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LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON "LEARN AT HOME" PLAN

April 3, 2020
Dear BPS Families,

As I shared with all of you yesterday in my brief email, Governor Whitmer’s signing of Michigan Executive Order 2020-35 immediately suspends face-to-face learning in all K-12 Schools for the remainder of the current school year. While this is an unprecedented event for our state, I believe that for the safety of our students and staff, it was needed for our district to be able to move forward. By signing this latest Executive Order, Governor Whitmer has also made it possible for Michigan Public Schools to transition from our traditional mode of in-classroom learning to a newly allowable and flexible “Learn at Home” instructional model. Bedford Public Schools will now have the opportunity to create and submit a continuity of education plan that will allow the district to continue providing educational services to our families for the remainder of the year. This plan, which must be approved by Monroe Intermediate School District (MISD) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), will outline our plan for at-home learning, continued food service programs, and the continuation of any additional services that we currently hope to offer. Once approved, BPS will be able to once again provide educational instruction for state-approved credit for all grade levels.

The submitted BPS Continuity of Education Plan will focus on engaging ALL students in their personalized learning and academic growth, providing families with consistent support and guidance, and offering flexibility for staff and students to overcome the inherent challenges of at-home learning. Student participation in the learn-at-home instructional program is mandatory for all students and failure to engage in the learning process can/will lead to a loss of academic credit toward graduation or grade-level progression. Myself, and the district leadership team fully understand that there will be an exorbitant amount of potential obstacles in seamlessly implementing any new plan. This means that timely communication to teaching staff and building administration will be key in helping our team to better understand your needs and challenges. BPS has been successfully engaged in utilizing state-of-the-art educational technology and digital learning resources for a number of years. Each grade-level will look different in our plan but there will be consistency and support to assist students and families along the way. The district began creating a version of our plan in the early stages of the current closure in case our state elected to move in this direction. We feel that based on initial feedback, our plan will be ready for initial submission based on the finalized Executive Order by the middle of next week. Once approved, our district goal would then be to begin plan implementation the following week (tentatively around April 16th). We will, of course, keep everyone up-to-date on our progress as we navigate through this approval process.

Finally, we are continuously working to keep our families informed throughout this process and have created a new FAQs based on the questions from last evening's District Zoom Update and Discussion as well as emails and other sources. If you do not see a topic that you are searching for answers on, please email building administration, department/program directors, or myself. As always, I am asking our families to rely on official district information channels to get accurate and timely answers to your questions.

Thank you and I wish all of you a safe and hopefully relaxing weekend.

Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
734-850-6001 Office
Follow me on Twitter: Dr. Carl Shultz @BedfordSupt
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All Bedford school district athletic facilities are closed until further notice.

All athletic fields, track, and stadiums are now closed for safety and health reasons due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Posted: April 3, 2020


UPDATE ON SCHOOL BUILDING CLOSURE FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR

April 2, 2020

BPS Families,

Please see the recently released State Executive Order that suspends in-person educational delivery for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The full order outlines the state's educational outlook, intermediate school district guidelines, and local district requirements. Having seen this order for the first time when it was released statewide, district leadership is working on our BPS response including what to expect as staff members, students, and parents. Please allow time for us to get this together. District leadership has been working on a learn at home plan for our staff and students for several weeks. This plan will need adjustment once we learn all additional information regarding state requirements that must be included for local districts.

I will be sending a district update letter to all families tomorrow with more information regarding learn at home timelines and and how BPS will continue to support our students and families throughout the remainder of the year and beyond. Please be patient and know that we are working to ensure an accurate, comprehensive, and sustainable plan for our district. We will not be ready to share the finalized plan until it has been reviewed/approved by both the Monroe Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education. I will be hosting a Superintendent District Discussion via Zoom this evening at 6:00 pm.

I have held several Zoom Meetings but never one with more than 30 participants, so please be patient if you join me for the discussion as I have set the meeting up to accommodate up to 1,000 guests!

Thank you,

Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools


UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT: END OF 2nd WEEK OF CLOSURE

March 27, 2020
Dear BPS Families,

I hope that this update finds you well-rested and safe. As the second week of the mandatory BPS closure comes to an end, I want to thank all of your for your support and well wishes. While our students and staff may not be inside of our classrooms at this time, I can see from the digital engagement taking place that teaching and learning has not stopped. I can provide very few concrete updates as the leader of the district at this time. I have taken part in countless video and phone conferences over the past two weeks and I can tell you that state and local leadership have not stopped communicating and planning. I can also share that while it has been on many of our minds over the past two weeks, I did hear Governor Whitmer publicly say this morning for the first time that it is “very unlikely” that Michigan’s K-12 schools would reopen this school year.

I want to share my thoughts with our families regarding this potential (seemingly likely) scenario of not being back inside of our buildings for the remainder of the school year. As a parent, a teacher, and as a superintendent, I know that learning does not take place exclusively inside classrooms. While there are several hurdles that our state leadership will need to clear before we can begin a comprehensive learn-at-home instructional plan, I believe that we will get there through collaboration and level-headed decision making. The Department of Education and Governor have engaged leadership from educational groups from around the state to determine how to best move forward for the remainder of this year. I can assure you that whatever plan is placed before our district’s educators, BPS will implement it to the best of our abilities. The Governor indicated during her interview this morning that we should be hearing additional information next week on this topic.

I continue to receive questions regarding why other area districts have already or are soon to begin digital student learning programs. I will not speak for any other districts, but I can tell you that ALL K-12 Michigan Public Schools have received the same information that no digital learning completed at home through ANY means during this initial closure will be counted toward credit or school year completion. This message was reiterated in a received memo last week from the Michigan Department of Education. My review of this topic has shown that districts are starting to use online materials for enrichment. However, these programs are utilizing many of the same options that BPS Students have had access to for the past several years. BPS is and has been ahead of the curve in relation to online opportunities in the State of Michigan.

Additionally, I am proud to share that our district team worked this week to collect all of the classroom supplies (mostly Clorox-style wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves) that remained inside of our buildings. These items were boxed up and delivered to local first responders throughout the area. Items such as these and other medical supplies continue to be in short supply and our Governor has asked all that can assist to do so. If you check out our district or my personal superintendent Facebook or Twitter accounts, you can see the images of the incredible amount of supplies that BPS and our community were able to share with those in need. Furthermore, BPS Food Service Staff handed out over 7,000 meals this week. These numbers are truly impressive and helped us to decide that we will maintain our current weekly pick-up schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the foreseeable future.

