The Bedford Buccaneer

September 06, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES


Thursday, October 6th-Back to School Night-6:30-8:30pm


Thursday, October 6th-Picture Day


Monday, October 10th-No School


Tuesday, November 8th-No School-Teacher Professional Development


Friday, November 11th-No School


Thursday, November 17th-Picture Retakes


Wednesday, November 23rd-Early Release-11:15am


Thursday-Friday, November 24-25th-No School


Thursday, December 1st-Parent/ Teacher Conferences-4:00-8:00pm


Friday, December 9th-Freshman/Sophomore Semi


Friday, December 23rd-Early Release-11:15am


Monday, December 26th-Monday, January 2nd-Holiday Vacation


Monday, January 16th-No School


Friday, January 27th-Junior/Senior Semi


Monday, February 20th-Friday, February 24th-Winter Vacation


Friday, March 17th-No School-Teacher Professional Development


Monday, April 17th-Friday, April 21st-Spring Vacation


Monday, May 29th-No School


Thursday, June 1- Class of 2023 Graduation


Friday, June 16th-Tentative Last Day of School-If no snow days





BPS District Calendar 2022-2023

Dear BHS Community,

It was a busy and energetic first day back with students. We know that they will be adjusting to their early days but they brought their vibrancy today. Our students were very helpful and attentive to those around them.


Tomorrow, we have a school wide virtual assembly during advisory for all students where we will frame the year and review logistics. We start the day in flex block tomorrow and seniors only are allowed to arrive after flex block. This is a senior privilege that was in place pre-pandemic and the Class of 2023 is excited that we have made a return to this practice. All students, including seniors, must report to advisory and attendance will be taken.


We hope that all students have something positive to report after the first full week of school. Looking forward to getting to know all of the students as we continue to build community. Check out instagram for some first day photos!


Warmly,

Heather Galante, Tom Casey & Dan Hudder

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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.

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Community Service

Community Service and NHS now have an app! BHS has partnered with MobileServe, an app that helps schools and students log their community service hours and post events. You can watch a short video about the app here.


Some highlights include events being posted in the app, hours can be signed in app, geotagging yourself at an event instead of getting a signature, and all previous hours showing up in app. National Honors Society will also be able to utilize the app for their hours collection too!


Starting 8/30 the Google Forms are no longer active. Please get the Parental Consent Form signed and returned to the Main Office by Friday 9/23 if you wish to use the app for your community service and NHS hours. You cannot use the app unless the Consent Form is signed.


Please click here for the parental consent form


The app will go live on Friday, September 30th so please keep track of any hours you complete between now and then on your own. You can enter them after the app goes live.


We are very excited about this and should you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Septembre (hermance_septembre@bedfordps.org) or myself (brianna_creamer@bedfordps.org).

Bus Transportation Information

To all Parents/Guardian,


The 2022-23 Bus Routes have been posted on the Transportation Web Page. The Bedford Public School Bus Transportation Guidelines are also posted, as well as contact information at schools, the Business Office, and at Bedford Charter. Your school principals also share information about school-specific dismissal procedures. The METCO Office has specific information about Boston bus routes.

We hope all of our bus riders have a positive adjustment to Bus Transportation in the 2022-23 year!


Sincerely,

Bedford Public Schools


Please fill out the Emergency Information Form and return it to the Student/Main office or email to bhsforms@bedfordps.org. Every student needs to have an updated Emergency Information Form which includes permission for the nurse to give Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.


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



Bedford Public Schools will be following the recommendations of MA DPH and DESE guidelines.

We encourage families to:

  • Keep home rapid antigen tests on hand. Pick up a free at-home test kit, available for Bedford residents from one of the following town offices during normal business hours: Health Department, Council on Aging, Town Manager’s Office or the Bedford Free Public Library. Order your free at-home test kit from the Federal Government- https://www.covidtests.gov/

  • Continue to screen daily for symptoms before sending your child to school.

  • Stay up to date with vaccinations/boosters

  • Keep masks on hand to be used as indicated for those returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19.

Students and staff who are sick should stay home.

Monitor for the following symptoms each morning before school:


COVID- 19 Symptoms list:

  • Fever (100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

  • sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms

  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


Anyone who is sick, and has multiple symptoms on the checklist should stay home and can return when:

  • they have tested negative using a home rapid antigen test and have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducing medication

  • their symptoms are resolving

  • or if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis.


Students with MILD symptoms (for example, a single symptom of a runny nose) should test negative with a home rapid antigen test before coming to school.


Per MA DPH it is recommended to test with a home rapid antigen test a second time within 48 hours if the initial COVID-19 test is negative.


Returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will still need to isolate for 5 days at home. Those individuals may return to school after Day 5 wearing a mask through day 10, as long as they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.

  • Day 0 - is the date of the positive test/symptom onset- whichever came first

  • Day 5- isolate through this date

  • Day 6- return to school if symptoms have significantly improved or resolved AND fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

  • Day 10- wear a well fitting mask at all times (except when eating or drinking or outside) through day 10.

Always report positive cases of COVID-19 to your child’s primary care provider. Students should get cardiac clearance for sports either in person visit or phone triage by their provider after testing positive for COVID-19.


Please report all cases of COVID-19 (both home tests and tests from a healthcare provider) to your child’s school COVID email:


bhscovid@bedfordps.org or call your school nurse.



