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Principal's Message 9-25-2020

Dear East Hills School Community:

It is hard to describe the excitement in our building last week as our elementary students stepped through the doors.  It was as if life was breathed into the building again, and we can’t wait to add our 6th, 7th and 8th graders into the mix.  On that note, we want to remind you that the 6th, 7th and 8th graders who are phasing in from distance to in-person learning return to the building on Tuesday, September 29.  Remember, there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28. Mrs. Konzen, myself and the rest of our staff are excited to have East Hills buzzing again!

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”
-Unknown

Mr. Rubel

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Double Check 6th/7th/8th Grade Student Schedules on Saturday, September 26

As we phase into the hybrid learning schedule, scheduling adjustments were made to better our safety protocols and balance the AM and PM student counts.  Middle school students (grades 6th/7th/8th), who choose remote, will follow a PM schedule which allows them to stay together as a PM remote schedule cohort.  Please check the Parent Portal beginning Saturday, September 26 to assure that your child has their most up-to-date AM or PM assignment. This notice applies to both students returning to the building and those continuing remote learning. Please look for the following scheduling indicators

  • AT-EHMS-AM

  • AT-EHMS-PM

  • AT-EHMS-Remote PM

Learn More about Double Check 6th/7th/8th Grade Student Schedules on Saturday, September 26
Reminders and Tips for a Return to In-Person Learning
  1. Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:05 for the AM cohort, or prior to 12:10 for the PM cohort. Students using BHS transportation will remain on the buses until those times.

  2. Classes begin at 8:15 for the AM cohort and 12:20 for the PM cohort.

  3. Dismissal for the AM cohort is 11:00. Dismissal for the PM cohort is 3:05. Buses will run at both dismissal times. We will use a staggered dismissal by grade level, beginning with 4th/5th grades, followed by 6th/7th grades, and ending with 8th grade.

  4. As a reminder, due to COVID-19 there will be no visitors allowed in the building this year.

Learn More about Reminders and Tips for a Return to In-Person Learning
Bus Schedules

Families can view bus stop locations and times in the ParentPortal. Bus information will be displayed in the "Enrollment Data" tab.  As communicated in an earlier district e-mail, the Transportation Department will not be able to allow students to ride home with one another (going home with a friend) in order to support contact tracing efforts.  

Please refer questions about buses directly to the Transportation Department at 248-341-6290.

Learn More about Bus Schedules
October Virtual PTO Meeting - Wed., Oct. 7 at 7:00 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. for our monthly virtual PTO meeting! Find out what's happening at East Hills and throughout the district!  Leonard Sanford, Director of Health and Wellness for the district will be our guest speaker and he will update us on a number of processes and procedures the district is using to keep our students safe.  Be on the lookout for the Zoom link for the event as the date approaches.

Learn More about October Virtual PTO Meeting - Wed., Oct. 7 at 7:00 PM
IB Learner Profile Focus: Caring

MYP Coordinator’s Corner September 18, 2020
What a different start to the school year!  I hope my message finds you and your students well this first week of virtual learning! This part of the listserv will keep you informed regarding our Middle Years Programme and highlight learning experiences taking place at East Hills.  My Name is Julia Beattie, I am the MYP coordinator and IB Teacher Leader.  I am excited to begin another year here at East Hills. What a remarkable community of students, teachers and families!

Julia Beattie
IB Teacher Leader
248.341.6722
jbeattie@bloomfield.org

Learn More about IB Learner Profile Focus: Caring
Technology Needs as We Return to Face-to-Face during Hybrid

For all grade levels (4th-8th grades), student technology should be brought back and forth to school each day.  Students, who are using a family-owned device (not a device owned by the district), will need to bring that family-owned device to school each day.  If you are in need of a district-issued device, see the article below for another opportunity to obtain a Chromebook through the BHS Information Technology (IT) Department.

Learn More about Technology Needs as We Return to Face-to-Face during Hybrid
Science Olympiad Underway for the 2020-2021 School Year

Attention East Hills Scientists!