Finally, in an attempt to be able to engage in more of your questions, I will be hosting some Zoom Interactive Conversations throughout the next couple of weeks. Please follow me on Facebook or Twitter to find out when the meetings will take place and to get the Zoom digital link. Zoom is an interactive meeting platform that has become very popular over the past month due to the social distancing mandates because of its easy-to-use platform and set-up. I will send out dates, time, and an embedded link using my superintendent social media accounts that you can simply click to join. This will be a great way for students, staff, and community members to engage with myself and other district leaders on topics that you have on your mind.

Thank you all for your support and patience,

Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
734-850-6001 Office
Follow me on Twitter: Dr. Carl Shultz @BedfordSupt
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Advanced Placement Testing Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

See CollegeBoard website for most up-to-date information:
https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

Here are some of the highlights from their website:

-- The tests will be offered in 45-minute online exams, which students can take on one of two dates later this spring.
-- The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.
-- The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
-- You’ll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
-- They know that not all students have access to the internet. They’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach out to them directly to let them know at: https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74

Free AP Review Classes!

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The schedule is posted on that same College Board webpage. These courses:

-- Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
-- Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
-- Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

Posted: March 24, 2020


UPDATE ON GOVERNOR'S "STAY HOME, STAY SAFE" EXECUTIVE ORDER

March 23, 2020
Dear BPS Families,

Good afternoon and I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a State of Michigan Executive Order enforcing what she is calling the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Act. The measure places limits on where individuals may travel and also which businesses may continue to operate for a minimum of three weeks. The Executive Order details essential businesses and organizations that if possible, should maintain services to their communities.

Bedford Public Schools has worked extremely hard to continue vital services for our community throughout the COVID-19 Crisis. One of these vital services is the continuation of our food service program. In fact, through state and federal support, BPS has been able to enhance our program to provide free meals to any individual 18 years and under and student's with special needs through age 26. I am extremely proud of our food service department for maintaining our services through the vast number of changes caused by this extremely fluid situation. On Friday, March 20th, I sent an updated Food Service Plan which included the transition from five days per week to three days per week pick-up services to better meet our available resources. I am pleased that as of today, BPS will maintain this current schedule throughout this week as district food support programs have been designated as essential by Governor Whitmer.

District leadership will re-examine our current plan at the end of this week to determine how we can proceed in the upcoming days, weeks, and potentially months. The major challenges that we face in providing this service, is of course the health and safety of our trained district staff members handling the food each day, availability of food supplies, and any other potential shortcomings that may come down the road as we head into this prolonged closure process. BPS is dedicated to our students and our community today more than ever and we will do everything that we can to assist in this increasingly difficult time.

For your reference:

Copy of the Executive Order
Copy of 1-Page Summary of the Executive Order

Thank you for your support and patience,

Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools


Letter From Superintendent About MDE Decision Regarding Online Learning During Mandated Closure

March 20, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians,

I wanted to provide our BPS Families with a memo that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released earlier this morning. The memo states that any instructional time completed during the school closure would not be counted toward 2019-2020 academic progress in accordance with State of Michigan Law. I want to reiterate that this is the reason that BPS has not required new instructional lessons and/or student assignments to be completed throughout the closure. However, this memo does not speak to the importance of students remaining engaged in their personal learning by practicing their previously learned skills. These activities can include logging into district-sponsored learning programs, reading age/grade-level appropriate materials, and practicing math, science, arts related skills.

MDE sent the memo in response to the many questions that they have been fielding related to districts being able to transition to online learn-at-home programs during the mandated closure. As superintendent, this memo or its content does not at all surprise me, as we were well aware that our state requires learning to take place inside of our classrooms for traditional K-12 Public Schools. However, please do not read anything into the memo in regards to the potential forgiveness of days missed due to the mandatory state closure. It is the Michigan Legislature and Governor that will need to take action to reduce or eliminate instructional time that has been lost due to our current crisis. The Legislature has already discussed potential action and will continue to do so as the crisis continues. As of today, the district does not have any final answers regarding the remainder of the school year outside of the current closure schedule, which would end for BPS on Monday, April 13th (due to scheduled spring break). Please be patient and know that we are working and fighting daily for our state to take appropriate action to keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Finally, I understand that our closure has placed many traditional events in jeopardy this spring. As a district, while we are fighting to continue to provide key services to our students and community, we have not lost sight of the additional things that matter for our families. As we progress through these troubling and unprecedented times, we will be working to brainstorm how we can make the remainder of this year special for our students that have earned it no matter what the adjusted calendar ends up being. Be safe, be productive, and most of all be kind, Mules!

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools


INTERNET ACCESS SURVEY

District administrators have been working with Buckeye Broadband to ensure that qualifying families can receive free basic home internet service so that students can continue to be engaged in their learning.

As previously described in my most recent family update, the State of Michigan does not provide opportunities for districts to transition to learn at home instruction like some of our neighboring states in times of emergency/crisis. This means that while BPS and our teachers continue to share learning resources with our students/families, there are no mandatory assignments and or assessments taking place during the closure.

If the mandatory closure is extended by the state, there is a possibility that state law could be amended to allow for transition to home instruction.

The survey link below is for families that do not currently have home internet access and would like to see if they qualify for free basic service through Buckeye Broadband.

Please feel free to share the link with any BPS students that you know may require such service.

Survey Link: https://forms.gle/fYHWuxMQvDQDNBc66

Posted: March 19, 2020


Update from Superintendent on Common Closure Questions

March 17, 2020
Dear BPS Families,

Bedford Public Schools remains committed to ensuring that our families have the information and resources available to successfully manage this extraordinary and historic school closure. I would like to thank all of our family members that have reached out to offer support and volunteer service. As I have often stated, BPS employs some of the most dedicated and professional staff anywhere in this county. As of today, our district has the capacity to maintain our technology and food service programs that will continue supporting our community. If there becomes a need to seek volunteers to assist in our available programs, I will reach out to those that have contacted me and other district leaders.

Over the past week, I have received several inquiries regarding our district’s plan for not immediately beginning at-home learning while under mandatory state closure. There are several factors that come into play when considering the district’s learning plan in our current closure and any potential additional closures. The State of Michigan Public School Aid Act requires that all public schools within the state “shall provide at least 1,098 hours and 180 days of pupil instruction” each school year. This requirement does not have any variance for transitioning to online or virtual learning throughout the year based on emergency related cancellations. I understand that many of our families have relatives and friends in our neighboring state to our south. The State of Ohio does have a law whereby districts can utilize “web access type learning” whenever emergency cancellations are necessary. Many refer to this law as the “blizzard bag” or “backpack” law. There are many differences between our two states and the laws that govern our citizens and this just happens to be one of the laws that community members are not typically aware of. The other question that I have received over the past few days is concerning why other districts are sending homework and BPS is not. The truth is that the districts that are sending work home are predominately sending students practice activities and skill-building materials which our students already have access to through our web-based instructional programs.

