REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Bedford Board of Education is requesting proposals for the purchase of 1653 W. Samaria Road, Temperance MI 48182. Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, December 13th at 2:00 pm.
A) Legal Notice: Invitation to Bid
B) Letter of Sale for 1653 Samaria Road
C) Offer to Purchase Real Estate
D) Affidavit of Compliance
E) 1653 W. Samaria Property Description
F) Real Estate Summary
Posted: December 6, 2019
BHS QUIZ BOWL TEAM RETAINS CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
When a team wins the Monroe County ISD Quiz Bowl tournament, the trophy travels back to the winning school with them where it stays until it is time for the next tournament. For the high school trophy, it was a round trip this year. The Bedford High School Quiz Bowl team repeated as champions and the trophy stays here for another year! Congratulations Patrick, Noah, Arpan, Tyson, Sam, Joey and Coach Mr. Denniss!
Posted: December 5, 2019
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
Immediate Openings Are Available in the Great Start Readiness Program at Smith Road Elementary School
There are 5 openings available for the half-day program from 8:15 - 11:15 am.
The Great Start Readiness Program is a tuition-FREE Preschool that prepares children for kindergarten. Eligible students are children living in Monroe County who attain age 4 by September 1st of the current school year.* This high-quality preschool program explores the content areas of literacy, math, science, and social studies through active learning experiences. Children develop language and problem solving skills through peer interactions and play. The curriculum is aligned with the Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-kindergarten.
Children with any of the following factors will be considered for the program:
• Your child has a delay.
• Your child has challenging behavior.
• Your family’s primary language is not English.
• You do not have a high school diploma or GED.
• Your child has experienced abuse/neglect or there is domestic violence in the home
• Environmental risk factor(s) are present in the home.
• Your family meets the income guidelines.
For more details, contact THE MCISD EARLY CHILDHOOD
734-242-5799, EXT. 1610
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
JRE WINS QUIZ BOWL TOURNAMENT!
It was Quiz Bowl week at the Monroe County ISD. Jackman Road Elementary brought home the trophy as the undefeated 5th grade champions! Congratulations to Rylee, Brady, Riley, Anna, Eli, Sawyer and Coach Ortiz!
Posted: November 22, 2019
New Wellness Resource
Bedford Food Service Department and the BPS Wellness Committee are launching a newsletter called "Let's Get Cooking." The goal is to celebrate homemade recipes and empower students to join in cooking at home.
The November 2019 "Let's Get Cooking" Issue features recipes for Roasted Sweet Cinnamon Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Salad!
Interested in joining the District’s Wellness Committee? We are looking for student, staff and parent members! Please contact Meaghan Eckler at 734-850-6127 for details.
Posted: November 20, 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
TRADITION MEETS FUTURE: DISTRICT BRANDING
Bedford Public Schools is undergoing an effort to streamline the district branding into a more unified and stronger brand. (Read more about BPS District Branding Initiative) This process included reviewing current district and building mascots, colors, and logos. The overall conclusion of this effort has been that ALL of our schools and departments provide exceptional experiences for our families, but they do so as individual components rather than as collective members of Bedford Public Schools. To unify our district as a whole, all Bedford Public Schools will share our Kicking Mule mascot and transition to our traditional high school colors of red and gray.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS!
Due December 12, 2019
One of the most exciting parts to this initiative is that we have an opportunity for members of our community to participate in the redesign of both our Kicking Mule school mascot and our district logo. We are inviting any student, staff member, or community member that is interested in sharing design ideas to do so. Email your design concepts for consideration in the rebranding initiative by December 12, 2019 to Carl.Shultz@mybedford.us. Please type “District Rebranding” in the subject line to ensure review.
We will share everything we receive with our professional design partners to help formulate options for Board of Education approval. It could be your design chosen!* Remember to use red and gray as the primary colors in your design for Bedford Public Schools. Good Luck!
* Designs may be modified from original submission to best represent the District in required applications.
Posted November 8, 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 your school office and they'll send one home with your child.
Posted November 5, 2019
Bedford High School Yearbooks from 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 are currently available. Spring Supplements from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 are also available.
