BHHS students taking Health class during first semester are in the midst of their Prepare U unit, an experiential mental health curriculum new this year. Prepare U has helped students come up with ideas on how to effect positive mental health changes for themselves as well as their friends and family.
Lone Pine Elementary School is thriving with student-driven ways to give back. From organized team efforts, like those of the Student Action Team and the LINKS crew, to organic, student-driven efforts to help the community, service-based projects are everywhere you look in the Lone Pine halls!
8th graders in the three Bloomfield Hills middle schools have many unique opportunities to see Bloomfield Hills High School, its facilities, and BHHS students in action.
BHS staff in grades K-8 engaged in a day of professional learning with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Teachers were provided with Lucy Calkins’ 5-part workshop framework, which is a combination of whole-class, small group, one-on-one instruction, and independent practice.
Glassman Subaru gifted the WHMS 4th grade class with 150 high-interest, nonfiction STEM books!
The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to recognize extraordinary contributions and service by BHS staff members, community members, parents, Board members, and alumni.
Howard Baron has been recognized by the Michigan Association of School Boards for earning the Master Platinum Award.
Way Elementary art show allowed students to talk about their passions and creative process. Students take ownership of their work and tell the story of their own learning through the planning, experimenting, reflecting, and revising. They learn the skills and techniques of art, along with art history and apply what they learn to the different forms of art in each studio. The choice-based learning empowers students to make choices regarding the creative process. The process is where the learning occurs. Ultimately, the students find inspiration from the heart!
Conant student, Baird George, shares about their group’s action project to help the endangered black-footed ferret, “We made cootie catchers which is an origami fortune teller used in children’s game. However, instead of fortunes we wrote facts about the black-foot ferret. We sold them for $1 each at recess. Our goal was to raise $180, and we raised $270! We donated the money to the American Ferret Association.” Mirabelle Boivin adds, “After learning about these global issues we are inspired to act and change our behavior. We volunteered at homeless shelters, we donated toys to children with cancer and put together care packages, we took pledges to stop bullying, we tried to walk or ride our bikes over driving to help with global warming, created posters to hang at the middle schools to prevent smoking and vaping, and there was even more. It felt good that we could make a difference!”
West Hills IB coordinator Jen Teal reflects on the program: "Exhibition really highlights the importance of the learning process. If you ask students what they think of it during the unit, they will likely talk about being overwhelmed, having disagreements with other group members, struggling to find resources or come up with a solution, and feeling nervous about speaking in front of a large group of adults. The process is not easy. It requires that students critically inquire about their world, grapple with complex issues, look at multiple perspectives, and take responsible action. But on Exhibition Night, when students have an opportunity to share their learning and experience, it is magical. Their pride in what they have accomplished is immense. And the day after Exhibition, when students share what the experience has meant to them, their reflections are profound. Exhibition is a wonderful capstone as well as an important bridge to the next part of their IB journey."
The 7th grade World Cultures class at Bloomfield Hills Middle School recently learned about the Global Water Crisis and raised over $2,500 for the cause. Some students also participated in a Water Walk modeled after children in Africa who walk 2+ miles carrying 5-gallon pails filled with water.
Congratulations the following BHHS seniors who received the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy for bilingualism: Omar Abou-Rass, Yaman Al Sabhat, Minjun Choi, Mohammad Hamo, Abu Ahmed Kowsar, Ali Shouman, and Amjad Kojan. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to graduating seniors by the Michigan Department of Education in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more languages by high school graduation. This is the first year Bloomfield Hills High School students have been awarded this honor.
From the technical direction, to the lighting and sound, to the costume design, BHHS students help to make the magic happen behind the scenes for theatrical productions.
Way's 4th-grade students showcase their rich learning opportunity for the Wax Museum Exhibition. Students brainstormed ideas for individual inquiry, generated possible subtopics to guide research, read non-fiction books and articles, and incorporated their thinking routines throughout the process. They worked hard, and it shows!
Student Sarim Chaudhary steps into the Statue of Liberty character and beams proudly, "I liked how we could choose anything that is either a person, place, or thing. I enjoyed researching the Statue of Liberty, and presenting is really fun too!"
Bloomfield Hills High School juniors, Eeshika Dadheech and Katie Heath, attended the international DECA conference in Orlando, Florida, and placed second in the world in their category!
The Girls Varsity A Tennis Black Hawks captured the first place regional title, qualifying for states.
Four amazing volunteers were recognized at the 47th Annual Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Breakfast on May 10. Congratulations to WHMS student Grace Main, Family Ambassador Leah Abel, and WHMS Co-PTO Presidents Stephanie Langwell and Jaime Ben!
Alan Zhang was recently announced as a recipient of Honors in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition. Alan ranked among the top 150 students in the nation for chemistry and was also recognized as a national finalist.
Congratulations to senior Braden Crimmins for being selected as State Finalist for the 2019 Presidential Scholar Award! Braden was selected based on academic performance and nominations as one of the nation's top-performing students. Braden is one of two students from Michigan who will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion in Washington. Way to go, Braden!