While I cannot tell the future, I can share that our district leadership team is preparing for a worst-case scenario, which could have students at home for an extended period well beyond the initial three week closure. In the event that an extended closure is mandated, BPS will be ready to immediately transition to a web-based learning program if allowable by the state legislature and Michigan Department of Education. I can tell you that this will look different from what students and families are familiar with, but we believe that we can be effective in this mode of instruction. My incredible leadership team and I are keeping up-to-date with communication at both the local and state level and we will share information as it becomes available.

Thank you all for your patience and dedication to our community. Please be safe and know that we are here to support you in any way that we can.

Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
734-850-6001


FOOD ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

ADJUSTMENTS TO "DRIVE THRU" FOOD PICKUP DAYS/TIMES

Note: This service will be available on Monday and Wednesday ONLY of our district’s scheduled Spring Break but NOT on Good Friday, April 10th.

Starting Monday, March 23rd, BPS will be reducing the number of days that we are offering "drive thru" service options for families who need continued food service support during this mandated closure. BPS is committed to continuing this service as long as supplies are available and our service staff members are able to safely continuing serving.

UPDATED DAYS/TIMES:
Monroe Road Elementary School (7979 Monroe Rd., Lambertville, MI 48144)
Near the Gym Entrance
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Bedford High School (8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, MI 48182)
Behind the school at the kitchen doors near the Gym Entrance
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Northtowne Meadows Community (6255 Telegraph Rd., Erie MI 48133)
Look for the bus near the clubhouse/pool area.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 11:00 am - 11:30 am*
*Times are slightly different and reduced at this location to ensure proper food temperature maintenance

Updated: March 20, 2020

BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS "DRIVE THRU"
FOOD ASSISTANCE OFFERED

Starting March 17th, we will have "drive thru" service options for families who need continued food service support during this mandated closure. All children 18 and under and special education students under the age of 26 are eligible for these free meals. Students do not need to be enrolled at Bedford Public Schools to receive these federally funded benefits. All meals are free of charge and students do not need to be present for pick-up by an adult.

Pickup locations (note new days and times):
Monroe Road Elementary School (7979 Monroe Rd., Lambertville, MI 48144)
Near the Gym Entrance
     Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bedford High School (8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, MI 48182)
Behind the school at the kitchen doors near the Gym Entrance
     Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Northtowne Meadows Community (6255 Telegraph Rd., Erie MI 48133)
Look for the bus near the clubhouse/pool area.
     Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 11:00 am - 11:30 am*
*Times are slightly different and reduced at this location to ensure proper food temperature maintenance

A free, boxed lunch will be provided along with breakfast for the next day. These will be cold meals consisting of:
Breakfast: Fruit, Whole Grain Item (such as cereal or muffin) & Milk
Lunch: Fruit, Vegetable, Milk, Whole Grain, and Meat/Meat Alternative

If alternate pick up times need to be arranged, please contact the Food Service department at 734-850-6127.

CONTINUING ASSISTANCE AFTER SCHOOL RESUMES

Coronavirus may cause some families to experience unanticipated financial hardships. Families can apply for Free and Reduced School Meals that cover both breakfast and lunch meals on school days. It takes about 10-12 days to process the application. You can apply during the closure so benefits are available for students to use as soon as school resumes.

Applications for free/reduced meals for 2019-2020 are available online at: https://www.lunchapp.com/
Or can be printed using this link: http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/files/2019-20-Free_and_Reduced-price_application.pdf
Applications will also be available at the MRE and BHS "Drive Thru" pickups. Completed applications can also be returned at these locations as well.

Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127, with any questions about this program.

In addition to the BPS Food Service Program above, there are several food pantries that are available for assistance. Please see the list below:

MOBILE FOOD PANTRIES

Unless otherwise noted, mobile food pantries will:
-- not require you to register for the event.
-- give one food package to the first 250 households.*
-- require you to provide ID showing Monroe County residency for every household that wishes to receive a free food package.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
10 am - Noon
Oaks of Righteousness
924 E. 2nd St.
Monroe, MI 48161

Saturday, April 4, 2020
11 am - 1 pm
Lower Light Church
400 East Elm
Petersburg, MI 49270
(200 households)

Saturday, April 18, 2020
1 - 3 pm
Mall of Monroe
Northeast corner of mall
2121 N. Monroe St.
Monroe, MI 48162
(300 households)

LATEST UPDATE LETTER:

March 13, 2020

Good Afternoon BPS Families,

We have been working diligently throughout the day to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information in light of the closure of all school districts within the State of Michigan enacted by Governor Whitmer late last night.

While our district will not have a formal, instructor-led online learning requirement for students at this time, we encourage our students to continue to be engaged learners using their school devices at home to access the many digital educational resources available to them throughout the mandatory closure. Please know that our technology team will be hard at work throughout the closure ensuring that student accounts are up and performing effectively. For our youngest learners, active participation in already prescribed literacy and arithmetic skill building will serve as a great way to remain on track for student learning goals.

The remainder of this message is designed to allow families to easily scan and find the most relevant information.

BUILDING ACCESSIBILITY: All district buildings will be closed and off limits to students, staff, and visitors during this mandatory three-week closure except for those employees scheduled to be working at each site.

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM: We recognize the need for some of our students to obtain breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch Program. We are actively developing plans to address this need within our school community. BPS will be providing “pick-up and carry” meals throughout the closure. Additional information will be sent out soon.

REQUIRED STATE ASSESSMENTS: Many questions have been presented about required state assessments, such as MSTEP, PSAT, SAT, and ACT WorkKeys. The Governor has stated that she will be working with the Department of Education to develop plans and guidance on this topic, which we will share upon receipt.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Our special education administrators are working with the Michigan Department of Education to actively develop plans to address this need for our students. This plan will be shared with our special education families once we receive guidance and direction from the Michigan Department of Education.

SCHOOL EVENTS AND ATHLETICS: All district activities are canceled during the closure. This includes all athletics, clubs, performances, ceremonies, trainings, community education activities, etc. Additionally, any previously approved district facility rentals are also canceled through minimally April 6, 2020 (except for Love N Care housed at SRE).

