The Bedford Buccaneer

October 18, 2021


Tuesday, October 19 - Principal's Roundtable (now virtual) 8:30am

Wednesday, October 20 - MEFA College Financing Webinar at 6:30pm

Thursday, October 21 - MEFA College Financing Webinar at 6:30pm

Friday, October 22 - Yearbook Senior Portraits due

Wednesday, October 27 - Swim & Dive Team Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm

Tuesday, November 2 - Teacher Professional Development – No School

Wednesday, November 10 - *NEW DATE* Picture Retake day, during Flex block

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day (No School)

Tuesday, November 16 - AMC 10/12 B Math Exam

Wednesday, November 24 - Annual Powder Puff Flag Football Game

Wednesday, November 24 - School closed at 11:08am early dismissal

Thursday - Friday, November 24 -25 - Thanksgiving Break

Friday - Friday, December 24 -31 Vacation

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Graduation at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell at 6:15pm

BHS School Calendar 2021-22

BHS District Calendar 10-07-21

Hello BHS Community,

The school year is off to a great start. Though we are still dealing with the pandemic that continues to pose some challenges, students are adjusting to being back in school full time in a year that feels more typical than last.

We mentioned in our Back to School Night webinar that we would be hosting a meet and greet in the form of a Principal’s Roundtable with our main office team. While we had hoped to have this in person outside, the weather is expected to be cool and possibly uncomfortable. Instead, we will meet through zoom. Please join Mr. Casey, Mr. Hudder and me for an informal chat tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19 @ 8:30AM. This will be in zoom format so we will be able to see your faces and take questions through the chat. As part of the meeting, we will reiterate student supports that are available and home/school communication.

Feel free to join us. If you are unable to attend through zoom, we will share a summary of the meeting in our next bulletin. There will be additional roundtables scheduled. We hope to have an in person option at some point.

Thank you for your continued support of our school community and look forward to seeing those that can join us tomorrow.


Heather Galante


Topic: Principal's Roundtable

Time: Oct 19, 2021 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 889 0134 3489

Passcode: 380697

Registration is open for Winter Sports

If you are interested in participating in the winter, please have your parent/Caregiver register in Aspen as soon as possible.

You must be registered in Aspen, have a valid physical (within 13 months) and baseline test (within 24 months) in order to try-out. If you need to complete the baseline test, Mr. Mangan will email a link once you are registered.

Physicals can be emailed to

Instructions for registration may be found here.

Military Impact Aid Survey

As we do each October, we are asking for parent/guardian cooperation in filling out a survey form to meet the requirements of Public Law 874. Under the provisions of Public Law 874, 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 to the taxpayers.

This year the survey is fully electronic with e-signature - HERE IS YOUR LINK!

Parents/Guardians will receive an 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. We thank you very much for your assistance with this important annual survey.


Philip Conrad, Superintendent of Schools

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.

SENIORS - Five College App Facts

The Counseling Department wants you to understand everything you need to know about planning for next year, so don’t hesitate to reach out at any time.

  1. Please request your transcripts in SCOIR 10 school days prior to the college/universities deadline.

Colleges self-report their deadlines in SCOIR, so if you notice a difference in what the school’s website says and what SCOIR says, email ASAP.

  1. Check in with your teachers about your Teacher Letters of Recommendation. If your application due date changes, please let them know ASAP.

  2. Make sure you and your parent/guardian have signed the FERPA waiver in SCOIR.

  3. If you were unable to attend the Postsecondary Parent/Caregiver Night, you can watch the recording of it HERE.

  4. You can access the Postsecondary Guide here, if you have misplaced your hard copy.

Did you watch the Senior Parent & Caregiver webinar recently or attend last month? We value your feedback and appreciate you taking 3 minutes to complete our survey. ​ Senior Post-Secondary Webinar; 09/2021

​Google Classroom Resources: Remember there is a wealth of information in the Google Classroom for the Class of 2022 right now! We encourage you to look back at the posts. For example, there are several videos that will assist you with SCOIR (i.e. How to request your transcript in SCOIR)

MEFA College Financing Webinar - the next live webinar(s) will take place on Wednesday, and Thursday October 20th and 21st, at 6:30 PM. To register click the corresponding topic and date here.

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

Job Board

Looking for a job? Check out the job board behind Mrs. Tobe’s desk in the Counseling Suite

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AP testing, payment and registration Information

Payment for AP Exams is now available via Total Registration. All payments are due no later than October 22nd. After this date there will be a $40 late fee added on to your order.

