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A Letter from the Monroe County Superintendent's Association
about "13 Reasons Why"

  • April 28, 2017

    Parents of Monroe County students --

    On March 31st, NetFlix released a series titled "13 Reasons Why", based on a popular novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series is about a teenager called Hannah Baker who takes her own life. She leaves behind a set of cassette tapes, each addressed to a different person in her life, detailing how they hurt her and contributed to her death.

    This series has generated much talk from school-aged youth about not only suicide, but other sensitive subject matter such as sexual abuse, rape, substance abuse, mental health, and bullying.

    Due to the very serious and sensitive topics discussed in the series, the Monroe County Superintendent's Association are asking parents to consider the following:

    •    Watch the series first and determine if it is suitable for your children (a review of the movie can be found at IMDb.com)
    •    If you consider it appropriate, watch the series with them
    •    Watch the series companion piece "13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons" on Netflix for a discussion by cast, producers, and mental health professionals about the series
    •    If your child wants to talk about the series, take time to discuss without judgment the series and the subject matter
    •    Reach out to your school counselor for help if you feel your child needs it
    •    Contact Community Mental Health at 800-886-7340 if you need additional resources

    Read these helpful points from SAVE.org and the JED Foundation to further understand how "13 Reasons Why" dramatizes situations and the realities of suicide. See Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide for additional information.

    The safety and wellbeing of all children is paramount. We all have an important role in preventing youth suicide. We urge you to utilize the above information and resources.

    Sincerely,

    Monroe County Superintendent's Association

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. End the Stigma and Be in...Informed-Involved-Inspired.

 

A couple of websites to help with the"Be Informed" part:





Now Registering for Fall 2017! Kindergarten Screening June 19-22

Not sure which elementary school you might be attending in the fall? Call the school office or the Office of Instruction and Student Services at 734-850-6028 and we can help you!

      Douglas Road Elementary • 6875 Douglas Rd • 734-850-6700
      Jackman Road Elementary • 8008 Jackman Rd • 734-850-6600
      Monroe Road Elementary • 7979 Monroe Rd • 734-850-6800


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FREE T-SHIRT WITH COMPLETED REGISTRATION!

Once the kindergarten registration process is successfully completed, each of the newest members of the Bedford family gets a free t-shirt proudly proclaiming them a Kindergartner!

WHAT TO BRING WHEN YOU REGISTER:
Bedford Public Schools Registration Form
(Available at http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/pdf/registration-form.pdf. Registration & Information Packets are also available from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm in each of the elementary school offices or the Administration Building Instruction and Student Services office)

Proof of Residency which must include the following three items:
      Proof of homeownership (Property tax, deed or rental/lease agreement)
      Current utility bill (water, gas, electric) or homeowner's insurance policy
      Valid Michigan Driver's License or Michigan State ID with current Bedford address

Certified Birth Certificate *

Accurate Immunization Records

Hearing & Vision Screening Records (due 8/25/2017)

Custody/Guardianship Papers (if applicable)

* If parent's name is different than what is listed on the child's birth certificate, additional documentation will be required. Please call 734-850-6028 for more information.

AGE REQUIREMENT FOR KINDERGARTEN:
A child must be five years of age on or before SEP. 1, 2017.

TURNING 5 AFTER SEP. 1st BUT BEFORE DEC. 1st?
ALL DAY YOUNG FIVES PROGRAM:
A full day program is available for children who qualify based on June screening results. Screening appointments are set when registering.

KINDERGARTEN SCREENING DATES
Kindergarten Screening appointments are available from Monday, June 19th through Thursday, June 22nd. Appointments are made once your child is registered.

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the registration process at Bedford Public Schools, please call the Instruction & Student Services Office at 734-850-6028.


  • Great Start Readiness Program Getting Ready for Next Year

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FREE, 5 STAR WINNING, GREAT START READINESS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a FREE preschool that prepares children for kindergarten. This 5-star winning program explores pre-reading, math and science skills, language, music, movement, problem-solving and social skills. GSRP is funded by a Michigan Department of Education grant. It is located in the former Smith Road Elementary School building and offers a four day a week all day program, and a four day a week ½ day program. Eligible students must live in Monroe County and be age 4 by September 1st as well as meeting other eligibility factors.

For more information about the GSRP program, please contact Cortney Last, Great Start director, at 734-242-5799, ext. 1918.


