Monday, October 16, 2017

BHS NEWS

10/13/17


8th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - REGISTRATION OPEN

Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Click here to register. We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here.

Bedford School District professionals will be conducting a suicide prevention training, open to all community members, on Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30 at BHS. Please contact Zanna Blaney at blaneyz@sau25.net with any questions regarding this workshop.

Bedford Schools Hall of Fame Inaugural Class has been selected!  If you wish to attend to celebrate the induction of these outstanding citizens, the presentation luncheon information can be found at the link below to complete and submit your RSVP.  

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Driver’s Ed Information
Sharing the Road Driving School, is no longer contracted with Bedford High School.  I would like to have all inquiries addressed to keckles307@comcast.net about Driver’s Education.  The school will no longer take paperwork or questions regarding Driver’s Education at the Main Office.

The SAU and Bedford High School, have been kind enough to allow Sharing the Road Driving School, LLC, space at the high school to teach the driver’s education classes and drive students out of the high school.

Lost and Found
Parents, Students, and Staff, If you have lost something be sure to check the lost and found!
  • If you have lost clothing, coats, bags, books, etc. please look in the bins located by the concession stand in the Gym hall.
  • If you have lost smaller items such as a wallet, keys, calculator or phone stop in the main office and we will assist you.  

Important Dates and Events:
BHS Picture Retake Day, Tuesday, October 17th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the Theater
  • This is the final opportunity for seniors to have a photo taken if they have not already done so.

BHS Financial Aid Night - Presented by NHHEAF and the Counseling Office
   Thursday, October 19th, 6:00 PM in the Theater - For Senior/Junior Parents and Students

Bedford School District professionals will be conducting a suicide prevention training, open to all community members, on Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30 at BHS. Please contact Zanna Blaney at blaneyz@sau25.net with any questions regarding this workshop.

From the Counseling Department:

Seniors- November 1st is a very popular application deadline for colleges. Note that your school counselor needs to be notified two weeks in advance of a due date to ensure that the high school’s portion of your application is submitted on time.


From the Library:
YEARBOOK Information:
Order here:

You AND your student can add THEIR photos to the BHS yearbook by using the Replayit. Access it through the web www.replayit.com or download the app!

Did you know there was a parent only Facebook group? Upload photos and keep up to date with all yearbook information!

Purchasing the BHS yearbook includes:
  • a hardcover yearbook
  • 200+ pages
  • digital access to ALL photos uploaded forever!
Senior Information!
  • Seniors must submit a Hockmeyer photo for their senior portrait
  • Send your senior off with a Senior Recognition Ad! Start building your ad now before you run out of time. Work can be saved to complete at a later date.
  • Superlative and Senior quotes will be collected soon. Remind your senior to check the yearbook website for all information needed!

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration is happening now! The registration window will close on October 20. Students in IB “terminus” classes wishing to register for IB Exams need to do so through the IB Coordinator’s office using the form found at www.tinyurl.com/IBExamReg2018. Registration instructions, cost information and FAQs can be found here. Upon submission of the registration form, students and parents will receive a confirmation “invoice” via email. Please verify the information in that email for accuracy. Payments for exams should be made by check to BHS and should be submitted to me, Mr. Cannon, by October 25. This information, as well as an up-to-date IB Exam schedule can be found on the Exam Information page on the IB at BHS website. If students and/or families have questions, send me an email or stop by my office in the library.

And as always, for answers to all (or most) of your IB-related questions, check out the BHS IB Website.


From the Deans:

The band will be performing in the Dover Band Show Saturday, October 14th.


Student Activities:

Homecoming is October 21st from 7:30-10pm in the commons. Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. You must arrive between 7:30- 8:30pm to enter the dance.

Spirit Week is October 16-20th with a pep rally on Friday!


Performances of “Anything Goes” the fall musical will be: November 9, 10, 11 at 7:00pm, November 12th at 2:00 pm, and November 17& 18 at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh   or at the door.

