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Congratulations Cynthia von Oeyen!

Cynthia von Oeyen portraitCynthia 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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East Hills Book Swap

This month at East Hills a new tradition began.  The Book Swap.  March is reading month and some parents had the idea to hold a book swap to help celebrate reading month.  Last week students were encouraged to bring up to 5 books, at the 4th to 8th grade reading level, that they could then swap for other books on Monday, March 11th.  Roughly 70 students participated and brought books, and over 250 books were swapped.  This tradition was a fun way to get students to connect over reading, to read more, and to recycle books instead of throwing them away.  We hope that this tradition will continue on for many years and would like to wish everyone a very Happy Reading Month!

 

Written by Lucia Farah, 7th Grader

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Junior Festinema - French Film Festival

Recently, students in the French learning community from grade 6-8 at West Hills were among the 150 French students from greater Détroit who participated in the annual film festival at the Maple Theater. Following the excursion, French students have been engaged in sharing ideas and perspectives regarding plot, characters and setting of the film, making personal and intercultural connections and comparisons as well as discussing the morals of the story. The WHMS French learning community would like to thank the BHS Foundation for their generous grant and Alliance Française de Détroit for their collaboration in making this cultural inquiry experience come to fruition.

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Save the Date! Spring Fling & Pancake Breakfast
On Saturday, May 11, Bowers School Farm will host their annual Spring Fling Pancake Breakfast event from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. This will be a time for visitors to come to the farm and enjoy a variety of experiences, including a yummy pancake breakfast, open barns, craft making, and fun farm exhibits. Tickets can be purchased at www.bloomfield.org/spring. Sign-up early to get your preferred seating time, and enjoy all the farm has to offer! 
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BHS Students Participate in DSO Middle School Honor Band Days

On Monday, March 11, the finest middle school musicians from all over the Detroit metro area gathered at Orchestra Hall in downtown Detroit to attend the Middle School Honor Band Day sponsored by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). This year 18 students from Bloomfield Hills Middle School, 2 students from West Hills and 7 students from East Hill Middle School participated in the event. Throughout the day students worked with DSO musicians in like instrument sections, and were directed by DSO conductors on 3 pieces of music in preparation for an evening performance on the Orchestra Hall stage. Congratulations to the incredible BHS musicians on their excellent performances!

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Michael Lu Earns 3rd at Mathcounts State Competition

BHMS 6th grader Michael Lu recently competed in the Mathcounts State Competition at the GM Warren Technical Center on March 9, 2019, and earned 3rd place! The top four students are eligible to represent their school and the entire state of Michigan at the Mathcounts National Competition in Orlando, Florida in May. Micheal is the first student in the history of Bloomfield Hills Schools to earn a spot at the national competition. Way to go, Michael!

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2019 District Band & Orchestra Festival

Congratulations to our bands and orchestras for their amazing performances at the District Band and Orchestra Festival during the weekend of March 9-10.  For the second year in a row the festival was held at BHHS! Both the Concert and Campus Bands received a first division rating. The Symphony Band and Orchestra received straight first division ratings. The band received all A's in every subcategory from every adjudicator. The Campus Philharmonic both received second division ratings and were both one half grade away from a first division. Bravo to our terrific musicians!

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