Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BHS News

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.   If you have additional questions, please contact me at 310-9000.


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.  

Recently, I have heard from some parents of Juniors and Seniors about the weekly increase cost of prom tickets.  What follows is an explanation of how the ticket pricing was determined.  
The actual cost of the Prom tickets is $70 per student.  However, since the class had some funds in reserve, they are able to offer the tickets at the discounted price and as a way to motivate students to buy tickets early.  The "motivational" ticket price was $60 for the first two weeks of sales.  The price increases to $65 dollars for the next week and caps at $70 dollars until sales are closed.  (The discounted prices are less expensive than last year's prom and the $70 price is in line with last year's prom.  
I hope this sheds some light on the confusing situation.  

School Safety Check Program
The Bedford Police Department will begin a new program in April that will increase their presence in all Bedford Schools.  The School Safety Check Program will have each of the five day shift officers visiting each Bedford School on a monthly basis.  While at each school the officers will be able to become more familiar with the layout of each school facility, work with a school liaison to meet students and staff, and provide a greater presence in and around the school.  This new program is welcomed and embraced by the Bedford School District administration and is another example of the collaborative relationship between the Bedford School District and the Bedford Police Department.

Bedford PTG Invitation:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at McKelvie Intermediate School 6:30pm – No registration required.

Please join guest speakers from the Bedford Police and Fire Departments along with representatives from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County for an event centered on your child’s safety. Topics will include public, fire, and Internet safety as well as many other recommended safety measures to speak about with your children.  Education regarding how to recognize when help may be needed will also be covered.  (Due to some of the subject matter, we recommend that children under 17 years old do not attend).  This is one event not to be missed!

Meet The Coaches Night has been rescheduled to April 3, at 7:00pm in the BHS theater.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Senior Information

Good Morning!

With the graduation date set for June 15th, rain or shine, I will be sending home more updates regarding important events, times, and senior obligations.  Today, I want to remind you that June 3rd, is an important date for your senior.  It is the date when everything must be completed if a senior is to participate in all senior activities including graduation.  By June 3rd seniors should have: 
  • Completed and entered all Real World Learning hours (This is a graduation requirement).
  • Completed all Digital Portfolio requirements (This is a graduation requirement).
  • If necessary, completed any finals. (not mandatory for seniors who are passing a course).
  • Met the 24 credit requirements necessary for graduation (This is a graduation requirement).
  • Turn in all obligations.  This includes i.e. all books, school equipment, calculators, uniforms, fee's owed.  etc.. 
Today we met with the senior class to remind them of their graduation requirements along with the many senior activities coming up.  One additional date to put on your calendar is the Senior Awards Night.  It will be held on June 13th, from 7:00-9:00pm in the theater.  More information will follow.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

School District Healthy Snack Pollicy

Assistant Superintendent Chip McGee would like to meet with a group of parents at all six schools to discuss the new district policy regarding healthy snacks.

At this meeting Mr. McGee will explain the background of the law, the district wellness policy, and the new shared snack guidelines. He will also explain some of the concerns that have been raised by the community about this policy and then would like to receive feedback from the group. Feedback will be used to improve the process for implementation and communication of the policy.

We are looking for 10 - 12 interested parents at BHS to meet from 7 pm to 8 pm on TuesdayMarch 19th.  Participants will be chosen on a first come/first served basis. Please email Deb Delahunty at  if you are interested and able to participate.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Status of BHS Events Friday 3/8/13

Good Morning,

Decisions about the status BHS night events due to the storm (School Play) will be made by 1:00pm this afternoon.

Boy's Varsity Quarterfinal Basketball game at Trinity has been postponed tonight and rescheduled for SaturdayMarch 9th at 4pm.

Team bus departs at 2:30pm. Spirit bus at 3:30pm.

BHS Music Program

Good Morning!
"The 2ndAnnual Carrabba’s Fundraiser to benefit the Bedford High Music Booster Club will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 P.M. This fabulous 5 course meal with gratuity included is only $50.00 per person! Tickets are limited so hurry and reserve yours now by contacting Angie Cande"
This promises to be a fun evening and a great way to support our music program!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Annual School District Meeting Session II Vote

Good Morning!

Visit Superintendent Mayes blog for information concerning the Annual School District Meeting Session II Ballot Vote to be held next Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in the BHS gymnasium ... at

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BHS Theatre Company

Join the BHS Theatre Company for an evening of "Literary One-Acts"

On March 8th and 9th (this Friday and Saturday) the Bedford High School Theatre Company will present two one-act plays. 

Darcy and Elizabeth, adapted from Austen's  Pride and Prejudice, is a lovely introduction to the beloved classic.  Students will transport you to the Regency period, where propriety, property, and marriage were essential to one's happiness. Spoiler alert: the sparkling Elizabeth Bennet and dour Mr. Darcy somehow find love by the end!

Euripides' tragedy, Trojan Women, takes place just after the Trojan War, as the women and children sit in the rubble of their ruined city, awaiting their fates. This updated version by Charles Mee replaces the original dialogue with real testimony from survivors of Hiroshima, the Holocaust, and other atrocities of war. Modern music adds another layer of relevance to the classic story; Cassandra is a punk rocker, and Helen of Troy regains her position with the Bow Wow Wow version of "I Want Candy." Come join us for a poignant, wild look at war and women.

Darcy and Elizabeth is suitable for all ages. Trojan Woman has a "PG rating," as it contains descriptions of casualties of war and other violence.

The show is March 8th and 9th at 7:00 pm. Even with intermission it will be under two hours. Tickets are available at the door, or online

Hope to see you there!--