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Now Accepting Online Payments for 2017-18

MySchoolBucks logo and linkMySchoolBucks 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 www.MySchoolBucks.com. Insurance payments for families with 3 or more students are capped at $90.

Students that have the required insurance payments and permissions completed will be able to pick up their Chromebook during the High School Registration Week August 21st-25th and Bronco Roundup from August 22nd-24th. Check elementary school Open House information on August 30th about when 4th and 5th grade students can pick up theirs. (Any student unable to make those dates/times will receive their Chromebook on the first day of school after all the related permission forms are done and insurance payment made.)

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, coming soon, 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 Mealtime Online at www.mymealtime.com for deposits into food service accounts).



Summer Dates to Note:

ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE DATE: AUGUST 30th
Tip: All elementary students can drop off their school supplies at Open House. Just be sure they are in a bag labeled with their name!

DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY
      School Pictures: 4:30 - 7:00 pm
      Grades 4-5 Chromebook Pickup: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
      Kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 4 Open House: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
     Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5 Open House: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

JACKMAN ROAD ELEMENTARY

     Grades 4-5 Chromebook Pickup: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
     Kindergarten/Young 5s Open House: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
     Grades 1-3 Open House: 6:15 - 7:15 pm
     Grades 4-5 Open House: 7:15 - 8:15 pm

MONROE ROAD ELEMENTARY
     Grades 4-5 Chromebook Pickup: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
     Young 5s-Grade 2 Open House: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
     Grades 3-5 Open House: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

BEDFORD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Bronco Roundup (Students can also pick up their Chromebooks at Bronco Roundup.)
     8th grade - August 22nd, 10 AM - 2 PM
     7th grade - August 23rd, 10 AM - 2 PM
     6th grade - August 24th, 2 PM - 6 PM

Open House: September 11th - 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Meet at 6:45 in the gym.

BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
Registration Week: August 21-25, 2017
     Seniors: Monday, August 21st, 8:00 am - Noon and 1:00- 3:00 pm
     Juniors: Tuesday, August 22nd, 8:00 am - Noon and 1:00- 3:00 pm
     Sophomores: Wednesday, August 23rd, 8:00 am - Noon and 1:00- 3:00 pm
     Freshmen: Thursday, August 24th, Noon - 3:00 pm and 4:00 - 7:00 pm
     Make-up day for all grades: Friday, August 25th, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Students can also attend on any registration day AFTER their initial scheduled day as well. Student ID pictures for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors taken during Registration Week will also be the photos used in the yearbook (with the exception of seniors that provide an appropriate senior picture). Please dress accordingly.

Open House: September 11, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Senior/Senior Parent Meeting: September 11, 7:30 - 8:30 pm in Auditorium



Supply Lists for 2017-2018 School Year

Elementary students can bring their supplies in during Open House times to drop off early and lighten their load on the first day! Please make sure the supplies are in a bag with their name on them!

     Douglas Road Elementary Supply List

     Jackman Road Elementary Supply List

     Monroe Road Elementary Supply List

     Bedford Junior High School

     Bedford High School: Due to the wide variety of classes available for students at BHS, a Supply List is not provided. However, students should come to school prepared with basic supplies such as paper, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.



Where is the Bus? Fleet Viewer Application Will Tell You!

Fleet viewer display and phoneFleet Viewer Now Available for 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 at: https://cloud.samsara.com/fleet/viewer/3zD7seqHUOsXuBUEumir

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 traveling 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!

Note: Bus route numbers may have changed. Route stops may have changed. To see the most up-to-date information, please refer to the online Bus Route listing.



Accepting Applications Online for Free & Reduced School Meals

Free and Reduced meal applications can now be completed online! You can go directly to www.mymealtime.com 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 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.

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.




Superintendent Search Community Input Session Scheduled

Dr. Mark French

You are invited to provide input as Bedford Public Schools searches for the next superintendent. Dr. Mike Wilmot, from Michigan Leadership Institute is leading the search efforts. He would like to know what qualities/priorities you consider to be important in the leader of our school district.

You are invited to attend a Community Input Session on Wednesday, August 30th from 12:00 Noon - 12: 30 pm or from 6:30 pm- 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Media Center to share your thoughts.

In the meantime, Dr. Mark French will be taking on the superintendent duties as the Interim Superintendent.



HAC and Schedules

HAC will reopen Friday, August 25th after 4:00 pm for teacher assignment.


Bedford Virtual Academy Accepting Applications

Our Bedford Virtual Academy is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. If interested, email Elizabeth.Taylor@mybedford.us.



Now Registering for Fall 2017!

Registration for elementary students during the summer can be done at the Office of Instruction and Student Services at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI, 48182. Please call 734-850-6028 for more infromation.

Junior High and High School offices are open during the summer to accept registration for their students.


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FREE T-SHIRT WITH COMPLETED REGISTRATION!

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!

WHAT TO BRING WHEN YOU REGISTER:
Bedford Public Schools Registration Form
(Available at http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/pdf/registration-form.pdf. Registration & Information Packets are also available from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm in 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.

AGE REQUIREMENT FOR KINDERGARTEN:
A child must be five years of age on or before SEP. 1, 2017.

