Please enjoy this months MYP newsletter from MYP Coordinator, Kathy Janelle. It contains information about this month's IB Learner Profile Trait - "Communicator" - and suggestions for encouraging that learner profile at home.
Please enjoy this months MYP newsletter from MYP Coordinator, Kathy Janelle. It contains information about this month's IB Learner Profile Trait - "Communicator" - and suggestions for encouraging that learner profile at home.
Thank you, BHMS PTO, for your thoughtfulness once again. This time the PTO celebrated BHMS staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. On Monday, a colorful lawn sign greeted the staff as they arrived at school. On Wednesday, everyone received Jimmy John's for lunch (thanks for the extra COVID precaution of individualized boxed lunches). On Friday, each staff member was able to choose from a variety of potted herbs. They were overheard exchanging recipe ideas as they selected their favorite one.
In a year that has been particularly challenging, the BHMS PTO has continually reminded the staff how much they are loved and appreciated, and has lifted their spirits again and again. It bears repeating that OUR PTO IS THE BEST!
BHMS picture RETAKE/MAKE-UP day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 2, from 9 until 11 a.m. There will not be retake appointments available outside of these hours. Pictures taken on the June 2 make-up/retake day will not be included in the yearbook, and pictures taken on that day will arrive sometime in August. See the separate article about how to submit a picture for the yearbook if you missed picture day.
If you wish to order a picture package, you can do so in one of two ways.
Band teacher, Ms. Peterson, and Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Baldwin, are excited to announce that, on June 2, BHMS 5th grade students will have the opportunity to try out and then select instruments for 6th grade. Please read this Parent Intro letter, and the Instrument Selection Night Flyer for details on how to reserve your appointment time for this exciting event on the evening of June 2. See you all there!
BHMS Band Teacher, Ms. Peterson, and BHMS Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Baldwin, are excited to announce an exciting event to culminate this unusual school year. To keep everyone as safe as possible, this will take the form of in-person concert recording sessions at BHMS open only to band and orchestra students. There will be no audience allowed. The session on will be followed by a premiere release via an unlisted YouTube video. Please see the attached document for dates, details and a student RSVP form. Again, this will be a recording session only, with no audience.
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Now that the warm days of spring are upon us, please remind your student to bring their water bottle to school every day. The drinking fountains are closed down due to COVID, but the water bottle refill stations are available.
Also, we suggest that students bring an extra mask in their backpacks. If the one they are wearing becomes sweaty or uncomfortable, or is otherwise compromised, they will have a fresh mask to get them through the remainder of the school day.
The final deadline to pre-order a BHMS student yearbook is May 27. Orders and payment are accepted online only, directly through Josten’s. Please don't rely on extra yearbooks being available at the end of the school year. The few extra yearbooks that are ordered each year sell out quickly, and we hate to see students disappointed.
Yearbooks are $40. Personalization is extra. Click HERE to pre-order and prepay for a BHMS 20-21 yearbook. Because of the unusual circumstances and logistics of this school year, BHMS yearbooks will be distributed in late summer, or the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
DIDN'T GET A SCHOOL PICTURE TAKEN? YOUR STUDENT CAN STILL BE IN THE YEARBOOK: As an alternative to them being photographed at school, you can submit a headshot of your student for the yearbook. It must be in a digital photo format with a plain background. Email directly to Mrs. Garcia, our Yearbook Coordinator, by mid-May. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your student’s name and grade with the emailed photo.
SUBMIT ACTIVITY PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK: Other pictures of BHMS students can be submitted for consideration for the yearbook, up through mid-May. We'd love to have pictures you've taken during this school year. Some suggestions are remote/virtual students in their learning environment or with their "learning pod", BHMS team sport shots, or other pictures showing what BHMS students did to keep busy this school year. Please email the images in a picture format to Mrs. Garcia at email@example.com. In your email, include the name of each student in the photo (all must be BHMS students). A picture will be considered for publication in the yearbook ONLY if every BHMS student in it has a photo release on file with BHS. The inclusion of submitted photos will be at the sole discretion of BHMS administration.
