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Below are important dates for the transition activities for South Hills Middle School 8th graders moving on to Bloomfield Hills High School in the Fall. Please read the following information carefully, as action is required for both students AND their parent/guardian.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 (STUDENTS ONLY): The BH High School counselors will come to South Hills Middle School in the morning to meet with 8th-grade students and share information about 9th-grade course selections. Course selection sheets will be passed out, and students will be given instructions on how to enter their 9th-grade course requests into MiStar. These course requests must be entered into MiStar BEFORE the face-to-face counselor appointment on either March 13 or March 14 (which you will schedule per the instructions below).

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 OR THURSDAY, MARCH 14 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (STUDENTS AND A PARENT/GUARDIAN): On either March 13 or March 14, the BH High School counselors will be back at South Hills Middle School to meet individually with 8th graders AND a parent/guardian. These meetings are by appointment only, and are 10 minutes in length. At the appointment, students should be prepared to turn in their 9th-grade course selection sheet, provide evidence that they have entered their courses into MiStar, and come with questions. Students who do not have an appointment set up ahead of time will be assigned to an open slot, even if a parent/guardian is unable to attend. Note: Students who are certain they will not attend BH High School do not need to sign up for an appointment but should contact their South Hills counselor ahead of time.

Please click the following link to set up an appointment with the appropriate BH High School counselor based upon your student's last name, as shown below.  https://ptcfast.com/schools/South_Hills_Middle_School_1

Students with last names beginning with:
A - C:  Brian Fitzgerald
D - G: Jim Fogle
H - K:  Laura Hollyer-Madis 
L - O:  Shayna Klein  
P - Si:  Melanie Brooks 
Sj - Z:  Tony Midea

  • Vision Screening – next week

    • The Oakland County Health Department will be conducting their annual vision screening for our 7th grade students at no cost.  The screening will be conducted on March 6th, 7th and 8th. Please see the attached document to read more about the program.

    • All 7th grade students will be screened, unless we are contacted by the family to opt out. 

    • If you have a student in 6th or 8th grade, and you are concerned about your student's vision, you can respond to this email (mpalmeri@bloomfield.org) giving permission for your student to be screened. The vision techs will get to those students if they have time, and from what I understand, they often do have time

It’s that time of the year when we begin to organize for the 2023/24 school yearbook!  Lifetouch, our yearbook provider, recently sent information to our South Hills families.  If you have not received that notification, or ordered your yearbook yet, you can order a 2023-24 SHMS yearbook through this South Hills link https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/order/lookupjob?jobnumber=15242624

ONLINE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:

  • Order on or before February 29th AND pay only $35.00 that's a savings of $5.00.
  • Yearbooks ordered in March will be $40.00.
  • Yearbooks ordered after March 31st will be $45.00. 

THE DEADLINE TO ORDER A YEARBOOK FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR IS APRIL 29TH

Pathfinder provides Michigan residents with state-specific education and occupation information so they can make informed education and career decisions. It provides a complete training path picture when a career goal is chosen, assisting users in creating roadmaps to their future.

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  • The PTO is currently looking for businesses and families interested in sponsoring our upcoming Parents’ Night Out fundraiser event.  Sponsorships include 2 event tickets and are available at three levels: $1,000 Main Event Sponsor, $500 Event Sponsor, and $200 Lane Sponsor.  All proceeds from this event benefit the South Hills PTO.  If you would like more information about being a sponsor, please contact Debra Janicki at debrajanicki@hotmail.

  • Save the Date! Parents’ Night Out will take place on April 20, 2024 at On the Dunes Sports in Commerce.  Enjoy a fun, adults-only evening of dinner, axe throwing, golf simulators, “Footpool,” and a silent auction.  Watch for tickets to go on sale in March!

  • Are you interested in joining the PTO board for the 2024-2025 school year? Please email nataliefinerty@gmail.com. 

  • Additional updates and information can be found on the South Hills PTO Facebook Page

  • It's never too late to join the PTO! Dues are suggested at $40 per family. Your dues help fund fun and enriching activities for students, families and staff throughout the school year. You can pay your family dues through the Parent Portal. 

  • Please join us for the March PTO Meeting: March 19 at 9:30am (previously scheduled for 7pm.)

  • Fundraiser: Let's go shopping! Evereve fundraiser Tuesday, March 19

The school attendance phone number is 248-341-6010. When you call that number you will receive a recorded message, and you will be leaving a recorded message. The line is checked frequently, so you do not need to call back to confirm that your message was received. Likewise, we do not call you to confirm receipt of your message.

The Learner Profile attribute for the month of February is PRINCIPLED. 

Students who are principled act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. 

Students who are principled have a sense of fairness and are honest with themselves and with others. They understand that sometimes there are rules and they follow them. They have an understanding of moral reasoning. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, March 6th: 6th Grade Band, Orchestra and Choir DSO Field Trip

District News

Each year, students across the country submit writing and art pieces to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. This year, many student writers and artists from Bloomfield Hills Schools received regional recognition for their creative works.

Step into Lara Bushon's art room at Lone Pine Elementary, and you're greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors. Fifth-grade students embark on a journey of imagination and craftsmanship as they dive into creating mixed-media 3D sculptures of personified animals. Join the adventure as students bring their animal characters to life, one vibrant brushstroke at a time, in a classroom where creativity thrives.

Join the ELD department for coffee and conversation with multilingual families from 9-10:30 a.m. at Booth Center, Room D.

The full 2024-25 calendar at a glance will be distributed once the Michigan Department of Education sets the dates for testing windows. 

First Day of School: September 3, 2024 (½ Day K-8)
Winter Break: December 23, 2024 - January 3, 2025
Spring Break: March 24-28, 2025
Last Day of School: June 12, 2025 (½ Day K-12)

Registration is open now for Bloomfield Hills Schools’ 2024-2025 GSRP Just Fours program for the 2024-25 school year. 

The Michigan Department of Education’s Great Start Readiness Program has expanded to increase early education options for young learners. GSRP is the nationally recognized state-funded preschool program offering kindergarten preparation for four-year-old children.