SPRING BREAK: Spring Break is scheduled to be held April 6 through April 10. Monroe County superintendents have met and agree that any change in this schedule would be severely detrimental to our district’s families. Therefore, unless mandated by state officials, BPS will maintain our currently scheduled spring break and return to classes on April 13, 2020.

EVNETS AFTER APRIL 13th: We realize there will be questions about school and district events later in the year (5thGrade Camp, Washington DC Trip, Prom, Graduation, etc.) and we are working diligently to monitor this and as more information becomes available, we will communicate with our community.

At this time, we do not have any information regarding if the school year will be extended and are awaiting additional guidance by the State of Michigan.

District leaders will continue to provide updates as information becomes available throughout the closure. As we have already witnessed over the past forty-eight hours, information and plans change rapidly. If there is a need to make any adjustment to the information stated above, we will do so as soon as possible for planning purposes. Finally, please check out our district website for up to date COVID-19 updates and a district level FAQ. You can find this at http://www.mybedford.us/COVID-19.html.

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent
Bedford Public Schools

SCHOOLS ORDERED TO CLOSE FROM MARCH 16 - APRIL 5

Governor Gretchen Whitmer just announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings to students starting Monday, March 16th until Sunday, April 5th. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6. Bedford Public Schools will follow this newly mandated closure. This means that BPS will be in session tomorrow, Friday, March 13th and then begin our mandatory closure on this coming Monday. Students that do not attend tomorrow out of concern will be excused without any attendance penalty. Additional information will be sent out in the coming days as it becomes available. Thank you, Dr. Carl Shultz

Posted: March 13, 2020


SPECIAL NOTICE: JOINT MONROE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT LETTER REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The superintendents of Monroe County have released the following special notice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Special Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members:

Governor Whitmer and representatives from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services announced recommendations for keeping students and staff healthy while addressing the risks associated with the Coronavirus. We have been in close contact with the Monroe County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Education.

Our immediate plan for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our communities while advancing student learning is based on three factors:

1. Avoiding unnecessary exposure of our staff and students to illness.
2. Working to the best of our ability to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning in Monroe County.
3. Protecting the health and well-being of our multigenerational community, especially those who are most vulnerable to illness.

With this in mind, we will enact the following measures related to events and programs beginning immediately:

-- All field trips are suspended until further notice.
-- All school-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.
-- All assemblies, performances and large-group gatherings in our schools are suspended until further notice.
-- All community meetings, community education programming (excluding before/after school childcare, preschool, and daycare programming), rentals, and gatherings scheduled to take place within our school facilities are suspended until further notice.
-- All district and county-level meetings, professional development, curriculum work and other gatherings as such, must be conducted in digital format. Smaller meetings, whenever possible, should also be conducted in this manner.
-- All athletic events will continue in accordance with guidance issued by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Updates will be posted at www.mhsaa.com.
-- Any after-school activities that are extensions of the normal learning day (clubs, athletic practices, etc.) will continue as planned.
-- Visitor and volunteer access will be limited.
-- All tours of school facilities will be suspended until further notice.

As we prepare for all possible scenarios, we are asking you to develop a plan for your family in the event schools were to close for an extended period of time. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, we are taking COVID-19 very seriously and hope that with your help, we can mitigate the spread of this virus in Monroe County. Please follow the recommendations to wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, and practice good hygiene.

Governor Whitmer said, “Community mitigation strategies are designed to be implemented at the individual, organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; everyone has an important role to play.”

We will continue to take any/all measures to keep our children, staff, and school community safe. The situation involving this health challenge is rapidly changing and we will update you as additional guidance is received. Please continue to check your email, social media and district website for further updates.

Thank you for your attention and support regarding this important topic as safety is our number one priority.

Signed by:
John Krimmel, Airport Community Schools
Carl Shultz, Ph.D., Bedford Public Schools
Edward Manuszak, Dundee Community Schools
Sandy Kreps, Ida Public Schools
Mike Petty, Jefferson Schools
Andrew Shaw, Mason Consolidated Schools
Stephen McNew, Ed.D., Monroe County ISD
Julie Everly, Ph.D., Monroe Public Schools
Jack Hewitt, Summerfield Schools
Val Orr, Whiteford Schools

Posted: March 12, 2020


Update from Superintendent on COVID-19

March 11, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Information regarding COVID-19 has continued to evolve and become more prevalent since my last communication. With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now in the State of Michigan as well as many other states around the nation, it is quickly becoming a reality that government officials, businesses, communities, families, and individuals must continue to remain informed and take precautionary measures to slow the spread of this virus. School districts must also continue to gather information and create multiple plans in order to flexibly respond in a way that supports the recommendations from national, state, and local health organizations and still maintains high levels of student learning. It is my hope that this letter will clarify where Bedford Public Schools is with current and future plans to keep everyone informed as we move forward.

As I mentioned before, much of our work as a district has been spent staying current in order to implement the latest precautionary measures. Our guidance has primarily come from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) until this evening when Governor Whitmer released recommended community mitigation strategies specific to school districts. These strategies that are taken directly from the CDC include recommendations for limiting or canceling activities where more than one hundred individuals gather, canceling or limiting spectator participation at athletic/arts events, canceling or limiting group travel plans, and focusing educational activities to within the school day. While these recommendations will absolutely affect the current district calendar of events including our scheduled academic and extra-curricular events, they are highly recommended by state and national health experts. Additionally, today, I met with representatives from the Monroe County Department of Health, Monroe County Community College, and my fellow Monroe County Superintendents to discuss a countywide approach to implementing some or all of these strategies.

When information about the spread of COVID-19 began increasing and the likelihood of its continued spread became more apparent, I assembled our district leadership team to address potential areas of impact such as athletics, transportation, custodial/maintenance, health services, and instructional services to name a few. It is our goal to make informed decisions and organized plans in order to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff. The team works continuously to prepare for the evolving and changing situation and will be working to incorporate recommended guidelines in the coming days.

Please know, at the initial onset of this year’s difficult cold and flu season, BPS began the process of systematically and routinely disinfecting and deep cleaning high traffic areas in each building such as door handles, bathrooms, cafeterias, and classrooms. To date, these measures represent our best resources in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious viruses. Please continue to reinforce preventative measures at home as well, especially hand washing and keeping children home if they are feeling sick or ill.

