The Bedford Buccaneer

October 24, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES


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


Friday, November 11th-No School


Tuesday, November 15th-School council meeting- 2:30-3:30pm-BHS


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


Thursday, May 25th-Senior Prom-6-10pm


Monday, May 29th-No School


Thursday, June 1- Class of 2023 Graduation


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



BHS Rotating Day Calendar


BPS District Calendar 2022-2023

National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended Students

This year, Bedford High School is pleased to announce that we have a total of 20 total students who have been recognized as Semi-Finalists (4) or Commended Students (16) by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The four semi-finalist students have applied for consideration for designation as National Merit Finalist.


That means that 10% of the Bedford High School's Class of 2023 were recognized in some capacity by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Congratulations to all of our students!

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BHS Prom Dress Pop-Up Event


Prom and semi formal events are coming up soon and BHS will be sponsoring recurring “Prom Dress Pop-Up” events throughout the year. Students will be able to “borrow” a prom dress and accessories, or formal suits from our donated collection. See below for the Pop-Up schedule. We are looking for donations of formal dresses, both long and short, that are sitting in closets at home not being used; as well as formal wear accessories like shoes, purses, jewelry and shawls. We are also looking for formal suit, ties and tuxedo donations and would greatly appreciate any contributions beginning this week. Please dry-clean your donations before dropping off.

If you want to help but don’t have a dress to donate, you can make a financial contribution to offset program costs, which include alterations, dry cleaning, purchase of dress racks and refreshments for the Pop-Up event. Checks can be made payable to BHS - Prom Pop-Up. All donations can be dropped off in the Bedford High School front vestibule after notifying the main office via the buzzer that you’re donating for the Pop-Up. Please email Sandy Arena (sandra_arena@bedfordps.org) or Heather Thacore (heatherthacore@gmail.com) for more information.


· Nov 7: Semi-Formal Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:45 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Nov 30: Semi-Formal Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:30 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Jan 11: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:30 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Apr 3: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:45 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Apr 11: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up & Pizza Party 5:00 – 7:00 PM (Cafeteria)

Winter Sport registration is now open

Winter sport registration instructions can be found here.

PL874 Survey-Due by October 31st

Beginning on October 3, 2022, and going through October 31, 2022, we will be asking parents, guardians, and caregivers to complete the annual Military Impact Aid Survey. Completing this survey allows us to meet the requirements of Public Law 874. Under the provisions of Public Law 874, The 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 for ALL taxpayers.


Parents/Guardians/Caregivers will receive a unique 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. This year the survey is fully electronic with e-signature - The district will be using Docusign for the survey. This survey is repeated annually.


If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office of the Bedford Public Schools at (781) 275-7708. We thank you very much for your assistance with this important annual survey.

Back to School Night Presentation and links

It was a pleasure to see so many families at Back to School Night. Below are the slides that were shown during Back to School Night. We have included the Teacher video links are below as well.


Please click here for the Back to School Night presentation.


Please click here for the Back to School Night Teacher Videos

Counseling Corner


Senior Parent/Caregiver Night 2022

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Senior Parent/Caregiver Night 2022. We hope you enjoyed our event. Please click HERE to provide feedback on the webinar. We value your opinion.


Not able to attend the webinar? We have you covered. A copy of the recording can be found HERE. Presentation slides can be found HERE.




Job Board - Looking for a job? Check out the job board behind Mrs. Brownrigg’s desk in the Counseling Suite

Students interested in local government, community development, and management

Students interested in local government, community development, and management please join us on Tuesday October 25th from 8:00-8:45 during flex block for a Career Conversation with Bedford's Town Manager Sarah Stanton, Director of Public Works David Manguian, and Recreation Director Josh Smith.


Bedford was incorporated in 1729, the initial community of fifty households survived on farming and requisite industries. Bedford’s 2012 population was 14,501 which represents 5,400 households. Some of the town services for education, library, planning, code enforcement, public safety, voters, health, seniors, families, youths, streets, water, sewer, refuse, recycling, local transit, assessment and the schools.


