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Into Orbit - Bloomfield Hills Hosts Elementary Robotics Competition
On Saturday, December 15, 2018 the BHS robotics program will host the Michigan State FIRST Lego League Championship at Bloomfield Hills High School (4200 Andover Road). Opening ceremonies is scheduled for 8:30 AM in the gym, competition begins at 9 AM and will conclude around 4 PM.
 
This is the third year Bloomfield Hills will host the championship; 60 teams from Michigan are planning to attend, 3 teams from Bloomfield Hills Schools will be competing.
 
This year's themed game is called, "Into Orbit." It has students researching and understanding the challenges of future manned space exploration, as well as designing, building, and programming an autonomous robot that will navigate a themed game field. As part of each competition, teams will present their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. Teams will also be judged in two other areas including a teamwork challenge and a presentation on their technical knowledge of the robot. Teams are ranked based on their performance in the three judging sessions, and the performance of their robot during three matches on the playing field.
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Wing Lake Participates in Senseational Story Time

The Bloomfield Township Public Library visited Wing Lake Developmental Center on Friday, December 7, 2018. Wing Lake students had an opportunity to participate in SENSEATIONAL STORY TIME with Jen Taggart and Ed Niemchak from the Library. Sensory story time is geared to differently-able children who have a hard time in large groups or have other developmental delays and/or sensitivity to sensory overload. Wing Lake students listened to the book, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. Visuals, rhythmic stories, and sensory activities were incorporated into the story time. 

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Classroom Change Wars!

Conant Elementary students raise money for new playground equipment through "classroom change wars".  First grader Alex Swiatkowski shares, "Mrs. Benitez's class won and chose to dye Mr. Russo's hair green and white because he is NOT a Michigan State fan.  The best part of Change Wars was the strategy to sabotage!  When we collect dollar bills and pennies that helps our class and all other coins subtract from the amount in other classrooms.  Mr. Russo's hair looks funny, the eyebrows are awesome!" Conant raised $4,217.31 - way to go Cubs!

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Global Youth Ambassadors Bringing People Together Workshop

Student Global Leaders from BHHS recently joined together with 8th grade students from BHMS, EHMS, and WHMS to participate in the BHS Global Education, Equity and Inclusion (GEEI) Global Youth Ambassadors: Bringing People Together workshop on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Students explored ways to help create a more inclusive school community as well as their role in our global society. This was an excellent opportunity for students to engage and dialogue with their peers in the spirit of respect, acceptance and building a stronger BHS global community.

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Wing Lake Awarded Zono Sanitation Cabinet

Sue Florek (Nurse), Jessica Shuler (teacher), and Thomai Gersh (former Supervisor of Special Education) were awarded a $21,350 from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan to purchase a ZONO Sanitation Cabinet. The purchase of this system will improve the health, cleanliness, hygienic needs and overall well-being of severely cognitively and multiply impaired students at Wing Lake Developmental Center.

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What Is Restorative Practices?

Bloomfield Hills Schools values meaningful relationships, and utilizes Restorative Practices to build connections.  Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities.  If you're curious and want to learn more about Restorative Practices, the International Institute for Restorative Practices has created this two minute video.  Click here to view an overview created by the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

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EHMS Enjoys Popcorn Day

The tradition of Popcorn Day started one year ago. We have one Popcorn Day each month. Students pay for their bags in advance to their first hour teacher. Each bag is $1. And all of the profits of the sale go to the Cavalier Fund. The popcorn is popped and then delivered to classrooms by parent volunteers.

 

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Bloomfield Hills Schools Athletics, Creating Lifelong Winners

"What we want is for all of our student-athletes to have an outstanding high school and middle school athletic experience," shares Mike Cowdrey, Bloomfield Hills Schools' Director of Athletics.  "We want them to enjoy their experience, have fun learning life lessons through sport, learning how to be good teammates, how to deal with adversity, how to lead and become leaders, and how to be able to accept criticism from a coach.  These are all the things that later in life, they're going to need in the workforce. If we are successful with wins and losses, that's a bonus. Winning shouldn't be the end goal, but if we do all the other things that we want to accomplish, winning will take care of itself."

With a school culture that values excellence in both academics and athletics, coaches who care, support from the community, and students who take advantage of it all, Bloomfield Hills Schools Athletics Department is hard to beat!

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Participate in the Multicultural Celebration!

Please consider volunteering as a presenter or exhibitor at second district-wide Multicultural Celebration on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills High School. This event is coordinated by the BHS PTOC Multicultural Celebration Committee and will showcase student exhibits featuring Inspiring Figures from many diverse cultures from around the world, along with student-involved music and dance. The last day to turn in a participation packet is January 18, 2019. Questions? Email BHMulticulturalCelebration@gmail.com.

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BHS Foundation: Picture the Possibilities

The BHS Foundation is excited to launch its 2018 Annual Appeal: Picture the Possibilities. Please watch this video from Superintendent Dr. Rob Glass to learn more about the programs funded. Contributions are accepted now through December 31, 2018. All contributors will be entered into a drawing to receive two tickets to the BHS Foundation Celebration in March 2019, and those who donate $50 or more will be invited to a special Winter Blast at the new Bloomfield Winter Park opening in January 2019 at Bowers Farm! Donate at www.bloomfield.org/Give or call 248.341.5465.

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Low Cost Internet Program for Students

At BHS, we are committed to helping our families in every way possible. We have found a few local internet companies that offer families a discounted rate for their internet services. If you qualify, these low-income internet service providers can help you get online, with broadband internet speeds for very low monthly rates and no contract hassles. The following are links to various companies that offer these program for qualifying families. 

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Connecting with your child's teacher, school, and the district

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools (Wednesday Web News & Important Notices - including school cancellations). In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences. If you wish not to receive these newsletters, simply "opt-out" when you receive the first newsletter (an option at the bottom of every email we send).

Instructions for updating this information are now available at www.bloomfield.org/notifications. Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertains to emergency and district notifications. 

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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.