The Bedford Buccaneer
August 14, 2023
Friday, August 18, 2023-Football starts
Monday, August 21, 2023-All other Fall sports start
Tuesday, August 29th-Arena Day-8:30am-11:00am
Tuesday, August 29th-New student orientation-7:00-8:30pm
Tuesday, September 5th-First day of school
Monday, September 11th-Picture day
Thursday, September 21st-Back to school night-6:30-8:30pm
Monday, October 9th-No School
Tuesday, November 7th-No School-Staff Professional Day
Friday, November 10th-No School
Wednesday, November 22nd-Early release-11:15am
Thursday, November 30th-BHS Conferences-4:00-8:00pm
Dear BHS Families,
We hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the final weeks of summer. We are excited to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. The summer has been busy for our administrative team as we have been hiring, visioning, and finalizing schedules. In just a few short weeks, our students, faculty and staff will return and our school will be filled with the energy and anticipation of a new school year.
For those that are new to our school community, our weekly newsletters are sent every Monday by Ms. Loveless-Patterson. These weekly bulletins will have nearly most of the information you need to stay organized and informed throughout the school year. Please take time to read through each one. I also update my Instagram frequently. Feel free to follow me at @principal_galante.
Our goal for the first few days of school is to create a supportive environment for our students. It is our mission to help every student feel welcomed, connected , and part of the Bedford High School community. This is why the first two days of school will start with an advisory period. Over the course of their time here, it is our belief that all students will be prepared for the demands of post-secondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship. It is common for our graduates to return to Bedford High School and share positive feedback on life after high school due, in part, to their experience at Bedford High School.
Please mark your calendars for our Back to School Night scheduled for September 21 from 6:30-8:30pm. Also, we are aiming to share complete schedules via the Aspen portal on Tuesday, August 15. Specific details will be communicated in future bulletins. In the following pages, you will find links to all of the requisite forms that need to be filled out. We appreciate your help in the timely submission of this information.
Looking forward to another successful school year. We can’t wait to see all of our students on September 5!
Heather Galante (Principal), Tom Casey & Dan Hudder (Assistant Principals)
HOW to access schedules
Schedules will be released and be “live” in Aspen on August 15th. Students are able to access their schedules by logging into Aspen and clicking on the pdf on their Pages tab (using a regular web browser).
Arena Day - Tuesday, August 29, 8:30-11:00 am
Bedford High School Cafeteria
Schedules will be released on Tuesday, August 15th. To help facilitate the schedule change process for students at Bedford High School, the BHS Counseling Department hosts Arena Day. This process enables students to begin school with a complete schedule they are comfortable with to fulfill graduation requirements. More information will be provided by our counseling team.
Orientation for class of 2027 and new students
9th Grade & New Student Orientation - Tuesday, August 29, 7:00-8:30 pm
Bedford High School Auditorium
Join BHS administrators and student ambassadors for an orientation prior to the start of the school year. Students will learn about BHS, walk through their schedule, receive their iPads, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend as they will spend time with the high school administration for a parents/caregivers session.
Please fill out the iPad agreement form here in advance of the orientation
Please fill out these 4 mandatory forms
- Emergency Information Form
- Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form
- iPad Agreement Form
- Community Service app-IF NOT COMPLETED LAST YEAR
Links found to each form below
Please fill out the Emergency Information Form and return it to the Main office or email it 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
Annmarie Vaughan, BSN, RN
High School Nurse
ipad Agreement Form
Community service app-if not completed last year
Please click here for the parental consent form
Community Service and NHS now have an app! BHS has partnered with MobileServe, an app that helps schools and students log their community service hours and post events. You can watch a short video about the app here.
IPAD Insurance information
There have been inquiries regarding a high school supply list. Please note that we do not provide a list of standard supplies. Students will receive the syllabus for each class the first week of school, and there may be additional items required. However, many teachers use iPad applications for notetaking and class material.
PICTURE DAY IS September 11th
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.
Student item drop off Location
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.
Order your yearbook online by going to YearbookOrderCenter.com and using the school code 13423. WATCH FOR A FLASH SALE ($25 off) the first week of school! All sales will be correctly priced online. If you have difficulty making an online purchase, you can also order over the phone: 1-866-287-3096.
Senior photo information from ms lennox
Dear Class of 2024 Caretakers,
It’s hard to believe that Senior year has arrived and you and your senior are inching closer to graduation! One of the many traditions of senior year includes getting a senior portrait and other features in the yearbook! I will be your guide for everything yearbook and ensure everything is submitted accurately. I will confirm via email that you submitted items properly and alert you to any missing/late items.
1) The most important thing to have on your radar right now is the SENIOR PORTRAIT. BHS now works with Geskus (https://www.wearegeskus.com/seniors) Photography. You can click on the link and see the attached flyer below. While you are welcome to use any photographer you want, this is the company that the school contracts with as of this year. In case you have not seen the yearbook, the trend is that most of the students take photos outdoors but there are a bunch that use traditional studio lighting so it is really a personal preference. Some photographers book up early, so if you definitely want a beach session or a fall foliage setting, book now as they are popular times!!!
We will be sending out a Google Form for senior thanks to all seniors. Please encourage your senior to submit theirs to us.
Deadline: October 6, 2023
Submit your child’s baby picture. Please submit one baby picture using the same submission method as the senior portraits, enter "Baby" for the grade information, and spell the student's name how you would like it displayed with the picture.
Deadline: October 6, 2023
Take and submit your senior portrait. Please submit your photo to HJeShare.com using the school code "Bedford". IMPORTANT: When uploading your portrait, please select the “Portrait” option as you upload in order to link your senior's name to the image.
Deadline: October 27, 2023
Submit your family congratulatory ad for the yearbook! You can design, purchase, and submit your ad at YearbookOrderCenter.com using the school code 13423. Choose the option that says “Start Your Ad.”
Deadline: October 27, 2023
You can also share pics of senior siblings. Please submit the siblings' picture using the same submission method as the senior portraits, enter "Siblings" for the grade information, and spell the students' names how you would like them displayed with the picture.
Deadline: October 27, 2023
Order your yearbook online by going to YearbookOrderCenter.com and using the school code 13423. All sales will be correctly priced online. If you have difficulty making an online purchase, you can also order over the phone: 1-866-287-3096.
School Lunch Information
The National School Lunch Program as operated in Bedford Public Schools will return to the traditional system where students receive free, reduced-price, or full-price meals. Students may qualify for free or reduced priced meals via an approved 2023-2024 Massachusetts Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals. Application can be found in the main office.
Many families use a prepayment program called MySchoolBucks to add money directly to a student account. MySchoolBucks.com does charge a small transaction fee for this service. Families can set up a free account at MySchoolBucks.com website by following the prompts for a new account.
Prepayments can also be made with the cashier at each register using cash or check. Please make any check payable to Bedford School Lunch Program; there is no fee for this type of prepayment.
Please click here for the letter to household
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/
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 a Parking Sticker? The Parking Sticker application may be found here.
Get my Aspen ID? If you need your ID or are having trouble logging in please contact email@example.com
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 2023-24 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