Wednesday, April 10, 2013
College acceptance letters are in—tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all West Bloomfield seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college or starting a new job, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here, too. Just click "Upload Photos and Videos." Congratulations, Class of 2013!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Adam Grant will talk about his new book, "Give and Take', at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business on April 18.
Adam Grant believes the key to success in the workplace has more to do with giving than with taking. Late last month, New York Times magazine profiled the 31-year-old West Bloomfield High graduate, who recently published his research on workplace interactions in the book Give and Take. The youngest tenured professor at Wharton School of Business, Grant was captain of the West Bloomfield swimming and diving team in his senior year. According to the book's website, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. In "Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?", New York Times reporter Susan Dominus outlines Grant's research, which focuses on the resulting …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The West Bloomfield 'Metal Mechanics' head to their second competition of the season with a 7-5 record.
After only one competition under their belt, the West Bloomfield robotics team has already made quite the impression on their competition. The team from West Bloomfield High School has been named the top rookie team in the region for 2012-13 after placing 16th out of 40 teams at the Waterford-Mott Robotics compeitition on March 8-9. Dubbed the "Metal Mechanics," West Bloomfield now heads to their second competition today and tomorrow in Troy. "We intend to compete fiercely, open-mindedly and respectfully and we hope to mantain our title as the highest-ranked rookie during the Troy Competition at Troy Athens High School," said Bud Muylaert, West Bloomfield teacher and coach for the Metal Mechanics. "It would be an honor for us to have …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Education Nation bus tour stops at West Bloomfield High School today while WDIV-Channel 4 will be discussing the high school's Medical Mentorship program Tuesday evening.
One of West Bloomfield High School's math and science programs will be spotlighted today as part of the Education Nation bus tour, which will visit WBHS at noon today. First launched in 2010 by NBC News and this year partnering with WDIV-Local 4 News in Detroit, the Education Nation program travels the country hosting conversations about education, how students learn and what future should hold. Last week, NBC education correspondents Chelsea Clinton and Rehema Ellis visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, hosting a Detroit Education Summit as well as student and teacher town halls. But on Tuesday, the Education Nation bus tour will be rolling into West Bloomfield, collecting new and gently-used books …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Lakers teams from junior varsity and varsity baseball to Girl's soccer and lacrosse, will take shape after tryouts throughout the week.
Interested in playing spring sports at West Bloomfield High School? This is not the week to be off your game. Several teams will test and solidify their rosters for the coming seasons this week. Tryouts are Monday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 13 at The Sports Club of West Bloomfield from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each participant must bring $5 to help pay for court time at the club, and have a current blue/white card on file to tryout. Contact Coach Dennis Royal with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. All lacrosse players are asked to meet at the Upper Field at Orchard Lake St. Mary's at 2:30 p.m. on March 11. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will tryout for three days at Baseball City, 2220 Mall Dr. in Waterford Township, this …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Lakers played hard against the home team but couldn't derail the Mustangs, who added a district crown to an already-impressive season.
The West Bloomfield High School's girl's varsity basketball team was outmatched by the Marian High School Mustangs Friday night, officially closing their 2012-13 season. Marian advanced to the next round with a 59-39 on their home court Friday night in the MHSAA district playoff finals. The Mustangs jumped out to 18-9 lead after the first quarter, and were up 40-16 at halftime. The Lakers, which beat Seaholm 58-35 Wednesday, outscored Marian 23-19 in the second stanza, but never threatened to end the Mustangs' season. West Bloomfield senior Ashley Zeigler sank four three-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points, Miprepzone.com reported. Fellow senior Kheri Motley scored nine. “We had a little bit of a mental letdown, and that’s tribute …
The Lakers enter the playoffs looking to snap a two-game losing skid, and will face the OAA Blue co-champs Monday.
The West Bloomfield High School boy's varsity basketball team may have received the toughest draw in the MHSAA districts starting Monday at Andover High School. The Lakers, 8-12 overall, will play the defending district champs from Lahser at 5 p.m. in what will likely be a hostile gym filled with either Lahser faithful, and future Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks. The district plans to merge Lahser and Andover next fall. The Knights clinched a share of the OAA title by thrashing Farmington Hills Harrison 73-48 on Tuesday, but fell to Seaholm 60-51 Thursday. Down nine points, early in the third quarter, the Maples went on a 14-2 run to take the lead, and didn't let it go in the fourth, miprepzone.com reported. They finished the regular season…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
West Bloomfield High School's African American Awareness group shows off their moves during a recent pep rally.
West Bloomfield High School students were on their feet at a recent winter pep rally, as the school's African American Awareness group took to the floor with a high-energy step routine. Step-dancing, or stepping, is a kind of percussive dance in which the entire body is used to produce rhythms through foot stomps, spoken word and clapping. The step team at West Bloomfield is part of the school's African American Awareness club.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
West Bloomfield High School senior Olivia Finkelstein competes in state poetry recitation contest this weekend.
Patch will regularly spotlight young people in the Greater West Bloomfield area community who are successful, talented and just plain awesome. Today we spotlight someone who is no stranger to the spotlight: Do you know a local young person who deserves applause because he or she shovels the elderly neighbors' driveway? Or perhaps athletic achievements are worth sharing. Everyone deserves attention, and we want to tell these stories. Email nominations to local editor Tim Rath at email@example.com, provide the information shown above and include a photo with names and ages. Then, come back for our Whiz Kid spotlight. For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit poetryoutloud.org or michiganhumanities.org.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Schools deal with more-rigorous standards to graduate while alternative education programs help lower dropout rate.
Updated: 5:54 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 to correct name of Oakland Opportunity Academy. The four-year graduation rates for students at West Bloomfield High School outpace the state by more than 15 percent, according to data released last week by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). WBHS graduated 431 students last year in its four-year cohort, a rate of 92.09 percent. The dropout rate was 4.49 percent. Students are divided into "cohorts"—a combination of students who began ninth grade in the district four years prior, and including students who transferred in or our within the four year period. So for 2012 graduates, the cohort includes students who began high school at WBHS in 2008, or transferred into the …