Eagle Creek Academy Open House
Thurs., March 9th
4:00 - 5:30
Please join us for tours of the school and some special activities!
The People Make the Place, Our biggest hope is that you will visit our school. We want you to see in person how peaceful and happy our students are, how well they interact with each other and their teachers, how much they like school, and how much they are learning. (If you scroll over "People" on the left side of the screen, you will see extra pages about our teachers, administrators, students and more.)
Eagle Creek Academy's Teachers
Our teachers are the heart of our school. Half of our teachers have their Master degrees, and all have been teaching for many years. More importantly, they are kind, loving people who truly care about their students. They take a personal interest in each child, forming close bonds with them and their families. Our teachers are also leaders within the community, actively participating in religious groups and civic organizations. We are proud of our team and how well we work together to make Eagle Creek Academy a wonderful school
Andrea Taylor - Preschool Teacher
I became passionate about teaching while volunteering at a preschool during university. Once I completed my BA in Education at Heidelberg University, I started my teaching career in Ohio. Soon I developed a keen interest in international teaching and decided to take my career abroad. I taught kindergarten in Seoul, South Korea for three years. Then, I moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates where I taught kindergarten, first grade and third grade during the last eight years. I am a firm believer that children are unique and thrive in a positive, stimulating environment to reach their highest potential. Creating a classroom of intrinsically motivated life-long learners is one of my highest priorities as a teacher. Observing children discover the world around them, the look of excitement on their faces at school and learning from my students are a few of my most rewarding moments as an educator. BA in Early Childhood Education from Heidelberg University
Erika Barnowsky - Preschool Teacher
In 2008, while living in Boston, I found my calling when I was offered a position in a preschool classroom, and I have been teaching three to five year-old children ever since. In 2010, my husband and I moved back home to Michigan to be near family. Since then, I have taught at Premier Academy and Oakland Christian School, and now I am happy to be at Eagle Creek. One of the great things about preschool is the adventure. I love watching the children discover new words, figure out how math works, and try new science experiments. Developing relationships with families is also important to me. I believe that teaching a young child is a team effort, and I am eager to join you in that. BS in Education from Central Michigan University
Brenda Bradley - Preschool Teacher
I am thrilled to be joining the Eagle Creek Academy staff this year. I earned my teaching degrees at the University of William Patterson, in New Jersey in both regular and special education; grades JK - 12. While living in New Jersey I taught sixth and seventh grades for 6 years in Glen Rock and transferred to Franklin Lakes school district where I taught Resource Room for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. My husband James and I moved to Michigan in 1999 and have six beautiful children. (five boys and one girl) I have continued my teaching experience at Alpine Academy and have helped out subbing at Eagle Creek Academy. I believe that all children are unique and learn in many various ways. I love teaching them and especially love watching them grow during their educational process. BA in Teaching from University of William Patterson
Linda Vecore - Preschool Teacher
I became interested in becoming a teacher when my 3rd grade teacher took a special interest in me. When she later became my 6th grade teacher, I knew I wanted to be like her. I continue to keep in contact with her today. After graduating from Oakland University, I raised my two children, volunteered at their school and taught religious education at our church. After that, for ten years, I worked at Romeo Montessori and then Premier Academy, and I continued my education at the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center. Since coming to Eagle Creek Academy in 2013, I have worked hard to create an inviting environment that encourages my students to explore new materials and have concrete experiences. My goal is to meet each child's interests and needs at his developmental level and guide him individually. BS in Engineering from Oakland University; Montessori Certification from Michigan Montessori
Stephanie Pinson - Kindergarten Teacher
When I was a child, I would rush home from school and play teacher. In college, I tried to go the business route, but I loathed sitting at a desk and looking at a computer screen all day. Changing my major to education was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I earned my BA in Education and went on to get my MA in Early Childhood from Oakland University. For many years, I taught at Walton Charter Academy and Alpine Academy, and I ran a summer camp in Rochester. I have been at Eagle Creek since it opened in 2005, teaching kindergarten and fourth grade. I love coming to work every day and watching my students grow and learn. My favorite part is comparing their work from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. BA in Education from Oakland University; MA in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University
Beth Widgren - Kindergarten Teacher
I headed off to college with the goal of becoming a pediatric dental hygienist. That first year, biology and chemistry classes filled my schedule, but the "extra" class in education was a life-changer. As I did the required in-the-classroom observations, I realized I wanted to teach children much more than I wanted to take care of their teeth. As a result, I have spent more than half my life teaching preschool and kindergarten in both public and private schools. During that time, my philosophy of what children need to learn has evolved, and I believe that Eagle Creek offers me the best opportunity to deliver what I know is right. One of my goals is to meet each child's individual needs. Since joining Eagle Creek in 2007, I have been able to accomplish that by teaching children in very small groups, working closely with parents and using hands-on experiences. I several teaching degrees and attended literally hundreds of seminars, but I really learn how to teach by being in the classroom with the children. BA in Education from University of Alabama; Early Childhood Certification from Athens State University; MA in Education from University of North Alabama
Crissa King - First Grade Teacher
I am thrilled to be a first grade teacher! I enjoy this age of excitement and wonder, and I especially love watching children take huge steps in their academic, social and emotional growth. My goals, as a teacher, are to meet each child at his own unique level and provide a nurturing environment where all can thrive. I am entering my tenth year as an elementary school teacher, spanning from Kindergarten through 6th grade, and I am happy to be doing the thing I love. BS in Education from Central Michigan University; MS in Family Studies & Administration from California State University
Nicole Minton - First Grade Teacher
This will be my ninth year teaching. Before coming to Eagle Creek, I was an Academic Specialist, working with small groups of students, finding new ways to present material to be sure that every child was able to progress. I have also worked as a classroom teacher and in a clinic with students who had been diagnosed with autism. It was very rewarding to work with students who struggle to communicate and find ways to help them to grow. Now, I am happy to be at Eagle Creek, where I can help build a classroom and building community. I can't wait to get to know you and your children! BS in Earth Science from Michigan State University; Teaching Certificate from Saginaw Valley State University
Cathie Passon - Second Grade Teacher
When I was in the fourth grade at St. Anne's, I decided that I was going to be a teacher. My teacher was a true inspiration because she made learning meaningful and enjoyable at the same time. Over the years, I have taught second, fourth and fifth grades and special education. One highlight was implementing the new elementary science curriculum at Akiva Day School. Another was starting at Eagle Creek in 2011. My goal is to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and develop pride in their work. Every year, I get excited about working with new students and their families. BS in Education from Western Michigan University
Julie Rorai - Third Grade
When I think about the educators who influenced me, they all have one thing in common – they cared about me as a person. Because of the meaningful experiences with my teachers, I decided I wanted to impact the lives of children, too. Although I have been teaching since 2004, I still pursue advanced training, especially in how to teach reading and writing. I believe it is important to encourage children to be accountable for their learning, and I love using cooperative learning strategies that truly engage them. BS in Education from Western Michigan University
Janet Ferrett - Third Grade Teacher
During my undergraduate years, I developed a love for science and traveling abroad. For 26 years, I taught Kindergarten through 6th grade in the Imlay City School District. While I already have quite a few degrees and certificates, my love for learning new things is always prompting me to take further courses. I have enjoyed working at Eagle Creek in several positions, and I am especially enjoying working with particular students one-one-one as they grasp new concepts and strive for excellence. My hobbies include traveling, skiing, walking, biking, boating, reading, gardening, concerts and watching college football. BS Elementary Education from Oakland University; MA in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University; Elementary Administration Certification from Oakland University
Kimberly Kasal - Fourth Grade Teacher
