Principal's Message 1-11-19

Dear East Hills School Community:

While we have certainly moved into the winter months, the activity and excitement our students provide us brings warmth and abundant energy to our school.  As we start a new calendar year, East Hills extends to you and yours many well wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

I also want to thank our entire school community for our continued support for the Cabbell family.  I sent an update regarding Glenn (5th Grader) this past Wednesday.  Please consider donating to the GoFundMe page and participating in our Cancer Awareness Week (Jan. 14-17) - don’t forget to have your child(ren) wear a hat on Monday to show support.  See the full article below for details along with additional information about the Cancer Awareness Week activities.

This week also featured our PTO Superintendent Dialogue with Dr. Rob Glass.  Dr. Glass was able to spend time at East Hills sharing district and building data along with other updates at our meeting.  A special thank you to Dr. Glass for his continued leadership and support of our schools.

Please Note: that we have moved the 5th Grade Band and Orchestra Informance from Thursday, Jan. 24 to Friday, Feb. 1 (a new date) - see the article below for more details.  

Check out the information below on all the upcoming events at East Hills and across the district!

“Be alert to give service–what counts most in life is what we do for others.”


Jason Rubel
East Hills Middle School
Bloomfield Hills Schools
(248) 341-6205
Twitter: @EastHills4_8

East Hills Middle School Website
"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures. . ."

A/B Day Schedule:
Mon., Jan. 14 - A Day
Tues., Jan. 15 - B Day
Wed., Jan. 16 - A Day
Thurs., Jan. 17 - B Day
Fri., Jan. 18 - A Day 

The following are upcoming key dates for the school year, and our full calendar for the year can be accessed by clicking HERE:
Mon. Jan. 21 No School
Tues., Jan. 22 In-School Performance 8th Grade Play (6th/7th/8th Grade Audience) PM - TBA
Wed., Jan. 23 In-School Performance 8th Grade Play (4th and 5th Grade Audience) PM - TBA
Wed., Jan. 23 Community Performance 8th Grade Play 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 25 (*) End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester/ ½ Day 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
Fri. Feb. 1 5th Grade Band/Orch Informance 1:40 p.m. (Kiesel/McConnell) (NEW DATE)
Fri. Feb. 1 5th Grade Band/Orch Informance 2:25 p.m. (Pratt/Trescone) (NEW DATE)
Tues Feb. 5 7th/8th Grade Choir Concert 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 11 ½ Day School 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
Mon. Feb. 11 PM Elementary Team Planning and Middle School Professional Learning
Wed. Feb. 13 Group Pictures 8:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Wed. Feb. 13 PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wed. Feb. 13 4th/5th Variety Show approx. 1:30 p.m. TBD
Wed. Feb. 13 Count Day

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Who Else Here Has an Extra Bone? Middle School Builds Community Across Grade Levels

Without the connections being developed in Cav Time at East Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills, students and staff might not know that two students have an extra bone, that one loves to do trapeze, and that a surprising number say their favorite animal is the giraffe. 

Fifth grader Kassidy Benion says, "One thing I noticed in Cav Time is that you make new connections with new people. I think Cav Time is a good way to express yourself with other people that you don't really know."

There are 24 different Cav Time groups that meet monthly at the same time. Each encompass fourth through eighth grades with around twenty students and two to three adult staff members, including both teachers and paraeducators, in each group. The Cav Time groups stay the same for the entire school year, but change in makeup from year to year to increase the number of connections made by students and staff members. And all of the group members wear name tags. Notes Principal Jason Rubel, "One of the most amazing things is to see the students know each other's names. We've been really intentional about spending some time knowing who each other is so that when we see each other out of context — on the bus or in the community — we know someone a little differently."

Lily Trumble, a fifth grader agrees Cav Time helps her know a lot more about people. "It's supposed to be the connection with other people. Before I thought it was like meeting people older than you. Now I know it's a connection with the people."

