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School Council Election

The School Council voting window now is open in Aspen.  Voting will remain open through the weekend until 6 pm on Sunday night, October 22, 2017, to accommodate the later start date with the voting.

 

BHS parents/guardians may cast up to two (2) votes for Bedford-resident candidates to the Council. Instructions for voting are as follows:  

 

(remember to scroll down to view all candidates who may not display on the screen initially)

 

 1.       Log in to the Aspen Parent Portal. If you are  viewing on a mobile phone, scroll down on the home page and select Full Site view. 

2.       Go to "Page Directory" on left hand side of page. 

3.       For the "Pages I'm a Member Of", press "Add" under "BHS Parents" ("add", do not "remove" the parent group.)

4.       Go back to the Page Directory on the left hand side of the page and click on "Other". 

5.       Click on "New" to start the voting process.  

6.       Click the "Begin" button, select your choices, and click "finish" for your vote to be counted. 

 

The top two (2) winners of the election will begin their two-year terms after the election, with the first School Council meeting to be held on October 26, at 2:45 pm at BHS.  They 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.) 

 

Parent representation on the School Council is essential as 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:

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

Below is a link to the DESE website which provide further information:  

DESE School Council:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/

 

Fall Appeal Donation Campaign

 

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 $20 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:

  1. Cash or check, made payable to the BHSPA.  Deliver to the BHS Front Office or by postal mail to BHSPA, PO Box 484, Bedford, MA 01730.  Please enclose your donation with a completed Fall Appeal Form (found at: https://goo.gl/nSD7e6)
  2. NEW! We now accept donations by PayPal.  Fast and easy process.  This donation will generate a receipt.

Bedford Public Schools: Religious and Cultural Holidays Policy

A message from BEDFORD SCHOOLS DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Families,

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].  

[HERE IS THE 2017-2018 adopted school calendar.]

 

Best Wishes,

Jon Sills, Superintendent, Bedford Pubic Schools

Thanks for Help with the Back to School Teachers Lunch

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Back-to-School Teacher luncheon a success! A list of everyone who contributed can be found at https://goo.gl/amLUQN

Community Service

A MESSAGE FROM BHS COMMUNITY SERVICE COORDINATORS, as of 9/8/17:


Dear Seniors and Senior Parents,

 

Seniors at BHS are required to do 18 hours of community service. Ms. Brianna Pesce and I are the community service teachers, which means we post community service opportunities and log the students’ hours in Aspen.  The students get a pass/fail grade for each quarter, and it is important for them to pass community service in order to graduate. I have attached a more detailed Google Slides presentation about the community service requirements, and here is a short list of important details and deadlines.

 

  1. Students must fill out a Community Service Plan and do 18 hours of community service.  They can complete all 18 hours now, or they may spread it out through the year. However, they have to have done 6 hours by the end of Quarter 2, 12 hours by the end of Quarter 3, and 18 hours by the end of Quarter 4. They can hand their forms in anytime, and earlier is better. Below are the deadlines:  

    1. Quarter 1: Community Service Plan due by October 30th

    2. Quarter 2: 6 hours due by January 10th

    3. Quarter 3: 6 hours due by April 2nd

    4. Quarter 4: 6 hours due by June 1st

  2. The students must fill out Community Service Signature Forms each time they do community service. They should pick these up from the drop-off/pick-up table in the main office BEFORE they do community service so they can bring it with them. An adult in charge at the community service must sign it.

  3. Students pick up the Community Service Signature form and the Community Service Plan form in the main office on the pick-up/drop-off table. They also turn in their completed plan and signature forms on the same table in the main office. There are designated bins for blank forms and completed forms.

  4. If a student does not turn in their forms by the appropriate deadline or does not complete their plan during quarter 1 or their 6 hours of community service during quarters 2, 3, and 4, then they will fail community service for that quarter.

  5. As the end of the quarter approaches, we will send out reminder emails to students who have not completed their community service requirements.

  6. If you have any questions or concerns, you may email Ms. Pesce or Ms. Faulstich. Ms. Pesce logs the students hours in Aspen and Ms. Faulstich posts community service opportunities and helps students find community service projects that they are passionate about.

  7. Here is the link to the community service website where opportunities, digital copies of the forms, and other important info will be posted: http://bedfordhscommunityservice.weebly.com/


    Here is a link to the Community Service Presentation: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0u3ZpPq_4dhd3REOG5WRUtSdmc


Sincerely,

Ms.Faulstich and Ms. Pesce

 

Yearbook Order Forms & Seniors Deadlines

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:  order the BHS Yearbook via an online portal:  www.yearbookordercenter.com (enter BHS school code 13423) or pay by check, using the Yearbook Order Form found below. January 20 is the deadline for orders at a rate of $80/yearbook. After January 20th, the price will be $100, on a first come, first serve basis due to very limited spare supplies.  

Download
BHS 2018 Yearbook Order Form
BHS_2018_Yearbook_Order_Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 330.2 KB

 

BHS Class of 2018 and their parents/guardians:  there are many deadlines in the Fall pertaining to the yearbook.  Below are relevant deadlines and forms/documents, as shared with us by Yearbook Advisor Mrs. Santos.  This information will posted on the BHS website soon. 

Download
Several Deadlines for Class of 2018
2018SeniorsDeadlines.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 351.6 KB

CLASS OF 2018 DEADLINES RELATING TO THE YEARBOOK:

October 6: Individual Baby/Elementary Pictures with schoolmates. Send to http://www.hjeshare.com/. Enter the school code Bedford. (Make sure you capitalize the B in Bedford.) When uploading the individual baby pictures, identify the student by name, writing first name and then last name.

 

October 6: Senior Thanks - (Limit to 175 words)
Please note: Text slang and most abbreviations are not acceptable. For example, you may use BFF for "best friends forever", but "u r gr8" is not acceptable. Drug or alcohol references are also not acceptable. Send your senior thanks in a Word document to 2018bhsyearbook@gmail.com.

 

October 13: Business Ads. Submit 2 ads and get a free yearbook.

 

October 13: Senior Portraits.  BHS recommends Smile-Pro for the portraits, 781-275-2015 and www.smile-pro.com,but if you choose another vendor, please submit portraits to yearbook in the size 2.5” x 3” with a DPI of 300.  Please send all photos to karen_santos@bedfordps.org or  karen_santos@bedford.k12.ma.us

 

December 8: Parents Ads. Here is the 2-page Parent Ad Order Form  or you can order line (if that link doesn’t work, go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, enter BHS school code 13423 and follow tab for Yearbook Ads.)

Download
Order Form for Parents to Place Ads in the Yearbook for their Seniors
2018 Parent Ad Order Form (3 pages).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 552.9 KB