Below is a helpful reminder of ways to help prevent the spread of the virus:

-- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
-- Practice elbow bumps instead of handshakes
-- Stay home if you are sick and advise others to do the same.
-- Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
-- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and warm water are not available.
-- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

As a school district, we will continue to monitor and implement the recommendations of the CDC and will work closely with Monroe County Health Department Officials to rely on updated information. In today’s day and age when rumors can spread even faster than infections viruses, it is absolutely imperative that you rely on official informational outlets. If you, or your students, have questions pertaining to BPS or our current progress in dealing with COVID-19 preparedness, please contact our district administration building directly or follow our official media platforms. My research has found that this virus is absolutely dangerous and can be spread rapidly, however the mass hysteria and rumors surrounding it seems to be equally as dangerous. Please rely on the experts I have referred to in this letter and my previous informational letter for accurate and up to date information. I will also continue to provide you with information and updates as they develop.

Thank you for your continued support of BPS, especially during this rapidly evolving time. By working together we can help support our students, staff, and community.

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
(734) 850-6001, Office


EXAM EXEMPTION UPDATE:

The period of the exam exemption has been modified to include attendance starting January 27th and ending March 2nd. What counts and/or does not count during that period has not changed and remains the same as the policy states. From March 3rd until further notice, students will remain exam exemption eligible if a parent call and reports a health concern.

The reason this has been changed is to discourage sick students from coming to school. We are hopeful that the outstanding attendance from our student body continues, while students that are ill are able to stay home for the benefit of everyone.

This notice does not impact students that attendance exceeds 10 days during a semester.

Posted: March 18, 2020


2020 Monroe County Youth Academy

Are you interested in Law Enforcement? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Trooper, Deputy or Officer? Do you possess leadership traits, quick decision-making skills, and solid physical fitness? If you said yes to any of these questions, this program is for YOU!!!

WHO: 17-21 years old
WHERE: Monroe Community College
WHEN: June 15-18, 2020, 7:45 am - 4:00 pm
COST: $20 per person

The participants of this event will be asked to participate in moderate physical fitness, patrol activities, first aid, defensive tactics, and crime scene investigation. Each participant will receive mentoring from Michigan State Police Troopers and officers from local agencies. All participants will be given a daily box lunch, drinks and snacks, as well as a t-shirt. If you are interested, please contact Trooper Stewart at 248-388-0852 or by emailing StewartD4@michigan.gov.

Posted: March 10, 2020


BEDFORD EXPRESS WINS FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON...AND PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!

Bedford Express participated in their first District competition of the 2020 season, at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. The team was able to repair damage and overcome some minor issues during early qualification matches on Friday, finishing the day 6-2. Saturday, they finished qualification matches with (4) consecutive wins and earned the #1 seed out of 39-teams competing in the event. As captain of the #1 alliance, Bedford Express selected Lightning Robotics and Panther Powered Robotics as partners for the elimination matches. The alliance swept the elimination rounds, winning the District Jackson Event.

group photo of BX with robot and 2 blue bannersIn addition to winning the event, Bedford Express was honored to receive the Chairman's Award. "The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST® Robotics Competition. The award recognizes a team that reflects sustained excellence and impact within the FIRST community, in its own community, and beyond. They serve as role models and resources for other teams while educating the public in support of the FIRST mission. " The team was recognized for all of the community service projects they participate in, mentoring teams in and out of our school district, helping teams at competition, sharing our space with other teams that do not have a space to practice and spreading the word of FIRST.

"The coaches and the kids need to thank all of the parents for getting your students where they need to be and for working around the long practice schedule. We also cannot thank the 20+ adult mentors enough for the time that you donate to this program. The team cannot achieve any of these things without your continued support," said Head Coach Denny Costlow.

Their next event will be at Woodhaven on March 27-28, 2020.

The team 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 team, please refer to their website for more information: BedfordExpress.org.

Posted: March 9, 2020


TOP TEN FINISHES AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION

Jacob L., Jacob S., and Max S. competed in the Skills USA Automotive Regional Competition at Washtenaw Community College.

Skills USA Auto students pose in front of carThis competition includes high school automotive students from Monroe, Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland Counties. Max took third place in the New Vehicle Service Competition. Jacob S. also finished in the top ten in that category. Jacob L. finished in fourth place in the Automotive Brakes Competition.

Max is currently participating in a Co-operative Work Study opportunity at Delkers Automotive Service Center on Lewis Avenue. This is a state approved program that links the classroom with the workplace alternating between periods of school and a paid work assignment related to the student’s field of study. (See page 53 in BHS Course Description Guide) For more information about Co-op Work Study opportunities, please contact Jackie Lancina at jacqueline.lancina@mybedford.us.

Posted: March 9, 2020


2020 Michigan Merit Exam and PSAT Assessment Schedule for April 14-15

*This schedule may change based on coronavirus related developments.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the State of Michigan has instituted the administration of the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 for all 9th and 10th grade students. The PSAT assessments are designed to help students prepare for the SAT assessment that they will be taking as part of the MME required of all 11th grade students.

Please note the schedule below:

TUESDAY, APRIL 14th

9th Grade Students:
    Report at 7:30 AM for PSAT 9 Testing
    Dismissal at 12:50 PM

10th Grade Students:
    Report at 7:30 AM for PSAT 10 Testing
    Dismissal at 12:50 PM

11th Grade Student:
    Report at 7:30 AM for SAT Testing
    Dismissal at 12:50 PM

12th Grade Students:
    Impact Day: Students report to their choice location noted on permission slip
        -- OR --
    Report at 7:30 AM to BHS Auditorium
    Dismissal at 12:50 PM

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th

(Note: Bus pick up for grades 9, 10, and 12 will be 4 hours and 15 minutes later than normal.)

9th Grade Students:
    Report at 11:45 AM for afternoon classes
    Dismissal at 2:30 PM

10th Grade Students:
    Report at 11:45 AM for afternoon classes
    Dismissal at 2:30 PM

11th Grade Students:
    Report at 7:30 AM for ACT WorkKeys Testing
    Dismissal at 2:30 PM

12th Grade Students:
    Report at 11:45 AM for afternoon classes
    Dismissal at 2:30 PM

Posted: March 6, 2020


AP Exams Balance Due

All remaining balances for AP Tests are due once school resumes after the coronavirus closure. Please bring your money to the counseling office. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Brunella.

Updated: March 13, 2020


STATES!

Wrestling

Proud of our Kicking Mules! Wrestling team finished in the final four in Division 1 at the State Wrestling Championship! Congratulations Regional Coach of the Year AND Division 1 Michigan Wrestling Coach of the Year: Coach Vogel!

