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The following representatives are currently scheduled to be here to answer any questions you may have or just to talk with you about the university. Representatives will be in the Media Center unless otherwise noted. Students must sign up in the Counseling Office.

University of Toledo
Admission Counselor
Wednesday, March 6th
During Homerooms in
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Monroe County Community College
Wednesday, March 13th
9:30 AM
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NOW REGISTERING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!

We are accepting new student registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. Stop in the office today!

For more information, please call 734-850-6028, or our school office:
     Bedford High School and Bedford Virtual Academy: 734-850-6100

WHAT TO BRING WHEN YOU REGISTER:
-- Bedford Public Schools Registration Form
-- Health Appraisal Form
-- Proof of Residency which must include:
     -- Proof of homeownership (Property tax, deed) or rental/lease agreement
     -- Current utility bill (water, gas, electric) or homeowner's insurance policy
     -- Valid Michigan Driver's License or Michigan State ID
           with current Bedford address
-- Certified Birth Certificate *
-- Accurate Immunization Records
-- Hearing & Vision Screening Records (due 8/23/2019)
-- Custody/Guardianship Papers (if applicable)
-- Recommended: Your calendar to schedule a screening date in June

* If parent's name is different than what is listed on the child's birth certificate, additional documentation will be required.

Updated: April 16, 2019


BHS STUDENTS FINISH IN TOP 5 IN DESIGN CONTEST

Group photo of top 5

The 39th annual student design competition sponsored by the Monroe County Home Builders Association/Kohler Architects had Bedford High School students as 2 of the top 5 finishers! Ryan Gore has his name engraved on the 2nd place trophy for all of eternity. Brandon Thomas finished in 5th place. Both received cash prizes as well. Congratulations, gentlemen!

Posted: May 22, 2019


NOTES FOR MHSAA DISTRICT SOFTBALL & BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS HOSTED AT BEDFORD

Bedford will be hosting MHSAA District tournaments for both softball and baseball on Saturday, June 1st.

The gate will open at 9:00 AM and admission will be $6. Because this is a MHSAA event, no passes can be accepted.

All parking will be in the high school lot with handicapped areas designated and clearly marked. Any vehicles parked on a grassy area will be towed immediately.

There will be only one entrance for spectators located on the access road between the tennis courts and baseball outfield. All other entrances will not be open. The tennis courts and football stadium will be locked and will not be available for public access during this tournament.

Posted: May 22, 2019


TRACK ATHLETES BREAK SCHOOL RECORD AND SEVERAL EARN TRIP TO STATE MEET

The Bedford boys track team took 4th at the regional meet on Friday at Ypsilanti Lincoln. They had several great performances. The 4x200 relay team of Anthony Pisanti, Noah Scheffer, Colin Chevalier and Brandon Thomas won the regional competition in a school record time of 1:30.55. The record they broke was 55 years old from 1964! They will represent Bedford at the state meet on June 1st at East Kentwood High School!

Other qualifiers for the state meet were Anthony Pisanti in the 110 hurdles, Noah Scheffer in the 800m, Ethan Lingle in the Pole Vault, and the 4x400 relay team of Brandon Thomas, Micah Scheffer, Noah Scheffer and Colin Chevalier.

On the girls team, Jayda Copciac qualified for the discus.

Posted: May 21, 2019


MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Mental Health Essay Challenge

Open to students 16-18
Entries due: May 31, 2019
Cash prizes available for selected essays
Essay details and entry instructions

#4Mind4body challenge

Mental Health America has a challenge each day in May to make small changes – both physically and mentally – to create gains for our overall health and well-being. Each day of the week we will have a theme for the type of activity and those will be shared with high school students through Schoology:

#MindfulMonday, #TastyTuesday, #WellnessWednesday, #ThoughtfulThursday, #FitnessFriday, #StressFreeSaturday and #SleepWellSunday

DAY 21 -- DIET TWEAKS
#TastyTuesday: Checking in on the 3rd #TastyTuesday – have you been able to 'tweak' your regular diet to incorporate some of the foods that support positive mental health?

Here is a favorite recipe that includes many of the listed food items:

Corn and Black Bean Guacamole
Ingredients

· 3 medium to large avocados
· 1 small roma tomato (diced)
· 1/4 cup diced red onion
· 1 jalapeno pepper (diced)
· 2 TBS - 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
· 1/2 cup corn
· 1/2 cup black beans (rinsed)
· 1 tsp chili powder
· garlic powder
· 1 tsp salt
· juice from 1 lime

Instructions

1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Cut each avocado into pieces inside the skin. Scoop out into a bowl with a spoon.
2. Add your tomato, onion, cilantro, corn, and black beans to the bowl.
3. Sprinkle with garlic powder, chili powder, salt and add limejuice to taste.
4. Stir gently to combine.
5. Serve with your favorite chips.

A video to gently remind you of the top 10 healthiest foods.