Model UN Citrus Fundraiser:
The Model UN Club is selling citrus from Florida Indian River Groves. Varieties include: navel oranges, red grapefruit, mandarins, tangelos, and varieties with apples and pears. Proceeds will go towards deferring the costs of the Model UN conferences for the students. Fruit will be delivered to BHS for pick up in December. If you are interested in supporting Model UN, please visit our fundraising website: https://shop.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1017311

In Sports:
Pre-Season Winter Sports Sign-Ups
We’ve been asking Winter athletes to put their names on a pre-season list in an effort to help Winter coaches and the athletic trainer prepare for tryouts. Over 300 athletes have already completed this important first step.  We’d appreciate all Winter athletes to complete our Pre-Season Sign-Ups list by Friday, October 13.  If we reach our goal, we will have a raffle and select multiple winners.  Athletes can use this link to sign up Pre-SeasonSign-Ups  This is a requirement for Winter sports participation and all Winter athletes must sign up.

November 1st, athletes and coaches will meet after school to sync up about participating and/or try out for Winter Sports.  See this link: MeetingLocations - Coaches will do a roll call based on pre-season sign-ups to ensure they can keep an open line of communication for parents and athletes to be best prepared for the first day of tryouts; and that coaches don’t miss anyone who is interested in Winter sports.

Important Dates for Winter Sports
Concussion testing dates and Paperwork due dates are listed on the Winter portal section of the BHS Athletic website, or select this quick link ImportantDatesforWinter  Please remember that we require two different tests to meet our concussion protocol. Baseline testing is done at BHS and Balance testing is done off-site.  Links are on the same document for concussion testing.

College Visits Protocol
Step One
  • Athlete completes form and obtains a parent/guardian signature
  • Athlete brings completed form from parent to their coach for approval, then
  • Athlete brings form to Athletic Department for approval
  • Once approved, Athletic Department will retain the copy
Step Two
  • Athlete takes original (signed) form to the College Admission Office and gets date and signature from college representative during visit
  • Athlete returns the original executed form back to Athletic Department immediately upon return from College visit
Important Note ~ College Visits are excused absences from school, but are not excused absences from sports without an approved form signed by college representative.

Alternative Programming:
Community Enrichment Courses LAST CHANCE-These courses are in danger of being canceled due to under enrollment: Introduction to Italian will be offered on Mondays beginning 10/16/17 from 6:30-8pm. Cost:  $100. Elements of Art will be offered Wednesdays beginning 10/18 from 6-8pm. Cost: $100/$75 Materials fee. Courses need a minimum of 3 students to run. Please see the Community Enrichment wesbite here: https://sites.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/bsd-community-enrichment-program/  

Real World Learning Opportunities:
Community Service: Volunteers are needed for day of help at these events:
MAKING STRIDES OF NASHUA
Greeley Park
100 Concord St., Nashua
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Registration - 8:00 am
Ceremony – 10:00 am/Walk to follow
MAKING STRIDES OF MANCHESTER
Arms Park
10 Arms St., Manchester
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Registration - 9:30 am
Ceremony – 11:00 am/Walk to follow

For other opportunities, please see the RWL page on the BHS website: https://goo.gl/f12Cp2

From the SAU:
Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!

Christena Lassonde MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Special Services
​Bedford School District

From the PTG:
MEADOW FARMS GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER - DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Thank you to all who participated in our annual Meadow Farms Gift Wrap Fundraiser. If you missed the chance to place an order, you are in luck! Online orders will be available until December 16th. As we embark on the gift-giving season, please take a moment to check out the online link for some fabulous gift ideas.   
** 40% of the sales are donated back to the schools! **
HELP THE PTG - Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs/speakers to our schools like Eyes on Owls, Abenaki Story Tellers, T.I.G.E.R. Anti-Bullying performance, Ed Gerety Youth Speaker, and Chris Herren Motivational Speaker. These events cannot happen without the support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on the PayPal link at www.bedfordptg.org to make a donation or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. Bedford PTG appreciates your support.
SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE - Thursday, November 2nd 9:30 – 10:30am.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), with our special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.


ANNUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER -  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend! Order forms will be sent home with children in grades K-8 on October 20th.  For those students attending BHS, or for those who would like to download an order form, one will be available on our website at www.bedfordptg.org.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BHS NEWS

10/6/17

All School Announcement- Wednesday, October 11th will be a unique day!

We will run the regular morning bus schedule on Oct. 11, and a second run will be scheduled to pick up students in the late morning in time for their required half day of school (all grades).  MST will be running as normal - leaving BHS at 7:25 AM.  The SAU website has pick up times scheduled in your neighborhood. For your convenience I have included a link to the PDF on the web site is https://goo.gl/mNxwvE .  

The in-school PSAT will take place in the morning. All sophomore students are taking the exam, however parents may write a letter opting out of the exam for their son or daughter. BHS will be covering the cost of the exam for all sophomores.  For those students taking the exam, please arrive by 7:30.  Bring #2 pencils (not mechanical), College Board approved calculator, a snack and your school ID or license.

Seniors can choose to spend the entire day planning for their futures (i.e. going on college campus tours, attending college fairs, meeting with military recruiters, seeking out interviews, etc.) Parents of seniors are asked to use the normal absentee procedures if your son or daughter is taking advantage of this option.  

In addition, competency instruction will be offered during the morning for any students who would like extra help and are not planning on taking the PSAT.



Bedford Schools Hall of Fame Inaugural Class has been selected!  If you wish to attend to celebrate the induction of these outstanding citizens, the presentation luncheon information can be found at the link below to complete and submit your RSVP.  

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org


Driver’s Ed Information
Sharing the Road Driving School, is no longer contracted with Bedford High School.  I would like to have all inquiries addressed to keckles307@comcast.net about Driver’s Education.  The school will no longer take paperwork or questions regarding Driver’s Education at the Main Office.

The SAU and Bedford High School, have been kind enough to allow Sharing the Road Driving School, LLC, space at the high school to teach the driver’s education classes and drive students out of the high school.


Lost and Found
Parents, Students, and Staff, If you have lost something be sure to check the lost and found!
  • If you have lost clothing, coats, bags, books, etc. please look in the bins located by the concession stand in the Gym hall.
  • If you have lost smaller items such as a wallet, keys, calculator or phone stop in the main office and we will assist you.  


Important Dates and Events:

PSAT - Wednesday, October 11th

BHS Picture Retake Day, Tuesday, October 17th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the Theater

BHS Financial Aid Night - Presented by NHHEAF and the Counseling Office
   Thursday, October 19th, 6:00 PM in the Theater - For Senior/Junior Parents and Students


From the Counseling Department:
   
PSAT- Wednesday, October 11th - Arrive by 7:30.  Bring #2 pencils, a snack, College Board approved calculator, and your school ID or license. Note that the juniors will take the exam on the 2nd floor while the 9th and 10th graders will all be on the third floor of the building.

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). Friday, October 3rd from 8:00-11:30am in the BHS Mini Gym. ASVAB is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It is offered to high school students when they are in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade, though anyone eligible for enlistment may take it. Although the test is administered by the military, it is not (and never has been) a requirement that a test-taker with a qualifying score enlist in the armed forces. Students can sign up in the Counseling Office.  

From the Library:

YEARBOOK Information:
Order here:

You AND your student can add THEIR photos to the BHS yearbook by using the Replayit. Access it through the web www.replayit.com or download the app!

Did you know there was a parent only Facebook group? Upload photos and keep up to date with all yearbook information!

Purchasing the BHS yearbook includes:
  • a hardcover yearbook
  • 200+ pages
  • digital access to ALL photos uploaded forever!
Senior Information!
  • Seniors must submit a Hockmeyer photo for their senior portrait
  • Send your senior off with a Senior Recognition Ad! Start building your ad now before you run out of time. Work can be saved to complete at a later date.
  • Superlative and Senior quotes will be collected soon. Remind your senior to check the yearbook website for all information needed!