Science Olympiad is underway for the 2020-2021 school year.  If your student has a passion for science and is interested in joining our team there is still space available!  Science Olympiad is a competitive team that affords students an opportunity to compete against other students in our county and across the nation in all areas of science.  

Please email mreamer@bloomfield.org for a copy of our meeting schedule and Google Classroom/Zoom log-in information.  Looking forward to a great season!!

Mrs. Reamer

Learn More about Science Olympiad Underway for the 2020-2021 School Year
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Guidelines

Remember that students cannot be dropped off prior to 8:05 a.m. and cannot stay at school after 3:15 p.m. unless they are pre-registered for support services.

  • 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.

  • Pull ahead as far as you can whenever there is room in front of you - there will be a staff member to direct you.

  • 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, pull ALL THE WAY forward to the end of the sidewalk or park your car in the inner lot.

  • Be aware that drivers behind you may have already dropped off or picked up children and are pulling into the exit lane.

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Hybrid Phase-In Schedule Information

4th and 5th Grade students phased into the Hybrid Learning model this week.  6th/7th/8th Grade students will be phasing into the Hybrid Learning model next week. 

4th & 5th Grade
Thursday, September 24: 4th & 5th graders who are not signed up for Bloomfield Virtual were required to return in person for Hybrid Learning, based upon their assigned AM or PM in-person learning schedule.

  • Click HERE for a SAMPLE of 4th & 5th Grade Hybrid Learning schedules for in-person learning.
    • Slide 1: AM Scheduled Student (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
    • Slide 2: PM Scheduled Student (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
    • Slide 3: Wednesday Remote Schedule

6th/7th/8th Grades
Tuesday, September 29: based on a recent survey, 6th, 7th & 8th graders selected whether to return to the building for in-person classes, or continue working remotely, based upon their assigned AM or PM schedule. 

  • Click HERE for a SAMPLE of 6th/7th/8th Grade Hybrid Learning schedules for in-person learning.
    • Slide 1: Overview of AM & PM Scheduled Students (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
    • Slide 2: Wednesday Remote Schedule
Learn More about Hybrid Phase-In Schedule Information
  • Students riding buses are dropped off and picked up in the LOWER LOT (STEPS ENTRANCE).

  • Students being dropped off or picked up by car are in the UPPER FRONT LOT only NOT the LOWER LOT.

  • Students WALKING HOME - for safety purposes, please send in a signed note to the office indicating your permission to allow your child to walk home.

Learn More about Additional Information Regarding Walkers, Transportation and Parking Lot Procedures
Zoom Resources

As part of the onboarding process with Zoom, BHS has now added students to the District Zoom Portal. This will improve security, support, and ease of login. Families will need to make sure their students log in to the Bloomfield Hills Zoom Portal prior to Monday morning classes.

Staff and Students: Please review the How to Establish Your Zoom License Guide and the Zoom Desktop & Mobile App Client Sign In to help you connect and log in to your BHS Zoom account.

Students and Families: Please review the Introduction to Using Zoom to help create the best possible virtual classroom experience.

If you run into any issues, please email BHS Tech support at bhstech@bloomfield.org.

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Club Information

Each year, East Hills offers students a number of clubs for student participation.  As we start the year remotely and move into a hybrid schedule, we are exploring how best to run clubs.  In a typical year, our clubs begin in early October.  This school year we plan to roll out clubs a little later in the fall as we work with staff to determine what clubs would run best virtually.  By mid-October, we plan to share out an overview of these offerings including sign-up sheets online for students and families.  Once we know what clubs the students are interested in, they will begin to meet.  Please consider having your students join a club at East Hills!   

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COVID pre-screen flyer

Families, staff, and visitors/vendors are required to complete the daily pre-screen before coming to school. Students (not currently enrolled in the Bloomfield Virtual program) are attending school in-person in the hybrid model according to the phase-in timeline and must complete the pre-screen daily.  

The pre-screen is available at www.bloomfield.org/pre-screen and can be completed from any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Paper copies are also available for those who wish to print the checklist for a home reference.

