The Bedford Buccaneer

September 20, 2021


Wednesday, September 22 - The Rolling Tones Auditions 1:00-2:30

Monday, September 27 - Senior Parent/Guardian Night(Virtual) at 6:30pm

Wednesday, September 29 - 5:00 PM HOS Addiction and Depression Webinar

Thursday, September 30 - Back to School Night 7-8:00 pm Updated: Now a virtual event

Friday, October 1 - October 16 PSAT Registration Deadline

Friday, October 8 - Seniors Yearbook Baby, Elementary photos & Senior "Thanks" due

Monday, October 11 - Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Thursday, October 14- Free Well Balanced Student Webinar 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Saturday, October 16 - PSAT 7:45 at BHS (Must be registered by 10/1 please see below)

Friday, October 22 - Picture retake day

Friday, October 22 - Yearbook Senior Portraits due

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day (No School)

Wednesday, November 24 - School closed at 12:40pm early dismissal

Thursday - Friday, November 24 -25 - Thanksgiving Break

Friday - Friday, December 24 -31 Vacation

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Graduation at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell at 6:15pm

2021-2022 District Calendar SC Approved March 30, 2021

Need a student parking sticker?

Senior and Junior students please fill out the Google Form here and your Assistant Principal will deliver your sticker to you during lunch or Advisory. (Students please complete this from your school account as the form records your student email). There is no fee for parking at Bedford High School. You will need a parking sticker beginning in October.

Looking to learn more about addiction, depression, and how they are interconnected?

The Bedford HOSA club is a student-run not for profit health occupations club and our goal is to promote awareness of health concerns and help out with the well-being of our community. We are offering you the opportunity to join us alongside Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of NYT Best Selling Black Man In A White Coat, and Dr. Whyte, the Chief Medical Officer at WebMD, in a live webinar discussing addiction and depression.

Join us on Wednesday September 29th at 5:00 PM and have all your questions answered!

Scan the QR code above and click the link in our bio to join đź”—

Follow us on Instagram @bedford_hosa for fun, interactive post, and event updates đź’¬ You can also check out our podcast, Piece of Mind.

For more information please click here

The number of BHS students who have received 1 or 2 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine:

9th graders 74%

10th graders 76%

11th graders 74%

12th graders 80% this has increased 4% since August

Great work BHS!

Regarding Covid guidelines for school, as per the DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) protocol: Individuals who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, who are close contacts, are exempt from testing and quarantine protocols.

When calling the absence line please state if your student is ill or not ill. You will get a call from the nurse if you do not state a reason. Please notify the nurse if anyone in your household tests positive for Covid-19

Absence Line: (781)918-4561

or select #1 from the main menu of (781)275-1700

Nancy Thorsen, BSN, RN

HOSA Advisor

Nurse Office: 781-918-4416

Nurse Office Fax: 781-687-6141

Save the Date

Our Back to School Night Webinar will be

Thursday, September 30, 2021


This is an opportunity for adults to hear about student's classes from the teachers. It is always important for us to understand how our students spend much of their days. Please mark your calendars for this virtual event. A link will be shared via email at a later date.

Activities Fair

The activities fair will be happening on Thursday, September 30th, during flex block. (Rain date will be Tuesday, October 5th). It will be held outdoors on the tennis courts. For those who don’t know, the Activities Fair is an opportunity for students to explore various clubs at BHS. It allows clubs to gain new members and share what they are all about!

Students, please read your email; faculty advisors have sent and continue to send out emails with information about various clubs and activities. There are so many opportunities to get involved at BHS! We will share a list of activities in an upcoming memo with contact information. In the interim, read your emails and attend meetings for clubs that are of interest to you. All are welcome!

AP testing, payment and registration Information

Welcome to the beginning of the 2022 AP Exam year.

For students placed in AP classes during the school day:

If you have not already, you will be registering for your AP exam with your teacher either during class time or for homework. Please note the exam code you are given from your teacher is unique to your class only and should not be shared with other students.

For students Self Study AP exams:

If you are not physically scheduled into an AP class but are planning to self study for an exam, the first part of your registration process includes filling out this form:

AP Registration - Self Study ONLY

You will receive your registration exam code within one week of filling out the form above. If you are a Self Study Student and do not fill out this form, you will NOT receive an exam code.