DAY 20 -- MAKING AN EFFORT TO BE MINDFUL
#MindfulMonday: Research indicates that people who practice mindfulness regularly experience benefits like reduced rumination (repeated thoughts about distress or problems without finding solutions), reduced stress levels, boosted working memory, increased focus, less emotional reactivity and more relationship satisfaction.

Dr. Dzung Vo, a pediatrician and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada specializes in teaching and researching how mindfulness can promote resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of stress and adversity.

Here is a 3 minute video, "Mindfullness: Youth Voices" of what teens reported about mindfulness.

One exercise to try is Mindful Listening. The idea is to listen intently from a neutral standpoint, with a present awareness -to become fully entwined – don't' think---hear.

Mindfulness Bell - A 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

DAY 19 -- IMPORTANCE OF AVOIDING DEPRIVATION
#SleepWellSunday: Sleep. For some, it may seem like a waste of time. You could instead be answering e-mail, doing a chore, working or finishing school tasks. But research shows you're more likely to succeed at your tasks – and enjoy greater well-being – if you get some serious shuteye.

Of course, it's not easy to sleep when you're feeling overwhelmed. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they lose sleep because of stress. That's especially unfortunate because sleep combats some of the fallout of stress, and poor sleep has been linked to significant problems including:
-- impaired memory
-- reduced immune system functioning
-- weight gain
-- greater likelihood of accidents

Radical changes occur in adolescence include tremendous hormonal shifts and significant brain development, which affect teenage behavior. However, the physical, mental and behavioral consequences of chronic sleep deprivation are profound. Studies indicate 60-70% of American teens live with a borderline to severe sleep debt.

According to Dr. Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry at Brown University, sleep deprivation puts teenagers into a kind of perpetual cloud or haze. That haze, Dr. Carskadon, stated, can negatively affect teenager's mood, ability to think, to react, to regulate their emotions, to learn and to get along with adults.

In addition, recent research suggests sleep deprivation interferes with brain function at a cellular level. Scientists at UCLA found that sleep deprivation interferes with the ability of some brain cells to function and communicate with one another.

Sleep deprivation: disrupts levels of hormones that affect thought, mood and energy; leaves key areas of the brain "always on" and activates genes that interfere with optimal brain activity.

Additional side effects include:

YOU CAN'T FOCUS WELL.
Attention is especially sensitive to the effects of sleep deprivation. Attention is about focus and concentration-your ability to stay with tasks long enough to make meaningful progress. Sleep deprivation makes focus harder to achieve.

YOUR REACTION TIME SLOWS DOWN.
Reacting to changing circumstances around is a critical skill that helps keep us and others – safe. It can be significantly compromised by sleep deprivation.

TROUBLE MAKING -- AND STORING--MEMORIES.
Research indicates sleep is deeply critical to memory in all its phases – from acquiring memories to storing them, to recalling them. Sleep deprivation impairs learning and the ability to create new memories. Poor sleep also diminished your capacity to recall the memories you've already made.

DECISION MAKING SKILLS AND JUDGMENT SKILLS SUFFER.
The area of the brain that handles planning and complex decision making and enables you to make complicated, nuanced judgment calls that balance risk and reward (prefrontal cortex) is especially hard hit by sleep deprivation. Low on sleep, you're more likely to be impulsive in your decision making and engage in risky behavior.

The video, "What would happen if you didn't sleep?" by Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep. Dr. Claudia Aquirre is a neuroscientist who earned her doctorate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California (USC).

DAY 18 -- HOBBY TIME
#StressFreeSaturday: Today's challenge is about hobbies. Many, if not most of us, find ourselves stuck in a daily or weekly routine that offers little more than a 'rinse and repeat' type of life. This is great because a schedule is easy to stick with and we always know what to expect, which makes life easy to sail through.

However, what happens when that routine becomes very dull and overly predictable?

A benefit of having a hobby allows us to relax and sore of 'zone out' while doing something we find enjoyable. Hobbies can be physical like golf, gardening or dancing, or they can be activities like writing, making music, crafting or cosplaying that provide an opportunity to flex our creative muscles.

Incorporating a hobby into your life can add the excitement and spark that it may need to flow over to your overall performance and ability to maintain a healthy family and other relationships.

-- Hobbies are a great stress reliever. They are a healthy and productive distraction from school and personal troubles.
-- Hobbies encourage you to take a break. Hobbies offer you an opportunity to take a break, while also giving you a sense of purpose.
-- Hobbies allow you to explore yourself and your talents. You never really know what you're capable of unless you try something.
-- Hobbies can help your performance. Having a hobby helps you learn how to handle stress and think creatively.
-- Hobbies help you grow. Doing something that leaves you feeling inspired and recharged feeds your soul.
-- Hobbies exercise the brain, which is a benefit for mental health. Many of us get stuck in a repetitive routine, doing the same thing continually. A hobby can compliment your work by exercising your brain in different ways.

So, how to choose a hobby that will work for you? Different hobbies offer different benefits. Perhaps answering the following questions may assist you in finding the 'perfect' hobby for you.

