The Bedford Buccaneer

September 12, 2022


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

BPS District Calendar 2022-2023

Dear BHS Community,

Our school year is off to a positive start. Hopefully students are adjusting to the schedule and the pace of school life. Last week, the administrative team held a virtual school-wide assembly during advisory. We covered many topics including expectation, responsibilities, logistics, communication and our collective responsibility in promoting a climate of care. The presentation is linked in this bulletin.

As part of that meeting, we introduced our new School Resource Officer, Officer Brooks, a graduate of Bedford High School. School safety is always a priority for us and our partnerships with town agencies continue to be strong. We are thrilled to welcome Officer Brooks to our team and he will be a familiar face in and around our school.

Year after year we say Bedford High School is a special place. Our faculty and staff are talented and dedicated. Our students are encouraged to challenge themselves, work hard and use their voice to enhance our school community. Our generous community consistently supports the work we do with and for all students. At the assembly last week, we shared the importance of gratitude as we have so many people that help our school run smoothly and make Bedford High School a place of learning, discovering and growing. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you for your continued support.

The administrative team will frame the year and share a version of our student assembly with parents and caregivers at Back to School Night on October 6. We are thrilled to be back in person and look forward to seeing you there.


Heather Galante (Principal), Tom Casey & Dan Hudder (Assistant Principals)

Student Assembly Slides 2022-2023

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 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-yearbook mailbox.

After January 27th the cost will be $100.00

Community Service

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.

Some highlights include events being posted in the app, hours can be signed in app, geotagging yourself at an event instead of getting a signature, and all previous hours showing up in app. National Honors Society will also be able to utilize the app for their hours collection too!

Starting 8/30 the Google Forms are no longer active. Please get the Parental Consent Form signed and returned to the Main Office by Friday 9/23 if you wish to use the app for your community service and NHS hours. You cannot use the app unless the Consent Form is signed.

Please click here for the parental consent form

The app will go live on Friday, September 30th so please keep track of any hours you complete between now and then on your own. You can enter them after the app goes live.

We are very excited about this and should you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Septembre ( or myself (

iPad Insurance


Please click here to purchase iPad insurance for your students iPad.

If you need financial assistance for iPad insurance please reach out to Brenda Sweetland at or your assistant principal Dan Hudder at (Last names A-K) or Tom Casey at (Last names L-Z). Please provide the student name and grade in email by September 14th.

Please fill out the Emergency Information Form and return it to the Student/Main office or email to 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-

  • 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: or call your school nurse.

Nancy Thorsen, BSN, RN

Nurse Office: 781-918-4416

Nurse Office Fax: 781-687-6141

Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form

Please take a moment to complete the Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form here

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.


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

Educational and Health Awareness Dates:

September 17 Constitution Day/Citizenship Day

World Cleanup Day

College Representative High School In-Person Visits Are Back!

We are excited to announce that college admissions representatives will be meeting with students at BHS AND virtually this year. Most visits will take place either during Flex block or lunch periods. The most up-to-date visit schedule can be found in SCOIR under Upcoming Events. The college representatives are going to see hundreds of students from around New England this year. If you plan on meeting with an admissions representative from a school that you are sincerely interested in, and you plan on asking them a lot of questions, make a positive impression on them. They could be the person who reviews your application and/or the one who conducts your admissions interview. If the representative has a business card, ask for one. You can send them a note afterward thanking them for their time.

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT
This test is a practice SAT, but also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Its sections and approach are based on the SAT (see below) and is normed for 11th-grade students. The score ranges are 320–1520 for the total score, 160–760 for each of the two section scores, and 8–38 for sub-test scores. There is no essay section. PSAT scores are not sent to colleges nor used for college admissions. Scores from the junior year are used for consideration for the very selective National Merit Scholarship Program.

This test is offered this year on Saturday, October 15th. Registration, for this test only, is done through the Counseling Office (not College Board). Information will be shared in mid-September with details. PSAT scores are usually available the second week in December and can be accessed through your account.


What to Do if Your Child Is a Perfectionist

U.S. News & World Report – September 2, 2022

If a teacher called your child a perfectionist, would you feel a jab of satisfaction, even pride? Many American parents would, but that’s because pop culture makes it seem like striving for excellence and perfectionism are the same thing. They aren’t. Research ties perfectionism in children and adolescents to a range of negative feelings and behaviors, including anxiety, depression, burnout, overthinking, self-criticism, social stress, sadness, test anxiety, sleep problems, and eating disorders.

Teen Health

Teens view drugs and alcohol as less risky, but use is down

K-12 Dive – August 29, 2022

Today’s teens perceive alcohol and substance abuse as less risky than teens did in the past, even as there have been significant declines in alcohol and drug use among students in grades 9-12 since 2009, according to the School Health Profiles report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meet the COUNSLORS-Alan Chang

Hello! I'm Mr. Chang and I joined Bedford High School as a School Counselor in 2020. I'm originally from Newton and graduated from Newton South High School. I'm passionate about all Boston sports, particularly the Patriots and was a 3-season captain on our high school's Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse teams. I continued to play football at Colby College and am currently an assistant football coach at Newton South and the head varsity lacrosse coach at Bedford High. I’ve traveled to 9 countries and speak 3 languages (English, Mandarin, Spanish). I value the relationships I build with every student over their 4 years here and I look forward to getting to know all my new students

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

Google Form Link:

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Senior Dates and Deadlines for Yearbook

Important Information for the Class of 2023

October 10th- 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 10th- “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 with the subject “Senior Thanks” to:

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)

December 12th- Business Ads- Anyone with 2 business ads will get a free yearbook.

December 12th- Parent Ads. The 2022/2023 forms will be sent to parents. They can also be found in the Buccaneer Weekly Newsletter.

January 27th- Yearbook orders. The cost is $85.00. You can order online here 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-yearbook mailbox. After January 27th the cost will be $100.00

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 picture. 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 call to make your appointment.

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 do work the best. Yearbook staff will contact you if your picture does not follow these guidelines. Please submit your picture to:

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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Bus Transportation Information

The 2022-23 Bus Routes have been posted on the Transportation Web Page.

Auditions for our fall play

Auditions for our fall play, Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, are after school on Tuesday, September 13! To view the audition packet that has all the details, click this link!

Auditions for our all-gender a cappella group, The Rolling Tones

Auditions for our all-gender a cappella group, The Rolling Tones, are on Wednesday, September 14th from 1-3:30. Click this link for the audition packet and more information;

Sicily Trip

Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a great summer. As we begin the year, we will be preparing for our trip to Sicily. Please look for information for our first meeting. If you would still like to join the trip, there are a few spots open. There is limited time to sign up since our trip is during February vacation Please see the attached information for the trip below or contact me in room C105 or by email.

See you all soon,

Ms. Arena

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

Keep an eye out this Fall for more information on how Bedford High School and Challenge Success plan to work together to transform the student experience.

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

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.

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)

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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