Bowling

Congratulations! Boys varsity bowling team are SEC Champs and will be headed to states on Friday. Our state team: Austin L., Jacob P., Noah J., Joey D., Lane M., Logan C. and Kaiden C. Austin L. and Maddy S. both qualified for states as individuals.

Swim and Dive

Boys Swim and Dive MHSAA State Finals will be held in Holland beginning Friday, March 13th. Bedford has 5 individual qualifiers in 8 events and 3 relay teams that will be competing!

Michigan High School Athletic Association announced that the State Swim Meet will be held, but no spectators will be permitted in the building. The event will be live streamed on the MHSAA.TV

Our individuals:
     Thomas Z.: 200 IM and 100 Back (and on 2 relay teams!)
     Ian M.: 50 Free and 100 Free (and on 2 relay teams!)
     Micah S.: 50 Free and 100 Fly (and on 2 relay teams!)
     Ethan T.: 200 IM
     Austin C: Diving

Our relay teams:
     200 Medley Relay: Thomas, Alex S., Micah, Ian
     200 Free Relay: Alex, Luke W., Jeffery P., Gavin G.
     400 Free Relay: Micah, Gavin, Ian, Thomas
     Alternate: Joey T.
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For results and highlights visit www.bedfordsports.com.

Updated: March 9, 2020


PROM IS MAY 2nd

TICKET SALES START MARCH 23rd
Prom tickets will be on sale starting March 23 during lunches.
$43 for single and $85 per couple.

NEED A DRESS?
Are you planning to go to prom and need a dress? Stop by the media center to check out a beautiful selection of free dresses. There are many different colors, styles, and sizes to choose from. New dresses are being added every week, so please stop by often. If you have a dress you'd like to donate, please drop it off to Mrs. Maynard in D-7 or in the main office.

T-SHIRT SALE
The junior class is selling alligator T-shirts at lunch and homeroom outside of the cafeteria for $10. This is a fundraiser to help with the Prom.

Updated: March 9, 2020


STUDENTS WIN TRIP!

Congratulations to the following students who won a free trip sponsored by the Odd Fellow organization to DC, Canada, and NYC this summer to visit historical sites and participate in leadership activities: Emily D. won the essay contest, and Kate C., Austin E., Emily H., and Analeigh M. won the speech competition. Thanks to Mr. Earl for providing students with this opportunity through the Odd Fellow service organization.

Posted: February 14, 2020


AshleyBedford High School Writer Recognized

Ashley C., has received an Honorable Mention Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the memoir category. In her memoir “Pink,” Ashley writes about her mother’s battle with breast cancer.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Over the past 90 years, the Awards have recognized and encouraged artists and writers, such as Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness, Zac Posen, among countless others.

This year, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; nearly 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.

Honorable Mention is awarded to the top 10-15% of all entries.

Posted: February 11, 2020


Summer 2020 Trip to Hofu, Japan

MIFA has sponsored a three-week student exchange with Hofu City, Japan, Monroe’s Sister City for over 25 years. They are proud to have been exchanging students since 1992 and to provide this unique educational and cultural opportunity to the high school students of Monroe County. They believe that a program like this is very important for high school students to have opportunities to understand other cultures while keeping great relationships with other countries.

More info about the program and application:

Posted: February 10, 2020


Scheduling for Next Year

Students will turn the Course Request Card in during their math class. (Students without a math class will be contacted individually.) Copies of the course request card are also available in the counseling office and math classes.

AP/Honors Class Presentation

8th Grade (Incoming Freshmen) Parent Night Presentation

Course Request Card for 9th Grade (Current 8th Grader)
Course Request Card for 10th Grade (Current 9th Grader)
Course Request Card for 11th Grade (Current 10th Grader)
Course Request Card for 12th Grade (Current 11th Grader)

Updated: February 5, 2020


BHS STUDENT NAMED LLS HONORED HERO

CamrynCongratulations to BHS student Camryn R., who has been selected as a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Honored Hero, a leadership role in which she works to inspire others and raise funds for blood cancers. Team Mission Tackle Cancer is holding a fundraiser in conjunction with BHS to put together a special gift to honor and support Camryn while raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

When Cameron was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with ALL, or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She then underwent 2.5 years of treatment, consisting of chemotherapy, blood and platelet transfusions, which included prolonged inpatient stays. Camryn loves painting and playing basketball and is a sophomore. In remission now, she credits her dog with helping her through the tough parts of cancer treatment. Always with a positive outlook, Camryn says, “There will be tougher parts than normal when you have cancer, but if you have someone or something to distract you, it isn’t as bad.”

Students and staff, thank you for contributing to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the fundraiser honoring our ALL hero, Camryn. Thanks to the leadership class for leading this fundraiser. Together, we raised $650 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Updated: February 21, 2020


Sylvia and Coach VogelSTATE CHAMP!

Congratulations to State Champion Sylvia P.! She is the first female Bedford wrestler to capture the Girls State Wrestling title. Last year as a sophomore, she took 5th place. This year she is a champion and next year she plans to "work even harder!'

She grew up watching her brother practice, started wrestling at age 5 and never looked back! She gets her inspiration from her mom, family, and world champion US female wrestler, Adeline Gray.

She is thankful for her coaches for pushing her to be the best and says she is proud of where I come from and the support she gets from Bedford.

Coach Vogel is impressed with her work ethic, "With the long history of Bedford Wrestling, it is pretty hard to set new records. Sylvia is doing just that. She is blazing new trails in one of high school's fastest growing sports. (Women's wrestling) Sylvia is one of the hardest workers on my team. She set a goal for herself and did the work to achieve it. I am so proud of her."

Her advice to any young ladies that want to follow in her footsteps on the mat? Never dwell on your losses. Every one is scared to lose. Her trick to get past that anxiety? She uses meditation to relax and get past that mental part of wrestling.

She hopes to compete in a national event in a couple of months and we have no doubt that she will do Bedford proud! Good Luck, Sylvia!

Posted: February 3, 2020


Planning on Getting a Yearbook?
Get $5 off this week only!

The price of the yearbook has just increased to $85.00. But this week only, during the Cyber Week Sale, use the discount code cyberweek2020 at checkout to get $5 off.

Go to yearbookforever.com and search for Bedford High School and select the Temperance, MI one.

Get yours today! No extra books will be ordered!

Updated: February 3, 2020


COURSE DESCRIPTION GUIDE & GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

There are a couple of new course offerings in this year's Course Description Guide (find link in Quick Links column on left). Under the Business Technology Department, you will see a couple of new Computer Science related courses on page 13. The Computer System Engineering will teach skills needed to support IT networks and students can earn industry recognized CompTIA's A+ certification. Computer Systems Applications will focus on IT infrastructure and prepare students for the CompTIA's Network+ industry certification.

