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Reminder - Important Update Regarding BHS K-8 End-of-Year Calendar

The following information was communicated via email on Monday, May 18, 2020. Please review this detailed information regarding the end of the school year calendar adjustments:

As the school year draws to a close, we are still challenged by the unknown elements of our national, state, and local response to COVID-19. It is certain COVID-19 will have an impact on our district for months to come.

Yet we can say with confidence that we are extremely proud of the resilience, determination, and thoughtful collaboration our students, staff, and families have shown in the face of such adversity. The engagement with our Continuous Learning Plan, connections around planning meaningful year-end celebrations, and efforts to help those in need speak to the heart of this community.

As we continue our preparations for the start of school in September, we recognize that in order to best care for and meet the needs of all students, we need to align practices. In order to do that, we need to have all of our staff collaborating together at the same time. Therefore, we will hold professional learning with all of our staff on June 3rd and 8th. Teachers will also be engaged with professional development during the afternoon on June 10 and June 11, and the afternoon of June 12, 2020 remains a records day for staff. Students will be able to continue with their learning plans, but will not experience interaction with staff on these dates and times. Please Note: Bloomfield Hills High School will be following a different calendar for some dates in June.  Specific information from Bloomfield HIlls High School will also be forthcoming.

During our professional learning together, we will operationalize the use of tools that will allow us to be more nimble as we progress through in-person, hybrid, and online learning scenarios. Understanding the best practices when engaging with these tools is important as we strive to meet the needs of all students.  Our secondary staff will be using a platform called Canvas to align 9-12 and our elementary and middle school staff will leverage the full Google Suite to house both classroom, grade level, and shared district resources. We are excited to use these platforms to support student learning interactions this September.

In the event that our time together in school looks different this fall, we are focused on preparing to provide the most developmentally appropriate instruction possible, in all formats, to assure the continued academic, social, and emotional growth of our learners.  Teachers are an essential component of a successful return to school in the fall and we value their input as we take up new approaches to teaching, learning, and assessing. To be successful in this new environment, we must create conditions that allow our teachers to be seen, heard, and valued as professionals. While this is new territory for many of us and much change is ahead, this professional learning opportunity will enable us to leverage our collective thinking now, in preparing for a safe, smooth, and productive start to the 2020-2021 school year

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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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