Friday, December 21, 2012


Dec. 21, 2012

Dear Parents,

School officials were informed that a bomb threat was found written on a wall in one of the boys lavatories.   This morning school officials met with the Bedford Police and Fire Departments to determine an appropriate course of action.  The Emergency Officials classified the threat as a “low level” threat. While we are confident that this was an empty threat, we are taking all appropriate action as a precautionary measure.  The campus will be closed and student dismissals will be prohibited until the situation is resolved.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated .


William P. Hagen

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Healthy Foods

Dear Parents,

Because our minds can be elsewhere during this trying time, I thought it might be helpful to send this quick reminder.  When we get back from vacation, we will begin following the new district policy about the food we bring to share with other students at parties, celebrations and meetings during the school day.  The policy does not apply to snacks students bring for themselves or to activities held before or after school hours.

If you choose packaged or processed foods, check out the label to make sure each serving has:
o   Less than 200 calories;
o   Less than 35% of total calories from fat;
o   Less than 10% of calories from saturated fats;
o   Zero trans fats;
o   Less than 35% of calories from total sugars; and
o   Less than 200 mg sodium.     
Or to keep it simple, choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and/or fat-free and low-fat milk or milk products*
Please keep in mind that we are all learning how to understand these guidelines and to make healthier choices.  We will figure out how it works over time.  To help, we have begun posting ideas and examples at ==> Curriculum ==> Wellness.   During the spring semester, we will update this website with more ideas.  If you have one, please share it with us!

Thank you for your patience and commitment as we work towards this goal together.



* This includes lactose-free and soy beverages and foods made from them.

P.S.  Remember that the policy does not apply to snacks students bring for themselves or to foods and beverages at activities held before or after school hours.  It does require that we share healthy foods and beverages during the school day.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lost & Found

Good Morning,

Over the course of the school year our lost and found collection grows.  Periodically, during the year we collect the unclaimed items and ship them to the local homeless shelter.  Next Wednesday we will be loading up those unclaimed items sending them off .  If your son or daughter has lost a jacket, coat, sweatshirt, cell phone, please have them check the lost and found. It is located by the front office.


BHS Holiday Concert

Good Afternoon!

Just a reminder that our wonderful Holiday Concert is Wednesday Night in the theater beginning at 7:00 pm.  This is an uplifting way to get into the holiday spirit!  Please join us in this us in our annual celebration and enjoy the very musicians, singers, and choral performances. 
It's a great night!

See you there!

Toys for Tots


BEDFORD, NH, December 11, 2012 –– Many Bedford students are expected to join McKenzie Brown, Junior Ambassador for the McKeryn Bridge Foundation on Saturday, December 22nd for a last minute push for the Toys for Tots Christmas drive. “Our plan is to park a big truck in the lower lot of the Bedford Middle School/High School property.  We are asking everyone who has not yet donated to please bring a new, unwrapped toy(s) to this Foundation event between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Brown said.” Miss Brown, a high school junior and varsity basketball player is leading this one day push and coordinating volunteer students from Bedford High School, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, and McKelvie Intermediate School. Brown is joined by her brothers, Ryan and Erik, also foundation junior ambassadors, in asking the town residents to donate to those less fortunate during this holiday season.

 The McKeryn Bridge Foundation is a not for profit organization that helps individuals and families that have fallen on difficult times. Toys for Tots is a trademark of the United State Marine Corps.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Dec. 7, 2012

Dear Parents,

School officials were informed that a bomb threat was found written on a wall in one of the boy’s lavatories.   This morning school officials met with the Bedford Police and Fire Departments to determine an appropriate course of action.  The Emergency Officials classified the threat as a “low level” threat. While we are confident that this was an empty threat, we took all appropriate action as a precautionary measure.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


William P. Hagen

Thursday, December 6, 2012

BHS: Ski & Ride Club

Registration is still Open for the BHS Ski and Ride Club!

Forms are available in Room 237.  
The bus fee is $35.00
Once both the forms and the bus payment are turned in you will receive the information you need to purchase your ski pass on the Pats Peak web site. 

Please contact Betsy Doyle - for more information.

General Info:

Dates for 2013:  We will ski on the following Friday Afternoons:        1/4  -  1/11  -  1/18  -  1/25  -  2/1

These dates are scheduled, however, we may choose to extend for an additional week if a weather cancellation is necessary.

