Friday, October 21, 2011

Update Report Cards/PTC Wizard


I hope that your power has been restored and that life is getting back to normal you and
your family. Let's hope this is not an indicator for the rest of the winter season! I want
to make you aware that we have adjusted our Report Card distribution date and the
closing date for the Parent Conference (PTC Wizard) window. The new dates are:
Report Cards will go home with students on - Thursday, November 10.
The PTC Wizard Parent Conference Window will remain open until midnight
   Saturday, November 5.

We realize that many of you will not have received Report Cards by your teacher
conference time. Grades will have been entered and verified by November 8, in
powerschool. The Parental Portal will re-open at that time so that many of you will be
able to see grades prior to your conference. For anyone whose conference is before the
opening of the Portal, teachers will be prepared to share quarter grades during your

Let's hope for a school day tomorrow!
"It is ok to be where you are, but not ok to stay there!"
Bill Hagen
Bedford High School

Principal's Newsletter 10/21/11

Just a reminder to look in PowerSchool for grades. Grades close on Oct. 28.
The Winter sports sign-ups will be held on Nov. 3. Check the school web-site for times
and location.

Just a reminder that we do not have school on Nov. 11, Veteran's Day.

"Seusical" is coming to the BHS Theater from Nov. 17-19. The Fall production promises
to entertain. For more detail check the school web page.

On Sunday, nine student/athletes from Bedford High School will represent the Bedford
Crew Club and have the extraordinary opportunity to compete in rowing the Head of the
Charles Regatta in Boston. This is the "Super Bowl" of the rowing world, an event that
many rowers would love to experience but never have the opportunity.
The event is being held on Sunday and the team race goes off at 1:30 pm. Best of luck to
the team.

BHS: Share the Road Driving School - seats available
The October 31st driver education has seats available for students that
would like to sign up. Packets for driver education are located in the
Counseling Office. Deadline for sign ups for this class is October 24th.

BHS: Yearbook Order Form
Please find attached as a PDF the Yearbook order form which needs to be filled out and
attached to the payment to submit.
2011 - 2012 Yearbook Order Form

Have a great weekend!
"It is ok to be where you are, but not ok to stay there!"
Bill Hagen
Bedford High School

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homecoming 10/15/11

Good Afternoon!

I mentioned in my last email that we are headed into "Home Coming Weekend"
The athletic schedule for Saturday is below. Also, note that our Marching Band and
Color Guard will be performing at half time of the football game.

G. Fr. Soccer (H) Memorial 10:00am Stadium

Spirit – JV 9-11:30am BHS Gym

V. Football (H) Hollis-Brookline 2:00pm Stadium -

V. Spirit (H) Hollis-Brookline 2:00pm Stadium

As a way to build some tradition and additional spirit into the day, we
are extending the opportunity for families to participate in "Family
Tailgating" at BHS. This is intended to raise the energy and spirit of
the crowd in a positive way. To this end we have established some
requirements for anyone wishing to participate.


Violators will be subject to prosecution.

Please use the designated RAL lot on the far side of the school.
It will be identified with appropriate "Tailgate" signage. This
will be the only area open for this purpose for safety reasons.
(hot grills)
Small gas grills are permissible. (no open fires are permitted, no
charcoal grills because we do not have an area to dump hot coals)
The Tailgating area will open one and a half hours before the
game and close to 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
Please refrain from bringing in any glass items.
Please remember this is a Carry-in-Carry-out event. What ever
you bring in, we ask that you take out you.
Have fun and enjoy the game!
The weather looks great! Come out and enjoy the day with us!!
"It is ok to be where you are, but not ok to stay there!"
Bill Hagen
Bedford High School

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Principal's Newsletter 10/11/11

Good Morning!
We will be concluding the NECAP testing on Wednesday and Thursday of this
week. Testing takes place during our morning blocks in the gymnasium. I am so
pleased at how focussed and serious our students are during testing.
This is Spirit Week and a number of fun class competitions are planned over the
week. The week culminates in an old fashion school-wide pep rally and a tally of
class points to determine the most spirited class.
The Friday evening Harvest Dance kicks off Homecoming Weekend. The dance
is for Bedford High school students and their guests. Students wishing to bring a
guest must complete a Guest request form and gain approval from their Assistant
Principal in advance of the close of school on Friday. Guests must be of high
school age or a 2010 graduate of BHS. Forms may be found in the AP office.
The PTG is sponsoring two outstanding experiences for students at BHS. If you
are around the building please note the new sculptures (3 in the court yard). Last
week the PTG sponsored an Artist in Residence program and a number of
classes received direct instruction from artist Mark Ragonese. This year the
artistic medium used was driftwood. Additionally, through the generosity of the
PTG's ORK program, a "Poetry Out Loud" competition is being introduced to our
school. This unique program will train teachers of Humanities to bring poetry to
life. It will further promote a school-wide competition which may lead to
competition at the regional and State level. It is a great program and we thank
the PTG for their continued support. If you are not a member yet, please
consider joining!
The PTG has kicked off the MY COKE REWARDS program. Your routine
purchases of coke products can provide funds to our schools. For information on
this program go to
The Counseling office has partnered with Mrs. Lee Joyce of Bedford to offer free
assistance and advice to Senior students on composing their college essay. The
essay is an integral part of the college admission process, and is the sole
opportunity a student has to really, "put their fingerprint" on their college
application. Mrs. Joyce, a former Undergraduate Admissions Officer from St.
Anselm College has read over 5000 college essays and can offer valuable
perspective to students on standing out, capturing the attention of admissions
reps, and putting their best foot forward. Mrs. Joyce will be available to students
in a small group, and one-on-one sessions in the Counseling department.
Students who are interested can sign up in the Counseling office. Mrs. Joyce's
volunteer services will be available during most weeks Monday -Thursday from
11:45 - 2:30. Students are encouraged to sing up during their managed times, or
lunch blocks as needed.
My first principal's Coffee will be held on October 18th, in the BHS library
beginning at 7:00pm. The meeting is limited to the first fifteen respondents so
that everyone has a chance to be engaged in the conversation. The agenda for
the evening will be Open so bring your questions, concerns, and any positives
you might want to share. Meetings are planned for one hour. If you are
interested in attending please contact our PTG liaison Deb Delahunty at
"It is ok to be where you are, but not ok to stay there!"
Bill Hagen
Bedford High School