The Bedford Buccaneer

November 14, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES


Tuesday, November 15th-School council meeting- 2:30-3:30pm-BHS


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


Thursday, May 25th-Senior Prom-6-10pm


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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Picture retakes are Thursday, Nov 17th.

Students will get IDs on Monday(11/14) with previews of photos and purchased photo packages on Wednesday(11/16).

Teacher/Caregiver Conferences are on December 1st

Sign ups for conferences will open on November 21st at 12pm

https://www.myconferencetime.com/bedfordhs/


Sign ups will end at 1pm on November 29th.


Please make sure you write down your time and room number

You will be able to sign up for 2 teachers. Each conference is 10 minutes long.

You will be allowed to walk around to see if any other teachers have an open spot. If they do you can sign yourself up for that spot

Some teachers do fill up quickly. If this happens and you need to meet with that teacher please email the teacher and they will meet with you on another date and time.


You will find teachers' emails on our website:

https://www.bedfordps.org/node/30/people-by-department


If you have a issue with signing up please feel free to contact me - Brenda Sweetland 781-918-4406 or email: brenda_sweetland@bedfordps.org


As a reminder:

The sign ups will not open up until November 21st at 12pm. If you log into the system before 12pm you will have to refresh in order to access the system. It will not just log you in at 12pm.

It will close on November 29 at 1pm

Once they are closed we will not be able to access the system to sign you up.

Make sure if you write down the time and room numbers (Some teachers will not be in their normal room)


Any issues with signing up please contact me, Brenda Sweetland 781-918-4406 or email: brenda_sweetland@bedfordps.org

BHS Prom Dress Pop-Up Event


Prom and semi formal events are coming up soon and BHS will be sponsoring recurring “Prom Dress Pop-Up” events throughout the year. Students will be able to “borrow” a prom dress and accessories, or formal suits from our donated collection. See below for the Pop-Up schedule. We are looking for donations of formal dresses, both long and short, that are sitting in closets at home not being used; as well as formal wear accessories like shoes, purses, jewelry and shawls. We are also looking for formal suit, ties and tuxedo donations and would greatly appreciate any contributions beginning this week. Please dry-clean your donations before dropping off.

If you want to help but don’t have a dress to donate, you can make a financial contribution to offset program costs, which include alterations, dry cleaning, purchase of dress racks and refreshments for the Pop-Up event. Checks can be made payable to BHS - Prom Pop-Up. All donations can be dropped off in the Bedford High School front vestibule after notifying the main office via the buzzer that you’re donating for the Pop-Up. Please email Sandy Arena (sandra_arena@bedfordps.org) or Heather Thacore (heatherthacore@gmail.com) for more information.


· Nov 30: Semi-Formal Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:30 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Jan 11: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:30 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Apr 3: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:45 AM (Locker Room Area)

· Apr 11: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up & Pizza Party 5:00 – 7:00 PM (Cafeteria)

Winter Sport registration is now open

Winter sport registration instructions can be found here.

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.

Students interested in the field of Video Game Development. Art, Entrepreneurship, Virtual Reality, and Creativit

Students interested in the field of Video Game Development. Art, Entrepreneurship, Virtual Reality, and Creativity please join us for a Career Conversation with Franco Galetta.

The conversation will take place on Thursday November 17th during Flex Block in Room D-109

Franco is a creator, artist, and so much more….The video game industry is a multi-faceted and highly creative space. It's not just for entertainment. It is also used for practical applications, such as architecture, historical preservations, and engineering simulations, just to name a few. With ever-evolving technological advancements, including AR and VR, gaming at its core is about sharing and enhancing interactive and immersive experiences.


Please check out his website: https://francosg.com/projects

This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to turn a passion into a career.

Please complete the following google form so I know how many snacks to provide:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDG2OEi-r27pTrw8VfB9ICxGnsZ3fSv_LcjcCZhmAUzJwILQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Students interested in the field of Forensics and Criminal Justice

Students interested in the field of Forensics and Criminal Justice please
join us in the LGI on Monday December 5th during Flex Block from 8:00am-8:45am. Jennifer Montgomery is a Forensic Scientist III who works for the

- DNA Unit Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory. She is also a Bedford High School graduate!!

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
organization.

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.


NEW Counseling Department Monthly Newsletter: Check your email for the November edition of the Counselors Newsletter


Financial Assistance and Fee Waiver Services

As you know public school education does not always come without an ask or cost. Some examples include the PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, SAT, Dual Enrollment classes, and College Applications. Thankfully with the support of our community and the resourcefulness of our staff we have the ability to support and meet some financial needs of many students. If you think you might be eligible for financial assistance, please inquire within our counseling department. Your inquiry will be met with respect and confidentiality.


SENIORS:

Reminder: The next Transcript Request deadline is November 15, 2022, for students with a college application deadline of December 1, 2022. For a College Application Deadline of 12/15 - Request transcripts by 12/1


​Google Classroom Resources: Remember there is a wealth of information in the Google Classroom for the Class of 2023 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)



Weekend SAT

Seniors: There is only one SAT date remaining in 2022. December 3.

Registration Deadline: November 3 Late Registration Deadline: November 22



Parents:

Families can get Pell Grants of up to $6,895 to help with college costs. Here’s what you need to know

CNBC – November 2, 2022

Many undergraduate students who are eligible for Pell Grants don’t apply for them. Here’s what to know about the aid, which can make college more affordable.



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. Brownrigg’s desk in the Counseling Suite

AP Exam Information

Today (11/14) is the final day to pay for your AP Exams. All exams paid for until this deadline now include a $40.00 late registration fee.


Please follow the instructions below to complete your AP payment and 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)

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

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Senior Dates and Deadlines for Yearbook


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

BHSPA News


The BHSPA Fall Grant Cycle will run from October 17th-November 14th.

We encourage proposals from the teachers, administrators and students to help with their initiatives, projects, clubs, etc. in an effort to support the BHS community.


Please click here to access the grant application


Please reach out to BHSbucsparents@gmail.com with any questions!

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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 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/

Webpage: Bedfordsepac.com

IMPORTANT

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


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.

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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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. After completing the form is bring a copy or picture of the vehicle registration and license to the main office to get parking permit. 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.

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