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Kindergarten Registration Expo & Great Start Readiness Roundup

mARCH 4, 2017
10 AM - 3 PM

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  • On Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 10 am - 3 pm, the cafeteria at the Bedford Junior High School (located at 8405 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI) will be transformed into a playland for members of the Class of 2030! It is the day of the Bedford Public Schools' Kindergarten Registration Expo and Great Start Readiness Program Roundup. Families are invited to stop by to register their children for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

    It is a one stop shopping event for the parents to take care of all of the registration details. They can also talk to the teachers, learn about community education programs and latchkey, speak to the district nurse about the vaccinations necessary to start school, and schedule a June screening appointment to assist in classroom placement.

    ...FUN FOR KIDS!
    But it is also fun for the kids. The kindergarten teachers pack up fun things from their classrooms to entertain the youngsters as their parents take care of registering. There will be crafts and toys. The school mascots will all be there. A favorite activity is to catch a ride on the school bus as it makes periodic trips throughout the day. Snacks are provided, too.

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    Once the kindergarten registration process is successfully completed, each of the newest members of the Bedford family gets a free t-shirt proudly proclaiming them a Kindergartner! An added bonus, completed registrations qualify the family for entry into a drawing for an iPad Mini. Kindergarten registrations must be successfully completed by April 7, 2017 to enter.

    Bedford Public Schools Registration Form
    (Available at Registration & Information Packets are also available from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm in each of the elementary school offices or the Administration Building Instruction and Student Services office)

    Proof of Residency which must include the following three items:
          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 8/25/2017)

    Custody/Guardianship Papers (if applicable)

    * If parent's name is different than what is listed on the child's birth certificate, additional documentation will be required. Please call 734-850-6028 for more information.

    A child must be five years of age on or before SEP. 1, 2017.

    A full day program is available for children who qualify based on June screening results. Screening appointments are set when registering.

    You are also welcome to contact any of our elementary schools to set up an appointment to take a tour.       Douglas Road Elementary • 6875 Douglas Rd • 734-850-6700
          Jackman Road Elementary • 8008 Jackman Rd • 734-850-6600
          Monroe Road Elementary • 7979 Monroe Rd • 734-850-6800

    If you have any questions about the registration process at Bedford Public Schools, please call the Instruction & Student Services Office at 734-850-6028.


    In addition to the Kindergarten Program, The Great Start Readiness Program will also have representatives there. The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a FREE preschool that prepares children for kindergarten. This 5-star winning program explores pre-reading, math and science skills, language, music, movement, problem-solving and social skills. GSRP is funded by a Michigan Department of Education grant. It is located in the former Smith Road Elementary School building and offers a four day a week all day program, and a four day a week ½ day program. Eligible students must live in Monroe County and be age 4 by September 1st as well as meeting other eligibility factors.

    For more information about the GSRP program, please contact Cortney Last, Great Start director, at 734-242-5799, ext. 1918.

Water Quality Sampling at Bedford Public Schools

Bedford Public Schools is undertaking a voluntary and proactive survey to ensure a safe drinking water supply in our district facilities for our students, staff, volunteers and guests. We are taking water samples to check for lead in our drinking water. While we are under no legal requirements to undergo any type of testing for this, in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, we felt it would offer some comfort and peace of mind to assess our facilities and to address any areas of concern that might be revealed as a result of this testing process.

Sampling is being done by the Buildings and Grounds Department employees and will be paid for from the Buildings and Grounds Department budget for Maintenance and Operations. Bedford Public Schools will also be participating in the School Drinking Water Quality Reimbursement Program. This is a joint program between the Michigan Department of Education and the Department of Environmental quality designed to provide school funding for costs associated with the mitigation of potential lead exposure from drinking water. Up to $950 is available per school building on a reimbursement basis for the cost of testing for lead in drinking water, fixture replacement, filter purchases, plumbing assessments, or technical assistance incurred between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.


