The Bedford Buccaneer

November 1, 2021


Tuesday, November 2 - Teacher Professional Development – No School

Wednesday, November 3 - JROTC Unit Evaluation Inspection

Sunday, November 7 - Wednesday, November 10 - NEASC Decennial Visit

Wednesday, November 10 - *NEW DATE* Picture Retake day, during Flex block

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day (No School)

Tuesday, November 16 - AMC 10/12 B Math Exam

Thursday, November 18 - 21 -The Drowsy Chaperone Musical 7:00pm BHS or Livestream

Wednesday, November 24 - Annual Powder Puff Flag Football Game

Wednesday, November 24 - School closed at 11:08am early dismissal

Thursday - Friday, November 24 -25 - Thanksgiving Break

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

Dear BHS Community,

In April 2019, NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) conducted a collaborative conference at Bedford High School as part of our accreditation process. In preparation for that visit, we performed an extensive self-study. The visiting team spent time with faculty, students, parents/caregivers and administrators. School tours and classroom visits were also part of the schedule. The team presented a report that included many areas of commendation and also some recommendations.

Next week, Bedford High School has a decennial visit scheduled as an update. We have been busy writing our reports for the visiting team. The process this time around is completely virtual. Even though education nationwide was disrupted by the pandemic, Bedford High School continued to make progress in areas of curriculum and supporting all students. There will be virtual classroom observations as well as meetings with students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The feedback from our collaborative conference two years ago was incorporated into our School Improvement Plan. Feedback from the visit next week will be shared as well once available. Though we are welcoming an external organization into our school community, reflective practice and a commitment to growth has always been part of our professional practice which is what we are thankful for our professional development days. Special thanks to Patrick Morrissey, Liz Marcotte and Kristen Tracy who have served as chairs for the decennial visit.

I hope that students enjoy the day tomorrow as there is no school due to our professional development day.


Heather Galante


Registration is open for Winter Sports

If you are interested in participating in the winter, please have your parent/Caregiver register in Aspen as soon as possible.

You must be registered in Aspen, have a valid physical (within 13 months) and baseline test (within 24 months) in order to try-out. If you need to complete the baseline test, Mr. Mangan will email a link once you are registered.

Physicals can be emailed to

Instructions for registration may be found here.

MIAA Tournament Tickets

Beginning with the round of 16, All tickets for MIAA State tournament games must be purchased through GoFan.

Cash will not be an option!

Visit (yes, it is .co not .com) and search for your school.

For more information/instructional videos....visit GoFan Ticketing Guide



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Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, November 10

Mark Lawrence Photographers will be at school on Wednesday, November 10th during Flex block (9:59 - 10:48) for any student that missed picture day earlier in the fall or for any student that would like a retake. Please note if you are interested in having your picture in the yearbook, you will either need a school photo taken or submit one to our Yearbook Advisor, Ms. Santos.

Military Impact Aid Survey

As we do each October, we are asking for parent/guardian cooperation in filling out a survey form to meet the requirements of Public Law 874. Under the provisions of Public Law 874, Bedford Public Schools must conduct an annual Military Impact Aid Survey.

The Town of Bedford receives a substantial sum of money under this provision, which lowers the cost of education to the taxpayers.

This year the survey is fully electronic with e-signature.


Parents/Guardians will receive an email with a survey link for each student. It is very important that all surveys are completed and electronically signed for each student, as reimbursement is made for all eligible students on a per pupil basis. We thank you very much for your assistance with this important annual survey.


Philip Conrad, Superintendent of Schools

This is BHS's first live, on-stage musical performance since March of 2019!

Come support our incredible performing arts students as they present this hilarious comedy. This musical runs 90 minutes and is rated PG-13. All four shows will also be live-streamed if you’d prefer to watch the show from home. The Drowsy Chaperone celebrates how musical theater can entertain us in times of need.

Performances are November 18-20 at 7pm and November 21 at 3pm.

Tickets are available at

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.

Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30pm

Parent Education Program on Substance Use from The Center for Parents and Teachers

Bedford Youth and Families is promoting an event held by The Center for Parents and Teachers. Harvard Medical School professor, Dr. Scott Lukas is the keynote speaker to hold a discussion on parents having effective conversations with their children regarding substance use.

Please pre-register for this free program by emailing and typing “Scott Lukas” in the subject line. For more information about this free presentation, please check out at the parents page. It will take place on Zoom.


Monday, November 8 – 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

A virtual workshop for junior and senior female students and their parents/guardians to learn how to apply to union building trades apprenticeships. At this workshop you will hear from tradeswomen and parents of tradeswomen, learn about the union apprenticeship programs, and the application process, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Presenter: Amy Courtney, Program Director, Northeast Center for Tradeswomen's Issues and Liz Skidmore, Business Representative/Organizer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters & Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues. Register here.

Different Choices 2021

This Virtual College and Career Transition Fair for Students with IEPs, 504s and Mental Health Challenges includes "presentations, workshops, Q&As, films and more..."

Click the following for information about registration



Financial Assistance and Fee Waiver Services

As you know public school education does not always come without an ask or cost. Some examples include the PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, SAT, Dual Enrollment classes, and College Applications. Thankfully with the support of our community and the resourcefulness of our staff we have the ability to support and meet some financial needs of many students. If you think you might be eligible for financial assistance, please inquire within our counseling department. Your inquiry will be met with respect and confidentiality.

