Monday, December 22, 2014

IMPORTANT CORRECTION REGARDING CHROMEBOOKS

Dear Parents of our current eighth and ninth graders,

The Bedford School Board has approved a Chromebook Program for the District.  Starting in the fall of 2015, all students in grade 9 and 10 will need to have a Chromebook computer for use at school.  In May, we will send you more details about this program.  However, some of you may want to purchase a Chromebook sooner.

We believe this program is a tremendous opportunity for our students and teachers to improve teaching and learning.  We have developed a set of frequently asked questions that can be viewed here.
Parents will have three options to purchase a Chromebook:
  • Purchase a Chromebook yourself.
  • Starting in the spring of 2015, buy directly from the district with a one-time payment.
  • Starting in the spring of 2015, lease directly from the district with an annual payment.
If you choose not to opt into the program, we will provide your child with a loaner device during the school day. It will need to be checked in and out daily and must stay at school.
If so, please note that any Chromebook model will be compatible with the District’s program.   That said, we do have some recommendations.
  • 11.6 inch screen size (as opposed to 13 or 14 inches). The smaller size fits nicely in student backpacks.
  • 4GB memory (as opposed to 2GB).
  • Intel Celeron Processor (also known as the Haswell).
The Bedford School District has been pleased with the design and performance of the Acer Chromebook C720 and the Acer Chromebook 13.  Other manufacturers such as HP, Toshiba and Samsung also have recently released new models with similar specifications.  You can expect to spend between $250 and $300.

We are sure parents will have questions going forward. Many of them have been answered in the frequently asked questions.  Others, related to the district purchase plan, student set up, and implementation plan, will be answered in the spring.  In the meantime, we wanted to get you these specifications in case you want to make a purchase for the holidays.

Feel free to contact us with questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Bill Hagen, Principal Bedford High School
Ed Joyce, Principal Ross Lurgio School
Terry Bullard, Technology Director
Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools

BHS - News

Hello Parents,
 
Chromebook Program -
On Monday, t​he Board approved 
 
​the​ Chromebook Program
 
​.  Starting in the fall of 2015, all students in grade 9 and 10 will need to have a Chromebook computer for use at school.  In May, we will send 
 
​parents more details.  
 
 
 
 
 
Regards,Bill
 
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BHS: Choral Concert Postponed

Good Afternoon Parents of Choral Students, 
 
Unfortunately, our choral director Mrs. Riley has come down with the flu.  Therefore, tonight's choral concert has been postponed until Thursday, Dec. 18th at 7:00pm in our Theater.  The planned choral field trip for Dec. 11th, has been cancelled.

The instrumental concert is still scheduled for tonight at 7:00pm. 
 
Regards,

Bill

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Financial Aid Night & Holiday Concert

Financial Aid Night

The Financial Aid Night has been moved to Monday, December 15th, at 6:00pm due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause, but want to ensure that as many people can attend as possible and that our community is safe. The meeting will still take place in the high school theater.


Holiday Concert

A reminder that our Holiday Concert will be held in the Theater on Wednesday, Dec 10th, at 7:00pm.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

BHS News

Good Afternoon!

BHS has Talent!

A reminder that the BHS Talent show is tonight beginning at 6:00pm in the theater.  It is always a lot of fun and a great display of some of the incredible talent our students possess.  Tickets are sold at the door.


Financial Aid Night

We welcome you all to attend our Financial Aid Night next Tuesday, December 9th at 6:00pm in the Theater. Tori Berube from NHHEAF will be joining us to discuss everything from the application process (FAFSA & CSS Profile), to scholarships, to how to read an award letter from a college. It is a VERY helpful event that should not be missed! 
See you then, 
~BHS Counseling Staff


Intersession News
 
SOPHOMORES:
      The Portal will open Wednesday, 12/3, around 5 pm.  The portal will remain open for sophomores until Friday, 12/5 at 9 pm Payments can be made through Monday, 12/8 at 2:35 pm Cash and checks can be given to Mrs. Shapiro.  Online payments can also be made on the Intersession website.
 
