The Bedford Buccaneer

October 26, 2020


Wednesday, October 28 - How to Manage Admission Pressure - College Fit and Family Stress

Saturday October 31 - PL874/Impact Aid Survey form due

Tuesday, November 3 - Federal Elections, No School

Friday, November 6 - AP Exam Registration Payment Deadline

Wednesday, November 11 - Veterans Day, No School

Tuesday, November 24 - Student Lunches for November 30 will be ready at dismissal

Wednesday, November 25 - Schools Close at Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Break

2020-2021 District Calendar

IMPORTANT - PL-874 Form Return Deadline is October 31

If you haven't already done so, please return all completed Bedford High School PL-874 forms to: or students may drop off the form in the main office.

Please click below for a message about the Annual Impact Aid Survey (PL874) that brings critical funding for Bedford Public Schools.

Impact Aid Survey - Impact Aid Survey 2020-2021.pdf

PL874 Superintendent Letter - October 1 2020.pdf

List of Federal Properties - List of Federal Properties.pdf

Thank you!


Dear Students and Families,

November menus are about to be released on our online ordering program. With this in mind, I want to share with you a few changes, which will go into effect this month. First, we will need to adjust the “order by date” and time for all student lunch orders. Second with days off for holidays and Election Day our menus will require some accommodations for Cohort B students.

1.) To better organize our food preparation an adjustment in the “order by” day and time needs to be made. We are essentially preparing lunches for three days at a time on Mondays and Tuesdays. One lunch for delivery in school and two lunches for remote days, which are picked up at dismissal. To accommodate food preparation we need to push back our ordering schedule from the day before to three days before. I am also changing the “order by” time from 12 noon to 8 PM. Hopefully this will give you some additional time to organize your ordering and accommodate our staff needs for food preparation time .

The following example may be helpful.

Monday’s lunch, order by Friday before 8 PM

Tuesday’s lunch, order by Saturday before 8 PM

Wednesday’s lunch, order by Sunday before 8 PM

Thursday’s lunch, order by Monday before 8 PM

Friday’s lunch, order by Tuesday before 8 PM

This change will give our staff a complete list of all lunches ordered for in school delivery and dismissal pick up at the beginning of their shift. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

This schedule change will take effect Friday October 30th.

Attention Cohort B students:

2.) To accommodate Cohort B students for lunches on November 2, 4 and 5, school menus will include a Cohort B Lunch (frozen meal) option. Cohort B students should choose Cohort B lunch for these days. Please order by Thursday October 29th before noon. Lunches for November 2, 4 and 5 will be ready at dismissal on Friday October 30th for pick up.

To accommodate Cohort B students for November 30, school menus will include a Cohort B Lunch (frozen meal) option. Cohort B students should choose Cohort B lunch for this day. Please order by Monday November 23rd before 8 PM.

Lunch for November 30 will be ready at dismissal on Tuesday November 24 for pick up.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Ken Whittier

Food Service Director

Show your Bedford spirit and support the BHSPA with Bedford Buccaneers Masks!

Did you miss out on the chance to purchase a Bucs mask or wish you had purchased more? Here’s your chance! The BHSPA is selling Bedford Buccaneer masks on a first come-first serve basis. These are the same stylish, high quality, washable and 3-ply masks that were sold in the BHSPA apparel sale. Masks come in Bedford blue and black, and include the Buccaneer logo.

To order, go to, select the color and size of mask, and click "Buy Now". Masks are $12 each and will be delivered to your home (Bedford, Hanscom or Boston or can be picked up in school by a student) within a week of placing your order at no charge!. Bulk sales are available as well for a reduced price. Please email to inquire about bulk sales or if you have questions.


Seniors and Juniors may now apply for a 2020-2021 parking sticker here: BHS Parking Sticker

This year the Assistant Principals will be delivering students parking stickers during ARC meeting times. Parking stickers will be delivered in the order in which they were received.

Please note, you will need to present a picture on your phone or a paper copy of your license and registration before receiving your parking sticker.

Once all the stickers are delivered, the police will begin monitoring and ticketing those not parked in designated student parking lots. The student parking lots are located across from the main entrance and in the parking lot next to the Library/drop off area marked "Student Parking". If you are parked in an area that is not designated student parking, you may get ticketed starting in November. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Navigating School During Uncertain Times

Thursday, November 12th at 5pm PT | 8pm

How can parents best support the personal and academic needs of their children while also attending to their own professional and family needs? In this presentation, caregivers will learn how they can establish a healthier home environment for their school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase resilience, creativity, and well-being. Register Here

Counseling Corner

Important Dates

Student Workshops & Virtual College Rep Visits - Zoom Links in Scoir Calendar

October 28 - Freshman Seminars

October 28 - College Guidance Network (CGN) Presentation at 7pm

How to Manage Admissions Pressure—and Stay Well
Webinar Registration

November 4 - Junior Seminars

November 4th and 5th - Coalition for College Virtual College Fair

Nov. 4, from 6-10 p.m. and Nov. 5, from 7-10 p.m.