FINAL PTO MEETING: May 19 at 7:00 p.m. Featuring PTO business at 7 p.m. (including the vote on next year’s draft budget), followed immediately by the Incoming 5th Grade Parent/Guardian Orientation at 7:15 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting at https://bloomfield-org.zoom.
SO APPRECIATED! We had a wonderful time celebrating our amazing BHMS staff. From the special signage out front to lunch provided for everyone on Wednesday to fresh herb plants on Friday, our Staff Appreciation committee showed the whole staff some extra love. See our Bloomfield Hills Middle School PTO Facebook group for pictures.(If you haven’t yet joined, please do, and make sure you answer the security questions).
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Please click here for the latest Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) article from Mrs. Janelle. The article includes SEL Lessons & Resources.
Please read and follow these carpool lane rules for everyone's safety.
Do not let your child exit or enter the car from the inside lane – students can ONLY exit or enter from the sidewalk side of the driveway.
Help your child(ren) be READY to get out of the car. If they need extra time to gather their belongings, to finish their breakfast or to say goodbye, please park your car in the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts and have your student exit there.
Be aware that drivers behind you may have already dropped off or picked up children and are pulling into the outside lane.
Use of handicap parking spaces for drop-off or pick-up without a handicap permit is prohibited.
Above all, remember to take your time and be safe. Thank you!
Please remember that, if your student is attending classes in person at BHMS, you are required every school day before your child enters the building to complete this online Pre-Screening Form on their behalf. You will receive an immediate online message indicating whether your student is approved - from a COVID-related standpoint - to enter the building. Once you open the link to the pre-screener, please save it to your computer or phone for daily use. Staff, substitute teachers and approved visitors to the building are also required to complete the form each day before entering.
As a reminder, please continue to follow all COVID-19 health and safety recommendations from the Oakland County Health Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for your student and your family.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m.! The third annual district-wide Multicultural Celebration is taking place outdoors at the Bloomfield Hills High School Legacy Courtyard, and you won't want to miss it!
Join the fun to see exhibits representing cultures close to home and around the world. See amazing students perform music and dance presentations. Try global cuisines. Enter the raffles to win awesome prizes. And it's all FREE! But do bring your wallet, to purchase books for yourself or your schools from the book fair, featuring diverse literature.
It's an event you won't want to miss! Questions? Email BHMulticulturalCelebration@gmail.com.
During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, Bloomfield Hills Schools would like to thank the physical education teachers for promoting a healthy lifestyle and teaching students how staying physically active in a variety of fun ways!
Each May the U.S. President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition encourages Americans to #MoveinMay in celebration of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. The Physical Education program in Bloomfield Hills Schools focuses on participation, engagement, leadership, and teamwork in an inclusive environment.
Physical Education classes in Bloomfield Hills Schools incorporate:
Way 4th grade student Gianna Ammori explains it well, “I enjoy working as a team and building strategy. We get to know each other, and everyone brings different skills and abilities to the game. We figure out a position each person can play best. Then Ms. Tocco coaches us as we work through the game to help improve the activity.”
Way P.E. teacher Lindsey Tocco elaborates, “Everyone enjoys an activity when they acquire a level of competency. The focus is on each student and how I support them when it is skill based, strategy based, sportsmanship, and to be a good teammate.”
Conant P.E. teacher Joel Hohnke adds, “I motivate students of all athletic abilities by providing a wide variety of engaging activities that they can see themselves succeed. I also put them in a "team" environment where they have some ownership and accountability not only to themselves but to their peers in the class.”
Learn more about the physical education teachers below!
Bloomfield Hills Schools Physical Education Teachers:
Joseph Alfano, BHHS Teacher
Favorite P.E. unit: Ultimate frisbee
"I enjoy receiving emails from former students expressing how my classes help to promote fitness and they still make fitness a part of their daily life."
