The Bedford Buccaneer

October 25, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

Wednesday, October 27 - Swim & Dive Team Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm


Thursday, October 28 - Student Flu Clinic Registration form due


Thursday, October 28 - Spirit Day - wear purple


Monday, November 1 - Student Flu Clinic in the LGI room at 10:20am (Flex Block)


Tuesday, November 2 - Teacher Professional Development – No School


Wednesday, November 3 - JROTC Unit Evaluation Inspection


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


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,


It is hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of October. The beginning of the school year has been busy and we have gotten into the rhythm of school. I have met with the Principal's Advisory, our BHSPA, School Council and we have regular faculty meetings. It is helpful to touch base with various groups to check in and see how the year is progressing. The first Principal’s Roundtable went well and you can view the notes here. We had many great suggestions and will work to incorporate the suggestions into future roundtables and through our regular daily practice.


As we return to another unusual year, we know how important it is to celebrate our vibrant school community through school wide celebrations and grade level activities. I am meeting with the class advisors and our teacher for the peer leadership class to brainstorm ideas on how to revisit school spirit in safe ways. The students have been tremendous through so much adversity. We know they are eager to bond as a school community. More information about our plans will be included in the next bulletin.


Thank you for your continued support.


Sincerely,


Heather Galante

Principal

School-based Flu Clinic

Date: Monday, November 1, 2021

Time: 10:20am - 11:30am (Flex Block)

Where: Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room

Registration Link


Dear Parents/Legal Guardians of Bedford High School Students:

Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. The flu season traditionally starts in September and ends in April, with a peak in cases from January through March. Influenza can cause serious illness and result in missed days of school as well as missed days of work for those caring for sick family members. Vaccination is the best way to protect your child from this potentially serious disease.


In order to accommodate Bedford Public School families with busy schedules and in an effort to increase the vaccination rate, the Bedford Health Department is hosting a school-based influenza vaccination clinic this year at the Bedford High School on Monday, November 1st, 2021, during Flex Block (10:20AM to 11:30AM) in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room. The flu vaccination will be offered free of charge to any student regardless of the insurance status. However, insurance information will be required from those who have health insurance for reimbursement of the administration cost. Limited appointments are available.


Steps for securing a vaccination appointment for the BHS School-based Clinic on 11/1 during Flex Block:


1. Make an appointment: https://FluVaccineRegistration.as.me/BHSfluClinic. This link is only for the Bedford High School Clinic. Please use the dedicated JGMS appointment link

(https://fluvaccineregistration.as.me/JGMSfluClinic) to make an appointment for a middle school student.


2. Print and complete the Registration Form: https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6866/f/uploads/2021-2022_flu_form.pdf to request and consent to vaccinate for your child(ren). This form includes screening questions that will again be reviewed with your child on the date of the clinic to confirm your child is well and able to receive the flu vaccine.


3. Return Registration form to BHS Main Office, Health Department office at 12 Mudge Way or email to health@bedfordma.gov by Thursday, October 28th at 12:00 noon; and,


4. Navigate to the Health Department Flu Clinic – School-based webpage for additional Flu Clinic documents, including the Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) and Information sheets about the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS).


If you consent to the vaccination, a vaccine will be given to your child in school without your presence. If you do not return the required forms, the vaccination will not be given to your child.


For more information and important facts about the Flu Vaccine please click here

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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.

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 keith_mangan@bedfordps.org


Instructions for registration may be found here.

BHSPA Board Meeting 10/28 8am

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: bhsbucsparents@gmail.com


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)


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

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.

HERE IS YOUR LINK!


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.


Sincerely,

Philip Conrad, Superintendent of Schools

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.


November 1st College Application Deadlines


This is a friendly reminder that you do not have to wait until your supporting documents (recommendations & transcript) are sent to a college before you submit your application. After a final review of your application please send it in. Pro tip: Don't wait until the night of the deadline to send in your application - you never know what could go wrong. Colleges with November 1st deadlines are due by 11:59 PM on November 1st. Please consider sending it in by October 31st at the latest


Once transcript requests and recommendation packets have been submitted to colleges by our office, you will be able to see this in your SCOIR account. It can take up to 3 weeks for colleges/universities to show this on your portal at their school. If you have specific questions, please reach out to your counselor, or Mrs. Tobe, meredith_tobe@bedfordps.org


Next College Application Deadline is: 11/15; Next Transcript Request Deadline is: 11/1


SENIORS - Five College App Facts


The Counseling Department wants you to understand everything you need to know about planning for next year, so don’t hesitate to reach out at any time.


  1. Please request your transcripts in SCOIR 10 school days prior to the college/universities deadline. Colleges self-report their deadlines in SCOIR, so if you notice a difference in what the school’s website says and what SCOIR says, email Meredith_Tobe@Bedfordps.org ASAP.

  2. Check in with your teachers about your Teacher Letters of Recommendation. If your application due date changes, please let them know ASAP.

  3. Make sure you and your parent/guardian have signed the FERPA waiver in SCOIR.

  4. If you were unable to attend the Postsecondary Parent/Caregiver Night, you can watch the recording of it HERE.

  5. You can access the Postsecondary Guide here, if you have misplaced your hard copy.


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

REMINDER

Thanksgiving from the Bedford Food Bank

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Class of 2022 Fundraiser

The class of 2022 is selling pastry and cake rolls. The sale is online and products will be delivered next Wednesday, November 3, 2021.


Please take a look at the MCM website to place your orders by Wednesday, October 27!


The class of 2022 appreciates your support.

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Listen to parenting tips from one of the Challenge Success founders, Denise Pope, Ph.D.,. Dr. Pope is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity.


Twenty minutes might feel like a long time however if you walk away with one new thought to parenting it’s worth the watch.


Dr Denise Pope: Do good marks and grades predict success in life?

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Join our Bedford Challenge Success community on social media!



For more information about BHS-Challenge Success please contact Cynthia Vitti (cynhere@comcast.net) or Lori Popkewitz Alper (lorialper@gmail.com)

Thank you for watching the Back to School Night webinar, we hope you enjoyed it. For those unable to attend, please use this link to the webinar in addition to the presentation slides.


If you would like to learn more about your students classes, we invite you to enjoy the videos produced by our teachers Linked here.

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.


Attendance

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 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

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!

Web: bedfordsepac.com

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


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


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. https://carolinemaguireauthor.com


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: https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcemvqDMrHtIOuwuwx_z_Td0s6-Ovl_5G


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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81707582879?pwd=UXlkNGtGdHh6RUc0WXpKNkZBRGwrdz09

Meeting ID: 817 0758 2879 Passcode: 922647

Senior Dates and Deadlines

The class of 2022 is selling pastry and cake rolls. The sale is online and products will be delivered next Wednesday, November 3, 2021.


Please take a look at the MCM website to place your orders by Wednesday, October 27! The class of 2022 appreciates your support.


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 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.

  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 karen_santos@bedfordps.org


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 karen_santos@bedfordps.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: bhs2022yearbook@gmail.com


Graduation is Thursday, June 2, 2022

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell

6:15pm

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.

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 29, 2021.

Lunch

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 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? 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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfH8qt5sanA9LnEM-mMsGsTKr8nOrTzRyJjxGJOoSH26CQvgA/viewform?usp=sf_link


Questions? Please stop by the Athletic Office or reach out Annie Bernstein at annie_bernstein-2022@bedfordps.org

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