CANDY CANE GRAMS
The 8th graders will be selling Candy Cane Grams during all lunches the week of 12/9 & 12/16. All proceeds will go towards the 8th Grade Washington DC trip in May. The cost is $1.00 to send a candy cane and note to a friend and $5.00 to send a bouquet of candy canes to a friend. Thanks for your support!
Posted: December 9, 2019
If you plan on being a grapplerette this season, we will be having our first meeting this Thursday, Dec. 12th after school until 4:30. We will be meeting in the cafeteria and walking down to the high school. Have your parents pick you up from the high school by the weight room at 4:30.
Posted: December 9, 2019
PARENT SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE
We invite you to take the opportunity to provide feedback to Bedford Public Schools' teachers, counselors, and administrators. Your ideas, opinions, and suggestions will provide information critical to our Continuous Improvement Planning. Your responses will also help the Bedford staff make adjustments for the 2019-2020 school year.
The survey should take about 10-15 minutes. Please know we highly value your time, and that all responses will be given full consideration. Your participation will be anonymous, so please respond to the questions thoughtfully and honestly.
Survey will be available until Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Posted: November 25, 2019
Digital Empowerment Project:
Empowering Teens. Educating Parents.
January 28, 2020 at 7 pm
The Bedford Junior High School PTO is hosting a Digital Empowerment Project parent meeting in the Bedford High School Auditorium on January 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm. This is a parent only event, and open to all Bedford families.
Presenter: Captain Scott Frank
"After an amazing 36-year career in law enforcement, I retired to follow my passion to EMPOWER
TEENS to make safe and healthy choices online and to EDUCATE PARENTS so they can support
and guide their teens. As a former Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator my role was to
traverse the internet posing as a child. The world I found myself in for over ten years was almost
beyond descriptive words. I knew that my investigations were important, and they were making a
difference - one predator at a time."
Some of the topics to be covered:
Understanding a Teen’s Digital World.
Real Teens. Real Stories.
-- The Power of One.
-- Protecting your Privacy.
-- App Permissions / Location Services.
-- Online Relationships.
-- Cyber Respect.
-- Trust an Adult. Tell an Adult.
This event will not be livestreamed. You must attend in person.
Posted: November 25, 2019
YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW
Prices go up at the end of the month! Don’t miss out on the savings!
To Purchase go to: www.yearbookforever.com enter our school name Bedford Junior High School
Posted: November 19, 2019
SUPERINTENDENT'S NOVEMBER LETTER TO PARENTS
November 19, 2019
Dear BPS Parent/Guardian,
As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the wonderful start to the school year. We truly do have a lot to be thankful for this year as a district. Our community, with the support and efforts by our staff and parents, passed a much-needed bond just one year ago this month. District leadership has been working closely with our bond partners to finalize the plans for phase 1 of the bond projects that will begin in June 2020. Phase 1 includes the completion of all projects slated for Jackman Road Elementary and Bedford Senior High School, as well as the site-work (parking lots and drop-off/pick-up loop) for Bedford Junior High School. The remaining buildings will be completed as part of Phase 2 in the summer of 2021. While this is exciting, my favorite news to share is that our Bedford students continue to perform exceptionally well across the state in an array of academic, athletic, and performing arts competitions. Finally, the district has for the first time in over a decade ended a school year with a positive fund balance above the State of Michigan’s minimum threshold of five percent (2019 audited general fund balance is 7.2%). All of these wonderful accomplishments are the product of hard work and dedication by BPS staff and our families.
It appears that since the state of Michigan has once again decided to skip over fall this year as we have already been forced to deal with severe weather in the area. As a reminder, please make sure to contact the building secretary for your child’s school if you have made any changes to your personal contact information (phone, email, or home address) to ensure that you will receive the district’s Honeywell Emergency Alerts. This is the best way to keep up to date on any delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. The district continues to take the safety of our students and staff members very seriously and will always use the best information possible when making any changes due to existing or future weather. The process for making decisions based on the weather is contingent upon many factors and is rarely ever going to make sense to everyone. I will simply remind everyone that not all families have 4x4 vehicles, live on easily passable roads, or are completely comfortable driving/walking in severe conditions. Keeping these factors in mind, we do the best that we can with the always-changing weather forecasts and conditions in the area. Bedford Public Schools utilizes a variety of different options for dealing with extreme weather: 1) cancellation, 2) two-hour delay, 3) two-hour delay that converts to a cancellation if conditions fail to improve, and 4) early release from school if conditions become dangerous. Each of the available options can be difficult for families due to the change in normal scheduling and we will always try our best to ensure that decisions are made allowing the most time for parents to make arrangements as possible. As superintendent, I will always err on the side of caution as the most important part of my position is to keep our students, staff, and families safe.
