The Bedford Buccaneer
March 6, 2023
Tuesday, March 14-School Council-2:30-4:00
Wednesday, March 15-Saturday, March 18-Chicago: Teen Edition
Friday, March 17th-No School-Teacher Professional Development
Tuesday, April 11-School Council-2:30-4:00
Monday, April 17th-Friday, April 21st-Spring Vacation
Tuesday, May 9-School Council-2:30-3:30
Friday, May 12th -43 Annual AFJROTC Awards Night--6:00-7:30pm-BHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 17th-Senior Awards Night-7:00-8:30pm-BHS-Invites will be sent out
Thursday, May 18-Junior Prom-6-10pm
Thursday, May 25th-Senior Prom-6-10pm
Monday, May 29th-No School
Thursday, June 1- Class of 2023 Graduation
Tuesday, June 6- 9-11th Grade Awards Night-7:00-8:30pm- BHS-Invites will be sent
Friday, June 16th-Tentative Last Day of School-If no snow days
BHS Welcomes the Class of 2027
Wednesday, March 8
Parents, caregivers and students are welcome to attend. The night will include a presentation from administration, an academic fair in the library, and student-led tours of the high school. We look forward to meeting the future freshmen of Bedford High School.
Please join us Tuesday March 7th during Flex Block in the LGI for a Career Conversation with Kristin McEachern, Vice President of Translational Sciences for Ribon Therapeutics
Kristin is the Vice President of Translational Sciences at Ribon Therapeutics, a biotech company in Cambridge that is developing novel therapies to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases. Her team works at the interface of preclinical and clinical research - true "bench to bedside" research where they try to understand how their therapies work in patients and also try to identify biomarkers they can use to select patients who will be most likely to benefit.
Ribon is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pursuing the development of novel small molecules targeting stress support pathways in cancer and inflammation using our proprietary BEACON+ (Blocking the Enzyme Activity Component of NAD+) platform.. https://ribontx.com/
Please fill out the short google form if you would like to attend:
The Bedford High School Performing Arts Department will present CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION, the long-running Kander & Ebb Broadway musical, March 15 through 18 in the BHS Auditorium. The production, led by director Katrina Faulstich, features approximately eighty students in the cast, crew, and pit orchestra.
CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION is most appropriate for audiences in middle school and up. The show runs 90 minutes with one intermission.
Tickets will be available to the general public starting February 27 through the Performing Arts Department website: https://bhschorusandtheater.weebly.com/tickets.html. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The online box office will close seven hours prior to each performance time, but tickets will be sold at the door if available.
CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com
CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Relay for Life
Hello Bedford Schools,
We are members of Bedford High School’s Relay for Life Committee, a dedicated student-led group which works to organize fundraisers and recruit participants for the relentless fight against cancer.
Relay For Life is an organization which directly benefits the American Cancer Society by funding research for a cure, patient care/support, rides to life-saving treatment, and so much more!
Each year, Bedford is one of the many towns to host a Relay for Life overnight event. During this activity-filled, magical night, team members take turns walking around the Bedford track. The event is 14 hours in length (although participants can leave as early as they want) and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients do not have the ability to stop fighting because they're tired and neither do we.
Bedford’s 2023 Relay event will happen from Saturday, May 27th at 4pm to Sunday, May 28th at 6 am. Additionally, the months leading up to the event are a time to build your team and start fundraising. Each Relay for Life team and our high school’s Relay committee work hard year-round to raise funds and awareness for cancer in various ways.
We currently have 6 teams signed up who have already started fundraising for our event, but we would like to get as much of the Bedford community involved as possible. Anyone can create a team, or join the event as a solo participant, through the Relay for Life website by clicking the link below and then the “Join this Relay” button! (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=104020 ).
You can build a team with your friends or family and compete against other teams in the town to see who can raise the most money to donate to the American Cancer Society. Fundraising for the event is also a perfect way for students to develop leadership skills and put their creativity to work!
All individuals who raise $150 by the day of the event can stay overnight at the turf in Bedford with their teammates to celebrate everyone’s hard work in the united fight to end cancer. If an individual does not raise $150 they will only be allowed to stay until 11pm. Participants can also earn a free t-shirt and other merchandise depending on how much they fundraise.**
Throughout the upcoming months the Relay for Life Committee will be holding different events in the town and schools. Keep an eye out for emails or follow our Instagram (@rflbedfordma) for more information about these opportunities.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Relay for Life Committee using this email address: email@example.com
You can also visit the Relay for Life website to find out more information about Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_learn)
We hope to see you all in May,
The Bedford Relay for Life Committee
**If the child is under the age of 18 and raised $150, a parent or guardian must fill out the attached youth participation form in order to stay overnight. The parent can email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to youth participation form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nrA1mhwYhlBLtR4F5GCIhIFAWlkoZGKV/view?usp=drivesdk
Each team must have a chaperone (a parent or guardian over the age of 18). If you would like to be a chaperone, please reach out using the email above!
