The Bedford Buccaneer
March 20, 2023
Tuesday, March 21st-Strings Vertical Concert-7:00pm-BHS Auditorium
Thursday, March 23rd-Band Vertical Concert-7:00pm-BHS Auditorium
Tuesday, March 28th-Wednesday, March 29th-ELA MCAS
Tuesday, April 11-School Council-2:30-4:00
Monday, April 17th-Friday, April 21st-Spring Vacation
Tuesday, May 9-School Council-2:30-3:30
Friday, May 12th -43 Annual AFJROTC Awards Night--6:00-7:30pm-BHS Auditorium
Tuesday, May 16th-Wednesday, May17th-Math MCAS
Wednesday, May 17th-Senior Awards Night-7:00-8:30pm-BHS-Invites will be sent out
Thursday, May 18-Junior Prom-6-10pm
Thursday, May 25th-Senior Prom-6-10pm
Monday, May 29th-No School
Thursday, June 1st- Class of 2023 Graduation
Tuesday, June 6th- 9-11th Grade Awards Night-7:00-8:30pm- BHS-Invites will be sent
Tuesday, June 6th-Wednesday, June 7th-Science MCAS(9th Grade)
Friday, June 16th-Tentative Last Day of School-If no snow days
APRIL Is the MONTH of the MILITARY CHILD
In an effort to support and honor our students from Hanscom Air Force Base the high school will be hosting a couple of events during the month of April.
1. A breakfast on April 14th during Flex Block in the back cafeteria.
2. PCS (Permanent Change of Station) party for our students who will not be returning to BHS next year. This event's location and time is TBD.
Purple is the color of the Military Child...when you combine the colors of all of the service branches, you get PURPLE. To celebrate our students, we are encouraging everyone to wear purple on April 14th for a "Purple Up Day"....
We are selling purple t-shirts to support our military students and to fund the events. The following link has more details about how to purchase the t-shirts. All t-shirts will be shipped to the high school the week before the 14th. Mr. DeChellis will distribute them. March 26th is the cutoff date to order.
Please reach out to Brian DeChellis at email@example.com with more questions.
MCAS Dates and information
Late Arrival (grades 9, 11, and 12 grade)
In order to ensure that we have ample bandwidth to support the 10th graders taking the MCAS exam electronically, we will delay the opening of school for all other students (grades 9, 11, 12) on March 28-29 and May 16-17. The start of school for these students will be at 10:15 AM and 10:29 AM; please see the full schedule below. If your child needs to arrive by bus on these test days, they should meet the bus at the regular pick up time and head to the cafeteria, gym, library or counseling department. These areas will be open and supervised. We will have regular schedules for the Science MCAS on June 6-7, so there is no delayed opening.
BHS Baseball Team Store
The BHS baseball program has opened a team store via Tricon Sports in Lexington that contains some awesome apparel both baseball specific and general Bedford designs. The store can be viewed here: https://bedford-baseball-23.itemorder.com/ The store closes on Wednesday, March 22nd. 10% of all sales will support the BHS baseball program in our pursuit to purchase a new pitching machine.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Health and Wellness
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BHS Got Talent
Vaping Devices Installed & Activated
Breakfast Returning 3/20
Senior Dates and Deadlines
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TIME TO PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR
The 2023 GRADUATION SIGN!
Please place all orders online
NO LATER than:
Friday, March 31, 2023
Yard Signs will be delivered to the high school in the spring.
Grad Signs: $35.00
Your Grad sign is a 2-sided CUSTOM sign with your student's name. The sign comes with an H stake to display in your yard.
Senior Awards Night-May 17th-7:00-8:30pm-BHS-Invites will be sent out
Last Day for Seniors-Friday, May 19th
Senior Prom-Thursday, May 25th
CSF Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Award & Reception-May 30th-BHS Auditorium.
Check-in for students starts at 6:30 pm. The Award presentation begins at 7pm.
Graduation-Thursday, June 1st-6:15pm Sharp-No Tickets Needed
Seniors arrive at 5:30pm for line up
All Night Graduation Party-June 1-10:30pm to June 2-5:30am-Tickets Needed
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.
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
10th Grade Hearing/Vision Screening
Starting the week of February 27th, all 10th grade students will have hearing and vision screening. Parents will be notified if further evaluation is necessary by their physician. Heights and weights will also be done at this time.
Annual Height and Weight Screening
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires the annual height and weight screening protocols to include the calculation of a Body Mass Index (BMI) and percentile for grades 1, 4, 7, and 10. Each child’s height and weight will be used to calculate their BMI. The results will be kept confidential in each student’s school health record.
BMI is a “weight for height for age” index that can be a useful tool in early identification of possible health risk factors among children and youth. If you would like the results of your child’s BMI screening please contact me. Additional information about children’s wellness and fitness is available at www.mass.gov/massinmotion/.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns. If you do not want your child to participate in this screening please send a written note or email using the email address below.
Annmarie Vaughan, BSN, RN
High School Nurse
Bedford Public Schools
For all things Postsecondary related, please visit the
BHS Counseling Department’s Post-Secondary website
Scheduling for School Year 2024
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Course request entry deadline. Aspen closes for students to enter requests.
Friday, March 24, 2023
Deadline for students to submit course override forms to program administrators at BHS. Level Change Request Form.
Please remember, teachers have put thoughtful consideration into making requests for next year for their students. If you disagree with your placement, please have a conversation with the teacher first. If you and your caregiver(s) still feel strongly about submitting a level change form, the form is located on the Course Selection web page. Once it is complete, submit it to the department program administrator.