   What are you currently missing- more social time, competition, relaxation?
   What health need could your hobby help with-cardio, exercising your brain, spending time outdoors?
   What interest would you like to further?
   What skills would you like to have?
   What social groups would you like to be involved with?

10 hobbies for mental health and happiness:
-- Meditation for relaxation
-- Dance is best for happiness
-- Acting is great for making friends
-- Mind-body exercises (yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong) are best for relaxation and inner peace
-- Walking/hiking/running in nature are best for anxiety, depression and overall mental health
-- Art/writing/photography are good hobbies for creativity
-- Gardening is a good hobby for relaxation and happiness
-- Time at the beach is best for relaxation
-- Cooking is best for health
-- Volunteering/altruism and compassion are good for happiness
-- Aikdo is a good hobby for happiness and inner peace

Which hobby will you choose?

DAY 17 -- EMOTIONAL FITNESS
#FitnessFriday: It's #FitnessFriday with the focus on 'emotional fitness'. Emotional fitness is the simple idea that our minds need regular exercise and training just as much as our bodies do in order to stay healthy and fit.

Consider the following:
-- have you ever wished you could handle stress with a little more grace and a little less anxiety?
-- do you frequently get the sense that your most important relationships would be stronger if you had a better handle on your own emotional struggles?
-- or perhaps you are about to enter a new phase of life (graduation – moving away from home, etc) and want to be as emotionally available and balanced as possible but worry that you're not quite there?

Three exercises to build your emotional fitness include:

1. TRAIN YOUR ATTENTION MUSCLE WITH MINDFULNESS
As Winifred Gallagher puts it in her book, "Rapt": Your life-who you are, what you think, feel and do, what you love – is the sum of what you focus on. This means that if we want to get serious about changing how we think about things, we need to build up our attention muscle and learn to control what we choose to focus on or disengage from. We need to strengthen our ability to shift our attention from whatever event or stimuli happens to attract it and keep it focused on the things that will help us make good decisions, do our best work and move toward our values and goals.

2. ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING PATTERNS WITH COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING
Things themselves don't make us feel the way we do; instead, it's the way we think about things that impact us emotionally. Our thoughts cause emotions, not things themselves. So, if our thoughts determine the quality of how we feel on a regular basis, that means that by changing how we tend to think about things, we can change how we tend to feel about things. A good place to begin changing negative or unhelpful thought patterns and/or habits is to learn to identify and then modify cognitive distortions. If you are not familiar with the term, you can learn more about them in this article: 10 Types of Negative Self-Talk(and How to Correct Them)

3. BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS USING VALIDATION
Many people have unhealthy relationships with their own emotions. Although it sounds technical, the concept of emotional validation is simple: rather than try to fix or eliminate our emotions, we can acknowledge them instead with a couple of techniques.

-- label your emotions clearly. We tend to you vague terms to describe what we are experiencing. Instead, be very specific about emotion your feeling at the time…Nervous? Ashamed? Disillusioned? Excluded? Guilty?.......
-- notice the complexity of your emotions. The vast majority of the time our emotional state involves many different emotions of various intensities.
-- practice tolerating and accepting emotional discomfort. Of course, we don't enjoy feeling sad or anxious or guilty. Rather than trying to fix or eliminate our negative emotions and moods (which incorrectly teaches the brain to interpret them as threats), it's best to simply acknowledge them.
-- learn your "emotional kryptonite". Everyone has certain emotions they especially dislike and tend to avoid. But this avoidance can lead to serious negative consequences.

DAY 16 -- VIEWING YOURSELF
#ThoughtfulThursday: Today's focus includes self-respect and self-esteem.

Self-respect is indicative of how you view yourself. Showing self-respect keeps your positive feelings about you flowing and growing. When you practice self-respect, you will feel more positive emotions and thoughts about yourself.

Some tips to help develop a healthy level of self-respect include:
-- consider your own feelings
-- avoid making self-deprecating comments
-- acknowledge to yourself that you deserve respectful treatment
-- avoid allowing anyone to treat you disrespectfully
-- behave in ways that show you care
-- treat others with respect

Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It's based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can sometimes feel difficult to change.

Your self-esteem can affect whether you:
-- like and value yourself as a person
-- are able to make decisions and assert yourself
-- recognize your strengths and positives
-- feel able to try new and/or difficult things
-- show kindness towards yourself
-- move past mistakes without blaming yourself unfairly
-- take the time you need for yourself
-- believe your matter and are good enough
-- believe you deserve happiness

It's important to remember that you have the right to feel good about who you are.

Thought for today: Know Your Worth

"You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served" -Tene Edwards-

Question to ponder: If your thoughts were posted on a billboard, would you be proud or embarrassed by them? Would you even dare to say those things to someone else? If not, why would you believe it's OK to be telling them to yourself?

DAY 15 -- SELF-REGULATION
#WellnessWednesday: The focus today is to learn about self-regulation and it's impact on our relationships with family, friends and society in general.