FRESHMEN:
     The Portal will open Tuesday, 12/9 around 5 pm.  The portal will remain open untilThursday 12/11 at 9 pm Payments can be made through Monday, 12/15 at 2:35 pm.  Cash and checks can be given to Mrs. Shapiro.  Online payments can also be made on the Intersession website.
 
STUDENTS WHO MISSED SIGN UPS:
     These students should email Mrs. Dreyer the week of the 15th.  
 
MANDATORY INTERSESSION MEETING:
     December 18th during long advisory.
 
 
Calendar of Events     Upcoming Week at BHS

 
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Meeting
BSB Meeting
7:00 PM

Athletics
BHS: Winter meet the coaches
7:00 PM

 
9
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Meeting
BHS: Financial Aid Information Night
6:00 PM

 
10
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Performing Arts
BHS: Music Department Holiday Concert
7:00 PM

 
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Dance
BHS: Semi Formal
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

 
 


BEF NEWS

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is conducting an on-line fundraising auction with some great holiday gift items, including: a live SAT prep course, a baseball autographed by former St. Louis Cardinals picture and Bedford resident Chris Carpenter, and a five-day bear hunting trip with Jay Miller, a former Boston Bruin.  The on-line auction will end at 9pm on Monday, December 15th and is accessible at www.32auctions.com/BEFholidays.  If you are not interested in these auction items but would like to make a donation to BEF, please visit http://www.befnh.org/?nd=donate.

The BEF is also requesting community input regarding fundraising events.  Please click here to respond to a quick 7-question survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWuZokoyFsQVvvoBN4kv3IPGY078XQJ4VyaDiBEHImI/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link.

Thank you!

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Message for...Intersession Timeline Changes

 Intercession Timeline Changes

Due to the storm, the intersession timeline has been shifted.  THIS IMPACTS ALL JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, and FRESHMEN.  
 
JUNIORS:
     Payments will be taken through Tuesday, 12/2 at 2:35pm.  Cash and checks can be given to Mrs. Shapiro.  Online payments can also be made.
 
SOPHOMORES:
      The Portal will open Wednesday, 12/3, around 5 pm.  The portal will remain open for sophomores until Friday, 12/5 at 9 pm Payments can be made through Monday, 12/8 at 2:35 pm.  Cash and checks can be given to Mrs. Shapiro.  Online payments can also be made on the Intersession website.
 
FRESHMEN:
     The Portal will open Tuesday, 12/9 around 5 pm.  The portal will remain open untilThursday 12/11 at 9 pm Payments can be made through Monday, 12/15 at 2:35 pm Cash and checks can be given to Mrs. Shapiro.  Online payments can also be made on the Intersession website.
 
STUDENTS WHO MISSED SIGN UPS:
     These students should email Mrs. Dreyer the week of the 15th.  
 
 
 
BEF NEWS
The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is conducting an on-line fundraising auction with some great holiday gift items, including: a live SAT prep course, a baseball autographed by former St. Louis Cardinals picture and Bedford resident Chris Carpenter, and a five-day bear hunting trip with Jay Miller, a former Boston Bruin.  The on-line auction will end at 9pm on Monday, December 15th and is accessible at www.32auctions.com/BEFholidays.  If you are not interested in these auction items but would like to make a donation to BEF, please visit http://www.befnh.org/?nd=donate.

The BEF is also requesting community input regarding fundraising events.  Please click here to respond to a quick 7-question survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWuZokoyFsQVvvoBN4kv3IPGY078XQJ4VyaDiBEHImI/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link.
 
Thank you!