Please follow the link below to complete your registration and payment:

In order to be fully registered for your exam, you must have a registered account with both College Board (through given access code) and Total Registration. If you have not completed a registration with both websites, your exam will not be ordered. Please take the time to double check both registrations are complete.

If you qualify for a reduced testing fee, your request will need to be approved by me within Total Registration before you can finalize your order. Please allow a few days for this to take place.

Ms. Thyne

AP Test Coordinator

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Community Service Opportunity

Calling all you Halloween and kiddo loving high schoolers and middle schoolers, the Bedford Family Connection needs your help!

We are a volunteer run non-profit organization that serves to connect families with children ages 0-5 in Bedford and surrounding towns. We are hosting our annual Halloween Bash! We will have 6 different craft/ game tables, an obstacle course, a performance by Ms. Faulstich’s drama class, a magic show, balloon animals, tattoo station and the list goes on! We are expecting upwards of 200 hundred children at this event and we need all hands on deck for set up, party time and break down. We would love for as much community involvement as possible and we thought the very students of the Bedford schools, who are probably BFC alumni, may want to help us!

Where/ When:

Saturday, October 23, 2:30-4:30

Set up beginning at 2:00 and breakdown by 5:00

10 Mudge Way, on the field behind the playground.

Any help would be very greatly appreciated!

Please be in touch with BFC co-director Leah Devereaux, one of our very own substitute nurses, at, or 781-249-0704

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AP Classes Are Not For Every Student

Read about one parent's thoughts on AP classes: This is Why I Will Not Push My Teen to Take AP classes.

“Success is determined not by the AP classes on a teen's high school transcript or the string of achievements that dotted their resume. I realize now that there’s more to success than the A’s and 5’s on my teens’ transcripts.”

“When we gave her the space to make her own choices in high school, she learned to set her own goals and take responsibility for them.”


Join our Bedford Challenge Success community on social media!

For more information about BHS-Challenge Success please contact Cynthia Vitti ( or Lori Popkewitz Alper (

Thank you for watching the Back to School Night webinar, we hope you enjoyed it. For those unable to attend, please use this link to the webinar in addition to the presentation slides.

If you would like to learn more about your students classes, we invite you to enjoy the videos produced by our teachers Linked here.

BHSPA Fall Appeal

THANK YOU Bedford Parents/Guardians for your contributions to the Fall Appeal! As Principal Galante mentioned on the Back to School webinar, your donations help the school in so many areas. Here are a few of the ways your donations are put to work!

  • Funding of 6 new picnic tables accommodating outdoor lunches, classrooms, meetings, etc. Due to popular demand, we will be adding more this year!
  • Ice cream socials for each class to re-connect upon returning to in-person classes in 2021. It was the first time the classes were together as a whole in over a year!
  • Teacher/Student grants to fund school projects including technology equipment for BHS NOW and funding grade specific initiatives.
  • Preparation and distribution of Student Directories (this year it will include a teacher directory with email addresses!) - coming soon!
  • Sponsorship of Teacher/Staff Appreciation events and so much more (check out for more information)

Donations are accepted all year, using our online DONATION LINK at BHSPA.ORG.

COVID Safety Checks (formerly known as pooled testing)

We are continuing our weekly COVID-19 safety checks (formerly known as pooled testing) every Wednesday before school. It is a PCR test processed at the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

The sample for the test will be a nasal swab, and we will collect two swabs per person- one for the "pool" tube, and one for an individual tube. The tube with multiple samples will be tested, and in the event that there is a positive result, testing will be done on the individual samples. If there is a positive result, the individual’s parent/guardian will be notified directly.

The testers will be staff from our testing vendor (CIC) and school nurses. We are testing students in the main lobby and we will have students who are signed up come before school, from 7:20 am -7:45am.

All students are encouraged to participate. This is an important safety measure to help keep our schools safe and identify any asymptomatic cases of COVID-19, before they spread to others.

The link to sign up is here.

For more information on our COVID-19 testing please see our website here.


Thank you to all families for your cooperation with keeping your child home when they are sick. We know that it can be a challenge in the morning when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school. We ask that all families screen their child daily using the Daily Screening Checklist. The Screening checklist can be found on the Bedford PS website HERE.

If you look at the checklist and are checking off any of the boxes for symptoms (or combination of symptoms where indicated) then you should be keeping your student home and they will need a negative COVID-19 test to be cleared to return to school. A PCR or rapid molecular test is required for anyone who meets the criteria for testing. Test results can be emailed or faxed to 781-687-6141.

When calling to report that your child will be absent on the absentee line please indicate the reason why your child is out, and what their symptoms are. If you are unsure whether or not to send your child, please keep them home, and call or email the school nurse at before sending them to school.