Each of our school buildings had samples returned with no detection of lead in them so we know that our water is arriving from our source (South County Water System) with no issues. Once the water is delivered to our buildings, lead can be picked up through contact with a lead based solder or from fixtures constructed from materials containing lead as the water sits in the piping or fixtures. This is less of an issue for newer construction since Congress passed a law in 1986 banning the use of lead solder containing great than 0.2% lead and restricted the lead content of facuets, pipes, and other plumbing materials to 8.0%.

Representative sampling

Samples were taken in each of our buildings using a representational method. For example, if a building has 12 drinking fountains of 3 different models, one of each of the models would be tested. A high result in one particular model would indicate that we would need to look at all of the other similar fixtures. If one came back high, corrective action would be taken, through repair or replacement, and then resampled to ensure that action was effective in lowering lead content to acceptable levels. If effective, that action could then be expanded to all similar models.

End of line samples
Sample locations at the end of plumbing lines would ensure that the entire length of the plumbing lines could be accounted for in the sampling and rule out any issues between where the water enters our facility and that very last room at the end of the hall.

First Draw vs. Flush samples
Initial samples are taken with a first draw sample. The water sits undisturbed for a period of at least 6 hours and is taken from a cold water source. A high result from this sample could be followed up with a flush sample. This is done after the water runs through the fixture for a period of time and helps pinpoint if the elevated levels came from contact with the fixture components, or as that water was flushed out of the fixture, if it came from contact with the plumbing lines prior to reaching the fixture.

Samples were analyzed by National Testing Laboratories, LTD of Ypsilanti, MI.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established an action level for 15 parts per billion (ppb) for Public Water Systems. In our case, this is the number that South County Water is legally required to comply with and our water supply from them is not supposed to exceed that number. We have no concerns with lead content in our water supply from South County Water. The EPA's recommended action level for lead in drinking water, the water that comes out of our faucets at the point of consumption, is 20 parts per billion (ppb).

These EPA levels for lead are not a health standard. For this reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is recommending that schools take action to lower the lead in their drinking water if the test results are over 5 ppb, which is the bottled water standard. This is a recommendation and not a legal requirement at this point. Bedford Public School has made the decision to voluntarily, and proactively, test and implement lead reduction actions, where necessary, with the goal of having direct consumption sources of water that are used for drinking and cooking to be no higher than the 5 ppb level.

Superintendent Mark Kleinhans has reached out to representatives at the following agencies for explanations, clarification, and guidance on the various regulations and requirements:

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Chicago (office for our region)
Andrea Potter

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Holly Goldkey

Monroe County Health Department
Chris Westover

In conversations with the people at each of these agencies, they commented about how great it was that our district was doing this and that we should be commended for our efforts since this is not something school districts are required to do.

These bulletins contain general information about lead in drinking water as well as the sample test results that have been returned to us as of February 8, 2017.

    Douglas Road Elementary
    Jackman Road Elementary
    Monroe Road Elementary
    Smith Road Elementary
    Bedford Junior High School
    Bedford High School

You are invited to attend the February 23rd Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting for a presentation on this topic. The meeting will be held in the Bedford High School Media Center beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Superintendent Mark Kleinhans at 734-850-6002.

Periodic updates will continue to be provided as this process continues.

Proud to be a Big Part of Bedford Township!

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Lake Erie Transit has a new bus wrap: "Ride with Pride in Bedford!" Obviously, we are really proud of our schools, students and the many opportunities we offer and are excited to see that reflected in the many images included on their vehicle. (It's just the tip of the BPS iceberg though....we think they need a bigger bus!) See who you know on the bus! Is it a member of our Bedford Express Robotics team, our Kicking Mules Marching Band, one of the CP Swagger kids, or an equestrian riding with pride!?!

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Alumni Association Rallying Support After Fires

Three fires in the last four months have destroyed 3 buildings on the grounds of the Bedford High School campus near the Community Stadium. Each building was a storage area for equipment used by various athletic programs including football, baseball, and our track and field programs. Arson is suspected.

