The Bedford Buccaneer

December 20, 2021


*Please note the 9th and 10th Grade Semi-formal has been postponed, date TBA*

Tuesday, December 21 - Deadline for Seniors to order cap & gown

Wednesday, December 22 - Holiday Sweet Treats for Teachers

Friday, December 24 -31 - Vacation

Monday, January 3 - School Resumes (Schedule day 3)

Tuesday, January 18 - School Council virtual meeting 2:45pm

Wednesday, January 19 - Junior Parents/Caregivers Night - Post Secondary Planning Zoom

Thursday, January 20 - January SEPAC Meeting

Friday, January 21- Deadline for Yearbook orders

Wednesday, January 26 - NHS Induction Night

Thursday, January 27- BHSPA Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 2 - Ground Up presentation at 6:30pm in the BHS LGI

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

BHS School Calendar 2021-22

BHS District Calendar 10-07-21

Please remind your students to check the lost and found in the main office for any lost items.

We will be donating any unclaimed items during the vacation break.

Thank you!

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With the upcoming vacations, we have had many attendance questions regarding BHS attendance policies. For attendance questions and concerns, please refer to the Student Handbook (pages 18-24) found on the BHS website.

For any additional attendance questions or concerns, please contact your students Assistant Principal or the Attendance Administrative Assistant:

Mr. Daniel Hudder <>

781-275-1700 x4402

(Students Last name beginning with A-K and Bridge)

Mr. Thomas Casey <>

781-275-1700 x4403

(Students Last name beginning with L-Z and STEP Program)

Mrs. Amber Loveless-Patterson, Attendance Administrative Assistant

COVID Safety Checks Update

There will be no pooled testing this week.

We will resume pooled testing on Wednesday, January 5th.

When calling to report that your child will be absent on the absentee line please indicate the reason why your child is out, and what their symptoms are.

The Screening checklist can be found on the Bedford PS website HERE.

If you are unsure whether or not to send your child, please keep them home, and call or email the school nurse at before sending them to school.

As always, thank you for doing your part in keeping our community healthy and safe!

Nancy Thorsen BSN,RN

781-275-1700 ext. 4416

Absence Line: (781)918-4561

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


Holiday Sweet Treats for Teachers:

The BHSPA will be hosting a Holiday Sweet Treats event for teachers on Wednesday, December 22nd. We need your help to make this event a success!

We are requesting baked goods and snack contributions (or monetary contributions) from parents/guardians. Please click on the link below for more details and to sign up! Thank you!

Year End Giving:

The BHSPA Fall Appeal will be running through December 31st, however, we welcome donations anytime throughout the year. Donate before December 31st to enjoy a tax benefit for this year!

Every donation made to the BHSPA goes directly to our BHS community through programs, enrichment and activities.

Please use this LINK to make an end of the year donation.

Recent BHSPA Funding:

- Funding of 10 new picnic tables accommodating outdoor lunches, classrooms, meetings, etc.
- Ice cream socials for each class to re-connect upon returning to in-person classes in 2021. It was the first time the classes were together as a whole in over a year!
- Teacher/Student grants to fund school projects including technology equipment for BHS NOW, funding grade specific initiatives and club requests.
- Preparation and distribution of Student Directories (this year it will include a teacher directory with email addresses!) - coming soon!
- Sponsorship of Teacher/Staff Appreciation events
- and so much more (check out for more information!)

The BHSPA meets monthly over Zoom on the 4th Thursday of the month at 8am. If you are interested in attending the meeting or learning more about what the BHSPA does, please email:

Do you want to surprise someone special with a festive and fun Cheer Box?

These boxes contain a hot chocolate kit, Lindor chocolate bonbons, hand cream, winter fuzzy socks, chocolate chip cookies, and holiday string lights. This gift is quick, easy, and fun, and it only costs $25! It is also a perfect gift to spread some cheer! The boxes will be dropped off during flex block or available for pickup on Thursday, December 23rd.

Thank you!

Class of 2023

Order Link:

Bell ringing season is upon us and Red Kettle Club is looking for your help!

Bell ringing happens at Stop and Shop around the holidays and all money raised goes to help local citizens in need. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for a 2 hour slot. You can even ring with a friend! The following dates we are looking for volunteers are (12/1-12/22 from the hours either 2-4pm or 4-6pm).

Bell ringing is a great act of kindness and as a bonus it counts as community service hours. The help is much appreciated!

Please sign up for a shift below!

As always, feel free to email us ( or for any questions or concerns.

Happy Holidays,
Danielle DiGangi and Ella Buckley

Red Kettle Club Co-Presidents

Bedford Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the complete list of our November 2021 grant award recipients

Below, please find a flyer detailing the seven projects that received funding during our first grant cycle to work along typical lines in two years. We could not be more excited to return to our usual process of funding individual/teams of educators in Bedford's schools! Thank you all for your support of the BEF, and we hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

All the best,

Jennifer Kelley

BEF President

Melissa Cull

BEF Grant Chair

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Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.

The Bedford High School Counseling Department is closed for December vacation from 12/24/2021 - 01/02/2022. The office will reopen on January 3rd, 2022. Any transcript request received during that time will be processed when school is back in session.

Counseling Department Programming

Wednesday 1/19/2022 - Junior Parent/Caregiver Webinar will again be held via Zoom! We will give an overview of the college process, post-secondary planning resources, and tasks that juniors can do before senior year. The webinar link will be provided when we are closer to the event.

