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Make a Note to Vote!

TECH MILLAGE RENEWAL ON BALLOT MAY 3, 2016

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION IS APRIL 4th!
(The first day back from Spring Break!)
Have questions about how to register to vote? Check out some Voting FAQs here.

Student using ChromebookSince 1997, the countywide Technology Enhancement Millage has provided significant opportunities to our staff and students that directly impact teaching and learning in Bedford classrooms.

One example of the impact that this technology millage, and its renewals, has had at Bedford Public Schools is our 1:1 Learning Initiative. This program currently provides students in grades 4-8 (with plans to expand to grades 3-12) with their own device to integrate technology, both at school and home. With access to digital textbooks, online collaboration, communication, and creation tools, our Bedford students have a distinct advantage as they transition into higher education and the workplace. 

 

Watch a video of how we use technology everyday in our classrooms at Bedford Public Schools and find out more about how this Educational Technology Millage Renewal benefits Bedford students.

Click the button below to learn more.

 



EXAMPLES OF TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT AT BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVER THE LAST 5 YEAR MILLAGE CYCLE:

- Projectors installed in all classrooms. Dell Interactive projectors installed in K-8 classrooms and core classrooms at the SHS.
- Purchase of Chromebooks/cases/licensing for 1:1 Learning Initiative program in five grade levels....grades 4-8 in 2015-16 and adding grades 3, 9, and 11 in 2016-17.
- Teacher laptop upgrades
- Infrastructure upgrades
- Classroom computer refresh
- Online instructional tools subscriptions for students
- Mobile computer labs and building flex lab upgrades 


FOR THE NEXT MILLAGE CYCLE, OUR PLANS INCLUDE:

- Completion of 1: 1 Learning Initiative expansion into high school so grades 3-12 will be complete by 2017-18
- Implementation of refreshment cycle of aging chromebooks at grade levels of 4 and 8. 
- Pilot of classroom tablets at K-2 level 
- Infrastructure upgrades 
- Online instructional tools for students 
- Implementation of learning management system at secondary level
- Begin replacing aging projectors in classrooms 
- Wireless System Upgrade
 

Bedford High School students conduct an "On Air" interview at the Z108 radio station with Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services, Mr. Edward Manuszak and Mrs. Jennifer Earl, Director of Educational Technology and Information Services about the May Educational Technology Millage Renewal Coming Up in May.

Listen Here:

 


QuiCK FACTS ABOUT THIS RENEWAL:
The Regional Enhancement Millage is a RENEWAL. That means this is NOT a new tax and our property taxes will NOT increase.

By law, this type of millage must be placed on the ballot by the Monroe County Intermediate School District. Individual school district cannot seek this type of millage on their own. Since 1997, all of the public school districts in Monroe County have cooperatively placed this millage, and its subsequent renewals, on the ballot with the ISD. All of the funds generated by the millage renewal are distributed by the ISD to each of the schools in Monroe County based on the number of K-12 students in each district.

Last year, this generated nearly $1,200,000 for Bedford Public Schools to invest in educational technology and related services. These funds cannot be used for any other purposes.

The ISD has produced a Fact Sheet with further information:

Graphic of Tech Millage Fact Sheet

MAKE A NOTE & VOTE ON MAY 3, 2016!



Now Registering for Next Year!

Welcome to our New Kindergarten Students! The Class of 2029!
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! 
Kindergarten T-Shirt Graphic Newly registered kindergarten students will get a FREE t-shirt! 


You will need to complete the registration packet.   Click here to download the forms. They include a checklist page of all materials needed for complete registration. The student's state certified birth certificate (photocopies are not accepted) and parent driver's license must be presented in person at the school office along the completed packet. 

Registration packets are also available in the school offices 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.

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

Have questions? Call 734-850-6028.



Possible Chicken Pox Case at Bedford High School

April 8, 2016
Dear Parents,

An individual at Bedford High School may have a possible case of chickenpox.  Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness that generally starts with a slight fever, followed by a blister-like, itchy rash.  Although this is usually not a serious illness, in some children and certain high-risk individuals, including those on chemotherapy, are pregnant, or are immune-suppressed, chickenpox can cause a much more severe illness.

The varicella vaccine can prevent chickenpox and is safe and effective for children 12 months of age or older.  This vaccine is recommended by both The American Academy of Pediatricians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all children who have never had the chickenpox and it is part of a child’s routine vaccinations.  The varicella vaccine series consists of two doses given at least 3 months apart for children 12 years and under and at least 4 weeks apart for those 13 years and older. If your child has not already had chickenpox and has not been fully immunized, we recommend that they receive the vaccine. The vaccine, if given 3 – 5 days after exposure to chickenpox can prevent or reduce the severity of illness.

