Billerica Memorial High School
The 9 Pillars of our past, present, and future:
B Proud, Strong, Resourceful, Creative, Insightful, Determined, Inventive, Wise & Honorable
January 2, 2022
Aerial photograph courtesy of Michael Moore
Phone Numbers

Absence Line

Main Office

Attendance Secretary - 978-528-8709

Principal - 978.528.8711

Grades 8 & 9

Steven Bottari - Assistant Principal - 978.528.8730
Tricia Coia -
Kristin Marachi

Assistant Principal - 978.528.8720
Jessica Martin
Tara Pierce
Ben Shore

Grades 10-12

Assistant Principal - 978.528.8740
Eric Caples
Ryan Foran
Kacie Melo

Matthew Flood -
Assistant Principal - 978.528.8750
Julie Desmond
Julie O'Mahony
Amy Dumont


978.528.7925 - School Counseling - Melinda Cripps
978.528.7922 - Athletics - John Magliozzi
978.528.8591 - Special Education Team Chairperson - Richard Thompson
978.528.7928 - Fine, Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator - Christopher Dearbeck
978.528.2849 - Humanities Coordinator - Marian Dyer
978.528.2737 - STEMB Coordinator - William Manchester
978.528.7924 - Wellness/Nurses' Coordinator - Bernie McCann
978.528.8782 - School Nutrition - April Laskey

Nurse's Office

978-528-8754 - Ms. Greenlaw, LPN
978-528-8757 - Ms. Moore, R.N
978-528-8758 - Ms. Venezia, R.N.

School Information
NCES Code: 25-02670-00177
Happy New Year & Welcome Back!
Members of the Billerica Community:

I want to offer my thanks to the members of our administrative and facilities teams for supporting the distribution of 400+ COVID test to staff members earlier this morning, and I want to also thank our staff for testing themselves prior to their return to school. While there were some positive cases identified among staff members today, the number of positives is relatively small, and will not impact our ability to have a regular day of school tomorrow as scheduled.

We know that students and families are concerned about the rising number of cases of COVID in the community. But we also know that students and families are concerned about the possibility of schools closing, and the loss of access to both education and the essential services that schools provide. In addition, as I shared in my last message, the policies of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education (DESE) do not permit schools to move to remote learning.

The Billerica Public Schools will remain open as long as we are able to do so, and we continue to encourage the members of our community to do everything they can to help. This includes wearing masks, staying home when sick, distancing when possible, and getting vaccinated and boostered. We will also continue our in-school testing program for students in three modes: routine COVID safety checks (pooled testing), symptomatic testing, and test-and-stay for in-school close contacts.  

We are hopeful that with these measures in place, we will be able to have a strong return to school for all of our students to start the new year.

Tim Piwowar, Superintendent
Lowell Holiday Wrestling
BMHS 8th Grader James Tildsley won the 106-pound division at the prestigious George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament over the holiday break. For the complete story, please follow this link.
Photo courtesy of the Lowell Sun
NASA honors Boeing Space and Launch trailblazers
Amy Comeau, BMHS Class of 2014, continues to blaze a trail supporting NASA. Follow this link to read about Amy's contributions.
Boeing’s Ryan Demny of the International Space Station; Amy Comeau (BMHS Class of 2014) from the Commercial Crew Program, and Alexsandra Olaya-Garcia and Lauren O’Doherty from the Space Launch System program recently received NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Trailblazer Award. Boeing photo
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Certificate Program in Medical Research
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to invite high school students to submit applications to participate in a unique summer program that aims to educate, train and encourage the next generation of clinical, translational and outcomes researchers. This
program helps students better understand research methods, ethics, regulations, career opportunities, and gain “real world” experience in an academic hospital setting.  

The program requirements include completion of online courses, in-person attendance at weekly lectures and Journal Club meetings, completion of practicum hours, and a final presentation summarizing your program experience. The curriculum includes topics, such as: History of Clinical Research, Research Methods, Research Compliance, Research Roles and Responsibilities, Human Subjects Protections, Ethical Conduct of Research, Hot Topics in Research and Research Career Development Pathways.