NCAA Eligibility Webinar

Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. - Register Here

Webinar for college-bound student-athletes and their families. Students will learn about the latest initial-eligibility news, requirements they must meet to be ready when they get to campus, and the best resources for them as they pursue their dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I or II school.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Class of 2022

College scholarship applications are coming up shortly. The Counseling Department is updating a document with local scholarship information that will be available shortly. Stay tuned.

Scholarship Transcript Requests

It is the students’ 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. Tobe, or send her an email at:

Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

Students should reach out to the staff member who wrote the recommendation, so they can either release the recommendation to the student, or send it in on their behalf.

When should a parent seek help for their child in regards to their mental health?

Raising a child is not easy. With this in mind consider reading this valuable resource from our colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, NIH Publication No. 21-MH-8085

Revised 2021

If you are seeking counseling support for your child during break, please reach out to one of these resources:

- Your child’s pediatrician to ask for a counseling referral

- Eliot Community Human Services at 978-369-1113

If there is a mental health emergency, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Support Line through Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services at (800) 640-5432, or call 9-1-1.

Career Pathways Program at Bedford High School

Bedford High School is partnering with the local business community to expose our students to a variety of career paths. Students become motivated and self-directed when they discover a potential career field of interest. Hands-on exposure and information to careers help students make informed post high school plans.

There are three aspects to our Career Pathways and Planning Program:

  1. Career Speakers: We host two Career Speakers per month. They will be held via ZOOM during the student's Flex Block Period (10:22am-11:30am). Interested students sign up ahead of time. Sessions are approximately 40 minutes in length. Topics our speakers cover include, but are not limited to: a day in the life, the personal journey (what was your path like), necessary education, advice for high school students, what you enjoy most, and then questions.

  2. Job Shadow Program: Provide students with a half-day immersive experience on a job site, allowing students to observe, interact, and learn from experts in the field. Students can be placed individually or in small groups depending on the business/occupation. Prior to being placed students take a Career Aptitude Test to help them determine a particular area of interest. The Job Shadow Program would happen once a year for our sophomore class in early spring.
  3. Internships: Would only be offered to seniors who have a demonstrated interest in a particular field. The internships would provide real world experience and responsibility, students must complete an interview with the participating company. Students would be placed based on company approval. Internships can occur during or after the school day. (More information to follow on our Internship Program).

If you would like to participate in our Career Program, please complete the following GOOGLE form or contact Brian DeChellis at 781 275-1700 ext. 4414 or

Google Form Link:

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Save Your Tears: Facing Disappointment with College Decisions

For families with students who are deciding on a college right now, check out this 15-minute video with insights and advice from students, counselors, and other experts including Challenge Success Co-Founder Dr. Denise Pope.

“With all your acceptances and rejections coming in, it’s time to manage any negative emotions, sift through your options, and move forward enthusiastically. In this video, you’ll hear expert advice on how and why admissions decisions get made and how you can get past your feelings of disappointment. You’ll also hear from students who got denied admission or didn’t receive enough of a financial aid package to attend their dream school.”

How to Help High School Students with Career Research

“High school students often tire of being asked, “What are your career plans?” Some students have no idea how to answer the question. Others may give a rote answer just to stop the questions. There are actually so many career choices available that high school students can pursue that they need direction in order to discover their own interests and skills. They may discover that opportunities are available they never even thought of before. Here are just a few suggestions that may help in career research for high school students.”

Ground Up A Portrait of Teenage Life

Ground Up is the student run club and aims to support the challenge success work of the high school. There is a presentation for parents/caregivers on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30pm in the BHS LGI. Ground Up members will present a portrait of teenage life for audience members and offer advice on how to be an ally and a source of support during the high school years.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!



BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!


Facebook group: https://www.facebook. com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/

January SEPAC Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7 PM on zoom

Including Marianne Vines, Director of Special Education

All parents & guardians of students receiving Bedford special education services are welcome!

zoom link:

Meeting ID: 824 0369 9724

Passcode: 294265

Massachusetts Sibling Support Network Presents - No sibling left behind

Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 7 PM on zoom

All are welcome!

No Sibling Left Behind:

Designed for parents of young siblings or professionals.

Addresses the overall sibling experience of what it’s like to grow up with a brother/sister with a disability. Provides strategies to support siblings.

Explores current trends in sibling research and the growing sibling movement.

Includes an adult sibling panel that will address questions and concerns.

zoom link:

Meeting ID: 881 3114 5041

Passcode: 562772

2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates

January 20 (guest Marianne Vines)

February 17

March 24

April 28

May 19 (guest Marianne Vines)

June 9

Meetings begin at 7 PM

*Location and/or Zoom to be shared 2 weeks prior to meetings on SEPAC Facebook and webpage

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Senior Dates and Deadlines

Cap & Gown Order Form

It's that time of year...

Senior students, please complete the form with the Cap and Gown order link above to order your cap & gown for graduation!

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Nicole Myles M.Ed

Class of 2022 Advisor

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

Past Due Dates

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

October 8th- Senior Class Photo

The senior class photo will be taken on the football field. The picture will take place during flex block that day. (10:22-11:32) It will not take the whole time. Seniors please listen for the announcement on that day. Let Mrs Santos know if you have any questions.

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:

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.

Graduation is Thursday, June 2, 2022

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell


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!

April Ecuador Trip Enrollment

BHS will be taking a trip to Ecuador over April break 2022. There are still a few spots left. Look over the flyer for more information and if you are interested in attending. Please let Mr Griffin know to get enrolled. There is a limited number that we can accept.

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.

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

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.

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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