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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  • Attention students interested in Girls' Basketball
    7th and 8th grade Try-outs are December 18th and 19th after school until 4:30pm.
    Open gym for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls will be on Sunday,
    December 10th and 17th 2pm-4pm at the High School.
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  • There's still time to order school pictures!

    If you haven't already, view and order your school pictures at mylifetouch.com.

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  • Eastside Connections


    Disney The Lion King

    Friday, December 8th at 7pm


    Saturday, December 9th at 7pm


    Tickets Now On Sale in the ECS office-$5.00

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    Friday, December 8th

    Lion King Play + MS Choir


    ECS Gym

    Saturday, December 9th

    Lion King Play + MS Choir


    ECS Gym

    Tuesday, December 12th

    ECS Band


    NHS Auditorium

    Wednesday, December 13th

    ECS K-2 & 3-4

    K, 1st, 2nd: 6:00

    3rd, 4th: 6:45

    ECS Gym

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  • *Several different informational emails regarding the January move to Oak Manor will be sent out over the next couple of months. 

    What: Oak Manor Open House 

    When: December 19th (6:00 - 7:30)

    Purpose: To allow families an opportunity to walk around Oak Manor to see their new classrooms and become familiar with the school layout. There won't be any formal presentations, so feel free to stop by at any time from 6:00 - 7:30 and stay as long as you'd like.











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  • 7th & 8th Grade: BASKETBALL TRYOUTS:

    What: Try-outs for 7th and 8th grade boys basketball 
    When: Monday,October 23 and Tuesday, October 24
    *8th grade will be 3-4:30
    *7th grade will be 

    Where: Ring Lardner Gym

    *You must have a physical on file to try out.

    Physicals will be available at the HS on Oct 27 from 3pm to 4pm (or with your family physician)

     MS students pay $20 Physical fee and $25 for a physical and HS athletic pass


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  • Homecoming Week!!

    Next week is Homecoming Week!

    We will be celebrating our Viking Pride by dressing up each day. 

    This is completely optional :)


    MondayPajama Day 

    Tuesday: Sports Jersey Day 

    Wednesday: USA Day - Red, White & Blue 

    Thursday: Black-Out Day 

    Friday: Blue & Gold Spirit Day

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  • Next week ECS is partnering with New Tech to gather non-perishable food items for the local Salvation Army. Every item brought into class is worth a SPIRIT POINT for your kiddos classroom.

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  • Eastside Connections Pictures 
    Picture Day is: Friday, Oct 6 
    Picture Day ID: LM517060Y0

    The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at mylifetouch.com

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  • 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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  • Niles Community Schools

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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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  • 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. 

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