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:

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:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kwlY-JITNb64Ca1btNHKXIZOYhgKMMjJ

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 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

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.

 

 

The Secret Lives of Teens

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The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens Presentation June 12 

Do you wonder:

  • What are teens really thinking?
  • Why don’t teens share their fears?
  • How can we better support our teens?

Jon Mattleman, a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years' experience working with youth, parents and families, will be at Bedford High School Auditorium on Tuesday, June 12, to help answer those questions. Participants will leave with new ways of understanding and engaging teens, strategies they can implement immediately, and more confidence, courage, patience, and a new language.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a light supper, and the presentation will be from 6:30 - 8 p.m. This presentation in the Bedford High School Auditorium is free and open to the adult public. No registration is required.

This presentation is sponsored by Bedford Board of Health, Bedford Youth and Family Services,  Bedford Public Schools, the John Glenn Middle School Parent Association, and the BHSPA. 

Please contact the Board of Health at 781-275- 6507 with any questions.

History Fair Support

We are pleased to have donated money towards the BHS History Fair again this year.  it was held in January 2018.  Following is the handwritten thank you from History Day Adviser Jim Sunderland:

 

On behalf of the BHS Social Studies Department, thank you so much for your generous donation of $250 to the History Fair Fund. Your continuing support of the program is greatly appreciated and helps us promote critical thinking and expression skills, as well as in-depth historical inquiry.  Thank you.

 

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

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

Supporting the All Night Grad Party

The BHSPA is a proud supporter of the Bedford High School All Night Graduation Party.

Courtyard Furniture

Mr. Michael Griffin, Science Program Administrator and Advisor to the BHS Environmental Club, has been overseeing the clean up and the planned use of the two courtyards at the school.  In support of his efforts to make the spaces usable by students, the BHSPA has committed to funding the purchase of more picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and sun shades.  The photos should some of what has been bought with our financial support.

 

In the Fall of 2017, students will have nice space and good outdoor seating during nice weather while in school. Some expected use of the courtyards will be that STEP students can have supervised class outside, and any student should be able to sit in a courtyard at lunch to get some fresh air and sunshine.  

 

Thank you, Mr. Griffin, for spearheading the courtyard clean up.  We also thank parents/guardians for donating to the BHSPA which allowed us to fund the purchase of outdoor seating and shade umbrellas. We hope the students and staff will enjoy a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air during school. 

History Fair Support

This Spring, the BHSPA donated money towards the BHS History Fair. If you remember, the Fair included a lovely reception for the public and the student participants made their presentations to school judges.

 

We have received a handwritten, heartfelt thank you, which we want to share with our parent community because your donations to the BHSPA are passed on to groups and events at the school.  Here is the message conveyed to the BHS community:

 

Bedford Parents,

 

Thank you very much for your thoughtful donation of $250 to our History Fair program. While the Bedford High School History Day Program does not require a big budget, we do incur some expenses. Your generous gift does much to defray those costs and thus help us keep the program healthy. We strongly believe that the History Fair experience gives students varied and enduring lessons. Thank you again for helping us carry forward the opportunity.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Sunderland

BHS History Day Advisor