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Website, Email & User Name Changes for Bedford Public Schools

MESSAGE FROM BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR

 

This summer we will transition email addresses and accounts to a new domain name, bedfordps.org.  While there is some work on the backend for Tech to do, there is very little you have to do.  

 

When the change is happening:  Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 

What is changing:  

The email addresses and Google usernames are changing from @bedford.k12.ma.us to @bedfordps.org.

New email created in Gmail as of July 19, will come from @bedfordps.org.

 

What do you have to do:

  • There is no immediate action required on your part on July 19.
  • Keep an eye on email during the summer for updates.  These messages will be posted to the District-News and Student-News folders.
  • Update any non-Google email apps with the new login username (like iOS Mail)

Other changes:

We are also moving the school website so that both bedfordps.org and bedford.k12.ma.us will work.

On July 19, the district's custom URLs for Google applications will move from ending in bedford.k12.ma.us to bedfordps.org.  These include:

 

 

While both domains will continue to work for the district website, the old custom URLs will cease to work. This may break some of your bookmarks but Tech will keep the bookmarks on the district website up to date.  If you are used to accessing your email through a bookmark you created, you can always go to the Bedford Public Website. Click on the Links tab located in the top right of the menu bar and select Staff/Student Tools.  There you can access email and other district tools.

 

Email will be sent out over the summer and again at the beginning of the school year explaining how to create shortcuts on your desktop.

 

 

ALWAYS HELPFUL INFORMATION:

Staff & Students, many how-to articles are available on http://bit.ly/bpshelp (requires school login)

History Fair Support

This Spring, the BHSPA donated money towards the BHS History Fair. If you remember, the Fair included a lovely reception for the public and the student participants made their presentations to school judges.

 

We have received a handwritten, heartfelt thank you, which we want to share with our parent community because your donations to the BHSPA are passed on to groups and events at the school.  Here is the message conveyed to the BHS community:

 

Bedford Parents,

 

Thank you very much for your thoughtful donation of $250 to our History Fair program. While the Bedford High School History Day Program does not require a big budget, we do incur some expenses. Your generous gift does much to defray those costs and thus help us keep the program healthy. We strongly believe that the History Fair experience gives students varied and enduring lessons. Thank you again for helping us carry forward the opportunity.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Sunderland

BHS History Day Advisor

Last Day of School and Final Exams

The last day of school is June 22nd.  Dismissal is officially at 11:15 am.  Check out the schedule for final exams below or click here: http://www.bedford.k12.ma.us/high-school/parent-information/pages/exam-schedule

BHSPA Annual Meeting Wrap-up

The BHSPA held its Annual Meeting jointly with the Middle School Parents Association on May 31st.

 

2016 - 2017 was a productive year for the BHSPA as we supported a variety of programs, such as Travel Scholarships, third-party training for a new Ambassador Program, Environmental Club's purchase of courtyard chairs and umbrellas, Tenacity Challenge, All Night Grad Party, History Fair, Mentorship Program Lunch, and Eagle Scout Garden Project for the BHS Courtyard. The pie chart shows our funding distribution for this year.

 

At school, we sponsored several teacher hospitality events under the leadership of Stacy Mortenson and the end of the year lunch is being planned right now. 

 

To get the support needed from our parent community and keep everyone informed about happenings within the BHSPA, BHS, and Bedford, we beefed up our social media presence.  You may have noticed that we post here on our site frequently, as well as on Facebook and Twitter to better reach many more families.  The BHSPA, too, is proud that our eNews remains a primary source of school information for most BHS families.   

 

Also, at our Annual Meeting, elections were held and the 2017-2018 Executive Committee was installed:

 

Co-Presidents:  Michelle Saber & Kerry Rackey

Co-Vice Presidents:  Carla Bradford & Diane Bernstein

Treasurer: Claire Demeo

Secretary: Jenn Puhle

 

In addition, we have Chairs for various Committees:

All Night Graduation (ANG) Celebration Chairs: Kerry Rackey & Dawn Kocuibes

BoxTops Chair:  Jenn Puhle

BHS Parents Sendoff Committee Chair:  Lita Verrier

eNews Communications Chair:  Hillary DeMello 

Hospitality Chair: Stacy Mortenson

Student Directory Co-Chairs: Venus Ho & Michelle Saber

Webmaster:  Wendy Cordero

 

A few other Committee head positions still need to be filled or confirmed, such as Fundraising and Courtyard Gardens.  We also welcome parents/guardians to be members and supporters of any of the committees at any time. Please contact BHSBucsParents@gmail.com if you are interested.  

 

We are a friendly group of people so join us and enjoy your time volunteering in your kid(s) last years before they leave for college!

 

 

2017-2018 School Calendar

Here's the calendar for all public schools in Bedford for 2017-2018. Take note of the first day (after Labor Day), holiday observances, and vacations to plan your year accordingly. The last day of school is subject to change, depending on snow days, but, for now, let's not think of snow at all because we need to enjoy warm weather for the   time being! 

TAW: Thank You for your Help

While this has been a week to thank our teachers, administrators, and staff for their dedication to our students, we also want to thank all of the awesome parents/guardians who helped make the BHSPA Teacher Appreciation Week events run smoothly, in particular Stacy Mortenson, our Hospitality Chairwoman.  

The teachers had a wonderful lunch with great homemade salads and goodies on Wednesday, and today, they were treated to a tasty frozen treats at lunch. We received many thanks and much appreciation from the teachers for the lunch,  homemade goodies, and ice cream.  

Several teachers asked us to convey to the parent community their appreciation for the donations and kindness shown this week. One teacher commented that she is new to the Bedford Public Schools District and has found our parents/guardians to be welcoming and engaged. Thanks, folks!