun! Who will be next? Farm on the Spot is a new learning program in which animals from Bowers School Farm visit classrooms in Bloomfield Hills Schools. 

Glass began the visit by reading story books about llamas to the students.  Then the llama was brought in to everyone's delight!  Farm staff gave facts and allowed the students to pet the llama's fur. 

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Sinking Fund Replacement - How Much Would It Generate?

On May 8, 2018, voters in Bloomfield Hills Schools will be asked to consider a .7165 mill, six-year sinking fund replacement (to replace the existing sinking fund, set to expire in December of 2018). The sinking fund would generate approximately $2,500,000 each year which would be used for specific purposes, as set forth by the State of Michigan. Thanks to new legislation, acceptable use of sinking fund dollars has been expanded to include safety, security, and technology. For more information visit www.bloomfield.org/sinkingfund

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Farm on the Spot - EHMS

You won't want to miss Farm on the Spot - a new learning program in which animals from Bowers Farm surprise a classroom of students. In this segment, twin goats surprise a classroom at EHMS. Who will be next? Talk about hands-on learning in the classroom!

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2018 Master Global Champions

Congratulations to the staff, parents/guardians, and community members who earned the honor of Bloomfield Hills Schools 2018 Master Global Champions. As part of our desire to fulfill the mission to educate all of our learners so they may achieve their individual potential and build meaningful and productive lives in a global society, we have engaged in a process to develop Global Leaders. Graduates of the Master Champions course will continue the work of building systemic cultural capacity and increasing equity and inclusion throughout the district. To learn more about this important work, visit  www.bloomfield.org/community/globaled

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Sinking Fund Replacement - Examples of Potential Projects

What are some examples of Sinking Fund projects the district would investigate if the replacement passes?

With the expansion of use to include safety, security, and technology, the district may seek to:

  • Install more security cameras inside and outside of each school
  • Install security cameras on each school bus
  • Provide a GPS bus tracking app for families to know the whereabouts of their child's bus and the approximate time of arrival
  • Install bullet-proof glass or glass film
  • Place bollards outside of main school entrances

For more information visit www.bloomfield.org/sinkingfund

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BHHS Bionic Black Hawks Win 3rd straight FIRST Robotics Michigan State Chairman's Award

The BHHS Bionic Black Hawks had incredible success at the FIRST Michigan State Championship from April 11-14, 2018, bringing home their 3rd straight FIRST Michigan Chairman's Award! BHS was one of twenty-nine school districts recognized by Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, for having all four levels of FIRST programs. The Black Hawks finished as Ford division semi-finalists, received the Ford Division UL Safety Award, and are currently ranked in the top twenty teams in the state. The team advances to FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit from April 26-28, 2018. The BHMS Mechanical Monkeys will also be competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, and the Way Elementary Blockhead Builders will compete in the FIRST Lego League Junior World Exhibition.

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Spring Newsletter Correction - BHMS Students Visit Wing Lake

In the 2018 BHS Spring Newsletter, we incorrectly cited West Hills Students Visit Wing Lake Developmental Center. The students who visited Wing Lake were from Bloomfield Hills Middle School. BHMS students reflected on their visit noting such experiences as, "Going to Wing Lake School was a really fun experience, and I really enjoyed it. There were lots of kids and adults with many different disabilities. The ages can range from ages 3-26 years old. Most of the classrooms are very different from each other. Most of the friends there all have aids or helpers with them. They have a very different learning environment than we do. Lots of the friends at Wing Lake are in wheelchairs and can't talk." - Brooke Ziff. 

Thomai Gersh, Supervisor of Special Education at Wing Lake, shared, "When the 5th graders from BHMS came to visit, the benefit was mutual. Our students loved to engage and interact with the 5th grade BHMS students; and they also taught the 5th graders about the differences between people and the different ways things can be done. BHMS and Wing Lake students both gained a lot from this experience."

