Focus on the Curriculum at High School
RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 19th IN MEDIA CENTER
Make plans to attend Focus on Curriculum on February 19. Focus will start in the high school Media Center at 7:00 pm. After general introductions and information from our counseling department, department chairs will have the opportunity to speak with students and parents at their table booths.
Honors/AP Parent Meeting
RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 19th IN MEDIA CENTER
The Honors/AP Parent meeting is for any parent that has a student interested in Honors/AP classes in 2019-2020. The Honors/AP Parent Meeting will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. (If you attended this last year, you are not required to attend again.)
Updated: February 13, 2019
Bedford Theatre Arts Presents:
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 pm
Bedford High School Auditorium
Order online at: https://bhstmm.brownpapertickets.com/
Posted: February 15, 2019
Saturday, March 2nd from 7-10 pm.
Tickets go on sale Monday, February 25th, through March 1st.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Light concessions will be available.
Posted: February 15, 2019
FREE BEDFORD STUDENT ADMISSION
TO SATURDAY'S HOCKEY GAME
Your Bedford varsity hockey team has its final home game of the regular season on Saturday at 4:00 pm versus Saline. It's also Senior Day at the Toledo Ice House. All Bedford students will be admitted free of charge.
Posted: February 15, 2019
Chipotle Fundraiser on Monday
Senior sendoff is having a fundraiser ALL day Monday, February 18, 2019. Just mention "Senior All Night Party". Thank you for your support.
Posted: February 15, 2019
BASEBALL INFO SHEETS DUE 2/22
If you have not returned your baseball info sheet, please make sure you have turned it in to the Athletic office or Coach Trychel by Feb 22nd.
Posted: February 15, 2019
Bedford's First Female All-State Wrestler!
Bedford's wrestling program has a number of reasons to be proud. They are now the 2019 District Champs! But one wrestler has already earned All-State Honors: Sylvia Pierce became Bedford's first Female All-State Wrestler! Sylvia went 3-1 and took 5th place at the first annual all girls State Championship! Way to go, Sylvia!
Posted: February 7, 2019
HOSA STUDENTS EXCEL AT REGIONAL EVENT
The HOSA Regional Leadership Conference (event competition) was at the Lenawee County Tech Center on January 12th. There were over 550 students competing from several schools, many of the schools are consortiums or tech centers. Bedford had 53 students (96% of our participants!) place in the top 10 in their events, which qualifies them to attend the State Leadership Conference on March 21st and 22nd. Of the 53, we had 22 students won medals by placing in the top 3 in their events. HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America), is a national career and technical student organization. Bedford's chapter is in their 3rd year and is under the guidance of Mr. John Groll.
Posted: February 7, 2019
First Honors for CTE CyberSecurity Program Students
Bedford High School CTE Department has some exciting news to share. Twenty-six Bedford High School students earned a "Certified Security Awareness" certificate from Mile 2, a certifying agency for the Cyber Security industry. These students are the first group to take Bedford's new Cyber Security course led by instructor Rob Pettrey. Students will be able to take this industry recognized certification right from high school into the workplace.
Posted: February 5, 2019
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON CLOSINGS & SRE REOPENING RECOMMENDATION
Dear Bedford Public Schools Community Members,
I hope that everyone has enjoyed this unplanned, but necessary, week long winter break. I wanted to thank each of you for the patience and understanding that you have shown over the past two weeks with the cancellations that have occurred. In my many years as an educator, I have not experienced a week long extended break due extreme weather and I am not sure that I will again. The extended cancellations have exhausted our district's available state provided six emergency related "forgiven days." There is a process in place where districts that go over the allotted amount of emergency days are eligible to apply for up to an additional three days through an appeal. I will be completing this process as needed and will hope for approval through the Michigan Department of Education. I was forced to apply for additional days of forgiveness last year and we were awarded the waiver. In the event that we are forced to make up additional days at the end of the year, BPS will communicate this as early as possible for scheduling purposes.
