BJHS NOW A MICHIGAN GREEN SCHOOL!
Bedford Junior High School has been awarded the distinction of being a Michigan Green School! This certificate of achievement is for outstanding performance and lasting contribution and preservation of the environment. A White Cedar tree was planted on Earth Day to celebrate the occasion! Mrs. Quinlan's class is responsible for collecting recycling throughout the building on a weekly basis. Bedford Junior High also collects old markers for recycling and has bulletin boards focused on the importance of being green! Way to go, Broncos!
Posted April 25, 2018
NOTICE OF STADIUM DRIVE CLOSURE DURING TRACK MEETS
Please be aware that the drive in front of the Community Stadium between the junior high and high school will be closed during home track meets from 3:00 PM until 30 minutes after the the conclusion of the event. This is for the safety of the pedestrian traffic to and from the stadium by those participating and/or watching the shot and discus events. Vehicles will not be allowed in that area.
Drive closed on the following dates:
Monday, April 30th for junior high track meet
Thursday, May 3rdfor junior high track meet
Monday, May 7th for high school track meet
Thursday, May 10th for junior high track meet
Posted April 24, 2018
JACKMAN ROAD ELEMENTARY TO HOST VEHICLE SAFETY DAY EVENT ON MAY 18TH
Bedford Public Schools will host Safety Vehicle Day on Friday May 18, 2018. The event will be held at from 9:00AM - 2:00PM.
Please note the date and know that this is a planned event. If your notice the arrival of all of the emergency vehicles (police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and helicopters), thist is NOT an emergency at one of our schools!
The purpose of this event is to provide a safe atmosphere for 700 elementary students to get up and close and have their questions answered about all the safety apparatus. This event will focus on the 2nd and 3rd graders from Monroe Road, Douglas Road, and Jackman Road Elementary Schools. The participating agencies will have a representative on hand to answer questions from students about careers in public safety and other fields.
The following is a list of agencies that will be participating in this event: ARCA, Bedford Fire Department, Consumers Energy, Michigan State Police, Monroe County Road Commission, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Pro Medica Air and Mobile, Stevens Disposal, University of Toledo Police, and U.S. Coast Guard.
Posted April 24, 2018
BEDFORD'S K-12 ROBOTICS PROGRAM RECOGNIZED AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Bedford Public Schools was recognized for their support of all levels, K-12, of the FIRST Robotics Program at Michigan's FRC State Championship. At Bedford, the youngest students can participate in the Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL), the older elementary students do FIRST Lego League (FLL), the junior high students have FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and the high school students participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Governor Rick Snyder presented a representative of the Bedford Express FRC Team #1023 with a certificate acknowleging Bedford's K-12 participation in FIRST Robotics.
LOOK OUT WORLD!
HERE COMES BEDFORD!
This past weekend the Bedford High School FIRST Robotics team, Bedford Express, competed at the Michigan State FIRST Robotics Competition State Championship held at Saginaw Valley State University. The team performed very well, making it all the way to their division semi-final matches and forcing it into a tie breaker match before being eliminated. The team accumulated enough points to qualify for an invitation to compete in the World Championship in Detroit next week and finished ranked 28th in the state among the 508 registered teams in Michigan. The team had already secured a bid to the World Championship last spring by winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the World Championship last year. They will be competing against other teams from across the United States, as well as from countries around the world: Canada, China, Japan, Netherlands, France, and Poland.
Bedford Junior High's Classical Engineers, will also be heading to the World Championship.
The World Championship event will be held April 25-28 in Cobo Hall in Detroit. It is free and open to the public. Spectators can come see top teams at all K-12 levels compete for world titles.
Information about the FIRST World Championship can be found at: https://www.firstchampionship.org/
We are very proud of all of our Robotics students! We are appreciative of the support we receive from our coaches, mentors, parents, and team sponsors. Thanks you all for contributing to the success of this program in our schools!
Posted April 20, 2018
BHS Junior Wins 2018 MI Aspirations in Computing Award!
Hillary is a junior at Bedford High School and was recently presented with the 2018 Michigan NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award during an awards ceremony at Michigan State University. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of the 70 talented students from across the state of Michigan to be honored there.
