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Backpacks for Kids Program

Logo for Supplying Our Kids Backpack program"Supplying Our Future" Backpacks for Kids in Monroe County is a group of caring people who are working to make sure every child, K-12, has the school supplies necessary to start school. In this trying economy, they know there are those who need a backpack filled with the necessary supplies for school.

An application for your children for the 2015-16 school year is available here: Application for Backpack

The completed application can be turned in either to your school or to: The Salvation Army, 815 E. First St., Monroe, MI 48161. Income information is not required on the application. Applications are due by Monday, August 3rd.

Distribution events are planned throughout the county to make it easier for you to get these needed supplies. Friday, August 14, from 4-6 pm, the Francis Family YMCA will be hosting the distribution in Bedford Township. Food and fun activities are planned. Bring swim suits! Swimming is available, but parents must swim with children!

If you do not need assistance but would like to come to the fun back to school events you are still welcome to come.

If you are able to assist them with donations to this program, they would be happy to accept them.

For further information on this program, you may call The Salvation Army at 734-241-0440.

Plan Ahead for 2015-2016 Sports Seasons

Mark your calendars for physicals offered at Bedford High School by Mercy Sports Medicine professionals:

     Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
     Bedford High School Gym
     Cost – $22.00 (Cash only)

While physical forms will be available during this time, to streamline the process we recommend bringing a copy of the MHSAA physical form already filled out with your information. You can find a copy of the form here:…/Docum…/AD%20Forms/physical%202011.pdf

As an added convenience, the Athletic Department will make a copy of the completed form once the physical is done to have on file for next year's sports seasons.

*Any physical obtained AFTER April 15, 2015 will be good for ALL of the sports seasons (fall, winter & spring!) during the 2015-2016 school year.

Please note: If an athlete obtained a physical prior to April 15th to participate in a 2015 spring sport this year (eg: track), this will NOT apply to a 2015 fall sport (eg: cross country). An additional physical will be needed prior to the fall season sports.

Calendar Adjustments and Elimination of Extended Days

We have been notified that our district needs to add two additional days to our district calendar to meet the 175 day student requirement. The following changes to our calendar have been made to remain in compliance with state requirements:


May 22 .......................Now a 1/2 Day; All Students (Previously a Full Day)
May 25 .......................No School; Memorial Day
June 4 ........................Full Day; All Students (Previously a 1/2 Day)
June 5 ........................1/2 Day; All Students
June 8 ........................1/2 Day; All Students
June 9 ........................1/2 Day; All Students


Beginning Monday, May 4th, our district will revert back to the original ending time of 2:25 pm for the Bedford junior High and Bedford High Schools and 3:20 pm for the Elementary Schools.

Please contact your school building administration with any questions or to discuss a resolution to potential calendar conflicts. Or you may contact the Office of Instruction and Student Services Office with questions about this change beginning Monday, May 4th at 734-850-6028.

District Earns Accreditation Recommendation!

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We are very excited to announce that the AdvancEd External Review Team was very impressed with our district and is recommending to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that the Bedford Public School System earn the distinction of accreditation by AdvancEd!

This is a district wide distinction and applies to each of our schools: Douglas Road Elementary, Jackman Road Elementary, Monroe Road Elementary, Bedford Junior High School and Bedford High School.

Our Index of Educational Quality Overall Score: 264.63

  • More details can be found in this explanation sheet about the Index of Education Quality (IEQ).

    We would like to thank our AdvancED visiting team of Dr. Alyce LeBlanc, Jennifer Michos, Sue Muntz, and Cherie Godfrey. This team used a diagnostic process to stimulate and guide continuous improvement with a focus on:

         Teaching & Learning Impact: "The Bedford Public School System advocates for the success of each and      every student as evidenced by a wide range of educational support and enrichment options and      opportunities."

         Leadership Capacity: "The Bedford Public School System at every level has a growth mindset that      embraces improvement and professional learning."

         Resource Utilization: "The Bedford Public School System has come out of a deficit elimination plan two      years ahead of schedule."


The review team identified the following Improvement Priorities for Bedford Public Schools:

     Develop and implement a guaranteed, standards-based curriculum at all levels that is tightly aligned      vertically and horizontally, and establish a consistent protocol to monitor and adjust to meet the needs of      learners.

     Establish and implement a system of balanced assessment (formative, common/interim, summative) to      ensure curriculum being articulated is being met.

     Develop and implement embedded processes, procedures and protocols, including training, that lead to      the systematic analysis and use of data by professional and support staff to inform decision-making,      improvement planning, and modification of the educational program.

     Employ a systems approach to planning, including the strategic plan, district improvement plan, school      improvement plans, and school level action plans that ensure input opportunities from appropriate      stakeholders as measurable benchmark targets, and monitoring protocols.

You can view the entire External Review Exit Report shown to the school board at a Special Meeting on April 1, 2015. AdvancED will be providing us with a formal written report within 30 days. These recommendations will now be used in our District Improvement Plan and District Strategic Plan and allow us to remain focused on improving student achievement!

We also will file our Accreditation Progress Report to show how our district plans on addressing our four Improvement Priorities within the next two years. If we can document that these have been, or are being met, this will improve our Index of Educational Quality scores.