In other news, I would like to update our community on the districts ongoing review of re-opening Smith Road Elementary. From the start of our process, we have tried to look at as many factors as possible to make a decision that will benefit our students and community. In order to generate a final recommendation, district administration reviewed an updated cost analysis for the proposal, current and forecasted student enrollment information, and logistical information based on potential timelines as well as community input. The analysis of these different variables were presented at last evening's Board of Education Committee of the Whole workshop. The presentation included a final recommendation from district administration to not move forward at this time with re-opening SRE as an Early Childhood Center as proposed. The main determining factors were: declining enrollment projections over the next five years, budgetary constraints due to state and federal educational funding levels, and not being able to solidify answers to some of the logistical concerns. I want to stress as your superintendent that we have been able to use some creativity this year to keep our class sizes at a respectable number. We will continue to look for creative ways to provide flexibility within our existing spaces to meet the needs of our students and staff. I want to thank all parents and staff members that have put in the time to assist us as we have gone through this very thorough process.
Thank you and I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend!
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
Posted: February 1, 2019
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT ON WEATHER, CLOSINGS & DELAYS
January 25, 2019
Bedford Public Schools Community,
It is once again that time of year when everyone becomes anxious about the wintry weather. Bedford Public Schools recognizes that our decision to alter our posted school schedule can have a major impact on our families and that our preference is to always have students in school and learning. However, in this great state of ours, it is always a possibility that conditions simply are not safe for travel or long-term exposure for students, staff, and parents. These types of conditions often require tough decisions to be made. While the decision to start, delay, close or release students early from school ultimately rests on myself as the Superintendent, I work closely with department administrators, local authorities and neighboring districts to make the best informed decision possible. The typical protocol involves collecting multiple data points that include, but are not limited to, multiple individuals driving the community roads before 5:00 am, constant updates from neighboring school districts, and the reliance on the National Weather Service to arrive at the final decision.
My goal is to always make an educated decision between 5:30-6:00 am, however, there are situations where we need additional time before making that announcement. In addition, there are also times that a decision needs to be altered based on changing conditions or new information. There is no set guideline that I can share that would help parents predict our decisions because no two days are identical. The factors that impact specific decisions are wind, ice, visibility, previous snow accumulation and forecast for rapid temperature changes. Although my staff and I do our absolute best in this process, I know that often no perfect decision exists. If, based on current weather conditions, parents/guardians do not feel as though it is safe for your child(ren) to attend school, use your best judgment on whether your student(s) should attend. Please discourage new teenage drivers from driving in bad conditions and offer them alternatives if weather conditions worsen.
Now that I have shared the process and rationale behind making necessary weather related decisions, I would like to share some thoughts on next week's forecast. I know that it is very early, but according to Weather Underground's© 10 Day Forecast, our area is in for some possibly extreme low temperatures and snow fall. The Monroe County Superintendents have agreed that -15 degrees wind chill (real feel) is our threshold to either delay or cancel school. Based on the early forecast we are going to be testing this boundary on several occasions next week. As a reminder, Monroe County is large in actual ground coverage making it possible for one district to be affected by this standard while another is not. I will keep everyone as updated as possible utilizing my twitter account @BedfordSupt and my Superintendent Facebook account. I typically am able to report any changes on these accounts slightly before the actual Honeywell Alert is sent due to the system delay. I take communication very seriously and try to give updated information as it is available. Finally, for those of you that have asked, I am a very poor singer and will be unable to meet requests that have been made for me to create a singing school cancellation video (Trust me it is for the best!).
Thank you and have a wonderful and safe weekend,
Dr. Carl Shultz
DECA Students Advance to State Conference Event
DECA competed at the District Conference on January 11th. Just over 40 students competed and fifteen qualified for the State Conference, which will be held March 8-10 in Detroit.
The following were state qualifiers: Madison Andra, Abigail Armstrong, Hannah Bobroski, Meghan Chmiel, Noah Driehorst, Kaylin Eighmey, Elizabeth Geer, Nikole Hawkins, Morgan Kelly, Weston Matlow, Chase McHugh, Josie Moore, Riley Nichols, Kimberly Sparks, and Ivan Stretten.
Posted: January 24, 2019
SENIOR PANORAMIC PICTURES
If you would like to purchase the panoramic picture, there are a few extras. First come, First receive, the cost is $15. If you would like one, please come to the main office to purchase.
Posted: January 22, 2019
BPA Members Participate in
Regional Leadership Conference
Nearly 50 members of Bedford High School's chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the Regional Leadership Conference that was held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Henry Ford College in Dearborn.
