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.
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
Senior parents/guardians, the All Night Graduation Party is just a few short weeks away, and we need your help! Thank you in advance for any contributions of time, money or supplies that you provide to make this a truly special sendoff for the Class of 2019! Questions? Email Co-Chairs Dawn and Kerry at BedfordANG@gmail.com.
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 email@example.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!
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!
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.
Parents/guardians of seniors, you've earned yourselves a party! Click here to get details and RSVP for the party.
Click here to read our Facebook post about the photos that are needed: https://www.facebook.com/871934436189471/posts/2284644514918449?sfns=mo
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.
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.