The Bedford Buccaneer

January 18, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, January 18 - School Council virtual meeting 2:45pm


Wednesday, January 19 - Junior Parents/Caregivers Night - Post Secondary Planning Zoom


Thursday, January 20 - January SEPAC Meeting

Friday, January 21- Deadline for Yearbook orders

Wednesday, January 26 - NHS Induction Night

Thursday, January 27- BHSPA Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 2 - Ground Up presentation at 6:30pm in the BHS LGI


Tuesday, February 15 - School Council meeting 2:45 pm


Wednesday, February 16 - Model UN Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8:00 pm


Tuesday, March 15 - School Council meeting 2:45 pm


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,


Our school has been busy with events, celebrations, and typical high school life. I know we are still battling the pandemic, but I assure you that school life at Bedford High School is vibrant. Last Friday, we honored the life and legacy of Dr. King and celebrated black excellence. Our Black Student Union (BSU) made announcements highlighting Dr. King’s accomplishments and contributions. Other announcements were made to support and honor black excellence. Posters donned our walls and resources were shared. There was a feature segment on our news show BHS Now. We invite you to view it here.


The celebration continued on Monday as Bedford Embraces Diversity welcomed Regie Gibson of Lexington, a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. A native of Chicago, Gibson won the National Poetry Slam in 1998. There was also a panel presentation featuring parents of past and present students from our METCO program. So much was shared and learned. More information about the event and service/donation project can be found on the Bedford Embraces Diversity website.


Next week, we will host our National Honor Society Induction and our Annual History Fair as in-person events. Our athletic events continue and our thespians are hard at work preparing for Mama Mia. We are still taking precautions to maintain a safer school environment. Everyone in our school is wearing masks and we have had an increase in those participating in pool testing. The pandemic is still very much here, but we continue to make efforts to make the high school experience memorable in a positive way.


I would like to take this time to thank Sandy Turner, administrative assistant in the main office, as she has made our front office such a positive and welcoming place. She is leaving us to move to Texas with husband and to be closer to her son. Future bulletins will be sent by Ms. Loveless-Patterson. Be sure not to delete the emails. We wish Mrs. Turner all the best in her new adventures. She will be missed.


Best,


Heather Galante

Principal

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COVID Safety Checks Update

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please notify the school nurse,

Nancy_Thorsen@bedfordps.org


What do I do if I am a close contact (outside of the school setting - household or other out of school setting) of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated, close contacts are exempt from testing or quarantine. You may return to school.

  • If you are a close contact and develop symptoms within 5 days of the initial exposure, stay home and get a PCR test.

  • For out of school close contacts (household close contacts, or other out of school close contact and you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated (2 weeks since the 2nd dose) and you are a close contact, please stay home for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. A COVID-19 test (PCR, Antigen and/or home test is acceptable) is recommended on Day 5. You may return on DAY 6.What if I am ill and have symptoms on the COVID-19 symptom checklist?

  • If you are ill, please stay home and get tested for COVID-19. You may return to school after you have received a negative PCR or antigen test result. An antigen home test may be self administered. If you test negative, you may return to school as long as your symptoms are improving and you are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.


What if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • If you test positive, please stay home and isolate for 5 days. Please report the positive result to the school nurse.

  • Return to school after 5 days and once you have:

    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications),

    • Experienced improvement of other symptoms

    • Following the day 5 isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others.


Can I continue with weekly pooled testing after I tested positive for COVID?
  • No. It is not recommended that any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days participate in routine COVID-19 testing.

  • For anyone who tests positive, they will need to stay at home and isolate for 5 days. Day 0 is the date of the onset of symptoms or date of the positive test, and they may return to school on day 6 if you have:

    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications),

    • Experienced improvement of other symptoms

    • Following the day 5 isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others.

  • If your child has tested positive by home test, antigen or PCR - they should NOT participate in weekly testing. It is not recommended that any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days participate in routine COVID-19 testing.


For lunch/eating please instruct your child to be extra diligent about mask wearing on days 6-10, and to keep at least 3 feet of distance when eating at school and to put their mask back on when they are done eating.


