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School Community Conversation about Raising an Adult

A message from BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL:


The Bedford Public School system is pleased to introduce our first annual community conversation.  On March 28th at 7:00pm the principals from each school, in conjunction with other faculty members, will facilitate conversations based on the highly acclaimed book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims.


The evening will begin with a short presentation of the "big ideas" from the book.  Additionally, there will be time for discourse and sharing in small groups.  Schools, in partnership with families, want to help our students and children grow into productive and resilient adults.  We understand that it takes a proverbial village to make that happen.  We hope to gain an understanding of the pressures our students face, while reflecting upon what is really important for all students as they develop.


A flyer for the event is here: https://goo.gl/SbDs15


Refreshments will be provided by BEST, MSPA and BHSPA.  We are fortunate to have the support of all of our parent associations.  As we get closer to the event, I will send out an eventbrite link to reserve spot(s).  The event is free of charge and open to parents/guardians from all of our schools.  However, we will want a count in order for set up and refreshment purposes.


You do not need to read the book in order to attend.  It is a worthwhile read for all parents and guardians.  We are excited to host the event and look forward to collaborating around this important topic.


Sincerely,

Heather Galante, Principal

Professional Workshop Breakfast

On Friday, January 12, we hosted a continental breakfast for teachers before they spent the day in workshops. It was a pleasant start to the day for the teachers and Principal. 

 

We know and very much appreciate that many parents and guardians donate and volunteer whenever we ask for help, but Tricia, Elizabeth, Mary, Bonnie, Joan, and Pearlene always reliably help the BHSPA Board by baking. Whether muffins or breads, cookies or bundt cakes, the teachers love the personal touch. Thank you, ladies.  See https://goo.gl/ozSWY8 

— A heartfelt thanks from Hospitality Co-Chairs Stacy Mortenson and Mary Ann Murphy and the BHSPA Board

Mid-term Exams 2018

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. 

  • Lunch is served on 1/16, 1/17, and 1/18 from 10:00 am - 10:30 am. No lunch is served on 1/19.
  • There will be no late-buses for Hanscom and Bedford during exam week. The first three exam days, the buses leave at 12:30pm. On the fourth day of exams, the bus leaves at 10:00am. Hanscom buses will still run the last day of exams.
  • Students who miss an exam due to illness or exempt absence must make up the missed exam during the make-up exam periods. If an extenuating circumstance results in a student still needing to take an exam(s) after the exam week is over, that student must call the BHS main office to schedule a time during the summer to come in and take the exams. Early exams are not permitted (see BHS Student Handbook).
  •  Delayed Opening:  If the school has a delayed opening, there still will be both exams (see below for times). If there is a delayed opening, of any length, on Wednesday, we will have the first exam from 10:00am-12:00pm. The second exam will move to the make-up exam period.
  •  One-Hour/90-min Delay (School starts at 8:45am/9:15am)
    • Exam One: 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
    • Exam Two: 12 pm-2 pm.
    • Normal bus pickup. 
  • Two-Hour Delay (School starts at 9:45 am)
    • Exam One: 9:45 am to 11:45 pm.
    • Exam Two: 12:15 pm to 2:15 pm.
    • Normal bus pickup.

2018 BHS Yearbook

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Fall Appeal Fundraising 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 $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:

  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/Cv8y9A)
  2. NEW! We now accept donations by PayPal.  Fast and easy process.  This donation will generate a receipt.