Jesse Gandley, BHHS & EHMS Teacher
Favorite P.E. unit: Mat ball and/or ultimate frisbee
"Both units allow for excellent cardio, teamwork, and specific skills. I believe everyone can contribute in these units and it is great seeing the students work together, work hard, and have fun!"
Dallas Hearit, BHHS & BHMS Teacher
Amy Scott, BHHS Teacher
Favorite P.E. unit: "Team sports are my favorite, but I enjoy all sports."
Derek Weghorst, BHHS Teacher
Favorite P.E. unit: Air force football or matball
"Forming positive relationships and figuring out what physical activity each student enjoys is important to me."
Frank DiVito, BHMS Teacher
"I enjoy all sports and love to do all types of different workouts to stay in shape, as well as spending time with my wife, Cynthia, her mother, Georgine, and my sons Joe and Alex."
Carol Wenson, BHMS Paraprofessional Teacher
"I spend my summers playing in a Bocce Ball league, which I have done for 29 years! I have traveled to Italy three times and across the US to compete. Also, I walk and bike daily for exercise."
Joel Hohnke, Conant Elementary and BHMS Teacher
Favorite P.E. unit: Hohnke Olympics
"This unit combines skill, endurance, strategy, cooperation, leadership, and a little bit of luck in order to maximize their success. We crown a Hohnke Olympic champion after weeks of competing in different activities."
Wendy Brown, East Hills Paraprofessional Teacher
Jay Leitz, East Hills Teacher
"I really enjoy all sports and activities, and that’s one of the reasons I decided to become a PE teacher. I appreciate the physical and mental challenge of trying to figure out how to be successful in just about every game or sport. However, basketball is a passion of mine and I have been coaching basketball in some capacity every year since I’ve been teaching."
Taylor Tollafield, Eastover Elementary Teacher
"I enjoy observing students creating strategies, getting exercise, problem solving, demonstrating positive sportsmanship, and being a supportive teammate!"
John Drake, Lone Pine Elementary and West Hills Teacher
"I enjoy jogging and walking. I completed several triathlons and a lot of running races."
P.E. teacher John Drake will be retiring this year after teaching at Lone Pine Elementary for 35 years and teaching a total of 43 years. Mr. Drake, you've made a difference, and thank you for the positive impact on the lives of many BHS students!
Lindsey Tocco, Way Elementary and BHMS Teacher
"I enjoy playing soccer, broomball and kickball."
"I enjoy educating young minds and developing healthy bodies by empowering each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to make responsible choices that directly impact well-being for a lifetime."
Scott Grippo, West Hills Teacher
Favorite P.E. unit: Badminton
"The students first see the badminton and seem uninterested, but once we start playing they love it!"
Lindsay Parsell, West Hills Paraprofessional Teacher
"My favorite sport is running, but I enjoy all sports."
Maciej Litkowiec, Wing Lake Development Center Teacher
"I love the outdoors, and cycling and hiking."
Bloomfield Hills Schools students learned that Cinco de Mayo celebration is actually celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico as it has become a day of pride for those of Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the victory of 2,000 Mexican soldiers against 6,000 French troops at the Battle of Puebla in Mexico in 1862.
Spanish classrooms across the district celebrated Cinco de Mayo in unique and at varying levels by teaching students popular Mexican recipes, displaying traditional holiday clothing, discovering interesting trivia, studying famous artists, and appreciating the beautiful Mexican culture.
At BHMS, Spanish teacher Ranin Atassi, decorated the classroom in brilliant colorful colors and dressed festively, creating a fun learning environment as students studied the history of Cinco de Mayo. Jennifer Valbuena showed students how to make delicious salsa, salsa verde, and guacamole prepared in a molcajete. A molcajete consists of a large mortar (cup shaped receptacle) and pestle (a heavy tool with a rounded end)made from volcanic stone.
Conant 1st grade students found out that 80 million pounds of avocados are consumed on Cinco de Mayo. They enjoyed dancing to traditional Mexican music too! Conant 3rd grade students studied artist Diego Rivera and his famous piece of art, Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita.