Follow the link below to the Ski and Ride Club page for more info.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gift cards ~ Intersession & Counseling Updates

Complete Your Holiday Shopping Today
With Gift Cards In Time for Pre-Christmas Delivery
Gift cards are the perfect way to show someone how much you appreciate them, help with everyday shopping, or
just do something special in celebration of the upcoming holiday season!
How does it work? 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
(For December 18th-19th Pre-Christmas Delivery)
Download your order form with an amazing list of favorite retailers at: Checks Payable to “Bedford PTG”
Intersession News
The Intersession Deposit deadline is Dec. 13th.  This is also the day of the mandatory intersession meetings for students at school. Grant requests are due to Mrs. Dryer by Friday, Dec. 7th.   
Counseling News
Greater than 50% of seniors have already submitted applications for prospective colleges and universities, and several have already received decision letters!  During this exciting time, it is important to not lose track of the next steps in the process.
The BHS Counseling Department is pleased to offer an Information Night to help navigate the ins and outs of the Financial Aid process.  Our representative from NHHEAF will be on hand to provide a formal presentation and take any of your important questions on Tuesday 12/11 at 6:30pm in the Theater.-- 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Revision Schedule for Academic Center After School Hours

Subject: Academic Center After School Hours

Information concerning after school Academic Center hours

Humanities will be on Mondays from 2:40-3:40 in room 314
Science will be on Tuesdays from 2:40-3:40 in room 316
Math will be onWednesdays from 2:40-3:40 in room 316

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Academic Center After School Hours

Beginning after the Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 26) the Academic Center will be open to any student for extra help from 2:45 to 3:45.  The rooms will be staffed by a subject area teacher.  Please refer to the schedule below for subjects, days and room locations.  

Academic Center After School Hours

Mondays room  316  Math extra help
Tuesdays room  316  Science extra help
Wednesdays room  314  Humanities extra help

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Intersession Sign Up Schedule

INTERSESSION SIGN UPS WILL BEGIN THURSDAY!Intersession sign-ups  for SENIORS will start THURSDAY EVENING, 11/15.  The portal will be open until Saturday evening, 11/17 for seniors to sign up.  

Intersession sign ups for JUNIORS will start SUNDAY EVENING, 11/18.  The portal will be open until Tuesday evening, 11/20 for juniors to sign up.

Intersession sign ups for SOPHOMORES will start after the Thanksgiving Break, on MONDAY EVENING, 11/26.  The portal will be open until Wednesday evening, 11/28.

Intersession sign ups for FRESHMEN will start THURSDAY EVENING, 11/29.  The portal will be open until Saturday evening, 12/1


Hurricane Sandy

I was asked to pass this request on.  I am confident that many of us are thinking about how we might do something for the thousands of people still struggling with the aftermath of Sandy.  This might be a way to help.

We sincerely hope that any of your relatives and friends were not seriously impacted by Sandy.  We understand that Carabba's is accepting used goods including blankets, towels, winter jackets, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, and other items. Cash donations are not being accepted and should be sent to the Red Cross.
                                  If you are interested and can help donation hours are Monday through Thursday 4 to 10 P.M., Friday 4 P.M. to 11 P.M. and Sunday noon to 5 P.M. The drive will end on Nov. 16th..
                                   * Those who donate can have a free appetizer.


Good Morning,

We had planned to open the Intersession Portal next week for students to begin to sign up for activities, however, we are currently completing some changes to the portal which may push the start date off for a couple of days.     As soon as the process is complete, students will be notified and the timeline for sign ups shared with all!    Seniors will begin the process. 


Friday, November 2, 2012

PTG Holiday Gift Cards

For Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Delivery
Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you!
Gift cards make the perfect gift!!
Order Form Available at
(Complete List of Retailers Available On the Order Form)
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Intersession Activities

Intersession activities are now posted at the Intersession website ( which can also be found on the school website under the Students tab.  All the activities, costs, timeline for sign-ups, grading procedures and other related information are available there.  Sign-ups begin November 13th for seniors, November 16th for juniors, November 26th for sophomores, and November 29th for freshmen.  Please visit the website for full details.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PTC Wizard & Intersession 2012-2013

                PTC Wizard
Parent/Teacher Fall Conference sign-ups will began on 10/22/12 and will be open until 11/2/12 @ 11 pm.

Please find PTC Wizard Teacher  Conference link on the left hand side of the BHS Webpage under Quick Links.


BHS Intersession Website will open today.
Click on the following link to get intersession information including: why intersession is run, grants offered, meeting rooms for activities, and descriptions of activities.  Check out the time line to see when each class will be able to sign up!

