Principal's Message 3-15-19

Dear East Hills School Community:

We have had a full week highlighted by our K-8 Eastover/East Hills Science Fair. It was a great night - it was so much fun talking to students about their projects and interests. What amazing scientists we have! Thank you to Libby Welch, Kelly Newell, and so many community members and staff for their organization and support of our students. It was an impressive event and great way to engage both of our school communities. We are always very appreciative of all of the staff, family, and community support we receive.

Also on Wednesday of this past week, the Bloomfield Hills High School counselors met with eighth-grade students and families to help students make their course selections for next school year. If you were unable to meet with your student's counselor and have questions, please reach out to the Bloomfield Hills High School Counseling Office at (248) 341-5630.

As we continue to think about next school year, next week features our own Incoming 4th Grade Parent Orientation on Thursday, March 21 (7:00 p.m).  See the article below for all the details. We look forward to having current third grade families in the building next week!

Don't forget to join in on the fun with the district community at the upcoming BHS Foundation Celebration event (Saturday, April 13).  At this year's event, we are honoring our educators, and just this week, Mrs. Rowe was named the East Hills Inspirational Educator Honoree by the Foundation.  Congrats, Mrs. Rowe!

Please see all the broadcast articles below for more details. We are certainly moving full swing into the busyness of spring!

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
–George Bernard Shaw


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., Mar. 18 - A Day
Tues., Mar. 19 - B Day
Wed., Mar. 20 - A Day
Thurs., Mar. 21 - B Day
Fri., Mar. 22 - 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:
Tues. Mar. 19 6th Grade Choir Concert 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 21 Incoming 4th Grade Orientation 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 25 BH/EH/WH 8th Grade Choir Concert @ BHHS 7:00 p.m. NEW DATE
Thurs. Mar. 28 4th-8th Progress Conferences #3 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 29  ½ Day School (11:35 a.m. Dismissal)
Fri. Mar. 29 (*) End of 3rd Quarter (6th-8th)
Mon.-Fri. Apr. 1-5 No School - Spring Break (Classes Resume April 8)
Wed. Apr. 10 PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Mon.-Thurs. Apr. 15-18 Staff Appreciation Week
Tues. Apr.  16 Incoming 6th Grade Coffee 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
Wed. Apr. 17 Forensics Preview Night 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.                                                    
Fri. Apr. 19 No School
Sat. Apr. 20 Spring Forensics State Tournament TBD @ BHHS
Fri. Apr. 26 Ice Cream Social 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wed.-Fri. May 1-3 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
Wed. May 8 5th Grade Musical Dress Rehearsal 3:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wed. May 8 4th Grade Instrument Selection @ BHHS 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wed. May 8 PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thurs. May 9 5th Grade Musical In-School Performance 9:30 a.m.
Thurs. May 9 5th Grade Musical Community Performance 7:00 p.m.
Fri. May 10 (*) Progress Report #4 (6th-8th)    

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East Hills Book Swap

This month at East Hills a new tradition began.  The Book Swap.  March is reading month and some parents had the idea to hold a book swap to help celebrate reading month.  Last week students were encouraged to bring up to 5 books, at the 4th to 8th grade reading level, that they could then swap for other books on Monday, March 11th.  Roughly 70 students participated and brought books, and over 250 books were swapped.  This tradition was a fun way to get students to connect over reading, to read more, and to recycle books instead of throwing them away.  We hope that this tradition will continue on for many years and would like to wish everyone a very Happy Reading Month!


Written by Lucia Farah, 7th Grader

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After School Supervision Reminders

This is a reminder for students who plan to attend home athletic games and other school events after school that they must go home and come back to school for the event. This message excludes students participating in the actual game or event who are under the supervision of their coach or other adults associated with the event.

Although the middle school Winter 2 sports season is about to end, we still have one last home volleyball game for 7th and 8th grade on Monday, March 18.  7th grade volleyball generally starts at 4:00 p.m., and 8th grade volleyball starts at approximately 5:00 p.m. As we head into the Spring sports season (yes, spring is coming), we still ask that students attending home athletic events first go home before returning to school.

Students who are unsupervised after school will be sent to Kidz Zone in the media center, where they must be picked up by a parent/guardian. The fee for students attending Kidz Zone is $15.00 per child.

Additionally if your child participates in a club or sport, students must be picked up immediately after the meeting or practice has ended.  Students will not be allowed to wait at the front/back of the school, to go down to the gym to wait for a sibling, or to watch a sporting event without supervision.  For their own safety and your peace of mind, we want our students to be under supervision at all times.

