The Bedford Buccaneer

October 5, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, October 8 - Auditions for virtual fall play 3:30-5:30


Monday, October 12 - Indigenous Peoples' Day, No School


Saturday, October 17 - PSAT (11th grade only)


Sunday, October 18 - Yearbook Senior Portraits due


Tuesday, November 3 - Federal Elections, No School


2020-2021 District Calendar

Hello Bedford Families,


Please click below for a message about the Annual Impact Aid Survey (PL874) that brings critical funding for Bedford Public Schools. A new web site has been set up to help families complete and return their surveys.


PL874 Superintendent Letter - October 1 2020.pdf


Impact Aid Survey - Impact Aid Survey 2020-2021.pdf


List of Federal Properties - List of Federal Properties.pdf


Please return all completed Bedford High School PL-874 forms to Bedford High School:

bhs-impactaidsurvey@bedfordps.org or students may drop off the form in the main office.


Thank you.

There are two ways to order lunches for your student:

  • You can view our lunch menus by using the link www.bedfordpsmanutrition.org then click on the Menu tab and select the High School Menu. On the top of the menu page, you will see a blue “Order Online” button. This will direct you to a Sign In page into your ordering account.

  • If you have not yet created an account on our new ordering system, click on “Sign Up Now”.

Enter your email address, name, and password. The system will ask information about your student including the student ID #. This is your student’s local ID number (LASID on Aspen).

  • Or, if you have already created an account on our new ordering system,

Sign into your account using the link: https://onlineordering.linq.com/

Your Sign In Name is your email address, and then enter your password.


After successfully logging in, your student’s information will appear. Click on the button “Order Meals”.

  • Click on the Lunch tab. This screen will display a calendar with the menu options for each day. Please note that there is a deadline to order lunches the day before at noontime.

  • Click on the arrow for the menu option you would like to choose for a specific day.

  • Click “Add to Order”.

  • When you have selected the lunches you would like, you can review your order and check out by clicking on the Cart located on the upper right of the web page.

  • Click “Check out”.

  • A drop-down list of Pick up Locations will be displayed. It is VERY important to choose the correct pick up location to ensure a lunch is prepared and located in the right area for your student to retrieve.


There are three pick up location/procedures:


1 - School Site Pickup Locations at dismissal time:

This should only be chosen by Cohort A, B, and C students who are picking up lunches to eat for those days they are at home. These lunches can be picked up by the student at dismissal time on the day they are at BHS. The lunches will be labeled with their names on it, and located on a table outside of the cafeteria. Please note that for Cohort B students who are picking up a lunch on Friday to eat on Monday at home, please select in the dropdown list “Cohort B Lunch”, and this lunch will be a frozen item.


2 - District Wide Pickup Location:

This should only be chosen for Cohort D students (those students who are fully remote) on Wednesdays. Parents can pick up a 5 day Remote Lunch Bag on Wednesday afternoon from 12:00-1:00 pm at the loading dock near the cafeteria.


3 - Classroom Pickup Location:

This should only be chosen for Cohort A, B and C students on the days they are physically in the BHS building.


  • Click “Place Order”

  • At this point, the order has been successfully submitted, and an email confirmation will be sent with full details of the order. If changes need to be made to your order, please contact our office at 781-275-9129.

Auditions for virtual fall play are THURSDAY, October 8th from 3:30-5:30

If you're interested in auditioning for our virtual fall play, please open the audition packet link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gk9UIRutOeAKrtBoSYlSy_GTt-76MEov9uE4DlwT9vI/edit?usp=sharing


All of the information for auditions, rehearsals, and performances is in that packet so please read it carefully!!

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 15, 2020.

Dear Parents,


When calling the absentee line (781-918-4561) to report your Childs illness, please state the symptoms of the illness. The nurse will be calling parents to follow up if your child has symptoms of Covid-19.


Thank you!

Nurse Nancy Thorsen

AP Exam Registration

AP Exam Registration is now open! Students who intend to take AP exams in May 2021 must register and pay by November 6th. Please refer to the AP Student/Parent Letter and Payment Form for instructions.


Students who want to self-study for exams and are not enrolled in the corresponding AP class must email kristen_milano@bedfordps.org to get an AP Classroom code in order to register.

BHSPA

Please join the BHSPA, Bedford High's Parent Association, in our efforts to start the school year off strong! We invite all families to participate in the BHSPA! The BHSPA has quite a few programs to support our students and teachers!


We are also kicking off our annual Fall Appeal drive. Resources donated will be used to support ongoing requests for programs and events to support BHS. Please click here To make a donation to our Fall Appeal. All donors will be recognized on our website and social media.


The BHSPA communicates using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

SENIOR UPDATES

Sunday, October 4 - Yearbook Senior thanks, baby pictures and elementary pictures due

Sunday, October 18 - Yearbook Senior photos due


Please email karen_santos@bedfordps.org with any questions regarding yearbook.


Yearbook Order Form


It’s time to order your yearbook!

Our Yearbook Features ALL students in ALL grade levels. This is how you’ll remember your high school experience! Deadline to order: January 17, 2021.

Counseling Corner

Adjustment Counseling is one of the many resources available to you and your Bedford High School Student. In addition to having a School Counselor assigned to assist your student, we also have highly trained social workers available to assist your child with any social emotional concerns they may have related to academics, peer issues, family, or anything that is negatively affecting their experience.


Our Adjustment Counselors:

  • Meet individually with students

  • Offer small group counseling

  • Provide confidential consultation to families who are looking for support regarding their child

  • Will provide referrals to community resources to families looking for qualified providers in the area

  • Partner with our teachers when teaching content that is of a social emotional nature; facilitating safe and structured conversations


If you have any questions regarding Adjustment Counseling or if you are interested in speaking to an Adjustment Counselor or to refer your child for an appointment please contact your child’s School Counselor.