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

School Lunch

Need to view our School Lunch Menus or sign up for a free online ordering account? Please click this link to access our Lunch Program website. On the menu tab click the blue Online Ordering button to open our online ordering program. Online Ordering is used to order all student lunches. Please click here if you need instructions on how to open a free Online Ordering account. All meals are served from the cafeteria serving line and are free this year. Thank you for your participation!

BHSPA News

The BHSPA meets monthly over Zoom on the 4th Thursday of the month at 8am. If you are interested in attending the meeting or learning more about what the BHSPA does, please email: bhsbucsparents@gmail.com Every donation made to the BHSPA goes directly to our BHS community through programs, enrichment and activities.


Recent BHSPA Funding:

- Funding of 10 new picnic tables accommodating outdoor lunches, classrooms, meetings, etc.
- 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, funding grade specific initiatives and club requests.
- 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


Please check out BHSPA.org for more information!

Counseling Corner

For all things Post-Secondary related, please visit the

BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website.


Counseling Department Programming

Wednesday 1/19/2022

Junior Parent/Caregiver Webinar will again be held via Zoom! Grade 11 students are encouraged but not required to attend this event, as they will have a similar group meeting with their school counselor later this month. We will give an overview of the college process, post-secondary planning resources, and tasks that juniors can do before senior year. Please complete this survey for the panelists. Registration required here.

When: Jan 19, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Junior Parent/Caregiver Night 2022

Please click the link below to register and join the webinar:

https://bedfordps-org.zoom.us/j/86033152022?pwd=MXJZUlNuYzB0aW95SFhBZ2V6cUViUT09

Or One tap mobile : US: +13126266799,,86033152022#


Bedford High School Career Pathway Program

Career Conversation with Damon Harrell - Mr. Harrell is the

Vice President of Psychiatry Marketing for the company Alkermes.


Students interested in the field of: science, medicine,

mental illness, research, marketing, sales, finance, regulatory controls and

government policy, please join us via ZOOM on Wednesday, January 19th from

10:10-11:00 AM, during Flex Block. Check Google Classroom for the Zoom link, or email Mr. DeChellis at brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org


SENIORS - Today, January 18, is the deadline to request transcripts for colleges with February 1st deadlines. To request your transcript - log into SCOIR and drag the college tile to "Applying." The next deadline is February 1st.


FINANCIAL AID REMINDER - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the key to unlocking college financial aid from federal, state, and local sources. Filling out the FAFSA helps keep college an option for the fall but does not commit you to enrolling. Fill out the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize the aid you'll receive!

  • Tuesday, January 18th, FAFSA Day Massachuestts: Get FREE Help Applying for College Financial Aid! Register Here

FAFSA Day is a non-profit, volunteer driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).


Statewide Resources - From the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


SCHOLARSHIPS - Class of 2022

Bedford Dollars for Scholars information will be coming out in early 2022.


Scholarship Transcript Requests

It is the students’ responsibility to submit transcripts for scholarship applications. We are happy to print and/or email you a copy of your transcript.

If you need an “official transcript” we will give it to you in a sealed official envelope.

You can request your transcript(s) directly with Mrs. Tobe, or send her an email at: Meredith_Tobe@Bedfordps.org


Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

Students should reach out to the staff member who wrote the recommendation, so they can either release the recommendation to the student, or send it in on their behalf.


OPEN SCHOLARSHIPS

The following scholarship opportunities below have upcoming deadlines apply to these programs today!


APIA Scholars

APIA Scholars provides scholarships to qualified students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S.-accredited college or university. Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. Learn more and apply. Application closes: January 26, 2022


Scholarship Opening for Military Families

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation awards need-based scholarships to the children of Marines attending accredited colleges, community colleges, and career technical education programs. The scholarship application for the 2022-23 academic year opens on January 1, 2022, and will close on March 1, 2022. For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit mcsf.org/apply. Email Scholarship@mcsf.org with questions, or call 866-496-5462.