We would like to thank our District School Improvement Team members (Kim Ortiz, Erin Hirsch, Dawn Keiser, Julie Eaton, Kim Eltschlager, Kathryn Effler, Lisa Heartz, Scott Earl, and Amy Driehorst) for their dedication to this very important process! Their efforts were, in turn, supported by numerous others in our district as we went through this accreditation process. We would also like to thank every single person at Bedford Public Schools, for all they do, each and every day, that truly earned us this honor!


IEQ explanation          exit review

Index of Educational Quality              External Review Exit Report




Calling All Future Dolphins, Jaguars, and Mustangs!

Learn! Grow! Become Part of Our Family!

Sign up your child for Success at BPS!

Bedford Public Schools offers All Day Kindergarten, All Day Young Fives and the
Great Start Readiness Program and our entire staff is eager to welcome the
newest members of our Bedford family!

New kindergarten students registered will get a FREE t-shirt!

Use this link to get started: 
You will need to create a login and password of you own choosing to start online enrollment. 
Choose Bedford Public Schools from the drop down menu.

You will enter basic contact information and will need to complete the paper registration packet.   Click here to download the forms. They include a checklist page of all materials needed for complete registration.  Everything can be uploaded prior to submission of your pre-registration, however, the student's state certified birth certificate and parent driver's license must be submitted in person at the school office.

Required documentation must be submitted and verified by district staff before registration will be accepted.  Forms can be saved and continued at a later date if additional information or files needs to be gathered to complete the registration.

Stop by the school office at Douglas Road Elementary, Jackman Road Elementary or Monroe Road Elementary, or the Administration Building's Office of Instructional and Student Services at 1623 W. Sterns Road, to pick up a registration packet,.

Click here to find out what you need to register for Kindergarten!

Have questions? Call 734-850-6028.




Spring Student Assessments

This spring, students will begin taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, as a replacement for the MEAP assessments that have been used for the past 44 years.M-STEP was developed by Michigan educators and assesses the Michigan's content standards that students are expected to know. All M-STEP assessments will be taken online. These are not timed tests and students may have access to online tools such as a calculator or highlighting tools, for example. Unlike the MEAP version, the M-STEP English Language Arts and Math assessments will include a computer test portion, an in-class activity, and a performance task.

All students in grades 3-8 will be taking Mathematics and the English Language Arts (ELA). ELA will cover Reading, Writing, and Listening. Fourth and 7th graders will also be taking Science. Fifth and 8th graders will also be taking Social Studies. Testing will begin after Spring Break. Schedules will vary from building to building. More specific information on the exact dates and times will be coming from your child's principal.


     5th and 8th grade students in our district will take this test beginning April 14, 2015.
     4th and 7th grade students will begin testing on April 28th.
     3rd and 6th grade beginning May 18th.


High school juniors will also be taking the M-STEP assessments in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies which will begin after Spring Break on Thursday, April 16.


The MI-Access is still available for students with disbalilities if their IEP requires an alternative assessment and may include a pencil/paper option.


This website is a good resource for your child:,4615,7-140-22709_70117---,00.html and we encourage you to refer to it.


Click here to read a memo from State Superintendent Flanagan about the M-STEP.


For more information, click here for a letter from Mr. Edward Manuszak, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services. You may also contact your child's principal.



Measles Parent Information



HAC Mobile App Now Available

A new, free, mobile app for the Home Access Center in now available for parents and students! It is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle. The app makes accessing and viewing HAC much easier on a mobile device.

Here is a link to the user guide with further instructions. (Please note that not all components in the userguide are utilized by Bedford.)

Parents and students use the same login credentials for the app as they do for the HAC website.



Upcoming Dates

May 22 .......................Now a 1/2 Day; All Students (Previously a Full Day)
May 25 .......................No School (as previously scheduled); Memorial Day

May 28........................Board Committee of the Whole Meeting; 6:30 pm, BHS Media Center
June 4 ........................Full Day; All Students (Previously a 1/2 Day)
June 4 ........................Board Meeting; 6:30 pm, MRE Cafeteria
June 5 ........................1/2 Day; All Students
June 8 ........................1/2 Day; All Students
June 9 ........................1/2 Day; All Students


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



Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...Level 1 district technician (2 positions) click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...Utility / Custodial Worker (Floater) click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER NEEDED AT MrE click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...DRE Speech Language Pathologist click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...SUB Positions
                          - SECRETARIES NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - CUSTODIANS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - SUB PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - Food Service Substitute opening. click here
                          - SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - call (734) 850-6071
Email resumes to or fill out the classified application
(under Human Resources) and mail or drop off at 1623 W. Sterns Rd.,
Temperance, MI 48182.



BPS Accreditation

AdvancEd logo BPS has three Elementary Schools, one Junior High School, and one High School.

Our enrollment is about 4,600 students. All of our schools have been recommended for accreditation by AdvancEd and must meet stringent standards to remain accredited.



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 Vision & Mission Statement

BPS is committed to being:
Bedford Public Schools is committed to providing comprehensive educational opportunities that develop productive and responsible citizens in a changing world.

  • Student Centered
  • Learning Focused
  • Community Engaged
  • Globally Competitive




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