Monday, December 4, 2017

BHS News

12/1/17

Good Afternoon,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and staff at the high school for their cooperation in supporting the recent building procedures put in place.  While the new procedures are fairly typical in most school settings, they are more restrictive and not something we have had to do in the past at BHS.
I have made a recommendation to the Superintendent that we ask the School Board to consider the strategic placement of interior cameras in the building in an effort to better monitor those areas less accessible to supervision i.e. lavatories. Camera placement outside the lavs would allow us to review a recording of the entrance in the event of any type of problem occurring inside. While not a perfect solution it will certainly provide a reasonable starting point.  In surveying my peers in high schools across the southern tier, interior cameras are being used and seen as an effective deterrent as well as a means of providing a factual record of an incident occurring in school. If the School Board supports the installation of cameras this year, it will allow us to get back to being Bulldogs once again!  

Attention Seniors! It is time to submit your Senior Dues. This $35 fee helps to cover your graduation cap and gown and a variety of senior week activities and is due by February 1st. Students can pay through Send Money to School, by check (payable to Bedford High School), or by cash. Checks and cash should be brought to the BHS School Counseling Office. Questions? Please reach out to the Student Council Advisors, Ali Mattson (mattsona@sau25.net) or Jess Bennett (bennettj@sau25.net).

Directions (and visuals) for Send Money to School Payment are below:

1) Parent/ guardian logs into SMTS
2) Select School Store
3) Select Senior Dues ($35)

4) This screen will appear.  

The Counseling Department is happy to announce another opportunity for our young people to participate in Challenge Day at BHS.

For those of you who haven't heard of Challenge Day here is a link to their website:
Challenge Days are powerful, high energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning experiences. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. Challenge Days are designed to unite the members of the school and to carry the themes of the program back to the greater school population.

Please have your student stop down to counseling for more information or to receive a permission slip. We are looking for all grades, but particularly our freshman and sophomore students who have never participated in a Challenge Day.
    
What is Vaping?
BeBold, in conjunction with the Bedford Police Department and Dr Joseph Hou, presented What is Vaping in their speaker series last week.  It’s worth watching for all parents: What is Vaping?  BeBold Bedford Speaker Series.  It’s also available online at the BCTV Website, www.bedfordtv.com, on both the BCTV and Bedford Police YouTube Channels, and running on BCTV Channel 23.        
                                                   

 
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:


 
From the Counseling Department:
Miss Financial Aid Night? Watch a NHHEAF presentation on filing the FAFSA here! Additional materials can be picked up in our office and also seen here.

The financial aid workshop in the Commons on November 15th is not associated with the high school. It is our understanding that a private individual rented the space through the town of Bedford.

 
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.
From the IB Coordinator:
Students and parents who registered for exams should have received an email from bhsib@bedfordnhk12.net sent on Dec. 1 with important additional information about the IB exam process. The email serves as a final confirmation for exam registration, and contains important identification information for students’ exams. Please double-check your inboxes and spam folders for that email.

Juniors have recently begun their Extended Essay journey. The Extended Essay, or EE, is an IB Diploma Core requirement and is a 4000-word research essay in a subject of the student’s choice. Students will work on their EE’s from now until September 30, 2018 when the final draft is due. For more information about the EE, check out the BHS IB Website and click on the EE tab at the top.

Recently I stumbled upon the following helpful resource: 15 IB Diploma terms parents need to know. The IB Diploma Programme is full of acronyms and esoteric terminology that it can cause quite a bit of confusion. I found the linked blog above to be both comprehensive and concise. Take a look!

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

From the Deans:
BHS Student Run Small Business Expo
On December 3rd from noon-2, Bedford High School marketing students invite you to attend our 3rd annual Small Business Expo. The Expo is an opportunity for the community to learn more about local Bedford businesses. The event will be held in the BHS Gym where 27 local businesses will be promoted including raffles, samples and more. With a goal of promoting local small businesses, this project provides the students with an authentic marketing experience. The Marketing I students have dedicated a large summation of their time and effort to promote these companies, so please come out and support your high school students and local businesses!

Mu Alpha Thetha National Math Honor Society
On Tuesday, November 28, 121 juniors and seniors were inducted into the inaugural Bedford chapter of Mu Alpha Thetha. This very high honor is indicative of one who has achieved significant success in the field of academics as well as promise in the area of Mathematics. Congratulations to these students and their families.

