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100 Men Club Donates $14k to Bloomfield SCAMP

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. ​

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The BHHS Jills Choir Celebrates 60 Years

"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.

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Welcome, Rebecca Anders!

"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."

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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'. "

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IA Student Creates sparkCS Summer Camp

Michelle Liu, IA's National Council of Women in Technology award winner, enlisted the help of fellow classmates to design and produce sparkCS a summer computer coding and robotics camp for girls (grades 4-7). 

Pictured here are camp organizers Angelina Reyes, Michelle Liu, Neha Middela and Tejal Mahajan.

Check out their website: https://www.sparkcs.co/

NCWIT award: https://www.aspirations.org/user/90931

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BHHS - Top Model UN Team in North America & #1 in Michigan!

The Bloomfield Hills High School Model UN Team was just named the #1 Model UN Team in Michigan for public schools and one of the top 150 teams in all of North America! In addition to winning state championships, the team hosted more than 1,000 students for the 22nd Annual Southeast Michigan Model United Nations Association (SEMMUNA) Conference. As the largest high school Model UN event in the state of Michigan, the event attracted 40 student teams in Michigan. Congratulations to the entire BHHS Model UN Team and coach Mr. MacLeod!

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"It is my honor to welcome Margret Schultz into the position of Administrator for Social-Emotional Learning and Educational Equity," says Kelly Bohl, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations.  "Over the past few years, our district has been intensely focused on global education, equity, inclusion, and social-emotional learning. We have worked to engage our community in informative and collaborative dialogue, supported staff, family, student, and community learning through the Institute for Healing Racism, Global Champions courses, trainings in Restorative Practices and through our Diversity, Academic Equity, and Race Relations (DAERR) community team."
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Author Lester Laminack Visits Local Libraries

Oakland Schools is partnering with Royal Oak and Southfield Libraries to host nationally-acclaimed children's author, Lester Laminack, on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Come with your young readers (K-3rd grade) for an interactive experience that will engage your child and provide you with practical strategies for reading and writing during the summer and beyond.  Lester will read aloud to children and discuss early literacy practices with families. Registration opens on June 25.

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Institute for Healing Racism

As a member of the Bloomfield Hills Schools community, we would like to invite those who have not already participated to to attend the Institute for Healing Racism on August 9 and 10, 2018. The days will run from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Follow the links below to register for a session. Attendance at both days is mandatory. 

Questions? Contact Bill Boyle, Equity Programs Coordinator, at BBoyle@bloomfield.org.

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