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The BHHS Jills Choir Celebrates 60 Years

"I wanted to be a part of the Jills, because it's such a time-honored tradition," shares Bailey Mcclelland, BHHS student.  The Jills, a small, all-girls audition choir, celebrates 60 years of musical excellence.

"The reason I wanted to be in the Jills was I liked that it was a smaller group, so we could do different pieces than we would normally do in Choir,"  says Nivey Nithiyananthan, BHHS student.  "The Jills perform pieces from all around the world.  I've enjoyed singing pieces from Czechoslovakia, African pieces in Swahili, and a lot of Latin music, adds Mcclelland.

In addition to singing, students learned to read music and play the handbells.  "We taught ourselves Carol of the Bells on the bells," Sophie Beeckman, BHHS student shares.

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Welcome, Rebecca Anders!

"It is my pleasure to welcome Rebecca Anders, Supervisor, Wing Lake Developmental Center," shares Kelly Bohl, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations.  "Rebecca has been serving the Birmingham Public Schools since 2010, initially as a School Social Worker and since 2015 as their Special Education Supervisor. Previous roles also include a Facilitator at Oakland University for OUCARES, an Autism Spectrum Disorder program, an Instructor at Baker College in Human Services, a Behavior Specialist, Principal Intern and a School Counselor for the Fitzgerald Public Schools.

'Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Social Work, an Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration and she has Full Approval from MDE as a Supervisor/Director of Special Education. A team of Wing Lake stakeholders interviewed 4 candidates deemed qualified for this unique role and unanimously agreed that Rebecca had the training and
experience to maintain the integrity of the program, despite its complex needs, and the temperament and drive to continue the work of enhancing the program from an instructional perspective.

"Through collaborative efforts, Rebecca has also worked with staff, students, and parents to promote best practice/research based instructional strategies including Co-Teaching, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Foundations of Math, Universal Design for Learning, and Empathy/SocioEmotional Learning Standards. Rebecca is clearly committed to the values of equity and inclusion and we are very happy to have her joining our leadership team."

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Welcome Jen Perrone, Special Education Director!

Welcome Jen Perrone, Special Education Director!  "Jen brings to this position a wealth of experience," Kelly Bohl , Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations..  "She shares she has served as Assistant
Director of Special Education for Livingston ESA and Walled Lake Consolidated Schools and Director of Special Education for Livingston ESA and West Bloomfield School District.

"Jen has multiple advanced degrees, including an Education Specialist from Wayne State University. Jen is a certified teacher with a special education endorsement in Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired (POHI) and holds a Master's degree in Autism. Prior to working in
public education, Jen worked in the private sector as a corporate trainer.

"While Jen admittedly has big shoes to fill, when checking her references, I heard Jen referred to as 'a total rock star', the 'best Special Education Administrator I've ever worked with' and 'strong
advocate for students and staff'. "

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Scholarship

  • 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
  • Five world languages taught: Chinese, 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

Opportunity

  • 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

Integrity

  • 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