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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Announcements

  • Please take a moment to check out apparel on our online spirit wear store.

    The online store will be open until NOON on Tuesday, August 22nd. We are hoping to have orders ready for pick up at open house. If you are interested in a garment not shown, please feel free to call the number provided within the link and ask them to place our logo onto a garment of your choice. They are happy to accommodate such requests.

    Online Spirit Wear Store

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  • Save the Dates:
    Kindergarten Orientation: Thursday, August 24th (6:00 - 6:30) Gym
    New Family School Orientation: Thursday, August 24th (6:30 - 7:15) Gym
    Class List Posting: Friday, August 25th (3:00) Glass Doors - both ends of building
    ECS Open House: Wednesday, August 30th (5:30 - 7:00) Classrooms
     
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  • Remember, Monday June 12 and Tuesday June 13 are both half days. Dismissal will be at 10:58 a.m. on both days.  Have a great summer!!

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  • We still have yearbooks available. 

    Please stop in the office to get yours before they are gone!

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  • This summer the Niles Community Schools Food Service department will be participating in the National School Lunch Summer Program, serving free meals to children in our community. Below is a list of locations and meal times.  If you have any questions, please call JJ Merimonti, Director of Dining at (269)684-1144 or contact via email jj.merimonti@nilesschools.org

    June 19th through August 18th

    Clevenger Park. 5th st & Cherry St: Lunch from 11:45am until 12:45pm

    Niles City Library. 620 East Main St: Lunch 11:45am to 12:45pm

    Niles YMCA. 905 N Front St:   Breakfast 8:30am to 9:00am

    Lunch 12:00pm to 12:45pm

    June 19th through June 23rd

    Summit Church VBS 1700 West River Rd: Breakfast 8:00am to 8:30am

    Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm

    Coutlers Chapel VBS 3176 E Detroit Rd: Breakfast 8:30am to 9:30am

    Lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm

    June 26th through June 30th

    Michiana Christian Embassy VBS 1922 E. Main St Breakfast 9:00am to 9:45am

    Lunch 12:00pm to 12:45pm

    July 10th through August 18th

    Northside EL 2020 N 5th St Breakfast 9:00am to 9:30am

    Lunch 12:00pm to 12:45pm

    August 14th through August 18th

    Ist Presbyterian Church VBS 13 S 4th St Breakfast 9:00am to 9:30am

    Lunch 12:00pm to 12:45pm

    August 21st through  August 25th

    Community Evangelical Free Church VBS 120 E. Bertrand    Breakfast 9:00am to 9:45am

    Lunch 12:00pm to 12:45 pm

    All of the churches listed above are during Vacation Bible School (VBS). Please contact those location for information about signing up for their week long programs.

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  • Attention students interested in participating in fall athletics.
     
     7th and 8th grade girls' volleyball tryouts will be held in the gymnasium on Monday, August 28, and Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
     
     The first football practice for 7th and 8th grade will begin on Monday, August 21, 2017. As a result of uncertainties related to construction, time and location for the first practice is yet to be determined. Please go to http://nilesathletics.com/football later this summer for updates or contact Coach Sassano at joe.sassano@nilesschools.org
     
    6th, 7th, and 8th grade Cross Country practice begins Monday, August 28, 2017. Students are asked to meet outside the gym and be ready to run on August 28, 29, and 30 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
     
    A current physical (dated after April 15, 2017) completed by a doctor must be turned in before tryouts or practices can begin. Physical forms are available on the district website at nilesathletics.com.
     
     
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  • Tomorrow (Friday) will be the last day for the school store-Vikings R Us this school year.  Bring money to shop till you drop!

     
    Also, don't forget about our Movie Night!  We will be showing the BFG at 6pm on Friday in our gym on our brand new screen!
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  • 7th and 8th Grade Cheer Tryouts for the 2017-2018 school year will be at the High School Gym on Wednesday May 24,  Thursday May 25, AND Friday May 26 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Please pull your hair back in a pony tail, wear gym short and shoes.  Be prepared to run, jump and dance.  Contact Coach Katie Paquette for addiitonal information at katie.paquette@alliedsolutions.net

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  • Just a reminder!  This Friday (May 19th.) is our last middle school dance for the school year.  The dance is from 6-8pm. and the cost is $5.  This is open to any 6th.-8th. graders.

     
    Any donations towards the dance...such as 2 liters of pop and desserts are welcomed.  Please contact Meg Bartlett- 
     
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  • *Lunch Choice A for Thursday, May 11 will be Bosco Sticks NOT Pancakes.*

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  • Teacher Appreciation

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  • This week the Barnes & Noble book store is unveiling brand new products in their Educational Toys & Games Dept. and are excited to showcase them to you! Lots of great STEM and Maker based products that will be sure to expand and explore a student's mind for creative and critical thinking skills. They posted an album on their Facebook page to give you a visual sample of the new and fun products they are offering this Spring.
     
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  • It is not too late!  You can still order yearbooks online at yearbookforever.com or in the office.  Don't miss out on any of your favorite 2016-2017 Eastside memories! 

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  • 2017 Stem Update Located On Calendar

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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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  • Howard-Ellis & Ring Lardner Building Dedication Ceremonies

    Please join us as we celebrate the dedication of the additions and upgrades to Howard-Ellis and Ring Lardner. Ring Lardner's ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 12th beginning at 2:00pm and Howard-Ellis will hold their ceremony on Thursday, September 14th from 3:00-4:00pm. The community is invited to attend!

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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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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

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

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated August 2017! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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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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  • 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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