Your child’s doctor or the Monroe County Health Department can assist in vaccinating children who are not protected. There are a few children with weakened immune systems who should not receive the vaccine, and your child’s health care provider will be able to advise you what to do if your child has had exposure to chickenpox.  A medicine is available (VZIG) that can protect children and adults with weakened immune systems and pregnant women from chickenpox.

If your child does develop chickenpox, they should be kept home until the rash has crusted over (usually about five days). If you have any questions about chickenpox please contact your family’s physician or the Monroe County Health Department, at 734-240-7800.

You may also contact the District Health Nurses for the Bedford Public Schools at 734-850-6034.

Sincerely,
Roxann Satkowski ,RN, BSN – District Health Nurse
Karen Weis, RN, BSN – District Health Nurse

Chickenpox parent fact sheet




Bedford Public Schools Exceeds Average
State Performance in M-STEP Results

M-Step LogoIn the Spring of 2015, students took part in a new assessment testing program called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or more commonly called the M-STEP. This test has replaced the MEAP testing students had previously taken. The M-STEP is a very different test than the MEAP tests administered in past years. For example, M-STEP has fewer multiple choice questions and more questions that require problem solving and critical thinking skills than the previous MEAP assessment. Because this is a different test measuring different standards, M-STEP scores should not be compared to scores on the MEAP test. This year's M-STEP data will provide a baseline to which future year’s data can be compared. In addition to this being the first year for this M-STEP assessment, this is the first time students were given their tests online rather than the pencil and paper format students had used for the MEAP in the past.

How Did Bedford Do?
As a district, Bedford Public Schools exceeded the state average in 19 of the 20 tests our students took. Our 8th grade English and Language Arts portion was 0.1 percentage point shy of the state average.

BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2015 M-STEP RESULTS

GRADE
SUBJECT
BEDFORD
(Percent Proficient)
STATE AVERAGE
(Percent Proficient)

BEDFORD'S RESULTS COMPARED TO
STATE AVERAGE:
3
English/Language Arts
66.1
50.0
  EXCEEDS by 11.1
3
Math
60.2
48.8
  EXCEEDS by 11.4
4
English/Language Arts
50.3
46.6
  EXCEEDS by 3.7
4
Math
45.2
41.4
  EXCEEDS by 3.8
4
Science
20.7
12.4
  EXCEEDS by 8.3
5
English/Language Arts
66.7
48.7
  EXCEEDS by 18.0
5
Math
36.7
33.4
  EXCEEDS by 3.3
5
Social Studies
32.7
22.2
  EXCEEDS by 10.5
6
English/Language Arts
52.2
44.7
  EXCEEDS by 7.5 
6
Math
34.2
33.3
  EXCEEDS by 0.9
7
English/Language Arts
55.1
49.1
  EXCEEDS by 6.0
7
Math
36.8
33.3
  EXCEEDS by 3.5
7
Science
34.7
22.7
  EXCEEDS by 12.0
8
English/Language Arts
47.5
47.6
  Below by 0.1
8
Math
33.3
32.2
  EXCEEDS by 1.1
8
Social Studies
36.4
29.7
  EXCEEDS by 6.7
11
English/Language Arts
59.8
49.3
  EXCEEDS by 10.5
11
Math
29.8
28.5
  EXCEEDS by 1.3
11
Science
38.1
29.4
  EXCEEDS by 8.7
11
Social Studies
48.0
43.9
  EXCEEDS by 4.1

As with any summative standardized test, this is one snapshot of how our students performed.  We use the data generated by this test, in conjuction with other student assessment data gathered throughout the year, to look for ways to improve. Our Balanced Assessment Team and school impovement efforts continuously focus on ways to improve the education for each of our students.

How Did MY Student Do?
Individual results were sent home with the students on Monday, December 21, 2015 along with the M-STEP Parent Guide. These results will look different than what you have seen in the past with MEAP results. A newly developed video is now available which summarizes M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report. The video is available with or without Closed Caption. The M-STEP Parent Report Communication videos are available on the MDE M-STEP web page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM55xZ-ZuNU

Additional information can be found at the Michigan Department of Education Student Assessment webpage: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_70117_40135---,00.html

Additional M-STEP data can be found on the Michigan School Data/Student Assessment webpage:  https://www.mischooldata.org/DistrictSchoolProfiles/AssessmentResults/AssessmentSummary.aspx




Bedford Public Schools Takes Student Safety Seriously

After a recent threat to schools in LA and NYC made headlines, Bedford Public Schools wishes you to know we take safety seriously in our district.

"Our number one priority at Bedford Public Schools is safety," declared Superintendent Mark Kleinhans. "We have taken a number of steps over the last few years to increase the safety and security of our students and staff."

