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! It will make their experience all the better by further connecting with students and the larger school community.
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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.”
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
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.
Classes begin at 8:15 for the AM cohort and 12:20 for the PM cohort.
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.
As a reminder, due to COVID-19 there will be no visitors allowed in the building this year.
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.
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.
It’s the time of year for our annual Fun Run. School looks quite different this year so naturally this event will as well. While our kiddos and staff won’t be able to gather together for the event in person, the PTO would like to offer you the chance to participate virtually! We have created a private Facebook group for this event. On Facebook, you can search "Eastover and East Hills Fun Run 2020" or follow this link Facebook Groups Please mark your calendar for Sunday, September 27th. Families will run/walk at their leisure and post pictures and videos to the FB group. In years past, we’ve had students run for ten minutes for this event. But this year, you can make it your own...run/walk for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, run/walk 3 miles, 3 blocks, whatever works for your family.
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!
IB Teacher Leader
Please click on the slideshow below for more details regarding COVID protocols at East Hills. This slideshow was shared with the PTO at the September 16th meeting.
East Hills COVID Building Protocols
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.
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 email@example.com for a copy of our meeting schedule and Google Classroom/Zoom log-in information. Looking forward to a great season!!
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.
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
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
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.
-Sherell Burton—New Social Worker (New to District)
-Leah Closson—New Secretary to the Principal (New to District)
-Kim Jacosky—New Academic Resource Program Para (New to District)
-Ashleigh Luchtman—New Academic Resource Program Para (New to District)
-Alex Rugenstein—New Building Substitute (New to District)
-Cindy Livingston—4th Grade Media Specialist (New to East Hills)
-Kate Philp—4th Grade General Music Teacher (New to East Hills)
-Taylor Tollafield—4th & 5th Grade Physical Education Teacher (New to East Hills)
-Janelle Wolak—4th & 5th Grade Spanish Teacher (New to East Hills)
-Lindsey McGlinch—Deaf & Hard of Hearing Interpreter (Returning to East Hills)
-Christy Thorpe—Deaf & Hard of Hearing Para (Returning to East Hills)
-Kevin McConnell—7th Grade Social Studies Teacher (New Role)
-Amy Endres—6th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher (Returning to Previous Role)
We wanted to pass along our gratitude and congratulations to three staff members that recently retired. We will certainly miss them dearly, but we are very thankful to have worked alongside them and they will always remain a part of our extended East Hills family. Way to go!
Christine Brown—Academic Resource Program Para
Gina Rockwood-Foss—Social Worker
Carol Weaver—Secretary to the Principal
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!
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
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.