Principal's Message 3-23-18

Dear East Hills School Community:

We had a busy, fun, and exciting week here at East Hills. On Thursday night, we hosted our Incoming 4th Grade Parent Orientation. The evening was a great way to meet new families and to share information about East Hills.  If you missed the orientation, please do not hesitate to contact the main office with any questions you may have as we begin to plan and think about next school year. The current third graders (our incoming fourth-grade students) will be given a similar experience that is student centered during the district Move-Up Day (May 25).

Additionally all of our students had a chance to hear a positive message today during the Super "U" Challenge middle school and elementary assemblies held this afternoon.  Jason Abbott, the host from Super "U," had students volunteer to play in games that demonstrated the importance of teamwork, kindness, trust, and respect. Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring the event.

I also wanted to thank our eighth graders and Mrs. Rowe for helping to sort all the #TeamGlenn and #CabbellStrong t-shirts.  We will be passing the t-shirts out to students that purchased them on Monday for students to wear on Tuesday. I am so proud of the way our school and larger community is pulling together to support Glenn and his family.

Also don't forget to check out the Literacy Spirit Week article below.  Monday is the first dress up day - In Honor of Dr. Seuss - Wear a Hat Day!

REMINDER: Thursday, March 29) is a half day of school.  East Hills will dismiss at 11:35 AM and will run periods 1 through 5 on a "A DAY" schedule.  After Spring Break, classes will resume on Monday, April 9. Students will return on Monday, April 9, to a "B DAY" schedule!

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
-Mahatma Gandhi


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

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"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures. . ."

A/B Schedule for the Week:
Mon., March 26 - B Day
Tues., March 27 - A Day
Wed., March 28 - B Day
Thurs., March 29 - A Day - 1/2 Day of School (11:35 AM Dismissal)
Fri., March 30 - No School

The following are upcoming key dates for the school year, and our full calendar for the year can be accessed on our website:
Wed., March 28 6th Grade Choir Concert (7:00 p.m.)
Thurs., March 29 End of 3rd Quarter 6th/7th/8th Grade
Thurs., March 29 1/2 Day of School (11:35 a.m.Dismissal)
Fri., March 30-Fri. April 6 No School
Fri., April 6 All School Family Bowling Night (6:00-8:00 p.m.) - Classic Lanes
Mon., April 9 Classes Resume
Wed., April 11 PTO Meeting (9:30 a.m.)
Tues., April 17 Incoming 6th Grade Coffee (9:30 a.m.)
Wed., April 18 Forensics Preview Night (6:30 p.m.)
Thurs., April 19 4th-8th Grade Progress Conferences #3 (3:30-6:30 p.m.)
Sat., April 21 Spring Forensics State Tournament (BHHS)
Thurs., April 26 Washington DC Parent Informational Night (7:00 p.,m)
Wed.-Fri., May 2-4 8th Grade DC Trip

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Spring Sports Information - Some Sports Start March 26

The spring season will begin on Monday, March 26 for most sports. Tennis (6th-8th grades) and Intramural sports (6th grade softball and 6th grade soccer) will begin on Monday, April 9. Please email the coach for team specific information (see the coaches contact and information sheet below). 

Spring - 2017-18 Middle School Coaches Contact and Team Information.pdf 

Most important reminder: Please to make sure that your student has a physical on file with the main office. You must use the MHSAA Athletic Physical Form. I have attached the physical form for your convenience. No individual doctor's health appraisals or forms will be accepted. Only physicals dated 4/15/2017 or later are valid for the 2017-2018 school year. All students will need a completed physical form on file with the main office before being allowed to participate in tryouts/practices.


The participation fee is a $150 fee which you will need to pay if your student makes a team. Some teams are "no-cut" sports so the fee can be paid right away. For those sports with tryouts, you can wait to see if your student makes the team before you pay the fee.

Pay to Participate Form 2017 2018.pdf 

The best resource for all up-to-date athletic information is the Middle School Athletic web page. The information in this message and more can be found on our middle school athletic web page. Please see the link below (or copy and paste this address into your browser search bar):

*Note on sports schedules: has now become Our sports schedules can now be found at,, and or As always, you can find our sports competition schedules from the links to these pages found on our Middle School Athletic web page.

Please contact me, or the coaches, if you have any questions.

I hope you encourage your student to participate in our middle school athletic programs. We look forward to having them!

Avis Najor
Middle School Athletic Coordinator

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Literacy Spirit Week - Week of March 26

Our Literacy Spirit Week is the culmination of March is Reading Month. During our Cav Time (Friday, March 2), we kicked off our focus on literacy by having students bring in their favorite books and sharing a hashtag or headline about their book.  Check out some pictures of students sharing their books and hashtags/headlines - these are displayed on screens throughout the building. Throughout this month, students have been voting on their favorite titles in two March Madness Book Brackets (4-5 Elementary and 6-8 Middle School).  The winning match up takes place the week of March 19. As we head into the final days of March, we would like to celebrate our literacy efforts with a spirit week - the Literacy Spirit Week. It's a week of education, important conversation, and fun!

