8th Grade PSAT Testing - Tuesday, April 13 - NO SCHOOL for Grades 4, 5, 6 & 7

PSAT testing for our 8th graders will take place in the morning on Tuesday, April 13. There is no school that day for our students in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7.

8th graders should report to East Hills no later than 8:05 a.m. All students except those with extended testing time who have been communicated with by building staff, will be dismissed at approximately 11:30 a.m. Buses will run in the morning and at dismissal for students who are regularly scheduled for bus transportation.

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Middle School Grades (6th/7th/8th), UA/Electives, and Support Staff for All Grades - Virtual Progress Conferences Sign-Up!

All middle school teachers (both core and UA/elective) and most support staff (some may have reached out to their caseloads individually) are using the online site to schedule conferences. Conferences will be VIRTUAL, requiring you to join via a Zoom link. 

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East Hills Staff Appreciation Week (April 12-April 16) - We Need Your Help!

On April 12-16, our community and the East Hills PTO will celebrate our amazing staff during the annual Staff Appreciation Week. Every year our families come together and donate, cook, write notes of gratitude along with other gestures of support. While we cannot all be in person to express our thanks, we can still contribute to a few events the PTO is planning. Please consider supporting the coffee and donuts, the snack bags, lunches, and more for our staff!

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April IB Learner Profile: Balanced

“Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.” 
~Colin Wright

As an IB Learner, I am Balanced. I work to stay organized, use my time wisely, and be healthy. With this learner profile attribute, I show commitment towards my learning and show self-discipline and responsibility.  I understand the importance of balancing different aspects of my life-intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve well-being for myself and others. I recognize my interdependence with other people and with the world in which I live.

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Middle School Spring Sports Information

Tryouts/first day of participation for middle school spring sports began this Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  All student athletes are required to have an Athletic Physical and the new MHSAA Health Questionnaire on file with the main office before their student will be allowed to participate. Those students who have a physical on file from last year will only need the new MHSAA Health Questionnaire to go with it.  There will be mandatory COVID-19 Antigen testing once per week for all athletes. 

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Carpool Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders

The carpool loop should ONLY be used for a quick drop-off and pick-up to maintain a steady flow of traffic and reduce traffic back-ups.

  1. Be Safe - For the safety of all students, drivers please watch your speeds and do not double park, especially near student crosswalks.
  2. Support Accessibility - Please be attentive to the needs of families and staff as they access the reserved spots closest to the building.
  3. Be Ready - Help your child(ren) be ready to get out of the car. If they need extra time to put on their mask, gather their belongings, finish their breakfast or to say goodbye, pull all the way forward to the end of the sidewalk or park the car in the inner lot.

Above all, remember to take your time and be safe. Thank you!

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M-STEP Testing Information

M-Step testing begins in April.  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 12 – May 21: 5th grade: ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies & 8th grade: Science and Social Studies
April 26 – June 4: 4th, 6th & 7th grades ELA and Math 

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National Assistant Principals Week

National Assistant Principals Week is April 5–9, 2021! Bloomfield Hills High School has three Associate Principals: Jessica Lupone, Cathy McDonald, and David Reed-Nordwall. Bloomfield Hills Middle School’s interim AP is David Baker; East Hills Middle School’s AP is Angie Konzen; and West Hills Middle School’s AP is Melissa Palmeri. These dedicated administrators help and support our students and staff on a daily basis, building positive culture, and assisting with all the details that make our schools run smoothly. Take a moment to thank your school’s Associate Principal this week!

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

This year, the U.S. observes Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, April 8, corresponding with the Jewish day of remembrance, Yom HaShoah. The Holocaust Memorial Center in West Bloomfield is hosting The Kappy Family Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel Night Art & Writing Competitions, to educate students about the Holocaust, engaging them through Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's profound stories and empowering them to move from thought to action using creative expression.

This year's art and writing competition, open for students in 7th - 12th grades, is themed "The Power of Memory." The entry deadline is April 16, with a virtual Awards Ceremony on June 16. Learn more here.

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Spring Testing

State and federal laws require schools to assess student learning every year in specific grade levels and subjects. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is not allowing for remote testing, therefore the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step) must be rendered inside a school facility. This means that all assessments must be administered in person.

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Food Service Details

The food service department will be transitioning to serving FREE meals to be eaten at school for in-person learning. They will only be sending bags home on prescheduled ½ day sessions moving forward, when students don’t have the opportunity to eat in school. All meals will continue to be FREE until the end of the 2020­‐21 school year,

Starting Tuesday, March 23, 2021, students will be offered meals during their scheduled lunch period at school to be eaten in the area designated for them by the school they attend. Each meal will be individually wrapped and then boxed.

The middle school lunch menu for April 2021 can be found here.

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East Hills Yearbook Information - Feature Your Child in the Yearbook & Order Now!

Order now online. The deadline is May 15th.  Feature your child in the yearbook. Photos can be submitted via these Google Forms that are linked to a Theme Page in the yearbook:  Pets, First Day, Zoom Snafu, Talents, Distance Learning You can submit to any, none, or all of the themed pages/forms.  And, you can choose how much you want to submit/answer within each form.

*Have questions?  Email Mrs. Akers at

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Principal's Message 4-10-2021 (Saturday Edition)

Dear East Hills School Community:

It was great to have students back in the building after a week off for Spring Break.  It was particularly enjoyable to see so many smiling faces during Picture Day and the kickoff of spring sports this week!  I also wanted to share out that East Hills was once again named a Green School through the state of Michigan's Green School Program.  Thank you to Mrs. Akers for her leadership and of course our students, families, and staff for supporting our green school initiatives throughout the school year. 

“Bravery comes along as a gradual accumulation of discipline.”
– Buzz Aldrin

Mr. Rubel

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Middle School Scheduling and Course Selection Process (5th, 6th, & 7th Grades) for the 2021-2022 School Year Due Date Friday, April 23

As we settle into the pace of the spring, we will be starting the scheduling process for next year.  Students in fifth grade, sixth grade, and seventh grade will receive course selection information soon.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's counselor.

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Video Recorded Incoming 4th Grade Parent/Guardian Orientation Link

The faculty and administration at East Hills are looking forward to welcoming current third-grade students to East Hills next fall.  East Hills hosted a Virtual Incoming Fourth-Grade Parent/Guardian Orientation Night on Thursday, March 18.  Mr. Rubel (Principal), Mrs. Konzen (Associate Principal), and Mr. Southward (Counselor) presented information at the meeting.  Other members of the East Hills community members - staff and PTO - also took time to say hello and introduce themselves.  We cannot wait to connect with all of our third-grade families and are very much looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year!

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Tutors Available - National Honor Society Students from Bloomfield Hills High School

NHS Tutoring is back up and running! Please use this NHS Tutoring link to sign up. Tutoring will be available to all middle school and high school students throughout the remainder of the school year. Subject areas include English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and World Language. If you find a student with a specific tutoring need/course not on the form, please reach out to Mrs. Laliberte ( to help pair the student up with an NHS tutor in that respective area.

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Mask Reminders

As a reminder, please be sure your child’s mask follows the Bloomfield Hills Schools mask guidelines. Face masks can be either reusable or disposable. They should fit tightly over your entire nose and mouth. Masks must have school-appropriate graphics. Masks should NOT have valves. Masks with valves are not permitted in Bloomfield Hills Schools. Students and staff are welcome to wear face shields brought from home, but they are not required. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters and bandannas are not sufficient face coverings. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters must have school-appropriate graphics.

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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.

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District and School Communications

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools through Remind and My Bloomfield. Instructions for updating this information are available at Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertain to text, email, and phone call notifications.

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