Counseling Department Programming
Caregiver Workshop #2 - Anger Transformation
Due to the school closure, this presentation has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 23rd, at 8:00 AM in the BHS Large Group Instruction room. See the flyer below for more details.
Field Trip to NACAC National College Fair
The School Counseling Department is inviting the entire 11th grade to attend the Boston NACAC National College Fair in Boston..Waiver forms are available to students in the Class of 2024 Google Classroom. The deadline to return the waiver form is March 24, 2023.
Students can explore what other college fairs are available through www.nacacfairs.org and www.collegefairguide.com.
Scholarships - Class of 2023
Bedford Dollars for Scholars & Scholarship America’s application runs through March 21st. The application is available online and you can access everything you need here: START YOUR SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA STUDENT PROFILE
The final help session is offered by Dollars for Scholars volunteers on March 20th., during lunch periods (11:36-11:56 and 12:50-1:10) in the BHS Counseling Office.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
Relay for Life
Hello Bedford Schools,
We are members of Bedford High School’s Relay for Life Committee, a dedicated student-led group which works to organize fundraisers and recruit participants for the relentless fight against cancer.
Relay For Life is an organization which directly benefits the American Cancer Society by funding research for a cure, patient care/support, rides to life-saving treatment, and so much more!
Each year, Bedford is one of the many towns to host a Relay for Life overnight event. During this activity-filled, magical night, team members take turns walking around the Bedford track. The event is 14 hours in length (although participants can leave as early as they want) and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients do not have the ability to stop fighting because they're tired and neither do we.
Bedford’s 2023 Relay event will happen from Saturday, May 27th at 4pm to Sunday, May 28th at 6 am. Additionally, the months leading up to the event are a time to build your team and start fundraising. Each Relay for Life team and our high school’s Relay committee work hard year-round to raise funds and awareness for cancer in various ways.
We currently have 6 teams signed up who have already started fundraising for our event, but we would like to get as much of the Bedford community involved as possible. Anyone can create a team, or join the event as a solo participant, through the Relay for Life website by clicking the link below and then the “Join this Relay” button! (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=104020 ).
You can build a team with your friends or family and compete against other teams in the town to see who can raise the most money to donate to the American Cancer Society. Fundraising for the event is also a perfect way for students to develop leadership skills and put their creativity to work!
All individuals who raise $150 by the day of the event can stay overnight at the turf in Bedford with their teammates to celebrate everyone’s hard work in the united fight to end cancer. If an individual does not raise $150 they will only be allowed to stay until 11pm. Participants can also earn a free t-shirt and other merchandise depending on how much they fundraise.**
Throughout the upcoming months the Relay for Life Committee will be holding different events in the town and schools. Keep an eye out for emails or follow our Instagram (@rflbedfordma) for more information about these opportunities.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Relay for Life Committee using this email address: email@example.com
You can also visit the Relay for Life website to find out more information about Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_learn)
We hope to see you all in May,
The Bedford Relay for Life Committee
**If the child is under the age of 18 and raised $150, a parent or guardian must fill out the attached youth participation form in order to stay overnight. The parent can email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to youth participation form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nrA1mhwYhlBLtR4F5GCIhIFAWlkoZGKV/view?usp=drivesdk
Each team must have a chaperone (a parent or guardian over the age of 18). If you would like to be a chaperone, please reach out using the email above!
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 (email@example.com) or Heather Thacore (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
· Apr 3: Jr/Sr Prom Pop-Up 7:45 – 8:45 AM (Locker Room Area)
Yearbook order information
Yearbooks are now $100. Please order your book online by going to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and inputting school code “13423”.
If you have difficulty making an online purchase, you can also call this number to place an order over the phone: 1-866-287-3096. In the event that you can't remember if you ordered, at the bottom of the website you will see a link to look up your order.
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
Wednesday, March 15th, at 8 pm on zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 417 227 5285
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BEDFORDMASEPAC/
School Lunch Information
This school year the Bedford School Lunch Program will revert to our pre-pandemic cafeteria process with one big change. All meals at all schools will be free for all students the entire school year.
Free and reduced lunch application can be found here or printed copies in the main office.
Please click here for the application directions
Please click here for FAQ
We will continue to keep all external doors locked this year. Cars may not be idle or parked directly in front of the main entrance as it needs to be cleared for emergency vehicles and for busses. Please know that you are subject to ticketing by the Bedford Police Department if you park in the restricted lane.
Students with vehicles should park in designated student parking spots and need to have a valid BHS parking sticker by October 1. 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 email@example.com
Find my lost items? The lost and found bin can be found in the student office.
Pick up a dropped off item? We encourage you to try to meet your student after school for the items but in the event that does not work please leave items on the table right inside the vestibule. (Parents/Guardians, please label item your dropping with name) Please note; we do not interrupt classes for drop offs. Students can check for the item dropped off in between classes and at lunch.
Bedford High School Parent/Guardian & Student Sign off Agreement Form here
Find out more about grading and courses? You may find this and many other helpful pieces of information in your Program of Studies found here
The 2022-23 Bus Routes have been posted on the Transportation Web Page
Know who to contact for help? (please see page 6)
Bedford High School
Bedford High School Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:45am - 2:24pm
Wednesday 7:45 am - 12:55 pm
9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730
Absence Line: 781-918-4561