COMMUNITY FORUMS SCHEDULED FOR A PROPOSED NOVEMBER BOND
Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, is excited to announce that, as a district, we have the opportunity this November to ask our community for support in updating our aging facilities and in ensuring that our students and staff have the safest possible learning environment. The district has been working tirelessly to construct a list of immediate facility needs that we need to upgrade. In addition, through surveys, building evaluations, and research, we have identified a number of safety concerns that we also would like to address.
The next step in the process is to engage our community in an open dialogue to determine if we have missed anything and to share where we are currently. To accomplish this step, the district will be holding two forums to outline our plan and to gather additional information from stakeholders. Please feel free to attend one of the two forums that will be located inside the Bedford High School Auditorium on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 29th
Bedford High School Auditorium
Thursday, May 31st
Bedford High School Auditorium
The Board of Education will also be discussing the proposal as an agenda item at their Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm in the BHS Media Center. All board meetings, including COW meetings, are open to the public to attend.
Posted May 16, 2018
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.
We are so happy that Spring has finally arrived in Southeast Michigan! Along with the warm weather comes in the increase several heath issues that are common to this area. Below is some helpful information on the prevention of tick-borne illness and pinworm.
Ticks are common in Southeast Michigan in the spring and summer months. Ticks may transmit illness and it important to remain vigilant when outdoors to protect yourself and your family.
Pinworm is a common intestinal parasite. It is three times more common than head lice and can spread easily. Pinworm can be prevented by good hygiene and frequent hand washing.
LET US KNOW!
We are committed to the health and safety of all of our students. By being proactive and working together, we can lower the risk of contracting tick-borne illness and nuisances like pinworm. As always, alerting the health staff or district nurses to any diagnosed communicable disease, conditions such as lice or pinworm, and any contagious illness, such as influenza, is greatly appreciated to prevent further spread of illness among students and staff.
Posted May 21, 2018
SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR 2018-2019
All athletes in Grades 6-12 participating in any Bedford sports will need a physical completed AFTER April 15, 2018. (Students who just got one for a spring season sport would need to get it done again to participate in a fall sport.) All physicals done after April 15th would then be good for the entire 2018-19 school year.
You will need to the MHSAA physical form to be completed. Please take it with you to the physical to be filled out by the medical staff during your appointment.
Mercy Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has scheduled a few walk-in dates (dates and locations listed below) to get a physical.
All are from 5-7 pm (Last registration accepted at 6:45 pm.)
May 22 — Maumee Bay
June 19 — St. Vincent (This date has been corrected; it was originally listed as June 9th)
July 24 and July 31 — West Sylvania
Cost is $25 (cash or check only).
Posted May 8, 2018
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Need help with mental health questions or substance abuse and do not know where to start looking? Check out the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for programs/resources in your area.
Posted May 1, 2018
Catch the Wellness Wave
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
9:00 A.M—1:00 P.M.
Free Services for Children ages 5-19 will include:
Family Fun & Games
Back to School Immunizations
Hearing & Vision Screenings
Medication Take Back
Located on the Beach at the
Monroe County Health Department
2353 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, MI 48161
For more information, please call 734-240-7800
*LIMITED APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*
Posted May 10, 2018
BJHS NOW A MICHIGAN GREEN SCHOOL!
Bedford Junior High School has been awarded the distinction of being a Michigan Green School! This certificate of achievement is for outstanding performance and lasting contribution and preservation of the environment. A White Cedar tree was planted on Earth Day to celebrate the occasion! Mrs. Quinlan's class is responsible for collecting recycling throughout the building on a weekly basis. Bedford Junior High also collects old markers for recycling and has bulletin boards focused on the importance of being green! Way to go, Broncos!
Posted April 25, 2018
NOTICE OF STADIUM DRIVE CLOSURE DURING TRACK MEETS
Please be aware that the drive in front of the Community Stadium between the junior high and high school will be closed during home track meets from 3:00 PM until 30 minutes after the the conclusion of the event. This is for the safety of the pedestrian traffic to and from the stadium by those participating and/or watching the shot and discus events. Vehicles will not be allowed in that area.
Drive closed on the following dates:
Thursday, May 10th for junior high track meet
Posted April 24, 2018
JACKMAN ROAD ELEMENTARY TO HOST VEHICLE SAFETY DAY EVENT ON MAY 18TH
Bedford Public Schools will host Safety Vehicle Day on Friday May 18, 2018. The event will be held at from 9:00AM - 2:00PM.
Please note the date and know that this is a planned event. If your notice the arrival of all of the emergency vehicles (police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and helicopters), this is NOT an emergency at one of our schools!