Nancy Thorsen, BSN, RN

Nancy_Thorsen@bedfordps.org

Nurse Office: 781-918-4416

Nurse Office Fax: 781-687-6141

Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form

Please take a moment to complete the Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form here

Interested in our extracurricular theater opportunities

1) Interested in our extracurricular theater opportunities? We are having a meet and greet party after school on Friday, September 9 from 2:30-3 in D105. Snacks will be provided. After the party, we will be cleaning up and organizing our theater materials and need help from students! Please consider staying and helping us organize. There will be posters up around the school with a QR code where you can RSVP, or you can RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfahEQhn7RVmDDdDR7tjpAEuiztR16-2lGm0PCx5wjIOz8vsw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Auditions for our fall play

Auditions for our fall play, Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, are after school on Tuesday, September 13! To view the audition packet that has all the details, click this link! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MCyYJCXW-MzyCuW3DXaE3pb0mEaREyphfiOSVKbfAkY/edit?usp=sharing

Auditions for our all-gender a cappella group, The Rolling Tones

Auditions for our all-gender a cappella group, The Rolling Tones, are on Wednesday, September 14th from 1-3:30. Click this link for the audition packet and more information; https://docs.google.com/document/d/19OD7HXe8mn3htdeW5MT-_ZVAWOnPj-AnfZMieNvRzuc/edit?usp=sharing

Sicily Trip

Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a great summer. As we begin the year, we will be preparing for our trip to Sicily. Please look for information for our first meeting. If you would still like to join the trip, there are a few spots open. There is limited time to sign up since our trip is during February vacation Please see the attached information for the trip below or contact me in room C105 or by email.


See you all soon,

Ms. Arena

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Safety/Drop Off/Parking

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. 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.

INFORMATION OPT OUT

If you wish to have your student’s name, address, and/or telephone number withheld from the media, social media or military recruitment, please send a letter to Principal Galante stating your request by October 28, 2022.

School Lunch Information-Update


Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,


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. Funding to support school meals was approved during the summer by the state legislature. State funds will supplement the federal USDA funding that reimburses school districts for nutritious meals provided.


The process: All students will pick up a meal at the cafeteria service line (no more online ordering) and proceed to the point of sale register station. Students in grade 3-12 will enter their 4-digit pin number and our staff member will record the free meal. Students in grade K-2 will have a pre-printed card available to them, which our staff member will swipe to record the meal.


Again, there will be no charge to the student for meals.


The State Department of Education is requiring us to verify all daily meal counts and our point of sale registers are used for this purpose. For this reason, each student is required to use their pin number or card in the cafeteria when picking up a meal.


Student pin numbers for those that have them are still active, students without pin numbers will be assigned numbers and all students will receive a reminder email with their pin number before the beginning of school. We suggest students memorize their pin number to ensure our service lines move efficiently. Cards for Davis students will be placed in a holder outside of the cafeteria and students will pick up their card on the way to the service line.


We plan to offer some separate food items for sale in our cafeterias in the near future. These extra items (above and beyond the lunch meal) will require payment from the student account and are separate from the free meals offered through the state.


Please let us know if you have any questions


Sincerely,

Ken Whittier

Food Service Director


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

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BHSPA News

If you are interested in attending the meeting or learning more about what the BHSPA does, please email: bhsbucsparents@gmail.com Every donation made to the BHSPA goes directly to our BHS community through programs, enrichment and activities.
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Counseling Corner


Educational and Health Awareness Dates:

September 2022 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Children’s Good Manners Month

Deaf Awareness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Library Card Sign-up Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Self-Improvement Month

Sexual Health Awareness Month


Suicide Prevention Awareness Month



Teen Health


Social exclusion’ is the most common form of school bullying — not violence

StudyFinds – August 29, 2022

The stereotypical bully usually threatens smaller classmates with physical violence, but researchers from the University of Missouri find the most common variety of bullying is actually much more subtle— “relational aggression” bullying is a much more common issue. This variety of bullying usually involves socially excluding peers from group activities and/or spreading harmful rumors and can wreak havoc on a young psyche, both emotionally and socially.


41% Of Teenagers Can’t Tell the Difference Between True and Fake Online Health Messages

Neuroscience News – August 29, 2022

The results highlight a need for better training of teenagers to navigate a world where fake health news is so widespread. Health mis-and disinformation are a serious public health concern, with an increased spread of fake health news on social media platforms in the last few years. Fake health news can lead to poor health choices, risk-taking behavior, and loss of trust in health authorities.

Meet the COUNSLORS-Brian DeChellis

I am from Brockton, Massachusetts, and spent most of my life living and working in the city. I now reside in Maynard with my family. I am a husband and father. My wife’s name is Dianne and I have two boys: Liam and Jackson. I enjoy music, horror movies, and gardening. I was never much of a student while in high school or college. It wasn’t until I started working in my community, giving back to those in need that I developed a passion for working with teenagers.

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 brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org

Google Form Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2jI7jIwR6tFYpHWxL_ds2HMz8tDzBMKUAApkXJlIWkLZrfA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Challenge Success partners with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning.


Keep an eye out this Fall for more information on how Bedford High School and Challenge Success plan to work together to transform the student experience.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)


2022/2023 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates


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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Need a student parking sticker?

Senior and Junior students please fill out the Google Form here (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 tech_support@bedfordps.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.

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)

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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