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FOR 8TH GRADE BHMS FAMILIES

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY: Last week here at BHMS, 31 eighth graders attended an informational meeting about the International Academy (IA). Two former BHMS students did a great job of sharing information about their experiences at the IA and answered lots of questions. The International Academy has one more Parent Information Night scheduled  for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Okma Campus from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The IA is located at 1020 E Square Lake Rd. in Bloomfield Hills.  For more information about the IA and how students can apply to this school, please go to their website at iatoday.org. Then, go to 'About Us' and scroll down to 'Prospective Students'. Click on Okma Campus. The deadline for applications is January 22. The lottery will be February 5 at the Doyle Center.

BH HIGH SCHOOL IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME: BHMS hopes to set up a similar meeting with a representative from BH High School (BHHS) about the Diploma Programme (DP), to help 8th graders learn about this opportunity as well. For more information about this option, go to the BHHS website and type International Baccalaureate into the search window. The BHHS counselors would like to know in advance of 9th grade course selection which students are considering this opportunity. This will help them guide students in their course selection. There is an application/interest form on the BHHS website that should be completed and turned in to Mrs. Jaster by March 1.

BH HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SELECTIONS: The BHHS counselors will make two visits to BHMS to meet with 8th graders. The first date is March 7th when information will be shared about a typical 9th grade schedule, life at the high school, extra-curricular activities and more. students will come home with a course handbook, a course selection sheet and directions for how to get online to enter the courses they want for 9th grade. The second visit will be on March 14, when the BHHS counselors will meet individually with 8th graders and a parent by appointment. At that time the course selection sheet will be turned in and all questions answered. Watch for more details about setting up an appointment with your student's BHHS counselor in January. Please know that the schedule will only allow for a ten minute meeting per student/parent.

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NOTES FROM THE MUSIC BOOSTERS

BAKERS AND SELLERS NEEDED: Music Boosters needs volunteers for the weekly Wednesday fundraising bake sales, which take place immediately after school in the Gateway Space. Volunteers are needed to donate baked goods and/or run sales. PLEASE REMEMBER that products must not contain or be cooked with nuts or nut products. Baked items can be dropped off in the main office anytime before 2:45 p.m. Sign up to donate baked goods and/or work at a sale by clicking HERE. Thank you for supporting the BHMS Music Boosters!

NEXT MUSIC BOOSTERS MEETING: The next boosters meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 pm in the Orchestra Room. (Please note that there will not be a meeting on December 11). Come learn how you can support our music programs.

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PTO NEWS

BHMS PTO MIX AND MINGLE ON FEBRUARY 2, 2019:  BHMS parents/guardians and staff, save the date for the second annual gathering for an evening of bombowling, food, silent and live bidding, and fun! The event is Saturday, February 2, at the HUB Stadium in Auburn Hills. Tickets can be purchased at the PTO's e-store here: http://www.bhmspto.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=6

UPCOMING PTO MEETING AGENDAS: At the January 16 meeting, which will be at 7:00 p.m., Bloomfield Hills High School Principal Charlie Hollerith will share key insights on high school IB, AP, and straight course tracks and other topics as time allows.

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BHMS MEDIA SPECIALIST LAURA AMATULLI AWARDED TWO BHS FOUNDATION GRANTS

Congratulations to Mrs. Amatulli, the Media Specialist for BHMS, WHMS and EHMS. Mrs. Amatulli applied for and was awarded two grants on behalf of BHMS. The first is a $284 grant to support a Maker Movement for students. The second grant, in the amount of $500, will support the Bloomie Book of the Year Reading Program here at BHMS. Her efforts on behalf of the school are greatly appreciated! Mrs. Amatulli joins an impressive list of past BHMS teachers, students and groups who have been awarded BHS Foundation grants. Thank you to all members of the community who support the BHS Foundation and make these special grants possible.

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FORM REQUIRED IN ADVANCE FOR EXTENDED ABSENCES

Students who will be missing school for three or more consecutive, preplanned days must complete an EXTENDED LEAVE FORM. The form must be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian, then the students should have all A and B day teachers, including elective teachers, sign the form. The completed, signed form should be turned in to Mrs. Foronato in the BHMS office two weeks prior to the planned absence. Click HERE to download the required form.

This extended leave policy, as well as reference guide of other attendance policies - including what to do if you are going out of town and leaving your student in someone else's care - can be found by clicking HERE.

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REMINDER ABOUT NUT RESTRICTIONS AT BHMS

Please remember that BHMS IS A NUT-RESTRICTED BUILDING, 24-HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. There are students in the building who are highly allergic to peanuts and all kinds of tree nuts, and their well-being is of concern.

Students should not bring lunch or snacks containing nuts or nut products. Additionally, please be sure that anything given to the office staff, to teachers, for classrooms, bake sales, end-of-sports or club parties or any other occasion are free of all nuts and nut products. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Fall Middle School Forensics Competition

BHMS, EHMS, and WHMS Forensics teams traveled to Ionia, MI to participate in the Middle School Fall Forensics Tournament.

Individuals, pairs, and groups of students practice for months preparing a variety of performances.