Finally, I hope that everyone has an incredibly safe and happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for our strong community of students and families, dedicated staff, and for the support of our community as we continuously strive to be the best district in the state. We have so many incredible accomplishments taking place across the district and I hope that everyone gets involved as we continue to shape our community’s future!
Dr. Carl Shultz,
Superintendent of Schools
Bedford Public Schools
BJHS STUDENT WINS PATRIOT PEN ESSAY CONTEST
Congratulations to Kellen G! He earned first place for his Patriot’s Pen essay. This is a national project promoted by our local VFW hall.
Posted: November 15, 2019
The BJHS Spirit wear store closed November 20th. Orders will be delivered to students 2-3 weeks after online store closes.
Posted: November 14, 2019
BJHS ROBOTICS TEAMS COMPETE!
WEEK 4 RESULTS
On Saturday, November 23, Loose Screws and Classical Engineers competed at Oxford Middle School at a week #4 qualifying event.
Loose Screws finished 3-2, ranked 13. They were selected by the #3 Alliance and finished the runner-up. They were an Event Finalist, finalist for the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award, and advanced to the Michigan State Championship.
Plagued with software issues, Classical Engineers had a rough day on the competition floor. They did earn the Connect Award which advanced them to the State Championship.
Meanwhile, FLAG, our all-girls team, competed at Rochester Hills High School that same day. They finished 3-2 and ranked 18th. They were a finalist for the Motivate Award.
Turning Gears, Loose Screws, and Classical Engineers will all be competing at the Michigan State Championship on December 12-14 at Macomb Community College in Warren MI.
Posted: November 26, 2019
Bionic Broncos and Turning Gears competed in Novi at the Frog Force Frenzy on November 16th.
Bionic Broncos finished qualifying ranked #5, moved up to be the #4 Alliance Captain and were eliminated in the semi-finals. The were a finalist for the Motivate Award and winner of the Control Award.
Turning Gears was selected to play in the elimination rounds and eliminated in the finals. They were Event Finalist (2nd place) and winner of the Motivate Award.
Posted: November 18, 2019
TEAMS IN HOME FTC ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT
Bedford Junior High School had 5 FTC teams competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge SKYSTONE robotics competition at the Bedford Qualifying Tournament on November 9th. The Loose Screws (#5237), Bionic Broncos (#6079), FLAG (#7085), Turning Gears (#7215), and Classical Engineers (#8579) all did well.
In the competition, the Turning Gears finished the qualifying matches ranked #3 and became the captain of the #3 alliance for the elimination rounds. They selected Loose Screws and Bionic Broncos to work together with them. This All-Bedford alliance was defeated in the semi-finals by the alliance that ultimately won the event.
Meanwhile, the Classical Engineers were selected to join the #1 ranked alliance for the elimination rounds. This alliance made it into the finals before being defeated.
Beyond the actual robotics competitions, event judges are also evaluating participants for consideration for awards. Each of the BJHS teams was selected as an award recipient:
Turning Gears: Motivate Award, State Qualifiers
Classical Engineers: Think Award, Event Finalist.
Bionic Broncos: Design Award
Loose Screws: Collins Aerospace Innovate Award
FLAG: Judges Award.
Updated: November 15, 2019
The Monroe Exchange Club can provide eyeglasses to Monroe County students of parents that do not have insurance or are unable to provide their children with eyeglasses due to financial hardship. An eyeglass assistance application is available online or if you need a printed application form, please contact our office at 734-850-6200 and we'll send one home with your child.