I fondly remember my middle school social studies classes because of the meaningful hands-on learning experiences. From these positive experiences, I was inspired to pursue a career in teaching. As an enthusiastic and student-focused professional offering over 20 years of teaching expertise, I am committed to ensuring that every child's learning styles and abilities are addressed and celebrated. I am a strong advocate of intrinsic motivation and encourage my students to take ownership of their learning and challenge themselves. My professional interests focus on Quantum Teaching, balanced literacy and cooperative learning. Throughout my career, I have taught continuing education courses for teachers through Valparaiso University, provided intensive tutoring and facilitated academic and team-building summer camps for children. BA in Education from Governors State University; MA in Teaching & Leadership from Saint Xavier University
Nate Pietrzak - Fifth Grade Teacher
Most all of my memories from my school years are positive, even the moments that were hard. (I view them today as turning points.) Because of this, I wanted to make a similar impact on the lives of our youth. I chose the natural thing: education. I am passionate about maximizing potential and seeing the best in every learner, every day. Most importantly, I love to have fun! I believe students see the world best through strong literacy skills, and I back up that approach. I own several thousand children's books, and I am always reading something myself. Whether it is keeping up on professional skills, or a summer novel, I have my nose in a book. I have taught fifth grade, taught reading skills to at-risk students, coached girls' basketball, coached the Battle of the Books, coached STRIDE (a mentoring program), and written and directed school plays at Detroit Leadership Academy, St. Genevieve Catholic School, Dr. Charles Drew Academy and Highland Park Renaissance Academy. I am grateful to serve the students, parents, staff and community here at Eagle Creek and I am eager to meet you, too. BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University
Jeff Glenn - Middle School Math and Science
I decided to become a teacher when I was in my last year of college. I had been tutoring people in mathematics, and they said that I could explain concepts in a way they understood. I loved the education courses that I took for the the middle school level and have never looked back. My approach to teaching science is one in which I pose a question and ask students to think first and then respond to that question. I want students to listen, learn from each other and come to consensus. This approach engages students more than if I were to just lecture. I also have an interest in Japanese culture and language and had the opportunity to teach in Japanese schools and international schools there. I ended up teaching there for 10 years. Please come to talk to me anytime. BS in Education from University of Michigan-Dearborn; MA in Education Math Curriculum Design from University of Michigan Dearborn; International Baccalaureate (IB) Certified MYP & PYP levels
Meagan Zayti - Middle School Language Arts
My goal is to help children achieve academic excellence. I do this by using effective materials and lessons and having high expectations of my students. It is important that the children find their own joy in the pursuit of skills and knowledge, and that they feel this joy follow them through the years. I have taught first through eighth grades for seven years, and I have enjoyed every minute it. I am also a saxophone player and enjoy using music in the classroom. BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University; MA in Reading Education from University of Michigan-Flint
Shelly Karl - Middle School Teacher
My primary goal is to establish a classroom environment that encourages each student's individual growth, both academically and personally. I am focused on getting to know my students and help them along, while motivating them to develop the skills and knowledge to advance. During my long career, I have held positions as the middle school Math Department Chair and district Math Committee Member. I also hold a MA in Guidance and Counseling and worked as a High School Counselor for over 10 years. I have been delighted by Eagle Creek's close-knit community and have enjoyed being a part of it. BA in Education from Oakland University; MA in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University
Amie Gamache - STEM Teacher
By the time I was in eighth grade and given the chance to help with the little kids in the tiny private school I attended, I knew that teaching was the profession for me. All through high school and college, I taught Parks and Rec preschool classes and summer camps. After graduating from Michigan State, my first teaching experience was in that very same tiny private school, followed by nine years of teaching elementary school in the Flint Public Schools. Along the way, I also led my school's technology team and worked as a trainer for the Genesee Intermediate School District, showing teachers throughout the county how to integrate technology into their classrooms. When Eagle Creek was still on the drawing board, I joined the Alpine Academy staff as the Kindergarten teacher and completed my Master degree in Early Childhood at Oakland University. Since joining Eagle Creek when it opened in 2005, I have taught preschool, Kindergarten, first grade and technology. My oldest daughter recently graduated from Eagle Creek and headed to high school, and I am delighted that she has the confidence and preparation to balance her challenging academic classes along with her sports and clubs. I also have a daughter who is in middle school and another in preschool at Eagle Creek. My passion is to teach children a firm grasp of language and all it can do for them. I want my students to have the tools to gather information and share it with others. I enjoy being a part of that excitement. BA in Education from Michigan State University; MA in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University
Senora Natalia Murasky - Spanish Teacher
Prior to joining the Eagle Creek faculty in 2012, I volunteered at local schools as well as the Detroit Zoo. I found it enjoyable to work with children one-on-one and in small groups, so I returned to Oakland University to get an MA in Teaching. In my classroom, I create a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to participate even when they are not sure if they are correct. My goal is to make learning Spanish fun and hands-on so I use a lot of games and physical activities. Another goal is to take my students beyond an appreciation for foreign languages, and help them actually understand and speak the language. I am a native Spanish-speaker, having been born in Bueños Aires, Argentina. I am always excited to see both familiar and new faces at Eagle Creek, and I look forward to speaking Spanish with you! BA in Spanish from Oakland University; BS in Marketing from Oakland University; MA in Teaching from Oakland University
Senora Susana Cerneka - Spanish Teacher
I knew I was going to be a teacher when I was 6 years old. This was because my mother and grandmother were both teachers, and I wanted to follow their footsteps. I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is where I obtained my degrees and taught for many years. In 1989, I moved to Michigan and have worked as a teacher ever since because teaching is my passion. In 2006, I started at Eagle Creek. I can't believe how time flies – now I have five grandchildren! My energy for teaching has never changed. Teaching is a new start every day. I always do my best, and I am lucky that I get to go home with a feeling of accomplishment every day. Degree in Education from Institute Martin y Omar, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Early Childhood & Kindergarten Degree from Bartolomee Mitre, Buenos Aires; Montessori Certification from Brookfield Academy
Lisa Merriman - Art Teacher
After starting a family, I felt a strong pull to give up being an illustrator (a career I had loved for many years) and become an art teacher -- and a new chapter in my life began. Sharing the joy of creating art with students is a natural fit for me, and I have been having a great time! My teaching approach includes demonstration, modeling and guiding students to create on their own. I like to maintain a positive, encouraging environment for students to use their imagination, take risks and explore. There are no mistakes in art! I remind students that what is most important is to try their best, work hard and enjoy the experience. Before joining Eagle Creek, I taught at Utica Community Schools and facilitated numerous student art shows. At home, I love creating art, cooking, and spending time with my husband and two adorable girls. BA in Illustration from Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University; Teacher Certification in Art from Saginaw Valley State University
Caroline Lewicky - French Teacher & Director of Program Development
My career in education began almost twenty years ago in Istanbul, Turkey. After a short but successful career in advertising, I became passionate about education and joined a private international school where I taught French, Technology and various grade levels. I am interested in inquiry-based learning and believe that it is important to build strong relationships with students in order to support them in their journey to becoming knowledgeable and caring individuals. I am originally from Belgium, and I speak French, Turkish and English fluently. I have lived in many different countries and was pleased to move to Michigan not long ago with my husband and teenage daughter. This is now home and I am delighted to be part of the distinctive learning community at Eagle Creek. BS in Marketing from American University in Washington, D.C.; Montessori Certificate from North American Montessori Center
Mary Walters - Music Teacher
I started working with children and music as a camp counselor when I was in college, and I have enjoyed it ever since. My goals as a music teacher are to encourage children to find joy in creating their own sound and to develop a life-long appreciation of music. I have taught elementary music for seven years, most recently in Ferndale and Huron Valley. I have also been teaching private violin lessons for a long time. I have also worked in orchestras, churches and youth theater. Lately, I have been participating in local choir and handbell groups. I also love watching my two daughters march in the Michigan Marching Band (Go Blue!). BM from Alma College; Teacher Certification from Madonna University
