The Bedford Buccaneer

January 10, 2022


Monday, January 17 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 18 - School Council virtual meeting 2:45pm

Wednesday, January 19 - Junior Parents/Caregivers Night - Post Secondary Planning Zoom

Thursday, January 20 - January SEPAC Meeting

Friday, January 21- Deadline for Yearbook orders

Wednesday, January 26 - NHS Induction Night

Thursday, January 27- BHSPA Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 2 - Ground Up presentation at 6:30pm in the BHS LGI

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

Are you craving some Red Heat and want to help with a fundraiser, well your in luck!

Go to the Bedford Red Heat Monday, January 10th and 15% of all sales from 5 pm-close will be counted towards the fundraiser. That includes both dine-in and take-out. Instead of cooking dinner tonight, join us at Red Heat and enjoy great food and a great fundraiser!

Thanks for helping your BHS community!

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COVID Safety Checks Update

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please notify the school nurse,

What do I do if I am a close contact (outside of the school setting - household or other out of school setting) of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated, close contacts are exempt from testing or quarantine. You may return to school.

  • If you are a close contact and develop symptoms within 5 days of the initial exposure, stay home and get a PCR test.

  • For out of school close contacts (household close contacts, or other out of school close contact and you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated (2 weeks since the 2nd dose) and you are a close contact, please stay home for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. A COVID-19 test (PCR, Antigen and/or home test is acceptable) is recommended on Day 5. You may return on DAY 6.What if I am ill and have symptoms on the COVID-19 symptom checklist?

  • If you are ill, please stay home and get tested for COVID-19. You may return to school after you have received a negative PCR or antigen test result. An antigen home test may be self administered. If you test negative, you may return to school as long as your symptoms are improving and you are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • If you test positive, please stay home and isolate for 5 days. Please report the positive result to the school nurse.

  • Return to school after 5 days and once you have:

    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications),

    • Experienced improvement of other symptoms

    • Following the day 5 isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others.

Can I continue with weekly pooled testing after I tested positive for COVID?
  • No. It is not recommended that any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days participate in routine COVID-19 testing.

  • For anyone who tests positive, they will need to stay at home and isolate for 5 days. Day 0 is the date of the onset of symptoms or date of the positive test, and they may return to school on day 6 if you have:

    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications),

    • Experienced improvement of other symptoms

    • Following the day 5 isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others.

  • If your child has tested positive by home test, antigen or PCR - they should NOT participate in weekly testing. It is not recommended that any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days participate in routine COVID-19 testing.

For lunch/eating please instruct your child to be extra diligent about mask wearing on days 6-10, and to keep at least 3 feet of distance when eating at school and to put their mask back on when they are done eating.

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

School Lunch

Need to view our School Lunch Menus or sign up for a free online ordering account? Please click this link to access our Lunch Program website. On the menu tab click the blue Online Ordering button to open our online ordering program. Online Ordering is used to order all student lunches. Please click here if you need instructions on how to open a free Online Ordering account. All meals are served from the cafeteria serving line and are free this year. Thank you for your participation!


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: Every donation made to the BHSPA goes directly to our BHS community through programs, enrichment and activities.

Recent BHSPA Funding:

- Funding of 10 new picnic tables accommodating outdoor lunches, classrooms, meetings, etc.
- 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, funding grade specific initiatives and club requests.
- 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

Please check out for more information!

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.

Counseling Department Programming

Wednesday 1/19/2022 - Junior Parent/Caregiver Webinar will again be held via Zoom! Grade 11 students are encouraged but not required to attend t his event, as they will have a similar group meeting with their school counselor later this month. We will give an overview of the college process, post-secondary planning resources, and tasks that juniors can do before senior year. The webinar link

When: Jan 19, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Junior Parent/Caregiver Night 2022

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 094500

Or One tap mobile : US: +13126266799,,86033152022#

NCAA Eligibility Webinar

Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. - Register Here

Webinar for college-bound student-athletes and their families. Students will learn about the latest initial-eligibility news, requirements they must meet to be ready when they get to campus, and the best resources for them as they pursue their dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I or II school.

