Eastside Connections School

Niles Vikings

Scroll Global Icons
Scroll Global Icons

Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

Upcoming Events


  • Last Day For Food Drive Contest

    Friday, April 28

    Prizes will be awarded to 3 classrooms upstairs (5th - 8th grades) and 3 classrooms downstairs (Kindergarten - 4th grades) that collect the most food items.

    Prizes; 1st-Pizza Party, 2nd-Donut Party, 3rd-Cookie

    Comments (-1)
  • ECS School Store

    Vikings R Us

    Open during all lunches

    Friday, April 28


    Comments (-1)
  • REMINDER: Half Day Friday, April 21st.  

    Dismissal is at 10:58 am.


    Comments (-1)
  • 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.
    Comments (-1)
  • 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! 

    Comments (-1)
  • The National Junior Honor Society of Eastside Connections School is hosting a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army right here in Niles.  They are running low on food items and are in need our help.  We will be accepting non-perishable food items through April 21.  Please help us support this organization that does so much in our community.  We will be holding a competition between classes.  Prizes will be awarded to 3 classrooms upstairs (5th - 8th grades) and 3 classrooms downstairs (Kindergarten - 4th grades) that collect the most food items.

    Prizes; 1st-Pizza Party, 2nd-Donut Party, 3rd-Cookie

    Comments (-1)
  • The applications for the Schmidt/Prenkert volunteer award will go home today or tomorrow. Announcements will be made about this special award during Friday's character counts assembly.  These applications are due back to Mrs. Bartlett on Friday, May 5th.

    Comments (-1)
  • There will be a HALF DAY of school on Friday, April 14th and Friday, April 21st.  Dismissal is at 10:58 am.

    reminder 2                                                               

    Comments (-1)
  • The ECS STEM Club will host a Save Humpty Dumpty egg-drop challenge on Tuesday, April 18 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at ECS.

    Niles Firefighters are bringing a ladder truck to test entries for a 19 foot drop. Notre Dame scientists will run the challenge and serve as judges.



    WHEN: Tuesday, April 18 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at ECS.

    WHO: Open to all ECS students K-8. [K-2nd students must be be accompanied by an adult.]

    FORMAT: Students/teams will have 30 minutes to create/make their contraptions and then we will drop them from the fire truck. No outside materials. All materials provided.

    COST: $2 per student.  

    To participate, please return the following items to homeroom teachers by this Fri., April 14, 2017 to ensure we have enough materials:
    •  Registration form  
    • $2 entry fee per student


    Comments (-1)
  • 2017 Stem Update Located On Calendar

    Comments (-1)
  • Eastside Connections


    Comments (-1)


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. 


  • Summer My Way 2017

    Summer My Way is gearing up for SUMMER 2017! (More)

    Comments (-1)
  • Attendance - Every Minute Counts

    Every minute counts. Students late to school each day by as little as 10 minutes adds up to 33 hours of missed class time. Attend school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

    Comments (-1)
  • Niles Athletic Summer Sports Camps

    Campers have the opportunity to work with Niles High School Varsity Coaching Staff (More)

    Comments (-1)
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

    Niles Community Schools registration dates for its preschool and kindergarten programs for the 2017-18 school year have been set. The following dates are applicable to anyone interested in registering their child to attend early education programs at schools throughout the district. (More)

    Comments (-1)
  • Latest Edition of District Newsletter

    The April 2017 District Newsletter is now available. (More)

    Comments (-1)
  • Captured by the Superintendent

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

    Comments (-1)
  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

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

    Comments (-1)
  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated 3-21-17! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

    Comments (-1)
  • District Announces School Calendar Changes for 2016-2017

    The state is requiring five additional student instructional days next year. As we did not receive an increase in funding to offset the cost of these days, we had to add a few more 1/2 days to the district calendar. We know that we have many working parents who this affects. (More)

    Comments (-1)
  • Bond 2015

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

    Comments (-1)
  • 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)

    Comments (-1)
  • 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.”

    Comments (-1)

Drop Off Zone

  • Drop Off Zone