***It is important to note that nothing replaces learning within the classroom. If you choose to self study for an exam, know this is an undertaking that should be considered carefully before registering. Please speak with your parents/caregivers and your counselor before taking this on.

For ALL AP test takers:

- The deadline for exam registration is October 22nd, 2021.

- Information regarding the payment process will be announced soon. Reach out to me directly if you qualify for a fee reduction or waiver when payment becomes available.

- Late fees are back! Unlike the previous two years, late registration and test cancellation fees have been reinstated by the College Board. If you register late or choose to cancel your AP Exam, there will be a charge of $40.

Please reach out to me directly should you have any additional questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Ms. Thyne

AP Test Coordinator

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.

Senior Parent/Guardian Night(Virtual) - Monday, September 27th at 6:30pm

This event will be a webinar which will be recorded. A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the 27th. In the interim, if you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. In the meantime you can find lots of useful information on our Post-Secondary website.

PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021

Time: Arrive at BHS by 7:45am

Cost: $30.00 - Check or Money Order made out to BHS (Put your student's name in the memo section) Please reach out to your student’s school counselor for a financial waiver, if needed.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021


??Questions?? Contact Brian DeChellis at

Welcome to Mr. Alan Chang

Mr. Chang, is a new school counselor to the High School, and is “excited to join the Bedford community”. He grew up in Newton and attended Newton South High School where athletics was a huge passion of his. A three season athlete (football, wrestling, and lacrosse), he was recognized as a DCL all-star and Boston Herald all-scholastic in all three sports. Mr. Chang went on to play football at Colby College.

Fun facts: Black belt in Tae Kwon Do; loves to cook and eat. He has visited nine different countries. He can also speak Mandarin and Spanish.

Scheduling an Appointment with your School Counselor

Our School Counselors are available to students throughout the school day. They can schedule appointments at the following links:

Mr. Alan Chang

Mr. Brian DeChellis

Ms. Janel Halupowski

Ms. Anna Septembre

Ms. Sam Thyne

Job Board

Looking for a job? Check out the job board behind Mrs. Tobe’s desk in the Counseling Suite

Bus Transportation

Updated bus locations at the end of school: The busses line up, starting at the flagpole across from the softball field and looping all the way around the front of the high school to the front door of the main office.

The pick up order begins with the METCO bus, #33, then the base buses, #21, #23 and #24, respectively, and finally the local Bedford buses, #1-16.

Many health and safety measures will remain in place on school buses. As has been and is currently the case with all types of public transportation, masks will continue to be required on school buses for students and drivers. This is by federal public health order, and is specified in DESE’s guidance, released July 30, 2021. The district also will continue the practice of maximum ventilation and fresh air, and will continue to operate buses with windows partially open. Bus riding at BHS will return to open seating due to vaccination access for this age group.

Late busses run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and pick up at the front of the school by the Cafeteria doors. Late busses depart at 4:05pm.

Boston METCO Families can register through the METCO office.

BHS families can find all bus routes and stops posted online.

Free Well Balanced Student Workshop


For the entire parent and faculty community
Join fellow Partner Schools and your school community at this free Well-Balanced Student workshop. Click this link to learn more about the presentation and to register. The webinar will last 75 minutes, ending with time for Q&A.


Digital Camera (DSLR) donations for the Art Department

Would you like to give your old DSLR camera a new home? The Visual Arts department is seeking any gently used DSLR cameras for students to sign out and use to practice with at home. If you have a DSLR that you'd like to donate, please include the battery and battery charger. All donations can be dropped off at the BHS main office with a note "attn: Sean Hagan/Art Department".

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BHSPA Fall Appeal

The BHSPA Fall Appeal is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Donations are accepted all year, using our online DONATION LINK at BHSPA.ORG. A suggested donation of $25 per family is requested, although any amount is appreciated. If you prefer not to donate online, checks (or cash), made payable to BHSPA with FALL APPEAL in the comments can be dropped off at the BHS Front Office. THANK YOU!

The BHSPA is a parent-volunteer organization which raises and distributes funds to support various initiatives, programs and events for BHS. All parents/guardians are members of the BHSPA, but we collect no dues. Rather, we rely on donations and fundraising.



If you wish to have your student’s name, address, and/or telephone number withheld from the media, social media or military recruitment, please send a letter to Principal Galante stating your request by October 29, 2021.