  • Athletic Physical Sessions

  • Participation in 2017-2018 Bedford athletic programs require the completion of a physical completed after April 15th and will cover a student athlete for the entire academic year. Mercy Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will conduct the following athletic physical sessions on the following dates, times and locations for junior high and high school athletes eligible for the Sport physical examination:

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    Schedule:

  • June 6....5 – 7 pm
           Mercy Health – Arrowhead Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
           1360 Arrowhead Rd, Maumee, OH 43537
  • June 20....5 – 7 pm
           Mercy Health - Lambertville Walk-In Family Medicine
           7561 Secor Rd., Lambertville, MI 48144
  • July 11....5 – 7 pm
           Mercy Health - Maumee Bay Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
           2702 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH 43616
  • July 18....5 – 7 pm
           Mercy Health – St. Vincent Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
           2409 Cherry Street, Suite 10, Toledo, OH 43608
  • July 25....5 – 7 pm
           Mercy Health West Sylvania Sports Medicine
           7640 W. Sylvania Ave., Suite A-1, Sylvania, Ohio 43560

  • No registrations will be taken after 6:45 pm.

  • The cost for physicals is $25. Payments must be made in cash at the time of the physical. This is a self-pay service and no insurance information will be collected. Parent or legal guardian must accompany any student under 18.

  • Bring your MHSAA Physical Examination Clearance Form, with all of the student information already filled in. You can find the form at: https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/Documents/health%20safety/physical4page.pdf

  • Schools are encouraged to attend the location nearest them, but are certainly not limited to just that location, they can pick the location that is best suited for them

  • Athletes that can't attend open locations can schedule a physical with Dr. Smith's office by calling 419-754-7529.

    *Please note that athletes that got a physical earlier in 2017 to participate in a spring sport will not be covered by that physical for participation in a Fall 2017. All 2017-18 sports require physicals to be completed after April 15, 2017.



  • Proposals are to be clearly marked and delivered to:
  •        Bedford Public Schools
           Telephone System - FY2017 Bid
           Technology Department – Attention: James Dazley
           1623 West Sterns Road
           Temperance, MI 48182

  • INTENT TO BID DUE: MAY 25, 2017
    PROPOSAL DUE DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
  • PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE 2:00 PM

    FACILITIES/BUILDING WALKTHROUGH
    All Bidders are encouraged to attend a walkthrough meeting at the facilities and buildings where the Telephone System will be installed. The walk-
    through meeting is scheduled for 10:00A.M. on May 25, 2017 at Bedford Senior High School, 8285 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182.

  • Proposals will be publicly opened immediately following the JUNE 7, 2017 deadline and will be reviewed by the Board of Education at a future regularly scheduled meeting.

    For questions about the RFP, please contact James Dazley at 734-334-1308 or james.dazley@mybedford.us.


  • Request for Proposal for GPS Vehicle Tracking System

  • Bedford Public Schools is now accepting proposals for a GPS Vehicle Tracking System.

    RFP Specifications for GPS Vehicle Tracking System Graphic and Link      GPS VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM BID SPECIFICATIONS

    Proposals are to be clearly marked and delivered to:
  •       BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
          SHARON RAMIREZ, CFO
          GPS VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM BID
  •       1623 W. STERNS ROAD
          TEMPERANCE, MI 48182

  • PROPOSAL DUE DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
  • PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE 12:00 NOON

  • Proposals will be publicly opened immediately following the MAY 23, 2017 deadline and will be reviewed by the Board of Education at the Committee of
    the Whole meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

    For questions about the RFP, please contact Sharon Ramirez at 734-850-6011.


  • Planning Ahead: Calendar Info for BPS

    Bedford Public Schools has set the 2017-18 School Year Calendar.

    Legislation requires that the ISD, in cooperation with constituent districts, including Bedford Public Schools, adopt a common calendar which identifies the dates for winter and spring break. Please note that Spring Break dates may not include Easter or that Easter may be the last Sunday of the break rather than the first Sunday. Spring Break will deviate from our past practice of starting on Easter weekend for 2018-19 (does not include Easter) and for 2019-20 (Easter will be the last day of break) school years due to the county common calendar and state testing dates. Details with actual dates of winter and spring breaks through the 2020-21 school year are on the Calendar page of our website.



    School Board Seeks Input About TRE

    The Board of Education seeks community input on future use of the Temperance Road Elementary site. Any ideas you might care to contribute will help guide the board as they begin discussing plans for TRE's future. Send your ideas to askbps@mybedford.us.



