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

BHS School Calendar 2021-22

BHS District Calendar 10-07-21

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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

Instructions for registration may be found here.

There will be NO Pooled testing this week

COVID Safety Checks (formerly known as pooled testing)


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 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

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.

Virtual College Visits

You can sign up for virtual college visits through your SCOIR account, in the calendar section.

Monday 11/22

3pm - Fisher College

7pm - Dickinson College

Tuesday 11/23

11:30am-12pm - Syracuse University

Wednesday 11/24

3pm - Framingham State

Monday 11/29

3pm - Brandeis University

7pm - Johnson & Wales University

Wednesday 12/2

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)

Financial Aid:

Check net price calculators to get an idea of college costs

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.

How To Check Your FAFSA Status

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.

5 Life Skills Kids Should Know Before Heading Off To College

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:

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

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

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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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.

~AUTHOR: Priyanka Raha, Founder + CEO of POP Smart Kids

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!

For more information about BHS-Challenge Success please contact Cynthia Vitti ( or Lori Popkewitz Alper (

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

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.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!



2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates

December 16

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


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:

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 for more information)

Donations are accepted all year, using our online DONATION LINK at BHSPA.ORG.

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.

  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:

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?

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.

Bus Transportation

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.


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.

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