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Congratulations Cynthia von Oeyen!

Cynthia von Oeyen, President of the Bloomfield Hills School Board, received the Michigan Association of School Boards 2017 President Award of Recognition, its highest honor. Only ten board members received this award in 2017 out of the nearly 4,000 school board members in Michigan. "We are all incredibly proud of Cynthia," shares Howard Baron, Trustee. "It is truly a privilege to have someone with her experience, insight, and wisdom on our board."

Von Oeyen was also awarded the Lifetime Volunteer Leadership Award at the Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Celebration in 2015 and the Master Platinum Award for the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) in 2014.

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Elena Hirsch Attends Disney Dreamer Academy

Sophomore, Elena Hirsch, was selected as 1 of 100 students from across the nation to participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence, a four-day, immersive and transformational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. "My biggest dream is to become a successful singer/songwriter and to spread a positive message through my music," expressed Elena. Elena attended speaking and networking events with acclaimed celebrities such as Neyo, Sonia Jackson Myles, and Princeton Parker. Elena is currently working with Ms. Myles to bring The Sister Accord program to BHHS. Way to go, Elena!

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Neal Pullukat: Geography Bee Wiz!

“I have always been interested in geography.  My parents got me an atlas when I was little, around 5 or 6, and I liked to look at it a lot,” shares Neal Pullukat, 7th grade student and winner of the East Hills Middle School Geography Bee.  Neal brought these geography skills to the National Geographic Geography Bee in Michigan in early April, as one of 100 students throughout the state.

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Kindergarten Round-Up Coming Soon!

We invite you to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up event! Your family can meet the Principal and teachers, tour the building, and there are fun activities for your incoming kindergartner!

Interested in touring our schools? Please fill out the form at www.bloomfield.org/tour and a Family Ambassador will contact you directly.

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Infinite Opportunities:  Students in Bloomfield Hills Schools are supported in an environment that promotes personal learning, critical thinking, and creativity.  Learners are connected to the world outside the classroom and engage in meaningful work that drives passion, risk-taking, and a deep sense of student ownership.  Click to learn more!

Just some of the many achievements:  128 clubs and co-curricular activities, marching band earned 1st division rating and all “perfect sheets” at the MSBOA Festival, Hawkeye News won the NSPA Pacemaker award, BIFF 88.1 FM named Michigan Radio Station of the Year, 64 different languages spoken by students, 1.9 million Goggle docs shared for instructional collaboration, Dr. Rob Glass awarded Michigan Superintendent of the Year, preschool-12th grade international baccalaureate and Harvard’s Visible Thinking partnerships, 4 students earned perfect ACT scores in 24 months, largest K-12 outdoor classroom in Oakland County at the Johnson Nature Center, farm-based science / learning in partnership with MSU at the 96 acre Bowers School Farm, largest Robotics programs in Michigan, nearly 80% of teaching staff have masters and doctoral degrees, all teachers have a degree in the subject they teach, #1 school district in Michigan according to Niche, varsity football completed an undefeated season, 6 students won National Scholastic Gold Key Art Awards, 460 students took 870 AP exams, Model UN won 16 awards at the OU Conference, Transportation earned 24th consecutive perfect state inspection, students in class of 2016 accepted to Duke, Harvard, Purdue and Yale.

Student Quotes: “As an IB Diploma student I have created strong, lasting relationships with my teachers and peers, which has helped further my education.  Another one of my favorite things about Bloomfield Hills Schools is the diversity because you can experience various perspectives in class.” says Michelle (Ting Ting) Chang.  “The FTC Robotics Team is fun and challenging.  It was neat to build a robot from scraps of metal and build the circuits; I was the driver in competitions!” says Celeste Meisel.  “I love math!  I am enrolled in AP Statistics and I really enjoy Calculus.  My Student Leadership class inspired me to become a small business owner; I manage a parking lot striping company called Motor City Striping.”says Nicholas Bellinson.