The Bedford Buccaneer
December 19, 2022
Monday, December 19-School Council-2:30-3:30pm
Tuesday, December 20-National Honor Society Induction-6:30pm-BHS Auditorium
Friday, December 23rd-Early Release-11:15am
Monday, December 26th-Monday, January 2nd-Holiday Vacation
Tuesday, January 10-School Council-2:30-3:30
Monday, January 16th-No School
Friday, January 27th-Junior/Senior Semi
Tuesday, February 14-School Council- 2:30-3:30
Monday, February 20th-Friday, February 24th-Winter Vacation
Tuesday, March 14-School Council-2:30-4:00
Friday, March 17th-No School-Teacher Professional Development
Tuesday, April 11-School Council-2:30-4:00
Monday, April 17th-Friday, April 21st-Spring Vacation
Tuesday, May 9-School Council-2:30-3:30
Friday, May 12th -43 Annual AFJROTC Awards Night--6:00-7:30pm-BHS Auditorium
Thursday, May 18-Junior Prom-6-10pm
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
Superintendent Search - Focus Group Sessions
Dear Bedford Public Schools and Bedford Communities,
The School Committee, in conjunction with Mr. Glenn Koocher from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), has scheduled a series of focus group sessions so that we may hear from various groups of interested people as we undertake our search for the next Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Koocher will facilitate the focus group sessions with the School Committee representatives from the Superintendent Search Subcommitttee.
We have scheduled both an in-person and a remote session for our Bedford community, and a remote session each for our METCO and Hanscom AFB families. We have scheduled separate sessions for our METCO and Hanscom AFB communities to make sure there is ample time to discuss topics that may be uniquely important to those two groups. The METCO and Hanscom AFB communities are certainly welcome to attend the Bedford Community sessions.
The below Zoom link will be used for all the remote meetings:
FOCUS GROUP SESSION SCHEDULE
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
- Bedford Community ~ Remote ~ 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
- Hanscom AFB Community ~ Remote ~ 10:00 A.M.
- Bedford Comminuty ~ Bedford High School-LGI ~ 6:00 P.M.
Thursday, December 22, 2022
- METCO Community ~ Remote ~ 6:00 P.M.
**Please be sure to note the date and time of the remote meeting you are attending to ensure you are logging in for the correct focus group**
Please consider attending one of these sessions to share your thoughts on our Superintendent search.
Brad Morrison, Chair
For the Bedford School Committee
All welcome! Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S., host of the ADHD Essentials Podcast and world-renowned expert in the field will join Bedford Parent/Caregiver Groups for a presentation on ADHD. He will discuss:
- ADHD and the brain
- Executive Functions as they relate to the brain
- The emotional impact of ADHD
- Lifestyle strategies for managing ADHD
- Effective and practical strategies to help children with ADHD
Sponsored by the Lenora Campoli Speaker Series. The presentation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 7:00 PM. It will take place at the John Glenn Middle School auditorium - 99 McMahon Rd, Bedford, MA 01730.
Player of the Year-Eric Miles, Sydney Cox, Gabriela Zovko
Fall Athletic Honors
Fall 2022 Athletic Honors
Congratulations to all of our student athletes who earned awards this season!
Olivia Disaronno All-Star
Carter Rauch All-Star
Addie Poulter All-Star
Sydney Poor All-Star
Eric Miles Player of the Year
Jamie Buchanan All-Conference
Ryan Cohen All-Conference
Chris Puglielli All-Conference
Dylan Lykins All-Star
Shamus Miller All-Star
Tom Tone Coach of the Year
Aiden McEachern All-Star
Thomas Zildjian All-Star
Tomas Ou All-Conference
Spencer Goss All-Conference
Ansh Aggarwhal All-Star
Miles Herzog All-Star
Devander Kaushik All-Star
Sydney Cox Player of the Year
Sophie Shelton All-Star
Sarah Tonini All-Star
Gabriela Zovko Player of the Year
Elora Syed All Star
Kate Heller All Star
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.
For all things Postsecondary related, please visit the
BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website
The Bedford High School Counseling Department is closed for December vacation from 12/24/2022 - 01/02/2023. The office will reopen on January 3rd, 2022. Any transcript request received during that time will be processed when school is back in session.
If you are seeking counseling support for your child during break, please reach out to one of these resources:
Your child’s pediatrician to ask for a counseling referral
Connect with the Town of Bedford Youth & Family Services at (781) 275-7727
Eliot Community Human Services at 781-861-0890
If there is a mental health emergency, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Support Line through Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services at (800) 640-5432, or call 9-1-1.
Counseling Department Monthly Newsletter: Check your email for the December edition of the Counseling Connection Newsletter available now!
Counseling Department Programming
Wednesday 2/15/2023 - Junior Parent/Caregiver Webinar will again be held via Zoom! 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 will be provided when we are closer to the event.
SCHOLARSHIPS - Class of 2023
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. Brownrigg, or send her an email at: Julie_Brownrigg@Bedfordps.org
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.
Scholarship Opening for Military Families
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation awards need-based scholarships to the children of Marines attending accredited colleges, community colleges, and career technical education programs. The scholarship application for the 2023-24 academic year opens on January 1, 2023. For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit mcsf.org/apply. Email Scholarship@mcsf.org with questions, or call 866-496-5462.
Attention all students who took the PSAT on October 15th. Students and their parents/caregivers can access student scores online on December 6 (The College Board will send an email on this date). For more information click Getting the Most from the PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
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 (email@example.com) or Heather Thacore (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
· 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)
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
Senior Dates and Deadlines for Yearbook
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
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!
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/
Please report all cases of COVID-19 (both home tests and tests from a healthcare provider) to your child’s school COVID email: email@example.com
The cold and flu season is upon us! Please report any positive cases of communicable illness such as flu, strep, RSV and COVID when you call the school to report your child's absence. We are seeing an increase in the number of flu cases reported. Please be sure to keep your child home when they are sick, and test them for COVID with a home test before sending them to school with mild symptoms. Thank you
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.
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
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. After completing the form is bring a copy or picture of the vehicle registration and license to the main office to get parking permit. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
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
Absence Line: 781-918-4561