FINANCIAL AID REMINDER - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the key to unlocking college financial aid from federal, state, and local sources. Filling out the FAFSA helps keep college an option for the fall but does not commit you to enrolling. Fill out the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize the aid you'll receive!


  • Saturday, January 15th, FAFSA Pop-Up Saturday: Get 1:1 help via Zoom to complete your FAFSA. Assistance will be offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali and Hindi. Sign up at FAFSA Pop-up Saturdays! Hosted by MassEdCo

  • Tuesday, January 18th, FAFSA Day Massachuestts: Get FREE Help Applying for College Financial Aid! Register Here

FAFSA Day is a non-profit, volunteer driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Statewide Resources - From the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

SCHOLARSHIPS - Class of 2022

College scholarship applications are coming up shortly. The Counseling Department is updating a document with local scholarship information that will be available shortly. Stay tuned.

Scholarship Transcript Requests

It is the students’ responsibility to submit transcripts for scholarship applications. We are happy to print and/or email you a copy of your transcript.

If you need an “official transcript” we will give it to you in a sealed official envelope.

You can request your transcript(s) directly with Mrs. Tobe, or send her an email at:

Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

Students should reach out to the staff member who wrote the recommendation, so they can either release the recommendation to the student, or send it in on their behalf.


The following scholarship opportunities below have upcoming deadlines apply to these programs today!

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF)

JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars attend JRF’s annual four-day Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City and other regional events throughout the year. Learn more and apply. Application closes: January 12, 2022

APIA Scholars

APIA Scholars provides scholarships to qualified students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S.-accredited college or university. Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. Learn more and apply. Application closes: January 26, 2022


My advice to parents whose teens with disabilities aren’t going to college

The Herald-Times (IN) – January 4, 2022

In the last few weeks, I was checking social media when I came across a post from a mother I know who has an 18-year old son with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was reflecting on the fact that her son, unlike other teens his age, would not be receiving a college acceptance letter in the mail.

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:

Career Conversation

Career Conversation with Damon Harrell, Mr. Harrell is the Vice President of Psychiatry Marketing for the company Alkermes.

Students interested in the field of: science, medicine, mental illness, research, marketing, sales, finance, regulatory controls and government policy, please join us via ZOOM on Wednesday January 19th from 10:10-11:00 during Flex Block.

Join Zoom Meeting

Alkermes is focused on developing innovative medicines that aim to address unmet needs of people living with serious mental illness (SMI), addiction, and cancer. As a fully-integrated global biopharmaceutical company, we apply our scientific expertise and proprietary technologies to develop products that are designed to make a meaningful difference in the way people manage their diseases.

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How to Get Kids to Reach their Full Potential

Denise Pope talks about how parents are always worried about their kids not reaching their full potential. She emphasises that children bloom at different times, some kids might not bloom until college. Make sure to let them know that you love them no matter what – always provide a lot of support. This is part of the Kids in the House video series.

Join our Bedford Challenge Success community on social media!

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

Ground Up A Portrait of Teenage Life

Ground Up is the student run club and aims to support the challenge success work of the high school. There is a presentation for parents/caregivers on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30pm in the BHS LGI. Ground Up members will present a portrait of teenage life for audience members and offer advice on how to be an ally and a source of support during the high school years.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!



BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!


Facebook group: https://www.facebook. com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/

January SEPAC Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7 PM on zoom

Including Marianne Vines, Director of Special Education

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

zoom link:

Meeting ID: 824 0369 9724

Passcode: 294265

Massachusetts Sibling Support Network Presents - No sibling left behind

Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 7 PM on zoom

All are welcome!

No Sibling Left Behind:

Designed for parents of young siblings or professionals.

Addresses the overall sibling experience of what it’s like to grow up with a brother/sister with a disability. Provides strategies to support siblings.

Explores current trends in sibling research and the growing sibling movement.

Includes an adult sibling panel that will address questions and concerns.

zoom link:

Meeting ID: 881 3114 5041

Passcode: 562772

2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates

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

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Senior Dates and Deadlines

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:

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.

Cap & Gown Order Form

It's that time of year...

Senior students, please complete the form with the Cap and Gown order link above to order your cap & gown for graduation by December 21, 2021!

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Nicole Myles M.Ed

Class of 2022 Advisor

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.

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