Bloomfield Virtual and Way students employed Visible Thinking routine Know-Want-Learn chart activity to study the history of Cinco de Mayo holiday and celebrate Mexican culture. Spanish teacher Susan Farah explored the art of Frida Kahlo and took a virtual tour of her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City. Also discussed was the self portrait painted by Frida Kahlo, and how she painted her beloved Diego Rivera on her forehead. Students then drew self portraits and included someone special in their lives, drawn on their forehead. Many students chose to draw their mothers, and will give their portraits to their mothers on Mother's Day.
West Hills Spanish Club students prepare “chocolate caliente”, which is Mexican Hot Chocolate. Spanish teacher Rachel Salisz teaches students to use “canela” or cinnamon with chocolate using a traditional wooden stirring spoon called a “molinero”.
Thank you BHS Spanish teachers for bringing Mexican culture and traditions to life in the classrooms!
Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) established guidelines which outline that students aged 13 -19 (those that turn 13 during the season are included) who wish to participate in school sponsored athletics must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing (rapid antigen testing). This includes all students, whether learning virtually or in-person, who wish to participate in sports.
At this time, MDHHS states that failure or refusal to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing will disqualify the student from participation in school sponsored athletics. Testing is offered at no cost to the student-athlete.
In accordance with MDHHS guidance, all students ages 13 - 19 years of age, who wish to participate in school sponsored athletics are required to test once a week and must complete the Bloomfield Hills Schools Consent, Registration and Code of Conduct form.
Students aged 13 -19 (those that turn 13 during the season are included) who wish to participate in school sponsored athletics must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
Middle School Testing Schedule:
Saturday May 8 and May 15:
High School Testing Schedule for Monday May 17, 2021:
High School Testing Schedule for Monday May 24, 2021:
UPDATED INFORMATION: As of 5/6/21: Any student who is fully vaccinated and is not experiencing symptoms after being identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine. Any student who has a documented prior illness of Covid-19 within the last 3 months and is not experiencing symptoms after being identified as a close contact, will not be required to quarantine.
Station 1: Check In
Students will check in at station 1 and will receive their testing card packet. Students will proceed to Station 2.
Station 2: Card ID
The testing packet will be identified with the students name and time of arrival. In addition, the reagent fluid will be added to the testing card and students will proceed to Station 3.
Station 3: Testing
Students will hand the card to COVID Test administrator. At that point, the testing administrator will swab one nostril 6 times, swab the other nostril 6 times and then insert swab into the testing card for completion of the test.
The student will be dismissed immediately after completion of the test. In the event of a positive test, a BHS employee will contact the family with further instructions. Oakland County Health Department will also be notified of positive tests.
Attend a makeup date if you missed the Saturday testing by following Steps 1-3 on April 19; May 3, 10, 17 at 7:00 am at Bloomfield Hills High School.
Please direct any questions to John Ciecko, JCiecko@bloomfield.org.
Bloomfield Hills Schools has Summer Camp opportunities for all ages, all abilities, and all interests! New this year, families have the option to select individual days, an entire week, and an option to pay for the entire summer. Camps include:
Questions about Bowers Farm and Nature Center camps can be directed to BowersFarm@bloomfield.org
Questions about all other BHS camps can be directed to Recreation@bloomfield.org.
In the 2020-21 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge RePLAYSM Challenge, the creativity of young minds transformed spaces – from open fields to empty parking lots – into opportunities to play. This season, our BHS students have harnessed their natural curiosity and used their critical thinking and imagination to explore what future spaces for play will look like.
Due to the COVID pandemic, this year has been especially tough on the FLL Challenge program. In their virtual settings, our students experienced the FLL Challenge wherever their team members and students were learning and competing.
Congratulations to all six BHS FLL Challenge teams for representing the Bloomfield Hills School District at the regional qualifiers and/or at the State Level Competition. These teams are
At the Kettering Qualifier, Team 38849, Technical Difficulties won the Champion Award, and Team 3646, G.E.K.O.T. won the Core Values award. Lara Kothari, head coach of Team 38849, was honored with the Coach Award.