The Music Department’s Winter Concert is December 6, at 6:00pm


Student Activities:
December 1, 6:00 pm the Leadership Club is hosting the student Talent Show. Bring $5.00 or a pair of pajamas!
December 15th, is Spanish Movie Night in the theater.

In Sports:
REMINDERS about college visits and not taking the team bus after an athletic event - Instead riding home with a parent/guardian due to a conflict.

COLLEGE VISIT Form
Step One
  • Athlete completes form and obtains a parent/guardian signature
  • Athlete brings completed form (from parent) to their coach for approval
  • 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 Admissions 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 from sports without the above mentioned protocol completed in advance.

TRANSPORTATION Form
  • If athlete rides home with their own parent - Coach signs form
  • If athlete rides home with another parent - other than their own:
    • Forms from both families are required to be approved by AD
    • Once approved (by AD) - Give forms to Coach

Boys Basketball and Spirit tryouts are Monday, December 4.  Please see schedule on athletic page for specific time details.  Nordic tryouts are December 11.  All other sports are in full-swing with Girls Basketball participating in scrimmages this weekend, including JV and Varsity Ice Hockey participating in jamborees and scrimmages.

Upcoming is our Winter Sports MeettheCoachesNight on Thursday, December 7 @ 6:30 in the Theater.  All athletes and their parents/guardians are expected to attend.  After an introduction from our Athletic Director, Corey Parker each program team will break out individually.

Team pictures for most sports are scheduled for Wednesday, December 13.  See details.
 
Alternative Programming:
Manchester School of Technology Assembly 12/11/17
On Monday, during Advisory, all Sophomores and  will have an opportunity to see the Manchester School of Technology presentation for next year’s courses. Additionally, all students and parents are invited to MST’s Open House on January 20th, 2018 from 11am-1pm.
Please visit  http://mst.mansd.org/ for additional information.
Real World Learning Opportunities
Community Service:
Organization: Bedford High School and New Horizons
Description: Handmade Holiday/Christmas cards are needed to brighten the holidays at New Horizons!
           Help us reach our goal of 300 cards by 12/15/17!
Dates: Cards will be collected until 12/15/17 by the Alternative Programming Office in 229 at BHS.
Location: Bedford High School

Community Service:
Organization: Smart Buddies
Description: Peer tutors are needed at McKelvie to work with students with their homework.
Dates: Ongoing: Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:15pm
Location: McKelvie Intermediate School
For other opportunities, please see the RWL page on the BHS website: https://goo.gl/f12Cp2
 
From the SAU
From the PTG:
SKI AND SKATE THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who came out in support of the PTG and the Bedford School District at our annual Ski and Skate Sale. Thank you all who dropped off merchandise to sell (consignor checks should be delivered by mid-December for sold items), to those who came to shop, and to all those who volunteered their time to help!

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

BHS News

Response to Threats

Good Afternoon Parents, 
I wanted you to know that today I met with all students and shared the following message with them. 
It is only November, and unfortunately, here at school we have had to deal with several threats written on bathroom walls.  While ultimately deemed non-credible, we have taken all of the necessary steps required to keep our school safe.  

We have worked very hard to establish a culture of trust in our school by treating students as young adults.  Our students have experienced a degree of freedom not typical in most high schools because our students have earned that trust by being respectful and caring citizens. It is unfortunate the trusting culture we have built together can be impacted by the actions of one or a few.  

However, because these threats are disrupting, distressing, and can create a level of anxiety in the building, we felt the need to take steps to address this problem.  

Beginning on November 28, we will be implementing the following plan:
  • All teachers will maintain a “leave the room” sign out/in sheet that will include the time a student left and the time they returned. 
  • Students are to use the closest lavatories on the floor their class is on.
  • Students will be required to stay in the lunchroom for the entire lunch period. 
  • Managed Time students will be required to select from the Library, Commons, Academic Center, Bulldog Corner, or a teacher’s classroom (with teacher permission).  Students are to select a location and stay put for Managed Time. 
  • Duty teachers will be inspecting bathrooms/stalls for any graffiti each block in the day.   
  • Students staying after school must be in a supervised activity or in the library.  

Having to put these steps in place is upsetting, however, the safety and well being of our students and staff are our first priority.  I do not know how long these steps will need to be in effect.   My apologies.  


Monday, November 20, 2017

BHS News

11/17/17

 
The Counseling Department is happy to announce another opportunity for our young people to participate in Challenge Day at BHS.
For those of you who haven't heard of Challenge Day here is a link to their website:

Challenge Days are powerful, high energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning experiences. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. Challenge Days are designed to unite the members of the school and to carry the themes of the program back to the greater school population.
Please have your student stop down to counseling for more information or to receive a permission slip. We are looking for all grades, but particularly our freshman and sophomore students who have never participated in a Challenge Day.