According to Dr. Stuart Shanker, self-regulation refers to the manner in which an individual deals with stress, in it's many forms, and then solves problems constructively.

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a research professor of Philosphoy and Psycholgost at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also the founder and Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute (SRI) and an acclaimed author and international speaker. Dr. Shanker is best known as Canada's leading expert in the psychophysiological theory of self-regulation.

Dr. Shanker states there are five domains of self-regulation with each one having it's own unique set of stressors – biological, emotion, cognitive, social and prosocial.

Although unique, they are all interlocked in such a way that stress in any one domain can exacerbate stress-reactivity in another. His series of YouTube videos explains more:
-- What is Self-Reg?
-- The Biological Domain
-- The Emotion Domain
-- The Cognitive Domain
-- The Prosocial Domain

Updated: May 22, 2019


LINK CREW OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for our next Link Crew Team to help during freshman orientation. If interested, see Mrs Avalos in A25 for an application.

Posted: May 17, 2019


DATES OF NOTE FOR SENIORS

Schedule for Seniors' Final Week

Monday, May 20th
   Regular Class Schedule (locker cleanout 2nd hour)

Tuesday, May 21st
   Regular Class Schedule
   Exam Hours 6th & 7th

Wednesday, May 22nd
   Senior Breakfast during 1st & 2nd Hour
   Exams Hours 3rd & 4th or 5th
   Students released after 4th or 5th hour Exam

Thursday, May 23rd
   Exam Hours 1st & 2nd followed by
   Chromebook Collection after exams
   Senior Relays*
*During senior relays students will receive items necessary for them to take part in the graduation ceremony. (Seniors will be dismissed after relays)

Friday, May 24th
   No School for Senior Students

GRADUATION!

Sunday, June 2nd
University of Toledo – Savage Arena

12:00 pm
Practice
Attendance at practice is mandatory for those planning to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students who arrive late for practice will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Students should eat before coming to the University of Toledo. Graduates are expected to remain at Savage Arena prior to graduation ceremony.

1:30 pm
The University of Toledo, Savage Arena doors open to the public

2:00 pm
Commencement

Senior Send Off

FUNDRAISER:
The Senior Sendoff committee is hosting a Flap Jack fundraiser at Applebee's on Monroe Street in Toledo on Saturday, May 11 from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. The breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes, along with sausage or bacon and juice. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale during lunch for $8. All students and their families & friends are welcomed so please come support the Seniors Sendoff and be served by your favorite teachers & staff!

PERMISSION SLIPS:
Seniors, make sure to stop in the office and pick up your paperwork for Senior Sendoff. You will need the permission slips completed by May 17th. DO NOT MISS THIS DEADLINE!

SCHEDULE:
10:40 pm
Student Registration / Check-in in BHS Cafeteria

10:45 pm
Buses leave for University of Toledo's – Student Recreation Center. Permission slips are available in the office and are due 5-17. All participating students must take the school bus to and from the University of Toledo.

Posted: April 30, 2019


Summer Test Out Applications

Summer test out applications are due to the main office on Friday, May 24 by 2:30 pm. Forms can be found on the Counseling page of this website (Use the tab in the navigation bar at the top of this page.) No late registration forms will be taken this year. Please have your form and money in on time. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Schultz in B2.

While you can select a preferred week of testing, you must be available to make an appointment to test out on any day of that week.

Testing Weeks:
   Week 1: July 22 - July 26
   Week 2: July 29 - August 2

Any available study materials can be picked up in the high school office June 17 - June 28.

Posted: May 8, 2019


NEW SPRING MERCHANDISE/SENIOR SHIRTS IN MULE MART

New items include shorts for guys and girls. Seniors, be sure to stop in to get your 2019 Senior Mule Pride t-shirt for only $8 that can be customized with your name on the back free!

Posted: May 7, 2019


LAST DAY FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR TO REMAIN JUNE 11th.

Michigan House and Senate have approved legislation to excuse four additional emergency days (this year). The Bill has been sent to the Governor for her signature. This means no adjustments will be needed to the end of this school year's calendar. The last day of school will be a half day on June 11th as originally planned. Thank you Bedford for your patience and support.

Posted: May 2, 2019


MORE BHS WRITERS RECOGNIZED!

Congratulations go out to two more writers from Bedford High School: Torrie Cleavenger for winning the 2019 Monroe County Library's National Poetry Month Poetry Contest in the teen category for her poem "Empathy Against a Cloud" and to Drew Harper for being published in the national print magazine Teen Ink. Drew's memoir, "The Travelers," is in the March/April issue.

Updated: May 14, 2019

We have another published student author! A poem by Hannah W. was selected to be published in the Spring 2019 River Raisin Review, a local writing magazine published by the Monroe County Libraries. This brings the number of published authors at Bedford High School to six!

Updated: March 14, 2019

Five students at Bedford High School have previously received accolades for their writing.