Hillary's experience in various programs offered at Bedford Public Schools, and other outside opportunities, have helped hone her skills, "I received the NCWIT Aspirations award for the state of Michigan for my skills and pursued interest in information technology and computation. After participating in FIRST robotics, I gained a passion for computer science. Since then I have driven myself to seek out opportunities to grow in my knowledge of this topic: attending Hackathons and camps at different universities, practicing digital art, participating in BPA, and exercising my understanding through different computer applications and programming. Bedford High School's FIRST robotics program, BPA chapter, Virtual Academy, and STEM classes have been instrumental in my success."
She also credits Bedford's Programming and Game Design Instructor, Mr. Pettrey, with inspiring her efforts, "This year, I was fortunate to meet Mr. Pettrey, a new computer science teacher who serves on the board for the community's new cyber security center [Bedford Advanced Cybersecurity Development Center located at the Monroe County Community College Whitman Center]. His instruction and insight led me to dual enroll at MCCC for computer science and inspires me to reach my goals after high school: to enroll in college to research artificial intelligence and machine behaviors."
Mr. Pettrey, meanwhile, is excited about the opportunities available at Bedford High School, "Bedford High School is a new Cisco Academy for 2018, using training materials from Cisco, the largest and most well-known networking company in the world. This fall, Bedford High School will be using Cisco Academy materials to teach a new Cybersecurity class, as well as continuing to teach existing programming classes with the most popular and widely-used programming languages in the industry." His goal is for students interested in computing to become job-ready by obtaining industry certitifcations before they graduate.
Posted April 20, 2018
BEDFORD SENIOR CENTER SEEKS INPUT
The Bedford Senior Center is seeking input from the community to help design a better Center with more programs and resources for senior citizens. Opening up the discussion, will provide valuable input and insight from the community and help determine what will keep the Center both a vital and sustainable asset for years to come.
Join the discussion on the future of the Center by taking the survey
or attend a community forum:
* April 17 at 12:30 pm (Senior Center, 1653 Samaria Rd)
* May 1 at 6:00 pm (Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd)
Posted April 16, 2018
NOTE FROM ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT ON M-STEP AND MME TESTING AT BPS
April 2, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is the important time of year when our students take the M-STEP (Elementary and Junior High) and Michigan Merit Exam (High School) and we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you do to support your children and their education.
During this time, please encourage your children to do their best on these tests, to take their time, and to take this opportunity to show what they have learned. We want their testing experience to be as positive as possible, and your support will be so helpful to them.
The M-STEP and Michigan Merit Exam provide our schools with valuable information on student knowledge and their ability to be college and career ready upon graduation. Teachers and school leaders use the test results to support curriculum design and continuous school improvement efforts.
Our Bedford community is very supportive of its K-12 students and this has shown in their strong record of performance in past years on these tests. In addition to your encouragement, here are some practical things you can do to help your children do their best:
-- Make sure your child's Chromebook is fully charged and with them at school.
-- Make sure your child has earbuds ready and in working order.
-- Ensure your child has a good night's rest.
-- Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or in the cafeteria at school.
-- Make sure your child arrives at school on time in order to minimize your child's testing anxiety. Once a testing session has begun, a student may not enter the classroom and will have to take a make-up test at a later date.
-- Please avoid scheduling appointments/vacations during your child's testing window.
For more information on the M-STEP and MME, please access this brief Michigan Department of Education video: Parents/Students/Educators Video.
I hope you have a wonderful and restful Easter Holiday and Spring Break and we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, April 9.
Mark W. French, Ed.D.
Mark W. French, Assistant Superintendent
Note: Changes in Scheduled Board Meeting Due to Spring Break
The regular Board of Education meeting (normally the first Thursday of every month), will be held on the SECOND Thursday of April on the 12th at 6:30 pm in the Monroe Road Elementary School Cafeteria.
This date has been adjusted due to Spring Break.
Posted March 27, 2018
TAKE THE KINDERGARTEN TOUR!
APRIL 16th from 6-7 pm
Stop by our schools for a sneak peak into a Kindergarten classroom!
Each of our elementary schools will be open for incoming Kindergarten students and families to tour on April 16, 2018 from 6-7 pm.