The Math Department's option on page 27 now include new support classes: Algebra Foundations and Geometry Foundations. These elective classes do not count as math graduation credits but are meant to be taken along with the Algebra or Geometry class that does. The additional time and resources in the Foundations classes are meant to help students successfully meet the content expectations of the required course to earn that math credit.

These classes are part of the 162 individual classes listed in the Course Description along with the 71 Bedford Virtual Academy options. College credit opportunities exist in 9 AP classes offered, 11 CTE courses with Articulation Agreements and through Dual Enrollment. Thirteen different CTE programs offer experiences from Accounting to Welding. Our Visual and Performing Arts are well known and respected for the strength of their respective programs. We are proud to be able to offer so many opportunities to our students!

Posted: January 24, 2020


CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATION DAY:
June 7, 2020, 2 pm, UT Savage Arena


EXTRA CURRICULAR CAREER GROUPS AT REGIONAL EVENTS

DECA

Group photo of DECA participantsThe following DECA members attending the District Conference earlier this month at Eastern Michigan University.

Hannah B.*, Alexis C., Jack C.*, Joelle D., Hannah D., Joey D., Kaylin E.*, Lauren F., Tyson G., MacKenzie G.*, Austin L.*, Eli L.*, Weston M.*, Miranda M., Luci N., Ilana R., Emily S., Lindy S.*, Lindsay S.*, Ivan S.*, Jaylynn Z.

Ten of the 21 participants qualified to attend the State Conference in Detroit, March 5th-7th. Good Luck!

* Qualified for State Conference

Alexander JonesDECA ALUM HONORED AT BGSU

Recent BHS Grad (Class of '19) and BHS DECA Alum, Alexander Jones, was selected as distinguished Student Ambassador for the Bowling Green State University College of Business.

BPA

Thirty two members from Bedford participated at their Regional Leadership Conference. By the end of the event, our BPA students placed in the Top Ten 29 times! Twenty-four students total will be attending the State Leadership Conference, March 19-22, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Congratulations to:

Ryan S.: 1st Place, Advanced Accounting

Ivan S.: 1st Place, Digital Marketing Concepts (Open); 3rd Place, Digital Communication & Design Concepts (Open); 10th Place, Management, Marketing and Human Resource Concepts (Open)

Lucas W.: 1st Place, Fundamental Accounting; 3rd Place, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications

Gabe K., Derek P., Lukas S, Ryan S.: 2nd Place, Financial Analyst Team

Zachary W.: 2nd Place, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications

Zachary B. and Trevor B.: 3rd Place, Economic Research Team

Evan H.: 3rd Place, Fundamental Accounting

Weston M.: 3rd Place, Management, Marketing and Human Resource Concepts (Open)

Lukas S.: 3rd Place, Personal Financial Management

Kendra B., Victoria B., Kendall C., Payton M.: 3rd Place, Small Business Management Team

Mitchell Z.: 4th Place, Advanced Accounting

Kendall C.: 4th Place, Entrepreneurship

Hannah V.: 4th Place, Payroll Accounting; 9th Place, Prepared Speech

Derek P.: 4th Place, Personal Financial Management

Mitchel D., Evan H., Landon L., Joey N.: 4th Place, Presentation Management Team

Tori B.: 5th Place, Advanced Accounting

Elizabeth M.: 5th Place, Digital Communication & Design Concepts (Open); 6th Place, Parliamentary Procedure Concepts (Open); 6th Place, Administrative Support Concepts (Open); 6th Place, Business Meeting Management Concepts

Logan S.: 6th Place, Advanced Accounting

Joey N.: 6th Place, Fundamental Accounting

Payton M.: 7th Place, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications

Jessie C.: 7th Place, Graphic Design Promotion

Austin H.: 7th Place, Personal Financial Management

BPA presents awards for service to their chapter, school, and community with Torch Awards. Nine students also earned the Statesman Torch Award: Kendra B., Kendall C., Wesley M., Bianca P., Lukas S., Ryan S., Logan S., Hannah V., and Emma W.

WEATHER MEANT PLAN B FOR HOSA!

HOSA presentationThe HOSA Regional Conference was cancelled due to weather.  Plan B was students testing and presenting on January 22nd in the Media Center. We are thankful that Mark Burley, Director of Michigan HOSA, was here to administer and judge. The students appreciated the opportunity to participate and get some feedback after all of their hard work getting ready for the original event.

Stay tuned for results.

Posted: January 23, 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.

Jodi Manore AVCA 2019 Hall Of Fame

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


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!

Posted: January 2, 2020


BHS STUDENTS AT UT ENGINEERING'S DESIGN COMPETITION

Collage of group pictures of students at UT Design CompetitionAP Physics attended the annual Design Competition at UT Engineering. The students were in groups of four and were asked to build a car that would have the highest momentum but not break an egg that was to be placed inside the car.

Bedford had 16 students compete in 4 teams. There were 34 teams total with over 130 students from 12 area high schools.

They also attended a discussion on the future of automated cars held by ODOT and visited the senior engineering student expo where we saw a few Bedford alumni presenting their senior projects in the engineering school.

Posted: December 19, 2019


A Reminder from Our Nurses:

This is the time of year when we start to see the typical seasonal increase in the number of viral illnesses reported. All of our schools are taking extra precautions to help minimize the spread of those germs that commonly appear now. Extra cleaning is being performed and all hard surfaces are being disinfected.

You can help, too! Remind your student to practice good hand hygiene and cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Please be vigilant in watching your student for signs and symptoms of illness, including fever, rash, nausea/vomiting, sore throat, etc. As always, seek the guidance of a health care professional if necessary. It's also not too late to get a flu shot!

As we head into winter break, this would also be a great time to remind your child to bring gym clothes, and any other extra clothing items stashed away in their lockers, home to launder.

Here's to a happy and HEALTHY holiday season!

Posted: December 19, 2019


QUIZ BOWL TEAM RETAINS CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY

Quiz Bowl Team Group Photo with TrophyWhen 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


Swimmers Make Splash at States!

The MHSAA Girls Swim State Finals featured 5 young ladies from Bedford High School: Lindy, Sydney, Tina, Ava and Hannah!

This team of 5 placed 19th overall at the State meet. They worked well together to place in a couple of relay events: Sydney, Tina, Ava and Hannah took 17th place in the 200 Medley Relay and Ava, Hannah, Sydney and Lindy took 16th place in the 200 Freestyle Relay at the State meet.

