The Bedford Buccaneer
November 22, 2021
November 19- 30 - Signup for Teacher Conferences (see email from Brenda Sweetland)
Tuesday, November 23 - Winter Sports Registration will close at 12pm
Tuesday, November 23 - Class of 2022 Fundraiser at Jersey Mike’s Subs 4:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, November 24 - BHS Community Day & Annual Powder Puff Flag Football Game
Wednesday, November 24 - School closed at 11:08am early dismissal
Thursday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Day Football Game 10:00 Burlington High School
Thursday - Friday, November 25 -26 Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, December 2 - Gymnastics Flatbread Company fundraiser 5-9PM
Friday - Friday, December 24 -31 Vacation
Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Graduation at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell at 6:15pm
WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION
Winter Sports Registration will close Tuesday, November 23rd at 12pm. All student athletes must be registered in Aspen, have a valid physical (13 months) and baseline (2 years) in order to participate. Physicals can be emailed to email@example.com
Instructions for registration may be found here.
There will be NO Pooled testing this week
COVID Safety Checks (formerly known as pooled testing)
WILL RESUME DECEMBER 1.
The Screening checklist can be found on the Bedford PS website HERE.
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. If you are unsure whether or not to send your child, please keep them home, and call or email the school nurse at Nancy_Thorsen@bedfordps.org 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
For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the
Virtual College Visits
You can sign up for virtual college visits through your SCOIR account, in the calendar section.
3pm - Fisher College
7pm - Dickinson College
11:30am-12pm - Syracuse University
3pm - Framingham State
3pm - Brandeis University
7pm - Johnson & Wales University
3pm - Middlesex Community College
7pm - University of Rhode Island
Students should continue to check their emails frequently, not only for verification the colleges have what the student has already submitted, and to see what else the colleges want the student to submit—and when they want it submitted. (Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D. Nov. 11, 2021)
The counseling office will be submitting an updated transcript (to include Term 1 grades) by 11/30, to all colleges to which students have applied under Early Decision or Early Action admission plans.
Transcript requests for the next college application deadline of 12/15 is 12/1; Transcript requests for the 01/01/2022 deadline is 12/10. Get your requests in early!
Bedford High School is closed for December vacation from 12/24/2021 - 01/03/2022. Any request received during that time will be processed when school is back in session.
Google Classroom Resources: Remember there is a wealth of information in the Google Classroom for the Class of 2022 right now! We encourage you to look back at the posts. For example, there are several videos that will assist you with SCOIR (i.e. How to request your transcript in SCOIR)
Alice Echo-News Journal (TX) – November 1, 2021
The U.S. DOE requires all colleges to have a calculator on their websites. It’s important to remember that the calculation is only an estimate and to look at the net price, not the net cost. The net price is how much a family can expect to pay toward a student’s technical or college education, including any loans.
Forbes – November 16, 2021 : Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your biggest ticket to college financial aid. After you submit it, keep tabs by checking the status of your application. Here’s how.
Moms – November 13, 2021 : Learning these life skills will make teens money, transportation, and career savvy before stepping foot on a college campus.
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:
Looking for a job? Check out the job board behind Mrs. Tobe’s desk in the Counseling Suite
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
- Social Worker Mackenzie Comeau, Youth Social Worker, at 781-918-4331
in the at Bedford Youth and Family Services Department
- 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 https://www.advocates.org/services/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:
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.
- 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.
- 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).
Google Form Link:
Learn how Challenge Success made an impact on this student’s high school experience
Strive for progress not perfection
More often than not, we get tied down by the idea of perfection that prevents us from making progress. This year, from this moment right now, let’s make a vow of not striving for being perfect but always moving forward with purpose.
This past year has shown us our incredible power to imagine, adapt and survive. I am not just talking about the adults; the way children and young adults have adjusted is quite remarkable. The past year was not perfect, but we have endured the imperfect times.
So how can we apply this mindset for all times to come? The following are a few ways to practice this everyday.
Read more HERE.
A Healthier Approach to College Admissions
DEC 14th at 4pm PT | 7pm ET
What is “fit” and why does it matter?
Are students who attend higher-ranked colleges better off later in life?
What do college rankings really measure?
In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to help reduce pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support students' well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. With the pandemic inserting more uncertainty into this process, we will include a Q&A at the end to answer some of your most pressing questions. $10 per person.
Appropriate for parents, students, college counselors, and educators.
Join our Bedford Challenge Success community on social media!
Facebook: Challenge Success Bedford High School (this is a closed group)
February vacation Sicily Trip
Students who expressed an interest in the Sicily trip, please see Mrs. Arena in C105 for sign up information!
1. There is room on the Sicily trip for a few more students, please contact me asap!
2. All travelers need to be fully vaccinated.
3. Passports need to be valid through August of 2021
Sorry, the Galapagos trip is full!
Sandra D Arena
BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)
All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!
2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates
January 20 (guest Marianne Vines)
May 19 (guest Marianne Vines)
Meetings begin at 7 PM
*Location and/or Zoom to be shared 2 weeks prior to meetings on SEPAC Facebook and webpage
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU Bedford Parents/Guardians for your contributions to the Fall Appeal! As Principal Galante mentioned on the Back to School webinar, your donations help the school in so many areas. Here are a few of the ways your donations are put to work!
- Funding of 6 new picnic tables accommodating outdoor lunches, classrooms, meetings, etc. Due to popular demand, we will be adding more this year!
- 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 and funding grade specific initiatives.
- 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 BHSPA.org for more information)
Senior Dates and Deadlines
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.
Send all pictures that you would like to be considered for the yearbook to www.hjeshare.com. 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: www.hjeshare.com
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: email@example.com
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!
Need a student parking sticker?
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.
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.
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? 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 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