To figure out a student's mid-term exam schedule, fill in the student's classes in the appropriate boxes below. Only 5 or 7.5 credit courses have exams. THE STUDENT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE IN SCHOOL WHEN THE STUDENT DOES NOT HAVE AN EXAM. Dismissal is at 12:30 pm on 1/16, 1/17, and 1/18 and 10:00 am on 1/19 unless the student is doing a makeup exam.
BHS Yearbook deadline is approaching! Two ways to order:
1) Via online portal: www.yearbookordercenter.com (enter BHS school code 13423)
2) Pay by check, using the Yearbook Order Form, which must be received by Ms. Karen Santos at BHS on or before 1/20/18 (not afterwards!): https://goo.gl/k73oZe
January 20 is the deadline for orders and the rate is $80/yearbook. After January 20th, the price will be $100, on a first come, first serve basis only if there are any extras. A very small batch of extras are printed and, in prior years, those yearbooks have sold out, so it’s highly recommended that you pre-order your yearbook now.
December 7, 2017, was a very busy night at Bedford High School. Parents and guardians attended Teachers Conferences, and to assist in locating rooms around the school, student ambassadors pointed adults in the right direction.
In addition, Principal Heather Galante and Assistant Principals Christine Lennox and Kate Boynton held two information sessions (5 & 7 pm) which explained and answered questions about the new school attendance and tardy policies. Their PowerPoint is found at https://goo.gl/uVQt9t.
In case you missed the attendance policy info sessions, Bedford TV filmed the 5 pm session, which is posted on Bedford TV's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkGFJC0CaXg. We thank Bedford TV for the taping.
Since most teachers remained in school after work and had no time to go out for dinner, the BHS Parents Association, led by Hospitality Chairs Stacy Mortenson and Mary Ann Murphy, with the help of many parents/guardians, put together a Grab and Go Dinner for the teachers. The teachers loved everything and expressed their appreciation of the BHS parent community to the volunteers who were present at the dinner.
Please see our thank you shout outs https://goo.gl/QqTzzk and a statement from our Co-Chairs:
Thanks so much to all the parents who helped make the BHSPA Teacher Conference Dinner run so smoothly. The teachers had a wonderful, quick grab and go dinner before they headed out for more conferences. Many were seen heading out with some of the great homemade goodies. Thanks also to Wegman’s for defraying some of the cost for the dinner. Thanks to the trusted set-up, clean-up and diner crew, Bonnie McCulloch, Tricia Anderson, Claire Demeo and Bill & Christine Speciale. Thanks to those who made the yummy deserts: Diane Bernstein, Elizabeth Brosgol, Lisa Felice, Mary Gallant, Bonnie McCulloch, Joan Turnberg, Pearlene Varjabedian, and Beth Venuti. Mary Lou DeBaryshe provided all the paper goods we needed for the night, thank you!
Finally, thank you to all those who donated funds to help us reach our budget goal. Lori Alper, Andrea Barney, Renu Bostwick, Carla Bradford, Serena Chen, Heidi Collins, Lorelei De Gala Ngooi, Hillary DeMello, Neetu Devdas, Maureen Eliason, Jessica Fair, Cindy Fisette, Deborah Griffin, Andrea Hayes, Amanda Kato, Alison Malkin, Delinda May, Laetitia Perez-Alder, Astrid Reischwitz, Michelle Saber, Ping Shao, Cheryl Simons, Jane Slavin, Margaret Stevens, Lita Verrier, Lisa Warhover, Alison Weaver, Cheri Winkler.
Thanks again to all,
Stacy Mortenson and Mary Ann Murphy, Hospitality Co-Chairs
The Fall Appeal is our primary campaign to collect donations in support of the BHSPA mission to help improve and support BHS, its students, and many programs.
Within the past year we have supported terrific things like buying outdoor seating for students to enjoy the school courtyards and funding towards Travel Scholarships, History Fair, Tenacity Challenge, STEP program, Ambassador Program, mentors lunch, All Night Grad Party, and more. We also support enrichment programs for our students with planning underway for an upcoming one during a student assembly about alcohol and drugs.
A suggested donation of $25 per family is requested, although any amount is appreciated. Please be generous when donating. Donate before Dec. 31 to enjoy a tax benefit for this year!
Ways to donate:
Congratulations to Lori Alper and Kerry Rackey for winning the seats on the School Council as Bedford-residing parents. Their two-year term begins now, with the first School Council meeting to be held on October 30, at 2:45 pm at BHS. Meetings are open to the public.
Lori and Kerry will serve on the School Council with the current Metco parent representative, Chevanese Van Dyke, and a Hanscom parent representative, Brett Millican (both of whom are in the 2nd year of their 2-year terms.)
The role of School Council is to assist principals by reviewing the school building budget and developing the school improvement plan. Councils may also take on other responsibilities, including policy making, as granted by the local school committee. Councils' school improvement plans are submitted to the local school committee for review and approval.
The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:
Below is a link to the DESE website which provide further information:
A message from BEDFORD SCHOOLS DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
Last spring, after a year of deliberations, our interfaith Religious and Cultural Holidays Task Force recommended to the Bedford School Committee that it adopt a policy to govern how such holidays are addressed in our schools. The committee included parents, students, teachers, clergy and was quite broad in its range of religious faiths and secular beliefs. Many of you responded to our extensive survey, which was filled out by over 1100 parents, students and staff, and which demonstrated significant majority support for the task force's recommendations. The survey also revealed disagreements, however, and in order to be sensitive to all perspectives we will review the policy after two years.
The new guidelines and policy (adopted by the school committee on May 9) is attached [HERE].
Jon Sills, Superintendent, Bedford Pubic Schools