Individually, Lindy took 2nd Place in State 50 Freestyle and 3rd Place in State 100 Freestyle and Sydney finished in 37th Place in State 100 Backstroke. Both Sydney and Lindy earned All State honors for their efforts.

Updated: January 6, 2020


Eyeglasses Assistance

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 our office at 734-850-6100 and we'll send one home with your child.

Posted: November 5, 2019


Congrats Girls Cross Country Team Takes 10th Place at State!

Congratulations to our runners! This is a great accomplishment!

Updated: December 9, 2019


Emma Mulder in mid golf swingBHS GOLFER PLACES AT STATE TOURNAMENT!

Congratulations, Emma Mulder! She took 15th place at the MHSAA State girls golf tournament.

MHSAA GIRLS GOLF FINALS

Updated: October 21, 2019



Marching band members on fieldMarching Band Does It Again!

The Kicking Mules Marching Band earned a superior rating with straight 1's by all adjudicators for the 6th straight year at MSBOA Marching Band Festival in Flat Rock on Monday, October 14th. The theme of the show was "TV Time" and featured theme songs from Friends, Hawaii Five-o, Spongebob Squarepants, Hannah Montana, and Star Trek.

Posted: October 15, 2019


WRITING LAB

Writing lab is open and operating in room C-6 for 4th hour and room A-24 for 5th hour. The concept is similar to Math Lab in that it is homeroom help requiring a referral/pass from a teacher for attendance. However, Writing Lab is available for any student in any content area who needs help with a reading or writing issue. We would ask students bring rubrics for projects to help us guide them. We would also be happy to review student writing for college and job applications.

Posted: October 7, 2019


SENIOR SEND OFF

The Facebook group page that has been created is:
2020 Senior Send Off
Email: 2020seniorsendoff@gmail.com (all lowercase)

Posted: September 17, 2019


TUTORING CENTER NOW OPEN

Tutoring is now available in the Media Center Monday-Thursday right after school.

Posted: September 11, 2019


AWESOME ARTISTS!

There is an annual juried art show for high school students in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. This year we are pleased to announce that 5 of our high school students have had their entries selected for inclusion in the 2019 FOCUS show!

collage of 5 artists and their work

Congratulations to Zoe M., Sarah D., Torrie C., Kendal S., and Savanna B.!

Torrie, Kendal and Zoe will have their pieces displayed in the American Frame Show in January.

Updated: September 30, 2019


Bedford High School All-Girl Robotics Team Reaches Finals in All-Girl Competition

group photo of ladies' robotics team

Bedford High School's Bedford Express FRC Robotics Team sent a squad of ladies to the Goonettes Invitational, an all-girl FIRST Robotics Competition held in Woodhaven on Saturday, September 14th. Captains Layni R. and Alexis F. successfully drove through the qualifications matches with a 7-0-1 record, earning a second place ranking. Freshman Savannah F., Jessica S. and Sarah B. did an incredible job maintaining the robot in our pit in addition to filling roles of human player and technician. The team advanced through the quarter-finals and semi-finals before falling to the top ranked alliance in the finals. This is the first time Bedford Express has attended an all-girls event since 2015 and we are hopeful that a strong class with seven freshman girls will allow us to continue to compete in the future.

Bedford Express is preparing now for fall/winter classes and the start of build season in January. Students interested in joining the co-ed 2020 team (and mentors interested in helping) can register on the Bedford Express website.

More information about the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) can be found on the FIRST FRC website.

Updated: September 23, 2019


Pets at Events

Please be reminded that pets are not allowed inside Bedford athletic facilities. This is a liability and safety issue. Service dogs are an exception.

Posted: April 23, 2019


ORDER SCHOOL PICTURES ONLINE

You can place your school picture order online at mylifetouch.com.
Use Picture Day ID: LM759003Y0

ORDER YEARBOOKS ONLINE

Yearbook orders are all placed online at yearbookforever.com Cost: $75 until January 11, 2020; and then $85 after that. Personalization is an additional $10 and order must be placed by January 25, 2020.

*Note: There will be NO extra yearbooks ordered, and once the yearbook sales end, there will be NO wait list for any overruns.

**Select past volumes of BHS Yearbooks and Spring Supplements are available from when extra quantities were ordered. Click here to view surplus issues available and details to purchase.

Updated: October 7, 2019


COLLECTING BOX TOPS & FOOD TOWN RECEIPTS

We are once again collecting box tops. Please bring your box tops to your homeroom teacher. Save your Temperance Food Town receipts for the High School. You can bring them in or drop them in the box at the store check outs. These will help to purchase items for the high school. Thank you for saving!

Posted September 7, 2018


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.

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


SUBSTITUTES NEEDED

Bedford Public Schools has substitute teaching opportunities for those with 90+ credit hours from a four-year accredited college or university.  Substitute teachers have the opportunity to choose the grade levels or subjects they prefer to teach and even how often you would like to work. If you are interested in this opportunity, our substitute teachers also referred to as “Guest Teachers” are hired through EDUStaff. Start your application today..

Para Professional, Lunchroom, Secretarial, Bus Driver and Playground Substitutes Throughout the District Also Needed

Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.

BHS CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

* Note: Dismissal time on any half days is at 11:00 AM.

ADDITIONAL CALENDAR LINKS

Athletic Events Calendar

District Facilities Calendar

(ML Schedules is a searchable calendar for events at all Bedford Public Schools' facilities)

2019-2020 District Student
School-Year-At-a Glance Calendar

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Note: Easter is the last day of Spring Break (April 12, 2020).

2020-2021 District
School-Year-At-A-Glance​ Calendar

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Note: Easter is the first Sunday of Spring Break. (April 4, 2021)


COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Community & Adult Education programs, classes, leagues, and events for the current season.

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Winter 2020 Brochure

Register Online!


STUDENT HANDBOOK


Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy


OK2SAY

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If you see or hear something that doesn't seem right, you can submit a confidential tip to OK2SAY. OK2SAY allows anyone to confidentially report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at Michigan students, school employees, or schools.

     TEXT: 652729 (OK2SAY)
     PHONE: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
     EMAIL: OK2Say
     ONLINE: www.ok2say.com

App available for iPhone and Android devices

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO SEEK HELP:

     National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
     1-800-273-TALK (8255)

     DoSomething.org Crisis Text Line:
     741741


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Thank you to Bedford Voters for supporting our schools! Follow our progress on Bond projects at: www.mybedford.us/bond.html


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