The Bedford Buccaneer

September 26, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES

Wednesday, September 28-Senior Parent/Caregiver Information Night-6:30pm Via Zoom


Thursday, October 6th-Back to School Night-6:30-8:30pm


Thursday, October 6th-Picture Day


Monday, October 10th-No School


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


Friday, November 11th-No School


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


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

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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.


FRIDAY, SEPT 30
Bentley University from 7:00 - 8:30pm
$20 per person, Free for Students


Educators, parents, and students! Join Challenge Success for an engaging panel discussion on youth mental health with Dr. Meag-gan O’Reilly and Challenge Success co-founder, Dr. Denise Pope. This interactive evening will also feature local adolescent students and provide attendees with concrete strategies for improving youth mental health in their schools and families. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to our traditional Friday evening format for these in-person panel discussions.


The event is free for middle and high school students, and $20 for adults. Here is a link to the event.

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AMC 10/12 Math Exam

AMC 10/12 Math Exam:

The AMC 10/12 B math exam will be given after school on Wednesday, November 16th in the BHS library. The test will begin immediately after school. More information about the exam can be found at https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-1012. Please sign up using this form by Friday, October 14th. If you have any questions, email patrick_morrissey@bedfordps.org. Thank you. Mr. Morrissey

Homecoming dance

Before a dance ticket can be purchased a parent/guardian and student must sign off on the Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form click here. If you already completed the form this year you do not need to refill it out. If you are unsure if you filled it out your student can stop by the main office and check with Mrs LP.


*No outside guest permitted

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PSAT Saturday, October 15th


PSAT Saturday, October 15th

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a great tool for students considering college. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. Bedford High School recommends that students take the PSAT/NMSQT in order to receive feedback about strengths and weaknesses, enter the competition for National Merit Scholar scholarships (11th graders), and help prepare for the SAT. The test will be administered at Bedford High School on Saturday, October 15th, the test will begin promptly at 8:00am. Students should arrive at the high school no later than 7:45am.

For the 2022 PSAT/NMSQT, students at Bedford High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.


*New* Online exam registration will begin on Mon, Sep 19, 2022, at 2:21 PM and end on Fri, Oct 7, 2022, at 2:21 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/220112 to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end.

Bedford High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a debit or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payments.


Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 2:21 PM - Registration Begins

  • Fri, Oct 7, 2022 at 2:21 PM - Registration Ends

  • Mon, Oct 10, 2022 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled and exams will not be ordered.


Please contact Brian DeChellis, brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org , if you have questions or require financial assistance.

BHS School Council

BHS School Council (open positions)

The Council has four parent/guardian representatives - one METCO, one Hanscom, and two Bedford residing parents. Currently, there are positions open for a Hanscom, Boston and up to two Bedford residents.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Now through 9/30- the BHSPA will soliciting nominations/names for consideration to the openings

  • 10/3- 10/7 - Voting by the parent community will occur. Votes will be collected via the Aspen parent portal. More details to come.

  • 10/11- Winners will be posted on BHSPA website

  • 10/13 - First School Council Meeting at 2:45 @ BHS

What is the School Council? The role of the School Council is to assist principals by reviewing the school building budget and developing the school improvement plan. Councils' school improvement plans are submitted to the local school committee for review and approval.

The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:

  1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards

  2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school

  3. Reviewing the annual school building budget

  4. Formulating a school improvement plan

Below is a link to the DESE website which provides further information:

DESE School Council: http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/

Please be advised that Council representatives must attend monthly meetings which will be held after school from 2:45-3:45 pm typically the second Thursday of each month. The actual day of the week may change after the first meeting pending the availability and preference of those on the School Council.

To run for one of the four positions, please email to BHSBucsParents@gmail.com your name, email address, your home address, phone number, and a brief message (just a few sentences will be sufficient) as to your background and particular interest in this position. Please submit your information to the BHS Parents Association by September 30, the deadline to run for a position. The BHS Parents Association will collect all candidates’ information and during the voting window post the candidates’ names and statement (not the email or phone number) on the BHSPA website of bhspa.org. The candidates’ information also will be posted in Aspen, when the window for voting opens, so that all BHS parents can read the information and cast a vote.

We hope you will run and become active in helping the direction of BHS from a parent's perspective.

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Senior Dates and Deadlines for Yearbook


October 10th- Individual baby pictures/Elementary photos. Submitted via email to yearbook@bedfordps.org. See here for directions.


October 10th- “Senior Thanks” (limit of 175 words) Please note: Text slang and most abbreviations are not acceptable. Drug, alcohol, and other inappropriate references are not acceptable. You will receive a google form to submit the thanks into.


