The Bedford Buccaneer

April 17, 2020


Friday, April 17 - Bedford Food Pantry 12-2:00-senior citizens, 2-6:00 - open to public

Monday, April 20 - Patriots' Day - no school

Monday, April 20 - 7-8:00 pm Teens, Tweens & Quarantines Webinar; Jon Mattleman

Wednesday, April 29 - 7:00 pm Strategies to Nurture Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children

Monday, May 4 - Classes scheduled to resume at Bedford High School

Friday, May 22 - Junior Prom, Double Tree in Bedford 7-10 pm

Thursday, May 28 - Senior Prom, Tewksbury Country Club 7-11:00 pm

Thursday, June 4 - Graduation, Tsongas Arena 6-8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 24 - Last day of School

Thursday, June 25 - Graduation postponed date (if needed) Tsongas Arena 6-8:30 pm

20-21 District Calendar


The Peer Leaders Positivity Project

The Peer Leaders are working on various projects to maintain positivity and provide encouragement throughout the quarantine. Please view the video below by Lily and Doraja. Our Peer Leaders will work on and share various projects during our departure from BHS. Thank you for their collaboration and thoughtfulness. Kindness Calendar also included!

Positivity Video

Counseling Corner


Dr. Blaise Aguirre, McLean Hospital

Director of Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center

Mental Health and Well Being


By Jon Mattleman

Monday, April 20, 7PM-8PM

Zoom Link:

Password: 028505

The Bedford Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Bedford Public Schools are offering a community webinar. Join us for an important online conversation with Jon Mattleman. The discussion will include how this unprecedented time impacts the mental health of our youth and how parents and caregivers can be supportive. Charles Alperin, a social worker at Bedford High School, will introduce and join Jon for the conversation.

Jon Mattleman, MS
Jon is a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience working with youth, parents and families. Jon presents in communities statewide and his dynamic conversations give participants constructive tools for communicating, problem solving and working with teens. Jon is the former Director of Needham Youth and Family Services.


Bedford Public Schools is a member of the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT, pronounced “bright”) network and as such all families are invited to participate in their virtual support groups. We know that this is a challenging time with things changing rapidly. While we practice social distancing let’s be sure that we are also connecting.

What you can expect: This group is designed to allow families to drive the conversation. Maybe you need suggestions. Maybe you need to vent. Maybe you need to know other people are facing the same challenges. Whatever it is you need we are here for you!

When: Ongoing, Tuesdays at 3:00 pm and Wednesdays at 8:00 AM

Who: All families that could use some extra support during this difficult time

Where: Online at Zoom

Next Week Sessions:

April 21 3:00 PM group join with this link:

April 22 8:00 AM group join with this link:

Post-Secondary Planning

The college admissions landscape continues to move, right underneath our feet. Many colleges and universities have already altered their admissions requirements for the class of 2021. Publications ranging from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other sources are already doing significant reporting on these changes. We are doing our best to stay on top of these developments as they are announced. You can find the latest information regarding grades summarized here College Admissions Information w/ Regard to Covid-19.

Junior Counseling Seminars

(Session 3) begin today with a webinar to view at your convenience. After viewing the webinar students are invited to small group interactive sessions with their counselor and an individual post-secondary planning meeting via zoom. Please see the email to juniors and parents/caregivers for more information.

Boston College Fair Guide - DIGITAL

Since the College Fair was cancelled and we cannot provide you hard copies of the College Fair Guide, please accept this digital edition. Students and parents will find important information to help in the college search process.

FAFSA and Massachusetts State Aid

In light of recent college fair cancellations across our region and nationally, the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) has partnered with associations around the country to provide a virtual alternative. The Strive Virtual College Exploration Week will provide a unique and diverse program for the students as they begin to navigate their postsecondary options.

Strive Virtual College Exploration Week
Monday, April 20 - Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • 300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries

  • 96 sessions over 4 days

  • Day and evening options

  • Panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen

  • Free and open to students nationwide

Registration for students and parents is now live:

Military Options

Many recruiting stations have been closed for personal visits, but are still available to discuss your future in the military. You may ask a recruiter about education programs such as R.O.T.C., the military academies, the Post 9/11-GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Serving in the military is not only an honor but can be a great way to finance your education.

Other useful links:

Standardized Testing Information Update - AP, ACT, SAT

An increasing number of universities are dropping the SAT and ACT requirement for fall 2021 admissions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

About 51 universities and colleges have dropped the ACT/SAT requirement for at least fall 2021 in recent months, according to a list by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, a nonprofit organization working to end the misuse of standardized testing. See the full CNN article here.

ACT scheduled for April 4 has been postponed to June 13, go to for more information

On April 15th, the College Board announced that to keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, they will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020. Further information about future administrations is available on the College Board website.

