Election results: Congratulations to Brett Millican, who has been elected to the BHS School Council as the Hanscom Representative. Brett will serve on the Council with two Bedford-based parent reps Sally Tomsicek and Nancy Barnes and Chevanese Van Dyke, the METCO rep on the School Council.
Thank you to all who persevered in voting and especially to those who stepped forward as volunteers for the positions.
In case you missed it, here is the POWERPOINT presented by Guidance Director Ms. Amie Capodanno on Sept. 13, 2016.
UPDATE AS OF 9/28/16:
A message from BEDFORD Schools District-MA
Some families are seeing a message pop up when trying to enter a prepayment in MySchoolBucks for their student. This message seems to affect students who had a previous MySchoolBucks account while at the Davis School. If you get a message which says you cannot add a payment you will need to go into My Student and remove and re-enter your student.
The lag time between your Davis account and installing Nutrikids (MySchoolBucks) throughout the district has put the system out of sync, i.e., the system may not recognize that ‘Davis’ account. Please remove and re-enter. There is a Parent Help Line for MySchoolBucks at 1-855-832-5226 if you have any questions regarding MySchoolBucks.
Our office number is 781-275-9129 if you have any questions and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember there is a $1.95 transaction fee for using MySchoolBucks. If you do not want to pay this fee a prepayment can be entered by the cashier at your students school.
Thanks so much,
A message from BEDFORD Schools District-MA
Re: New computerized payment system for the Cafeteria
Bedford Public Schools is adding a new computerized Point of Sale payment system for the High School, Middle School and Lane School cafeterias. The first day of service for this new system will be Thursday, September 22nd. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce this system to all parents and to describe the upcoming services that will be provided. The first few days lunch lines may be slower, but as the students familiarize themselves with the system, the lines should move much quicker than before. Breakfast will be included in this system at the High School only.
This new system is called Nutikids, which, is the same program currently used at the Davis School. Nutrikids offers an online payment system called MySchoolBucks. You can set up an account for your student at MySchoolBucks.com, start by entering your students Bedford Public School student ID number. Follow the prompts to set up an account. Every student will have their own personal meal account in the Nutrikids system. To access their account students will input their PIN number into a PIN pad located at every register. PIN numbers will be given out to each student before the program begins on the 22nd. It is strongly recommended that all students remember their numbers, as this will make the meal lines move faster.
We encourage parents to deposit money into the student’s account, although they may still pay cash. If you still pay directly by check please include the student’s ID number on the check or envelope so it is deposited into the correct account. This system allows students to charge only if there is money in their account – we cannot allow any negative balances to occur.
If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students. There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.
If you are concerned about a food allergy that your student has, please notify the cafeteria with this information. A warning will appear on the cashier’s screen for a quick review of the items on the student’s meal tray.
Thank you in advance for your patience in implementing this system.
Please see below for further information.
FEATURES OF THE COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM
Benefits for Parents and Students
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Bedford School Lunch Program office at 781-275-9129.
On Wednesday, September 7, the Bedford High School Parents Association (BHSPA) hosted a pizza lunch with homemade salads and sweets to welcome back educators and
also welcome new principal Heather Galante. The hospitality event was organized and managed smoothly by Stacy Mortenson, mom of 9th and 12th grade students at BHS,
Many other wonderful parents in the BHS community supported the lunch to make it a resounding success. We thank all of them!
As noted in the summer letter from the school administration, Bedford High School distributes an iPad to every student as a learning tool. Wise, experienced parents wonder "how can all those iPads possibly make it intact through the whole school year and through senior year?" The answer is "not all of them do". It is strongly recommended that parents & guardians purchase insurance to cover the cost of damage or theft. A few years ago, the Bedford High School Parents Association helped the school by identifying the Worth Ave Group as a reasonably-priced insurance provider for student iPads. You may purchase insurance from Worth Ave Group to cover accidental damage, theft, power surge, vandalism, fire, flood, and natural disasters. Bedford students receive a 10% discount on Worth Ave's premium. (https://my.worthavegroup.com/bedfordhighschool/)
Check to see which type of iPad was issued to your student. Bedford issues 16 GB iPad 2,3,4 models ($399), 32 GB iPad Air ($449), and 64 GB iPad Air 2 ($499). The prices indicate the level of coverage you should select in the Worth Ave portal. Model and Serial Numbers for your student's iPad can be found either on the back of the iPad or in the 'Settings' app, under the sub-headings 'General' and then 'About'. It is critical that families verify the serial number of the device being insured. Worth Ave will not pay for repairs to devices that have a different serial number than the one they have on file. This includes loaner iPads. If a student receives a loaner iPad, it is the family's responsibility to notify Worth Ave of the change in serial number. Likewise, families must update the serial number again when the student's iPad returns from the repair facility.
In the alternative, you may choose to insure the iPad through your homeowner’s policy, but the school is unfamiliar with your policy and will not be able to help you much with your claim and cannot anticipate how long it will take for the approval process to be completed so that your student has a functional iPad again. You also may choose not to insure the iPad at all, but it is your student’s obligation to maintain and return a functional iPad to the school at the end of school. Having Worth Ave.'s insurance makes life easier for both the student and administrators, allowing quick replacement of the unit, instead of delaying while the cost of repairs is identified.
If there is a problem with your student's iPad, do not try to have your student's iPad repaired through a third party before checking with the school first! Loaner iPads are available when a unit needs repair but students will only receive a loaner iPad to use while their assigned iPad is being repaired if:
- They provide a check made payable to Bedford Public Schools for the cost of repair; OR
- The insurance company provides BPS with a statement that BPS will be paid the full amount for the cost of repair; OR
- The insurance company provides a statement that BPS will be paid a partial amount due to any applicable deductible on the account and the family provides a check made payable to BPS to cover the deductible.
(Loaner iPads are only withheld when students do not meet their financial obligations to cover the cost of repairs.)
Note for parents/guardians of families in need - Bedford High School will provide insurance for students who qualify for economic hardship. Please contact the main office for information about that.
If you have questions:
- Insurance questions should be directed to the main office at the high school at 781-275-1700 or the Worth Ave Group.
- Technical questions about the iPads themselves should be directed to email@example.com.