The BHSPA fundraises to contribute to different initiatives, programs, and events, such as running an ad in the program handout for the BHS production of Fiddler on the Roof, contributing financially towards Travel Scholarships, the History Fair, Tenacity Challenge, All Night Grad Party, and paying for the Student Ambassador Program training, to name a few things that we do.
This year we were busy. We paid for the installation of two new water bottle filling stations at BHS and the printing of a new post-secondary school guidance booklet for juniors. We were a supporter of autism awareness shirts and co-sponsor of several speakers, such as author Val Emmich (Dear Evan Hansen novel), entertainer Brendan Fitzpatrick who ran rousing games during BHS Community Day, and a Back to School Night speaker about vaping.
We also purchased healthy snacks for students during MCAS test days, as too-often many kids head into the exams without breakfast.
In the past, the BHSPA helped pay for the police detail at the Prom Stroll and 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. A few summers ago, we purchased outdoor courtyard patio furniture that students enjoy on warm days.
Not only do we help students, but we always support the BHS staff. During the school year, we frequently 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 informally meet administrators. We also provide a meal to staff on a day when school starts (welcome back!) and ends for the year (thanks & happy summer!), as well as on Parent-Teacher Conference Night and for National Teacher Appreciation Day.
Our goal is to have funds so that when BHS 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.
BHS announces four open positions for School Council:
School Council has four parent/guardian representatives - one METCO, one Hanscom, and two Bedford residing parents. Parents serve in two year terms and, according to regulations, the positions must be posted. Lori Alper and Kerry Rackey served for two years. The Hanscom representative, Brandi Ruiz, can no longer serve as her son graduated with the Class of 2019. Current school officers may run for re-election and all interested parents are encouraged to submit their names and biographies for consideration.
Now through 9/30- the BHSPA will soliciting nominations/names for consideration to the openings
10/1 - 10/6 - Voting by the parent community will occur. Votes will be collected via the Aspen parent portal. More details to come.
10/7- Winners will be posted on BHSPA website
What is the School Council? 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:
Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
Reviewing the annual school building budget
Formulating a school improvement plan
Below is a link to the DESE website which provides further information:
Please be advised that Council representatives must attend monthly meetings which will be held after school from 2:30-3:30 pm typically the second Tuesday of each month. The actual day of the week may change after the first meeting pending the availability and preference of those on School Council. Council meetings are public.
In addition, please be advised that each parent representative who serves on the Council must have a child in BHS during the parent's term, so, for example, if the child graduates from BHS during a parent rep's second year in the 2-year term and the parent has no other children in BHS, then the parent may no longer serve on the Council.
To run for one of the four positions, please email to BHSBucsParents@gmail.com your name, email address, your home address, phone number, and a brief message (just a few sentences will be sufficient) as to your background and particular interest in this position. Please submit your information to the BHS Parents Association by September 30th, the deadline to run for a position. The BHS Parents Association will collect all candidates’ information and during the voting window (10/1 - 10/6) post the candidates’ names and statement (not the email or phone number) on this BHSPA website. The candidates information also will be posted in Aspen, when the window for voting opens, so that all BHS parents can read the information and cast a vote.
We hope you will run and become active in helping the direction of BHS from a parent's perspective.
MESSAGE FROM BHS PRINCIPAL HEATHER GALANTE:
I hope that summer has been enjoyable for all thus far. It is difficult to believe that it is already July. Soon your child will be starting the four year adventure called high school.
The summer mailing will be sent home to all 9th grade families [and new families] the first week of August. The packet will contain helpful information and important forms that are needed to start the school year. I hope that the summer is off to a great start for all of you. Enjoy the time as September comes quickly. I am so looking forward to meeting your students. Please read below as the remainder of the email contains information regarding the iPad and new student orientations.
9th Grade and New Student Orientation
Bedford High School welcomes the Class of 2023 and all new students to an orientation night scheduled for:
Tuesday, August 27th, Bedford High School Auditorium, 6:00-7:30 pm
Pre-registration is NOT required. We are proud to have the Student Ambassador Program where 9th graders and new students are assigned to a mentor to help with the transition to Bedford High School. On August 27th, students will:
- Meet and get to know their Ambassadors
- Hear from the High School Administration and meet some faculty members from BHS
- Participate in team building activities
- Have an opportunity to ask questions
- Receive a personalized tour of the building and find classes on their schedules
- Enjoy Bedford Farms Ice cream sundaes
While we encourage parent involvement, the orientation is for students only. Also, Planners may be ready for purchase at the orientation on August 27th and cost $10 each. If you send you child(ren) with a check, please make it payable to the BHSPA, our parent association who sponsors the planner. The planner will be available for purchase throughout the first week of school at all lunches as well.
We look forward to meeting our new students. Please know that our Ambassadors will reach out to students who are unable to make the orientation by email. Also, we have carved out some time on the first day of school for students to meet with their Ambassadors. The first day schedule will be sent in a separate communication to all students and parents. The Ambassadors will be clad in bright colored t-shirts and will be easy to identify in the hallway on the first day of school.
Please reassure your child(ren) that all will be fine in the transition to Bedford High and that our administration, faculty, staff and students are here to help them succeed. There are many friendly faces in the classrooms and hallway who are happy to offer help.