While the district does have insurance, depreciation on equipment accumulated and used over a number of years means we would not receive the full replacement value of the destroyed items. We have lost over $25,000 worth of equipment with the damage from the most recent fire still being assessed.

The Bedford Alumni Association is seeking to rally support for the hard working young men and women who bring pride to our athletic programs and who rely on the equipment to train and practice in a meaningful and competitive fashion.

Dustin Cress, President of the Bedford Alumni Association, has stated that the group would like to raise enough money not only to assist in replacing the damaged equipment, but also help the school in installing new security cameras and equipment to prevent such crimes from taking place in the future.

Anyone interested in helping can donate securely through PayPal at Or a check can be mailed to the Bedford Alumni Association at 1623 West Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48144. The Bedford High School Alumni Association is an approved 501(c)3 charity, meaning donations are tax deductible, and 100% of your contributions will go directly to the Athletic Department.

Anyone with information related to the fires is encouraged to contact the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. They can be reached at (734) 240-7700.

We appreciate the support of our friends, family, and community when times get tough. It helps keep us KICKING! Go Mules!

Spring 2016 Assessment Results Released

In the second year of the M-STEP online assessments at Bedford, we have exceeded the state averages in 15 of the 16 categories...we were just shy of the state average in 5th grade math. 

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Last Spring, the juniors took the SAT for the first time. (Previously, the juniors took the ACT test.) Our juniors averaged 1010.4 while the rest of the state was at 1001. 

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As with any summative standardized test, this is one snapshot of how our students perform. We use data generated by these tests, in conjunction with other student assessment data gathered throughout the year, to look for ways to improve. Bedford's Balanced Assessment Team and school improvement efforts continuously focus on ways to improve the education for each of our students.

Now Accepting Online Payments

My School Bucks logoWe are now using the online payment service, MySchoolBucks®, to accept payments for Chromebook insurance, the optional purchase of messenger bags for use with the Chromebooks, and payments for Student Parking Passes at the high school. There are no additional fees to use this service.

Some of the MySchoolBucks advantages:
     •   Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or mobile app
     •   Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the          district. Eliminates the need for your students to take money to school.
     •   Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.

Enrollment is easy!
     1. Go to and register for a free account.
     2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
     3. Make a payment to your students' accounts with your credit/ debit card or electronic check.

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:
     •   1-855-832-5226
     •   Visit and click on Help. How-to videos are also available here to help walk you          through the process.


FinalForms will be used to complete all of the required online
athletic forms and as the online payment system for all levels of
Bedford Public Schools athletics at

A step-by-step Parent Playbook on how to use FinalForms is available to download.




Upcoming Dates

February 20 .................NO SCHOOL-Presidents' Day
February 23 .................Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
March 2 ........................Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Monroe Road Elementary School Cafeteria
March 10 ......................Half Day for all students-Professional Development
                                                 Dismissal at 10:55 am for BJHS/BHS; 11:50 am for DRE/JRE/MRE
March 30 .....................Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
March 31 ......................Half Day for elementary students only, Dismissal at 11:50 am for DRE/JRE/MRE;
                                                 Full day for BJHS/BHS; End of 3rd Quarter

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


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Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

Recreation services coordinator...CLICK here
To apply for any of the positions listed above, please follow the instructions included within the job posting link.

             - SECRETARIES NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
             - CUSTODIANS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
             - Food Service NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
             - SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - call (734) 850-6071

To apply for any of the above substitute positions, please fill out this Employment Application.

For a substitute teaching position, apply at



BPS Accreditation

BPS has three Elementary Schools,one Junior High School, and one High School. Our enrollment is about 4,600 students.

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All of our schools have been accredited by AdvancED and must meet stringent standards to remain accredited.
Our AdvancED accreditation is valid until June 30, 2020.



Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Bedford Public Schools has two Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools and has earned the Coalition for Community Schools National Award of Excellence!



Our Mission & Vision Statements

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Our Mission: Educating for Life!


Our Vision for Student Success:

Academic Excellence

Diverse Opportunities

World Class Environment

Community Engagement




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