What We Do

The BHSPA fundraises to contribute to different initiatives, programs, and events, such as Travel Scholarships, the History Fair, Tenacity Challenge, All Night Grad Party, Student Ambassador Program training, and more. 

 

New this past year was our purchase of healthy snacks for students during MCAS test days, as too-often many kids head into the exams without breakfast. Additionally, the BHSPA helped pay for the police detail at the Prom Stroll and we covered the cost of supplies for the Art Club’s courtyard sculpture at BHS.  We also supported the MIAA Leadership Conference, paid for motivational speaker John Morello to perform his "I am Dirt" presentation at a student assembly during the BHS Community Day, funded a STEP program team building field trip, and helped with “How to Raise an Adult” and “The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens” presentations with our sister parent associations for the elementary and middle schools of Bedford.  Last summer, we purchased outdoor courtyard patio furniture that students enjoy on warm days.  

 

We also support the regular Principal's Roundtables and host parent to parent coffees before each Roundtable to give our parent community a chance to socialize and ask each other questions about the school.  

 

Our goal is to have funds so that when student groups need support or the BHS budget falls short, we can help out.  To that end, we ask you to DONATE to the BHSPA this year. Donations to the BHSPA are greatly appreciated any time of the year and are tax deductible. Please give generously!  Every bit helps us reach our fundraising goal.    

  

We love donations, but people power is awesome too as we occasionally are in need of volunteers.     If you are interested in helping at any of our events, please reach out to us at BHSBucsParents@gmail.com. Thank you.

 

Posts of BHSPA Activities:

All Night Grad Party

Testimonials from BHS grads about the ANG Party:

 

"I loved it.  It was the best thing in my four years at high school."

 

"I can't believe that I almost didn't sign up for this. I had no idea it was going to be so much fun."

 

Planning is underway for the best event of all of high school, the ANG Party. Click here for info.

Senior Parents Send-off Party

Parents/guardians of seniors, you've earned yourselves a party! Click here to get details and RSVP for the party.

Speaker Event

Together, BHS Librarian Christine Magoon, Bedford Education Foundation (BEF), and the BHSPA are bringing a popular author to Bedford.

 

Val Emmich, actor, singer-songwriter, and author, most well known for his best-selling novel adaptation of the musical "Dear Evan Hansen", will be speaking at BHS and run a writing workshop with our students, thanks to the efforts of BHS librarian Christine Magoon, who requested and was awarded a BEF grant to pay for Val Emmich's presentation to Bedford High School.

 

This full-day visit will center around the theme of being “All of You” and include discussion of the writing process and a songwriting session. This grant brings many interdisciplinary elements to BHS and supports the discussion of the social issues that affect all students.  In addition to the author visit, as part of this grant, the BEF also funded two classroom sets of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel.

 

 

The BHSPA is happy to support this enrichment event by covering the travel and accommodations portion of Mr. Emmich's engagement.  

 

Details about the visit will be released soon. 

 

Post-Secondary Guide

The BHSPA is pleased to have paid for the printing of the new Post-Secondary Guide written by Alicia Linsey, 

Director of Guidance & Counseling K-12.  

 

This handbook is a general resource for students and their families and features fantastic artwork of BHS students. 

 
Juniors should contact the BHS Guidance Department for a hardcopy. A digital version is available to all BHS students in their Naviance portal. 

Dinner Thank You

THANK YOU, PARENTS & GUARDIANS! Thank you to all for the tremendous help in hosting the BHSPA Teacher Conference Dinner.  As they met parents from 4 to 8 PM, the teachers didn’t have to worry about packing a dinner or running out of energy for those last hours.  

 

Through the great help of many, as evidenced by our thank you list https://goo.gl/kUq57C, BHS teachers had a great quick dinner of various Wegmans’ sandwiches, wraps, salads, veggie sushi and fruit, and were able to grab a cup of coffee and sweets before heading back to their classrooms. We received positive feedback and many, many thanks from the teachers who appreciate your support.

 

The BHSPA would like to thank Wegmans for its generous donation of $200 which helped offset some of the costs.  

 

Thanks again to our great volunteers and donors within the Bedford High School parent community. 

Simon Says

The BHSPA was happy to pay for the appearance of Brendan Fitzpatrick, the host of some rousing, fun games of Simon Says, during Community Day at BHS on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.  Lots of laughs had by all! 

In an email to parents and guardians from Mrs. Galante at the end of Community Day, she wrote that  “Simon Says . . . was the hit of the day. What a treat watching hundreds of students take part in such a nostalgic game. It is important for us to remember that downtime is important for our kids.  Today was an opportunity to build our community outside of the classroom walls. Mission accomplished.”

Challenge Success Launch at BHS

Join Jon Kleinman of Challenge Success on November 6th at 6:30  in the evening at the Bedford High School Auditorium for a hallmark presentation.  In an effort to foster a common purpose and vision for our students and children, it is important that we hear the same message and start having an honest conversation about the stress levels and overloaded schedules of our students and children.  

 

This is an important presentation for all parents and guardians with children of all ages.  All parents, guardians, community members, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the evening presentation.  Helping our students find balance, wellness and joy takes a village. 

 

The Bedford High School Faculty will hear the same presentation earlier that day as part of their professional development series.      