As you know, Bedford has embraced technology and the high school is a one to one school where all students are provided with an iPad for instructional purposes.
Orientations for the iPads have been scheduled for both rising freshmen and new students. Please read through the information. The same information is available through a link on the Bedford High School home page. The student and parent(s) must be in attendance at the orientation. There are two available options for the orientation and student/parent(s) must only attend one of the sessions.
Rising freshmen and new students:
Rising freshman and new students are required to attend an iPad orientation. Attendance is required as iPads will be distributed during orientation and not on the first day of school.
Orientation dates are:
- Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm
- Wednesday, August 28th at 6pm
iPad Orientation will cover:
- The role of iPads in Bedford High School
- BPS Computer Acceptable Use Policy
- Family obligation
- iPad assignment and step-by-step setup
If you have any questions regarding the iPad orientation, please reach out to your child’s Assistant Principal.
Mr. Hudder (firstname.lastname@example.org) is assigned to students with last names A-K and
Mr. Casey (email@example.com) is assigned to students with last names L-Z.
Another excellent End of the Year Staff Luncheon is in the books, thanks to the many donations of our BHS parents and guardians, plus a favorite local pediatric group, Patriot Pediatrics.
Hospitality Co-Chair Stacy Mortenson planned the event and had great help from our reliable volunteers. We have so many other wonderful people to thank, so please check out: http://bit.ly/2MXYwbh.
It’s remarkable that we have the support of Buccaneer and Champion level donors, which we gratefully acknowledge, yet, we are appreciative of every dollar. Thanks to the generous contributions, we were able to give out 60 raffles, and the staff LOVED it! We are blessed by goodness within our parent community.
The BHSPA especially would like to thank parent volunteer Bonnie McCulloch for going the extra mile in helping us by putting together the very pretty bags for all of the donated gift cards, supplying the Thank You sheet cake, helping with set up and service, and being our photographer for the lunch. Peruse the photos below.
We thank MaryAnn Murphy for co-chairing this year with Stacy Mortenson in Hospitality. Next year, Stacy will be helped by incoming Co-Chair Claire Demeo, who is coming back to us after having served as Treasurer a few years ago.
Thank you, everyone, and have a great summer!
Thank You from the All Night Graduation Committee
The 32nd All Night Graduation Celebration was a huge success! The Class of 2019 had a fantastic time. Months of planning and preparation went into this event, and hundreds of parents/guardians volunteered and donated time and resources to make this event happen. Please join us in thanking all the people, businesses and organizations that supported ANG this year. The full “All Night Graduation Thank You Program” can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2019ANGthanks
Dawn Kociubes and Kerry Rackey
2019 All Night Graduation Co-Chairs
The BHSPA created a named scholarship, our first ever, to be given out at the CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars 54th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 29, 2019.
The BHS Parents Association School Service Scholarship is intended to recognize a BHS graduating student who displays motivation, sincerity, and good citizenship at BHS and has shown commitment to supporting peers. It is important to us that we commend a special student, someone who does not hold an elected, nominated, or selected leadership position in a traditional student organization like Student Government, School Council, or School Committee, yet chooses to do good at the school on his/her/their own.
Congratulations to Aidan Duncan, the 2019 recipient of the BHS Parents Association School Service Scholarship!
Congratulations to the new BHSPA volunteers who will be joining the incumbency! Thank you to those who have been involved this year and are wrapping up their terms. It's been an excellent, fruitful year. Click here for a review of our activities to date. We look forward to continued productivity in the coming year.
The BHSPA is a proud supporter of a BHS project to make autism awareness shirts, spearheaded by student Miriana S. who, when seeking a grant from the BHSPA towards the making of the shirts, stated,
"the goal of the project is to have students and staff wear the shirts to show their support and appreciation for the diversity of each student throughout the BHS community. By shining a light on autism, [students] hope to show the diversity in learning and development and teach acceptance and understanding."
Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will support the Inclusive SAIL Program that serves Bedford Public School students in grades K-12 with educational needs related to an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disabilities. Shirts may be purchased through the BHS front office. $7/shirt
In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, the BHSPA hosted a Pizza Lunch on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, for BHS educators and staff. It was a wonderful afternoon meal, including delicious cupcakes donated by Bedford Cupcakes. The BHSPA was helped by a team of generous donors and friendly volunteers.
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Together, BHS Librarian Christine Magoon, Bedford Education Foundation (BEF), and the BHSPA are bringing a popular author to BHS on Friday, April 5, 2019.
Val Emmich, actor, singer-songwriter, and author (http://valemmich.com/books/), 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.
Mr. Emmich's first performance will be at 9 am in BHS for students. Afterwards, he will run a Writer's Workshop, followed by one more performance. 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.
Thursday, April 11, 2019:
The BHSPA will hold its annual mid-year 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 7 pm in the JGMS LIBRARY located at 99 McMahon Rd.
There will be a recap of each board’s activities in the past year, and we will plan for the May elections.
SPECIFIC TO THE BHSPA: 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, Co-Vice President, Co-Chair for Hospitality and for Fundraising. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
We ran an ad in the Fiddler on the Roof program that says it all: Proud of our Bucs from sunrise to sunset and always. What great talent, commitment, and hard work!
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.