They competed in a variety of Finance, Management, Marketing, Computer Programming, and Digital events that day, and the following members are eligible to compete at the State Leadership Conference in March 2019:
Advanced Accounting: Lukas Stevens and Ryan Sullivan
Fundamental Accounting: Victoria Brubaker
Entrepreneurship: Kendall Comer
Presentation Management Team Event: Cade Nelson, Austin Malabanan, Haydan Manger and Coby McManaman
Several students were recognized for leadership and service by receiving the Diplomat Torch Award: Katelyn Dobson, Kaylin Eighmey, Hillary Hemry, Grace Johnson, Madison Kerley, Bianca Pezzino, Bailey Pudlowski, Anthony Schulte, and Lily Varney.
Updated: January 16, 2019
BHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN UT DESIGN COMPETITION
Bedford High School teacher, John Groll, took students from his Physics class on a field trip to the University of Toledo where they competed in a design competition at the School of Engineering.
In teams of 4, the students were given the task of building a boat that would sail down a trough carrying washers. When the boat touched the far end, they could unload the washers, each was worth 1 point. If the boat got stuck, you could not touch it. The students were given 1 minute to transport as many washers as they could. The students were given the materials in a bag and had 1 hour and 30 minutes to design, build, and test their boats.
"The Design Competition is an awesome experience for our physics students." Mr. Groll shared. "University of Toledo Engineering does a great job hosting this event at their School of Engineering. The students get to visit the campus and School of Engineering as well as meet a few UT students and staff members. The Design Competition coincides with the School of Engineering's Senior Expo, where senior engineering students display their final projects. Our students also get to see the projects and prototypes college students are creating. A few of the UT seniors are Bedford alumni. That is a nice benefit to see former students and their projects."
Posted: January 4, 2019
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
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
QUIZ BOWL CHAMPIONS!
Congrats to the Quiz Bowl team. They took 1st place. Noah Bock, Patrick Dotson, Cameron Robinson, Natalie Robinson, Cameron Guy,and Sam Travis.
Posted: December 5, 2018
BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY
As part of our ongoing school improvement efforts, we conduct an annual Parent Survey. Please take a few minutes to add your input to help us improve our schools.
Posted: November 15, 2018
ALL MULES MATTER NOW AN OPTION FOR 4B HOMEROOMS
Great news! Mrs. Heartz has graciously offered to run All Mules Matter during 4B homeroom in addition the the 5th hour with Mrs. Maynard. If you have 4B homeroom, and would like sign up, permission slips are available in the Main Office, in Mrs. Maynard's room A-45 or in Mrs. Heartz's room E34. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate. Please put signed permission slips in Mrs. Maynard's mailbox in the main office. Please be sure to check in with your homeroom teacher before coming to the meetings every week.
Posted: November 6, 2018
Look for the Mule Mart school store to be open during lunches. The Mule Mart is across from the cafeteria and has school supplies and snacks including Dippin' Dots. You can also buy Bedford spirit wear and black out shirts next week at the Mule Mart.
Posted September 18, 2018
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING/TESTING
We are open every Monday thru Thursday 2:30 PM until 3:30 PM.
Posted September 11, 2018
The easiest way to order school pictures is online at mylifetouch.com.
Use Picture Day ID: LM758006Y0
Posted August 7, 2018
COLLECTING BOX TOPS & FOOD TOWN RECEIPTS
We are once again collecting box tops. Please bring your box tops to your homeroom teacher. Save your Temperance Food Town receipts for the High School. You can bring them in or drop them in the box at the store check outs. These will help to purchase items for the high school. Thank you for saving!
Posted September 7, 2018
FOOD SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free & Reduced Meal Applications Now Available for 2018-19 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2018-2019 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, 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 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.
This program provides the obvious benefit of providing nutritious meals as well as qualifying the school for additional benefits and access to additional resources 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!
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.
Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year. Online applications can be completed through MyMealtime, and paper forms are available in each school office, or can be printed here. 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.
Posted July 10, 2018
FIRST Robotics at BHS
To register and/or find out more information about our program, visit http://www.bedfordrobotics.org/frc.html, or contact the coordinator the Bedford Public Schools FIRST Robotics Coordinator for 9-12th Grades: Debbie May
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 Throughout the District Also Needed
Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.