"It was so neat to be a part of Random Acts of Kindness Day," explains Courtney Stelmack, 11th grade student at BHHS. "It gave me validation that it was worth it, that you can make a change in someone's life. You honestly never know what that small random act of kindness will do for somebody." Stelmack, along with other students in the Be the Change Club and Global Leaders Club, created thousands of post-it notes with inspirational sayings, and then posted the notes all over BHHS, during You Matter Week.
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"Being a Link Leader is a great leadership opportunity," says Maddie Wein, an 11th grade student at Bloomfield Hills High School. "It strengthens the connections between the different grade levels. I'm really appreciative to have this type of program at our school, because it offers a way to give back, and teach other students."
The BHS Johnson Nature Center is known for maple syrup, the walking trails and pond, and the hawks and deer that reside there. However, you might not know that it is also a key partner in teaching the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) to Bloomfield Hills Schools students. All K-7th grade students take two field trips each year to the 35-acre preserve.
"Our main function is to augment the classroom instruction," Dan Badgley, Nature Center Manager says. "We run programs that are topical by grade. For instance, fifth graders learn to explore ecosystems and second graders learn about plants and habitats. We start by explaining science concepts and we follow up with engaging questions to bring more depth to the topic. We incorporate literacy and reading, too. Then, we break the students into small groups for hands-on experiences."
Cinnamon the llama surprises students at West Hills Middle School! Farm on the Spot is a new learning program in which animals from Bowers School Farm visit classrooms in Bloomfield Hills Schools. Talk about hands-on learning! Who will be next?
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"I really like all the different science experiments we are doing!" says Lydia Beyer, second grade student. Conant Elementary students studied how water, cold, and heat impact materials. Nia Ummadi describes, "Our first experiment was to freeze things, and now we are heating things up to see what happens."
- Only district in Michigan to offer tuition-free K-12 IBO curriculum
- Visible Thinking based on Harvard research
- Sustainability education and Michigan-certified Green Schools
- 90% of high school seniors are accepted to their first choice college or university
- MAP (Maximizing Academic Potential) Services available throughout district
- BHS graduation rate: 98%; Graduates who attend college or university: 94%
- Average of 19 annual National Merit Scholars winners
- SAT and ACT scores are well-above national averages
- 22 Advanced Placement programs in high school
- Eight world languages taught: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, German, French, Spanish and American Sign Language
- 82% of faculty have masters degrees or higher and all teach in their major field of study
- Elementary school average class size: 19 in grades K-2; 24 in grades 3-5
- Middle school average class size: 26
- Award-winning Fine/Performing Arts and Athletics programs
- E.L. Johnson Nature Center and Charles L. Bowers School Farm offer extended classroom environments for all grades
- Award-winning radio and television production stations
- Many academic clubs and activities in which students can participate
- BHS philosophy of educating the whole child (intellectual, emotional, social)
- School environments are physically, emotionally and intellectually safe for students
- Diverse student body supports unity and acceptance
- Variety of programs offered to constructively resolve conflicts
- Community service is required for graduation