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5th Grade Recognition Ceremony

We are pleased to announce that we are adding a recognition ceremony to acknowledge the completion of the elementary grades and to honor our fifth-grade students.  This event will be for students and staff only and will occur on the last day of school.  The event will be recorded and shared on the broadcast.  Students should dress more formally as this event is intended to be a mini-version of the eighth-grade recognition ceremony occurring on Tuesday. We are so proud of the hard work and perseverance exhibited by our fifth-grade students this year.

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WHMS Yearbook Update

This year, we anticipate WHMS yearbooks will be delivered to the school during the last week of August.  We delayed the printing of the yearbooks this year to be able to include all of the in-person events, activities, and learning that occurred since our full return.  The design of the yearbook was recently completed by Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Spanos, and their Yearbook Club team!  Please watch for information prior to the start of next school year regarding when to pick up your yearbook.  

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Student Device Collection - Tuesday, June 15

In-Person Students

If your child has been using a district-owned device (Chromebook or iPad and chargers), devices will be collected on Tuesday, June 15th during the school day. We will continue deployment of one-on-one devices next fall, but devices will be repaired and updated over the summer months by our IT team before being redistributed in the fall. Please be sure to bring all devices AND chargers to school on Tuesday, June 15.

Bloomfield Virtual and Middle School Remote Students

  • All K-5 Bloomfield Virtual and 6-8 remote students should drop off their district devices at Bloomfield Hills High School during the dates and times listed below.

    • Location: Bloomfield Hills High School Main Entrance Drive

    • Address: 4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Township, MI, 48302

      • Dates and Times

        • Friday, June 18 at BHHS between 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

        • Saturday, June 19 at BHHS between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

      • Process

        • Curbside drop-off - stay in your car and drive up to drop-off your device.  One of our team members will come to your car, get your information, and then recover your device(s) and chargers(s). We estimate about a 2-5 minute process.  Please be patient in the queue of cars.

  • Additional Return Option for West Hills 4-5 Bloomfield Virtual and 6-8 Remote Students:

    • West Hills 4-5 Bloomfield Virtual and 6-8 remote students who cannot make one of the offered district collection times at BHHS may also drop off their device and charger at West Hills on Tuesday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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5th Grade Human Growth and Development

The fifth-graders will be studying “Human Growth & Development” as part of our end-of-the-year science and health benchmarks on Tuesday, June 15th and Wednesday, June 16th.  Human Growth and Development does not mean “Sex Education.”  It means that students will learn about the disease AIDS, the development of a baby, and the changes boys and girls go through as they develop into adults.  Please see the direct email/Remind that will be/has been sent by your child's 5th-grade classroom teacher for details on content, previewing material, and granting permission for participation

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Principal Message: June 11, 2021

This week was highlighted with the release of many of our end-of-the-year celebrations.  A huge thank you to Mr. Erde and Mrs. Lucas for their work with our band and orchestra students.  Our seventh and eighth-grade families received an email on June 8 with a link to their performances recorded this week in school.  Additionally, the release of our eighth-grade National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony occurred on June 9 via email.  Thank you to Mr. Castellani and Mrs. Chandler for the work that went into producing that video.  Finally, a highlight for our 4th-7th grade students was getting to meet Dakoda this past Monday.  Dakoda is the therapy dog at Walled Lake Western.  She visited us to help introduce the program starting at Lone Pine and West Hills this fall (more information found below).

This upcoming week, we continue to have a number of important events coming up. On Monday, June 14, Mrs. Neuwirth will release our video production of our Musical, Frozen.  Tuesday, June 15, we will be collecting the school-issued iPads and Chromebooks from our students.  On the evening of Tuesday, June 15, our eighth graders will be recognized at a ceremony at BHHS for their completion of middle school.  Finally, on Friday, June 18, our last day of school, we have added a fifth-grade recognition ceremony to honor and acknowledge our fifth-grade students' completion of their elementary years.  This ceremony will be held in our cafeteria with students and staff.  It will be recorded and shared via the broadcast.  Please see the news articles below with more details on these upcoming events.

