Small Fire in Junior High Wrestling Room
This morning we experienced a small electrical fire in the JHS wrestling room. The fire began and was contained within one of our ceiling light fixtures. Students and a teacher were in the room at the time. The students inside the room were immediately evacuated to a safe location. The teacher extinguished the fire and thankfully everyone is safe. Bedford Township Fire Department has sent over the fire inspector to review the area and to determine the cause of the incident.
We will be canceling JHS Wrestling and GLL Wrestling this evening while we clean and ensure that there is no further damage that needs to be addressed. We would like to thank our fast acting staff that helped to ensure that JHS students remained safe.
Posted: December 13, 2018
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
Bedford Public Schools Statement
Regarding BHS Football Coach
Various media outlets have reported that the District's football coach for the past 11 years, is no longer the coach. As the Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, I can confirm that he is no longer affiliated in any way with the Bedford football program. The District holds all of its staff to the highest standards of professionalism, as personal and professional integrity is the core of our service to our community. The District recently received allegations that those standards may not have been met by the coach. Therefore, we are in the process of thoroughly investigating those allegations. The District will take appropriate, firm, corrective action if the allegations are substantiated. To protect the rights of all involved parties, I cannot offer further comment regarding ongoing personnel matters.
Dr. Carl Shultz
Bedford Public Schools
Posted: December 10, 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.
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
Dr. Carl Shultz
Smith Road Elementary School Proposal
Bedford Public Schools is currently considering reopening Smith Road Elementary School (SRE) beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Current enrollment numbers are resulting in larger class sizes within our three elementary schools that lack the space to expand the number of grade level classrooms to reduce class sizes. Bedford is proposing to reopen Smith Road Elementary School as an early learning center which would house the Great Start Readiness Program, Young 5s, and Kindergarten.
LEARN MORE AT A COMMUNITY FORUM
If you are interested in hearing more about this proposal, please plan to attend any one of the following community forums at our elementary schools:
Douglas Road Elementary
6875 Douglas Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144
Thursday, December 13 at 3:45 pm in the Media Center
Monroe Road Elementary
7979 Monroe Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144
Monday, December 17 at 3:45 pm in the Computer Lab (Room C-2)
EVENING SESSION ADDED:
Smith Road Elementary
1135 Smith Road, Temperance, MI 48182
Monday, December 17 at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria
For more information about this proposal, please contact Dr. Mark French, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org · Phone: 734-850-6025
Posted November 28, 2018
PARENT SURVEYS FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
Every year at this time we conduct parent surveys to help guide our school improvement efforts. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey for the school that your child(ren) attends.
Posted November 19, 2018
SPRING 2018 ASSESSMENT RESULTS AVAILABLE
State assessment scores from Spring 2018 have been released. Individual student results have been sent home. The Michigan Department of Education has put out a video offering information on reading the score reports sent home for individual students. Information is also available on their website at: www.michigan.gov/mstep. You are also welcome to reach out to your school principal with any questions about the assessments.
HOW DID BEDFORD DO?
As a district, Bedford Public Schools exceeded the state average in 16 of the 17 M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) tests our students took with the exception of 5th Grade Math.
For the SAT, last year's juniors averaged a score of 1009.7. The state average was 1000.1 and Monroe County students averaged 987.3.
As with any summative standardized test, this is one snapshot of how our students perform. We use data generated by this test, 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.
(Chart data is listed on Instructional & Students Services webpage: http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/student_services.html)
Posted August 13, 2018
CHECK FOR YOUR BUS STOP
Bus routes are updated frequently in the last few weeks before school starts as new students are added. Check for the pick-up/drop-off locations for the stop closest to you!
Tip: Use the Where's the Bus? Fleet Viewer link on the left to check the route status of your bus. It is very helpful as everyone adjusts to the routine of the routes.
Posted August 13, 2018
Free & Reduced Meal Applications Available for 2018-19 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2018-2019 are available online on the Food service webpage (link in left column under District Departments) 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 apply at any time of the school year.
Participation is confidential and anonymous to use; staff and fellow students are not aware of who is, or is not, a part of this program. This program provides the obvious benefit of providing nutritious meals as well as qualifying the school for additional benefits and access to additional resources through Title programs 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!
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.
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.
HOLIDAY HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS
The holidays are certainly a time to celebrate with family and friends! It is also an important time to pay special attention to your health. Health and safety are important gifts you can give to yourself by following these following tips and ideas:
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN! This is the most important step you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
STAY WARM! Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems in infants and older adults. Dress warm in layers. Check on children, the elderly and pets often in cold weather.
MANAGE STRESS! Keep over-commitment and over-spending in check. Get support from family and friends. Relax, rest and get plenty of sleep during the holidays!
TRAVEL SAFELY! Whether you are traveling across town or across the country, make sure your trip is a safe one. Wear a seat belt, buckle the kids in. Be well rested before getting behind the wheel!
BE SMOKE-FREE! Avoid smoking as well as second-hand smoke. Make sure fireplaces are in good working order!
GET CHECK-UPS AND VACCINATIONS! Breaks from school are a good time to schedule an appointment with a Health Care Provider for parents and students alike!
WATCH THE KIDS! Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and choking hazards out of a child's reach. Winter is a time of high risk for injuries!
PREVENT INJURIES! Use caution with step stools when hanging decorations. Keep candles away from children, and pets. Make sure to extinguish fire when unattended.
HANDLE AND PREPARE FOOD SAFELY! Wash hands and work surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat away from ready-to-eat foods.
EAT HEALTHY, BE ACTIVE, AND HAVE FUN! With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays with health and safety. Involve the whole family in activities such as dancing to your favorite holiday music!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM KAREN AND MINDY
Posted June 11, 2018