Forensics categories include, but are not limited to, Storytelling (memorizing and performing a story that has already been written), Original Interpretation (students write, memorize and perform their own unique piece), and Multiples (a group of students perform a condensed version of a piece of entertainment), as well as many other fascinating categories that enable middle school students to gain public speaking skills.

At Forensics competitions, students perform their piece three times, in front of three different judges.

Many thanks to all of the coaches and families for your dedication and commitment to training and assisting our middle school Forensics club students.

Between the three middle schools, students in Bloomfield Hills Schools received a total of 72 awards in 14 categories, and took home 11 first place awards! BHS students were recognized at the December 2018 Board of Education Recognition Ceremony to celebrate their season of successes. Way to go!

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FIRST Robotics Teams Tremendous Fall Season

Bloomfield Hills Schools had 45 FIRST Robotics teams with over 300 students in grades K-8 participating this fall! With students in all levels from grades K-12 and teams in every building district wide, the district continues to participate in the full progression of FIRST Robotics programs.

Nine FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) teams from Conant, Way, BHMS, EHMS and WHMS competed in "Into Orbit" district competition throughout southeast Michigan. The combined EHMS / WHMS team, The Astro LLamas were awarded the Gracious Professionalism Trophy while the BHMS Lego Legends took home the Project Presentation Trophy. Four district teams advanced to 2018 MI FLL State Championship. Congratulations to BHMS Teams Galactic Elements, Robo Racers, Bloomfield Builders and EHMS Team G.E.K.O.T. A special shout out to BHMS Galactic Elements and EHMS Team G.E.K.O.T. who won their district events bringing home the Champion's Trophy! Good Luck to all teams as they represent Bloomfield Schools in state level competition!

The FIRST Tech Challenge community has grown to eleven teams district wide competing in the "Rover Ruckus" game season. Three new rookie teams launched this year - including the EHMS Galactic Gears and the WHMS Tech Titans and WHMS Coding Cobras. All three rookie teams built competitive robots and competed in district competition. In addition, eight veteran FTC teams returned this fall. Congratulations to the BHMS Space Unicorns and WHMS Omega Warriors for winning district level Motivate Award Trophies. Bloomfield Schools advanced SIX FTC teams to the MI State FTC Championship! Congratulations to the BHMS Golden Gears, Mechanical Monkeys, Purple Protons and No Limits as well as the EHMS Robo Rangers and IntergalacTECH. All of these teams won or were INSPIRE Award Finalists. The INSPIRE Award represents the highest award in FIRST. These teams are considered role models for all other teams in FIRST robotics. Good Luck to all teams as they represent Bloomfield schools in state level competition!

Thank you to the family volunteers for guiding the teams, these volunteers are amazing parents and guardians who donate hours of their time for coaching, meeting, and competitions. Congratulations to all students who have participated in robotics this season! 

Good luck to all teams as they compete and represent our schools in the Michigan FIRST LEGO LEAGUE State Championship and the Michigan FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

View a list of awards and photos here.

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We at Bloomfield Hills Middle School are committed to the pursuit of knowledge through inquiry and the development of young people who act as citizens of the world. To this end, BHMS strives to foster the value of cultural differences, commit to continuous growth and learning, establishing a climate of caring and respect for people and their perspectives as well as building broader communication capacities through access to global information.

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EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES OF CURRENT 8TH GRADERS

For the first time, the State of Michigan is requiring that all 8th graders take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, a paper/pencil assessment more commonly referred to as the PSAT. 

The state requires that the PSAT be administered on April 9, which is the Tuesday immediately following Spring Break.  It is very important for all 8th graders to be in school on April 9. Advance notice is being shared so families can plan their Spring Break vacations accordingly.

This assessment will take the place of the math and ELA portions of MStep. Watch the Lancer Update and this web page for more information as the administration date approaches. If you  have any questions, please contact BHMS 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Jaster.

 BHMS dates for 2018/19

For dates specific to BHMS, open the BHMS Events Calendar to the right. For general district dates, such as school start and end dates and school breaks, open the District Calendar 

Nut Allergy

Please remember that nuts of all kinds are restricted at BHMS because of students with severe and life-threatening allergies. This includes nut butters, products containing nuts or nut by-products. The restriction is in effect in the entire building and at all times, including the school day, after school, evenings and weekends. Please keep this restriction in mind not only for individual student lunches and snacks, but also for group treats for a class, for teachers and staff, or items for bake sales.

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4200 West Quarton Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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Before School: 7 - 8:15 a.m.
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Attendance Line:248.341.6010
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Main Office:248.341.6000
Fax Number:248.341.6099
Bus Updates:Twitter - @BHSBuses

Randy English, Principal
248.341.6005
REnglish@bloomfield.org

Brian Fitzgerald, Associate Principal
248.341.6006
BFitzgerald@bloomfield.org

Melanie Irish Parks, Principal's Secretary
248.341.6001
MParks@bloomfield.org

Cherie Foronato, Attendance/Records Secretary
248.341.6002
CForonato@bloomfield.org

Counselor Grades 6 & 8
Laura Jaster
248.341.6003
Ljaster@bloomfield.org

Counselor Grades 5 & 7
Anthony Flevaris
248.341.6004
AFlevaris@bloomfield.org

IB Teacher Leader/MYP Coordinator
Kathleen Janelle
248.341.6134
KJanelle@bloomfield.org

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