The Bedford Buccaneer

October 3, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES


Thursday, October 6th-Back to School Night-6:30-8:30pm


Thursday, October 6th-Picture Day


Monday, October 10th-No School


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



BHS Rotating Day Calendar


BPS District Calendar 2022-2023

Dear BHS Community,


Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 6 from 6:30-8:30PM. As you know, our district has returned to an in-person format for Back to School Night and we are eager to welcome you. There will be a brief presentation from and introduction to the BHS Administrative team in the auditorium from 6:30-6:55pm. Parents and caregivers will then walk through their child’s schedule and meet with teachers.

Though there are many pandemic practices that we would like to move on from, the Back to School Night videos that we created for the past two years were well received. In addition to the in person event on Thursday, short videos for each BHS educator will also be posted in the bulletin on Tuesday, October 11. If you are unable to attend the evening or have multiple children and are unable to walk through multiple schedules, the videos will offer an introduction to the teacher and course.


The schedule for the evening is as follows:

6:30-6:55- Introduction from BHS Administrators

6:55-7:05- Transition time

7:05-8:39- Attend scheduled classes (schedule below)

8:40- End of Back to School Night


In preparation for the evening, please take a screenshot of your child’s or childrens’ schedule(s). Also, ask your student or students to fill out the grid below for you with teachers and room numbers. This will also be going out to students and we will remind all students in advisory to help their parents and caregivers with this task.

Of course we will have plenty of student volunteers to help with directions and to assist you with questions. We will also have some student musicians playing as you arrive and throughout the evening. The evening is intended to offer an introduction to teachers and courses. It is not intended for individual conferences. If you have specific questions or concerns about your child, please reach out to the teacher or teachers by email.

Looking forward to a wonderful night on Thursday.


Sincerely,

Heather, Dan & Tom

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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.

BHS School Council Candidates


VOTING IS OPEN - BHS School Council Election

Please vote now through ASPEN. To vote, please log in to your ASPEN parent account and click on the blue “New” under “status” in the survey section on the home page (just under recent activity). It takes only a few seconds to vote!

The BHS School Council has openings for one METCO, one Hanscom, and one Bedford-residing parent/guardian. The council still needs a METCO representative, if you are interested in being the METCO representative, please email BHSBucsParents@gmail.com.

Voting will be available through Aspen from 10/3-10/7. Winners will be posted on the BHSPA website 10/11.

What is the School Council? The role of the School Council is to assist principals by reviewing the school building budget and developing the school improvement plan. Councils' school improvement plans are submitted to the local school committee for review and approval.


School Council Candidates Bedford Representatives (vote for 1):

Jenny Stewart

My name is Jenny Stewart and I have served on the BHS and JGMS School Councils for the past few years. While School Committee is a decision-making group, School Council is more of a problem-solving group looking at the big picture and larger scale challenges in the school (and anticipating future challenges) and suggesting ways to resolve them through brainstorming, research, and talking to others in the community. What I appreciate about my past experience on BHS School Council is the group’s passion to promote, respect, and support academic and emotional success and setting students up to feel confident for a future after BHS. Two efforts of School Council that I’ve been involved in over the past few years were serving on the COVID re-opening team to get kids back into the schools during the pandemic while following state and local guidelines, and instituting an advisory period that aims to improve kids' connection to the school, to each other and with teachers while also giving a small break during the day. I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the BHS School Council again as some of the challenges of the pandemic have lifted and other deeper issues may still be lingering. Thank you for your consideration.



Nancy Barnes

My name is Nancy Barnes. A resident of Bedford for 11+ years, I have 5 children, 4 of whom have graduated from BHS while the youngest is a freshman. All my kids have been actively involved through the student council, clubs, and sports. I am currently a counselor at a local high school and will graduate with a Masters degree in December. I am very much looking forward to participating on the BHS Advisory Council to give back to our community and help make BHS the best possible experience for our children. Please consider voting for me.