                    
                                                   
Intersession
The Intersession page is live.  The April 2018 activities are listed.  Sign-ups have begun for students and will conclude on November 22nd.  Click here for more info or go through the high school website: Academics/Intersession.  The activities are listed down the left side of the page and the timeline for sign-ups and deposits is there too.

 
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:

From the Counseling Department:
Miss Financial Aid Night? Watch a NHHEAF presentation on filing the FAFSA here! Additional materials can be picked up in our office and also seen here.

The financial aid workshop in the Commons on November 15th is not associated with the high school. It is our understanding that a private individual rented the space through the town of Bedford.

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.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration has now ended. IB does allow late registration at an additional cost. If you missed the first deadline and would like to know more information, please contact Mr. Cannon. Receipts for IB exam fees have been returned to students. Students and parents who registered for exams will receive an email from bhsib@bedfordnhk12.net on Dec. 1 with important additional information about the IB exam process, so please be on the lookout for that.
Recently I stumbled upon the following helpful resource: 15 IB Diploma terms parents need to know. The IB Diploma Programme is full of acronyms and esoteric terminology that it can cause quite a bit of confusion. I found the linked blog above to be both comprehensive and concise. Take a look!

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

From the Deans:
BHS Student Run Small Business Expo
On December 3rd from noon-2, Bedford High School marketing students invite you to attend our 3rd annual Small Business Expo. The Expo is an opportunity for the community to learn more about local Bedford businesses. The event will be held in the BHS Gym where 27 local businesses will be promoted including raffles, samples and more. With a goal of promoting local small businesses, this project provides the students with an authentic marketing experience. The Marketing I students have dedicated a large summation of their time and effort to promote these companies, so please come out and support your high school students and local businesses!


Student Activities:
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.
The Ski and Skate sale will be November 17, 3pm-9pm and November 18 7a.m. -6pm in the BHS gym.
December 1 is the student Talent Show the Leadership Club sponsors.
 

In Sports:

Fall Sports Awards Night is Monday, November 20th @ 7pm in the Theater.  Athletes are expected to attend.  Please dress in business casual attire - no jeans and no sneakers! Parents/guardians and friends are all welcome to attend.

 
All Winter sports paperwork should have been submitted to the Athletic Department.  Wrestling and Swimming / Diving started on Monday, Nov 13th.  Alpine and Gymnastics tryouts are Monday, Nov 20th.  Athletes cannot tryout with proper paperwork on file in the Athletic Office and if athletes need concussion testing that - too, must be conducted prior to tryouts.

Thank you for attending the NLI Signing for our Bulldog Athletes on 11/14.

If any athletes are still in the process of solidifying their college applications - Please know that we will host another NLI ceremony in the Spring.  More details will be announced.


 
R-L Brooke Burdon (Lacrosse) going to Assumption, Eric Flynn (Lacrosse) UMass Lowell, Patrick Harrington (Baseball) Assumption, Colton Krasinski (Lacrosse) Merrimack, Grant Lavigne (Baseball) Wake Forest, Geoff Mosseau (Baseball) St. John's, Kaylyn Tracey (Crew) Jacksonville
 
Alternative Programming:
Real World Learning Opportunities
Community Service:
Organization: Bedford High School and New Horizons
Description: Handmade Holiday/Christmas cards are needed to brighten the holidays at New Horizons!
           Help us reach our goal of 300 cards by 12/15/17!
Dates: Cards will be collected until 12/15/17 by the Alternative Programming Office in 229 at BHS.
Location: Bedford High School

Community Service:
Organization: Smart Buddies
Description: Peer tutors are needed at McKelvie to work with students with their homework.
Dates: Ongoing: Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:15pm
Location: McKelvie Intermediate School

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

From the SAU:

From the PTG:
THANK YOU to all the volunteers for your food donations last week for the Grab and Go teacher conference dinner. The teachers really appreciated all the goodies!
SKI & SKATE SALE THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​​apparel!
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous​​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​ ​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​​the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!  
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM.
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale  page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.  
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.
Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), click HERE to donate a baked good.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form please click here… Gift Card Order Form For more information about this program, click here… Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!

MANCHESTER MONARCHS-Discount Tickets
Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6pm as they take on the Royals. Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary. Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.