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Kindergarten Registration Expo & Great Start Readiness Roundup

March 7, 2015
10 am - 3 pm
Bedford Junior High School Cafeteria

8402 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182

Bedford Public Schools offers All Day Kindergarten, All Day Young Fives and the Great Start Readiness Program and our entire staff is eager to welcome the newest members of our Bedford family! We invite you to attend our Expo/Roundup on March 7th.

It is one stop shopping for student registration but also much more than that! One of the high points for the children and the families is to take a ride on the school bus. Plus you can meet a teacher, play, meet your school mascot (make sure you bring your camera!), have a snack, get a hearing/vision screening, and lots of other fun activities!

Click here to find out what you need to register for Kindergarten!

New kindergarten students registered will get a FREE t-shirt!

Complete your kindergarten registration and enter to WIN an iPad Mini 3!
Registration must be complete by April 1, 2015.

 

 

Spring Student Assessments

This spring, students will begin taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, as a replacement for the MEAP assessments that have been used for the past 44 years.M-STEP was developed by Michigan educators and assesses the Michigan's content standards that students are expected to know. All M-STEP assessments will be taken online. These are not timed tests and students may have access to online tools such as a calculator or highlighting tools, for example. Unlike the MEAP version, the M-STEP English Language Arts and Math assessments will include a computer test portion, an in-class activity, and a performance task.

GRADES 3-8
All students in grades 3-8 will be taking Mathematics and the English Language Arts (ELA). ELA will cover Reading, Writing, and Listening. Fourth and 7th graders will also be taking Science. Fifth and 8th graders will also be taking Social Studies. Testing will begin after Spring Break. Schedules will vary from building to building. More specific information on the exact dates and times will be coming from your child's principal.

 

GRADE 11
High school juniors will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam (which includes ACT Plus Writing and WorkKeys) on March 3rd and 4th. They will also be taking the M-STEP assessments in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies which will begin after Spring Break.

 

MI-ACCESS
The MI-Access is still available for students with disbalilities if their IEP requires an alternative assessment and may include a pencil/paper option.

 

RESOURCES
This website is a good resource for your child: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_70117---,00.html and we encourage you to refer to it.

 

For more information, click here for a letter from Mr. Edward Manuszak, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services. You may also contact your child's principal.

 

An Update to the Snow Day Update

The state gives us 6 days. We had 15 extra hours. We used them all. Plus four extra hours, which, if nothing changes, we will be required to make up as of February 26, 2015. A bill introduced this month by Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, proposes increasing the current six-day limit on closings to nine. We would be within that limit as long as Old Man Winter relaxes a bit! Mr. Kleinhans would like to give the weather and the legislature some time to go through their cycles! You will recall some legislative proposals last year that ended up not helping us out and we made up days at the end of the school year to comply with state law. So try to keep your plans flexible, if possible, until we find out what, if anything, the state legislature and the Michigan Department of Education decide upon. It is too soon to speculate or make assumptions! Stay tuned for more details. Will keep you posted as things change and decisions are made. Stay warm!

snow day graph

 

 

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Bedford Public Schools Seeking AdvancED Accreditation

Bedford is in the process of updating our accreditation status as a district. We are working with AdvancED. AdvancED performs accreditation evaluations worldwide. For quite some time, our staff has been busy behind the scenes accumulating supporting documentation showing the work we put into providing a quality education to our community. This is followed by an External Review Team Visit to our district on March 30th, 31st and April 1st. This five member team, including regional members as well as national members, will be evaluating Bedford according to AdvancEd Standards in the following five areas:

 

  • •   Purpose & Direction
  • •   Governance & Leadership
  • •   Teaching & Assessing for Learning
  • •   Resources & Support Systems
  • •   Using Results for Continuous Improvement

 

The district will take the results of this process, incorporate our mission and vision, and set future School Improvement Goals for our District. The resulting instructional and institutional goals will guide the work of BPS and provide the framework for district planning and initiatives.

 

OUR VISION: Student Centered • Learning Focused • Community Engaged • Globally Competitive

 

OUR MISSION: Bedford Public Schools is committed to providing comprehensive educational opportunities that develop productive and responsible citizens in a changing world.

 

 

 

HAC Mobile App Now Available

A new, free, mobile app for the Home Access Center in now available for parents and students! It is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle. The app makes accessing and viewing HAC much easier on a mobile device.

Here is a link to the user guide with further instructions. (Please note that not all components in the userguide are utilized by Bedford.)

Parents and students use the same login credentials for the app as they do for the HAC website.

 

 

Upcoming Dates

February 26..............Board Committee of the Whole Meeting; 6:30 pm; BHS Media Center
March 5.....................Board Meeting; 6:30 pm, MRE Cafeteria
March 7.....................Kindergarten Registration & Great Start Roundup

                                    Bedford Junior High School Cafeteria; 10 am - 3 pm
March 13..................NO SCHOOL; Professional Development Day
March 14-15.............Visit us at the Trade Fair at BHS! 
March 26...................Board Committee of the Whole Meeting; 6:30 pm; BHS Media Center
March 27...................1/2 Day for Elementary Students; Full Day for BJHS/BHS
                                     End of 3rd Quarter
April 2.........................Board Meeting; 6:30 pm, MRE Cafeteria
April 3-10...................No School; Spring Break

 

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

 

 

Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...K-12 Media Specialist click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...ADULT EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR - mATHEMATICS click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...Student Intervention pROVIDER (sip - 1 / Elementary) click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...DRE Speech Language Pathologist click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...SUB Positions
                          - SECRETARIES NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - CUSTODIANS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - SUB PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - Food Service Substitute opening. click here
                          - SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - call (734) 850-6071
 
Email resumes to sally.lucarelli@mybedford.us or fill out the classified application
(under Human Resources) and mail or drop off at 1623 W. Sterns Rd.,
Temperance, MI 48182.

 

 

BPS Accreditation

NCA Accredited BPS has three Elementary Schools, one Junior High School, and one High School.
Our enrollment is about 4,600 students. All of our schools are accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and must meet stringent standards to remain accredited.

 

 

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 Vision & Mission Statement

BPS is committed to being:
Bedford Public Schools is committed to providing comprehensive educational opportunities that develop productive and responsible citizens in a changing world.

  • Student Centered
  • Learning Focused
  • Community Engaged
  • Globally Competitive

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Bedford Public Schools

1623 W. STERNS ROAD
TEMPERANCE, MI 48182

1-734-850-6000

askbps@mybedford.us


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