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2020 - 2021 Class Placement Input Survey for Current WHMS 4th Grade Students

It is hard to believe that it is time to plan for next year already given our current environment, but it will be here before you know it. Because West Hills is both an elementary and middle school building, we have aligned our class placement practices with our feeding school, Lone Pine Elementary. Please reference our process below, and current 4th-grade families, we encourage you take our survey.

BHS Elementary Student Placement Process:
The Bloomfield Hills elementary staff is in the process of making plans for the upcoming school year. Over the next several weeks, staff will gather information regarding instructional needs as they relate to the growth and development of our students. This information will help to inform K- 5th class placements for the next school year.

What is the timeline of the student placement process (WEST HILLS Specific)?

May: Building teams will meet with building administrators, specialists, and support staff to make preliminary placements for the next school year.

August: Classroom placements are finalized the week before school starts. Placements are posted on ParentConnect/MyBloomfield.

How are students placed in classes?

Students are placed in classes to achieve as much balance as possible. Consideration is given to academic ability, social growth and development, individual needs, and gender. Using this along with any family input and other criteria, all attempts are made to balance classes. Classroom teachers work in collaboration with the specialists, principal, associate principal, and relevant support staff to make placements.

How can families provide input into the placement process?

New this year, current fourth-grade families, are encouraged to take the following survey, PLACEMENT SURVEY. Please know that our team of teachers and admin will all be able to view this data when considering the placement of your child for next year. Additionally, families who have special considerations they wish to share directly with administration, please feel free to email Mr. Gignac or Mr. Durecka no later than May 15th. REQUESTS FOR PLACEMENT IN A PARTICULAR TEACHER'S CLASS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR CONSIDERED. There are no guarantees regarding class placement.

Why are placements finalized in late summer?

Events that take place over the summer may make it necessary to add a classroom, change teaching personnel, or revise the makeup of a particular class. Because of factors such as these, it may be necessary to change class placements throughout the summer.

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Principal Message: November 27, 2021

I hope that you have enjoyed the additional time with family and friends.  I know that for the Gignac family it has been a wonderful opportunity to recharge and reconnect.  It was such a blessing going into the Thanksgiving Break celebrating our veterans and unsung heroes with the 4th and 8th-grade concert.  A special thanks to Mrs. Pierre and Mrs. Yordanova for their work to organize this event.  Additionally, thank you to our media specialist, Mrs. Amatulli, for presenting about the time she spent serving our country. As we move into the final weeks of school in the 2021 calendar year, I want to remind our elementary students to make sure that they have their recess gear ready!  Snow has arrived!!!

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PTO Fundraiser:  Shopping Event at Evereve, Dec. 3

Join PTO for a morning of shopping & fun at Evereve in Birmingham!

Please join us on Friday, December 3rd at 9:30 am (before the store opens to the public) at Evereve in Birmingham for a fun shopping morning that will benefit our PTO! Can't make it then/at all? No problem! You can shop at Birmingham's Evereve all day, and you can also call orders in for great items you spot on their website. Be sure to mention "West Hills PTO" at checkout! Questions? Contact Karen at

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Winter Recess Guidelines Reminder

West Hills holds an outdoor recess daily unless it is raining or temperatures drop below 10 degrees (or 10 degrees wind chill). It is essential that students arrive at school with appropriate winter weather play gear—warm coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, and other warm clothing. We recommend that all gear be clearly labeled with the student's first and last name. 

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Reminder to Bring a Mask Each Day

Please remind your student to come to school with a mask, and put it on before entering the building. We are happy to provide spare masks when needed, but students are encouraged to bring their own each day.  We encourage families to have their children bring an extra mask each day as well.

Also, guests coming to the building should wear a mask if needing to enter the building.

Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe.

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Art and Basketball Club Updates/Schedules

Due to large numbers of students signing up to participate in Art Club and the 4/5 Basketball Club, a rotation schedule has been set up.  The alternative to rotating groups was using a lottery system to select those who would be able to participate.  In an effort to give all interested students the opportunity to attend, we set up the following schedules for those who had signed up.

Art Club will meet Thursdays, 3:20-4:00pm, on a rotating schedule according to grade level as indicated on the schedule below.  Members that couldn't attend on Thursday, 10/14/21, can pick up a paper copy in the art room at any time.  ART CLUB SCHEDULE

4/5 Baseketball Club will meet Thursdays, 7:30-8:15am, on a rotating schedule according to grade level as indicated on the schedule below.  If needed members can pick up a paper copy from Mr. Drogosch in room 120.  BASKETBALL CLUB SCHEDULE

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School Lunch Information

Please see the District website “Lunch” page for details on menus and putting money on a student’s lunch account. You will also find information on the BHS website “Lunch” page about alternative menus for students with allergies or other special dietary needs.

Families eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch must reapply every school year. To complete the Online Free/Reduced lunch application, parents/guardians can log in to ParentPortal and complete the application. Click on your child's name, then click "Food Service Free & Reduced Lunch Application" under School Links. Paper applications are available by clicking HERE.

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