    Water Quality Sampling at Bedford Public Schools

Bedford Public Schools is undertaking a voluntary and proactive survey to ensure a safe drinking water supply in our district facilities for our students, staff, volunteers and guests. We are taking water samples to check for lead in our drinking water. While we are under no legal requirements to undergo any type of testing for this, in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, we felt it would offer some comfort and peace of mind to assess our facilities and to address any areas of concern that might be revealed as a result of this testing process.

FUNDING
Sampling is being done by the Buildings and Grounds Department employees and will be paid for from the Buildings and Grounds Department budget for Maintenance and Operations. Bedford Public Schools will also be participating in the School Drinking Water Quality Reimbursement Program. This is a joint program between the Michigan Department of Education and the Department of Environmental quality designed to provide school funding for costs associated with the mitigation of potential lead exposure from drinking water. Up to $950 is available per school building on a reimbursement basis for the cost of testing for lead in drinking water, fixture replacement, filter purchases, plumbing assessments, or technical assistance incurred between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

HOW LEAD CAN GET IN OUR DRINKING WATER

Each of our school buildings had samples returned with no detection of lead in them so we know that our water is arriving from our source (South County Water System) with no issues. Once the water is delivered to our buildings, lead can be picked up through contact with a lead based solder or from fixtures constructed from materials containing lead as the water sits in the piping or fixtures. This is less of an issue for newer construction since Congress passed a law in 1986 banning the use of lead solder containing great than 0.2% lead and restricted the lead content of facuets, pipes, and other plumbing materials to 8.0%.

HOW WE SAMPLED
Representative sampling

Samples were taken in each of our buildings using a representational method. For example, if a building has 12 drinking fountains of 3 different models, one of each of the models would be tested. A high result in one particular model would indicate that we would need to look at all of the other similar fixtures. If one came back high, corrective action would be taken, through repair or replacement, and then resampled to ensure that action was effective in lowering lead content to acceptable levels. If effective, that action could then be expanded to all similar models.

End of line samples
Sample locations at the end of plumbing lines would ensure that the entire length of the plumbing lines could be accounted for in the sampling and rule out any issues between where the water enters our facility and that very last room at the end of the hall.

First Draw vs. Flush samples
Initial samples are taken with a first draw sample. The water sits undisturbed for a period of at least 6 hours and is taken from a cold water source. A high result from this sample could be followed up with a flush sample. This is done after the water runs through the fixture for a period of time and helps pinpoint if the elevated levels came from contact with the fixture components, or as that water was flushed out of the fixture, if it came from contact with the plumbing lines prior to reaching the fixture.

WHO DID THE SAMPLE TESTING AND ANALYSIS
Samples were analyzed by National Testing Laboratories, LTD of Ypsilanti, MI.

WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established an action level for 15 parts per billion (ppb) for Public Water Systems. In our case, this is the number that South County Water is legally required to comply with and our water supply from them is not supposed to exceed that number. We have no concerns with lead content in our water supply from South County Water. The EPA's recommended action level for lead in drinking water, the water that comes out of our faucets at the point of consumption, is 20 parts per billion (ppb).

These EPA levels for lead are not a health standard. For this reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is recommending that schools take action to lower the lead in their drinking water if the test results are over 5 ppb, which is the bottled water standard. This is a recommendation and not a legal requirement at this point. Bedford Public School has made the decision to voluntarily, and proactively, test and implement lead reduction actions, where necessary, with the goal of having direct consumption sources of water that are used for drinking and cooking to be no higher than the 5 ppb level.

WHO WE CONSULTED WITH
Superintendent Mark Kleinhans has reached out to representatives at the following agencies for explanations, clarification, and guidance on the various regulations and requirements:

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Chicago (office for our region)
Andrea Potter

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Holly Goldkey

Monroe County Health Department
Chris Westover

In conversations with the people at each of these agencies, they commented about how great it was that our district was doing this and that we should be commended for our efforts since this is not something school districts are required to do.

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETINS WITH OUR TESTING RESULTS
These bulletins contain general information about lead in drinking water as well as the sample test results that have been returned to us as of February 8, 2017.

    Douglas Road Elementary
    Jackman Road Elementary
    Monroe Road Elementary
    Smith Road Elementary
    Bedford Junior High School
    Bedford High School

FIND OUT MORE
For more information, contact Superintendent Mark Kleinhans at 734-850-6002.

Periodic updates will continue to be provided as this process continues.



Proud to be a Big Part of Bedford Township!