Teacher Doug Thompson notes that each Cav Time session leads to the next Cav Time session organically. "This time we were talking about similarities and differences of each student. The last time we did a staff slide show where each staff member shared five unique things about themselves. The next time we are going to have each Cav Group create a slide that can be shared with the whole school."
Fifth grader Kevin Quiles is excited about the slide project, saying, "I think that it is really amazing how we get to meet all these new people and how we get to make connections with older graders and younger graders."

The catalyst for Cav Time was the introduction of fourth grade to East Hills in the Fall of 2017 according to Rubel. "We were really excited to rethink how we do things, and one of the exciting parts for us last year was introducing our fourth graders. We were very intentional in our design to create an elementary space in a middle school space, including physically, how we guided the schedule, and how we interacted. We also wanted to be intentional about creating space across all grade levels and across programming. Cav Time was born out of that process with links to our Global Education Team which included parent involvement. We grew it from there into our academic setting, pairing up staff and students that we normally couldn't do in a typical middle school or upper elementary setting."

Thompson said it's been a positive but growing process for East Hills. "You can imaging the logistics of getting the entire school involved. We are interrupting every single student and adult in the building. It takes a while to change the culture to get everyone to accept that."

Still, the staff has embraced the initiative. "I've been very proud," says Rubel of the staff. "One of the things for us is that it's a different use of instructional time. How we've tried to model it in our staff meetings is practice it and be more familiar with what we are going for, including making Cav Time more open ended and incorporating games to make it more enjoyable. It lets the students be themselves to build that comfort level within the group."

Lily Trumble says the participation in Cav Time has really made a difference in the relationships at East Hills. "I was a little scared of the eighth graders because they were taller than me. Since Cav Time, I've gotten to know them. I'm not scared of them anymore, and I'm bonding with them."

The Cav Time initiative dovetails with the Portrait of a Learner initiative that is happening at the district level, according to Rubel. "Bloomfield Hills Schools is looking at the complexity of getting to know someone, viewing things from multiple perspectives, issues of social and emotional inquiry, and how we work as teams in places where we are so accustomed to working within grade level and small cohorts. Cav Time grows us to get outside our comfort zone as it creates mentoring opportunities and also the ability for younger students to lead from their chair and have something to offer to the older students."

Fourth-grader Tristin Omtved likes that the groups have students from all grades, "It's important to have connections to all the grades and to have connections with different people because that means you can find common interests."

Tricia Zyrowski, teacher, says sees all students in the school benefiting from Cav Time. "I work with a specialized group of students who are deaf and hard of hearing so it's a good opportunity for them to share their unique needs, interests, and abilities across the school. It opens that door for communication with the rest of the school because that is not something that inherently known or understood. This gives them and us an opportunity to understand and build relationships with different types and different groups of people and create a kind of belonging despite and because of differences and similarities. I think that's a great chance for all of our students to come together as one community."

Several of the elementary schools across Bloomfield Hills Schools have similar multi-age community groups. Thompson has personal experience with both levels. "I think it's interesting that Eastover Elementary has the Eagles' Nests," says Thompson. "I found out about that when my son started there as a kindergartener. I thought, 'That is such a good idea. But, how much more important is it to do it when kids are in late elementary and middle school!' So I hope it is something that we can continue grow the capacity for. Right now we are looking at how we can use these groups in activities that already exist like our Spirit Week or our Field Day at the end of the year. Where once we just did the activities as activities, but now because of what we are developing here we can capitalize on that and continue to grow it outward."

Zyrowski also sees the potential for continuing the outward growth Cav Time, especially as it relates to the students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. "Most of my students are just around each other all day and they really only have the chance to communicate with each other, so this opens another opportunity for them. It gives them access to more communication with more peers which is really cool. And it think it helps other students see and become interested in other languages and other cultures.

"Beyond that," continues Zyrowski, "I think the most important thing is getting our students back to face-to-face interaction. Not just knowing names, but seeing faces and communicating with one another. That's a skill—being able to communicate face to face. That's a really valuable thing that is not necessarily known by students any more."

Maryn Pecic, fourth grader, sums it up. "I think its cool that a bunch of people from different grades get to come together and learn new things to get community."

