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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  • Please consider joining us to the land of Oz!  Our middle school drama club has been rehearsing and their show is days away!
    November 16th show at ECS at 7pm
    November 17th show at ECS at 7pm
    November 18th show at ECS at 2pm
    All shows are $5.  Tickets can be bought in the ECS office or at the door!
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  • Yearbook

    Don't miss out!  Get yours today! $15

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  • Choir/Band Concert

    Please join us at the NHS Auditorium to enjoy the Eastside Connections middle school band and choir concert. Thursday, June 7th at 6:00pm.


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         Girls MS basketball open gym at Ring Lardner on Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 pm for current 5th through 8th grade girls beginning May 14th. All girls interested in basketball are welcome.

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  •  Joan Schmidt and Bill Prenkert Volunteer Award

    Every year at this time we pass out our application for the Joan Schmidt and Bill Prenkert Volunteer awards.  This award is given to one boy and one girl every year that shows ECS charter traits.  We are looking for someone who is responsible, respectful, resilient, trustworthy, has great work ethic, collaborates, and most of all volunteerism.  

    The application and all the details to apply for this honor are going home today.  They are not due back until Monday, May 21st.​
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  • Cheerleading Tryouts (Tryouts are for 6th grade going into 7th grade and 7th grade going into 8th.)
    • May 14, 15, and 16. 
    • 3:30 - 5:00
    • Niles High School (auxiliary gym - small gym next to main gym)
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  • Schools of Choice 2nd Semester Open Enrollment

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  • Bond Construction Updates

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

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  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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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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  • YMCA 2019 Winter Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Niles Community Schools

    Welcome to Eastside Connections School 
    315 N. 14th Street
    Niles, MI 49120
     (269) 683-2585
    Joe Racht, Principal
    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.
    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.
    Eastside Connections School does not offer transportation for its students. Parents are required to drop off and pick up each day.
    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.
    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. 

Drop Off Zone

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