The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program purchased a bundle of books for school libraries at Fox Hills, Eastover, East Hills, and BHHS. The goal is to enhance the level of representation and knowledge of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH).
Equity & Inclusion
"The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education does hereby commit to stand against any and all acts of racism, disrespect, violence, and inequitable treatment of any person and will work to eradicate racism and to create more equitable and inclusive schools for all children."
Diversity: A range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, experiences, and decision-makers across race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, political perspective, and other variables related to life experience.
Equity: Equal outcomes through just and fair practices, policies, and procedures, particularly for the historically underserved. Disruption and dismantling of any identified institutional barrier or situation that unfairly or unjustly impacts a specific population based on their identity.
Inclusion: Equal opportunities and resources for all individuals. Deliberate efforts to ensure that differences are welcomed and valued, differing perspectives are respectfully and empathically heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging, community, and agency.
"Bloomfield Hills Schools strives to be an inclusive learning environment for students of all abilities and backgrounds where every student find success. It is the responsibilitiy of members of the school community from students, staff, parents and residents of Bloomfield Hills to integrate equitable and inclusive initiatives in everything that we do. We are committed to this work and know we have much still to do."
Pat Watson, Superintendent
May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Asian American/Pacific Islander encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed significantly to many facets of American history, culture, and society including science and medicine, literature and art, sports and recreation, government and politics, and activism and law. Asians first migrated to North America over 15,000 years ago through a land bridge between Asia and North America. Filipinos who were escaping forced labor and enslavement during the Spanish galleon trade immigrated to North America, eventually establishing a settlement in St. Malo, Louisiana in 1763.
Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month originated with Congress. In 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York introduced a joint resolution to proclaim the first ten days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. In the same year, Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar resolution. Neither of these resolutions passed, so in June 1978, Rep. Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978.In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 (PDF, 285kb) which annually designated May as Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Bloomfield Hills Schools Partnerships
BHS is part of the NEP BELE District Network: The NEP Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) District Network is a cohort of school districts from across the country committed to dream, disrupt, and co-design more equitable, healing-centered, and joyful purposes of school and approaches to teaching and learning in partnership with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students.
BHS is also in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and all of our schools are working towards the ADL Designation of being a "No Place for Hate" school. The program is student-led and focused on improving the climate of the school for all students. Our work with the ADL also supports cultivating student leadership, uniting the school community, and engaging students and staff in active learning.