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School Council Openings

BHS announces two open parent or guardian representative positions for School Council: one for the METCO program and one for Hanscom. 


What is the School Council? 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:

• Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
• Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
• Reviewing the annual school building budget
• Formulating a school improvement plan

Link to the state website with more information:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/


At Bedford High School, the Council has four parent/guardian representativesone METCO, one Hanscom, and two Bedford residing parents.  Each representative serves maximum two years with the School Council, unless the representative’s BHS student leaves the school (such as graduation or relocation) or other circumstances arise for the rep. These representatives act as liaisons for the designated communities during School Council meetings.  


The METCO and Hanscom positions now are open. Their terms will run this new school year 2018-2019 and the next, 2019-2020, if the representatives have children at BHS through that time.  Please note that the two Bedford-residing representatives, Lori Alper and Kerry Rackey, are entering their 2nd year of a 2-year term ending June 2019, and we thank them for their continued representation on the Council.  


The first School Council will meet the first Tuesday of each month from 2:45 - 3:45 pm, beginning with its first meeting on October 2, 2018.  


IMPORTANT DATES:

• Now through Wednesday, September 19, BHS is soliciting nominations/names for consideration to the openings.
• Beginning Friday, September 21 through Friday, September 28, voting by the parent/guardian community will occur via the Aspen parent portal.  More details to come.
• 10/2 - First School Council Meeting at 2:45 pm at BHS

Representatives must attend monthly meetings which will be held after school from 2:45 -3:45 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. The actual day of the week may change after the first meeting pending the availability and preference of those on School Council.  Council meetings are  public. 

In addition, please be advised that each parent representative who serves on the Council must have a child in BHS during the parent's term, so, for example, if the child graduates from BHS during a parent rep's second year in the 2-year term and the parent has no other children in BHS, then the parent may no longer serve on the Council.  


To run for one of the two positions, please email to BHSBucsParents@gmail.com your name, email address, your home address (must reside in Bedford), phone number, and a brief message (just a few sentences will be sufficient) as to your background and particular interest in this position.  Your name and statement (not your email or phone number) will be posted in Aspen, when the window for voting opens, so that all BHS parents can read the information and cast a vote. 


We hope you will run and become active in helping the direction of BHS from a parent's perspective.

Parent Coffee 9/27/18

The BHSPA board will host a morning mixer on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., before the first Principal's Roundtable,  in the BHS L.G.I. Room (new location). The Board comprised of parents of students with diverse academics and interests will answer your questions based on their own experiences and facilitate an informal, friendly discussion. Then please stay and join us for the Principal's Roundtable, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., when parents and guardians will have an opportunity to meet and hear from our new school administrators.

Back to School Night 10/11/18

On October 11, parents/guardians have an opportunity to walk in the shoe of their student(s) during Back to School Night, an evening to hear about the classes directly from teachers and learn how taxing it can be to travel the building to various classes. It is always important for us to understand how our students spend much of their days. We will also have a speaker prior to the start of the night. Please join us. We look forward to seeing to see everyone.

 

5:30-6:30 pm: Speaker about e-cigarettes and vaping. Held in the BHS Auditorium.


The e-cigarette craze has driven the largest uptick in teen nicotine use in decades after years of driving cigarette smoking rates to record lows. Teens who would have never smoked cigarettes happily are inhaling fruity flavors, sometimes without realizing it is packed with nicotine, a dangerously addictive substance.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that nicotine exposure can harm adolescents' brain development.


In response, the FDA has threatened to pull e-cigarettes from shelves if manufacturers do not control teen use.  It’s the first real government crackdown to stem a burgeoning health crisis for our children. 


Our Back to School Night speaker will address the use of e-cigs and vaping among teens. 

 

6:45-8:45 pm: Parents/guardians visit classrooms.

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Internet Safety Speaker 10/15/18

During the day, in the Bedford schools, there will be Internet Safety Assemblies as follows:

 

JGMS (Gr. 6, 7, 8) - 7:50 - 8:35 AM; 8:50 - 9:35 AM

BHS -  10:20 - 11:05 AM and 11:20 - 12:05 PM

Lane (Grades 4 & 5) -  1:45 - 2:30 PM

Parent Presentation: 7:00 - 8:30 PM   

 

HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION:

High school kids have seen it all and really are in the thick of creating online reputations, whether they know it or not. What they often don’t understand is that people besides their friends, such as colleges, law enforcement, principals, parents, and potential employers, may be looking in on these behaviors regularly. With everything today being chronicled on social media, it’s important that students this age fully understand where things go and how it can impact them today or 5-10 years down the line.

 

The High School presentation features an interactive program that invites students to share their personal experiences as Katie shares hers, plus:

  • Social Networking
  • How your digital brand is being established, and who can see what
  • Who are you connecting with
  • Your life captured and shared instantly
  • College admissions
  • Social networking and employment
  • Sexting
    • Definition
    • Legal ramifications and long-term implications
    • Respect
    • Sexting coersion
  • Cyberbullying
    • Definition – cyberbullying versus conflict
    • Real life implications
    • Reporting best practices
  • Digital Tattoos:
    • What you send, share, or save stays there
    • How digital branding can go right or wrong
  • Apps
    • Latest apps/trends
    • What’s tracked, what can be saved or shared, and how it impacts you
    • Troublesome apps
  • Viral kindness
  • Q&A: Time permitting, Katie invites questions from students

Parent Chat

Our kids are doing WHAT? What can I do to protect them? Katie will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your children and technology, and provides parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.  She will also discuss some of the benefits of the Bedford Promise movement to wait until at least 8th grade to give a child their own personal data device.

 

The following is an example of what is covered during this session:

  • Updates on the latest technology trends and dangers
    • Apps
    • Social networks
    • Device trends
    • Latest concerns
  • Social media:
    • What’s the latest?
    • Age limitations and restrictions
    • Rules and tracking
    • Privacy settings
    • Geo tracking
    • Who are kids connecting with
    • Social media for good
  • Digital Tattoos
    • Implications – good and bad – of chronicling our lives online
    • Teaching our kids to use latest tools responsibly
  • Interactive gaming: Tips for safe gaming
  • Case examples and real life implications
  • Cell phones/smartphones/devices:
    • Trends
    • Things to watch out for
    • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying laws and legislation: What do they mean? What are the implications? What’s coming up and how do we prepare?
  • Overview of what message Katie sends to students
  • Rules and regulations:
    • Proactive steps to make sure your kids are safety using technology
    • Tools to help you be prepared to help foster a positive online experience for your family
    • Suggested restrictions and rules
  • Bedford Promise
  • Q&A: Parents are encouraged to asked questions throughout, and the program will end with an open forum allowing parents more time to ask specific questions

Teacher Lunch Thanks

A relaxing back to school lunch was held on August 30, 2018, for BHS staff who returned early to school to prepare for a great academic year.  Although the heat put us in to a smaller venue, the BHS Library, the room was a touch cooler than the rest of the building.


A yummy pizza and salad lunch was served by the BHSPA with the help of many dedicated parents and guardians.  Teachers also enjoyed sweet fruit and desserts. 

 

Thanks to so many who made the event possible as listed in this document:  https://goo.gl/MmDsya