As always, thank you for doing your part in keeping our community healthy and safe!

Nancy Thorsen BSN,RN

781-275-1700 ext. 4416

Absence Line: (781)918-4561

or select #1 from the main menu of (781)275-1700

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!


Facebook group:

Free Workshop: Bullying - what parents need to know

Monday, November 8, 2021, at 7 - 9 PM on zoom

Presented by Federation for Children with Special Needs and Bedford SEPAC

What is bullying? Strategies and tools? IEP? School's obligation to address and prevent bullying?

Registration link:

2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates

November 18, December 16, January 20 (guest Marianne Vines), February 17, March 24, April 28, May 19 (guest Marianne Vines), June 9

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 and your Assistant Principal will deliver your sticker to you during lunch or Advisory. (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.

Senior Dates and Deadlines

Attention Junior and Senior Girls!

Please consider participating in the Annual Powder Puff Flag Football Game on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021. Below is the registration form. The $15 gets you a shirt and playing time if you want. If you are just interested in a memorabilia shirt, it is $15, please complete the form.

Powder Puff Registration Form

October 22nd- Senior Portraits-Please contact Mark Lawrence Photography @603-882-0116 to make your appointment.

December 10th- Business Ads- Anyone with 2 business ads gets a free yearbook.

December 10th- Parent Ads. The 2021-2022 forms will be sent to the parents.

January 21- Yearbook orders. The cost is $85.00. You may place your order here

Please make checks out to BHS 2021/2022 yearbook.

After January 21 the cost will be $100.00

Important Information for the Class of 2022

Please help us to have a successful yearbook by getting an early start.

  1. Send all pictures that you would like to be considered for the yearbook to Enter the school code: Bedford (capital B). Please identify who the students are in the pictures. Please use full names not nicknames when you submit your baby picture. Please only submit one baby picture. If you do not identify your baby picture you run the risk of not being in the yearbook.

  2. The official photographer for the senior portraits is Mark Lawrence Photographers. Their phone number is 603-882-0116. Please contact them for an appointment. If you have any questions in regards to any of the information. Please contact Mrs. Santos. Her email is

If you decide to take your own pictures. Please be aware of the size. It must be 2.5 X 3 with a DPI of 300. Yearbook staff will contact you if your picture does not follow these guidelines.

If you have any questions in regards to any of the information. Please contact Mrs. Santos. at

Past due dates:

October 8th- Senior Class Photo

The senior class photo will be taken on the football field. The picture will take place during flex block that day. (10:22-11:32) It will not take the whole time. Seniors please listen for the announcement on that day. Let Mrs Santos know if you have any questions.

October 8th- Individual baby pictures/Elementary photos. Please make sure when you upload your baby picture to include your name, first and last. If there is no name you run the risk of not being in the yearbook. Send to:

Enter the code: Bedford(capital letter “B”)

October 8th- “Senior Thanks” (limit of 175 words) Please note: Text slang and most abbreviations are not acceptable. Drug or alcohol references are not acceptable. Send your “senior thanks” in a word document to:

Graduation is Thursday, June 2, 2022

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell


There are no tickets for the event as there is ample seating for all friends and family members. Mark your calendars. It will be here sooner than you think!

Bus Transportation

The busses line up, starting at the flagpole across from the softball field and looping all the way around the front of the high school to the front door of the main office.

The pick up order begins with the METCO bus, #33, then the base buses, #21, #23 and #24, respectively, and finally the local Bedford buses, #1-16.

Late busses run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and pick up at the front of the school by the Cafeteria doors. Late busses depart at 4:05pm.

Boston METCO Families can register through the METCO office.

BHS families can find all bus routes and stops posted online.


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 29, 2021.


This year all school meals are free for all students. Parents do not need to put money on their students lunch account. For instructions on ordering lunch please click here

Menus can be seen here.

For additional information please contact the Food Services office at 781-275-9129.

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

Find my lost items? The lost and found bin can be found in the student office.

Pick up a dropped off item? Please stop by the student office and look for the student drop off area sign. (Parents/Guardians, please label item your dropping with name) Please note; we do not interrupt classes for drop offs. Please stop by between classes to check for your item.

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

Know who to contact for help? (please see page 6)

Get a parking sticker? You will not need a sticker until the end of September. Please fill out the Google Form here and your Assistant Principal will deliver it to your lunch or Advisory. There is no fee for parking at Bedford High School.

Looking for a great community service opportunity?

The Bedford Food Pantry is looking for volunteers

You can sign up using the following link:

Questions? Please stop by the Athletic Office or reach out Annie Bernstein at

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