Kaitlin Manoogian - Gym Teacher
Becoming a teacher has been my dream since third grade. My dream came true when I received my teaching degree in Health and Physical Education from Central Michigan University. I love to teach the true meaning of lifelong fitness and have fun with my students. I am also a cheer coach for Eisenhower High School. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, playing with my dogs and cooking in the kitchen. BS in Health and Physical Education from Central Michigan University
Eagle Creek Academy's Administrative Team
When your family walks through our doors, you and your children become a part of our lives, and we become part of your lives. We promise to do everything we can to make it a great experience, from the academics to everything beyond the academics
Cathy Hammond - Principal
I have been teaching since I was six years old when I sat in the back seat on the way up north and drilled my little sister with spelling words. When I was an undergrad at Northwestern University in Chicago, I taught GED classes. Later, when I was a graduate student at Wayne State, I taught computer classes. Eventually, I found my way to the public schools in Bloomfield Hills and Rochester, where I taught French, English and English as a Second Language. In 1995, I founded Alpine Academy, a preschool in Oakland Township. In 2005, I founded Eagle Creek. I have loved every minute since the beginning. I believe teaching and learning are the most important jobs in the world. BA in English & French from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; MA in Education from Wayne State University, Detroit
Christine Kulp - Assistant Principal
I graduated with my elementary teaching degree in New Hampshire. After moving to Michigan, I worked as the director of a child care center for four years and a substitute teacher for Romeo and Lapeer schools while raising my son and daughter. When I returned to work full-time, I taught K to 8 in a variety of public and private schools for sixteen years before being promoted to principal at Brookfield Academy in Troy. I then added the extra responsibility of Curriculum Director for all five Brookfield schools and later became the Regional Manager which was more on the business side. I joined Eagle Creek Academy as the Director of Student Services in 2011 and was promoted to Assistant Principal in 2012. I am thrilled to be back to my passion: supporting teachers, families and students in a school with a strong mission and a 21st century curriculum. BA in Education from Keen State College at University of New Hampshire; Montessori Certification from American Montessori Society
Julia Casadei - School Secretary
I have been in management for twenty years. One highlight was when I worked at Oakland Hills Country Club and prepared for the 2004 Ryder Cup. It was an exciting event that went well, except that the USA loss handedly to the Europeans. In 2010, I helped open Tre Monte Ristorante in Troy, working on menu selection, computer systems and hiring staff. I was really excited when we won Hour Detroit Magazine's restaurant of the year in 2012. I have also held positions from catering to general manager in various hotels. I have always lived and worked in this area, growing up in Birmingham and now living in Oakland Township. My husband is Enzo and we have a son named Jeffrey. We also have two dogs named George and Ralph. My favorite hobbies include skiing, sailing and hiking. In 2014, I hiked 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I am looking forward to meeting you! BA in Hotel Restaurant Management from Northwood University
Eagle Creek Academy's Students
My name is JT. I am eight years old. I am in second grade. I think that second grade is an excellent class. Mrs. Passon is very nice. Sometimes we can choose what topics we want to learn about. Most of our work is challenging, but I like it. Everyone treats each other with respect. My class is the best place to learn. I don't have a favorite thing about Eagle Creek, because I like everything about the school. I like art, library and gym. I like art because our assignments are fun. I like gym because I like playing Mission Impossible. I like the library because it has excellent books on the military. I like going here because I have great experiences!
Hola! My name is Marcelo, and I am from Mexico. I go there every summer to visit my grandparents. I am in the third grade. My classroom is cool when it is warm outside. I enjoy being in there. I learn a lot of skills I have not learned before. This week we learned about angles in math. We also do fun things on holidays at the end of the day. My favorite things about Eagle Creek are that the teachers are really nice, I have fun and I learn new things
My name is Liam. I am seven years old. I am in second grade. My classroom has seven computers, eight tables and one library. It is very neat. We also have a classroom economy. We do lots of experiments and projects. My favorite things about Eagle Creek are the nice teachers and office workers. The teachers do so much to make learning fun
Hi! My name is Nicklaus. I am in first grade. My classroom is fun because it has lots of games. I like the books, too. I like Eagle Creek because you do not work on ten things at a time. That is really confusing. You work on one thing and then you go on to the next thing
Hi. My name is Dani. I am a middle school student at Eagle Creek. We have computers and bean bag chairs in our classrooms. It is like a second home. We are doing research right now about biomes. We are creating a brochure and sending it to a congressman, so the government will work harder to protect rainforests and oceans, and so the animals there will not become extinct. My top favorite thing about Eagle Creek is the people. I have been here six years and made my best friends. I cannot pick a favorite teacher because they have all been amazing
Hallo! My name is Lucy Bonkat, and I was born in Germany. In Mrs. Kasal's fourth grade class we like to challenge ourselves to go above and beyond each day. Believe it or not, we sit on stability balls! Sitting on a stability ball helps our brains stay alert, improves our posture, and even makes our muscles stronger. Fourth grade is all about building our metacognition skills. We actually think about our thinking! Mrs. Kasal helps us set goals for ourselves so we can be successful in our lives. Eagle Creek Academy is like a second home to me. We all help each other learn and grow!
My name is Paytton. I have an older sister, an older brother and a fun mom and dad. I am seven years old. When I am not in school, I like to go snowboarding and play games with my family. In school, I am in Mrs. Passon's class. We have jobs in our classroom, and we get money for doing our jobs. Our jobs are really fun. We have bank accounts, and we buy special passes. My favorite thing about Eagle Creek is that my mom works here too!
Eagle Creek Academy's Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Dharte's Testimonial
While we predominantly chose Eagle Creek Academy for its small classes and individualized learning plans, we quickly realized that their philosophy toward customized experiential opportunities extended well beyond their academic program. Mrs. Kulp is second to none in her responsiveness to parent and student feedback. In the past two years, we have suggested and Mrs. Kulp has implemented a drama club, tee ball clinic and violin instruction. This has allowed our daughter to explore her interests and pursue her passions through extra-curricular activities at school; an environment which we as parents know is safe, supportive and exceptionally convenient! Simply stated, ECA solicits and is accepting of feedback. Teachers and administrators are attuned to students' capabilities and interests, and, whether inside or out of the classroom, grow the whole child!
Mrs. Carter's Testimonial
As a parent of two boys attending Eagle Creek Academy, we are very happy with what the school has to offer. We appreciate the small class sizes, and we are 100% satisfied with the high quality curriculum, with the teachers' helpfulness and positive, one-on-one individualized learning, and the variety of learning activities available throughout the school to each and every individual student. The Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Pinson and Mrs. Widgren, are amazing teachers. They are attentive, positive, energetic, friendly, and appreciate each individual student's abilities and style of learning. They tailor each child's learning path, and give individualized attention to each child. It is with this type of individualized teaching that my children are successful in class and are learning so much. I would recommend Eagle Creek Academy to every family and parent out there. It is the best of the best!
Mrs. Piesko's Testimonial
I just wanted to thank you for letting me know that Mary Walters, our music teacher, offers private violin lessons. She is now my daughter's violin teacher. The time and scheduling have worked out beautifully. The best part is that my daughter really responded well to Mary and is very excited about the whole prospect of learning to play the violin
Mr. Stevanovich's Testimonial
When my daughter graduates from ECA this summer, she will have spent 6.5 important years of her life there. Commitment of driving a child 30 miles to school is not easy, though what ECA has provided for my daughter is priceless. My daughter is not just an exceptional student, she has become an exceptional person. ECA's culture & environment is a perfect setting to grow great kids and great academics
Mrs. Blake's Testimonial
I love the low teacher-to-student ratio because it allows for individualized instruction. My children can be appropriately challenged and supported when and where the need arises. All three of my children's teachers are wonderful; they always keep me informed on how my children are doing, and I truly feel that they genuinely care about them and their growth and education. We love Eagle Creek!
