Eastside Connections School

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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Headlines

  • Parent Information Regarding Today's Dismissal

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  • 2019-2020 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Dates

    Kindergarten Registration - March 6th at 6:00p.m. (Click to get more information)

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  • YMCA 2019 Summer Jobs

    The YMCA of Southwest Michigan is excited to be offering many summer job opportunities (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated February 2018! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • Indoor Walking Schedule

    Indoor walking set for winter months. (More)

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Welcome

  • Niles Community Schools
     

    Welcome to Eastside Connections School 
    315 N. 14th Street
    Niles, MI 49120
     (269) 683-2585
    Joe Racht, Principal
    joe.racht@nilesschools.org
     
     
     
    Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Resilience
     
    Eastside Connections School (ECS) offers an opportunity for students to participate in a project based learning environment from kindergarten through eighth grade.  We take pride in offering a myriad of musical opportunities and integrated specials, along with numerous after school activities such as our STEM Academy.  Student academic assessment is done using a variety of sources that include DIBELS, NWEA, M-STEP, and curriculum assessment tests. 
     
    Project Based Learning 
    ECS provides a unique learning experience focused on Problem/Project Based Learning. Students in all grades integrate content areas into all aspects of learning. Final projects are presented to an audience encompassing the 21st Century Skills of information literacy, technological literacy, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, inventive thinking, interactive communication, and the expectation of quality results.  Eastside Connections School facilitators are Problem and Project Based Learning Certified.
     
    Uniforms
    ECS students are required to wear uniforms consisting of navy blue, golden yellow, or white polo shirts with khaki, black or navy blue pants, skirts or jumpers.
     
    Transportation
    Eastside Connections School does not offer transportation for its students. Parents are required to drop off and pick up each day.
     
    Attendance
    We know that attendance is vital to our learners' academic success and require that students maintain a 90% on time and 90% attendance status to retain their ECS placement.
     
    Volunteerism 
    As we believe the partnership we have with our families and our community contributes to the foundation of our learners' success, school and/or community volunteerism is required for families wishing to enroll their children at Eastside Connections School. 
     
    ECS Commitment
    Students attending ECS will participate in a culture of trust, respect, and responsibility. Students will be held to a high academic expectation as well as a high behavioral expectation. 
     
     
     
     
     
     

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