This year all school meals are free for all students. Parents do not need to put money on their students lunch account. For instructions on ordering lunch please click here

Menus can be seen here.

For additional information please contact the Food Services office at 781-275-9129.

How do I...

Get dismissed? Please bring a note to the main office in the morning. (or call 781-275-1700) Students will be given a dismissal pass to show the teacher and head right out of class at the dismissal time. This helps us to reduce the number of class disruptions.

Find a school supply list? We don't have school supply lists posted for high school. You will be informed of any supply needs during the first classes by each teacher.

Get a locker? Your Advisor will supply you with a lock. You will select a locker, then your Advisor will record your locker number and combination just in case you forget it. It happens!

Get my Aspen ID? If you need your ID or are having trouble logging in please contact

Find my lost items? The lost and found bin can be found in the student office.

Pick up a dropped off item? Please stop by the student office and look for the student drop off area sign. (Parents/Guardians, please label item your dropping with name) Please note; we do not interrupt classes for drop offs. Please stop by between classes to check for your item.

Find out more about grading and courses? You may find this and many other helpful pieces of information in your Program of Studies found here

Know who to contact for help? (please see page 6)

Get a parking sticker? You will not need a sticker until the end of September. Please fill out the Google Form here and your Assistant Principal will deliver it to your lunch or Advisory. There is no fee for parking at Bedford High School.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!


Facebook group:

Workshop: Basic Rights Training: Evaluations and Eligibility

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 7 - 9 PM on zoom

Introduction to special ed laws and procedures

How to make a referral for special education evaluation, process, eligibility, rights, disputes

Registration link:

Workshop: Bullying - what parents need to know

Monday, November 8, 2021, at 7 - 9 PM on zoom

What is bullying? Strategies and tools? IEP? School's obligation to address and prevent bullying?

Registration link:

Free ADult ESL Classes

  • Dates: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/23, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22

  • Free tuition

  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Classes

  • Location: Bedford High School

  • Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

*Register online by sending an email to Carrie Powers, EL Director

Click here for more information!

Senior Dates and Deadlines

Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell at 6:15pm. There are no tickets for the event as there is ample seating for all friends and family members. Mark your calendars. It will be here sooner than you think!

October 8th- Individual baby pictures/Elementary photos. Please make sure when you upload your baby picture to include your name, first and last. If there is no name you run the risk of not being in the yearbook. Send to:

Enter the code: Bedford(capital letter “B”)

October 8th- “Senior Thanks” (limit of 175 words) Please note: Text slang and most abbreviations are not acceptable. Drug or alcohol references are not acceptable. Send your “senior thanks” in a word document to:

October 22nd- Senior Portraits-Please contact Mark Lawrence Photography @603-882-0116 to make your appointment.

December 10th- Business Ads- Anyone with 2 business ads gets a free yearbook.

December 10th- Parent Ads. The 2021-2022 forms will be sent to the parents.

January 21- Yearbook orders. The cost is $85.00. You may place your order here

Please make checks out to BHS 2021/2022 yearbook.

After January 21 the cost will be $100.00

Important Information for the Class of 2022

Please help us to have a successful yearbook by getting an early start.

  1. Send all pictures that you would like to be considered for the yearbook to Enter the school code: Bedford (capital B). Please identify who the students are in the pictures. Please use full names not nicknames when you submit your baby picture. Please only submit one baby picture. If you do not identify your baby picture you run the risk of not being in the yearbook.

  2. The official photographer for the senior portraits is Mark Lawrence Photographers. Their phone number is 603-882-0116. Please contact them for an appointment. If you have any questions in regards to any of the information. Please contact Mrs. Santos. Her email is

If you decide to take your own pictures. Please be aware of the size. It must be 2.5 X 3 with a DPI of 300. Yearbook staff will contact you if your picture does not follow these guidelines.

If you have any questions in regards to any of the information. Please contact Mrs. Santos. at

Resources to Support our Students and Families

Looking for a great community service opportunity?

The Bedford Food Pantry is looking for volunteers

You can sign up using the following link:

Questions? Please stop by the Athletic Office or reach out Annie Bernstein at

Bedford High School

Bedford High School Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:45am - 2:24pm

Wednesday 7:45 am - 12:55 pm

9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Phone: 781-275-1700

Absence Line: 781-918-4561

Fax: 781-275-6664

Bedford High School