The purpose of this event is to provide a safe atmosphere for 700 elementary students to get up and close and have their questions answered about all the safety apparatus. This event will focus on the 2nd and 3rd graders from Monroe Road, Douglas Road, and Jackman Road Elementary Schools. The participating agencies will have a representative on hand to answer questions from students about careers in public safety and other fields.
The following is a list of agencies that will be participating in this event: ARCA, Bedford Fire Department, Consumers Energy, Michigan State Police, Monroe County Road Commission, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Pro Medica Air and Mobile, Stevens Disposal, University of Toledo Police, and U.S. Coast Guard.
Posted April 24, 2018
BEDFORD'S K-12 ROBOTICS PROGRAM RECOGNIZED AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Bedford Public Schools was recognized for their support of all levels, K-12, of the FIRST Robotics Program at Michigan's FRC State Championship. At Bedford, the youngest students can participate in the Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL), the older elementary students do FIRST Lego League (FLL), the junior high students have FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and the high school students participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Governor Rick Snyder presented a representative of the Bedford Express FRC Team #1023 with a certificate acknowledging Bedford's K-12 participation in FIRST Robotics.
BHS ROBOTICS TEAM DIVISION QUARTERFINALISTS AT WORLDS!
Bedford High School's FRC Robotics team, Bedford Express, competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship at Cobo Hall in Detroit this past weekend. They qualified for their competition spot in two ways: through winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at last year's World Championship, and also by finishing 28th out of 508 Michigan Teams at the State Championship Tournament. The robot and team performed very well. Their qualifying record was 6-4, but they were individually the 4th highest scoring robot on the scale. This individual performance was crucial in getting picked in the play-offs in a division of 67 teams. Bedford Express was the 6th selected robot. The Roboteers, from New York, selected us to join the number 6 alliance. That alliance forced a tie breaker match in the Curie division quarter finals before being eliminated.
The World Championship will return to Detroit, Michigan next April and Bedford Express looks forward to continuing their appearance at FIRST World Championships streak. Bedford Public Schools students interested in participating in this "Varsity Sport for the Mind" can register at www.bedfordrobotics.org. Bedford has all 4 levels of FIRST Robotics programs to serve students in grades K-12!
We are proud of all of the hard work, dedication and commitment of all of the BX members, volunteers, mentors, and coaches, as they represent Bedford Public Schools to the world! Great job!
Posted April 30, 2018
BHS Junior Wins 2018 MI Aspirations in Computing Award!
Hillary is a junior at Bedford High School and was recently presented with the 2018 Michigan NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award during an awards ceremony at Michigan State University. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of the 70 talented students from across the state of Michigan to be honored there.
Hillary's experience in various programs offered at Bedford Public Schools, and other outside opportunities, have helped hone her skills, "I received the NCWIT Aspirations award for the state of Michigan for my skills and pursued interest in information technology and computation. After participating in FIRST robotics, I gained a passion for computer science. Since then I have driven myself to seek out opportunities to grow in my knowledge of this topic: attending Hackathons and camps at different universities, practicing digital art, participating in BPA, and exercising my understanding through different computer applications and programming. Bedford High School's FIRST robotics program, BPA chapter, Virtual Academy, and STEM classes have been instrumental in my success."
She also credits Bedford's Programming and Game Design Instructor, Mr. Pettrey, with inspiring her efforts, "This year, I was fortunate to meet Mr. Pettrey, a new computer science teacher who serves on the board for the community's new cyber security center [Bedford Advanced Cybersecurity Development Center located at the Monroe County Community College Whitman Center]. His instruction and insight led me to dual enroll at MCCC for computer science and inspires me to reach my goals after high school: to enroll in college to research artificial intelligence and machine behaviors."
Mr. Pettrey, meanwhile, is excited about the opportunities available at Bedford High School, "Bedford High School is a new Cisco Academy for 2018, using training materials from Cisco, the largest and most well-known networking company in the world. This fall, Bedford High School will be using Cisco Academy materials to teach a new Cybersecurity class, as well as continuing to teach existing programming classes with the most popular and widely-used programming languages in the industry." His goal is for students interested in computing to become job-ready by obtaining industry certifications before they graduate.
Posted April 20, 2018
NOTE FROM ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT ON M-STEP AND MME TESTING AT BPS
April 2, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is the important time of year when our students take the M-STEP (Elementary and Junior High) and Michigan Merit Exam (High School) and we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you do to support your children and their education.
During this time, please encourage your children to do their best on these tests, to take their time, and to take this opportunity to show what they have learned. We want their testing experience to be as positive as possible, and your support will be so helpful to them.