When calling the absence line please state if your student is ill or not ill.
Absence Line: (781)918-4561
or select #1 from the main menu of (781)275-1700
10th Grade Hearing/Vision Screening
Starting the week of February 27th, all 10th grade students will have hearing and vision screening. Parents will be notified if further evaluation is necessary by their physician. Heights and weights will also be done at this time.
Annual Height and Weight Screening
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires the annual height and weight screening protocols to include the calculation of a Body Mass Index (BMI) and percentile for grades 1, 4, 7, and 10. Each child’s height and weight will be used to calculate their BMI. The results will be kept confidential in each student’s school health record.
BMI is a “weight for height for age” index that can be a useful tool in early identification of possible health risk factors among children and youth. If you would like the results of your child’s BMI screening please contact me. Additional information about children’s wellness and fitness is available at www.mass.gov/massinmotion/.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns. If you do not want your child to participate in this screening please send a written note or email using the email address below.
Annmarie Vaughan, BSN, RN
High School Nurse
Bedford Public Schools
New Location-Student item drop off
To minimize visitors entering the building this year we have moved the student item drop off location to the vestibule located by the main doors. Please ring the bell and we will let you in. We encourage you to try to meet your student after school for the items but in the event that does not work please leave items on the table right inside the vestibule.
The high school is not responsible for electronics, money, keys, sports equipment, etc. left at the table. Students can check for the item dropped off in between classes and at lunch.
If your student forgot their school iPad please bring that into the main office.
For all things Postsecondary related, please visit the
BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website
Educational Awareness Dates:
8 International Women's Day
10 SEL Day
Counseling Department Monthly Newsletter: Did you know? Translated versions of our newsletter are available upon request. Check your email for the March edition of the Counseling Connection Newsletter available on March 9th!
Counseling Department Programming
Caregiver Workshop #2 - Anger Transformation
For the next in our series of presentations on building persistence and managing emotions at home and in school, the Counseling Department is eager to welcome parents and caregivers to a viewing and discussion about a feeling many have a tough time talking about: anger. A short video from the GoZen Anger Transformation Summit series featuring Dr. Shefali Tsabary followed up with Jennifer Funk from the BHS Counseling Department. Dr. Shefali is an acclaimed clinical psychologist and author whose book The Conscious Parent was an NYTimes bestseller (and endorsed by Oprah to boot). Using a blend of clinical psychology and Eastern mindfulness practices, Dr. Shefali aims to support families in a more conscious and holistic practice of managing anger. This event will take place on March 14th, at 8:00 AM in the Large Group Instruction room.
Academic Advising - Began meeting with students before the break for academic advising and will continue through the week of March 6th.
Course Selection and Timeline
Feb 13 - March 21 Window open for students to choose their courses and to meet with counselors by grade
March 24 Level Change Request Form due to the appropriate Department Program Administrator
Field Trip to NACAC National College Fair
The School Counseling Department is inviting the entire 11th grade to attend the Boston NACAC National College Fair in Boston. Over 250 institutions will be in attendance all in one location. It's a great way for students to connect with hundreds of colleges in a short amount of time to learn about majors, scholarships, and more. Permission slips will be available Monday, February 27th.
Tuesday, May 2nd
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Postsecondary Planning - Grades 9/10 from Big Future/College Board
Participate in extracurricular activities. Academics aren’t everything. Explore your interest in a sport, school club, music or drama group, or community volunteer activity
Explore summer opportunities. Look for a job, internship, or volunteer position that will help you learn about a field of interest.
Postsecondary Planning - Grade 11
Research and apply for potential summer activities
The deadline to register for April April 2nd ACT is March 10th
Postsecondary Planning - Grade 12
Continue to research and apply for outside scholarships
Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive. Review and compare financial aid packages
Try to keep your eye on the prize and focus in the classroom. The college you decide to attend will want to see your final transcript.
Scholarships - Class of 2023
The Counseling Department continues to update a document with local scholarship information that is located in the BHS 2023 Counseling Google Classroom. It is called Scholarship Opportunities 2022-2023.
Bedford Dollars for Scholars & Scholarship America’s application runs through March 21st. The application is available online NOW and you can access everything you need here: https://bedfordma.dollarsforscholars.org/index.php?section=chapterWebsite&action=student_parent&fwID=1269
There will be three help sessions for you to connect directly with Dollars for Scholars volunteers.
Wednesday, March 8th
12:55-2 PM; BHS Counseling Office
Monday, March 15th
8:15-9 AM; Computer Lab
BHS Counseling Office
For additional assistance, you can view this how-to-presentation. You can also contact email@example.com with specific questions.
