Kindergarten Registration Expo & Great Start Readiness Roundup
10 am - 3 pm
Bedford Junior High School
It's one-stop shopping to get your child registered for Kindergarten at Bedford Public Schools! Mom and Dad can take care of the registration details. Kids can have fun!
Ride a School Bus! Get Crafty! Play with Friends! Meet the Mascot! Talk to a Teacher! Snacks! Hearing & Vision Screenings Offered! Learn about Latchkey and other Community Education Programs! Get a Free T-Shirt (while supplies last!) with your completed registration!
Use our "Registering a New Student" link to see what you need to bring with you.
Complete your registration by April 21st and enter to win a basket of books with a plush toy (A $100+ value)! One winner at each elementary school!
For more information, please call 734-850-6028, or any school office:
Douglas Road Elementary: 734-850-6700
Jackman Road Elementary: 734-850-6600
Monroe Road Elementary: 734-850-6800
Incoming Kindergarten Open House Night
Monday, April 20th from 6-7 pm
Posted: February 4, 2020
Robots...and a New Team...Revealed!
Saturday afternoon, February 15, 2020, Bedford High School's Bedford Express robotics team unveiled their new robot they have been building since January 5th for the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) 2020 season: Infinite Recharge. (View FIRST's game overview animation on YouTube) This year's robot has been designed to shoot 7" diameter power cells into a power port, manipulate a control panel and climb onto a field generator.
In addition to unveiling their 2020 robot, Bedford Express revealed a new team: Next Express Team 8423. Next Express is a rookie team of 8th graders that will participate in FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) this season against high school teams in the State of Michigan. This group of nine students from Bedford Junior High School have already designed, built and competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) last fall with fellow 6-8 grade students and most of them advanced to compete at the FTC State Championship last December. In January, they chose to get involved with the high school team and a few weeks later were asked to build their own robot and compete as rookies. This is the first time Bedford has had a team at the FRC level made up solely of junior high students. Coach Denny Costlow points out, "This is a great opportunity for the young kids in our program to compete with the high school kids but it's a huge commitment for the students and their families."
Bedford Express will be competing in Jackson, on March 6-7, 2020, and in Woodhaven on March 27-28, 2020. Next Express will be competing in Lincoln, March 20-21, 2020 and in Woodhaven on March 27-28, 2020.
Both teams will be at STEM night at the Toledo Walleye on March 11, 2020. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to attend and support the teams, please refer to their website for more information: BedfordExpress.org.
Posted: February 19, 2020
Welcome to Our Newest Board Member
Congratulations to Dr. Megan Kaun! We are proud to announce that Dr. Kaun was appointed to fill the vacant trustee position on the Board of Education for BPS. She took the oath of office at the February 6th board meeting and will be seated with the rest of our board at the February 27th Committee of the Whole Meeting.
She was one of eight extremely worthy candidates that interviewed for the position. We are grateful that so many talented and dedicated individuals expressed interest in serving on our board. Thank you to all!
Posted: February 7, 2020
Mr. Stalker is a Classroom Hero!
Each month, BCSN and BCAN recognize outstanding educators for their efforts in and out of the classroom. They can be nominated by parents, students, teachers and community members. The winning Teacher/Educator receives $300 for their classroom plus BCAN will make a surprise visit to their school and do feature story on why they have been chosen as the Classroom Hero!
Today, they stopped by Bedford Junior High School to surprise Mr. Scott Stalker!
He was nominated by Sam B. and this is what she had to say about him in her nomination: "Mr. Stalker is a classroom hero because he understands and wants to educate our generation on the true meaning and purpose of education. He believes that you don’t need to teach children what to think, you need to teach them how to think on their own. He is always willing to offer his help or knowledge to any student or teacher in need. He is a very gentle person and treats people with such a kindness that needs to be recognized. Mr. Scott Stalker is a true classroom hero because he truly wants to make a difference in children’s lives and he does a great job of it. He has opened my eyes by explaining to me that school is not a game, I am very privileged to be able to attend such a great school with phenomenal teachers like Mr. Stalker."
Maybe we should start passing out capes along with staff IDs! This is the second person that works with BPS students to be recognized this school year. Even though she is a Monroe County ISD employee and not a direct employee of the district, we are nonetheless grateful to have Cynthia Dress working with our students as the LRE Facilitator at Douglas Road and Monroe Road Elementary Schools. She was chosen as a Classroom Hero in October.
