Friday, February 15, 2013

BHS News Updates

Course Selection Reminder:
If you have yet to enter your son or daughter's request for courses for next year, the Powerschool Course Selection window closes on Monday, February 18th.  If you are having difficulty accessing the Parent account please contact the Main Office for assistance.  

Principal's Coffee
The Principal's Coffee is scheduled for February 19th, will be held at 7:00pm in the Library.  The Coffee is presently scheduled on the PTG calendar for 9am, however, Dean of Student Service, James Brown will be speaking on the college process and available for questions.  Please contact Deb Delahunty at Delahuntydeb@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.


Transition to an electronic report card

Dear Parents,

At the end of the third quarter, Bedford High School and Lurgio Middle School will switch from paper report cards to electronic report cards. Parents will receive an email notice that the final grades for the quarter have been posted in the Powerschool Parent Portal.

We are making this change for several reasons.  It will further reduce our use of paper.  More importantly, the change allows parents, students and teachers to discuss a student’s performance based on the most up-to-date grades stored in the Parent Portal.  Unlike the old paper report card, the Parent Portal allows parents and students to “click through” students’ grades and see teacher comments, assignment descriptions, and individual assignments that comprise the grade.

As with any change, we anticipate parents and students will have questions.  We have answered some that we anticipate parents might ask.  If you have additional questions, please contact me at 310-9000.

Sincerely,

Bill and Ed

PS At Bedford High School, if a student has a Y5 grade, the year-long average grade, of F or NCF, this means the student is NOT currently passing the class.  This is true even if a student has a passing grade for the most recent quarter.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have not logged into Powerschool’s Parent Portal.  How do I do that?
Your first step is to pick up a letter at your child's school which will include their student access id and password. The access id's and passwords do not change from year to year so if you have the information from last year, you can use that. The whole process can be found at: this link: http://www.sau25.net/schools.cfm?subpage=633463

  • I want something I can put up on the refrigerator.  What do I do?
You can print off the first page of the parent portal grade tab which displays all of a student’s grades for the year.

  • What do all those codes mean?
    • Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 stands for Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Quarter 3, and Quarter 4
    • Y5 stands for the rolling average for the whole Year.  It is the grade the student has earned to date for the year.
    • NCF is a grade only for Bedford High School meaning one of the competency grades is below 70 percent and therefore the student is failing the course.  NCF show up in the Y5 grade only.
  • I still want a paper report card.  Can I get one?
Although all the same information (and more) is available on the Parent Portal, we will still honor parents’ requests for an individual paper report card this year.  Requests can be made through the guidance department.  You can call  310-9000 for Bedford High School and 310-9100 for Lurgio Middle School.

  • What will I use for my good student discount for my car insurance (and other requests for a student’s report card)?
Typically, insurance companies require a signature from a counselor on a form, rather than a report card.  That procedure will not change.

  • For the high school report card, what happened to the competencies?
The competencies are visible if you click on the standards tab on the parent portal.

  • Are you going to get rid of the Elementary and Intermediate School paper report cards, too?
No, our plan is to use the electronic report card in grades 7 – 12 for the foreseeable future.

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