Each yearbook is available for $5.00 and spring supplements are $1.00 each while supplies last. All sales are first come, first serve. Cash only, please. Please pay for, and pick up, your desired yearbook at the Bedford Public Schools Administration Building, 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
Any questions about the sale of these extra yearbooks can be directed to Dona Folk, 734-850-6017.
Note: Yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year are ordered individually online. There should be no expectation that excess inventory will become available as surplus items to purchase for this school year or any future ones.
Updated: October 11, 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
BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS EXCEEDS STATE AVERAGES IN 2019 ASSESSMENT TESTING
Each spring, our students take the state required standardized tests. Most of the testing was done through the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) online assessment testing program. Eighth graders took the College Board's PSAT 8/9 in Math and English Language Arts. Our juniors took the SAT as well. The results of all of these tests have come in.
On the SAT this past spring, the junior class did very well. Our juniors averaged 1022.8 while the rest of the state was at 985.1. Monroe County students averaged 970.5. This reflects an improvement of 13.1 points over Bedford's 2018 average score while the rest of the state dropped from an average score of 1000.1 and the Monroe County average dropped from 987.3.
Of the assessment tests given, Bedford's results exceeded the state average in 15 of 17 tests. The 6th grade and 7th grade English Language Arts tests were the only ones that did not exceed the state average. The grade/subject with the highest percentage of proficient students was 8th grade English Language Arts.
As with any summative standardized test, these assessments are one snapshot in time of how our students perform. We use the 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 education for each of our students.
Posted: September 12, 2019
Use this Bus Routes link to find the pick up and drop off location nearest to your house.
Posted: August 28, 2019
RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13th
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FUNdraiser Events for New Restrooms at Bedford Community Stadium
Visit mulemuscle.org for details on the:
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 10, 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.
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tionya Byrne, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
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
NOTES FROM OUR NURSES
Bedford Public Schools has two nurses that serve our students in addition to the Health Aides in each school building. To promote health and wellness, they will be drafting articles to appear on our website each month. Information in this article, and other health related topics, can found on the Health & Safety page of our website by clicking on that page link on the right under District Departments.
Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress for Children
As parents, we strive to create a holiday season for our friends and families that is filled with fun, memorable experiences and joy. However, due to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, children as well as adults can experience stress. Parent.com offers seven expert tips that can help decrease your child’s stress and make the holidays merrier for all!
1. STICK TO ROUTINES
Children do best when some consistency is maintained. Trying to keep naptime, mealtime and bedtime on the same schedule will offer some comfort to kids in between shopping trips, Santa visits and travelling.
2. GIVE A HEADS UP
Let children know what is planned for the day, and when. Advanced notice can be reassuring to children and relieve some stress for them. A heads-up as simple as “we will wrap gifts after we eat lunch” will help youngsters plan ahead and avoid unnecessary worry.
3. SCHEDULE IN DOWNTIME
When planning the day’s activities, be sure to pencil in some downtime. Even a short 15 minute break can help kids rest and recharge, which may decrease the likelihood of an emotional meltdown. Set aside time to rest, read, play games, or even relax with electronics. Be prepared to take an impromptu break from activities if you notice stress building in your child.
4. LET YOUR CHILD VENT
Allow your child to express his feelings to you freely. Acknowledge the feelings, and try to help the child understand what he is feeling.
5. WORK UP A SWEAT
Endorphins, which are the body’s feel-good chemicals are released by the brain during exercise. Endorphins can reduce stress, so dancing, playing in snow or going on a walk really can make kids feel better!
6. JUST SAY "NO"
Passing on an activity or gathering is okay. Leaving the children home to stay with a family member or familiar sitter while running errands may help lessen the stress associated with the holidays.
7. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Make sure you are managing your own stress, as children often look to adults for cues on how they should feel, think or act. Reserve some time for yourself, to do what relaxes you…meditate, exercise, journaling or talking to a family member. Focus on what is enjoyable to you and your family during the holiday season and enjoy making pleasant memories!
Please remember that a Medical Authorization Form, signed by a physician, is required for your child to use any Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications -- this includes cough drops -- while in school. All medications MUST be brought to school by a parent/guardian/adult with appropriate paperwork. Students, even if they are 18 years of age, may NOT carry medication to school. Thank you for your cooperation.
Updated: November 27, 2019