Click this link for the Intersession Informational Site:

Monday, October 22, 2012

2012 Bedford PTG's Holiday Gift Card Fundraiser

“2 Gifts for the Price of 1”
2012 Bedford PTG’s Holiday Gift Card Fundraiser
Gift cards make the perfect gift.  Finish your holiday shopping early this year by purchasing gift cards through the Bedford PTG to provide support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you.  There are more than 50 retailer gift cards available.  Popular retailers include Macys, Lowe’s, Stop & Shop, Panera Bread, and Dunkin Donuts.
How does it work? For every gift card you buy, a percentage (up to 16%) 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.  For example, if you purchased a $25.00 Panera Bread gift card, you will receive a $25.00 gift card and Bedford PTG will get $2.50!  Go to to download the list of participating retailers available.  Just fill out the order form and drop it off with a check to the Bedford High School main office.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna Watson at 714-5685.
Order by Monday, November 5th, 2012
for Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Delivery
Order by Friday, December 7th, 2012 for Pre-Christmas Delivery

District Nutrition Guidelines

Attached is a letter explaining the District position on updated nutrition guidelines.

Bedford School District
Nutritional Guidelines and Standards
Parties, Celebrations, and Meetings

The Bedford School District believes that all food available at school can make a positive contribution to students’ diet and health.  Instead of foods with minimal nutritional value, we will use healthy snack options for parties, celebrations, and meetings.  We can also chose alternatives for celebrating that do not involve food.   More information is available at *Curriculum * Wellness.

Healthy Options for Shared Snacks
·      We will choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, lactose-free and soy beverages or foods made from them.
·      If we choose packaged foods, we will follow these standards for each portion:
o      Less than 200 calories;
o      Less than 35% of total calories from fat;
o      Less than 10% of calories from saturated fats;
o      Zero trans fat;
o      Less than 35% of calories from total sugars; and
o      Less than 200 mg sodium.
·      For beverages, we will choose water, low fat or fat free milk, 100% fruit juice, or low-sodium 100% vegetable juice.

·      Individual fruits—apples, pears, oranges.
·      Fruit cups packed in juice or water.
·      Vegetables—baby carrots, broccoli, edamame.
·      Dried fruits—raisins, apricots, cherries.
·      Low-fat, low-salt, whole-grain crackers or chips.
·      Whole-grain, low-sugar cereals.
·      100% whole-grain mini bagels.
·      8-oz servings of low-fat, fruit-flavored yogurt with less than 30 g of total sugars.
·      8-oz servings of low-fat or nonfat chocolate or strawberry milk with less than 22 g of total sugars.
·      Low-sodium, whole-grain bars
Examples of Items that Do Not Meet the Standards
·      Potato chips or pretzels with too much sugar or salt (i.e., exceeding the values listed above).
·      Cheese crackers with too much fat or sodium.
·      Breakfast or granola bars with too much fat or sugar.
·      Ice cream products with too much fat or sugar.
·      Cake, cupcakes, or cookies with too much sugar or salt.
·      Fortified sports drinks or fortified water.
·      Gum, licorice, or candy.
·      Fruit smoothies with added sugar.
·      Regular colas or sodas with sugar or caffeine.

Birthday Celebrations:  The teacher will select which option a classroom follows:
·      Option 1: On a student’s birthday, the class can celebrate with non-food items such as a certificate or special privileges for the day.
·      Option 2: Classrooms can have monthly celebrations, scheduled by the teacher, for all the students with a birthday in that month. 

Food Rewards: We will not use food as a student reward unless it is a necessary and integral part of the curriculum.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Principal's Coffee

Good Morning,

On Tuesday evening October 16th, I will hold my first Principal's Coffee at 7:00 pm in the BHS Library.  The agenda for the first session is open.  If you have any general questions, comments, concerns that you would like to share in a small forum please email our PTG liaison Deb Delahanty at . We do limit the group to the first 15 who contact Deb to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share. The evening is
scheduled to last for one hour.  


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Open House - Wednesday October 3rd

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to remind you about our Open House on Oct 3, beginning at 6:30 pm.  I have attached the schedule for the evening for your review.  Your son or daughter will have listed room numbers on a similar schedule in Advisory today.  The schedule with classroom numbers is being held by your son or daughters Advisor.  Before leaving for Open-House please ask your son or daughter for their Advisory room number.   When you arrive at school you will report to the Advisory period and receive the schedule.  OR, you may print out the schedule from the attachment and sit down with your son or daughter (and Powerschool if needed) and ask them to list room numbers and advisory number on your schedule as a back-up.  

