TRADITION MEETS FUTURE: DISTRICT BRANDING
Bedford Public Schools is undergoing an effort to streamline the district branding into a more unified and stronger brand. (Read more about BPS District Branding Initiative) This process included reviewing current district and building mascots, colors, and logos. The overall conclusion of this effort has been that ALL of our schools and departments provide exceptional experiences for our families, but they do so as individual components rather than as collective members of Bedford Public Schools. To unify our district as a whole, all Bedford Public Schools will share our Kicking Mule mascot and transition to our traditional high school colors of red and gray.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS!
Due December 12, 2019
One of the most exciting parts to this initiative is that we have an opportunity for members of our community to participate in the redesign of both our Kicking Mule school mascot and our district logo. We are inviting any student, staff member, or community member that is interested in sharing design ideas to do so. Email your design concepts for consideration in the rebranding initiative by December 12, 2019 to Carl.Shultz@mybedford.us. Please type “District Rebranding” in the subject line to ensure review.
We will share everything we receive with our professional design partners to help formulate options for Board of Education approval. It could be your design chosen!* Remember to use red and gray as the primary colors in your design for Bedford Public Schools. Good Luck!
* Designs may be modified from original submission to best represent the District in required applications.
Posted November 8, 2019
The Monroe Exchange Club can provide eyeglasses to Monroe County students of parents that do not have insurance or are unable to provide their children with eyeglasses due to financial hardship. An eyeglass assistance application is available online or if you need a printed application form, please contact your school office and they'll send one home with your child.
Posted November 5, 2019
OCTOBER UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT
October 22, 2019
Today marks the beginning of the eighth week of school. As difficult as it is to imagine, the school year will be over 20% completed by the end of this week. I am sure that if you ask our students and staff that have been working hard inside the classrooms, they will tell us that they are more than ready for a break! The good news is that we are off to another great start and I continue to see amazing things taking place within our buildings and our community. While there are simply too many exciting things to share in a short update letter, I do want to take this opportunity to highlight just a few things to celebrate as we move forward.
Bedford Public Schools students have been performing at a high level across the district. Earlier this fall, the district received our spring 2019 State Assessment Scores. Our district students once again performed well on the state standardized assessments across all grade-levels. A highlight for this past year’s assessment is the overall SAT Composite Score earned by the Bedford High School Junior Class. The SAT is a nationally normed assessment given each spring to all eleventh grade students in the state. In 2019, BHS Juniors increased the building’s overall score by thirteen points to a 1022.8 composite. This is a great feat during a year that saw overall decreases in both the State of Michigan average (985.1) and the Monroe County average (970.5). We are very proud of all of our students and the efforts that they continue to put forth each year on these assessments!
There are still many wonderful student events that will be taking place over the next couple of months. We hope that you have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the great student performances that we have scheduled. The district website (bedford.k12.mi.us) has a list of upcoming concert performances for both the junior and senior high schools. In addition, many of our fall athletic teams are still competing and will be competing for playoff spots. Each of our elementary building PTO Groups have events planned for their families as well. It truly is a great time to be a part of Bedford Public Schools.
Finally, as the fall winds down and we march toward the winter months, I want to remind everyone how important it is to make sure that our students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Buildings will continue to head outside for daily activities whenever possible which means that it may be necessary to pack hats and gloves for student use. This time of year also means that it is necessary to start paying attention to weather reports. I want to reiterate that if it is necessary to make any changes to our normal schedule due to weather related issues that I will always try to do so in a respectful manner. I understand that timing is everything for families, but please keep in mind that sometimes an extra thirty-minute wait can mean the difference between holding and canceling school on our end. I will send more information out in the next month regarding this topic but I did want to start the conversation. The district will continue to utilize the Honeywell Alert System for making voice, text, and email announcements during emergencies so please make sure that your contact information is updated in the student system. In addition, if you have not already done so, please follow my twitter account @BedfordSupt to get regular updates on district events including weather-related issues.
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent of Education, Bedford Public Schools
BHS GOLFER PLACES AT STATE TOURNAMENT!
Congratulations Bedford Golfer, Emma Mulder on taking 15th place at the MHSAA State Girls Golf Tournament!
MHSAA GIRLS GOLF FINALS
Updated: October 22, 2019
Bedford High School Yearbooks from 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 are currently available. Spring Supplements from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 are also available.
Each yearbook is available for $5.00 and spring supplements are $1.00 each while supplies last. All sales are first come, first serve. Cash only, please. Please pay for, and pick up, your desired yearbook at the Bedford Public Schools Administration Building, 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
Any questions about the sale of these extra yearbooks can be directed to Dona Folk, 734-850-6017.
Note: Yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year are ordered individually online. There should be no expectation that excess inventory will become available as surplus items to purchase for this school year or any future ones.
Updated: OCtober 11, 2019
BOX TOPS GO HIGH TECH!
Redeeming Box Tops is now available using a free app that scans your receipt (within 14 days of purchase) and automatically applies the 10 cents per participating item to the school you choose. Look for the new Box Tops scan logo on the package. More information on this new app for box tops can be found at btfe.com.