In additional to the traditional fire and tornado drills, each of Bedford's schools go through lockdown drills. All of our drills are communicated with our local authorities. The staff has been trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) and has been instructed on how to react to intruders and construct enhanced barricades. Staff training is done on an ongoing basis.

Exterior doors are locked during school hours with entry points monitored and visitor entry granted individually by school personnel. All visitors must present ID and receive a visitor badge.

Safe entries remain high on our priority list for protecting our students and staff.

Additional security devices are installed, or will be installed, on classroom doors to use to prevent an intruder from entering classrooms in a lockdown scenario. Classrooms are being outfitted with additional materials to help students shelter in place for longer periods of time, if necessary.

Bedford Public Schools works closely with our local authorities. We are grateful to have our liaison officer, Dep. Lestock, available on campus. Law enforcement officials have taken part in tactical training for an active shooter in one of our schools.

"We encourage anyone who is aware of any type of threat to let us know. Call us at 734-850-6000. Or use the OK2SAY confidential tip line which accepts tips 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As always, for an immediate emergency, call 911," emphasized Mr. Kleinhans. You can submit a tip to OK2SAY using any of the following ways:

     Web: Online Tip Form at: https://ok2say.state.mi.us/
     Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
     Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)
     Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov
     A Mobile App is available for free on Google Play and iPhone App Store.

In the event of any type of emergency, our first line of communications with our families will be through the Honeywell Instant Alert system. Please make sure the school office is aware of any changes to your contact information or to update your communication preferences such as phone, email, text, or any combination of these.



Bedford Teacher Receives Discovery Education Program
Champion Award

Cheryl Lykowski and Discovery imageCheryl Lykowski, a 2nd grade teacher at Monroe Road Elementary, was recently named a Discovery Education Program Champion. Only 14 educators in the nation were awarded this distinction! Mrs. Lykowski recently attended the program kick-off at Discovery Education’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. We’re very proud of Mrs. Lykowski’s accomplishments and contributions to both Monroe Road Elementary and Bedford Public Schools! Congratulations, Mrs. Lykowski!



BPS Staff Accept Accreditation Award!

AdvancED seal


Bedford Public Schools was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers this North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) accreditation seal.

This means that our district, and ALL of our schools are accredited, and that Bedford Public Schools is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term (valid through June 30, 2020) with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.

“School System Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides Bedford Public Schools a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” shared Mr. Kleinhans. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED School System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Bedford Public Schools is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

BPS Staff accepts AdvancED Award

This whole process was the result of a lot of work on the part of many people in our district. Representing Bedford Public Schools, Superintendent Mark Kleinhans, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services Edward Manuszak, and Bedford Public Schools' staff Lora Currie, Dawn Keiser, Jeanne Kearney, Julie Eaton, Scott Earl, Jen Brush, and Irene Chrysochoos accepted the AdvancED School System Accreditation Award from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.



Upcoming Dates

May 3...........................ELECTION DAY! TECH MILLAGE RENEWAL ON BALLOT! PLEASE VOTE!
May 5...........................Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Monroe Road Elementary Cafeteria
May 26 ........................Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 pm,
                                                Bedford High School Media Center
May 27.........................1/2 DAY for ALL students; Staff PLC in afternoon
May 30.........................NO SCHOOL; Memorial Day
June 8.........................1/2 DAY for BJHS and BHS for Exams; Full Day for DRE, JRE, and MRE Students
June 9.........................1/2 DAY for ALL students; Last Day of School


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

 

 

Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

2015-2016...BPS Job Posting...SHS Custodian click here
2015-2016...BPS Job Posting...District registered nurse click here
2015-2016...BPS Job Posting...Bedford Senior Center Clerk (Part-Time) click here
2015-2016...BPS Job Posting...hEalth Van Driver click here
2015-2016...BPS Job Posting...senior center lead cook (chartwells) click here
2015-2016...BPS Job Posting...SUB Positions
                          - SECRETARIES NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - CUSTODIANS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - Food Service Substitute opening. click here
                          - SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - call (734) 850-6071
 
Email resumes to sally.lucarelli@mybedford.us or fill out the classified application
(under Human Resources) and mail or drop off at 1623 W. Sterns Rd.,
Temperance, MI 48182.


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 accreditation by AdvancED and must meet stringent standards to remain accredited.
Our AdvancED accrediation 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

BPS Vision and Mission logo
 
Our Mission: Educating for Life!

 

Our Vision for Student Success:

Academic Excellence

Diverse Opportunities

World Class Environment

Community Engagement

More

 

 

Bedford Public Schools

1623 W. STERNS ROAD
TEMPERANCE, MI 48182

1-734-850-6000

askbps@mybedford.us

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