Tatyana Yatsunov
As a Bedford resident and a parent of High School children I believe I will be able to serve my community as a member of BHS School Council. I have a background in education and hold a science degree as well. My goal is to support Bedford High school's educational long term goals while making sure both, teachers and students, bodies have the best tools and opportunities presently available to maintain high standards for Bedford's High school education program.
Thank you for your time and consideration!


School Council Candidates Hanscom Representatives (vote for 1):


Jenny Desaulniers

Background: We are a military family new to the district. I am interested in helping by representing Hanscom AFB as a parent representative. I have 2 children in the HS. One in 9th and one in 11th. I am a military veteran myself, and my husband is AD AF assigned to Hanscom. We have moved several times and our biggest concern is always focused on ensuring that our children receive the best educational opportunities. I look forward to advocating and helping to make sure that our military dependents educational needs are being met and helping identify where improvements are needed. Thank you.


Tanya Scott
Dear School Council Members;

I am a parent of a student at Bedford High School and I reside on Hanscom AFB. I have a Junior at Bedford High School and an Eighth Grader at Austin Prep.

When my daughters started Kindergarten, I volunteered, subbed classes, helped with all events at their school and was involved in the Parent Teacher Organization. I will continue to be involved in their education until they no longer attend school.

I am very committed to helping improve schools so students are happy and receive a great education. I strongly believe that parent involvement in helping shape the policies and programs of the school, will help create a successful education program as well as a safe environment for students so they will thrive when at school. I am very passionate about each and every hour spent at school being hours well spent. Each student's health and happiness is important for their success in life and school should always be a place where students look forward to going each day.

As a member of the School Council, I will help provide the insights on how effective the school is working and provide support for teachers and administrators.

I am hoping you will consider me for the School Council position at Bedford High School.

Thank you for your time, service, and consideration.

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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.


REGISTER HERE


“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

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 patrick_morrissey@bedfordps.org. Thank you. Mr. Morrissey

Homecoming dance

Before a dance ticket can be purchased a parent/guardian and student must sign off on the Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form click here. If you already completed the form this year you do not need to refill it out. If you are unsure if you filled it out your student can stop by the main office and check with Mrs LP.


*No outside guest permitted

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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, brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org , if you have questions or require financial assistance.

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Senior Dates and Deadlines for Yearbook


October 10th- Individual baby pictures/Elementary photos. Submitted via email to yearbook@bedfordps.org. See here for directions.


October 10th- “Senior Thanks” (limit of 175 words) Please note: Text slang and most abbreviations are not acceptable. Drug, alcohol, and other inappropriate references are not acceptable. You will receive a google form to submit the thanks into.


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


https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/13423

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AP Information


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:

  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)


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).


AP Self Study Registration 2023


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 samantha_thyne@bedfordps.org.

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 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

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 bhsforms@bedfordps.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:


bhscovid@bedfordps.org or call your school nurse.



Nancy Thorsen, BSN, RN

Nancy_Thorsen@bedfordps.org

Nurse Office: 781-918-4416

Nurse Office Fax: 781-687-6141

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.

INFORMATION OPT OUT

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

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.


Not able to attend the webinar? We have you covered. A copy of the recording and presentation slides will be shared with parents and caregivers of seniors on Wednesday, October 5th.



Senior Seminar: Transcript and Common Application Review

Date: Monday, October 3rd

When: during Flex at 8:15 AM

Where: LGI


PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Cost: $30.00 - Visit www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/220112 to register.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022


??Questions?? Contact Mr. Brian DeChellis at brian_dechellis@bedfordps.org



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



College Fairs

PVMHS COLLEGE FAIR - October 6th

485 Lowell Street

Peabody, MA 01960

Website: https://peabody.k12.ma.us/departments/guidance/

Click “College Fair” under QUICK LINKS on the right side of the page.

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at the upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs: October 9, 2022

Go to nacacattend.org/fairs to register

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 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

organization.


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

https://bedfordps-org.zoom.us/j/88247111560



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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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.

BHSPA News

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.

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 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