8th Grade Transitioning to BHS

If your middle school child will enter Bedford High School (BHS) in the Fall, you Guidance Directionsmay be thinking, and worrying, about the transition to high school and choices of classes.  That’s understandable, but please feel reassured that BHS will help you.  Here, we provide helpful tidbits too. There’s a section on the BHSPA (Bedford High School Parents Association) website specifically for those New to BHS.

Click HERE to get Registration information for students who will be new to the Bedford Public School system.  In addition, you may contact Guidance Administrator Amie Capodanno at BHS at  amie_capodanno@bedford.k12.ma.us for help with course selections and transitioning your child into our school.

TO DO LIST FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

  1. SIGN UP FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS:  Click HERE to register for BHS e-News  During the school year, it is a daily e-mail of very important dates and deadlines for students and/or parents, as prepared by the Bedford High School Parent Association (BHSPA).  This is the best way to know what’s going on at school.  The school does not share your email with the BHSPA for you to get eNews.  Therefore, you must sign up for this.
  2. SIGN UP FOR GUIDANCE DEPT. NOTIFICATIONS  Register for Guidance newsletters and receive texts about key events, like PSAT, SAT, and ACT test dates and registrations, among other things.  Registration instructions:  http://www.bedford.k12.ma.us/images/stories/pdfs/bhs/guidance/Remind2015.pdf
  3. FIND OUT ABOUT BHS ATHLETICS & REGISTER TIMELY FOR A SPORT   Click HERE for information about High School athletics.  Parents/guardians (not the students) are responsible for registering a student for a sport before tryouts.
  4. SUBSCRIBE TO SPORTS SCHEDULES .  Tryouts and Game Schedules are posted HERE  Peruse the page and click on the link to SUBSCRIBE to receive email and/or text  alerts about changes to the calendar and the download team schedules onto your calendar.
  5. Follow grades as they are posted, using Aspen, an online class/grade portal.  Parents will receive the Aspen log-in information at the beginning of the school year, but if you don’t, call the school for help.
  6. Follow the BHS Parent Association (BHSPA) on Twitter for latest bits of information:  @BHSBucsParents 
  7. When in doubt or wonder about something, call the school for help.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Usually the third week of January: BHS Principal mailed letters to 8th grade families.  If you did not get a letter, please call BHS (781) 275-1700.  The letter reviews the course selection process and important dates.
  • Usually the first week of February: The Program of High School Studies (for 2017 – 2017) is posted on the BHS website.  Click here to view it.   
  • Usually during the second week of February: 8th Grade Parents Night Information Session and Curriculum Fair, 6:30 – 7:45 pm.
  • Usually during the second week of February:  8th Grade Transition Night for Parents/Guardians held by BHS Principal and Program Administrators and Directors to answer questions about the different departments.  Click HERE for the information package.
  • Early March: 8th gr. students will learn about course scheduling
  • A period of weeks in March:  students will access Aspen, view teacher recommendations and request remaining courses.  Also, if desired, parents may phone or email middle school teachers to discuss teacher recommendations.
  • By the beginning of April:  level change request forms are due at BHS, in the appropriate Department Program Administrator’s mailbox
  • Usually a week before school ends in June:  Step Up Day.  5th grade students will visit John Glenn Middle School and 8th grade students including Hanscom students will visit Bedford High School for a presentation and showing of their new schools.  The visiting students will have a chance to meet peer leaders at the school to ask questions and get a student perspective.
  • Over the summer, class schedules are mailed to incoming high school students’ homes.
  • iPad Orientation sessions (mandatory) will be offered before school starts.  Dates to be determined (TBD.) See iPad details below.
  • August: iPads for freshman and new students will be assigned.
  • Before BHS officially starts classes, there will be an “Arena Day” (date: TBD.)  This is a designated day to go to school to make schedule changes.  There also will be a Freshman Orientation offered.

INFORMATION ABOUT IPADS:

Gone are the days of lugging 10 pounds of books!  Students get an iPad for use through all years at BHS.  Click HERE for iPad FAQs and information.  

  • iPads for freshman and new students will be assigned in August.
  • Incoming freshman and new students are required to attend an iPad Orientation program and Parent/legal guardian attendance also is mandatory (signing family obligation). Evening or morning options are provided.  
    • Pre-registration required to attend orientation
  • 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
    • Option to buy iPad damage insurance

More helpful LINKS:

Bedford High School’s hours:  Click HERE

BHS Calendar:  Click HERE 

Bedford District-wide Calendar: Click HERE   Dates apply to all public schools in Bedford.  Printable version available. Plan your vacations!

2016 – 2017 Program of Studies/Course Catalog:  Click HERE 

BHSPA on Facebook:  tips from BHSPA, info from the Principal and more. https://www.facebook.com/BedfordHighSchoolParentsAssociation/

Bus schedule: Click HERE  FYI – high school and middle school kids share the same bus.

Bedford High School Parent Association (BHSPA): Click HERE

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Athletics

Bedford is in the Dual County League (DCL.)  

  • Athletics Hotline (781) 275-1700, ext. 9100
  • Click HERE for information about High School athletics.
  • Tryouts and Game Schedules are posted HERE  –SUBSCRIBE to receive email and/or text  alerts about changes to the calendar.
  • Click HERE for Student-Athletics Handbook (link in the left column)
  • Follow Athletics on Twitter – @BedfordBucs (catch updates to games and scores )

HOW can parents help ease the transition?

  • Communicate with your child, teachers, and counselors to create the right class schedule.
  • Help your child strike a balance among all the classes to be taken, thinking of his/her ability to multitask and stay organized, especially if your teen will take part in sports, clubs,  and extracurricular activities.
  • Urge your child to  speak with you or a school guidance counselor if things get to be too much, at any point, for any reason.
  • Sign up for the high school’s daily email newsletter to get info about school events, dates, and deadlines without having to pester your kid for the information. Click HERE to register for BHS e-News.
  • Sign up to get information directly from the Guidance Department as it pertains to your child’s grade.  Follow these instructions: http://www.bedford.k12.ma.us/sites/bedfordps/files/uploads/introducing_a_new_way_to_receive_important_updates_from_the_bhs_guidance_department.pdf
  • Follow grades as they are posted, using Aspen, an online class/grade portal.  Parents will receive the Aspen log-in information at the beginning of the school year, but if you don’t, call the school for help.
  • Follow the BHS Parent Association (BHSPA) on Twitter for latest bits of information:  @BHSBucsParents