PARENTS

Mental Health Webinar Resources from McLean

McLean Hospital recognizes the need for reliable and helpful mental health resources. With this in mind, we have dedicated the time of our staff to ensure we are making free resources available for the public and professionals in hopes of promoting healthy individuals and communities.


https://home.mcleanhospital.org/webinar-series

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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 brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org

Google Form Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2jI7jIwR6tFYpHWxL_ds2HMz8tDzBMKUAApkXJlIWkLZrfA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Career Conversation with Damon Harrell

Career Conversation with Damon Harrell. Damon is the Vice President of Psychiatry Marketing for the company Alkermes.


Students interested in the field of: science, medicine, mental illness, research, marketing, sales, finance, regulatory controls and government policy, please join us via ZOOM on Wednesday January 19th from 10:10-11:00 during Flex Block.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://bedfordps-org.zoom.us/j/86744333131

Alkermes is focused on developing innovative medicines that aim to address unmet needs of people living with serious mental illness (SMI), addiction, and cancer. As a fully-integrated global biopharmaceutical company, we apply our scientific expertise and proprietary technologies to develop products that are designed to make a meaningful difference in the way people manage their diseases.

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Why I’m Keeping My Daughter’s Universe of Universities to Myself

As parents/guardians of a child going through the college application process we can struggle with our role.


“I’m trying to stay focused on my part in the whole process — doing whatever I can to increase the odds that at the end of it all, my daughter ends up where she is supposed to land…. I will try to remain detached from having a favorite school myself. And I will do one other thing that I believe helped my other daughters when they went through the college selection process — I will help to keep her universe of universities to myself.


I will protect my daughter’s privacy and keep her choices to myself.”


Read the entire article HERE.



Join our Bedford Challenge Success community on social media!



For more information about BHS-Challenge Success please contact Cynthia Vitti (cynhere@comcast.net) or Lori Popkewitz Alper (lorialper@gmail.com)

Ground Up A Portrait of Teenage Life

Ground Up is the student run club and aims to support the challenge success work of the high school. There is a presentation for parents/caregivers on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30pm in the BHS LGI. Ground Up members will present a portrait of teenage life for audience members and offer advice on how to be an ally and a source of support during the high school years.

BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!

Web: bedfordsepac.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/


BEDFORD SEPAC (Special Education Parental Advisory Council)

All parents & guardians of Bedford special education welcome!

Web: bedfordsepac.com

Facebook group: https://www.facebook. com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/


January SEPAC Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7 PM on zoom

Including Marianne Vines, Director of Special Education

All parents & guardians of students receiving Bedford special education services are welcome!

zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82403699724?pwd=aC9jUUpiZkNhajQ5cnAvNHI2RlNuZz09

Meeting ID: 824 0369 9724

Passcode: 294265


Massachusetts Sibling Support Network Presents - No sibling left behind

Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 7 PM on zoom

All are welcome!

No Sibling Left Behind:

Designed for parents of young siblings or professionals.

Addresses the overall sibling experience of what it’s like to grow up with a brother/sister with a disability. Provides strategies to support siblings.

Explores current trends in sibling research and the growing sibling movement.

Includes an adult sibling panel that will address questions and concerns.

zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88131145041?pwd=eTcwMnFNeExOYkxaUW5mZElKc3FwZz09

Meeting ID: 881 3114 5041

Passcode: 562772


2021/2022 SEPAC Monthly Meeting dates

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

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Senior Dates and Deadlines

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 www.hjeshare.com. 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 karen_santos@bedfordps.org


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 karen_santos@bedfordps.org


Past Due Dates

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

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: www.hjeshare.com

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: bhs2022yearbook@gmail.com


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.


Cap & Gown Order Form


It's that time of year...

Senior students, please complete the form with the Cap and Gown order link above to order your cap & gown for graduation by December 21, 2021!


If you have any questions, please let me know.


Thanks,


Nicole Myles M.Ed

Class of 2022 Advisor

nicole_myles@bedfordps.org


Graduation is Thursday, June 2, 2022

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell

6:15pm

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!

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.

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? 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.

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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