Monday, November 17, 2014

BHS: News

Good Afternoon!
BHS is the place to be this weekend!  Our Bulldogs will be either thrilling us at the big football semi-final game on Saturday, or entertaining us at the crazy fun musical production!  The stadium will be a bit chilly so bundle up, but the theater will be warm and cozy so take your pick (or pick both!).
Lots of important announcements this week so read all the way to the bottom!
Below are details for the events.
Semi-Finals Varsity Football - Bedford vs. Exeter, Saturday @ Bulldog Stadium, Nov. 15th, 1:00pm
This is an NHIAA tournament and admission fees are collected as you enter the driveway.  Adults $7.00, Seniors $5.00, Students $5.00  We expect a full house for the game so get there early and avoid the long line!
BHS Musical - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - BHS Theater
Admission at the door -  Adults $10.00, Students $5.00
Show Times: Nov. 13, 14, 15, (Nov. 16 @ 2 PM),  21, 22 @ 7PM  
BHS Teacher Conferences Nov. 17-20, If you missed the opportunity to schedule a conference, contact your son or daughter's teacher vis email to set some time up to meet.
BHS Fall Athletic Awards Night - Nov. 24th - 6:30 -9:00pm Theater
Prom Fundraiser
The Prom Committee is running a fundraiser to help with the cost of this years prom ticket.  The attached form along with payment need to be returned to the school byTuesday November 18th.  Any questions please call Mr. Dempsey at 310-9000 ext 3104.​
Yearbook Fundraiser- Fall sports photo collage posters are available for purchase on the yearbook page of the BHS library website. Every fall sport has it's own collage and can be ordered in three sizes: 24"x36" for $15, 18"x24 for $10, or 12"x18" for $8. Every collage contains a variety of photos from each fall sport and would make the perfect keepsake.
Intersession News
 
1. The Intersession activities are now available to view.  You can find them at the Intersession website: https://sites.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/bhs-intersession/
 
2. Each grade has three days to sign up and students must pay a minimum $20 deposit by the end of the week in order to reserve their spot:
  • Senior sign-ups Nov 17-19, deposit due by Nov 21
  • Junior sign-ups Nov 24-26, deposit due by Nov 28 (this is Thanksgiving week!  Online payments accepted by the 28th; cash or check due by the 25th)
  • Sophomore sign-ups Dec 1-3, deposit due by Dec 5
  • Freshman sign-ups Dec 8-10, deposit due by Dec 12
3. Grant applications (available on the Intersession website) are due by the Tuesday of the student's sign up week.  Grants of up to $100 are available for all activities and two $2500 grants are available for the twelve overnight trips.  
Please see attached information regarding grant opportunities. 
 
4. New this year, there will be an online payment option.  A link on the Intersession website and more information will be coming.  
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

BHS: News

Happy Friday Afternoon!
 
The Bulldogs are at it again!  This weekend our Women's Varsity Soccer team advanced to the State championship finals by posting a nail-bitting double overtime PK win against Bishop Guertin.   Our team will match up again this year against the Exeter Hawks at 2:15 pm at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter.  
The Men's Varsity Football team will be in state championship semi final action on Saturday at 3:00pm in Bedford against the Concord Tide.  This will also be a rematch between two excellent football programs.  
 
The weekend promises to be an exciting one!!!!
 
PTG Annual Ski & Skate Sale Event Saturday, 11/22
Get ready for the PTG’s biggest fundraiser and stock up on all your winter sports gear needs for the entire family! Proceeds from this tremendous consignment sale fundraiser provide a variety of wonderful programs supporting Bedford students across all six schools. Please consider supporting this important event in any way that you can by selling your used equipment, purchasing equipment, donating, or volunteering! 
Go to www.bedfordptg.org for all the details and add your equipment to the sale using our easy online scanning system! (Drop off for selling your equipment isFriday, November 21, 2014 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm at BHS.)
 
Technology One-to-One Survey Closing Monday
Last week, we asked parents of current 8th and 9th grade students to participate in a short survey regarding a potential adoption of a one-to-one initiative for next school year.   We want to make sure everyone has a chance to respond so we are keeping it open through until Sunday, November 9.  We ask that you submit only one survey response per family. Click on this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BSD1to1.
The information provided will assist us with our planning efforts. Please refer to the FAQs PDF document (http://www.linkyy.com/nGc) for additional information that we have compiled to date about a one to one technology initiative. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools
Terry Bullard, Director of Technology