Have a safe and restful summer. School starts August 28th, 2017 for grades 1-12.




Year in Review


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It’s hard to believe we have said goodbye to another school year.  I would like to take a moment to share with you some of the highlights from this year. I wish I could capture them all, but I’m certain the list would be too long.

Student Achievements:

  • Cameron Stryczny -Columbus Intermediate School, won the Outstanding Student Achievement Award from Ohio Department of Education State Support Team.
  • Brandon Townsend -Carylwood Intermediate School, won the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kid for setting a positive example for his peers.
  • Addison Captain -Glendale Primary School, took 1st place in the primary division of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Oratorical Contest.
  • Isaiah Gatson -Glendale Primary School, took 2nd place in the primary division of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Oratorical Contest.
  • Austin Luke -Columbus Intermediate School, won the “Happy Birthday Dr. King” Birthday Card contest in his grade level and received a $500 scholarship.

Central students Quincy Bunch, Azaria Washington, Jordan Robinson, Ava Holloway, Jayda Southall, Sophia Carter, Alexandria Edward and Janiyah McGowan were honored by the Dobama Theatre for being playwrights and entering their plays into the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival at the Dobama Theatre.

BHS Biotechnology students Daniel Burrell, Katie Kennedy, Rachel Madigan, Jacob Sanders and Kristen Sanford won the Silver Medal at the 10th Annual Biotech Olympics held at Cuyahoga Community College-Corporate College East.

The BHS Lady Bearcats track and field team won the Lake Erie League (LEL) Championship for the second consecutive year.

The BHS Lady Bearcats basketball team was named LEL co-champions.

The Heskett Middle School wrestling team, 7th and 8th-grade volleyball teams, and 7th-grade boys’ basketball team each won the LEL Middle School conference championships.

District Initiatives:

  • We expanded our partnership with the Cleveland Ballet School of Dance by adding Carylwood and Columbus students to the ballet program, in addition to Heskett students.
  • We experienced great success in our first year of offering a full-day Preschool class in addition to our half-day classes. Our preschool program earned a Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) 5-Star Rating, the highest rating possible, from the Ohio Department of Education.
  • We had a successful first year at COMPASS Academy,  Bedford High School’s alternative “school within a school” which uses a blended online learning platform to deliver instruction. 
  • We signed an agreement to expand our Career and Technical Education Program by merging the Bedford-Maple Heights consortium with the Tri-Heights Consortium. Students will now be able to choose programs at Bedford, Maple Heights, Shaker Heights, Warrensville Heights and Cleveland Heights/University Heights.

Staff Achievements:

  • Melanie Kirin, BHS Marketing Teacher was named the Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year (check Facebook)
  • Crystal Brooks (Heskett), Tiffany Buchanan (Heskett), Julie Sanders (Glendale)and Jackie Sylvester (BHS) completed the year-long rigorous portfolio of the Ohio Department of Education’s Master Teacher Program and were approved to receive the Master Teacher Designation.
  • Congratulations to our 2017 Teachers of the Year from each school: Matt Larson, Bedford High School; Bakara Robinson, Heskett Middle School; Stacy Raymond, Carylwood Intermediate School; Jennifer Cliche, Columbus Intermediate School; Rachel Adelstein, Central Primary School; and Dominick Gruttadauria, Glendale Primary School.

Safety First:

The District recently received four Awards for Safety: the Achievement Award, the Special Award, the Group Award, and the 100% Award. The Greater Cleveland Safety Council (GCSC) issued these awards at the 86th Annual Occupational Safety and Hygiene Awards Program in May. Employers from 228 GCSC member organizations were recognized in four separate categories. We were the only organization in the education classification to win all these awards.

As you can see, we have a lot in which to be proud.  As I complete my second year as Superintendent I would like to take a moment to thank the staff, students, parents, and community members for helping our students become successful in school and in life. I never fully grasped the concept of “it takes a village to raise a child” until I came to the Bedford Schools.  I am so appreciative of the number of ways that community, clergy, city officials, and parents wrap their arms around our children in the interest of making them better citizens, students, and goodwill ambassadors.  For that, I thank you.  Enjoy your summer.  We look forward to seeing you in the Fall! 


Andrea Celico, Ph.D.


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