Schedule and List of Attending Colleges

Post-Secondary Planning Information

Senior Night Presentation - September 9, 2020

Senior Seminar - September 30, 2020

Post-Secondary Planning Guide - Class of 2021

College Application Process Frequently asked Questions & Answers

Will there be more opportunities to speak one on one about college admissions? How will counselors meet with students?

Yes- counselors have been and will continue to meet with every senior individually this fall. Meetings are in person or virtual depending on the student/counselor’s preference.

Where can I find the Parent Questionnaire to inform the counselor letter of recommendation?
Parent Questionnaire

How do I request teacher letters of recommendation in SCOIR?

Please refer to this link for a helpful tutorial:

How do I submit transcript requests in SCOIR?

Please refer to this link for a helpful tutorial:

If I have SAT scores in SCOIR, will they automatically go to colleges?

No, you must send official SAT scores through or official ACT scores through

Can I attach a PDF of my resume to my SCOIR account?

Yes. Log into your SCOIR account, and click on My Profile. Scroll down, and on the left hand side, you will see My Drive where you can drop files to attach or browse to attach a PDF.

If we are not certain that we are going to be applying to a school early, should we request a transcript? Is there any consequence to submitting a transcript request and not applying to that college? Can I add colleges later on?

The most important thing is that you finalize your college list and submit your transcript requests 2 weeks before your first deadline. If you submit a transcript request for a college that you decide not to apply to, there are no negative consequences, but you will not be refunded the transcript request fee of $5 per school. However, communicating with your counselor is essential to make this process go smoothly. You can always add colleges to your list by submitting a transcript request in Scoir.

How do I assign a recommender on the Common Application?

Please refer to this link for a helpful tutorial.

What is a supplemental essay on the Common Application? And, how important are they?

A supplemental essay is an additional open response essay question that some colleges have on their application. These essays are very important, and not optional (even if the college indicates it is optional).

The common application has included an additional COVID-19 question. It is important to let schools know if any activities were cancelled, what you chose to do instead to fill the time during quarantine etc. Here is a guide on how to address this question. College Essay Covid-19

BHS Counseling is on Twitter!

AP Exam Registration

AP Exam Registration is now open! Students who intend to take AP exams in May 2021 must register and pay by November 6th. Please refer to the AP Student/Parent Letter and Payment Form for instructions.

Students who want to self-study for exams and are not enrolled in the corresponding AP class must email to get an AP Classroom code in order to register.


It’s time to order your yearbook!

Our Yearbook Features ALL students in ALL grade levels. This is how you’ll remember your high school experience! Deadline to order: January 17, 2021.

Please email with any questions regarding yearbook.

Class of 2021 T-Shirts Order Form

Order your Senior class shirt here for $15! Pay with VENMO (@classof2021-humphrey).

If paying with cash, exact change is required, checks can be made payable to the Class of 2021. With the cash or check option, please place in an envelope with your full name on it and ARC (Advisory/Remote Counseling) room number.

Mr. Humphrey will be collecting the payments in room D107, before first class and after last class. Once payment is received Mr. Humphrey will bring your shirt to one of your ARC classes. Go Bucs!

To all parents and guardians,

Thank you for monitoring for symptoms of Covid-19 each morning. If your child is ill with symptoms of Covid-19, please call the nurse at: 781-275-1700 ext. 4416 or email

Thank you,

Nancy Thorsen RN

Back to School Night Recordings

Please enjoy the Back to School Night presentation slides by clicking here. Also, the Faculty recorded short introductory videos for you to view. In the videos, the Faculty share information about their courses and themselves. Link to Back to School Night Videos

Support for Mrs. Pietrangelo and her family

As you may have heard, Ms. Pietrangelo was in a serious accident Thursday, September 10th. Many families have asked what they can do to help. Here are some specific ways you can help:

GoFundMe: A gofundme account has been established to help the family with expenses. If you would like to make a direct financial contribution to the family, please go to

Gift Cards: the following gift cards were suggested to us by the school and her friends.
  • Door Dash and Grub Hub (so her husband, Matt, can order from area restaurants)
  • Arlington area restaurant gift cards (Ms. Pietrangelo lives in Arlington with her husband and two young children)
  • Grocery Stores in Arlington: Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop
  • Gas gift cards
  • Amazon
Gift cards can be mailed to the school (9 Mudge Way) or students can drop gift cards off at the student office or Mrs. Billouin’s classroom, H107.

Meals: Since the accident, the family has received a great deal of food from friends and neighbors, so meals are not currently needed. However, in the weeks and months ahead, they will likely need meals. At that time, we will post information on how you can sign up to provide meals for the family.

Thank you all for reaching out!

Employment Permits

We know that many of you are trying to secure employment permits and there are new guidelines in place so that we can help you. Download the application with the link below. Once you have the employer sign it, you must have a parent or guardian sign as well and submit a physical if under 16. Once all of the above is done, send the completed application to our Registrar, Mrs. Powell at and she will prepare the work permit and email it back to you.

Link to Youth employment permit application

Bedford High School

2020-2021 New School Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 7:45am - 1:03pm

Wed: 8:05am-12:55pm

9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Phone: 781-275-1700

Absence Line: 781-918-4561

Fax: 781-275-6664

Bedford High School