Principal's Message 1-19-19 Saturday Edition

Dear East Hills School Community:

What an amazing week we had - headlined by our Cancer Awareness Week efforts!  I could not be prouder of our school community and our students and families.  Thank you for your tremendous support of the Cabbell family. A special thank you to Mrs. Rowe, Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Pratt, and all of our staff that helped to organize the week and our Hoops for Hope games on Thursday night.  Check out this video and article link put together by Brad Galli from Channel 7 covering the Hoops for Hope festivities.  What made Hoops for Hope even more special was that Glenn and his family were able to attend and reconnect with our school community.  At this point, we have raised nearly $4000 along with over $600 of donations collected at the games on Thursday. We are also excited to share that Cub Scout Pack 1014 (Glenn’s Cub Scout Pack) will match donations dollar-for-dollar (up to $2000) for any donations made between now and February 1, 2019.  If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, please consider donating to the GoFundMe page to take advantage of the matching funds in support of Team Glenn!

Hoops for Hope Pictures - Check Out Twitter for More!

As we look toward next week, we are excited to see our eighth-grade play Dorothy in Wonderland.  On Tuesday, January 22, we have an in-school performance beginning around 1:20 p.m. for our 6th/7th/8th grade students, and on Wednesday, January 23, we have have an in-school performance beginning around 1:20 p.m. for our 4th and 5th grade students students followed by a Wednesday evening performance at 7:00 p.m. for the larger community.

Please Note: On Monday, January 21, there is no school.  Friday, January 25 also marks the end of the first half of the school year, and it is a half day of school with an 11:35 a.m. dismissal.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.


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. 21 - No School
Tues., Jan. 22 - B Day
Wed., Jan. 23 - A Day
Thurs., Jan. 24 - B Day
Fri., Jan. 25 - A Day (1/2 Day: 11:35 a.m. Dismissal)

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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East Hills 8th Grade Play: Dorothy in Wonderland

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

FULL Dress Rehearsals and Performances in the Cafeteria
-Friday, Jan. 18: 3:20-6:30 p.m. FULL DRESS REHEARSAL with pizza and w/ costumes and microphones
-Tuesday, Jan. 22: In-School Performance Time 1:20 p.m. (6th/7th/8th Grade Audience)
-Tuesday, Jan. 22: 3:20-6:30 p.m. FULL DRESS REHEARSAL with pizza and w/ costumes and microphones
-Wednesday, Jan. 23: In-school Performance Time 1:20 p.m. (4th & 5th Grade Audience)
-Wednesday, Jan. 23: Evening Community Performance 7:00 p.m. (Students please arrive at 5:30 p.m.)

Please contact Mr. Schumacher if you have schedule conflicts.  All remaining play rehearsals are extremely vital and very important at this point.  We kindly ask that all cast members attend every remaining rehearsal so that everyone feels well prepared for their shows.  Reminder: there is a 3-day weekend right before the shows. You are all doing a fabulous job! Practice your lines every day at home by yourself and with your family members so that your lines are very solid in your memory.  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!  We are still looking for more parent volunteers to help during the final rehearsals.  Parents can help in these ways: organizing costumes; creating set-pieces; practicing lines with students; bringing pizza or teaming up with another parent to bring pizza/snacks for a rehearsal; helping paint faces or applying costume makeup; etc.  Thank you again for your help!  I feel very lucky to work with you all on this fun production!

Thank You!


Mr. Schumacher

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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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January IB Learner Profile Trait: Courageous

During the month of January, students in Bloomfield Hills Schools focus on the importance of being courageous in daily life. In the IB classroom, we teach students to approach uncertainty with forethought and determination as we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies.  We also encourage students to be resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Embrace Courage to Take Action and Make Positive Change
As we move into the second half our our school year and remember the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we continue to talk to students about ways to take action to make our world a better place.  This month we foster students becoming courageous thinkers who learn to accept difficulties, set goals and act constructively; who articulately and respectfully defend their beliefs; and who have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are the answer to what Dr. King considers “Life’s most persistent and urgent question ...‘What are you doing for others?’”

Here is are some great
MLK Day events happening in the Metro Detroit Area.

Some questions to jumpstart conversations on courage with your child could include:

  • What does it mean to be courageous?
  • What takes a lot of courage?
  • What do you do when you are afraid of something? How can you be courageous when you are afraid?
  • The next time when you are faced with a problem or need courage to do something hard what will you do?  

Spotlight on Student Learning:

8th Grade Foods: International Rice Dishes with a Side of Local Produce

8th graders with Mrs. Herford

Last week, Mrs. Akers started her international foods class by sharing a story about rice dishes from various cultures around the world.  She encouraged students to ask questions about the different cultural dishes and to investigate rice dishes from their own cultural background, or from a region that interests them.  Students will plan create, present and reflect on their international dishes next month, following the MYP Design Cycle.

Later in in the week, students had a guest visitor, Mrs. Rita Herford, a local Michigan farmer.  In addition to helping her parents run the Gentner-Bischer farm, Mrs. Herford is an advocate of farming sustainability, taking care of the environment and leaving her farmland better than she found it for the next generation of farmers.  She spoke to students about the business of growing and distributing healthy foods to markets, restaurants and families all over the state and beyond.  Mrs. Herford was a recipient of the “Champions of Change” from the White House in 2015, and is a great modern example of farming and local food-sourcing for our students.  

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas to share regarding the IB-MYP, please feel free to contact me.

Julia Beattie
IB Teacher Leader

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Multicultural Celebration - Participants Needed - Deadline Extended to Feb. 8

Our second annual district-wide Multicultural Celebration will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Bloomfield Hills High School, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This district-wide event is a beautiful celebration of the many cultures represented by our students and their families. Sponsored and coordinated by the PTOC (PTO Council) of our schools, we encourage students to participate in a variety of ways, from showcasing culture on an exhibit board, to sharing a music or dance performance.  Students may work individually (with support from their families), in small groups, with school clubs, or with students from other district schools.  This year's theme is Inspiring Figures, so each exhibit presented is encouraged to feature a person, current or historical, who is originally from the selected culture, and has contributed to American society.  .  The new extended deadline to submit participation forms is Friday February 8.  Click on the following link for a One-Sheeter Participation Form or click on the following link for the full Participation Form and simply email it, along with any questions to BHMulticulturalCelebration@

You may also visit our website HERE for more details, and access to the event packet with guidelines.

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Winter 2 Sports Season - EHMS & WHMS

The Winter 2 season will begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, with team meetings unless otherwise listed in the "notes" column. Please contact the coaches with any team specific questions. Intramural sports will begin on Monday, January 28.
All students must have a valid physical form must be on file with your school's main office before your student will be allowed to tryout/participate. You must use the MHSAA physical form as no other doctor's physicals forms or health appraisal forms will be accepted. The physical must be dated on, or after, April 15th, 2018, to valid for the entire 2018-2019 school year.

The physical form, the pay to participate fee instructions, coaches contact information, competition schedules, and other information can be found using our Middle School Athletic webpage.

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Don't Forget to Order Your Yearbook - Price is Going Up Soon!

Don't forget to order your Yearbook! The current price of $40 will go up after January 25.  Order forms can be found in the office or you can use the link below to order online.

We are also in need of Fall & Winter sports pictures for the yearbook.  Please send any pictures you have to

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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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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. 


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East Hills Calendar 2018-2019 (Updated 01.11.19)


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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