General Information

How to contact us:
School hours are 8:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Our school telephone number is 440.439.4450
Our school fax number is 440.786.3572

If your child is absent from school, we strongly urge you to call the Attendance Office between 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The telephone number to the Attendance Office is 440-439-4485. Your child's teachers will be notified of the absence. When calling the Attendance Office, please state the reason and anticipated length of this absence. We ask that you do this for the safety of your child. We will contact you if your child is listed on the absence sheet and we have not heard from you. Upon your child's return to school, please send an absence excuse. Students are responsible for the timely completion of work missed due to absences.

Athletic & Activity Eligibility:
Student participation in athletics and extracurricular activities is a vital component to a student's overall middle school experience. All students who choose to participate in any activity or sport are bound by the rules and regulations of Heskett Middle School and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (O.H.S.A.A.) are expected to use sound judgment, ethical behavior, good sportsmanship, and integrity at all times.

A student's athletic and activity eligibility will be based on the previous nine-week grading period and Bedford Board of Education policy. A student must maintain a grade point average of 1.5 and have no F's in the quarter preceding his/her participation in a sport or activity.

Bell Schedule:


8:00 a.m.


8:10 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.


8:53 a.m. – 9:33 a.m.


9:36 a.m. – 9:47 a.m.


9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:33 a.m. – 11:13 a.m.

PERIOD 5                         7th GRADE LUNCH

11:16 a.m. – 11:51 a.m.


11:54 a.m. – 12:34 p.m.

PERIOD 7                        8TH GRADE LUNCH

12:37 p.m. – 1:12 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.


1:58 p.m. – 2:38 p.m.


2:38 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Bus Transportation:
Transportation of our students is a large, complex operation. Completion of A Change in Transportation Form and approval from the Transportation Department are required if a parent/guardian desire a change from the regular bus or the original stop. For a one-day change, students are permitted to change transportation arrangements with written permission from a parent/guardian. All requests must be submitted to the grade level Assistant Principal's office for approval before 8:10 a.m.

Positive communication between parents and teachers contributes to a student's success in school. Fall and spring conferences will be scheduled to provide an opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers, to discuss the curriculum and to discuss your child's individual progress. Additional conferences may also be scheduled. Your child's teacher(s) or the Guidance Counselor will contact you to schedule a mutually convenient time. You may also initiate a conference by contacting the Guidance Office at 440.439.4472.

Heskett Middle School counselors are available to assist with questions regarding class scheduling, career choices, social problems, and crisis situations. School counselors provide opportunities for students to meet individually or in groups to discuss feelings, attitudes, goals and problems in a confidential and supportive environment.

School counselors confer with parents/guardians and teachers regarding the academic progress of students. School counselors provide materials and help students and their families learn about scheduling, standardized testing, careers and the transition between Heskett Middle School and Bedford High School. Appointments with the school counselors may be scheduled by calling the Guidance Office at 440-439-4472 .

Mission Statement:

We, the faculty, students, and support staff, will create a positive learning environment to build confidence and self-esteem, while continuing to motivate students to achieve to the best of their abilities. At Heskett Middle School we are working with P.R.I.D.E. to achieve ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE!


Heskett’s Mission is to (RAISE)

  • Respect and Responsibility
  • Academic Achievement
  • Improvement
  • Strong Support
  • Embracing Diversity


We encourage parents/guardians to administer medication before and after school; however, if a student must bring medication to schooll, a request form must be completed by the parent/guardian and the child's physician before any prescription or non-prescription medication can be given to your child at school. All medication must be in the original, childproof container and each container must have an affixed and legible label with the child's name, name of the medication, dosage, and time of administration.
A new medication request must be made each school year and, as necessary, for changes in the medication order. The medication should be brought to the grade level Assistant Principal's office by the parent/guardian.


The Heskett Herald is compiled with up-to-date information and is mailed to parents/guardians on a quarterly basis throughout the year and posted on our website.


Parental Involvement:
It is important that the home and school work together to foster a learning environment that enhances the education opportunities we provide our students. Parents/guardians are invited to take an active role in your child's education and in the activities of our school. Parents/guardians are encouraged to share the school experience by participation in school events, parent-teacher conferences, the Heskett Parent Booster Club, and the Heskett PTSA.


GradeBook is a new internet tool that provides an efficient means for students and parents to obtain current class-related information including grades, homework assignments, attendance and messages from the teachers. Password protected accounts can access the GradeBook information that is stored on secure servers at our school district’s data site. Your child’s GradeBook information can be accessed from our district’s website: http://www.bedford.k12.oh.us.

Frequently asked questions regarding GradeBook and their answers are listed below:

How do I get an account?
Account names and passwords are distributed directly to parents and students. Parents and students have separate names and passwords. Your child's account will follow them until they have graduated with the same user name and password.

What if a parent has more than one student in the school?

•    FAMILY ACCOUNT: Parent account(s) can be created for a family in a household. You will need to use a unique email address to setup each parental account as email accounts cannot be duplicated.  
•    MORE THAN ONE CHILD: If you have more than one child attending Bedford City Schools, you will be able to see all of your children in one Parent Access account after you have linked your children.  PLEASE DO NOT CREATE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS.  You will need each child’s registration key to link all children to your one account. 

What if I forget my password?  If you forget your username or password, there are options (click on “can’t access your account?”) for this information to be sent to the email address you used to create your account originally.  Staff at the Bedford City School District are neither able to view, nor modify your username and password.

Is my student’s information secure?
The Parent/Student Access website is a secure website, which can only be viewed with a valid account name and password. Data that goes through the internet between the servers and your screen is encrypted, so that it cannot be read by anyone or by “spyware” on your computer. To maintain security, you should be careful not to leave your password where it can be found and you should always completely exit (quit) your web browser at the completion of a Progress Book session.

What if I have other questions about Progress Book?
Contact your child’s teachers or the building principal at 440-439.4450.


School Colors & Mascot:
Heskett Middle School's colors are Green and White. Our mascot is the Bearcat.


Testing Information:
At Heskett Middle School, teachers work with students to prepare them for the Ohio Air Tests.  This test measures the progress students are making in mastering the Ohio Learning Standards. Seventh grade students take tests in reading and math; while eighth grade students are tested in reading, math, and science. The tests will include multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

Some students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may be eligible to take an alternate state assessment. If your child has an IEP, please discuss his/her assessment accommodations with his/her teacher and the IEP team.

For additional information about these tests or the Ohio Learning Standards, go to the Ohio Department of Education’s website: www.ode.state.oh.us and click on “Quick Links – Statewide Assessments” or “Quick Links – Ohio Learning Standards”.

MAP Testing:
The computerized Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Tests provide students, parents/guardians and teachers with accurate assessments of students’ progress in mastering basic skills. When administered at regular intervals over time, it is possible to find out whether an individual student is making satisfactory progress in basic skill areas. Teachers use this assessment information for instructional planning. At Heskett Middle School, students complete the MAP Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Assessments. Parents receive information about their child’s performance on these assessments during parent-teacher conferences. For more information about MAP Testing, please contact the Guidance Office at 440-439-4472.

Vision Statement:
Heskett Middle School will strive to improve academic achievement annually as measured by the Ohio School Report Card. We will follow and enforce policies and procedures to provide a safe, positive learning environment for all our students. As a result, our initiatives toward constant improvement will be achieved through the strong support and cooperation of our diverse students, staff, families and community.

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Heskett Middle School
5771 Perkins Rd.
Bedford Heights, OH 44146  

Phone: 440-439-4450 
Fax: 440-786-3572
Bedford Local Schools