What We Do

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.

 

Posts of BHSPA Activities:

End of Year Teacher Lunch

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!

  

All Night Grad Thanks

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

 

With appreciation,

Dawn Kociubes and Kerry Rackey

2019 All Night Graduation Co-Chairs

Scholarship

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!

Election Results

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.

Autism Awareness

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

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

‪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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BHS Community Conversation

BHS Community Book Conversation: At What Cost?


Bedford High School families are invited to a free presentation and book discussion on April 24th at 7 pm  in the BHS LGI Room (2nd floor). The School Administration will share its Challenge Success survey results and view them through the lens of Dr. David Gleason's book "At What Cost?". The Challenge Success work combines perfectly with the content and themes from the book. The author Dr. David Gleason will be present for Q&A during the second half of the program. Even if you are unable to read the book, we do think the conversation and presentation will be worthwhile.  

There is no charge. Pre-registration is requested (to determine the seating needs) via this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/at-what-cost-book-discussion-and-challenge-success-survey-results-tickets-59977868419. However, walk-ins are welcome. Join us! 

Speaker Event

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. 

Fashion Show Thanks

Joint Annual Meeting

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Websites: www.bhspa.org and https://bedfordmspa.wordpress.com/

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 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!  

      

Water Bottle Stations

The water bottle stations located outside of the BHS Library (left photo) and Guidance Department (right photo.)
The water bottle stations located outside of the BHS Library (left photo) and Guidance Department (right photo.)
The BHSPA has paid for the installation of two new filtered water bottle filling stations, one near the Guidance Department and the other outside of the BHS Library. Students and staff are able to take their own refillable bottles to school and rapidly replenish their water supply while lessening the use of plastics and decreasing the amount of trash around BHS. 

Sunrise to Sunset

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!

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.”