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Pajama Jam-In

Bloomfield Hills Middle School 7th and 8th grade band and orchestra students enjoy a Friday from 3:15 pm to 9:00 pm for fun, food, and music!  Student Om Joshi shares, “It's great!  We alternate practicing our music piece then have free time to play ping-pong, sing karaoke, or play in the open gym, eat pizza and snacks and back to practicing our piece.  We begin playing with our complete band or orchestra class, then later in the evening, we practice with our individual instrument sections.  At the end of the night, we come back together with our complete class and hear how much we improve.”

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Henry Jackson Selected as First Violin for MSBOA All-State Middle School Orchestra

Congratulations to BHMS student Henry Jackson on being selected for the first violin section in the MSBOA All-State Middle School Orchestra. In late October, over 2,000 students from the state of Michigan auditioned for one of the ensembles. Out of all of these auditions Henry was chosen at a rank of sixth in the entire state! Henry traveled to Grand Rapids to rehearse and perform with the group at the Michigan Music Conference this past January. Way to go, Henry!   

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BHHS Green Room Dedication

In recognition of 42 years of commitment, dedication, and leadership to students and for making the Performing Arts a special place where every student can experience success, the BHS Board of Education dedicated the BHHS Green Room to Tina Greenlee, retired BHS Theater Director, on February, 8, 2019. Congratulations and thank you, Tina!

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New York Times Cartoon Contest

Congratulations to BHHS students Ayesha Ahmed and Leena Jandali for each receiving an honorable mention in the New York Times Editorial Cartoon 2018 Contest!

Ayesha shares, "I compared Colin Kaepernik's decision to kneel during the national anthem and Baraboo High School students making the Nazi salute.  Kaepernik's decision was criticized as being disrespectful and the Wisconsin students were considered exercising their First Amendment rights."

Leena explains the titled piece 'Denial', "President Trump denies the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi; denies the interference of Russia in the 2016 election; denies global warming."

Check out more details on the New York Times website!

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Learn the Craft of Making Maple Syrup

Making maple syrup is a traditional rite of spring, which signals the end of winter. Help us tap the trees, collect the sap, and visit the sugar shack to watch as it transforms into pure maple syrup. The best part?  Visit the log home for a taste of nature's sweetener! Tours are scheduled every 20 minutes and last approximately one hour.  Advanced registration is recommended.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 11 AM to 2 PM
E.L. Johnson Nature Center
3325 Franklin Road in Bloomfield Hills

REGISTER TODAY

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Inspiring Educator Award: Peg Pasternak

BHHS art teacher Peg Pasternak was honored with the "Inspiring Educator Award" from the Scholastic Art Awards program on Monday, February 11, at the Detroit Film Theater in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Pasternak has been teaching in Bloomfield Hills for 11 years and brings the Model philosophy to the mainstream. Over the years, classes taught include Graphic Design, Drawing and Painting, and Studio Explorations. This year, Pasternak is teaching Graphic Design, Digital Art, and Photography. Congratulations!

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Key Coded Snowmen

Kindergartner Markus Southward shares his excitement, "It was fun making my own special snowman!"   Paraprofessional Rebecca Boss explains, "The students created their own snowman using a key.  For example, depending on the favored activity they enjoy in the snow the boots are colored differently: sledding - purple boots, building forts - red boots, throwing snowballs - black boots.  Many other distinguishing factors such as head covering, gloves or mittens, a scarf pattern, button shape, and so on help each child create their unique snowman."   Kindergartner Izzy Slutsky, admiring all the snowmen in the hallway, adds "See how different they all look!" 

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Chinese Pen Pal Program

The BHHS Chinese program continues their Pen Pal program with their sister school in Taiwan. Before the holidays, students sent their gifts to Taiwan to wish them a happy holiday. Since the Chinese New Year is now upon us, their Taiwanese pen pals sent back gifts to show their best wishes! The sister school students and teachers plan to visit BHHS again in October 2019. 

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Joyeux Jour des Crêpes! 

Students in the West Hills French learning community and Voyageur Club celebrated the French cultural tradition of La Chandeleur also known as Jour des Crêpes. They learned that it stems from a Roman tradition in which "les chandelles" (candles) were carried in a "défilé (procession) to bring light during the darkness of winter. However, it is now common for family and friends to enjoy conviviality as well as make, fold, eat and flip crêpes for a year of good luck. Students were able to experience making crêpes with a machine or a traditional "poêle" (pan). In Voyageur club, they donned our "ceinture fléchées" (French Voyageur sashes), took a picture in the snow because that's what "les hivernants" (winter dwellers) do, consumed more crêpes and then held a "crêpe flipping" competition. Students also reflected on their positive qualities while creating acrostic name poems. At the completion of this mini collaborative project, each student will have their own "éclat du soleil;" a list of affirmations to which their classmates have thoughtfully contributed. 

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Multicultural Celebration - March 18

The second annual, district-wide Multicultural Celebration is Monday, March 18, 2019, at Bloomfield Hills High School, from 5:30 to 8 PM.  This event, involving all of our district schools, is a wonderful celebration of the many cultures represented by our students and their families. If you have questions about the event, please contact BHMulticulturalCelebration@gmail.com.

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Winter Grant Applications

The BHS Foundation is accepting Winter 2019 Grant Applications through February 22, 2019. Applications can request funding for programs, materials, and equipment for clubs, classrooms, grade-levels, buildings, or the entire district. (The funding is available for one year from the date of award. This time frame can be extended with a written request.) 2019 Winter Grants will be awarded by March 29, 2019.

Google form applications are available at https://tinyurl.com/WinterGrants

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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.