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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 (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12) - see this schedule for the modified school day including the Safety Assemblies:

IMPORTANT: To accomodate the scheduling of the Safety Presentation at the other schools, BHS has to modify the 10/15 school schedule. Flex Block will not be in the morning. Instead, it will be moved to the lunch block.  Therefore, all BHS students, including seniors, must come to school at the start of the day on Monday, 10/15. 

Lane (Grades 4 & 5) -  1:45 - 2:30 PM

Parent Presentation at BHS Auditorium: 7:00 - 8:30 PM   



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

Back to School Night 10/11/2018

Back-to-School night is Thursday, October 11. The schedule is as follows:


Time (P.M.)




Speaker D.J. Wilson; Topic: Vaping

BHS Auditorium


Principal's Welcome Greeting

BHS Auditorium


Follow your Student's Class Schedule



Evening Concludes



5:30 - 6:30 pm, Vaping presentation for parents/guardians: The e-cigarette craze has catapulted 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 now are inhaling fruity flavors, often without realizing it is packed with nicotine, a dangerously addictive substance.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly cautions about the growing teen addiction and the harm posed to adolescents' brain development.

Our Back to School Night speaker D.J. Wilson is the Tobacco Control Director from the Massachusetts Municipal Association and will educate us regarding the perils of vaping. Very special thanks to Bedford Youth and Family Services for sponsoring our Back to School Night speaker.  See this PRESS RELEASE for more information.


7:05 - 8:39 pm, Follow your Student's Class Schedule:  Parents/guardians, walk in the shoes of your student(s) to hear about the classes directly from teachers and learn how taxing it can be to travel the building to various classes.


The student should fill out the Back-to-School Night schedule, which can be found at  It's a cross-section of two days of classes. Parents/guardians will rely on the schedule from 7:05 - 8:39 pm.  


5:15 - 8:45 pm, Delivery of Student Directories: pre-orders will be available for pickup. If you didn't pre-order, you can walk up and buy while supplies last. At the BHSPA table in the BHS lobby.


Parking:  There is a home soccer game that evening so parking may be tighter than normal. The bus loop also may be busy when our other sports teams return from their away games. To steer clear of bus traffic, consider parking in the back lot of BHS or around the Public Library or Police Station.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards

Bedford High School ID# 06279                     Click HERE for detailed flyer


This year’s A+ Program runs from September 7, 2018, through March 16, 2019.


Bedford High School ID# 06279 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! 


PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.


New Supporters or Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes:

Beginning August 3, 2018, visit  and select SIGN IN at the top right to log into your online account.  Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school. 


If you do not have an online account, visit and click REGISTER.  Follow the prompts to create your online account.  Once logged in, follow the instructions listed above.


You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # OR, if you need assistance call 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1


To Earn Points:

Use your registered Stop & Shop Card each time you shop at any Stop & Shop, and you will earn CASH for our school. You can confirm your school selection by logging into your account.


At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account. 


Our school will receive one CASH rewards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of our educational needs.


Also, please encourage your family members and friends to support our school.  This could result in more CASH REWARDS!


Thank you for supporting our school.  



School Council

2018 - 2019 Parent Representatives:

Hanscom:  Brandi Ruiz

Bedford:     Lori Alper

Bedford:     Kerry Rackey

METCO:      open


BHS continues its search for a METCO parent/guardian representative to participate in School Council.  If you are a parent or guardian of a BHS student who participates in METCO, please considering being the Council rep for METCO.  The School Administration values the METCO parent perspective when discussing issues about students, classes, discipline, etc. but needs a parent/guardian to be the METCO voice at the table. To run for the METCO position, please contact the BHS Principal.    

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:

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.