From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration is happening now! The registration window will close on October 20. Students in IB “terminus” classes wishing to register for IB Exams need to do so through the IB Coordinator’s office using the form found at www.tinyurl.com/IBExamReg2018. Registration instructions, cost information and FAQs can be found here. Upon submission of the registration form, students and parents will receive a confirmation “invoice” via email. Please verify the information in that email for accuracy. Payments for exams should be made by check to BHS and should be submitted to me, Mr. Cannon, by October 25. This information, as well as an up-to-date IB Exam schedule can be found on the Exam Information page on the IB at BHS website. If students and/or families have questions, send me an email or stop by my office in the library.

And as always, for answers to all (or most) of your IB-related questions, check out the BHS IB Website.


From the Deans:

The PSAT will be administered on the morning of October 11th for all sophomores and those freshmen and juniors who have already registered. For students who are NOT taking the PSAT, there will be competency instruction available for students who are struggling and need additional help in their classes. Teachers will communicate with students and/or parents who may benefit from this additional instruction time.


Student Activities:

October 8th - 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The band will hold a mattress sale in the commons at BHS to raise money for the Washington D.C.  4th of July Performance trip.


The class of 2019 is selling student agendas. If you would like to purchase one for you or your student’s organizational pleasure, please follow the link. The link is: https://squareup.com/store/bhs-dogpound/item/agenda


Performances of “Anything Goes” the fall musical will be: November 9, 10, 11 at 7:00pm, November 12th at 2:00 pm, and November 17& 18 at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh   or at the door.

In Sports:
In an effort to help Winter coaches and our athletic trainer plan for tryouts, we are asking all athletes to sign up for their Winter sport by Friday, October 13th


As a token our appreciation, the first 500 athletes to sign up will be part of a raffle to win Dunkin Donuts certificates Multiple Winners!! .... Please select this link Pre-Season SignUp to complete your pre-season entry

All Winter athletes are required to sign up - Good luck in the raffle!

Concussion testing dates and Paperwork due dates are listed on the Winter portal section of the BHS Athletic website, or select this quick link Important Dates for Winter

We have filled our NHIAA Student Ambassador positions for the 2017-18 school year.  Please check out who they are … click this link NHIAA Student Ambassadors to get more information about the important roles they’re fulfilling for representing BHS sports through the guidelines of the NHIAA.

College Visits Protocol
All athletes for every College Visit during your sport season(s) follow these steps:
  1. Go to the Athletics page and select Forms.  Look for CV form file CV form
  2. Athlete completes form and obtains a parent/guardian signature
  3. Athlete brings completed form to coach
    1. Coach approves form
  4. Athlete brings form to Athletic Department for approval by Athletic Department
  5. Once approved, Athletic Department will retain the copy
  6. Athlete takes original (signed) form to the College Admissions Office and gets date and signature from college representative
  7. Athlete returns the original, executed form back to Athletics once athlete returns from college visit
Important Note:  CVs are excused absences from school, but are not excused absences from sports without an approved form.



Alternative Programming:
Community Enrichment Courses: Introduction to Italian will be offered on Mondays beginning 10/16/17 from 6:30-8pm. Cost:  $100. Elements of Art will be offered Wednesdays beginning 10/18 from 6-8pm. Cost: $100/$75 Materials fee. Courses need a minimum of 3 students to run. Please see the Community Enrichment wesbite here: https://sites.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/bsd-community-enrichment-program/  

 


From the SAU:


Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!

Christena Lassonde MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Special Services
​Bedford School District

From the PTG:

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Gift Wrap & More Fundraiser with Meadow Farms.  The PTG will receive 40% of the total sales that will go right back into programming in our schools!
Our annual Gift Card Sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or even use them for your everyday shopping. Order by November 1st for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by November 29th for pre-Christmas delivery. We offer gift cards to a wide variety of retailers (local and online) along with locally owned businesses, no expiration dates, and you receive the FULL value of your purchase while supporting the PTG. Look for order forms soon.

Support the PTG: Our support drive is under way and if you’d like to make a donation to the PTG you can do so via PayPal by visiting our website www.bedfordptg.org. Donations via check can be made out to Bedford PTG and returned to school with students in the PTG support envelops that have been sent home. With your support, we are able to put over $65,000/year in programs and events into our schools!!