Mr. Mercure's Testimonial
Eagle Creek has impressed me over the last year. My daughter is in Junior Kindergarten and has excelled beyond all my expectations. Mrs. Vecore has done an amazing job with working with her at her level and helping her to achieve things that I would not have thought a 3 year old could achieve. Great school and a great staff
Mrs. Kersuzan's Testimonial
As a parent, you want a teacher that takes in your child, and through daily interaction, can evaluate if your child is gifted,above/at/below average or struggling. Once they understand where your child is, then they find ways maximize the child's learning. The Kindergarten teachers have done exactly that - they figured out where my daughter is regarding her learning and they tweak their teaching to give her the extra challenges she needs. This is priceless. For parents who want a school that goes beyond the one-fits-all learning, consider Eagle Creek Academy. It can make a difference in how your child learns to love learning
Mrs. Howlett's Testimonial
Eagle Creek Academy has helped my child develop a sense of self-confidence through continually adjusting and challenging my son in his reading levels and groups. Since class size is small, teachers can quickly make those adjustments without waiting till the end of the quarter or semester
Our teachers create a family atmosphere in the classroom by:
Loving each child for himself or herself
Using positive not negative discipline
Teaching specific strategies for resolving conflicts
Asking pairs and small groups to do classwork together
Modeling everyday values, such as kindness
Celebrating each child's special holidays
Our teachers and parents cultivate a welcoming environment for all families by:
Planning a lot of family events, such as Mother Son Bowling and Father Daughter Dance
Organizing specific ways for parents to volunteer in the classroom, such as Mystery Reader and Shark Dissection Day
Communicating often and openly
Setting up small group events, such as Donuts with Dads
Getting everyone together to eat lunch with the students in the cafeteria on Fridays
A great way to build community is to communicate.
Our administrators, teachers and parents communicate often about each child's progress
Our students' parents stop by the classrooms or the office to chat before and after school.
Each student in 1st through 8th grades keeps a planner in which he lists his homework and other responsibilities.
This planner goes back and forth every night. Often, teachers and parents jot quick notes to each other in the planners
The teachers meet with each student and his parents early in the year to create a Master Action Plan (MAP)
which includes a list of strengths and challenges, and the strategies we will use to address them
For all students, we send home report cards four times a year and offer Parent Teacher Conferences three times a year.
Every year, on the Thursday morning before Labor Day
we host a Meet and Greet, so new children and families feel more comfortable on the first day of school
We arrange private appointments whenever necessary.
Children in Kindergarten through eighth grade create electronic portfolios
with work representative of their best efforts. Parents may login throughout the year to watch the portfolios develop
We have a Family Handbook
which lists the school's expectations, such as "no talking on cell phones during class."
We have Meet the Teacher Night
during which each teacher presents her philosophy, discusses her methods and answers questions
Later in the year, we have another Meet the Teacher Night
during which current parents visit next year's classroom
Every Friday, each teacher sends a class email to all parents.
Every Friday, the principal & assistant principal email the "Office Friday Letter" detailing what is going on around the school.
Our community enjoys a lot of family events. Some of our events are meant to show off the students' progress. Other events are just for fun. Most importantly, they give the teachers, administrators, parents and students the chance to know each other in new and different ways
Many students prepare all year for the Talent Show, however, the actual evening is relaxed and laid-back. Past acts include magic tricks, dancing, a garage band, flute solos, dog tricks, joke-telling, reciting poetry, piano solos, skits, even skateboarding tricks!
Hands-On Science Show
This is a different kind of science fair. Families move from classroom to classroom to view the science experiments that our students have worked on throughout the school year. Students explain the hypothesis, procedure, variables, observations, data collected and conclusion of each experiment. Since the students know we run this event every year, they are extra motivated to understand and expand each experiment, so they present them to their families later. Many of the experiments are hands-on and fun to try!
Trunk or Treat
Families decorate the trunks of their cars, and students dress up in their costumes. After dinner in the cafeteria, we go from car to car in the parking lot, trick or treating. Lately, we've had some amazing trunks and costumes, so we have started handing out prizes
Families come to watch as students sing songs and put on skits in Spanish. Sometimes, the students teach the audience words, and the audience interacts
Father Daughter Dance
Girls and their special men dress up and enjoy an evening of dancing and dinner. Usually, the younger girls come with their men while the older girls serve the food and teach dance steps
Mother Son Bowling
Moms and their sons bowl, eat pizza and laugh a lot. This is a great end-of-the-year event during which the moms reminisce and make plans to get together over the summer
At the end of every quarter, the teachers hand out awards for leadership, citizenship, effort, sportsmanship, musical talent, creativity, kindness, or anything else that strikes them about particular children. It is always hard to choose a few children to recognize, since each of our students has something special about him
The students present during Grandparents Day, before the December break, and again at the end of the school year, so they can show off their musical progress and talent. These shows include singing and whichever instruments we have been working on, from electronic pianos to recorders to mallet instruments. This is a great chance to show off musical skills and practice stage etiquette and presence
Every fall, the children bring their bikes or scooters to school and ride in circles around the loop in front of the building. Parents come to watch and cheer everyone on!
On the last day of the school year, parents plan and man various field day stations, and the children compete in small groups. They love the tug-o-war and any game that includes throwing, carrying or splashing water!
Every year, ten to twenty children and adults set up tables with artifacts and photos about a culture or country of their choice. As the classes pass through, the presenters tell stories and answer questions about their culture or country. We also have an international meal, with foods from many places. Some families and children wear traditional clothes, or the colors of their country's flag
Near the end of the school year, the families visit the classrooms to look at the students' individual electronic portfolios of work they have collected throughout the year. The best part is that the parents take the time to look at not only their children's work, but all the children's work
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Eagle Creek students host their grandparents (or other special people) with sing-a-longs, art projects, science experiments and other special activities
Breakfast with Santa
Families eat a delicious breakfast (prepared by our our hot lunch chef), take part in Christmas crafts, and take photos with Santa. One year, we had sleigh rides with real horses
We love our parent volunteers!
Parents Help with Destination Imagination
Mr. Gamache, who is the father of one of our students and a master carpenter, stopped by to teach a lesson on how to safely use power tools. Each student had a chance to use a power drill and a sabre saw. This activity helped the the Destination Imagination team as they worked through the challenge of creating a vehicle that could carry a student across the gym
Other Ways to Volunteer
Although we do not require parents to donate or volunteer, we enjoy huge parent support. Here are some other ways parents have helped over the years:
Help with a kid-cooking activity
Spend time helping a child who is a new English speaker
Donate corsages for the Father Daughter Dance
Shelve books in the library
Make a memory book for a student who was moving away
Clean the fish tanks
Collect money at the Book Fair
Organize a guest speaker
Provide ethnic food for International Day
Videotape of the school play
Help the children choose library books
Visit the school as Mystery Readers
Drive for a field trip
Serve food at the Spaghetti Dinner
Help the Art teacher decorate the hallways with kid-work
We teach in small groups.
We enroll children who are three, four and five years old (when school starts in September) into our Preschool program. They do not need to be potty-trained. Each of our Preschool teachers is in her own classroom, with her own small group of children. We usually have four Preschool classes, arranged according to the children's ages, their abilities, the boy/girl split and other factors. Our Preschool groups are small: 3 year olds = 10 children maximum; 4 & 5 year olds = 12 children maximum. Sometimes, we enroll children who are almost three years old in September. Please call us to talk about it
We believe that childhood is a magical time.
Our first priority is to keep the magic alive. We make ice cream, bring in pets and have parties. We sing and dance and laugh. We want school to be a special place where children get to do special things
For many children, Preschool is a time of firsts.
It may be the first time a child leaves his parents or the first time he must talk in a group. We want the children to feel safe. We maintain a slow, calm pace. We plan our routines and our transitions carefully. In fact, we get many compliments on how peaceful our classrooms are. We love this time in a child's life, and we want your children to love it, too
We recognize that we are preparing your children for Kindergarten.