NYT Article: Dear Teenagers Here’s How to Protect Your Emotional Well-Being


Senior Seminar
We appreciated having so many seniors in the Senior Seminar on Wednesday, September 30th. The seminar was recorded and is available in the 2021 Counseling Classroom. Attendees completed a student poll which provided valuable feedback to the counseling department - thank you! Counselors are working to implement follow-up programming responsive to the needs from this poll- we will announce these opportunities soon. Students are also invited and highly encouraged to meet one-on-one with their counselor for individualized and personalized future planning.

Freshman Seminar

In order to further support the 9th grade and their transition, counselors will be connecting with freshmen students in small groups in one of two virtual sessions, being held on Wednesday, October 14th and 28th. Counselors will be covering a wide range of topics with their students including: understanding the role of a counselor, becoming familiar with resources available within the school building including personnel and services, and further building upon strong community relationships within BHS. The Counseling Department is very excited to have the chance to connect with the class of 2024!


Free Online Practice PSAT

Summit Educational Group is pleased to provide students the opportunity to take a free, online practice PSAT.


The test will be available on-demand from Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 18, and will be administered through Summit’s digital testing platform. This online practice PSAT will follow the timing of the official test, providing an excellent simulation of the actual test day experience. Upon completion of the test, students will receive a comprehensive Score Report.


The registration deadline is Thursday, October 8th. Instructions for accessing the digital practice test application will be sent to students by Friday, October 9. Please note that this is a practice PSAT and scores cannot be used to qualify for National Merit Scholarships.


To register, please use the link below:

https://mytutor.com/practice-psat/


College Guidance Network is a new resource that has a great amount of information. There is a podcast every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. Every episode has a Takeaway Toolkit to guide planning and conversations for students and their families.



Explo is another new resource for the post-secondary planning process during these COVID times. In a typical year, families of high school juniors and seniors spend a significant part of the spring, summer, and fall seasons visiting college campuses across the nation, completing early acceptance applications, and finalizing their plans for the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the college admission process, including campus tours, college fairs, and early admission programs. But there is still a path forward. To help sort through these churning waters, EXPLO has convened the top experts from competitive colleges and universities across the U.S. to answer questions and demystify the admission process for families.

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

This year the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Buddy Walk - I Can Do It - team walk Is all virtual but needs help with team members joining and spreading the word to raise awareness and funds. Registration is also free this year. Below is the link.


Please help me support Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress by making a donation through my page. The process is fast, easy and secure. Thanks so much for your support... and please don't forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!


Aram Varjabedian I CAN DO IT

Cookies for a cure

With the current pandemic and the risk it poses to cancer patients during this time, we, as a Relay for Life team, believe that now more than ever, is the time to help. Relay for Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research and support for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. The money raised goes to a variety of different things such as providing a breast cancer patient with one on one support, giving a patient and their caregiver free nights of lodging when treated far from home, arranging rides to and from treatment, and offering patients access to a 24/7 information and support.


We are selling homemade frozen cookie dough and pre-baked cookies, to be made upon order to support Relay for Life. The pre-formed dough will be delivered frozen. You can stick them in the freezer for later, or bake them then! Your house will be smelling like a bakery within minutes, to be followed by the delicious taste of freshly baked cookies. The dough is made with proper safety measures.


We are offering frozen pre-formed balls of dough, a frozen roll of dough, and baked cookies in a variety of flavors, chocolate chip, chocolate brownie cookies, snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, and oatmeal raisin. The cookies are 9 dollars a dozen with free delivery in towns surrounding and including Bedford.


If you want any more information about Relay for Life or the cookie fundraiser, including how to order, you can visit our website https://sites.google.com/bedfordps.org/cookies-for-a-cure/home or find us on Instagram and Facebook @anftf.relay.

Support for Mrs. Pietrangelo and her family

As you may have heard, Ms. Pietrangelo was in a serious accident Thursday, September 10th. Many families have asked what they can do to help. Here are some specific ways you can help:


GoFundMe: A gofundme account has been established to help the family with expenses. If you would like to make a direct financial contribution to the family, please go to https://gf.me/u/yzjqsu

Gift Cards: the following gift cards were suggested to us by the school and her friends.
  • Door Dash and Grub Hub (so her husband, Matt, can order from area restaurants)
  • Arlington area restaurant gift cards (Ms. Pietrangelo lives in Arlington with her husband and two young children)
  • Grocery Stores in Arlington: Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop
  • Gas gift cards
  • Amazon
Gift cards can be mailed to the school (9 Mudge Way) or students can drop gift cards off at the student office or Mrs. Billouin’s classroom, H107.

Meals: Since the accident, the family has received a great deal of food from friends and neighbors, so meals are not currently needed. However, in the weeks and months ahead, they will likely need meals. At that time, we will post information on how you can sign up to provide meals for the family.


Thank you all for reaching out!

Employment Permits

We know that many of you are trying to secure employment permits and there are new guidelines in place so that we can help you. Download the application with the link below. Once you have the employer sign it, you must have a parent or guardian sign as well and submit a physical if under 16. Once all of the above is done, send the completed application to our Registrar, Mrs. Powell at nancy_powell@bedfordps.org and she will prepare the work permit and email it back to you.


Link to Youth employment permit application

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/youth-employment-permit-information

Bedford High School

2020-2021 New School Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 7:45am - 1:03pm

Wed: 8:05am-12:55pm


9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Phone: 781-275-1700

Absence Line: 781-918-4561

Fax: 781-275-6664

Bedford High School