Summitt Education is offering free webinars where you can get all of your questions answered and hear their recommendations for students now that the June SAT is cancelled. In these webinars, they will review the current testing landscape, recommendations for revising your student's testing plan, and how colleges are responding to this ever-changing landscape.

AP Letter Containing the Latest Info and Updates

The College Board announced that they will be moving to online testing for this spring's AP exams. Please click here to view the College Board website regarding AP Exam updates.

The College Board hosted an AP Parent Webinar on April 16 to talk about how to help your students prepare for AP exams. Follow this link to see the recorded webinar:

Scheduling Timeline/Information

Updated Scheduling Timeline Link
Course Request Verification Sheets detailing student’s course recommendations and requests for SY 2020-2021 will be available in the Aspen student portal on April 17. The report will be visible on the homepage titled "Student Requests - Publishable." Please connect with your counselor about any questions, concerns, or to make corrections. Please double check that you are:

  • Meeting all graduation requirements

  • Have requested 36 credits or 34.5 if you have Independent Directed Study

  • Have an alternate course for electives

  • That your levels are correct. The last digit of the course number is the level:

Level 5 = High Honors Level 4 = Honors Level 3 = College Prep Level

Counseling Communications and Resources

Previous Counseling Communications While Away From School

Video Counseling Consent

Mental Health and Well Being

BPS Mental Health Resource link is here

Follow us on Twitter @BedfordCounsel1


A Student/Athlete peer tutoring program is being started by some juniors, specifically geared toward remote tutoring and support. See below for description:

My name is Alex Lin and I am currently a junior at Bedford High School. Because of the challenging circumstances due to COVID-19, I realize that some students are missing educational opportunities schools provide and maybe going a little stir-crazy without organized sports. Because of this reason, my friends Shaan Manocha, Connor Loughlin, Jasper Paez, Jessica Lin, and I have decided to provide free tutoring and virtual sports coaching during this time of social distancing to fellow Bedford students. We feel that our personal knowledge and experience of the curriculum at JGMS and BHS would be very valuable to those looking to excel in the coming years. All of us are high honor students and have collectively taken several AP courses. In addition, as varsity athletes in a variety of sports, we all are experienced with the school sports teams in Bedford and would be more than happy to provide information to help Bedford athletes get to the next level or even discuss sports selections.

Specifically, we offer:

  • Free tutoring in any of the academic areas below via free virtual platforms such as Zoom or FaceTime

  • Free skills, coaching sessions in any of the sports below by a BHS varsity athlete (or learn a new skill you haven’t tried before!)

  • Confidentially discuss sports selection, which sports to pursue, time commitment, and other considerations

  • Provide advice for summer training for high school and middle school athletes

  • If you or your student is interested in getting stronger academically or getting ahead in athletics, please contact us at and indicate your interest. We will contact you within 24 hours.

  • We are offering a free 40-minute virtual Zoom or Facetime tutoring on any of the following classes or specific skills in the following sports for your child during the April/May.

Student Speaker

In addition to your faculty speaker Mr. Morrissey, your class President, Jonathan Pierre, will also speak. In the past, an additional student speaker has been selected. The student and faculty speakers help to personalize the commencement ceremony. If you have a story or message to share with your class, please consider submitting and presenting your speech to a panel of faculty members and students on Monday, May 4th during Flex Block . Please read below for details:

  • If you are eligible to graduate, you are eligible to be considered as a speaker at graduation-no further prerequisites

  • Interested seniors should submit a speech to Mrs. Sweetland by Thursday, April 30th.

    You may email the speech to

  • The speech should be about 3-5 minutes in length (rubric is attached to this email)

  • You will be required to read/present the speech to a panel during Flex Block on Monday, May 4th. Please email Mrs. Galante is this poses a problem for you.


    Community Service Update

    Hi Seniors,

    I hope you are all hanging in there during this tough time. I'm thinking about all our students, but you especially. Sending you lots of good vibes.

    Due to the March school closure due to Covid-19, Seniors will not be expected to complete the community service expectation. Students may still submit community service hours, but the expectation of completing 20 hours will be waived. If you have hours you would still like to submit, the information and links are available at

    Stay well and keep busy!

    Ms. Faulstich



Senior Prom

Thursday, May 28, 2020

7-11:00 pm

Tewksbury Country Club

1880 Main St, Tewksbury, MA

(Possible alternate date for the prom TBA)

BHS Graduation

Thursday, June 4, 2020

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Tsongas Arena, 300 Arcand Dr, Lowell, MA

Postponed Graduation date if needed:

Thursday, June 25, 2020

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Tsongas Arena, 300 Arcand Dr, Lowell, MA

No tickets required

Parking information:

Attention Seniors: CSF Dollars for Scholars 2020 Application Announcement

The CSF of Bedford Selections Committee is hard at work evaluating scholarship applications and will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship in late May. However, we regret to inform you that the Awards Ceremony, previously scheduled for Wednesday May 27, has been cancelled.