SAT Fee Waiver FAQs

College application fees can really add up, but there’s good news for students. Every income-eligible student who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Tests™ with a fee waiver can choose from over 2,000 participating colleges and apply for free. These waivers will be delivered online to eligible students.

  • Why did I receive college application fee waivers?

If you registered for and took the SAT or one of the SAT Subject Tests using a fee waiver, or were identified as fee waiver eligible, you are automatically eligible to receive college application fee waivers. Read more about SAT fee waivers.

  • I have registered and taken the SAT using a fee waiver. When can I expect to receive my college application fee waivers?

If you are a senior and eligible for college application fee waivers, you will receive them when you get your SAT score. If you are a junior and eligible, you will receive them in the fall of your senior year. In the meantime, search for colleges that accept application fee waivers.

  • How many of these college application fee waivers am I allowed to use?

You may use as many college application fee waivers as you need. A college application fee waiver allows you to apply to college without paying an application fee.

  • Do all colleges accept application fee waivers?

No, not all colleges accept application fee waivers. Search colleges that accept application fee waivers.


Next Major College Application Deadline is: 11/15 - Request transcripts by 11/1

Did you watch the Senior Parent & Caregiver webinar recently or attend last month?

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking 3 minutes to complete our survey. ​ Senior Post-Secondary Webinar; 09/2021

​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)

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

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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What I wish I could tell every aspiring college kid in America:

“Despite the prevalent messaging out there, your choice of college won’t determine your life. This is true, despite what you might hear from your peers, the media, parents, teachers, and even your own fears. College is an important step. But it’s not going to make you, and it’s not going to break you. Everything is going to be OK, no matter where you go. Wherever you go, you’re going to learn, get opportunities, and meet interesting people. When you become an adult and look back, you’ll see that how you used college was more important to your success, happiness, and life satisfaction than where you went to college.”

~Douglas Tsoi, J.D., Parent and Faculty Educator for Challenge Success

Read the full article here: What Students Might Not Believe about College Admissions


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

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!



Why Will No One Play With Me?

Wednesday, November 3

7:00 PM ET

John Glen Middle School (JGMS) Auditorium

99 McMahon Road

Bedford, MA 01730

Masks are required

We welcome Parents, Caregivers, Educators, Administrators and Community Members (no fee to attend)

Caroline is the author of the award winning book, Why Will No One Play With Me?, the winner of the Best Parenting and Family Book 2020 as awarded by American Book Fest.

She is the founder of a comprehensive SEL training methodology for parents, clinicians and academic professionals on how to cultivate emotional regulation, emotional intelligence, social-awareness and responsible decision-making skills.

Lenora Campoli SEPAC Speaker Series, featuring Caroline Maguire, M.Ed. ACCG, PCC

2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates

November 18, 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

Free Workshop: Bullying - what parents need to know

Monday, November 8, 2021, at 7 - 9 PM on zoom

Presented by Federation for Children with Special Needs and Bedford SEPAC

What is bullying? Strategies and tools? IEP? School's obligation to address and prevent bullying?

Registration link:

November Sepac Meeting

Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 7 PM on zoom

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

zoom link:

Meeting ID: 817 0758 2879 Passcode: 922647


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.

COVID Safety Checks (formerly known as pooled testing)

We are continuing our weekly COVID-19 safety checks (formerly known as pooled testing) every Wednesday before school. It is a PCR test processed at the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

The sample for the test will be a nasal swab, and we will collect two swabs per person- one for the "pool" tube, and one for an individual tube. The tube with multiple samples will be tested, and in the event that there is a positive result, testing will be done on the individual samples. If there is a positive result, the individual’s parent/guardian will be notified directly.

The testers will be staff from our testing vendor (CIC) and school nurses. We are testing students in the main lobby and we will have students who are signed up come before school, from 7:20 am -7:45am.

All students are encouraged to participate. This is an important safety measure to help keep our schools safe and identify any asymptomatic cases of COVID-19, before they spread to others.

The link to sign up is here.

For more information on our COVID-19 testing please see our website here.


Thank you to all families for your cooperation with keeping your child home when they are sick. We know that it can be a challenge in the morning when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school. We ask that all families screen their child daily using the Daily Screening Checklist. The Screening checklist can be found on the Bedford PS website HERE.

If you look at the checklist and are checking off any of the boxes for symptoms (or combination of symptoms where indicated) then you should be keeping your student home and they will need a negative COVID-19 test to be cleared to return to school. A PCR or rapid molecular test is required for anyone who meets the criteria for testing. Test results can be emailed or faxed to 781-687-6141.

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

Senior Dates and Deadlines

Attention Junior and Senior Girls!

Please consider participating in the Annual Powder Puff Flag Football Game on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021. Below is the registration form. The $15 gets you a shirt and playing time if you want. If you are just interested in a memorabilia shirt, it is $15, please complete the form.

Powder Puff Registration Form

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.


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 29, 2021.


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.

Looking for a great community service opportunity?

The Bedford Food Pantry is looking for volunteers

You can sign up using the following link:

Questions? Please stop by the Athletic Office or reach out Annie Bernstein at

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