Posted: November 5, 2019
ONLINE SCHOOL PICTURE ORDERS
You can place your school picture order online at mylifetouch.com.
Use Picture Day ID: LM759002Y0
Updated: October 14, 2019
BOX TOPS GO HIGH TECH!
Redeeming Box Tops is now available using a free app that scans your receipt (within 14 days of purchase) and automatically applies the 10 cents per participating item to the school you choose. Look for the new Box Tops scan logo on the package. More information on this new app for box tops can be found at btfe.com.
If you see the familiar, traditional Box Tops logo as the packaging is being phased out of production, you may continue to clip and send them to school before the expiration date printed on the box top. During the transition, you can actually double dip by clipping and scanning the receipt so the school will get 20 cents per item during that time!
Friends and family, near and far, can also participate using the app and selecting their preferred Bedford Public School building to support. School selection can be changed in the app settings if you need to share the wealth between an elementary school for the first semester and the junior high for the second semester, for example.
This is a great way to provide your favorite school with additional resources without any additional expense to you! We appreciate your time in supporting our schools in this manner! Thank you!
Posted: September 30, 2019
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA) LAB
Need help with ELA homework?
Need help with reading or writing for another class?
Need to study for an ELA Test or Quiz?
Ask your ELA or homeroom teacher for a pass and come visit Mrs. Knapp in room # 49 during your homeroom 4A or 4B OR Miss Mason in room # 25 during homeroom 5A or 5B for English Lab. Both teachers will be there to help you!
Posted: September 17, 2019
Homework Help Available After School Tuesday-Thursday
If you need extra help with your homework, plan to attend 8th hour. 8th Hour meets every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:35 to 3:25pm. Students meet in the front lobby.
Please be sure to arrange for a ride home if you are planning on attending. You must have a signed permission slip or note to attend. Permission slips are available in the office.
Posted: September 17, 2019
RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13th
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FUNdraiser Events for New Restrooms at Bedford Community Stadium
Visit mulemuscle.org for details on the:
NEW YEAR'S EVE ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT/REVERSE RAFFLE
MEGA 50/50 RAFFLE
All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new, permanent restrooms in the stadium. All tickets and sponsorships are available online at their website. For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle German at 419-215-7600.
Next Planning Meeting: Sunday, January 12th at Sidelines at 7:00 PM.
Updated: December 9, 2019
FOOD SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free & Reduced Meal Applications for 2019-20 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2019-2020 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, in all the school offices, or can be printed here.
This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 11, 2019 if a new application is not submitted. Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year.
Participation is confidential and anonymous to use. All student transactions at the cafeteria cash register appear identical regardless of whether students are paying full price, receiving reduced prices, or free meals, to protect the confidentiality of program participation. It's a win-win situation: the students benefit from the healthy food at breakfast and lunch with families keeping more of their hard earned money, and schools can benefit from federal funding and programs that become available based on family participation in the school meal program.
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
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Enroll in Kroger Community Reward Program to help benefit BJHS students every time you shop! Select the Bedford Junior High School PTO # 81894 when you sign up. Your enrollment needs to be renewed annually after April 30th.
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 Also Needed Throughout the District.
Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Student of the week is Nolan B. Nolan's willingness to step up and assist without even being asked makes him a strong leader and a standout on the 6th grade RV Team. He is a participant in All Mules Matter, a class tech team member, and is always on the lookout for opportunities to assist when guest teachers are in the room. Nolan's teamwork helps make the dreamwork! Thank you, Nolan. (12/9/2019)
Bedford red 7th grade Maceo C. had 3 steals as they defeated Monroe 28-19. Jake Y. scored 5 points in the last quarter to secure the victory. (11-21-2019)
Bedford 8th grade red started slow, fought back and eventually fell to Monroe 15-8. Gabe B. and Nolan L. led the scoring. Caleb B. and Owen K. also played well. (11-21-2019)
The Bedford 7th grade white basketball team improved to 2-1 with a win over Chelsea last night. The Broncos were led by Josh K. with 10 points. Jack D. and Drew L. both added 7 points each. Ryan and Logan H. played tough defense leading an all-around great team effort. The white teams will be back at it on Thursday with a home game against Dexter. (11-21-2019)