October 12th- The senior class photo will take place on the BHS Football field at 7:45 am. Please note this is during a FLEX Block, when seniors do not typically have to be in school. Please put a reminder in your phone/ipad that you need to come to school on time that day to be in the photograph.


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

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AP Information


The AP Exam Registration and Payment window is officially open through Total Registration. The last day to complete your payment in Total Registration without a late fee ($40.00) will be October 28 at 11:59pm. Please also note that the College Board has raised its 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)


Self Study Exams:

This year, Bedford High School will not be offering Self Study Exams coinciding with classes offered as part of the BHS Program of Studies. Students may still register for Self Study Exams not offered at Bedford High School.


The link below is the first part of the Self Study Registration process. If you are interested in Self Studying, you must complete this first part of the registration NO LATER THAN October 17th, 2022 at which time the form will close. Students will receive further registration information from Ms. Thyne directly in the days following the completion of the Self Study Registration form. This form may only be completed by students (i.e. not parents/caregivers).


AP Self Study Registration 2023


Please note Self Study exams will NOT show up on student transcripts or impact GPAs as the subject has not been formally instructed by a teacher at BHS. The only way a college will know a Self Study exam has been taken is for the student to send the final AP score directly to the college through the College Board website. BHS does not send any AP Scores to colleges regardless of whether or not a student has Self Studied. It is strongly recommended that students have a conversation with their parents about whether or not self-studying an exam makes sense for the student’s school/life balance.


Please direct any questions to the AP Coordinator at samantha_thyne@bedfordps.org.

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.

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


Please fill out the Emergency Information Form and return it to the Student/Main office or email to bhsforms@bedfordps.org. Every student needs to have an updated Emergency Information Form which includes permission for the nurse to give Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.


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.

Monitor for the following symptoms each morning before school:


COVID- 19 Symptoms list:

  • Fever (100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

  • sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms

  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


Anyone who is sick, and has multiple symptoms on the checklist 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

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.

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.

Counseling Corner


REMINDER!

Senior Parent/Guardian Night(Virtual) - Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 pm

This event will be a Zoom webinar, which will be recorded.

Topic: Senior Parent/Caregiver Night 2022


Register in advance for this webinar:

https://bedfordps-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kAjBlIXvTjuu_K-o-RCTIw

If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. In the meantime, you can find lots of useful information in our Class of 2023 Post-Secondary Guide.


Senior Seminar: Transcript and Common Application Review

Date: Monday, October 3rd

When: during Flex at 7:45 AM

Where: Auditorium


PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Cost: $30.00 - Visit www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/220112 to register.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022


??Questions?? Contact Mr. Brian DeChellis at brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org



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



College Fairs

PVMHS COLLEGE FAIR - October 6th

485 Lowell Street

Peabody, MA 01960

Website: https://peabody.k12.ma.us/departments/guidance/

Click “College Fair” under QUICK LINKS on the right side of the page.

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at the upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs: October 9, 2022

Go to nacacattend.org/fairs to register

Mark your Calendar iRobot virtual tour

Mark your Calendar… iRobot virtual tour with Bedford High School on Thursday, October 20th in the LGI from 8:00am-8:45am.


Come and check out a Robot guided tour of the I Robot museum. Here from iRobot employees about careers and the cool things iRobot has been up to…ZOOM link and More Information to Come… see Brian Dechellis with questions

Counselor Spotlight-Jennifer Funk

Hey / Hi / Hello! I’m Ms. Funk, and I am from the sunny shores and congested highways of Southern California. My grandparents lived in Concord, MA, though, and my love for New England was cemented when I went to Vermont for college. I took the scenic route to become a counselor with detours in dance, drama, and creative writing along the way, and if you want to move through your feels, I am with you. Nothing ever felt quite so right as listening to and advocating for students, and I love finding just the right (zany, strange, unexpected, perfect) metaphor for what someone is experiencing.


Hours outside of school will often find me lacing up sneakers for a long run, reading poetry, watching very terrible television, or trying my hand at various baking projects. I’m so grateful to be at BHS and to potentially be a part of your high school adventure. You got this (and when you don’t, we can help)


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 brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org

Google Form Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2jI7jIwR6tFYpHWxL_ds2HMz8tDzBMKUAApkXJlIWkLZrfA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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

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BHSPA News

If you are interested in attending the meeting or learning more about what the BHSPA does, please email: bhsbucsparents@gmail.com Every donation made to the BHSPA goes directly to our BHS community through programs, enrichment and activities.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)


2022/2023 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates


Meetings begin at 7 PM

*Location and/or Zoom to be shared 2 weeks prior to meetings on SEPAC Facebook and webpage

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