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Incoming 4th Grade Orientation at East Hills - Thursday, March 21 (7:00 PM)

The faculty at East Hills is looking forward to welcoming current third-grade students to East Hills next fall. To provide you with information about East Hills, you are invited to attend the Incoming Fourth-Grade Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, March 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the East Hills cafeteria.

This meeting is geared toward parents/guardians. There will not be any formal childcare provided, but there will be areas (Gateway Spaces and Media Center) for family members to take children if they need to be in spaces away from the presentations. Current third-grade students will have their own visitation to East Hills on Friday, May 24, during the school day.  Click HERE for a letter from Mr. Rubel, East Hills Principal, with more information about the upcoming Incoming Fourth-Grade Parent Orientation Night!

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5th Grade Musical Audition Information and Dates

Auditions for Speaking Parts/Solo-Character Roles for the fifth-grade musical "Sleeping Beauty Kids" will be held during the 5th grade students' general music class time the week of March 11-15, 2019.

-Monday, March 11th (B day) = Mrs. Trescone's class 11:00-11:50 a.m.
-Wednesday, March 13th (B day) = Mrs. Pratt's class 11:00-11:50 a.m.
-Thursday, March 14th (A day) = Mr. McConnell's class 11:00-11:50 a.m.
-Friday, March 15th (B day) = Miss Kiesel's class 11:00-11:50 a.m.

All fifth graders may be a member of the chorus if they choose, and NO AUDITION IS REQUIRED FOR CHORUS MEMBERS.  Simply put on your audition form "chorus only". The chorus members still learn all the main songs and choreography, however, they do not have any vocal solos and they are only required to be at the 3 dress rehearsals (unless otherwise directed).  All music will be taught in the fifth grade general music classes with Mr. Schumacher.

Please print out and fill out the audition form, and have your child bring the audition form with them to their general music class on their audition day.  Hard copies of audition forms will be given to students and their homeroom teachers.  If you need an audition form, click HERE and you can print one out.  There is a spot on the form where adult family members can write down if they would like to help/volunteer in the production.  We are definitely looking for volunteers. Also, there's a place on the form where students can write down which part(s) or role(s) they are interested in or really want. If you are interested in stage crew (helping with building set pieces, backstage work, setting scenes, working the curtain, etc.), there is a spot on the form where you can indicate that as well.

If you are absent on the day of your class audition, you may attend another 5th grade general music class on their audition day to make-up for the absence.  However, the auditions may take 2 class periods to complete, so a student will be able to audition a week late if he or she would like. Please email Mr. Schumacher at   if you have any questions or if you would like to set up an alternate audition time (due to being out of town, ill, or other conflicting circumstances).

We are so excited for this production!  Thank you all!

Important Rehearsal Dates for Speaking Parts/Solo Character Roles ONLY:

-3/26 (Tuesday); from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
-4/9 (Tuesday); from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
-4/16 (Tuesday); from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
-4/23 (Tuesday); from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
-4/30 (Tuesday); from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

***Rehearsals will be IN THE DRAMA/CHOIR ROOM #102 (Across from the art room)***

Important DRESS Rehearsals and PERFORMANCE Dates for ALL Fifth-Grade Cast AND Chorus:

Dress Rehearsals (with costumes) for EVERYONE in the show:
-Monday, May 6th from 3:15-5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria
-Tuesday, May 7th from 3:15-5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria
-Wednesday, May 8th from 3:15-6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria

In-School Performance in the East Hills Cafetorium:
Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 a.m.

Evening Performance in the East Hills Cafetorium:
Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. (Students arrive at 5:45 p.m.)

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We Need Volunteers - Popcorn Fundraiser for Our Cav Fund - Friday, March 22

There will be a school wide popcorn sale on Friday, March 22, to raise money for the East Hills Cavalier Fund.  Each bag of popcorn will be $1. Paid orders will be taken through classrooms beginning Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22.  Bags will then be delivered to the classroom to eat on Friday, March 22. Teachers will collect the orders and money the days leading up to the sale based on the elementary classroom or middle school hours of the day.

We NEED Volunteers!
We need volunteers to help with popping and distributing the popcorn.  If you are interested in helping please click HERE

Cavalier Fund Information

To further our mission for equity and inclusion, the East Hills Global Education Team (GET) is pleased to share information about the Cavalier Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide access for all students to enjoy school activities (e.g., field trips and other specific events and opportunities) including other special needs as they arise. Our intention is to provide families with a chance to give funds to assist our students in a direct and meaningful way.

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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 02.28.19)


Main: 248.341.6200
Attendance: 248.341.6210

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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2800 Kensington Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


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Half Days 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
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