Scholarship Transcript Requests
It is the student’s responsibility to submit transcripts for scholarship applications. We are happy to print and/or email you a copy of your transcript. If you need an “official transcript” we will give it to you in a sealed official envelope. You can request your transcript(s) directly with Mrs. Brownrigg, or send her an email at: Julie_Brownrigg@Bedfordps.org
For the next in our series of presentations on building persistence and managing emotions at home and in school, the Counseling Department is eager to welcome parents and caregivers to a viewing and discussion about a feeling many have a tough time talking about: anger. A short video from the GoZen Anger Transformation Summit series featuring Dr. Shefali Tsabary and followed up with Jennifer Funk from the BHS Counseling Department. Dr. Shefali is an acclaimed clinical psychologist and author whose book The Conscious Parent was an NYTimes bestseller (and endorsed by Oprah to boot). Using a blend of clinical psychology and Eastern mindfulness practices, Dr. Shefali aims to support families in a more conscious and holistic practice of managing anger.
BHS Prom Dress Pop-Up Event
Prom and semi formal events are coming up soon and BHS will be sponsoring recurring “Prom Dress Pop-Up” events throughout the year. Students will be able to “borrow” a prom dress and accessories, or formal suits from our donated collection. See below for the Pop-Up schedule. We are looking for donations of formal dresses, both long and short, that are sitting in closets at home not being used; as well as formal wear accessories like shoes, purses, jewelry and shawls. We are also looking for formal suit, ties and tuxedo donations and would greatly appreciate any contributions beginning this week. Please dry-clean your donations before dropping off.
If you want to help but don’t have a dress to donate, you can make a financial contribution to offset program costs, which include alterations, dry cleaning, purchase of dress racks and refreshments for the Pop-Up event. Checks can be made payable to BHS - Prom Pop-Up. All donations can be dropped off in the Bedford High School front vestibule after notifying the main office via the buzzer that you’re donating for the Pop-Up. Please email Sandy Arena (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Heather Thacore (email@example.com) for more information.
· Apr 3: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:45 AM (Locker Room Area)
· Apr 11: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up & Pizza Party 5:00 – 7:00 PM (Cafeteria)
Yearbook order information
Yearbooks are now $100. Please order your book online by going to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and inputting school code “13423”.
If you have difficulty making an online purchase, you can also call this number to place an order over the phone: 1-866-287-3096. In the event that you can't remember if you ordered, at the bottom of the website you will see a link to look up your order.
Senior Dates and Deadlines
Senior & Caregivers,
Please see an email from the yearbook regarding Senior Sibling Photos. Photos are due by March 8
Here are the directions to submit
1) go to www.hjeshare.com
2) Use School Code "Bedford"
3) Select "Portrait" to upload (DO NOT CLICK GENERAL)
4) Then upload the picture and follow the prompts. When you enter the names, put all of the kids' first names in the "first name box". (ex, Greg, Peter, & Bobby) and then put the last name in the last name box. If the kids have different last names, please enter the senior's last name in the last name box and put the sibling's full name in the first name box.
Senior Awards Night-May 17th-7:00-8:30pm-BHS-Invites will be sent out
Last Day for Seniors-Friday, May 19th
Senior Prom-Thursday, May 25th
Graduation-Thursday, June 1st-6:15pm Sharp-No Tickets Needed
Seniors arrive at 5:30pm for line up
All Night Graduation Party-June 1-10:30pm to June 2-5:30am-Tickets Needed
BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)
Bedford SEPAC (special education parent advisory council) is a volunteer group of parents/caregivers that work to provide networking and support for Bedford parents/caregivers of children receiving special education services. In conjunction, they work closely with the school administration on special education needs and concerns. All are welcome!
Bedford SEPAC General Meeting
Thursday, February 16th, at 8 pm on zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 417 227 5285
Bedford SEPAC General Meeting
Wednesday, March 15th, at 8 pm on zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 417 227 5285
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/
School Lunch Information
This school year the Bedford School Lunch Program will revert to our pre-pandemic cafeteria process with one big change. All meals at all schools will be free for all students the entire school year.
Free and reduced lunch application can be found here or printed copies in the main office.
Please click here for the application directions
Please click here for FAQ
We will continue to keep all external doors locked this year. Cars may not be idle or parked directly in front of the main entrance as it needs to be cleared for emergency vehicles and for busses. Please know that you are subject to ticketing by the Bedford Police Department if you park in the restricted lane.
Students with vehicles should park in designated student parking spots and need to have a valid BHS parking sticker by October 1. After completing the form is bring a copy or picture of the vehicle registration and license to the main office to get parking permit. The Parking Sticker application may be found here.
If you are dropping off your student, please do so at the front of the building in the student lot or at the side near the public library. Do not enter the bus loop at the front of the school as it causes safety issues for students unloading.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Find my lost items? The lost and found bin can be found in the student office.
Pick up a dropped off item? We encourage you to try to meet your student after school for the items but in the event that does not work please leave items on the table right inside the vestibule. (Parents/Guardians, please label item your dropping with name) Please note; we do not interrupt classes for drop offs. Students can check for the item dropped off in between classes and at lunch.
Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form here
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
The 2022-23 Bus Routes have been posted on the Transportation Web Page
Know who to contact for help? (please see page 6)
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
Absence Line: 781-918-4561