 

BHS is a new Partner School in the Challenge Success School Program. Challenge Success will engage our school and larger Bedford community in redefining success for kids. Through the program, BHS will work with a Challenge Success team to implement policies and practices to improve student well-being and promote academic engagement.  The November 6th presentation will serve as the launch of Challenge Success at BHS.  

Internet Safety Speaker 10/15/18

The BHSPA and other PTOs of Bedford, specifically, BEST/PTO for the elementary schools and the Middle School Parent Association, as well as Bedford Youth and Family Services and the Public Schools, were very pleased to bring speaker Katie Greer to town.

 

During the morning and afternoon of October 15, 2018, in the Bedford schools, Katie spoke directly to the students during assemblies at JGMS (Gr. 6, 7, 8),  BHS (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12), and Lane (Grades 4 & 5.)  There was a Parent Presentation at BHS Auditorium that night.   

 

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 featured an interactive program that invited students to share their personal experiences as Katie shared 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

Parent Chat

Our kids are doing WHAT? What can I do to protect them? Katie helped parents navigate the digital waters and let us know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to our children and technology, and provided parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.  Heather Thacore of BEST/PTO also discussed 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.  Here are items briefly covered during the parent program: 

  • 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

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.

Slideshow of a Year of Gratitude

Year-End Staff Lunch

The year-end luncheon for BHS faculty and staff was a huge success! Everyone really enjoyed the yummy lunch, all the delicious desserts and beverages, and, of course, the raffle with so many great gift cards and items. The teachers and faculty were so appreciative!   (See the slideshow below.)

 

Running the event is no small feat but Hospitality Co-Chair Stacy Mortenson is a pro and her small army of helpers including fellow Co-Chair MaryAnn Murphy. Teamwork made the dream work! 

 

The delicious buffet food was purchased from La Cascia's of Burlington with financial support provided by our heavy hitters Katy Siegler, Raelene Houck, Amanda Kato, and Jane Slavin.  Monetary donations from many other parents also supplemented the meal and allowed the BHSPA to purchase numerous different gift cards of small denominations so that very many staff could be treated to a surprise.  In addition, Bedford Farms gave the BHSPA several gift cards for ice cream cones, which the winning teachers loved.  

 

Healthy snacks (fruits), homemade sweets, and a "Thank You" sheet cake rounded out the buffet.  All of the tasty goodness was washed down with ice cold drinks including water bottles left over from the All Night Grad Celebration. 

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the event such a success. The full list of contributors can be found at https://goo.gl/6TYjvy.

Thank You from the All-Night Graduation Committee

Another year of resounding success for the All-Night Graduation Party, this time under the leadership of new Co-Chairs Kerry Rackey and Dawn Kociubes. 

The Class of 2018 had a fantastic time. Months of planning and preparation went into this event and hundreds of parents/guardians volunteered and donated to make this event a success. Please join us in thanking all the very many people, businesses and organizations that supported ANG this year. The full list can be found at:  https://goo.gl/cZfQzZ  Please peruse the slideshow below.

BHSPA Thanks for a Terrific Send-Off Party

The BHSPA hosted a party for senior parents/guardians on the night of the senior prom, May 31, 2018, at Waxy O'Connors. The party far exceeded everyone's expectations and really was a blast. 

 

Thank you to the super organized Co-Chairs Raelene Houck and Michelle Saber for running an excellent Senior Parents Send-off Party! We also want to thank Jeff Hoyland for providing hundreds of photos of all the Seniors, Mary Lou DeBaryshe for helping select the venue, Lisa Smith and Tim Houck for set up, Amit Shahar of the All-Night Grad Party Committee for providing elementary and middle school photos, Hillary DeMello and Heather Galante for assistance publicizing the event, and all the parents/guardians who supplied other photos and attended. Everyone had a great time and loved the videos and pictures.  Please peruse the slideshow below.

2018 Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Thanks so much to all the families that helped make our annual Teacher’s Pizza Luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week such as success.  The teachers were so thankful and very full after a great lunch of pizza, amazing salads, refreshing fruit and yummy desserts!  Teachers filled a few baggies in our Take-away Treat table for their staff meeting as well as cups of fruit to go!  

 

Once again, thanks so much for helping make the much so successful!  

BHSPA Annual Meeting

The BHSPA will hold its annual meeting jointly with the John Glenn Middle School Parent Association (MSPA). All BHSPA and MSPA parents and guardians are welcome to attend the joint meeting at 6:30 pm in the JGMS Cafeteria located at 99 McMahon Rd. 

 

There will be a recap of each board’s activities in the past year, a review of the budget, plans for next year, and elections of officers. There are a number of open board positions in the coming school year.  If you are interested in any of the open positions, please send an email to either the BHSPA at bhsbucsparents@gmail.com or the MSPA at jgmsparents@gmail.com.

 

SPECIFIC TO THE BHSPA:  If you are unfamiliar with the BHSPA, we are a group of BHS parents who volunteer to meet monthly (first Monday of every month), fundraise and provide enrichment opportunities in support of the school, and facilitate communications between the school and BHS parent community.  Click here to see a sampling of things we have done recently.  We urge you also to peruse this website for more information about our activities.  

 

For the upcoming school year, the following positions are open: Co-President, Treasurer, eNews Coordinator, as well as Chairs or Co-Chairs for the Fundraising and Senior Parents Sendoff Committees. Contact Co-President Michelle Saber at bhsbucsparents@gmail.com to get more information and/or throw your name in the hat to run for a position. We hope you will get involved with us!  Thank you.