The M-STEP and Michigan Merit Exam provide our schools with valuable information on student knowledge and their ability to be college and career ready upon graduation. Teachers and school leaders use the test results to support curriculum design and continuous school improvement efforts.
Our Bedford community is very supportive of its K-12 students and this has shown in their strong record of performance in past years on these tests. In addition to your encouragement, here are some practical things you can do to help your children do their best:
-- Make sure your child's Chromebook is fully charged and with them at school.
-- Make sure your child has ear buds ready and in working order.
-- Ensure your child has a good night's rest.
-- Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or in the cafeteria at school.
-- Make sure your child arrives at school on time in order to minimize your child's testing anxiety. Once a testing session has begun, a student may not enter the classroom and will have to take a make-up test at a later date.
-- Please avoid scheduling appointments/vacations during your child's testing window.
For more information on the M-STEP and MME, please access this brief Michigan Department of Education video: Parents/Students/Educators Video.
I hope you have a wonderful and restful Easter Holiday and Spring Break and we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, April 9.
Mark W. French, Ed.D.
Mark W. French, Assistant Superintendent
NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL!
Click on our "Registering a New Student" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to see what you need to bring with you.
We are looking forward to meeting all of our future Dolphins, Jaguars, Mustangs, Broncos and Kicking Mules!
New Kindergarten students get a FREE t-shirt!
Posted May 8, 2018
Getting Your School Closing/Delay Alerts?
Keep your phone numbers/email current by contacting the school office if any changes are needed to the contact information that appears in HAC. It is important that this information is up-to-date so you can be reached if necessary. It is used by our Honeywell Instant Alert system which is the official means of communication with families in the event of an emergency.
Posted March 1, 2018
WHERE'S THE BUS?
Fleet Viewer Now Available for All BPS Buses!
Bedford's Transportation Department has installed Samsara GPS units on each of the buses in the fleet. Use the Fleet Viewer to watch as the bus nears the stop! No more standing in the rain or cold waiting for the bus to get there! Families can stay warm and dry while tracking the real-time location of their bus. They will know that once the bus passes a certain street, or enters their neighborhood, that it is time to head out to the stop so they are ready when it arrives!
HOW TO ACCESS:
1. Go to the Samsara Fleet Viewer Link--Use the link on the left.
2. You will see a map displayed. In the upper left hand corner is says, "Search 48 vehicles." Click your cursor there to enter the route number of your bus. For example: "rt 23." You can also use the name of the route the elementary kids use, for example, "Star" if you child rides the Star Bus. A dark gray circle means it is parked. A green arrow means it is traveling and will be moving along the road in the direction of travel. In both scenarios, the bus is identified by the route information associated with it.
3. Save site as a bookmark on your phone for even more convenience!
NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE PAYMENTS
Online payments are now being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Chromebook insurance ($30) payments for Bedford students in grades 4-12, including all of the associated technology permissions, can be done completely online through My School Bucks Link. Insurance payments for families with 3 or more students are capped at $90.
Optional messenger style bags are also available for purchase ($25) for those students that don't want to carry their Chromebook in their book bag.
Please note: You must use the MySchoolBucks WEBSITE to conduct your transactions for Chromebooks and other items we are currently accepting payment for (for example, high school parking passes and Latchkey payments). The MySchoolBucks mobile app you might see on your phone ONLY contains the company's meal program which Bedford Public Schools does not use (we use MyMealtime at www.mymealtime.com for deposits into food service accounts).
Athletic Forms & Payment
FinalForms will be used to complete all of the required online
athletic forms and as the online payment system for all levels of
Bedford Public Schools athletics. Please use the Final Forms link on the left. A step-by-step Parent Playbook on how to use FinalForms is available to download.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ONLINE FOR FREE & REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS
Free and Reduced meal applications can now be completed online! You can go directly to My Mealtime (use the link on the left) to set up an account (if you don't already have one). Paper applications are also available in all school offices.
Create an Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals: Click the "Free & Reduced Applications" button at My Mealtime and follow the wizard to create your application. You will need your Student's First Name and Bedford School ID number. You will receive notification regarding the determination of the application within 10 business days. Last year's participants will continue to receive program benefits until Oct. 13th. There is no deadline for application. Families can apply at any point during the school year. All information provided is confidential. Further instructions can be found on the Food Service department page using the link on the left.
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tammy Newton, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
We encourage you to complete an application, even if you choose not to use the benefits yourself, since the number of students eligible for benefits also is used to determine other services and funding, such as the funding our schools receive through Title programs.