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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  • 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. 


  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

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  • Attendance Affects Reading Proficiency

    Attendance isn’t only an issue for high school students. Poor attendance for youngsters can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of the third grade. Attend school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

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  • Niles Athletic Summer Sports Camps

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

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  • Latest Edition of District Newsletter

    The April 2017 District Newsletter is now available. (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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  • 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 3-21-17! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • 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)

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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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Drop Off Zone

  • Drop Off Zone