Two of them were recognized as Scholastic Art and Writing Awards winners. Since this program started in 1923, many teens have been honored and you may recognize some of the past recipients names: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham. Now, Bedford High School students, senior Mackenzie G., and junior Kendal S., can be added to that list with their Honorable Mention Awards in the poetry and memoir/personal essay categories, respectively.

5 BHS student writers

Three other BHS students have been selected for publication in the national print magazine Teen Ink. A half-million Teen Ink readers will see the memoirs of Lexus I., Caitlyn S., and Jessica T. in the pages of their January/February 2019 issue.

Congratulations to all of our creative writers!

Posted: February 25, 2019


ROBOTICS SEASON FINALE AT DETROIT FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

Bedford High School's Bedford Express FIRST Robotics Team 1023 finished a successful season with a trip to the Detroit FIRST Championship the last weekend of April. The team ranked 9th out of 68 teams in the Curie Division (1 of 6 divisions at the event) and were the first pick of the fifth seeded alliance captain, team # 2851 Crevolution from Sterling Heights, MI. They were joined by team # 967, the Iron Lions from Marion, Iowa and team # 5509 Like A Boss from Midland, MI. This alliance was eliminated in the quarterfinal rounds on the Curie field by the 4th seeded alliance.

Other highlights from their season include:

Michigan State Championship Tournament:
District Champion Finalist on the Dow field
Quality Award Winner
Ranked 8th in Michigan

Jackson District Tournament:
Event Finalist
Gracious Professionalism Award

Gibraltar District Tournament:
Event Winner
Gracious Professionalism Award

Posted: May 2, 2019


"Supplying Our Future" Backpacks for Kids in Monroe County

Backpacks for Kids logoThis is program run by a group of caring people and our friends at the Salvation Army and the United Way of Monroe County who are working to make sure every child K-12 has the school supplies necessary to start school. It is that time of year again we are seeking applicants to receive backpacks and school supplies in August to make sure they start next school year off on the right track. Deadline to return the Backpack Referral Form is July 19th.

Backpack Pick Up date is Friday, August 9th from 4-6 pm at the Francis Family YMCA at 2000 W. Dean Road, Temperance Michigan 48182. Students can bring swimsuits and enjoy the YMCA pool, too, but parents MUST swim with their children!

Posted: April 29, 2019


BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR
Saturday, August 17, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Monroe County Health Department has scheduled their annual Back to School Health Fair at 2353 South Custer Road, Monroe, MI 48161. Free services for children ages 5-19 will be offered there! Limited appointments are available. Please call 734-240-7800 for more information.

-- Immunizations
-- Hearing & Vision Screenings
-- School/Sports Physicals
-- Nutrition Education
-- Recycling Education
-- Medication Takeback
--And Family Fun & Games!

Posted: May 15, 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


Happy for HOSA!

The Future Health Professionals (HOSA) State Leadership Conference was held at the Amway Plaza in Grand Rapids in March. This year, Michigan HOSA had 7,498 members in 128 chapters which includes public high schools, charter schools, and ISD technical/career centers. Over 3,250 students participated in events at the State Leadership Conference.

This year, Bedford HOSA set new highs in membership (60), in regional participants (58), in state qualifiers at regionals (53), in medal winners at regionals (22), and in state conference participants (15). At the State Leadership Conference, Bedford students represented themselves well. Kaylin Eighmey in Extemporaneous Writing and Caroline Groll in Extemporaneous Health Poster were recognized as state finalists by placing in the top 8. The team of Gabe Regalado and Evan Handy became the first Bedford team to advance to the final round in Forensic Science. Each event had about 50 participants at the State Conference.

Posted: April 17, 2019


LOST AND FOUND

Are you missing an item? The main office lost and found is overflowing. We currently have coats, bookbags, phones and jewelry in abundance!

Posted: April 15, 2019


FALL ACTIVITIES & SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

BEDFORD SIDELINE CHEER TRYOUTS
**YOU WILL NEED A PHYSICAL COMPLETED AFTER APRIL 15, 2019 TO TRYOUT!**
High School tryouts: May 28-30 from 5-7 pm, high school new gym

For tryouts athletes must wear Bedford colors, cheer or tennis shoes, and no jewelry throughout all of tryouts! Sideline cheer tryout packets are now available in the main office.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
There will be a parent meeting for Bedford Football players in grades 9-12 next year on Tuesday 5/28 at 6 pm in the gym. We will be discussing the summer calendar and the upcoming season.

MARCHING BAND/COLOR GUARD
The Bedford High School Marching Band has no prerequisites of any kind and provides extracurricular involvement for students before they actually enter high school.

Marching Band Registration Form should be completed using the student's mybedford email account by 5/15 if possible.

Marching Band payments can be made through MySchoolBucks..

Additional program information can be found in the Marching Band Handbook.

Any questions can be director to band directors Mr. Cory Meggitt or Mr. Josh Glover.