From March 19 to March 27, 2021, Team 3646, Team 31568, and Team 38849 represented the district at the 2020-21 Michigan Virtual FLL Challenge State Championship. EHMS Team 3646 G.E.K.O.T was the runner-up for the Champion Award, and BHMS Team 38849 Technical Difficulties took home the Core Values award.
Team 3646, G.E.K.O.T will compete at the Virtual Open International Greece 2021 from June 24 to June 27. We're so proud of all our student participants!
Grade-Up Math Placement testing will occur from Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 28 (grade-level specific date(s) will fall during that window), with decisions and family notification occurring in June. If you want your child to be considered for Grade-Up Math placement, please contact your child's classroom teacher/guidance counselor by Monday, May 10. For more information about our math placement, data considerations, and placement notification, please click here and click on the math link.
Black Hawks Marching Band Camp is scheduled to take place from July 27 through August 1, 2021.
Registration is due by Tuesday, June 1.
Please register your student using this form.
Questions can be directed to Alan Posner, Band Director, at APosner@bloomfield.org.
The summer programs in Bloomfield Hills Schools will extend the school year by providing continuous learning opportunities for students.
For students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, BHS Summer Academy will include small group instruction, with a desired outcome of building confidence and providing enriched social experiences. The summer academy will focus on interacting with peers and teachers to build upon math and literacy skills. The learning format will be in-person, no charge for students, and open to all Bloomfield Hills Schools students. In order to balance the need for a summer break, classes will be held for two and a half hours, three days a week, for four weeks. Students can continue with another four week session for additional learning time.
Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade also have the option to participate in Staying Sharp virtual learning with a focus on math and literacy. These live-virtual sessions take place twice a week, for 30 minutes, for four weeks, and cost $75 (no cost for students with free/reduced lunch status).
High school students have a variety of summer program options. The learning format is virtual, with in-person office hours for tutoring and support offered on the Bloomfield Hills High School campus. Summer programming for high school students offers three options; (1) a student may retake a course in order to improve their grade, (2) recover credits for a course that was not successfully passed during the school year, (3) earn credit for a required course in order to advance and accelerate their high school curriculum.
New This Summer: Bowers School Farm Summer Immersion
New this summer, students entering grades nine through twelve can earn half of an elective credit with a course called Bowers School Farm Summer Immersion. This course is a hand-on learning opportunity focusing on exploration of self and exploration of place. With an emphasis on innovation, communication, and social emotional learning, students will engage with the animals and outdoor community at Bowers School Farm. The class will be held in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon for eight weeks and begin on June 22. The cost is $200.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bloomfield Hills Schools food service department continues FREE curbside service. All children (up to 18 years, or under 26 for adults with disabilities) are eligible to receive meals from BHS at this time. A family does not need to participate with the free or reduced meal program to receive meals for the 2020-2021 school year. Adults may collect food for children without children present.
Mondays and Thursdays
12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bloomfield Hills High School
Meals will be provided for breakfast and lunch through our next service day. The meals served curbside are intended to be prepared at home, so although all items are pre-cooked, some simple cooking may be necessary to achieve the optimal taste and texture of the product.
Students who are currently learning in-person are provided meals in their school; either to take home if they are attending half days or cooked in our kitchens and ready to eat in school on full days for FREE, through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
If you feel that you may qualify for Free or Reduced priced lunches, please make sure to fill out an application or update your existing status. There are many other benefits available if your child does qualify, beyond receiving reduced price or free meals in our schools.
Visit www.bloomfield.org/lunch or call 248.341.5671 for more information.
As a reminder, please be sure your child’s mask follows the Bloomfield Hills Schools mask guidelines. Face masks can be either reusable or disposable. They should fit tightly over your entire nose and mouth. Masks must have school-appropriate graphics. Masks should NOT have valves. Masks with valves are not permitted in Bloomfield Hills Schools. Students and staff are welcome to wear face shields brought from home, but they are not required. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters and bandannas are not sufficient face coverings. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters must have school-appropriate graphics.