Participants who meet all requirements will receive a $3,000 stipend for their effort.

Click HERE for the application, and click HERE for the parental consent form.  

Submit applications to [email protected] by Friday, February 11, 2022.

This program has a competitive enrollment. Students accepted to the program will be notified via email by March 14, 2022.

For more information please call 781-744-8011.  
COVID19 Contact Tracing
Close contact 
Individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.  

The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:

• Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts

• Classroom close contacts: An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart.

• Bus close contacts: Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal requirements. As such, individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.

• Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:
o The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
o The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.

This information is adapted from the August 13, 2021 newsletter DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 2021-22.
The BMHS App provides quick access to timely news and upcoming events. It also allows the user to determine how often and what type of notifications they receive. The first page provides 9 options (not all options are available to all users). The "News" option provides a weekly overview of coming events at BMHS. Currently, this would include all school events including clubs and the Fine Arts performances. We are working on an athletic integration as well. The "Events" option provides access to the BMHS Calendar, Fine Arts Calendar, and soon to be included Athletics Calendar. Each of these calendars is dynamic and encompasses the entire school year. The "My ID" and "Hall Pass" are only available to students and staff. The "Directory" provides access to all Staff emails and, if applicable, phone number. The "Quicklinks" option provides quick access to Aspen, Athletics, Community Pass, Guidance, Clubs, Nutrition, and the BMHS Library sign up form. "Documents" provides access to Bus Routes, Lunch Menus, COVID information, and other documents. The "Map" option provides driving directions to MVC schools and locations for school functions, e.g. Blue Ocean Event Center (location of Senior Prom). The "Language" icon allows the user to convert the app into one of 42 different languages. The phone icon on the bottom of the home page will call our Absentee Line (978-528-8710).
Dollars for Scholars Trivia Night
On The Spot Admissions Day at BMHS:
On The Spot Admissions Day at BMHS: Southern New Hampshire University 

On Friday, January 7, the BMHS School Counseling Department will hold an on-the-spot admissions day for students interested in Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Interested students will need to register with Ms. Sarah Eaton either in the main office or via email at [email protected]. Students will also be expected to complete an application (which Ms. Eaton will provide).  On January 7, students will meet with an SNHU admissions counselor at an assigned time, who will review their application and transcript. Please note that because this is a special opportunity, SNHU is waiving letters of recommendation and essays for this admissions day only. Students can expect an admissions decision while they are meeting with the SNHU admissions counselor. 
BATV Sports
Club News
Cool Science
Food Rescue Mission
Hello! My name is Shiv Meiyur: the founder of Your Share. I have been working on Your Share for around four months now, and I have loved working on it. “Your Share” is a nonprofit organization that works on rescuing food. Usable food items and produce are thrown away by stores, restaurants, cafeterias, and farms for various reasons. This adds to food waste while many people are still hungry and have no food to eat. Your Share rescues food from these places and donates it to various homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, and transitional living centers. Our mission is to make sure that no usable food is thrown out and can reach the needy. Since my workforce is very small and demand is high, I need more helping hands to make my mission grow. For volunteering opportunities, students can help by picking up from location and delivering to the locations that have it, and delivering it to places that can properly utilize it. The time invested in this task can be converted into volunteer hours! Just like them, you can also make a difference and make this organization’s mission a reality. Contact us and make sure everyone gets their share! The specifics of how volunteer hours will be given after contacting us. 

Preferable Contact Number: (781) 467-8168

Secondary Contact Number: (610) 322-1486

Primary email: [email protected]
BMHS Athletic Association
Air Force Academy
Lt Kiana Brantley, Air Force Academy and Mikayla R. Clark, 2d Lt, USSF have planned virtual events for students/parents/guidance counselors for this upcoming semester. Every other week starting on January 5th at 6M, we are hosting a zoom where you can ask questions about Air Force ROTC or the Air Force Academy. Please see attached flyer (ParentQA) for more information and zoom link.

