Notice of Board of Education Vacancy
Bedford Public Schools is seeking applications for the current vacant position on the board of education. An individual will be appointed to fill the vacant position through December 31, 2020, and will be replaced by the individual elected to the position (based upon the November 3, 2020, election results) on January 1, 2021.
An individual who meets the following criteria is eligible for a position on the board:
• At least 18 years old;
• A registered voter in the school district where he or she is a candidate;
• A citizen of the United States;
• A resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days; and
• A resident of the school district.
The term “residence” is defined as the “place at which a person habitually sleeps, keeps his or her personal effects, and has a regular place of lodging. If a person has more than 1 residence, or if a person has a residence separate from that of his or her spouse, that place at which the person resides the greater part of the time shall be his or her official residence.” MCL 168.11(1).
Property ownership is not a requirement for candidacy.
A person is ineligible for a board position if he or she was convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust within the preceding 20 years, and the conviction was related to the person’s official capacity while holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state, or federal government.
All those interested in submitting their name for the Board seat should indicate by written application to:
Mr. Ronald Koch, Board Secretary
Bedford Public Schools Board of Education
1623 West Sterns Road
Temperance, Michigan 48182
Interested persons must submit applications which include the following:
(1) A resume, which includes the Applicant’s address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if applicable), and
(2) A letter expressing interest in the board position and their qualifications for the position.
Applications must be received at the Board Office address listed above no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Following a review of the submitted materials, the board will schedule interviews with selected candidates. Not all candidates for the board vacancy will be interviewed. If you have any questions concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, at 734-850-6001.
Thank You, Jenna Biggs, for Your Service
This vacancy is due to a resignation from the board. Jenna Biggs had served as a trustee on the board for the past 3 years. She has accepted a new position outside of the Bedford Township area. We wish her all the best in the future and with her new career. We appreciate the time she has shared with us over the last few years in service to the Board of Education, our staff, and our students and families.
Posted: January 21, 2020
Learn how to empower your child to make safe and healthy choices online.
January 28, 2020 at 7 pm
The Bedford Junior High School PTO is hosting a Digital Empowerment Project parent meeting in the Bedford High School Auditorium on January 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm. This is a parent only event, and open to the public. (Babysitting will be provided by BJHS NJHS.) This event will not be livestreamed. You must attend in person.
Some of the topics to be covered:
CURRENT TRENDS: Dark Web, Popular Teen Apps, App Functionality, Covert Apps & Hidden Features
ONLINE RISKS: Establishing Cyber-Balance, Cyber-Respect Online Relationships, Pornography/Sexting
EMPOWERMENT: Understanding Risk Factors, Smart Empowerment Strategy, Invest/Inspire/Impact, Resources for Parents
Presenter: Captain Scott Frank
"After an amazing 36-year career in law enforcement, I retired to follow my passion to EMPOWER TEENS to make safe and healthy choices online and to EDUCATE PARENTS so they can support and guide their teens. As a former Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator my role was to traverse the internet posing as a child. The world I found myself in for over ten years was almost beyond descriptive words. I knew that my investigations were important, and they were making a difference - one predator at a time."
Learn More: https://digitalempowermentproject.com/
Updated: January 14, 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
Daddy Daughter Dance
Tickets on Sale January 6th - 31st
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Bedford High School Gym
Tickets are $15 each and are available in the Community Ed Office, 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182
Office Hours for Ticket Sales: 8:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Tickets on sale from January 6th-31st. No ticket sales will be available after January 31st. Tickets are NOT available at the door.
Or, you can order online at https://bedford.ce.eleyo.com/course/29/winter-2020/daddy-daughter-dance but be sure to print out your online registration receipt because that will become your ticket to get in the door!
NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET OR ONLINE REGISTRATION RECEIPT!
Posted: January 3, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle German at 419-215-7600.
Next Planning Meeting: Sunday, January 27th at Sidelines (in the Basement) at 7:00 PM.
Updated: January 14, 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
New Wellness Resource
Bedford Food Service Department and the BPS Wellness Committee are launching a newsletter called "Let's Get Cooking." The goal is to celebrate homemade recipes and empower students to join in cooking at home.
The November 2019 "Let's Get Cooking" Issue features recipes for Roasted Sweet Cinnamon Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Salad!
Interested in joining the District’s Wellness Committee? We are looking for student, staff and parent members! Please contact Meaghan Eckler at 734-850-6127 for details.
Posted: November 20, 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.
Planning for a Happy, Healthy 2020!
Whether you are a person who makes New Year Resolutions at the stroke of midnight on January 1, or not, Harvard Medical School has three simple and healthy suggestions that all families can plan to do together throughout the New Year! They can be adapted to meet the needs of all families, and can be fun!
1. Exercise together. It is sometimes difficult to fit regular exercise into our daily lives, but if it done as a family the benefits can be “extra rewarding!” Not only are we getting our exercise, but the added family time is a real bonus! Some fun, family oriented exercise ideas include taking a walk, dancing in the living room, biking and sledding!
2. Eat healthier meals together. Start simple. Add a fruit or vegetable to each meal. Try a new grain like quinoa or just add more whole grains. Switch out juice or soda for water at meals. Planning healthy meals as a family and shopping for ingredients can be another fun family activity with lifelong benefits!
3. Spend more time together. Exercising and eating together have rewards not only for each individual, but also strengthen the relationship between family members. It gives us an opportunity to find out what is going on in each other’s lives, and builds strong family bonds. Turn off cell phones, particularly at meal time. Pay attention to one another, and build on the art of conversation.
Even if you start small and make minor changes, you are moving in a positive direction toward a happier, healthier new year for all of you!
HERE’S TO A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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: January 2, 2020