HOCKEY
There will be a brief meeting for hockey players on Monday, May 13 right after school in the cafeteria.

SUMMER TENNIS PRACTICE
Both Boys and Girls Tennis will be on the courts on Tuesday mornings beginning June 25th from 8-10 am. No practice on July 2nd.

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Quick Note about Sports Physicals and Tryouts:
A MHSAA physical is required for participation in any of our district's athletics activities and would be required for tryouts and before practice begins. A physical must be dated after April 15th prior to the start of the respective year but is then good for that entire school year. (So after April 15, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year.)

There are a couple of potential areas for confusion to occur. For example, an athlete that only does a spring sport and gets a physical for that may assume that they would then be covered for a fall sport. This doesn't work for MHSAA because while both sports are part of the same calendar year, they are in different school years.

The other area that becomes confusing is with tryouts. For example, a current spring athlete may wish to tryout for Cheer. MHSAA considers the spring sport OK with your current physical, but the tryout is technically for a fall one so they require a new physical to be completed before participating in the tryouts.

We realize that in Final Forms, it may be saying that an athlete's physical does not expire for for some time yet but that is only applicable for 2018-19 school year activities.

Updated: May 17, 2019



GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

Congratulations Bill Ryan - The Toledo Blade "Coach of the Year" for Girls Basketball

Posted: April 16, 2019


BHS Student Artwork in University of St. Francis Art Exhibit in Indiana

Thirty schools from the tri-state area (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana) displayed 200 pieces in their largest show in University of St. Francis history. Seven students from Bedford High School had nine pieces selected for inclusion in this exhibit: Kendal S. (2 Pieces), Evan W.(2 Pieces), Hannah W., Torrie C., Sarah D., Donivan B., and Regan D.

Kendall and her artwork, "The Diver"

Kendall Schreder also received an award for Outstanding Achievement for her pen and ink drawing titled "The Diver."

Three students also attended the University of St. Francis' annual high school workshop with art instructor, Mr. Jason Sanderson, and worked in one of the college's studios for a day of life drawing instruction. Mr. Sanderson enjoyed an opportunity to participate in a printmaking workshop held for teachers.

The University of St. Francis exhibit runs through March 20th.

Posted: March14, 2019


DECA COMPETES AT STATE CONFERENCE

This past weekend 15 DECA members competed at the state conference in Detroit. Congratulations to state finalists Weston Matlow, Maddy Andra, Kim Sparks and Josie Moore who all finished in the top 10 in the state in their respective events.

Posted: March11, 2019


BHS SWIMMERS MAKE A SPLASH AT STATES!

Nine Bedford Swimmers (Noah Scheffer, Thomas Zoldowski, Micah Scheffer, Ian Metter, Ethan Tennant, Gavin Guenther, Jeffery Pauli, Ross Thomas, and Alex Sancrant) competed at the D2 State Meet. As a team, they finished with a strong 10th place.

Individually, they had 3 All-State performers, 8 personal bests, and 4 new school records!

Senior Noah Scheffer set team records in the 100 Butterfly (6th place), 100 Freestyle, and was part of the 400 Free Relay Record along with Thomas Zoldowski, Micah S. and Ian Metter (4th Place).

Sophomore Thomas Zoldowski finished 10th in his 200 IM with a 1 second PR, and 6th in the 100 Backstroke with a 1 second PR.

Freshman, Micah Scheffer set a new 50 free record and finished 5th. He also finished 11th in the 100 freestyle.

Posted: March11, 2019


SUMMER ENGINEERING/SCIENCE PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR GIRLS

Junior girls can explore the fields of engineering and science at a 2-week summer program hosted by Kettering University. For more information, visit kettering.edu/lites.

Posted: March11, 2019


INTERNET SAFETY LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT

February 28, 2019

Dear Parents:

A recent social media challenge targeting children and young adults called the "Momo Challenge," has created concern throughout the country due to its disturbing nature. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of this challenge, provide you with information about it, and urge you to monitor your children's use of social media and the Internet. The "Momo Challenge," a game reportedly found on Facebook, YouTube, Kids Tube, WhatsApp, and various other games and apps features a frightening avatar who asks its viewers to perform various tasks and provide photos as proof. The "Momo" threatens those who do not perform the tasks. Technology companies have released statements pointing out that there is no evidence supporting claims that the challenge actually exists within their sites. These companies believe that the word of mouth and viral images being passed around are perpetuating the concerns across the nation. Nevertheless, we are taking a proactive approach by asking parents to please be vigilant in monitoring your child's social media and internet interactions.

It's important that children know that they should not be trying to contact strangers online, regardless of the method. Setting privacy systems on devices with your child is a great way to have this conversation and agree on automatic precautions. Fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency about online activity ensures that children can thrive. If you do notice them switching screens on their devices when approached or new numbers or email addresses on their devices, it's worth checking in with them.