12 Jan 2022 6 PM-7 PM EST- “Cadet Life” (Freshman and Sophomore Year: Balancing Military Training and Academics, USAFA Basic Cadet Training)
09 Feb 2022 6PM-7PM EST- “Cadet Life” (Junior and Senior Year: Cadet Leadership, Extracurriculars/ Student Athlete, AFROTC Field Training)
09 Mar 2022 6PM-7PM EST- “Prepping for Desired Air/Space Force Job”
06 Apr 2022 6PM-7PM EST- “Freshman Year in Review” (What do you wish you knew going into your freshman year?)
Shawsheen Tech Applications

On October 20, all students in Grade 8 attended a presentation from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School.  

If you are interested in exploring Shawsheen Tech, please click HERE

If you want to apply to Shawsheen Tech, please click HERE

Our school counselors are ready and able to assist students with the application process to Shawsheen Tech or any other high school (private or public). If you have questions, please contact your child's school counselor HERE
BMHS School Council
2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

June 22, 2021
July 19, 2021
October 5, 2021
November 2, 2021
December 7, 2021
January 4, 2022
February 1, 2022
March 1, 2022
April 5, 2022
May 17, 2022
June 7, 2022

Eric Anable - Parent
Catie Button - Teacher
Terri Bynoe - Teacher
Rebecca Chaffee - Parent
John Gibson - Parent
Katie Daubman - Parent
Tom Murphy - Principal
Brianna Phelan - Student
Zac Vennard - Teacher
The Writing Center
The BMHS Writing Center is now open and ready to help students with essays, creative writing and poetry, or any other writing both fiction and non-fiction. Available in the library Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays after school or during your study by appointment, The Writing Center is the place to go for help throughout the writing process. This Tuesday, the 19th, will be a special college essay session from 2-3 for anyone who needs additional help with their college applications. For questions, or to arrange study block sessions, email Ms. Button or Mr. Landry
 2022 BMHS Yearbook Information (Seniors)
1.) To upload photos directly to Jostens use the following link (if asked for an ID# use the numbers in the link (416355989)

2.) To place a recognition ad: Click on the file below for complete instructions.
A Word from Our School Counseling Department
The website will be very helpful for folks looking for financial aid information. Click HERE to learn about different types of financial aid. MEFA hosts webinars throughout October to outline the FAFSA application process, and you can find those webinars HERE. It will be very important for families of students heading to college to attend one of these webinars to learn about the application process.  
FAFSA and Financial Aid Information
Click here for FAFSA. Please note that FAFSA opens on Oct. 1, 2021. It is advised that you complete and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.  
Click here to create a FSAID
Click here to apply for CSS Profile. You will also find here a list of participating colleges. 
Click here for FAFSA Day info. Click here for FAFSA Day registration.
Click here for Billerica Dollars For Scholars. Your student can click here to create a DFS profile at this time, and can complete much of the demographic information, resume/awards information, etc. You can also complete much of the parent information. In the winter, there will be a Dollars For Scholars night, and you will receive notification via email. The DFS night will discuss the DFS program, how students select the scholarships in DFS that they want to apply to, and how the DFS process works. **Please note that if your child attended our BMHS College Boot Camp, they will have already started their DFS application. 
Click here for Fastweb, a popular scholarship engine. It is one of many out there. 
The rule of thumb is this: Don't ever pay money to get scholarship money. If there's a fee to apply for a scholarship, chances are that it is a scam.
Families who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program can get $50 off their monthly broadband bills, thanks to a new, emergency federal program, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission emphasized in a May 12 meeting.

Low-income families living on tribal lands are eligible for an even steeper discount, $75 a month.
What’s more, students in post-secondary education who receive Pell Grants can also tap the funding. And eligible families can receive $100 in one-time help in paying for digital devices—such as laptops, tablets, and desktop computers—as long as the family contributes between $10 and $50 for the hardware.
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