Students and staff do not need to display a screen or paper upon bus or building entry according to guidance received from the Oakland County Health Division. Visitors/Vendors must complete the digital pre-screen prior to building entry and visitors/vendors will be greatly limited to minimize exposure risk. Student Athletes will also be required to complete the digital pre-screen prior to participation in athletics.

Thank you for your cooperation and daily diligence in this process!

Learn More about BHS Daily Pre-Screen
Phasing into Hybrid Learning

At a special meeting on September 2, the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education approved the following Phase In Plan dates, subject to the district and state guidelines for COVID. Our students who choose to return to the building can do so on these dates, and the AM/PM schedule will go into effect. Students who choose to continue to work remotely can do so. Attendance will be taken for both in-person and remote students.

  • September 14 for Early On/SEED/ARP/FRP/DHH and Bloomin

  • September 21 for Wing Lake and kindergarten

  • September 24 for students grades 1-5

  • September 29 for grades 6-8

  • October 1 for students grades 9-12

Learn More about Phasing into Hybrid Learning

Please remember that nuts of all kinds are restricted at East Hills because of students with severe and life-threatening allergies. The restriction is in effect in the entire building and at all times, including the school day, after school, evenings and weekends.

East Hills Middle School became a nut-restricted school in January of 2013. As a result, please carefully read and review all food packaging prior to sending food items to school. We appreciate in advance your full cooperation.

Learn More about East Hills - Nut-Restricted School Notice

Mission Statement

East Hills Middle School Community works together to foster caring partnerships that promote self-esteem and value the dignity and diversity of each individual. Through inquiry, creative expression, and critical thinking we nurture the joy and desire for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship for each learner of our school community.

Suggested Materials Lists 2020-2021 School Year

We are still working to determine how we will best structure ourselves for next school year, but we wanted to send our suggested materials lists now to help you prepare as we think about the upcoming year.  Please find the suggested materials lists by grade level below.

4th Grade Suggested Materials

5th Grade Suggested Materials (Updated 7-24-2020)

6th Grade Suggested Materials

7th Grade Suggested Materials

8th Grade Suggested Materials

6th/7th/8th World Languages (Spanish and Chinese) Suggested Materials

Mrs. Siegfried ARP Suggested Materials

East Hills Service as Action Form

Through Service as Action experiences in the classroom, throughout the school, and within the community, East Hills students will enhance their skills of collaboration, perseverance, initiative, understanding and engagement. Students should complete a Service as Action form to reflect on each Service as Action experience in which they participate. 

East Hills is a Nut-Restricted School
Please remember that nuts of all kinds are restricted at East Hills because of students with severe and life-threatening allergies. The restriction is in effect in the entire building and at all times, including the school day, after school, evenings and weekends.

East Hills Middle School became a nut-restricted school in January of 2013. As a result, please carefully read and review all food packaging prior to sending food items to school. For further information on food allergies, consult www.foodallergy.org. We appreciate in advance your full cooperation.

Nut Restricted Letter 2019-2020

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East Hills Middle School - Media Center Main Space
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Booth Center - Room A, Booth Center - Room B, Booth Center - Room C

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Contact


Main: 248.341.6200
Attendance: 248.341.6210

Jason Rubel, Principal
248.341.6205
JRubel@bloomfield.org

Angela Konzen, Associate Principal
248.341.6206
AKonzen@bloomfield.org

Leah Closson, Principal's Secretary
248.341.6201
lclosson@bloomfield.org

Kristin Bridges, Attendance/Records Secretary
248.341.6202
KBridges@bloomfield.org

Julia Beattie, IB Teacher Leader/MYP Coordinator
248.341.6722
JBeattie@bloomfield.org

Tom Kalanquin, Counselor
(4th, 5th & 6th grades for 2020-2021 school year)
248.341.6203
TKalanquin@bloomfield.org

TaMarcus Southward, Counselor
(7th & 8th grades for 2020-2021 school year)
248.341.6204
TSouthward@bloomfield.org

Location


East Hills Middle School
2800 Kensington Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Building Hours



Class 8:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Half Days 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
Kidz Zone

7:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


 

 

 

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