We send this letter with caution because talking about the Challenge can cause alarm and fear in more students than those actually exposed. However, because many students are aware and discussing this at school, we wanted to address the issue. Thank you and we appreciate your continued partnership in ensuring a safe and protected learning experience. There are several prominent media sources that have completed reports on the topic of "Momo" and can easily be found by parents looking for further information on the topic. Please reach out to your child's principal if you have any questions or information to share.

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent
Bedford Public Schools


WRESTLERS COMPETING AT STATES THIS WEEKEND!

Bedford will be represented at the Wrestling State Finals this Friday to Saturday by:
      Cade Sutterfield – 125
      Rollie Denker – 130
      Randy Boisselle – 135
      Colin Jagielski – 171
      Blake Wingate – 215

GO MULES!

Posted: February 26, 2019


Bedford's First Female All-State Wrestler!

Bedford's wrestling program has a number of reasons to be proud. They are now the 2019 District Champs! But one wrestler has already earned All-State Honors: Sylvia Pierce became Bedford's first Female All-State Wrestler! Sylvia went 3-1 and took 5th place at the first annual all girls State Championship! Way to go, Sylvia!

Sylvia Pierce on the podium at All Girls State Wrestling Tournament

Posted: February 7, 2019


HOSA STUDENTS EXCEL AT REGIONAL EVENT

The HOSA Regional Leadership Conference (event competition) was at the Lenawee County Tech Center on January 12th. There were over 550 students competing from several schools, many of the schools are consortiums or tech centers. Bedford had 53 students (96% of our participants!) place in the top 10 in their events, which qualifies them to attend the State Leadership Conference on March 21st and 22nd. Of the 53, 22 students won medals by placing in the top 3 in their events. HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America), is a national career and technical student organization. Bedford's chapter is in their 3rd year and is under the guidance of Mr. John Groll.

Group photo of HOSA students

Posted: February 7, 2019


First Honors for CTE CyberSecurity Program Students

Cybersecurity students proudly displaying their industry certifications

Bedford High School CTE Department has some exciting news to share. Twenty-six Bedford High School students earned a "Certified Security Awareness" certificate from Mile 2, a certifying agency for the Cyber Security industry. These students are the first group to take Bedford's new Cyber Security course led by instructor Rob Pettrey. Students will be able to take this industry recognized certification right from high school into the workplace.

Posted: February 5, 2019


DECA Students Advance to State Conference Event

DECA competed at the District Conference on January 11th. Just over 40 students competed and fifteen qualified for the State Conference, which will be held March 8-10 in Detroit.

The following were state qualifiers: Madison Andra, Abigail Armstrong, Hannah Bobroski, Meghan Chmiel, Noah Driehorst, Kaylin Eighmey, Elizabeth Geer, Nikole Hawkins, Morgan Kelly, Weston Matlow, Chase McHugh, Josie Moore, Riley Nichols, Kimberly Sparks, and Ivan Stretten.

Posted: January 24, 2019


SENIOR PANORAMIC PICTURES

If you would like to purchase the panoramic picture, there are a few extras. First come, First receive, the cost is $15. If you would like one, please come to the main office to purchase.

Posted: January 22, 2019


BPA Members Participate in
Regional Leadership Conference

group photo of BPA students at Regional Leadership Conference

Nearly 50 members of Bedford High School's chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the Regional Leadership Conference that was held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Henry Ford College in Dearborn.

They competed in a variety of Finance, Management, Marketing, Computer Programming, and Digital events that day, and the following members are eligible to compete at the State Leadership Conference in March 2019:

Advanced Accounting: Lukas Stevens and Ryan Sullivan
Fundamental Accounting: Victoria Brubaker
Entrepreneurship: Kendall Comer
Presentation Management Team Event: Cade Nelson, Austin Malabanan, Haydan Manger and Coby McManaman

Several students were recognized for leadership and service by receiving the Diplomat Torch Award: Katelyn Dobson, Kaylin Eighmey, Hillary Hemry, Grace Johnson, Madison Kerley, Bianca Pezzino, Bailey Pudlowski, Anthony Schulte, and Lily Varney.

Updated: January 16, 2019


BHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN UT DESIGN COMPETITION

Bedford High School teacher, John Groll, took students from his Physics class on a field trip to the University of Toledo where they competed in a design competition at the School of Engineering.

In teams of 4, the students were given the task of building a boat that would sail down a trough carrying washers. When the boat touched the far end, they could unload the washers, each was worth 1 point. If the boat got stuck, you could not touch it. The students were given 1 minute to transport as many washers as they could. The students were given the materials in a bag and had 1 hour and 30 minutes to design, build, and test their boats.

Group photo of students and photo of 4 students preparing boat in trough

"The Design Competition is an awesome experience for our physics students." Mr. Groll shared. "University of Toledo Engineering does a great job hosting this event at their School of Engineering. The students get to visit the campus and School of Engineering as well as meet a few UT students and staff members. The Design Competition coincides with the School of Engineering's Senior Expo, where senior engineering students display their final projects. Our students also get to see the projects and prototypes college students are creating. A few of the UT seniors are Bedford alumni. That is a nice benefit to see former students and their projects."