With this in mind, we pay special attention to providing the perfect balance between fun and academics. We spend a lot of time getting to know each child as an individual, keeping track of his unique strengths and needs so we can plan learning activities which challenge him. Many parents tell us later they were amazed at how well we prepared their children for Kindergarten
Children learn early math concepts (such as patterning, sequencing and skip-counting) through hands-on, get-up-and-go activities. Our day is full of activities that teach math concepts
We work on language all day long – during circle time, when we read books, when we practice handwriting, when we record our observations during science experiments, and much more. With young children, there is always the opportunity to write a word, read a sentence or tell a story
Young children ask more questions about science than anything else. The best science lesson is an experiment where the children discover the answers. We learn about the life sciences, physical sciences, and earth science through creative, hands-on activities
For young children, social studies is the study of their everyday lives. Our students learn about being a member of a small group, being part of a school and being stewards of our environment
Our Spanish teachers use games, songs and crafts. Children learn vocabulary words as well as simple conversations. They also learn about the customs and holidays in the many Spanish-speaking countries
Young children are intrigued by technology. From time to time, we go to the computer lab to practice logging in, using a mouse, and playing academic games. We also enjoy using the cameras and iPads for special purposes
Painting, drawing and using clay to make models help children develop the small motor skills they will need in order to write letters and numbers. They also give children the chance to be creative
We want the children to feel free to create their own art, their own music, their own stories, their own everything... Therefore, we alternate between giving them samples to follow and giving them time to follow their inspiration
Children get to try many instruments, from rhythm sticks to bells to tambourines. Following and extending musical patterns helps develop math skills
Puppet shows, role playing and acting out stories help children try out adult behaviors, express themselves and build self-confidence
Running, jumping, throwing, catching, balancing and all the other gym and outdoor activities are the best part of the day!
Preschool: Chemical Reactions
Preschool students get together in the middle school science lab to learn about chemical reactions. They love being in the big-kid spaces
Preschool: Math, Math, Math
Since young children are naturally interested in numbers and problem-solving, we do a lot of math. One favorite is exploring measurement using both standard tools, such as rulers, and non-standard and standard tools, such as paperclips. (Do you know how many paperclips tall you are?) We also like using the estimation jar, a glass jar full of objects, and asking "How many are in there?" Besides providing a thrill to the children who guess the closest, the jar gives us the chance to teach math concepts. For example, if the items in the jar are small, will the answer (to "How many are in there?") be a big number or a small number?
Preschool: We Have Bodies!
We learned about the skeleton, major organs, veins and muscles in our bodies. Then, we drew something we like to think about in our brains, something we like to eat in our stomachs, and something we love in our hearts, and glued them on to our paper bodies. One of the most interesting things we learned was that our hair and our finger nails are made of the same protein!
Preschool: What Water Teaches Us
First, as a class, we read the funny story about Mr. Archimedes and his bath. Then, in small groups, the children predicted and checked the "float-ability" of many classroom objects. After that, they tried out the Archimedes principle as they added and subtracted toy animals from a container of water and observed the water level rising and falling. Later, the small groups reported the scientific principles they had learned to the other groups
Jr. K: Outer Space
This group of preschool children developed a keen interest in the night sky, so we watched You Tube videos and memorized songs to learn the names and the order of the planets. We also learned many space facts. For example, we discovered that Jupiter's big, red spot is a constant storm that has been storming for hundreds of years. In this picture, the boys are in their space station, talking about what it would be like to live with no gravity
Jr. K Children Have Spanish Every Day
We spend most of our preschool Spanish time listening and talking. We often talk about our families, using the words for the family members (such as hermano y hermana) and easy sentences (such as "I love my dad" and "My grandma is special")
Finding the Balance
Please scroll over "K to 8 Academics" on the left side of this screen to find more pages about our academic programs. We believe elementary and middle school students need a balance between challenging, rigorous work and a healthy love of learning. Here are the keys to finding this balance:
Have experienced teachers
Teach in small groups
Offer challenge and rigor
Use the best methods
Use hands-on activities
Teach a foreign language
Integrate art, music and gym
Have some fun
At Eagle Creek Academy, we plan challenging lessons
Kindergarten: Application Challenges
One Kindergarten activity is called Application Challenge. The children work in teams to answer questions such as "If we have six bears, and we move two over here, how many are left?" The children are always excited to learn something new every day
3rd Grade: Applying Geometric Terms
While classifying angles and identifying lines, line segments and vertices, the third grade students created geometry stars like the one in the above photo. Then, the students worked collaboratively to sort 3-D polygons into separate groups according to their attributes. Their favorite activity was using toothpicks and clay to make models of the various types of lines, angles, quadrilaterals and polygons. Learning with their hands helps them remember the terms and truly understand the concepts
4th Grade: Text + Thinking = Reading
One group of fourth grade students read the award-winning novel The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. As they read, they learned about metacognition (thinking about our thinking) and the concept of real reading, which involves making connections between the text and something outside the text, such as text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world. Such intense thinking helps solidify comprehension skills
5th Grade: They Have Opinions
Students crafted opinion pieces on whether or not there should be a law regulating the lunches students eat in school. Before and after conducting their research, they made charts showing their stances (and their reasons). Finding articles and reading through them for information, then using that information to back-up their opinions was hard work. After much practice with assigned topics, the students moved on to choosing topics about which they felt strongly. They learned that it is important not only to take a stand, but to be able to support it
7th and 8th Grades: Analytical Math
Lately, math has become more than watching the teacher and memorizing the steps. Nowadays, high school teachers expect students to be able to define the problem, convert the problem into organized data, and generate logical solutions before presenting a reasonable answer. This kind of problem-solving process gives students the opportunity to think fast and practice their leadership skills
2nd Grade: Fibonacci Numbers
We discovered a special number pattern that can be found throughout nature, called Fibonacci numbers. We wrote "1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89" on the board and tried to figure out the next number in the pattern. Then, we observed pine cones, pineapples and artichokes to find the pattern. We learned that this very cool pattern is found in flowers, leaf patterns, Nautilus shells, and many kinds of fruit
At Eagle Creek Academy, we teach in small, comfortable groups
3rd Grade: Team Work
Third grade students are learning about the importance of working as a team, communicating and problem solving while trying to build a tower. The students were given plastic cups and a rubber band with a piece of string attached for each child in the group. The students had to determine how to build a free standing tower with the materials they were given
4th Grade: Invention Convention
Students worked in three-person teams to invent a product using new and recycled materials to solve an everyday problem. For example, the students in the above photo found a way to attach little lemonade packets to bottles of water. With their partners, the children created detailed design plans; built and tested prototypes; and came up with the perfect products. Then, they organized their work on display boards, composed product jingles, and shared their inventions at the school Science Night. This was great practice in critical thinking and presentation skills
5th Grade: Readers' Workshop
First, the students read Where the Wild Things Are. Then, in small groups, they chose the 5 main plot points of the story. Then, the students each read an independent short story and chose the 5 main plot points. After that, they had to report their plot points to the other students in their group and get feedback about whether they had come up with accurate and complete points. Working in small groups like this teaches children how to explain themselves, re-think and negotiate
7th & 8th Grade: Sublimation
Students worked with one or two partners, dry ice and beakers to see what happens when a solid (dry ice) skips the liquid state (water) and turns directly into a gas (water vapor). Each small group got to make white gas and giant fog bubbles. They also made quarters scream and played a little table hockey with the leftover dry ice. Working in small groups gave the children the chance to talk to each other about the substances' properties and the chemical changes, and those conversations helped them understand and remember the key points
Hands - On
At Eagle Creek, we like to get our hands dirty!
4th Grade : Loch Ness Monster Challenge
After reading about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, students inquired into how to build a raft, and using the Scientific Method, they constructed a hypothesis about the best way to make their excursion business a great success. In pairs, they drew a detailed design plan to build their model raft. Next they tested their experiment using marbles (the tourists), improving their model where needed, and comparing their results with others. They integrated math into their inquiry, having to calculate the total amount of income per week, based on the price per ticket, the amount of income per raft excursion, the number of excursions per day, and the total number of hours of operation. What a challenge!