Looking forward to a great turnout!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Take Back Program

Bedford NH
Take Back Program

The Students Against Destructive Decisions at Bedford High School urge students and families to take part in a nationwide effort to reduce abuse of prescription drugs. New Hampshire is taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in several areas within the state. People can dispose of their unwanted or expired medication (including pain killers) safely, without worry of environmental issues or misuse of the drug.

According to 2010 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, prescription drugs are the now the most commonly abused drugs among kids 12-13 second to marijuana use by adults. Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings indicate, two-thirds (65 percent) of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances.

Be aware, protect your loved ones, and be proactive. Share with your kids your own feelings about illegal drug use and take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bedford Public Safety complex.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NECAPS Testing & School Picutres


It is that time of year again!  Next week we will begin testing members of our Junior class in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing for the 2012-2013 NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program).

The New England Common Assessment Program is one of the important tools available to parents and educators to determine how well our schools are helping students meet standards and grade level expectations. In every assessment, scores are only as meaningful as the effort students put into the tests. Encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort. You can best help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested on the days the tests will be given. And, as with every day, it is critical that students have a good breakfast before heading off to school. Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period.

Testing is mandatory for all juniors and they will be required to report to the gymnasium by 7:50am in order to be seated for the administration to begin promptly at 7:55am.  It is also important to note that Late Arrival for all Junior students on 10/3 and 10/4 is cancelled.  Also, early dismissal on Wednesday 10/10 is cancelled due to the reverse order of the school day.

School Pictures

On October 3rd, from 9-12, Hockmeyer Studio will be here to take head shots for any senior who has not had a picture taken for the yearbook.   There is not a fee for this picture.  This is not a proofed picture.  

On October 9th, from 9-12, Hockmeyer studio will be here for school picture  "Retakes."  


Wednesday, September 26, 2012


 (For Juniors & Seniors Only)

There are a limited number of spots available...have EVERYTHING (Copy of license, registration, completed form and payment of $110.00) in to the main office by this Friday, 9/28/12 by the end of the school day 2:35 pm.

Lottery winners will be posted outside the main office on Monday, 10/1/12.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is 10/9/12, for students that have not yet had their pictures taken and for those who need a retake.  If you are having your picture retaken please bring in the original pictures.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Open House has been rescheduled to October 3rd

Good morning,

Scheduling the various events that happen at the high school can be quite a challenge.   We spent a great deal of energy when initially scheduling our calendar to consider and respect that other organizations, groups, activities, and events happen outside of BHS.  However, when attempting to avoid holding more than one Open-House on the same evening this year, we scheduled the BHS Open-House on Tuesday evening (Sept. 18).   In doing so, we inadvertently scheduled it on an important Jewish holiday.  For this reason we are rescheduling our Open-House to October 3rd, at 6:30 pm.  I appreciate your flexibility and patience with this change in date and hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BHS NEWS - Week 1

Good Morning!

The opening of school went relatively smooth.  Students genuinely seemed happy to be back!  It was great to see so many people at Friday nights football game.  We have a great sports program with many very exciting games happening this fall.  You can visit our web-site to get the schedule for all of our athletic programs.   It is a nice ay to spend a summer afternoon!   

Parents of juniors and seniors:    We will have a parking lottery next week.  Juniors and seniors will have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to complete the necessary paperwork (you can find it on our web-site).  The drawing will occur on Thursday morning and we will post results thursday afternoon.  


Coffee With the Principals
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

BHS NEWS - 2012 - 2013

Good Afternoon!

With the opening of the 2012-13 school year a few days away, I wanted to make you aware of some of the things going on at BHS!  

The BHS staff would like to thank our PTG for all of the things they do for the students and staff.  Today our liaisons sponsored a wonderful breakfast!  What a great way to start the year!  Much appreciated Deb, Audrey, Donna, and Jill (our building liaisons)!
The link attached is an invitation for young women to serve as interns at the Capitol.  Check it out! e postcard.pdf

The National Honor Society GPA calculation has been adjusted to include both weighted grades and unweighted grades.  This adjustment will fairly calculate all types of course loads.   We will be using the adjusted calculation at the start of this school year.  The 3.5 GPA is still the standard.

An adjustment to the Course Drop/Add procedure has been made and extends the window from the current three weeks to four weeks.  During the drop/add 4 week window students may drop or add a course (if available) without having it noted on their permanent transcript.  For the full procedure see the Drop\Add procedure on-line in the student handbook. This year's deadline for dropping a course without indication of withdrawal on the student transcript is Friday 9/21. 