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Students Who Utilize BHS Transportation - New GPS App Available Now

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Transportation department is pleased to introduce SafeStop, an app for your smartphone or tablet that offers real time school bus updates.  It provides an estimated time of arrival and up to the minute alerts from the transportation department when necessary. For 30 minutes before and after the scheduled pick-up & drop-off times, the bus locator will be displayed on a map.  We are hopeful you will find this tool useful, and are excited to share it with our families.

Please follow the directions listed on the Transportation web page to get connected:

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School Community Events to Support the Cabbell Family - GoFundMe Page and East Hills Cancer Awareness Days (January 14-January 17)

A letter from Principal Rubel was sent electronically yesterday (Wednesday, January 9) providing an update on Glenn Cabbell, an East Hills student, who is sick and in the hospital. Click HERE to read the letter.

GoFundMe Site for the Cabbell Family
One of the events we have planned is to provide support for the Cabbell family by encouraging our school community to donate to a GoFundMe page.  The linked GoFundMe page has been set up in partnership with Glenn's Boy Scout Pack (Pack 1014). Please click HERE to access the site and to donate to the Cabbell family.  

Cancer Awareness Days (January 14-January 17)
In addition to the GoFundMe page - the week of Monday, January 14 will have four days (January 14-17) dedicated to Cancer Awareness.  During the upcoming week, the East Hills community will honor and support the fight against cancer.  Each of the four days will be devoted to dressing up and showing our commitment to cancer awareness. Students and staff will be encouraged to dress up to show their support and STAND UP TO CANCER.

Cancer Awareness Days (Jan. 14-17)
Monday, January 14: Hat Day
Tuesday, January 15: Wacky Hair Day and #TEAMGLENN Tuesday
Wednesday, January 16: Sports Day
Thursday, January 17: "Red and White" Day and "Hoops for Hope" – Boys Basketball Games

Thursday, January 17: SUPPORT the East Hills Boys Basketball Teams! COME TO THE GAME!  7th Grade Game: 4:00 pm & 8th Grade Game: 5:00 pm

On Thursday, January 17, the East Hills 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball teams each play a game after school. The 7th grade basketball game starts at 4:00 p.m. followed by the 8th grade basketball game starting around 5:00 p.m.  Together we are calling these games, the "Hoops for Hope." We are encouraging our school community to come together during this event and cheer on our teams.  Please Note: students planning to attend the games should first go home after school before returning for the games with an adult family member.  The teams will be playing in honor of Glenn Cabbell and all of our loved ones that have been affected by this awful disease.  Please come show your support!

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4th and 5th Grade Elementary Variety Show Information - February 13 (Audition Form Due January 18)

East Hills will be hosting its 2nd EVER 4th and 5th grade Variety Show on Wednesday, February 13th in the afternoon. 

Important Dates:
-This Audition Form is due Friday, January 18th to your homeroom teacher
-Auditions will be held during school in the morning of Friday, January 25th
-A Dress Rehearsal will be held during the morning of Friday, February 8th
-The final performance will be in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 13th

4th and 5th Grade Variety Show Planning Committee
Mrs. Parks - 4th Grade Coordinator (
Mr. Shallow - 5th Grade Coordinator (
Mr. Schumacher - 4th and 5th Grade General Music Teacher (
Mrs. Beattie - IB Teacher Leader (

Click HERE for the 4th and 5th Grade Variety Show Audition Form - Due in Classroom by Friday, January 18th.

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5th Grade Band & Orchestra Informance - Friday, February 1, 2019 - NEW DATE

5th grade band and orchestra students have been working hard learning their instrumental fundamentals since the beginning of the year.  On Friday, February 1, 2019, we will be having an informal performance during the day to show off what we have learned so far.  This is a new date for the informance it was rescheduled and will now be on Friday, February 1.  There will be two separate performances divided by homeroom and will take place in the cafeteria.

