The Bedford Buccaneer
October 11, 2022
Saturday, October 15th-Homecoming-6:30-9:30pm-BHS GYM
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
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. Teacher videos will be coming later this week.
Please click here for the Back to School Night presentation.
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.
THURSDAY, OCT 13th
Virtual Workshop at 4pm PT | 7pm ET
$10 per person
What is “fit” and why does it matter?
Are students who attend higher-ranked colleges better off later in life?
What do college rankings really measure?
In this workshop, we explore the research-based findings on the relationship between college selectivity and future outcomes, including learning, job satisfaction, and well-being. Attendees will also learn strategies to help reduce pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support students' well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. There will be an open Q&A at the end of the session.
Not able to attend on the 13th? We will send all registrants a link to the recording on Oct. 14th.
Appropriate for parents, students, college counselors, and educators.
“A Healthier Approach to College Admissions was great. It caught me by surprise. I was expecting tips and tricks on how to get into colleges. This was so much better."
- High School Parent
*No outside guest permitted
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, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you have questions or require financial assistance.
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 email@example.com. Thank you. Mr. Morrissey
Reminder: The next Transcript Request deadline is October 18, 2022 for students with a college application deadline of November 1, 2022.
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.
Ninth Grade Counseling Seminars:
The primary focus of the program is the orientation of freshmen to Bedford High School. Students meet during the first semester to become familiar with their new school, get to know each other, and build a relationship with their counselor. Counselors review supports and resources, getting involved at BHS, goal-setting, and decision-making. Students learn about study skills, time management and other topics of importance to ninth graders. Students are also led through interactive activities designed to foster empathy and resilience, and an affirming school community and climate.
Date: Week(s) of 10/11 and 10/18
When: During Flex blocks
Where: Flex classrooms
PSAT for Grade 10 and Grade 11 Students
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: Arrive at BHS by 7:45 A.M. w/#2 pencils and a calculator
??Questions?? Contact Mr. Brian DeChellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Moms.com – September 27, 2022
While they are capable of a lot, they are still kids. Expecting too much from them can turn out poorly for both the parent and child. To build on your relationship and foster their belief in themselves, it’s essential that we make sure they are capable of doing what we are asking for.
Job Board - Looking for a job? Check out the job board behind Mrs. Brownrigg’s desk in the Counseling Suite
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
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
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
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:
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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
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
For Freshmen Parents:
Starting the week of October 17th, our school nurses and counselors will begin the health screening called SBIRT. SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. SBIRT is used to screen for alcohol, nicotine, tobacco, and other drug use. This health screening is required by Massachusetts law.
Students in grade 9 will take part in this screening which takes about 5-10 minutes. School nurses and counselors will have one-on-one conversations with students. They will ask students about alcohol, nicotine, tobacco, or other drug use over the past year. Staff will then talk with each student about how to support their overall health, safety, and success in school. If the student needs more assessment or support, health staff may work with the student and/or their parent/guardian.
As with any school health screening, you can opt your child out of this process. Students themselves may also choose not to take part. If you do not want your child to participate in this screening or you have questions, contact Nancy_Thorsen@bedfordps.org
Please fill out the Emergency Information Form and return it to the Student/Main office or email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
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:
email@example.com or call your school nurse.
Nancy Thorsen, BSN, RN
Nurse Office: 781-918-4416
Nurse Office Fax: 781-687-6141
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
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!
Bedford SEPAC Presents to School CommitteeOctober 11th meeting
Bedford SEPAC to present on FCSN Apple Conference (for Massachusetts SEPACs) and ongoing work
Bedford SEPAC General Meeting
October 20th at 8 pm on zoom
Please join us for updates and to discuss this years programming.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 980 9929 7165
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.
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/
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.
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. 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?
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