Listed Below are the Dress-Up Days
Monday, March 26:  In Honor of Dr. Seuss - Wear a Hat Day
Tuesday, March 27:  "Read a Shirt" Day (Words on a Shirt - Consider Wearing #TeamGlenn T-Shirt)
Wednesday, March 28: Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day
Thursday, March 29: Pajama Day (Read-a-Thon Day) - Please no slippers!

Costumes for any of the dress-up days must adhere to the following guidelines:
-Costumes should be INNOCENT and FUN.
-Masks, hoods or other concealing headwear are not allowed for safety purposes. We need to be able to identify all students and adults in the building.
-Non-concealing head wear: cowboy hats, visors, baseball caps, tiaras, and other similar headwear that allows students faces to be seen may be worn.
-Dress code rules apply with respect to length of shorts and skirts, tank tops, undergarments showing, drug and alcohol innuendo, profanity or double meanings are not allowed.
-To avoid the perception of ridicule, costumes should not be of adults or other students in our building.
-To avoid any perception of offensiveness, costumes should not be of religious figures.
-Costumes should not be gory or 'bloody."
-PROPS SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL - This includes lightsabers, any replica swords, guns or knives, wands, etc. With nearly 600 middle level students, props become hitting devices or prime targets for students to grab or argue over.

Thank you for your help with making Literacy Spirit Week a fun celebration for East Hills!

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The Rainforest is Coming to EHMS!

Snakes, monkeys, kinkajous, parrots, macaws, amazons and cockatoos from around the world are all coming to Bloomfield Hills! Please join us Monday, March 26, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the East Hills Middle School gym. 

Eastover PTO will be hosting an appearance of Understanding Wildlife's "LIVE ON STAGE...THE RAINFOREST". This wildly entertaining program will be fun for your entire family! Flying macaws, talking amazons, and very mischievous monkeys will keep you laughing all night long.

From Understanding Wildlife: "Unless you have specifically seen our program we can guarantee you have NEVER seen an educational, entertaining show like this before." 

Admission is $5 per person (children under the age of 3 are admitted free.) This small fee helps fund Understanding Wildlife so they can continue to bring their show to schools. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please visit to learn more about this non-profit organization!

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M-Step Testing

M-Step testing will begin right after Spring Break in April.  Please take note of the testing windows for your child below. Block teachers will post their specific testing times on their My Bloomfield and Google Classroom pages as soon as they are available. Teachers have access to practice sessions provided by the State, and have been encouraged to allow students to see samples of the assessments.

We kindly request that out of school appointments not be scheduled during the school day, if possible, while M-Step is going on. Students who are absent during a testing session are pulled from class for make ups.

Thank you in advance for all your efforts to make M-Step testing a positive experience. Best practice informs us that several factors influence test outcomes:

  • Arriving at school well rested and after having a healthy breakfast.
  • Approaching the test with a positive attitude.
  • Taking your time, doing your best, and asking for clarification, when needed.

M-Step Testing Windows
April 9 – May 4: 5th & 8th grades ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies
April 30 – May 25: 4th, 6th & 7th grades ELA and Math 

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Daily Clinic Coverage - Help Needed!

Please consider volunteering in the East Hills clinic.  It is a one hour commitment and a huge help to the front office staff to have an adult volunteer in the clinic during the lunch/recess hour.  There is no experience necessary.  Duties primarily include passing out bandages and ice packs and helping students make calls home. Try it once or make it a regular occurrence.   Whatever time you can give is a tremendous contribution. Simply click HERE - follow the link and click on a date that works for your schedule.  Thank you in advance for your help!

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Strengthening Families Program

Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC) is offering a free skill and relationship building program to families of 10-14 year olds for seven weeks on Mondays, April 16 - June 4, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills High School.

Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum that: 

• Prevents teen substance abuse and other behavior problems 
• Strengthens parent/youth communication skills 
• Increases academic success in youth 
• Prevents violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school

Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use. In just seven sessions you and your child could learn how to build stronger communication and respect for each other.

Both dinner and daycare will be provided. To register contact Carol at or call 248.203.4615.

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All School Family Bowling Night - Friday, April 6 (6:00-8:00 PM)

Like to bowl?  Can you break 100?  Want to have some fun with friends over spring break?  Let's do it!

Please join us for a fun night bowling at Classic Lanes in Auburn Hills on Friday April 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  $9 per person includes two hours of bowling and shoes.  Simply sign up HERE and pay at the door.  Please note, this is NOT a drop off event - an adult MUST be present for students to play.  Food is available for purchase at the venue.  See you there!

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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.

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 Summer 2017


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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

TaMarcus Southward, Counselor
(4th, 5th & 6th grades)

Tom Kalanquin, Counselor
(7th & 8th grades)

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