The conversation will be held in the LGI

Students interested in the field of Forensics and Criminal Justice

Students interested in the field of Forensics and Criminal Justice please

join us via ZOOM on Friday October 28th 8:00am-8:45 during flex block for

a Career Conversation with Jennifer Montgomery, Forensic Scientist III

- DNA Unit Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory


The Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory provides forensic

services for the criminal justice system. We respond to crime scenes, perform

laboratory testing, and provide expert testimony. They have eight

sites across the state and are fully accredited modern forensic sciences

organization.


Please use the following ZOOM Link:

Brian DeChellis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Career Conversation with Massachusetts State Police Forensics Lab

Time: Oct 28, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://bedfordps-org.zoom.us/j/88247111560

AP Information

This Friday, 10/28, is the deadline register and pay for AP Exams through Total Registration without a late fee. Please log into Total Registration to complete your payment as soon as possible. College Board has raised it’s AP Exam fee to $101.00 for this year.


Steps to Completing Registration:

  1. Students should ensure they are registered with their class Join Codes in myAP. Please see your teacher for your specific class Join Codes. Join Codes should not be shared between students as they are specific to each class section. Please visit https://myap.collegeboard.org/ to register with your class Join Code if you have not already.

  2. All payments will be processed with Total Registration at https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/220112 Please be sure to register for your class section specifically. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete. (If you qualify for a fee waiver or are in need of financial assistance, please contact your counselor directly)


Again, the deadline to pay without a $40.00 late registration fee is this Friday 10/28 at 11:59pm, any exams ordered after that time will have the late fee added automatically. Please pay for your exams as soon as possible so as to avoid these additional fees!

Yearbook order information

The cost is $85.00.

You can order online here https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/13423


If it is not possible to order online, please see Ms. Lennox.


After January 27th the cost will be $100.00

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Senior Dates and Deadlines for Yearbook


October 28th- Senior Portraits-Please contact Mark Lawrence Photography to make your appointment.(603-882-0116). If you decide to take your own pictures or use a different photographer please be aware of the size of the photo. It must be 2.5 X 3 with a DPI of 300. Vertical photos work the best. Yearbook staff will contact you if your picture does not follow these guidelines. See here for directions.


December 12th- Business Ads.


December 12th- Parent Ads. See here for directions.


January 27th- Yearbook orders. The cost is $85.00. You can order online here https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/13423 If it is not possible to order online, please fill out an order form, make a check out to BHS 2022-2023 yearbook, and drop your check and order form off in the main office. After January 27th the cost will be $100.00


Yearbook order link-for all students


https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/13423

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.

BHSPA News


The BHSPA Fall Grant Cycle will run from October 17th-November 14th.

We encourage proposals from the teachers, administrators and students to help with their initiatives, projects, clubs, etc. in an effort to support the BHS community.


Please click here to access the grant application


Please reach out to BHSbucsparents@gmail.com with any questions!

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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.


THE WELL-BALANCED STUDENT WORKSHOP
NOV. 1st (virtual) at 4pm PT | 7pm ET
Cost: Free
For parents, educators, counselors, and administrators

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. This workshop examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier school and home environment.
LEARN MORE & REGISTER

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)


Bedford SEPAC (special education parent advisory council) is a volunteer group of parents/caregivers that work to provide networking and support for Bedford parents/caregivers of children receiving special education services. In conjunction, they work closely with the school administration on special education needs and concerns. All are welcome!


Learn about Section 504 Plans

November 3rd at 7 pm on zoom

Please join us as Bedford hosts the Federation for Children with Special Needs as they present on section 504 plans. Learn how 504 plans help provide support to students with disabilities.

Registration Link: https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod--qrT8iH9R4eMS7bLCi66vw60ol4DJx


Bedford SEPAC Parent & Caregiver Night Out

November 9th at 8 pm

Red Heat Tavern Bedford

Come meet and chat with other parents and caregivers of Bedford children receiving special education services! Appetizers to be provided.


Bedford SEPAC General Meeting

November 17th at 8 pm on zoom

Please join us for updates and to discuss this years programming. Zoom to come 2 weeks prior.



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

Webpage: Bedfordsepac.com

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.


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.


Anyone who is sick, and has multiple symptoms 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

School Lunch Information


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.


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

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.

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.

Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form here

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

The 2022-23 Bus Routes have been posted on the Transportation Web Page

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