This year we anticipate leaving the Parent Portal open during the grade entry period. During grade entry at the end of a quarter it is not uncommon to see grade fluctuation as it is typical that long term assignments become due and  can have greater weight on a grade.  In the past this fluctuation has resulted in many phone calls from parents to staff.  Because grade closing is a busy time for teachers, and because we want to be prompt in answering your communication, I ask that you wait until grades are completed before contacting a teacher.  

PLEASE RETURN BOOKS!!  Students who have not returned books to the school or who have not paid for books lost will not be able to pick up this years books for their classes until they have settled their book account.  The reason I am taking this step is to avoid having to purchase additional books for courses that are short because books have not been returned or paid for.  Students have been noticed in the past and will be reminded on Tuesday to turn in books.   Freshmen students will pick up their books on the first day of school.  

I appreciate the positive responses and support from many of you about the dress code.  I wanted to offer some clarity on wearing yoga pants to school.  Yoga pants are ok to wear.  However, apparel intended to be spandex, tights or leggings are not permitted unless a top is worn over that meets the "fingertip standard.  

We are committed to continually trying to improve communication with you.  As a staff we are committed to a 24 hour response for any communication.    In the past teachers have set up voicemail boxes to receive communication from you. The high school has a large staff and limited phone access.  This has become problematic in trying to meet our commitment.  For this reason, I ask that when communicating with teachers at the high school please use their email account.  If you would like to talk with the teacher simply indicate that in your email and leave a contact number.  Because teachers are able to check email several times a day in their classrooms, we believe this will be a much more efficient system of communication.  

Opening Day Forms!  The dreaded opening day forms will soon be in your hands.  These forms are important and help us update records, give permissions, serve as acknowledgements, etc.   As a way to promote a prompt return of forms by the student the PTG sponsors a "Breakfast" for the first homeroom to return all forms.  Food really motivates young people!  Help your son or daughter's Advisory win! 

The Bedford School District has implemented Google Apps for Education for students, teachers, and administrative staff. These accounts will be used for school related projects. This account is housed on Google servers, thereby giving your student access to Google Docs (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software), email, calendar, website authoring tools, plus additional services. This will allow your student to collaborate with teachers and other students as well as share information with family, friends, and other Internet users.  In order of students to use this great service, parents must give consent.  To view a more descriptive explanation of this service, visit .  If you do not want your student to have access to this service, please provide us in writing this request.  Students can access the Bedford School District Google Apps for Education site at:

 For information regarding our lunch account program go to the District web-site- Food Service link- Pay for lunches link.   

BHS has been buzzing with athletic and band activity for more than a week now.  On the the first day of school (Aug. 28th) all students will meet with me by grade level to discuss changes in school policy and procedures, how to find information, and hear about the general expectations for the school year.  

Our school calendar of events is on the BHS website and events have been updated.  There are two events happening in the first week of school of which parents and students should be aware.  On the 28th,  all School Pictures will be taken.   On Thursday the 30th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm a ninth grade Parent Information Night will be held.   Ninth grade students will attend a dance in the Commons while parents will meet in the theater.  The agenda for the evening will include presentations by the PTG, the School Resource Officer, Student Assistance Counselor, Counseling department, Competency review, Activities at BHS.  The presentations will last approximately one hour.  For anyone interested in seeing the building we will tour the building from 8-8:30.  

Counseling News:
  • Discontinuation of Most Transcript Fees - In the past, the Counseling Department relied heavily on "snail mail" for delivery of your student's transcripts and official records to prospective colleges and universities.  With the successful adoption of the Naviance software, we have transitioned to an electronic delivery method.  As a result, any transcript that can be transmitted electronically to a college or university will no longer incur the $3 transcript fee.  Some institutions still require hard copies of material as part of their application process.  Delivery of your records to these institutions will result in the standard $3 fee per official transcript, which must be paid to the registrar in order to release your records.  It is important that students pay any transcript fees prior to their deadlines as materials will not be submitted without payment.  
  • Schedule Changes - The Counseling Department is working diligently on requests for schedule changes, and final enrollments are still taking place.  Should your student wish to change their schedule, the Counseling staff will be available in the library (entry across from the Counseling suite) to process requests for changes.  As a reminder, we cannot guarantee placement in courses, but we will make every attempt to place students in classes they require.  
  • Senior Meetings - Counselors will begin meeting with Senior students in September.  These meetings are an opportunity for students to sit one-on-one with their counselor to review their graduation progress and post-secondary plans.  Please encourage your senior to stop into the Counseling Department and proactively schedule a time to sit with their counselor that best suits their schedule.  All Seniors will be invited to attend a Senior meeting.

Here we go!

"It is ok to be where you are, but not ok to stay there!"