(Originally scheduled for 3/14/17, the event has been changed to Tuesday, April 4th.) Students should plan to attend from 6:30-8 pm in the Bedford High School Gymnasium. This is a great opportunity to meet with college representatives of more than 100 colleges. See which colleges: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0f8f1ef5e6067698479eb3b35/images/22f1cc91-943f-4b64-857a-01e2f65c7ddf.png
Before going to the BHS College Fair:
At the College Fair:
Students attending Bedford High School during the 2017-2018 school year have the opportunity to attend an international trip to the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Spain. Each trip takes place during a school vacation week or during the summer.
Dominican Republic - In February, Mr. Zellner is leading a trip to the Dominican Republic. The tour starts with a Santo Domingo walk to learn about the history and culture of the city. It continues with a two day visit to the Orfanato Ninos de Cristo to meet and volunteer help with the children. There are then three days that include a day at the beach, hiking the Padre Nuestro Jungle Trail, and a zip-line adventure.
Panama - In April, Mr. Griffin is leading an excursion to Panama. During the trip, you will visit the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, spend a day with the indigenous Embra tribe, embark on a whitewater rafting adventure, and hike in the Gamboa Rainforest. There are many more excursions planned to introduce you to the biodiversity of Panama.
Spain - In July, Mr. Hebert is leading a trip to Spain. Highlights include touring Barcelona landmarks, having a traditional Paella meal, visiting Madrid and Seville, Flamenco dancing, and a guided excursion to Morocco.
To learn more about each trip and to pick up application information, please email these teachers for more information:
February – Dominican Republic – Chris_Zellner@bedford.k12.ma.us
April – Panama – Michael_Griffin@bedford.k12.ma.us
July – Spain – Joel_Hebert@bedford.k12.ma.us
I hope that all students had an opportunity to recharge over February vacation. Though somewhat tired, students arrived back to school on Monday eager for a routine and ready to learn. Now that we have returned, the scheduling process has begun. Though we have communicated with our 8th graders and parents about the transition to high school and scheduling, the parents of our current BHS students might feel "in the dark." Though we encourage independence and self-advocacy, it is not our intention to exclude parents from this important process. Below you will find some helpful information regarding scheduling for the 2017-2018 academic year. I have also included some additional announcements for your information.
I hope that the information helps put some fears to rest. Know that we are here should you have any questions or concerns. If you happen to have a current 8th grader, please feel free to join Mr. Tracey and myself at JGMS tomorrow, Thursday, March 2nd from 8:30-9:30 in the morning for a joint Principal Round Table where we will answer questions about the 8th to 9th grade transition.
Heather Galante, Principal
Scheduling Information for 2017-2018
We are currently scheduling for 2017-2018 school year. The course selection process is designed provide all Bedford High School students with a course load that will interest and challenge them. Our 9th, 10th and 11th grade teachers have input course recommendations with the appropriate level for your students. Students are now selecting elective courses to fill the remainder of their schedules Students have access to their Aspen Portals and are inputting course requests through the portal. The deadline to submit requests is March 19th. Parents are encouraged to have conversations with their child(ren) about what a balanced schedule will consist of as this varies from student to student. Please review and refer to the Program of Studies for course descriptions, the scheduling procedures and graduation requirements:
Please know that teachers do speak with their students regarding the recommendation process and take placement very seriously. They have invaluable knowledge about how your students learn best and choose the appropriate level in which your student will be successful. If you or your student has a question regarding the level placement for a particular course, please contact the teacher to discuss. If a student would like to be considered for a level change, the student must submit a Level Change Request Form and by April 7th. The forms may be picked up in the Guidance Office or can be accessed by clicking the following link:
Guidance Counselors also meet with their students in small groups to review course selections. Please feel free to reach out to your student's Guidance Counselor should you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the scheduling process.
Advanced Placement Exam Information
AP Exam Registration is open now through March 8th. AP teachers handed out registration materials in class before school break. Students should bring completed registration forms and cash or check to Mrs. Ferrari in the Guidance Office. Each exam costs $110. Fee reductions are available for qualifying students. All exam takers are required to attend an x block pre-administration session on Monday, April 10th in the Library. Again, please be sure to register for the exams by Wednesday, March 8th.
Class of 2017 Fundraisers (from the Officers)
1) The senior class is holding a Ken's Restaurant Night on Tuesday, March 7, 4-9 PM.
2) We are also hosting a town yard sale at the BHS Front Cafeteria on Sunday, APRIL 2, 11 AM - 4 PM. People can come to see what others are selling, and for those interested in selling old possessions we will be selling cafeteria tables for $50 per space. Contact Savannah En at email@example.com for more details. Food from Bedford businesses will also be sold.
Finding it challenging to get your kids to and from afterschool activities? Want to help your child flex their independence muscles? The Bedford DASH (www.BedfordDash.com) offers an alternative to your parental taxi service, while helping your kids learn to navigate in the community!
The DASH provides door-to-door transportation, available for all adult Bedford residents including youths age 12 – 18 who may ride the DASH independently if parental permission is on file. See the details below and on their website.