As a reminder, your scholarship application is not complete until you return the College Attendance Form. Please complete this form and return it with your college awards package (if applicable) to us at: CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 585, Bedford, MA 01730 or by email to If you are unable to download the form, please send an email with your mailing address to and we will send you a form in the mail.

Strategies to Nurture Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children

Robert Brooks, Ph.D Child Psychologist, Professional Speaker & Author of 16 Books

When: April 29, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Where: Virtual link will be sent once available

How do everyday challenges become formative assets for our kids? What experiences and factors help keep our kids healthy - even in the midst of change? How can we, as adults, foster resilience?

In this presentation Dr. Brooks describes factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. He discusses:

(a) the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children

(b) why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children

(c) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent's

"islands of competence," and

(d) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children.

Some relevant articles on resilience (the first three are written by Dr. Brooks and are located - with other monthly articles - on his website

A faculty member of Harvard Medical School who has also served as the Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, Dr. Brooks offers practical tips for parents of children in grades K-12. He has lectured nationally and internationally to parents on topics of resilience, motivation, school climate and family relationships. His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions, and he is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights & anecdotes to life.

Virtual Parent Support Groups

Bringing together parents and caregivers raising

children with Mental Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

Every Wednesday 6:30-8:00 p.m. Online

Every Thursday 9:30-11:00 a.m. Online

Join these virtual groups via a computer or a smartphone* Participants can turn their video off for the group if they prefer to join by audio only. Facilitated by a professional with experience raising children living with mental and behavioral health challenges. RSVP and receive easy-to-follow directions for joining the group!

RSVP to:

Catherine Picciotto

Phone 781-966-5690

Tracey Rooney

Phone 781-966-5689

*Parents without access to a computer or smartphone may call the facilitator for

1:1 support via telephone

Made possible by the Department of Mental Health &

Wayside’s Parent-Peer Partnership Program – Waltham Location

Catherine Picciotto

Family Support Specialist

Parent-Peer Partnership Program

431 River Street, Ste 1

Waltham, Ma 02453

T: 781.966.5690

F: 781.705.8905

Board of Health-Social Distancing

As you know, Bedford is adhering to the social distancing guidelines put forth by the Governor. Our BOH shared the following PSA and informational videos for students and families.

Bedford Food Bank open at John Glenn Middle School

The town of Bedford will offer a temporary food bank at John Glenn Middle School on Fridays.

12:00-2:00 - senior citizens

2:00-6:00 - open to the public

For all the details, check this link.

We expect the Bedford Food Bank to operate for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. The food pantry and community dinners will resume when the food bank closes down and it is safe to reopen.

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To apply, visit Within two weeks, we may invite you to participate in an interview. We regret that we will be unable to respond to all applicants.

Help with Digital Access

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, more and more internet and mobile phone companies are signing on to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, in which companies promise not to terminate service to residential or small business customers, waive late fees, and open Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them. More information on offerings that might be helpful to families and districts are available on this page from the State Educational Technology Directors Association:

It is important to get outside each day to get fresh air. Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others and cover your face when out in public with a mask, bandana or scarf. Please avoid small group gatherings on the bike path. Keep gloves and a mask in the car to go to the grocery store.

Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose and mouth.

Use remote modes of communication like the phone, FaceTime, or zoom chats instead of visiting friends or family.

Take a deep breath several times during the day. We will get through this together.

Proper hand washing with soap and water is still the most effective way to keep viruses and germs at bay. Here are some tips from the CDC on proper hand washing to share with your children.

Steps to Proper Hand Washing

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

Also, as an additional means of preventing transmission of any respiratory infection, please practice the following activities:

  • Frequently clean common touchpoint surfaces, including but not limited to electronics, door knobs, and countertops;

  • Avoid sharing food utensils, containers, and other personal items;

  • Distance yourself from someone who appears sick

  • Practice proper cough etiquette.

Have Unwanted Textiles Piling Up? Put Them in Our Bin For The Win & Turn Trash to Cash!

You can now recycle your used textiles through drop bins at the back right corner of the high school parking lot! By doing so, help the schools green initiatives earn some CASH! It's also environmentally friendly. 95% of textiles are recyclable and it diverts TONS of textiles from the trash. Unwanted clothes, towels, sheets, shoes, stuffed animals and more. Learn more about what can be donated and what actually happens to the textiles here Thanks for your support!

**Please make sure your items are bagged & tied (not loose), and are put IN the bins, not left outside**

Bedford High School

9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Phone: 781-275-1700

Absence Line: 781-918-4561

Fax: 781-275-6664