Kindergarten: Johnny Appleseed Day
On September 26, the Kindergarten class celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day. The students learned that Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, a man who devoted his life to planting apple trees and spreading peace across a large part of our country over 200 years ago. Making homemade applesauce was the big project for the day. The students used a hand-cranked peeler to remove the skins from apples. Next, they carefully cut the apples into chunks and added them to a crock pot for cooking. After a few hours, a wonderful sweet smell filled the air in the classroom and drifted down the hallway. As part of a study of the senses, the children tasted several apple items and created graphs in their science journals to show which apple products they liked and which they did not like
1st Grade: Candy Corn
Students had to predict which liquid -- hot water, cold water, vinegar or vegetable oil -- would change the candy corn the most. First, they wrote a hypothesis. Many students predicted the oil would make the biggest change since it was the thickest liquid, but they quickly learned that hot water had the biggest effect. After we cleaned up, we drew pictures and wrote down our conclusions. Since we had done the hands-on activity, their pictures and conclusions were much more detailed and explanatory than they would have been if we had just talked about what heat can do
2nd Grade: How Do Milk & Ice Make Ice Cream?
Working in small groups, the students shared and recorded their hypotheses in their notebooks. Then, they were given a recipe and compared their plans to the actual plan. When they finally made the ice cream, they got to see how ingredients work together and change each other. For example, they saw firsthand that salt lowers the freezing point of ice, causing the ice to begin melting. They also learned that, when the milk mixture reaches the right temperature, the fat particles in the milk smash into each other and make big molecules of cream. Now, when their 10th grade chemistry teacher tells them that one substance can actually change another substance, they will be able to see in their mind's eye how that can happen. Students faced a challenge when they were given a list of ingredients and materials and the task of figuring out how to make ice cream from scratch. Here is what they received:
1 cup of milk
½ cup of salt
2 tablespoons of sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 pint-size Ziploc bag
1 gallon-size Ziploc bag
Eagle Creek Academy's STEM Lab
We want all our students -- including the youngest ones -- to practice finding answers for themselves. Watch this quick video as some Kindergarten students figure out how to close a circuit to make a light go on
Grades 1 to 8: Coding
Students worked hard to complete 20 one-hour modules of computer coding. Although some of the hours were online tutorials, we also had many "unplugged" hours. For example, we learned to line dance the Cupid Shuffle, which helped us understand the concept of looping in code. To learn about debugging and the pressure of deadlines, we played a relay game in which teams had to write one line of graph code at a time and debug the mistakes the teammates made. In the end, although the online hours made us use our brains, the physical activities were fun, and we all learned a lot about computer programming
4th & 5th Grades: Catapults
Students enjoyed researching catapults and how they are built. Then, we gathered materials and built mini-catapults that could throw little candy pumpkins. As the students built their catapults, they tested and re-tested their logic and measurements. When all the small groups were finished, we tested each final product for distance and accuracy. Some of the parents were so into the project that we organized a Saturday Club during which the parents built large catapults and threw large pumpkins. We called in "Chunk'n Punkins" and invited all the grade levels to watch the final parent contest
First Grade: Stop Motion Animation
Students worked in small groups to create quick stories with a beginning, a middle and an end (an initial incident, some rising action, and a climactic moment). Then, they molded figures from clay and practiced having the figures act out the story. Next, they placed each figure in a spot, took a picture, moved the appropriate figures, took another picture, and so on until they had a series of pictures to tell the story. Finally, they ran the pictures together to make a very short "stop motion" movie
Grades 6 to 8: Building Roller Coasters
Students worked in pairs to create paper roller coasters. Each coaster included at least one original element. Then, the students calculated the potential energy and the kinetic energy of their rolling marbles. Later, the students went on an overnight field trip to Cedar Point, where they took a class on the engineering behind roller coasters and spent a day on the rides
Grade 4: Maker Space
Universities across the country are incorporating "maker spaces" into their Tech buildings. Students can use the space to make assigned projects or just to create and have fun. These spaces usually offer a huge variety of materials and equipment. Recently, in our maker space, our fourth graders enjoyed using Strawbees to practice some engineering concepts. Their joy was contagious!
At Eagle Creek Academy, all students study Spanish
Third Grade: Cinco Calabazas
Students learned Cinco Calabazas, a song about five pumpkins that are feeling emotional. We used the song to talk in Span-glish about feelings and emotions. Afterwards, each student drew a calabaza experiencing an emotion and wrote sentences (in Spanish) to go with it. The other students had to guess (in Spanish) which emotion the creator was describing
Kindergarten to 4th Grade: Spanish Spectacular
Each year, the students practice their songs and skits for several months so they can present a show for their families entirely in Spanish. Besides practicing Spanish, they are also learning to be on a stage, memorize lines and use their voices
Fourth Grade: Países
Each student began his proyecto (project) by researching Spanish- speaking paises (countries) in South America. He looked through non-fiction books from our biblioteca (library) then continued his research using la computadora (computer). We gathered important information related to key terms such as climate and activities (gobierno, país, clima, actividades). Students then created posters or brochures to advertise their countries. This activity helped children learn that Spanish is an actual language that real people use to get across real ideas
Art, Music & Gym
Eagle Creek Academy's students adore art, music & gym classes
Grades 5 to 8: Acrylic Paints
First, each student chose a photo to work from. Then, we learned how to use grid drawing techniques to transfer their drawings onto 11" x 14" canvas boards. Next, we learned about acrylic paints and practiced using them effectively. Finally, we painted on our boards, and came up with beautiful picture like the one above. Students discovered that even independent, creative art can require planning and practice
Grade 1: Studying Line
In Art class, first grade students have been studying Line as one of the elements of good art. After drawing different kinds of line students used bright watercolors to paint their drawings
Grades 1 & 2: Drawing People in Action
The first and second grade students worked on incorporating movement into their artwork. Students split into small groups, practiced different action poses, and posed for each other. As each partner drew, in order to make his figure look as if it was moving, he added movement lines. We practiced using different lines to show what was moving, and in which direction. Later, the students made up stories about their figures going places
Middle school: Volleyball
Students learn to bump, set and spike, as well as how to rotate in and out, during competitive games of volleyball in Mrs. Manoogian's physical education class
Eagle Creek Academy's building inspires learning
Our classrooms are bright and cheery, with high ceilings, big windows, live plants and real artwork.
Each classroom is between 900 and 1,400 square feet, so we have plenty of room to get out of our seats.
Inside our classrooms, we have lockers, bathrooms, kitchen sinks, refrigerators and microwaves
which allows us to stay together, in the classroom, during the day; do more science experiments; do more kid-cooking; keep our food & drinks cold; and warm up snacks and meals
We have a huge library
a full-size gym, a well-equipped science lab, a robust STEM & computer lab, a bustling art room, a cafeteria with microwaves, and a stage with lights and sound
Outside, we have wetlands, open fields, the woods, a stream and a pond
all of which offer us plenty of chances to investigate and study the great outdoors
We have 3 outdoor playgrounds
2 outdoor basketball hoops, 2 soccer fields and a baseball field. We like having so many choices for gym and recess
Eagle Creek won the 2006 Crow Island School Citation Award
a prestigious architectural award, for Interior Design Excellence
Eagle Creek is a recognized Michigan green school.
Sports & Clubs
DI is a national program which requires students to work in small groups to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Students develop life skills such as project management, collaboration, conflict resolution, critical thinking and creative thinking. Our middle school students created a vehicle that could transport a team member across the gym using two different kinds of propulsion. In addition to the design, construction and testing of the vehicle, they developed a story with costumes, props and a backdrop
Junior Destination Imagination
Our Jr. K and Kindergarten DI teams were non-competitive. Their challenge was to create a play that included a journey with a change of direction. They also needed to create and use a map, a compass rose and a map key. The glory of DI is that the students are supposed to do the work themselves; the teachers and parent volunteers are supposed to do as little as possible. It is truly awesome to see how much the kids can do!
JK & K Drama Club
Drama Club helps children develop confidence, and it is a lot of fun! Please click on the video on the left to watch a few seconds of play practice. You will be delighted!
Each year, Lego Robotics offers a challenge, and a group of students works to solve it, then goes to a local competition. A sample challenge may be to build a vehicle and program it to drop a ball in a basket
Competitive Soccer & Basketball
Children in grades 5 through 8 hold practices and play games against other small, private schools. We focus on skill development, teamwork and good sportsmanship. We also enjoy winning!
In 2009, our Competitive Chess team took first place in Michigan and 13th place in the country. (We still talk about it!)