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Lake Erie Transit has a new bus wrap: "Ride with Pride in Bedford!" Obviously, we are really proud of our schools, students and the many opportunities we offer and are excited to see that reflected in the many images included on their vehicle. (It's just the tip of the BPS iceberg though....we think they need a bigger bus!) See who you know on the bus! Is it a member of our Bedford Express Robotics team, our Kicking Mules Marching Band, one of the CP Swagger kids, or an equestrian riding with pride!?!


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Spring 2016 Assessment Results Released

M-STEP
In the second year of the M-STEP online assessments at Bedford, we have exceeded the state averages in 15 of the 16 categories...we were just shy of the state average in 5th grade math. 

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ACT
Last Spring, the juniors took the SAT for the first time. (Previously, the juniors took the ACT test.) Our juniors averaged 1010.4 while the rest of the state was at 1001. 

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As with any summative standardized test, this is one snapshot of how our students perform. We use 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 the education for each of our students.



Now Accepting Online Payments

My School Bucks logoWe are now using the online payment service, MySchoolBucks®, to accept payments for Chromebook insurance, the optional purchase of messenger bags for use with the Chromebooks, and payments for Student Parking Passes at the high school. There are no additional fees to use this service.

Some of the MySchoolBucks advantages:
     •   Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or mobile app
     •   Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the          district. Eliminates the need for your students to take money to school.
     •   Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.

Enrollment is easy!
     1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.
     2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
     3. Make a payment to your students' accounts with your credit/ debit card or electronic check.

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:
     •   support@myschoolbucks.com
     •   1-855-832-5226
     •   Visit myschoolbucks.com and click on Help. How-to videos are also available here to help walk you          through the process.


logo for Final FormsONLINE PAYMENTS FOR ATHLETICS

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 at https://bedford-mi.finalforms.com/

A step-by-step Parent Playbook on how to use FinalForms is available to download.

 



 

 


Upcoming Dates

May 25 .........................Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
May 29 ..........................NO SCHOOL; Memorial Day
June 1 ..........................Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Monroe Road Elementary School Cafeteria
June 4 ..........................Graduation, 3 pm at University of Toledo
June 13 .........................Exams and Half Day for BJHS/BHS students;
                                                 Dismissal at 10:55 am for BJHS/BHS; Full Day for DRE/JRE/MRE students
June 13 .........................Board of Education Retreat, 4:00 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
June 14 .........................LAST DAY! Half Day for ALL students, Dismissal at 11:50 am for DRE/JRE/MRE;
                                                 Dismissal at 10:55 am for BJHS/BHS

June 21.........................Board of Education Budget Workshop, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
June 28............................Board of Education Year End Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Monroe Road Elementary School Cafeteria


Please check the webpages for each of the schools for additional activities or the District eSITE Calendar

 

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Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

HVAC TECHNICIAN-DISTRICT...CLICK HERE
pART-TIME FOOD SERVICE WORKER...CLICK HERE
Elementary Assistant Principal-DRE...Click Here
kindergarten teacher-dre...click here
kindergarten teacher-mre...click here
5th grade teacher-dre...click here
5th grade teacher-jre...click here
5th grade teacher-mre...click here
music teacher-mre...click here
Special education resource room science teacher-shs...click here
To apply for any of the positions listed above, please follow the instructions included within the job posting link.

SUBSTITUTE Positions AVAILABLE:
             - SECRETARIES NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
             - CUSTODIANS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
             - Food Service NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
             - SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - call (734) 850-6071

To apply for any of the above substitute positions, please fill out this Employment Application.

For a substitute teaching position, apply at  www.EDUStaff.org

 

 

BPS Accreditation

BPS has three Elementary Schools,one Junior High School, and one High School. Our enrollment is about 4,600 students.


AdvancED seal

All of our schools have been accredited by AdvancED and must meet stringent standards to remain accredited.
Our AdvancED accreditation is valid until June 30, 2020.

 

 

Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Bedford Public Schools has two Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools and has earned the Coalition for Community Schools National Award of Excellence!

 

 

Our Mission & Vision Statements

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Our Mission: Educating for Life!

 

Our Vision for Student Success:

Academic Excellence

Diverse Opportunities

World Class Environment

Community Engagement

More

 

 

Bedford Public Schools

1623 W. STERNS ROAD
TEMPERANCE, MI 48182

1-734-850-6000

askbps@mybedford.us

ADDITIONAL DISTRICT CONTACT INFORMATION