If you see the familiar, traditional Box Tops logo as the packaging is being phased out of production, you may continue to clip and send them to school before the expiration date printed on the box top. During the transistion, you can actually double dip by clipping and scanning the receipt so the school will get 20 cents per item during that time!
Friends and family, near and far, can also participate using the app and selecting their preferred Bedford Public School building to support. School selection can be changed in the app settings if you need to share the wealth between an elementary school for the first semester and the junior high for the second semester, for example.
This is a great way to provide your favorite school with additional resources without any additional expense to you! We appreciate your time in supporting our schools in this manner! Thank you!
Posted: September 30, 2019
BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS EXCEEDS STATE AVERAGES IN 2019 ASSESSMENT TESTING
Each spring, our students take the state required standardized tests. Most of the testing was done through the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) online assessment testing program. Eighth graders took the College Board's PSAT 8/9 in Math and English Language Arts. Our juniors took the SAT as well. The results of all of these tests have come in.
On the SAT this past spring, the junior class did very well. Our juniors averaged 1022.8 while the rest of the state was at 985.1. Monroe County students averaged 970.5. This reflects an improvement of 13.1 points over Bedford's 2018 average score while the rest of the state dropped from an average score of 1000.1 and the Monroe County average dropped from 987.3.
Of the assessment tests given, Bedford's results exceeded the state average in 15 of 17 tests. The 6th grade and 7th grade English Language Arts tests were the only ones that did not exceed the state average. The grade/subject with the highest percentage of proficient students was 8th grade English Language Arts.
As with any summative standardized test, these assessments are one snapshot in time of how our students perform. We use the data generated by these tests, in conjunction with other student assessment data gathered throughout the year, to look for ways to improve. Bedford's Balanced Assessment Team and school improvement efforts continuously focus on ways to improve education for each of our students.
Posted: September 12, 2019
Use this Bus Routes link to find the pick up and drop off location nearest to your house.
Posted: August 28, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FUNdraiser Events for New Restrooms at Bedford Community Stadium
Visit mulemuscle.org for details on the:
NEW YEAR'S EVE ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT/REVERSE RAFFLE
MEGA 50/50 RAFFLE
All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new, permanent restrooms in the stadium. All tickets and sponsorships are available online at their website. For more information, you can email email@example.com or call Michelle German at 419-215-7600.
Next planning meeting will take place Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM at Sidelines.
Updated: November 5, 2019
FOOD SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free & Reduced Meal Applications for 2019-20 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2019-2020 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, in all the school offices, or can be printed here.
This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 11, 2019 if a new application is not submitted. Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year.
Participation is confidential and anonymous to use. All student transactions at the cafeteria cash register appear identical regardless of whether students are paying full price, receiving reduced prices, or free meals, to protect the confidentiality of program participation. It's a win-win situation: the students benefit from the healthy food at breakfast and lunch with families keeping more of their hard earned money, and schools can benefit from federal funding and programs that become available based on family participation in the school meal program.
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tionya Byrne, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
Food Service Donations Accepted
In the past, Bedford Public Schools has been fortunate to have received donations to help pay off students' negative food service balances. Accounts have been set up at each school to receive donations from anyone else interested in ensuring that all of our students can enjoy a healthy meal every day at school. Stop by the school office if you wish to make a similar donation.
Posted July 29,2019
NOTES FROM OUR NURSES
Bedford Public Schools has two nurses that serve our students in addition to the Health Aides in each school building. To promote health and wellness, they will be drafting articles to appear on our website each month. Information in this article, and other health related topics, can found on the Health & Safety page of our website by clicking on that page link on the right under District Departments.
E-cigarettes have certainly have become popular in the last year, and unfortunately, we are hearing many news stories about the negative effects these devices have on youth. E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, various flavorings and other ingredients to the user via an aerosol that can contain harmful chemicals. This process is sometimes called “vaping.”
In 2018, data from the FDA and CDC showed that more than 3.6 million youth in America, including one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students were “past month” e-cigarette users.
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Exposure to this harmful chemical during adolescence can:
· Harm brain development, which continues until the age of 25
· Impact learning, memory and attention
· Increase risk for future addiction to other drugs
According to CDC studies, youth who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes.
E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain dangerous substances such as Nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals, ultrafine particles and flavorings that have been linked to lung diseases, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.
E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes, and may be mistaken by adults for common items such as USB drives, or pens.
It is recommended that parents talk with their child or teen about the dangers of vaping, and remain tobacco-free to set a good example. High-school students had the opportunity to attend a presentation on the dangers of vaping during homeroom on October 28 and 29. Be sure to ask them about it!
To learn more, see the CDC E-Cigarette information online.
Please remember that a Medical Authorization Form, signed by a physician, is required for your child to use any Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications -- this includes cough drops -- while in school. All medications MUST be brought to school by a parent/guardian/adult with appropriate paperwork. Students, even if they are 18 years of age, may NOT carry medication to school. Thank you for your cooperation.
Updated: September 11, 2019