Posted: January 4, 2019


Warning Signs Presentation

This is a link to the Warning Signs Presentation given to each of the classes in an assembly on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. It discusses various risk factors to be aware of, how to respond, and where to seek help. At school, counselors, teachers, administrators, or any adult, are people you can reach out to for help. The important part is that someone makes the effort to reach out for help. It may save a life. Here are the additional resources included in the presentation:

     In an emergency: call 911.

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

      DoSomething.org Crisis Text Line: 741741

      OK2SAY (School Bullying/Crisis): Call: 1-855-565-2729, Text 652729 (OK2SAY)

Posted: December 11, 2018


Letter from the Superintendent
and Related Resources

Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents,

As you may or may not be aware, our district has recently experienced the loss of a recent graduate which has deeply impacted us as a community. We have implemented our school's Emergency Response Plan in an effort to provide appropriate support to staff and students within our buildings. Students and staff will react in different ways to crises of this nature, so it will be important to continue to have support available to assist individuals in need. Counselors and mental health professionals, along with building administration, are available in the school setting to assist students as they express their feelings related to loss. In addition, we have worked with the Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) to provide additional on-site social workers for Bedford High School as needed.

The Bedford Public Schools plan is also designed to provide assistance to our students and their families when deemed necessary outside of the traditional school day. Please observe your child closely over the next several days and weeks to watch for signs of distress, which may indicate a need for additional support and guidance. I have included a list of references for available resources to help you recognize possible reactions you may observe in your child. Children that have advanced stages of grief or who suffer from severe depression may already be exhibiting warning signs for potential self-risk including withdrawal, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts. If you feel your child is in need of special assistance or is having a great deal of difficulty coping with their emotions, please do not hesitate to call or reach out to district staff or one of the professional resources listed. While it is important to deal with grief, loss, anger and fear reactions, we believe it is essential to resume as normal a routine as possible regarding home and school activities. Also, utilize frequent and honest conversations with your child to let them know that we all need assistance at some point. Please feel free to contact one of our district staff members or myself if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child, or the steps being taken by the school. I cannot stress enough the importance of working collaboratively to ensure the safety and proper care of our families and students.

Resources:

1) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Addressing Grief - http://tinyw.in/dvZ3
2) National Alliance for Grieving Children: About Childhood Grief - http://tinyw.in/oYsF
3) Oakland County Health Department (Parent Toolkit) - http://tinyw.in/9Dx2
4) Monroe County Mental Health Resources Guide (Promedica Health) - http://tinyw.in/t4jD

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz


QUIZ BOWL CHAMPIONS!

group photo of Quiz Bowl team

Congrats to the Quiz Bowl team. They took 1st place. Noah Bock, Patrick Dotson, Cameron Robinson, Natalie Robinson, Cameron Guy,and Sam Travis.

Posted: December 5, 2018


BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY

As part of our ongoing school improvement efforts, we conduct an annual Parent Survey. Please take a few minutes to add your input to help us improve our schools.

Posted: November 15, 2018


ALL MULES MATTER NOW AN OPTION FOR 4B HOMEROOMS

Great news! Mrs. Heartz has graciously offered to run All Mules Matter during 4B homeroom in addition the the 5th hour with Mrs. Maynard. If you have 4B homeroom, and would like sign up, permission slips are available in the Main Office, in Mrs. Maynard's room A-45 or in Mrs. Heartz's room E34. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate. Please put signed permission slips in Mrs. Maynard's mailbox in the main office. Please be sure to check in with your homeroom teacher before coming to the meetings every week.

Posted: November 6, 2018


MULE MART

Look for the Mule Mart school store to be open during lunches. The Mule Mart is across from the cafeteria and has school supplies and snacks including Dippin' Dots. You can also buy Bedford spirit wear and black out shirts next week at the Mule Mart.

Posted September 18, 2018


AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING/TESTING

We are open every Monday thru Thursday 2:30 PM until 3:30 PM.

Posted September 11, 2018


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 Now Available for 2018-19 School Year

Applications for free/reduced meals for 2018-2019 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, and in all the school offices.

This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 12, 2018 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.

This program provides the obvious benefit of providing nutritious meals as well as qualifying the school for additional benefits and access to additional resources based upon the level of participation. We encourage all eligible families to fill out the application regardless of whether or not you intend to use them. A win-win all the way around!

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.

Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year. Online applications can be completed through MyMealtime, and paper forms are available in each school office, or can be printed here. 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.

Posted July 10, 2018


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)

2018-2019 District
School-Year-At-a Glance​ Calendar

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Note: Spring Break week in the 2018-19 school year does not include Easter. Good Friday is a day off.


COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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

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May-August 2019 Brochure

Register Online!


STUDENT HANDBOOK


Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy


OK2SAY

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


Bond Progress image with BPS logo; preserve our schools, Protect our students

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


SOCIAL MEDIA

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