Visit the BCSN webpage to learn more about this program, https://bcsnnation.com/heroes/, or to nominate another Classroom Hero!
Congratulations to Mr. Stalker and Mrs. Dress!
Posted: January 21, 2020
BHS VOLLEYBALL COACH INDUCTED
INTO AVCA HALL OF FAME
In December, BHS volleyball coach, Jodi Manore was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame along with a few of her college level colleagues. Over her career, she has encouraged the development of our own athletes locally and enjoyed record success as a high school coach, but she has also worked at state and national levels as a tireless advocate for the sport and its athletes.
Watch the video of her introduction at the awards ceremony and acceptance speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AARhDko4zTY
Congratulations, Coach Manore!
Posted: January 6, 2020
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MARCH 13th!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FUNdraiser Events for New Restrooms at Bedford Community Stadium
Visit www.mulemuscle.org for details on the:
ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT/REVERSE RAFFLE
MEGA 50/50 RAFFLE
Event will be held at Forest View Lanes beginning at 5:30 pm.
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.
Final Planning Meeting: Tuesday, March 3rd at Sidelines at 7:00 PM.
Updated: February 25, 2020
Community Ed Online Registration Changes
In January 2020, BEDFORD COMMUNITY EDUCATION is moving to a new convenient, mobile‐friendly, online tool to register from any device, including your smartphone or tablet. You will need to create a new account profile the first time you use this new service before registering for any classes, activities or leagues. Our Account Profile Help Sheet has further instructions on how to do so.
The online registration link has changed to https://bedford.ce.eleyo.com/. Please update your saved links/bookmarks!
Latchkey users only need to fill this new form out for Community Education programs. Latchkey remains under the current system and will run separately from the new system.
Posted: January 2, 2020
BHS QUIZ BOWL TEAM RETAINS CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
When a team wins the Monroe County ISD Quiz Bowl tournament, the trophy travels back to the winning school with them where it stays until it is time for the next tournament. For the high school trophy, it was a round trip this year. The Bedford High School Quiz Bowl team repeated as champions and the trophy stays here for another year! Congratulations Patrick, Noah, Arpan, Tyson, Sam, Joey and Coach Mr. Denniss!
Posted: December 5, 2019
Immediate Openings Are Available in the Great Start Readiness Program at Smith Road Elementary School
There are 5 openings available for the half-day program from 8:15 - 11:15 am.
The Great Start Readiness Program is a tuition-FREE Preschool that prepares children for kindergarten. Eligible students are children living in Monroe County who attain age 4 by September 1st of the current school year.* This high-quality preschool program explores the content areas of literacy, math, science, and social studies through active learning experiences. Children develop language and problem solving skills through peer interactions and play. The curriculum is aligned with the Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-kindergarten.
Children with any of the following factors will be considered for the program:
• Your child has a delay.
• Your child has challenging behavior.
• Your family’s primary language is not English.
• You do not have a high school diploma or GED.
• Your child has experienced abuse/neglect or there is domestic violence in the home
• Environmental risk factor(s) are present in the home.
• Your family meets the income guidelines.
For more details, contact THE MCISD EARLY CHILDHOOD
734-242-5799, EXT. 1610
Posted: November 25, 2019
JRE WINS QUIZ BOWL TOURNAMENT!
It was Quiz Bowl week at the Monroe County ISD. Jackman Road Elementary brought home the trophy as the undefeated 5th grade champions! Congratulations to Rylee, Brady, Riley, Anna, Eli, Sawyer and Coach Ortiz!
Posted: November 22, 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
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 transition, 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
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.
American Heart Health Month
February has been designated as American Heart Health month by the American Heart Association.
Promoting cardiovascular health in children is vital in preventing heart disease in the future, according to a recent statement released by the American Heart Association. The main focus of the statement was to review ideal cardiovascular health in children and identify ways to improve heart health in children with less than optimal cardiovascular health.
Researchers emphasize the importance of key "health metrics" in children. These include a child’s weight, physical activity, diet, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and smoking status. For ideal health, children should get at least one hour of physical activity on most days, eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and remain a nonsmoker. Ideal health in children also includes having cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels within a normal range for their age. By meeting these standards, children will lower their risk for poor cardiovascular health currently and in the future.
It is concerning that few children actually meet all these guidelines. A heart-healthy lifestyle, when introduced to children, helps to further develop this lifestyle into adulthood. Talk to your child's Health Care Professional to learn what you can do to develop new strategies to improve the cardiovascular health of your sons and daughters.
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: February 3, 2020