We change our After-School Clubs from year to year, depending on student interest. Here are some of the other clubs we have offered:
Fuel-Cell Powered Cars
Holiday Crafts & Cooking
Little Kritters Soccer
Duct Tape Club
Clay Creations Club
Girls Night Out
Mothers' Day Tee-shirts
Fathers' Day Tee-shirts
Bon Bini Drums
Remote Control Cars
Artists Gone Wild
Jr. Lego Club
Jr. Train Club
Preschool: Fire Chief
For a few minutes, the fire chief talked about how to avoid starting fires. Then, we practiced "stop, drop and roll" and took turns wearing fire helmets and coats. Sometimes, the fire chief brings the firetruck so we can investigate the hoses and buttons. Other times, he brings the smoke house, a pretend house with doors and windows, sitting on a trailer. The firemen take a handful of children in the smoke house at a time. Then, they close the door, turn on the fake smoke, and help the children figure out how to get out (the back door). We learn that a real fire will be less scary if we know what to do
All Grades: Science Alive!
Science Alive! brings our favorite exotic animals right into our classrooms, including pythons, turtles, chinchillas, salamanders, kangaroos and much more. The animals' handlers tell us about each animal and let us pet them. We learn about their habitats, what they eat, where they sleep, how old they can get, how they communicate and other fun facts, like how they got their scientific names. Petting the animal is not only fun, but it encourages us to ask more questions, such as "Why is the snake's skin so cold?" This experience teaches us more than animal appreciation; it also teaches us to think, make comparisons, and form good questions
Other Guest Speakers
We love it when guest speakers bring the world into our building. Here are some of the guest speakers we have had:
Mark Crilley, an author/illustrator
Emery Clark, an Olympic gold medalist
Jordan Mococha, a local author
U.S. Coast Guard
Stoney Creek High School Band
Policeman with K9 dog
Chris Lin, author of Mandy and Pandy
Bob Lytle, local author and historian
Physiologists Rachelle Winkler and Brynn Kolarz on physical fitness
Mandy the Panda, about China
Many parents give presentations about their jobs, travels, hobbies and cultures.
with bags of dental floss!
Adams High School Wind Band
Our wind band played a couple songs with them!
Nurse Lori Cookingham on First Aid
The Flying Aces Frisbee Team
Exercise specialists Josh Gold and Erica Bubak on sports safety
Carri Wilson, local author
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, local illustrator
Bat Conservation Program, with real bats & other animals
Alborado Folk Music and Dance Ensemble
Social Studies Blast
Policeman with his police motorcycle
Instructor from Leader Dogs for the Blind
Librarian from Rochester Hills Public Library
The Bookmobile from the Rochester Hills Public Library
Oakland County Sheriff Department
The Science of Critterography
Dog Gone Mystery
Oakland Township Fire Department
Oakland County Health Department
Grades 3 & 4: Helping People in Need
After a month-long food drive during which we collected 372 pounds of food (which we calculated to be 308 meals) we proudly delivered our donations to Gleaners Community Food Bank. After we dropped off our boxes, we toured the warehouse, learned about the people who receive the donations, and helped package items to be delivered. When we got back to Eagle Creek, the students were so inspired, they created posters and hung them up around the school, encouraging others to donate their food and time to Gleaners
Grade 2 Student Takes Initiative to Help a Charity
"We received a wonderful, generous, thoughtful donation this week from awesome Charlotte's Wings supporter, Kate, a 2nd grader at Eagle Creek Academy. She tells the story best in her own words... "I overheard mommy talking about a friend's charity called Charlotte's Wings. I asked her what the charity was about, and who it helps. And then I thought I'd like to help too. Since I really like doing artwork, and like giving my art to people, I thought maybe I could sell some of my favorite art and give it to Charlotte's Wings. So, I created a fun art show at home and at my uncle's house. I raised $65 total and I was really excited!" We loved this! The picture shows Kate and her big sister Maggie holding up some of the artwork in the sale. Thank you so much for sharing your talent in support of CW, Kate! We are SO appreciative! Thank you!"
Other Community Service Activities
Each class takes on at least one community service project every year. The activities are always integrated into something we are learning about or working on at school. Here are some other service activities we have done over the years:
Baking dog treats for Leader Dogs for the Blind
Creating a music CD
(with original songs) and selling copies to raise money after Hurricane Katrina
Grades 5 to 8: Camp Copneconic
We journeyed to Lake Orion High School to experience a live news broadcast put on by the high school students in their award-winning AM studio. Afterwards, we had a detailed Q&A session, during which the older students gave us ideas and tips for creating our own broadcast. Back at Eagle Creek, we prepared and filmed our news segments, complete with interviews and announcements, which we later broadcast for our elementary students
Kindergarten: At the Farm
We studied animal habitats in the wild, then learned about farm animals and the environments in which they live. We learned that animals need shelter, food, water and companionship. After that, we visited a farm, where we got to interact with the animals, including petting the chickens and milking the cows
Grades 5 to 8: Detroit Zoo Sleepover
An overnight experience at the Detroit Zoo was a unique extension of the classroom. We took a long, guided night-tour, which offered us a great chance to observe the animals when they were calm (not being bugged by crowds of visitors). We also played some bio-facts games that taught us some tidbits about animals and encouraged us to appreciate each species a little more
Grades 6 to 8: News Broadcasting
We journeyed to Lake Orion High School to experience a live news broadcast put on by the high school students in their award-winning AM studio. Afterwards, we had a detailed Q&A session, during which the older students gave us ideas and tips for creating our own broadcast. Back at Eagle Creek, we prepared and filmed our news segments, complete with interviews and announcements, which we later broadcast for our elementary students
Other Field Trips
Field trips offer students the chance to experience the world outside their private lives, make connections between schoolwork and what goes on in the world; and bond with their friends, parents and teachers. Here are some other field trips we have been on:
to help the county test water quality
on a walking tour to study architecture
to watch a show in Spanish
including a class on how roller coasters are designed
Lewis Wint Nature Center
The Henry Ford Museum
Gleaner's Food Bank in Pontiac
Flint Children's Museum
The Butterfly House at Oakland Mall
Flint Cultural Center
Lansing & the Capitol Building
River Rouge Plant
Detroit Science Center
Miller's Big Red Farm
to go inside the vault
to practice team-building skills
to watch one of our music teachers perform
North Hill Lanes Bowling
to study forces and motion
Waveform Data Center
Bortz Nursing Home
The Chrysler Museum
Upland Hills Farm
The Masonic Temple
Grace Centers of Hope
Lake Fenton High School
to watch The Wizard of Oz
Smile FM Radio
Stoney Creek Park
Rochester Hills Museum
Rochester Hills Public Library
Rochester Fire Station
to watch a documentary on gorillas
Space Camp in Alabama
to learn about space and use the cool equipment
Detroit Edison Central Labs
to interview lab technicians
Oakland County Airport
to interview a pilot and sit in a cockpit
Rays Potato Chip Factory
for the Careers in Technology Conference
Crooked Creek Dairy Farm
52nd District Court
to watch trials in action
Mexican Town in Detroit
The Holocaust Center
SOCCRA Recycling Center
The Detroit Institute of Arts
White Lake Weather Station
Lake Orion Review Newspaper Print Shop
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Independence Oaks Park
We serve healthy hot lunches!
Ms. Kathy, our school chef, makes almost all our food from scratch with fresh ingredients. For example, she uses Amish chicken and organic meat in her quesadillas, soups, chili, Sloppy Joes and hamburgers. She even makes homemade Ranch dressing! Ms. Kathy also serves fresh fruit and vegetables, such as pears and broccoli. One of our favorite meals is the banana pancakes, and everyone loves the oatmeal cookies made with natural pineapple juice, instead of white sugar. We appreciate Ms. Kathy's efforts because we know that healthy lunches promote long-term well-being. In addition, when the children eat well, they return to class with renewed energy and a longer attention span, and we all love that
New English Speakers
Each year, we have a handful of students who are just learning English.
