Welcome Back To School

Dear Bedford Middle School Parent,   

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  The BMS staff and I look forward to partnering with you to make your child’s learning experiences positive and successful.  We are committed to offering an outstanding educational program in a caring and friendly environment. This letter contains important information relative to the start of school, and I ask you to please review it carefully.   

All students and parents are invited to visit our facilities, learn about our programs, and meet our instructional staff on Thursday, August 18th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. as we host “Meet Your Teachers Night.”  Upon arrival, parents and students should report to homerooms to get class schedules before visiting other classrooms.  We encourage you to share information about your child with each of his/her teachers.    If you are unable to attend that evening, please feel free to send a note or email teachers outlining the information you would like to share with them.   

If this is your child’s first year at BMS, there will be a brief orientation presentation in the front gym at 6:00 p.m. during Meet Your Teachers Night and again on Friday, August 19th, at 1:00 p.m.  

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 23rd.  Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m.  It is helpful if most students arrive at BMS between 7:55 and 8:10.   If you have to drop your children off early, they can wait in the front gym or cafeteria until the 7:55 bell rings. When dropping students off, please pull up as far as possible in the loop in front of the school to facilitate the flow of traffic. Students will be required to be in class by 8:15.             

Bedford Middle School’s web site at www.bedfordasd.org/o/bms gives parents access to a wealth of resources to keep informed about school events. There is a “BMS Orientation Slide Show” link containing detailed information about procedures, staff, activities, and more.  Please take some time to review it.  

Parents are encouraged to set up their cell phones to receive notifications from BMS and/or the School District.  Just download the Bedford ASD app and go to “settings” under the main menu to select your notification preferences.  

Another opportunity to maintain updated information about your child is to contact our instructors by email or by phone.  Addresses for our teachers can be found on the school web site.  The following times are when classroom teachers are available for meetings or to receive phone calls.  

6th grade teachers  9:05-9:35 or        7th grade teachers  9:50-10:20 or         8th grade teachers 10:35-11:05 or 

                              12:25-12:55                                        1:10-1:40                                             1:50-2:20      

Middle school is a time of change for your child and we look forward to teaming with you to make your child’s transition through adolescence a smooth and successful one.  If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 623-4200.  

Sincerely, 

Kevin Windows

Principal  

Covid 19 and the opening of school:  

It is the intention of the Bedford Area School District to begin the school year as we ended in May. Masks will be voluntary in the building and on school grounds.  For information regarding Covid 19 and the school district’s safety plan, please visit the Bedford Area School District webpage at www.bedfordasd.org.   

PowerSchool and Schoology: 

The Bedford Area School District uses a student information system called PowerSchool and a student learning system called Schoology.    Parents who are new to the district or need a refresher on how to access and use PowerSchool or Schoology can contact the BMS office for assistance.   

Reminders from the school nurse:  

  • 6th graders are required to have a physical examination.  Physical examinations will be offered by the school physician on October 12th.  If interested please contact the school nurse.
  • 7th graders are required by the state of Pennsylvania to have a Tdap and meningococcal vaccine by the first day of school.
  • If your child takes medication during the school day please contact the school nurse prior to the start of school.

Forms to Return:  

Included in this mailing are important forms that need to be completed and returned.  You can bring all forms with you on Meet the Teacher Night or send them with your child during the first days of school.  

  • BMS Student Information / Emergency Medical Information (front and back).  This form needs to be returned as soon as possible. 
  • BASD Device Insurance Program Agreement.  This form (and optional payment of $30.00) is due no later than September 6th.
  • Dental Exam Form.  This is only for 7th graders.
  • BASD Internet and Google Apps Form (front and back).  This is only for 6th graders.
  • COPPA Consent Form.  This is only for 6th graders.
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Upcoming Events:  

Aug. 18       “Meet Your Teachers Night” 5:00-8:00 p.m.  6th grade and new student orientation program 6:00 p.m.   

Aug. 19         6th grade and new student orientation program 1:00 pm (if you missed the 19th)

Aug. 23        First day of school for students

Sept. 5        No School – Labor Day

Sept. 12-16  BMS Book Fair

Sept. 19-22  Hunter Safety Course for 6th grade students

Oct. 10         Act 80 In-service day, no school for students.

Oct. 20        BMS School Pictures – Information will be sent home in advance