· WHAT ARE THE TIMES? Except for designated holidays, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, noon – 6 pm.
· WHERE TO? The DASH drives around Bedford and between Bedford to/from Concord, Billerica, Burlington and Lexington, depending on availability.
· PERMISSION FORM FOR YOUTHS 12 – 18 TO RIDE WITHOUT AN ACCOMPANYING ADULT: Here is the permission packet of information including the form to be signed and completed: found on and must be returned via mail (Send to: Bedford DASH c/o TransAction Associates, Inc., 5 Wheeling Avenue, Woburn MA 01801) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· DO YOU NEED TO SUBMIT THE PERMISSION FORM BEFORE EACH RIDE? No! Submit it just once per school year (see EXPIRATION DATE section below.) However, the Dash Pass must be shown to the driver before every ride (see DASH PASS section below.)
· PARENTS CAN SET RESTRICTIONS OR GIVE COMMENTS: At the bottom of the Permission Form, parents can tell DASH specific requests. Examples:
a. Limit rides to only Bedford, not to neighboring towns.
b. Make a note that the youth can arrange the bookings without parent involvement.
c. Or limit the bookings to be by parent only, not the youth.
· DASH PASS: Once registered, a DASH pass (an identification card specific to your youth and your documented permission on file) will be mailed to your home and the student should carry and show the pass each time they ride. NOTE: The passes are non-replaceable if lost or stolen! Contact email@example.com with any problems.
· EXPIRATION DATE: The pass expires when the Bedford’s school year ends (presently school ends on June 19 unless snow dates occur and result in added day(s) to the end of the school year.) For summer 2017 and school year 2017-2018, a new permission form must be competed.
· COST: Youth, seniors, Veterans, and Medicare cardholders pay $1 each way in-town and $2 each way out-of-town. (Adults ages 18-64 pay $2 each way for in-town services and $4 each way for out-of-town destinations. Exact change is required.
However, discounted pre-paid cards (25 $1-fare rides for only $20) are available either in person from the driver (by cash or check made out to TransAction Corporate Shuttles) or by ordering online for $20. Booking and forms available online at www.BedfordDash.com or call 781-275-DASH (3274)
· HOW TO BOOK A RIDE? Call 781-275-DASH (3274) or use the online request form at http://www.bedforddash.com/Request-A-Trip. Rides are booked on a 1st book, 1st serve basis so the sooner you book, the better the chance to get the time you requested. DASH may contact you about rearranging bookings if needed. If you have a DASH pass and want to flag down the DASH shuttle, you may try but there is no promise or guarantee that the DASH will stop or, even if it does, give you a ride since the shuttle usually is on a schedule to pick up people who correctly booked in advance with specifically requested pickup times.
The above is current as of 2/14/2017 and may change from time to time, at the sole discretion of the Bedford DASH program, not BHSPA. You must check www.bedforddash.com for the latest details.
Any questions or bookings? Call 781-275-DASH (3274)
Many thanks to the many people who helped the BHSPA put together a nice grab-and-go dinner for our BHS teachers and staff last week for the evening of parent-teacher conferences. It was very successful. The sandwiches and all desserts were devoured, and we now know that next year we need to get more food!
To buy the main food from Wegman’s, we requested monetary donations and these wonderful people donated, some of them giving multiple amounts of which we especially are grateful: Wally and May Jew, Maureen Eliason, Alison Malkin, Kristen Manning, Jillian Friel, Laurie Pariseau, Marge Heckman, Barbara Kelley, Lynn Dresel, Tina Nappi, Stacy Mortenson, Jenn Heller, Marylee Pequeno, Sheila Albrecht, Sandra Michelman, Eileen Hickey, Sue MacPhee, Carla Bradford, Karine Marino, Brenda Kenahan, Lori Alper, Lana Sechkina, Lorelei De Gala Ngooi, Kelly Craven, Deborah Griffin, Marian Abraham, Renu Bostwick, Yan Chen, Soraya Stevens, Sue Gardner, Shari Pedonesi, Lorene Simoneau.
Manpower for set up, clean up, and/or help during the dinner was given by Stacy Mortenson, Venus Ho, Lita Verrier, Lauren Bartkus, Carla Bradford, Heidi Collins, Tara Harbor, and Claire Demeo. Supplies were provided by Hillary DeMello, Carla Bradford, and Delinda May, and beverages by Joan Turnberg, Shari Pedonesi, and Ping Shao. The delicious desserts were very popular, and we thank bakers Carla Bradford, Bonnie McCulloch, Joan Turnberg, Marian Abraham, Pearlene Varjabedian, Rachel Duncan, Deb Kreutzer, and Diane Bernstein.
Last, and certainly not least, the BHSPA would like to thank Stacy Mortenson for managing the teacher conferences dinner. The BHS parent community is very lucky to have Stacy step up and manage hospitality for the BHSPA. She's a gem.
In case you missed it, here is the POWERPOINT presented by Guidance Director Ms. Amie Capodanno on Sept. 13, 2016.
In addition, here is the Senior Guidance presentation of September 8, 2016.
The Juniors College Planning PowerPoint of January 7, 2017 is available too.