Musical Mosaic in the Making

"Performing arts is always live, so it's really nice to be part of something that's permanent. I think this mosaic is going to be so beautiful, and will liven up the performing arts hallway," shares Ava Meyer, a Bloomfield Hills High School senior and member of Bloomfield Chorale, one of many musical opportunities available to BHHS students.  


Performing arts students helped create a mosaic, which upon completion will hang by the entrance into the performing arts wing.  At the Dessert Concert, the first concert of the school year featuring the BHHS orchestra, choir and band, families were encouraged to be involved in the creation of the mosaic throughout the evening.


The driving force behind the art comes from the family of Julianne Silverstein Vinik, an Andover graduate of 1977 who was a Jill, and who passed away two years ago.  Julianne's mother, Dolores Silverstein, shares, "I wanted some living memory of her.  Because she was so involved in the school - and this is a new school - it was a good thing to do.  Her sister Jennifer was also here, and was a disc jockey, so there is a microphone in the mosaic.  And my two grandchildren, who years later went here, were drum majors, and played the saxophone and the trombone.  So we have a saxophone and a trombone represented on the mosaic.  My husband died nine years ago, and he would have been thrilled with this art project.  Music was always our love."


Silverstein brought in artist Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan to make the project come to life.  Silverstein explains, "I had seen Gail's work at the Detroit Public Library windows.  Gail was the liaison, and because she had done other work here at BHHS, they were very receptive to her project.  She had the kids brainstorm things - Beethoven is on the mosaic because the kids wanted it.  This is how she works with schools - she's amazing!"


Kaplan, who was also present at the Dessert Concert, shares, "With my partner Dani Katsir, we've done community mosaics all over the city, and have done two projects at BHHS.  This was another great opportunity to be involved with the students.  And it was designed by the students! It's an interlocking piece, with five large pieces that will fit together on the wall by the music wing.  It's about music, dance, and all the performing arts.  The students submitted images, drawings and concepts of what they wanted.  We put it together into a composition and outlined it to have it here tonight, to get it done with everyone's help."


Stephanie Recknagel, a BHHS senior and co-captain of the Jills, shares, "I thought it was really awesome to be part of something that's going to be at our school forever.  It's so fantastic to put music on a wall.  I love the artwork, because it brings all forms of performing arts together.  We all do so much together, so it's neat to see it in the artwork.  I'm super excited to see it go up, and can't wait for everyone to see it!"


Many thanks to the collaboration between BHHS performing arts students, their teachers, Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan and Dolores Silverstein for this incredible contribution to BHHS, to beautify and brighten the performing arts wing.



More News:

BHS Student Wins First Place Science and Intel Awards for Cancer Detection Process

Pooja Kannappan, ninth-grade student at BHHS, competed at the 2019 Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD), winning a First Place Award. Kannappan's project "Detecting Metastatic Cancer in Digital Pathology Scans Using Machine Learning" also received an Intel Award Certificate for outstanding achievement in the category of Computer Science. 

Read more about BHS Student Wins First Place Science and Intel Awards for Cancer Detection Process
A Note from Christine DiPilato

After eleven incredible years in Bloomfield Hills, this summer I will be transitioning to Troy School District to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction.  

My experiences in Bloomfield have been rich; observing and supporting high levels of instruction, collaborating on building designs, championing high impact resources for students and teachers and celebrating student and staff achievements. The list could go on an on, but ultimately my time in Bloomfield has enriched my life both personally and professionally, for that I am truly grateful.

I am excited to begin my tenure in Troy but will miss the relationships I have established in Bloomfield along the way. Please know that my door is always open and I look forward to our paths crossing again soon!

Read more about A Note from Christine DiPilato
Wax Museum

Way's 4th-grade students showcase their rich learning opportunity for the Wax Museum Exhibition.  Students brainstormed ideas for individual inquiry, generated possible subtopics to guide research, read non-fiction books and articles, and incorporated their thinking routines throughout the process.  They worked hard, and it shows!

Student Sarim Chaudhary steps into the Statue of Liberty character and beams proudly, "I liked how we could choose anything that is either a person, place, or thing.  I enjoyed researching the Statue of Liberty, and presenting is really fun too!"

Read more about Wax Museum
NCAA 2019 College Signing Day

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Bloomfield Hills High School participated in NCAA College Signing Day. The following BHHS athletes signed their NCAA Letters of Intent to play college sports in the fall of 2019:

  • Phoenix Williams, Howard University, Tennis
  • Maryam Hashim, Macomb College, Basketball
  • Cassidy Proctor, Michigan State University, Hockey
  • Alex Gold, Lawrence Technological University, Golf
  • Eddie Dyla, Madonna University, Lacrosse
Read more about NCAA 2019 College Signing Day
Search Firm for New Superintendent

Recently, the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education met to determine the process by which they plan to hire a new superintendent. The Board of Education has decided to select a search firm to lead the search and are accepting proposals from search firms from now until May 21, 2019. On May 23, 2019, the Board of Education will hold a meeting to determine which firms to interview. Interviews are likely to take place on June 5, 2019, with the formal selection of a search firm to occur on June 6, 2019. Once a firm is selected, a timeline for the superintendent search will be posted to the district's website. The Board is looking forward to a collaborative and inclusive selection process.

Read more about Search Firm for New Superintendent

Students in multiple Bloomfield Hills Schools organized, educated, and inspired others to take care of and celebrate the environment as part of the global Earth Day/Earth Week. There were service learning fundraisers for various community causes, huge events to promote environmental education, and small actions by staff and students to increase understanding of environmental issues.

Read more about Students Raise Awareness of Environment at Schools and Farm