TURNING 5 AFTER SEP. 1st BUT BEFORE DEC. 1st?
ALL DAY YOUNG FIVES PROGRAM:
A full day program is available for children who qualify based on June screening results. Screening appointments are set when registering.

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


  • Great Start Readiness Program Getting Ready for Next Year

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FREE, 5 STAR WINNING, GREAT START READINESS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

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.


Renewal On the Ballot on November 7th

A two part proposition will be on the ballot for the November 7th election. It is the renewal of the Non-Homestead Property Tax Levy and Headlee Override. This has been a key component of school funding ever since school funding changed with the passage of Proposal A in the 1990s. At that time, every school district in Michigan had to go to the voters to get this passed in order to receive the full funding available under the law. It is required to be renewed by the voters every 5 years.

Some key points to know about this levy:
     -- This is NOT a tax on your Primary Residence.
             *  Your taxes WILL NOT GO UP if it passes.
             *  Your taxes WILL NOT GO DOWN if it fails.
     -- This applies only to commercial properties, industrial properties, rental properties, vacant land, and vacation homes located within the Bedford Public School district boundaries.
      -- This provides nearly 10% of the Bedford Public Schools' funding and amounts to $3.3 million in revenue annually

The Non-Homestead Levy renewal will be shown as Proposition A and the Headlee Override will be shown as Proposition B and will be labeled as follows:

PROPOSITION A and PROPOSITION B: OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSITION EXEMPTING PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE AND QUALIFIED AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY

For more information and to read the complete ballot wording:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Dnu47dWysGD90ceYgLFL9j_awzZbhZc19cvW2vYDsk/edit?usp=sharing


  • BPS Calendar for 2017-18 School Year

  • 2017-18 calendar thumbnail image and linkBedford Public Schools District Calendar for 2017-2018


    Legislation requires that the ISD, in cooperation with constituent districts, including Bedford Public Schools, adopt a common calendar which identifies the dates for winter and spring break. Please note that Spring Break dates may not include Easter or that Easter may be the last Sunday of the break rather than the first Sunday. Spring Break will deviate from our past practice of starting on Easter weekend for 2018-19 (does not include Easter) and for 2019-20 (Easter will be the last day of break) school years due to the county common calendar and state testing dates. Details with actual dates of winter and spring breaks through the 2020-21 school year are on the Calendar page of our website.

    Calendar Correction from the printed News & Views Newsletter: March 29, 2018 is a FULL DAY. This is the end of the third quarter. It was mistakenly printed as a half day. 





    FREE & REDUCED LUNCHES AVAILABLE FOR 2017-18

    Frequently Asked Questions about Applying for Free & Reduced Price School Meals

    Information on How to Apply for Free and Reduced Price School  Meals

    2017-2018 Application for Free &  Reduced Price School Meals

  • NEW THIS YEAR! Apply Online for Free & Reduced Priced Meals
    Free or reduced priced meals (breakfast and lunch) are available for those students/households that qualify. Applications are available at all school building offices and food service offices. Or, new this year, after August 21st, you can apply online through the Mealtime Online website! Applications may take up to 10 days to process. 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 page of our website.



    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.

    Enrollment is easy!
         1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com 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.


    logo for Final FormsONLINE PAYMENTS FOR ATHLETICS

    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 https://bedford-mi.finalforms.com/

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




    School Board Seeks Input About TRE

    The Board of Education seeks community input on future use of the Temperance Road Elementary site. Any ideas you might care to contribute will help guide the board as they begin discussing plans for TRE's future. Send your ideas to askbps@mybedford.us.



    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.

FUNDING
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.

HOW LEAD CAN GET IN OUR DRINKING WATER

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%.

HOW WE SAMPLED
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.

WHO DID THE SAMPLE TESTING AND ANALYSIS
Samples were analyzed by National Testing Laboratories, LTD of Ypsilanti, MI.

WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN
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.

WHO WE CONSULTED WITH
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.

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETINS WITH OUR TESTING RESULTS
These bulletins contain general information about lead in drinking water as well as the sample test results that have been returned to us.

    Douglas Road Elementary
    Jackman Road Elementary (revised 5/25/2017)
    Monroe Road Elementary (revised 5/24/2017)
    Smith Road Elementary
    Bedford Junior High School (revised 5/24/2017)
    Bedford High School (revised 5/24/2017)
    Administration Building
    Transportation/Buildings & Grounds
    Senior Center
    Temperance Road Elementary


FIND OUT MORE
For more information, contact Superintendent Mark Kleinhans at 734-850-6002.

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



Upcoming Dates

Aug 31.........................Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
Sept 5............................FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Sept 7.............................Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Monroe Road Elementary School Cafeteria
Sept 28.........................Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center


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

Calendar Correction from the printed News & Views Newsletter: March 29, 2018 is a FULL DAY. This is the end of the third quarter. It was mistakenly printed as a half day. 

 



Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

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BPS Accreditation

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


AdvancED seal

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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Bedford Public Schools

1623 W. STERNS ROAD
TEMPERANCE, MI 48182

1-734-850-6000

askbps@mybedford.us

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