The end of the school year is clearly upon us, and next week marks the last week of school. We have completed a number of rigorous challenges, and now it is time to celebrate and to reflect on a unique, but incredible year. With this in mind, please reference our key dates and news items below for all the important information as we head down the home stretch!

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IB Learner Profile Focus for June (Reflective)

The IB Learner Profile Trait for June: REFLECTIVE

The school year is winding down and the final Learner Profile trait of the school year begins at the start of June.  This trait is fittingly ‘reflective’.   Throughout the school year, students and staff have walked their way through the ten Learner Profile traits, examining how these traits are embodied in themselves and others.  As the students move through these final weeks, teachers will ask them for their final reflections on their school year.  Being reflective is often something that many breeze through due to our busy schedules.  

However, as an IB World School, reflection is a part of our student and our teacher practice.  So, consider taking some time over the weekend to reflect with your student on their school year and consider setting a goal or two to reach for in these last weeks of the school year.  We appreciate your efforts at home to help support the Learner Profile Traits each month.

A helpful year-end activity is to have students evaluate their growth in all areas of the Learner Profile:  Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

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Incoming 4th and 6th-Grade Orientation Recordings

On Wednesday, April 28, our administration team and teachers presented to our incoming 4th-grade families to support the transition into West Hills Middle School.  Click HERE to view a recording of the presentation.

On Wednesday, May 26, our administration team and counselor presented to our incoming 6th-grade families to support the transition to 6th Grade at West Hills Middle School.  Click HERE to view a recording of the presentation.

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Dress Code Information and Update

On Friday, May 21, Mrs. Palmeri and Mr. Gignac met with the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to discuss the expectations found in our WHMS Dress Code.  About three years ago, a committee of teachers, administrators, and parents worked to adjust the code to its current form.  The intent of the dress code is to provide much room for individuality, personal expression, and promotion of an inclusive environment while maintaining a standard for students' "place of business."  We acknowledge that shorts may not meet the fingertip standard found in the dress code.  The expectation is that shorts should be long enough to continuously cover the bottom when reaching down to pick something up. All undergarments should not be visible at any time.

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Bond Update

Planning and construction surrounding the exciting bond work in Bloomfield Hills Schools is well underway! A major milestone is the commencement of construction: the Groundbreaking Ceremonies! “North Hills Middle School” groundbreaking will be held at the site of former Lahser High School on Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m., and the “South Hills Middle School” groundbreaking will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 5 p.m., at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.

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Registration / Schedule Update

  • How to Register Your Child
    All families with students in grades K-12 across the district are required annually to complete Online Back to School Registration. The online system allows you to complete the process from home. Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year is completed through My Bloomfield. Click HERE for complete instructions that can be found on our district website.

The mission of WHMS is to ensure academic excellence, promote an enduring passion for learning, and encourage global citizenship while celebrating the success of each individual learner.

The school motto: "Nothing Less Than Your Best" is indicative of the high academic and personal standards to which West Hills is dedicated. Along with a strong emphasis on the development of academic knowledge, skills, technology and personal development, West Hills is proud of its commitment to performing and fine arts. In addition, West Hills offers over 19 different sports and several enriching co-curricular clubs and activities.

West Hills is a Nut Restricted School

Please remember that nuts of all kinds are restricted at West 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.

West Hills Middle School became a nut-restricted school in January of 2010. 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.


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West Hills Middle School
2601 Lone Pine Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323


Main: 248.341.6100
Attendance: 248.341.6110

Andy Gignac, Principal

Melissa Palmeri, Assistant Principal

Debbie Steaban, Principal's Secretary

Lisa Jones, Attendance Secretary

Tony Castellani, Guidance Counselor
(4th (Bialk), 6th & 8th)

Carla Westerby, Guidance Counselor
(4th (Castellani and Gordon), 5th & 7th)


Building Hours

Class 8:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Half Days 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
Kidz Zone

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
3:05 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.