We do not send them to a special teacher or a special room for formal English instruction. Instead, each teacher works with them during class time, in the classroom
All of our teachers have been very carefully trained in how to teach English to new learners, and how to modify their assignments so they can feel successful.
Of course, the other children enjoy helping as well. We have found that our very small groups and the commitment to personal attention far surpass any formal programming
Strategies we use to teach new English speakers include:
Teach key vocabulary words and phrases, such as "snack" and "get your book," as soon as possible
Practice the verbs
Give modified assignments
Give the children the long reading selections in advance
Help the children with the hard math, science and social studies vocab words
Give the child spare copies of the textbooks so he can write in them
Order the ESL workbooks that go with our textbooks
Use the free translators on the internet
Use language-to-language dictionaries
Invite parents and other students who speak the child's language to help during school
Help the child make friends with children who speak English fluently
Offer one-on-one tutoring when necessary
Encourage the child to play board games and watch television in English
Allergies & Other Medical Alerts
Our teachers have had extensive training so they can work with students who have mild, serious and life-threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, cheese, hand soap, bees and more. We have also been trained to work with students who have asthma, diabetes, hypoglycemia and other medical conditions. Although none of our students have needed extreme medical attention while at school, and we are not medical professionals, we are committed to helping parents feel secure about their children's health during the school day. If you would like us to help your family find this peace of mind, please contact us. We are happy to talk about the steps involved in creating a medical action plan for your child
Kindergarten to 5th Grade
School Year Tuition - First Child$12,204.00
Monthly Payments (12 Months) - First Child$1,017.00
School Year Tuition - Second Child$11,604.00
Monthly Payments (12 Months) - Second Child$967.00
School Year Tuition - Third Child$5,808.00
Monthly Payments (12 Months) - Third Child$484.00
6th to 8th Grade
School Year Tuition - First Child$13,008.00
Monthly Payments (12 Months) - First Child$1,084.00
School Year Tuition - Second Child$11,604.00
Monthly Payments (12 Months) - Second Child$967.00
12 tuition payments are due from March 20, 2017, to February 20, 2018.
Families who enroll after March 20 may make the missed payments immediately or over time.
For students who start mid-year, we prorate the tuition.
We offer extended care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please contact us for the rates.
Families are not required to donate or volunteer, and there are no book or computer fees.
Students in 4th through 8th grades must bring a Chromebook or similar device to school each day.
The non-refundable $225 application fee is for the student's first year only.
Little Sibling Credit
Your second oldest child in our grades K to 8 pays
Your third oldest child in our grades K to 8 pays
Your fourth oldest child and so on in our grades K to 8 pays
We are sorry; we do not offer discounts for children in preschool.
We appreciate everyone's support in spreading the great news about Eagle Creek!
Any current parent whose name is listed as a referral on a new student's application is eligible to receive a $200 credit for the upcoming school year.
Get to Know Us
How to Get to Know Eagle Creek Academy.
Please call us for an appointment. We will show you around our beautiful building, watch some classes in action and arrange conversations with teachers. You may come with or without your children, and the tour will last from 30 to 60 minutes.
We give group tours every Thursday during the school year from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. We will show you around the building and watch some classes in action. Please call to let us know you are coming.
During Open Houses, the teachers greet parents in their classrooms and answer questions about what we do, why we do it, and how wonderful we are! Thursday, November 16th, 4 to 6 pm; Thursday, January 18th from 4 to 6 pm; Wednesday, March 7th from 4 to 6 pm.
Please ask for our list of references. It includes the names and contact information of parents of our current students, and of parents of our graduates. They are all happy to talk on the phone with you or email with you about Eagle Creek.
Visiting the School
Before we enroll any child, we would like to meet him.
If your child is currently in preschool, please bring him for a "Child Visit."
We will walk around the building, stop by the fish tank, visit a class that is in session and simply chat. There is no testing. This usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
If your child is currently in Kindergarten or above, please organize with us for your child to do a "Shadow Day" during which he will go to school with us for a half-day or full-day.
While he is at school, we may do some math, reading and writing evaluation, but it will be laid-back because we want him to enjoy his visit. If we feel the need to do further testing, we will let you know.
How to Apply
Turn in the application form and a check for the $225 application fee.
For children entering Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten, turn in progress reports from previous caregivers or preschool teachers, if any are available.
Schedule a parent visit.
If your child is currently in Jr. Kindergarten, please bring him for a "Child Visit."
We will walk around the building, stop by the fish tank, visit a class that is in session and simply chat. There is no testing. This usually lasts 30 minutes.
If your child is currently in Kindergarten or above, please organize for your child to do a "Shadow Day" during which he will go to school with us for a half-day or full-day.
While he is at school, we may do some math, reading and writing evaluation, but it will be laid-back because we want him to enjoy his visit. If we feel the need to do further testing, we will let you know.
If your family is out-of-state, contact us about waiving any the above requirements.
We notify most parents of their child's admission decision within 2 weeks.
We admit students of any gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
We do not allow discrimination in our admission, education, athletic, financial aid or other program.
Eagle Creek is committed to providing tuition assistance to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade whose families can demonstrate financial need.
Aid varies from $300 to most the cost of tuition.
Families must reapply each year.
We understand that some of our families rely on financial aid in order to keep their children at Eagle Creek from year to year, and we are known for offering the same general dollar amount every year.
Students receiving financial aid must maintain acceptable grades, attendance and discipline records.
The deadline is March 1.
While families may apply later, funds will be more limited.
Rent Our Building and Grounds
Our building was built in 2005.
Grand front entryway, fantastic when lit-up at night
Super-high ceilings with exposed wood beam construction
Soaring windows overlooking the woods and the creek
Natural sunlight for daytime events
Custom woodwork and masonry
Classy, elegant appointments
New, clean and pretty furniture
Real stone and wood floors
Hallways with gorgeous art displays and two 150 gallon fish tanks
20 acres with woodlands and a creek
5 minutes north of the Palace
One mile east of M-24 / Lapeer Road
Easy access off Silver Bell Rd., a major mile road
Events We Have Hosted Include:
Indoor basketball, volleyball, karate, cheer, baseball and soccer
Almost all outdoor sports
We also rent to chefs and caterers who need a commercial kitchen.
We have also done several, large, indoor fairs, such as the regional Train Show
Large Mom-to-Mom sales
Youth group activities
Homeschool groups who need space to run their classes
Bridge and Bunco Club nights
Community rec art, music & foreign language classes
Corporate board meetings
Birthday, anniversary & retirement parties
Plays & piano recitals
You may rent indoors or outdoors for one day, for several days, or for an entire season. We often rent to big organizations, such as AAU, Little League and Select, that choose their dates and time slots early on, so please plan ahead
2 Soccer Fields
Large, French drains, 8' by 24' goals
1 Baseball Diamond
Professional drainage, backstop and benches
Basketball in Gym
One standard basketball court or two short courts, six 10' hoops, two 8' height adjusters
Volleyball in Gym
One standard volleyball court or two short courts, poles, net
min. 2 hours
One Soccer Field
min. 1 hour
Both Soccer Fields
min. 1 hour
min. 1 hour
Rentals: Dinners, Parties, Meetings, Church
This is not just any school. Our high wood-beam ceilings, soaring windows, custom woodwork, and classy, elegant décor, create the perfect backdrop. Even the gym takes sophistication to a new level. We look forward making your event special at a price that meets your budget
Bridal and baby showers
Corporate meetings and team building events
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Art fairs and trade shows
We can recommend caterers, florists, photographers & linen rental services.
If you require a liquor license, we will give you instructions for getting it; most caterers will do this for you.
We provide tables and chairs at no additional cost.
Cafeteria & Stage
Volleyball poles & net
counters, sinks, cooler
fryer, stove, oven
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
We love offering our children opportunities to discover themselves and the world. Our students enjoy guest speakers, field trips, community service activities, after-school sports, after-school clubs and hot lunches. We also make special accommodations for children who have allergies, children who have medical alerts, and children who speak another language, besides English, first.