Douglas Road Elementary School
6875 Douglas Road
Jackman Road Elementary School
8008 Jackman Road
Monroe Road Elementary School
7979 Monroe Road
Office staff will also be on hand to accept registrations for new Kindergarten students and to accept any missing required documentation from the Kindergarten Registration Expo.
Once Kindergarten registration is completed: Get a Free T-shirt!
AND enter to win one of three (one at each school) Fire HD8 Kids Tablets if your new Kindergarten student is registered by April 17, 2018!
Click on our "Registering a New Student" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to see what you need to bring with you.
We are looking forward to meeting all of our future Dolphins, Jaguars, and Mustangs!
Posted February 5, 2018
Spring State Testing Schedule at Bedford High School
Upon our return from spring break, State testing will be getting started. Students should bring a photo ID, an approved calculator, and #2 pencils. Personal digital devices, food, or drinks are not allowed in the testing area.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Juniors - SAT
Sophomores - PSAT 10
Grades 9 and 12 do not attend school on this date.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Juniors - ACT WorkKeys
Freshmen - PSAT 9
Grade 10 does not attend school on this date
**Seniors were not originally scheduled to attend school on this date but may be required to report on this day; see next article below**
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Juniors - M-STEP
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Posted March 20, 2018
Getting Your School Closing/Delay Alerts?
Keep your phone numbers/email current by contacting the school office if any changes are needed to the contact information that appears in HAC. It is important that this information is up-to-date so you can be reached if necessary. It is used by our Honeywell Instant Alert system which is the official means of communication with families in the event of an emergency.
Posted March 1, 2018
WHERE'S THE BUS?
Fleet Viewer Now Available for All BPS Buses!
Bedford's Transportation Department has installed Samsara GPS units on each of the buses in the fleet. Use the Fleet Viewer to watch as the bus nears the stop! No more standing in the rain or cold waiting for the bus to get there! Families can stay warm and dry while tracking the real-time location of their bus. They will know that once the bus passes a certain street, or enters their neighborhood, that it is time to head out to the stop so they are ready when it arrives!
HOW TO ACCESS:
1. Go to the Samsara Fleet Viewer Link--Use the link on the left.
2. You will see a map displayed. In the upper left hand corner is says, "Search 48 vehicles." Click your cursor there to enter the route number of your bus. For example: "rt 23." You can also use the name of the route the elementary kids use, for example, "Star" if you child rides the Star Bus. A dark gray circle means it is parked. A green arrow means it is travelling and will be moving along the road in the direction of travel. In both scenarios, the bus is identified by the route information associated with it.
3. Save site as a bookmark on your phone for even more convenience!
NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE PAYMENTS
Online payments are now being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Chromebook insurance ($30) payments for Bedford students in grades 4-12, including all of the associated technology permissions, can be done completely online through My School Bucks Link. Insurance payments for families with 3 or more students are capped at $90.
Optional messenger style bags are also available for purchase ($25) for those students that don't want to carry their Chromebook in their book bag.
Please note: You must use the MySchoolBucks WEBSITE to conduct your transactions for Chromebooks and other items we are currently accepting payment for (for example, high school parking passes and Latchkey payments). The MySchoolBucks mobile app you might see on your phone ONLY contains the company's meal program which Bedford Public Schools does not use (we use MyMealtime at www.mymealtime.com for deposits into food service accounts).
Athletic Forms & Payment
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. Please use the Final Forms link on the left. A step-by-step Parent Playbook on how to use FinalForms is available to download.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ONLINE FOR FREE & REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS
Free and Reduced meal applications can now be completed online! You can go directly to My Mealtime (use the link on the left) to set up an account (if you don't already have one). Paper applications are also available in all school offices.
Create an Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals: Click the "Free & Reduced Applications" button at My Mealtime and follow the wizard to create your application. You will need your Student's First Name and Bedford School ID number. You will receive notification regarding the determination of the application within 10 business days. Last year's participants will continue to receive program benefits until Oct. 13th. There is no deadline for application. Families can apply at any point during the school year. All information provided is confidential. Further instructions can be found on the Food Service department page using the link on the left.
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tammy Newton, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
We encourage you to complete an application, even if you choose not to use the benefits yourself, since the number of students eligible for benefits also is used to determine other services and funding, such as the funding our schools receive through Title programs.