If your child is in Mrs. Kiesel's or Mr. McConnell's classroom, they will perform from 1:40-2:10pm.
If your child is in Mrs. Pratt's or Mrs. Trescone's classroom, they will perform from 2:25-2:55pm.

This is an informal concert so students should just dress in normal school clothes.  Please CLICK HERE to view the informational flyer. 

Please don't hesitate to email either Mr. Erde or Mrs. Lucas with any additional questions you may have.  

Kind Regards,

-Mr Erde and Mrs. Lucas

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2018-2019 East Hills 8th Grade Play:

Please see the information below for the rehearsal and performance schedule:

After-School Rehearsal Schedule (3:20-5:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at EHMS)
-Monday, Dec. 10th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Wednesday, Dec. 12th 3:20-5:00  p.m.
-Thursday, Dec. 13th 3:20-5:00  p.m.
-Monday Dec. 17th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Tuesday Dec. 18th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Wednesday Dec. 19th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Thursday, Dec. 20th 3:20-5:00  p.m.
-Tuesday, Jan. 8th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Wednesday Jan. 9th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Thursday, Jan. 10th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Friday, Jan. 11th 3:20-5:00 p.m.
-Monday, Jan. 14th 3:20-5:00 p.m. w/ costumes and microphones
-Tuesday, Jan. 15th 3:20-5:00 p.m. w/ costumes and microphones
-Wednesday, Jan. 16th 3:20-5:00 p.m. w/ costumes and microphones
-Thursday, Jan. 17th 3:20-5:00 p.m.w/ costumes and microphones

FULL Dress Rehearsals and Performances in the Cafeteria
-Friday, Jan. 18th 3:20-6:00 p.m. FULL DRESS REHEARSAL with pizza and  w/ costumes and microphones
-Tuesday, Jan. 22nd In-School Performance Time TBA
-Tuesday, Jan. 22nd 3:20-6:30 p.m. FULL DRESS REHEARSAL with pizza and w/ costumes and microphones
-Wednesday, Jan. 23rd In-school Performance on Wednesday Time TBA
-Wednesday, Jan. 23rd Evening Community Performance 7:00 p.m. (Students please arrive at 5:30 p.m.)

Please contact Mr. Schumacher if you cannot attend certain rehearsals.  We will work around basketball practices and other sports schedules to the best of our abilities.

Thank You!


Mr. Schumacher

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FREE K-8 Eastover-East Hills Science Fair Help During Winter Break & Beyond . . .

FREE Science Fair Help during Winter Break & beyond . . .

Get going on your project and/or art exhibit piece now with help from the Bloomfield Township Public Library (BTPL).

5 FREE Workshops at BTPL:

·   Fri. Jan. 4 @ 3:00-6:00 pm (DURING Winter Break)

·   Weds. Jan. 23 @ 5:30-8:30 pm

·   Thurs. Feb. 7 @ 5:30-8:30 pm

·   Sat. Feb. 16 @ 2:00-5:00 pm

·   Weds. Feb. 27 @ 5:30-8:30 pm

No reservation necessary, just drop in. Come to as many as you want.

• Librarians will help students with ideas, topic selection, researching, and so much more!!

• Create your art exhibition piece right there — supplies & inspiration provided free of charge!

The fair is open to grades K-8 and will be held on Tues Mar 12, 2019.

Learn more, watch the trailer, and sign up at the EO/EH Science Fair website:

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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.

6th/7th/8th Grade Level Assignment Calendar

The links below provide middle school grade level and team specific course assignment information.

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 We appreciate in advance your full cooperation.

Nut Restricted Letter 2018-2019

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 Calendar 2018-2019 (Updated 01.11.19)


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Jason Rubel, Principal

Angela Konzen, Associate Principal

Carol Weaver, Principal's Secretary

Kristin Bridges, Attendance/Records Secretary

Julia Beattie, IB Teacher Leader/MYP Coordinator

Tom Kalanquin, Counselor
(4th & 8th grades for 2018-2019 school year)

TaMarcus Southward, Counselor
(5th, 6th & 7th grades for 2018-2019 school year)

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