Monday, December 21, 2015

Important Traffic Patter Update!


Traffic at Bedford Middle and High School
On January 4, 2016, we are making an adjustment to the direction of traffic.
​ (Map,Explanation)​
Although we will always have heavy traffic at the start and end of school, our hope is to lessen the congestion at these peak times.

Changes
  • Reverse the direction of the Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Area so parents will not need to make left turns at the two main intersections.
  • Extend two-way traffic to the concession stand ending at the West Parking Lot so parents can exit Parent Pick Up and Drop Off that way.
  • Close the central loop area during parent pick up and drop off (except for buses and students with special needs) to reduce the places where parents are crossing traffic.
As before, we ask all drivers to do the following:
  • Yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  • Take turns at the main intersections when congestion is high.
  • Be patient.

Monday, December 14, 2015

BHS News

2015 BHS Toys for Tots Campaign
Toy collections have been underway here at Bedford High and will continue untilDecember 18th.  There are collection boxes located in the Library, Counseling Office, Bulldog Corner, the Commons and the Main Entrance.  We are currently just over halfway to our goal of 500 toys with 277 collected so far!

Students and Staff are asked to attached a small slip of paper with
their name to each toy donated.  The names will be entered into prize
raffle drawings to be held next Friday during the Pep Rally!

Last year we collected nearly 400 toys and we are aiming for 500 this
year!  If every student and staff member brought in just 1 toy each we
would triple our goal and have 1500 toys for children and teens in
need!

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:  
The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church is a newly established resource for those in our community who are facing hunger or food insecurity.  The Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization that is a well-coordinated effort between 5 area churches, local organizations including the Bedford Lion's Club, the Boy Scouts, and individuals and families in Bedford.  The Food Pantry is located at  Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, and is available to all Bedford residents.  
The Food Pantry will open Saturday, December 19th  and will be open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, and the following Monday, of each month. Hours are Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  If you or someone you know in Bedford is struggling with food insecurity please call Bedford Presbyterian Church at 472-5841. 


Friends of the Sandhus
Decorate the Tree (with Gift Cards)!!!
Please join us for a casual evening of shared memories, food, and hugs as we gather to show our support for the Sandhu family. Mike, Surrinder, Milan, Karam and Neelam have been a part of our community since the mid 1990s. Most people have heard about the fire that destroyed their home on December 1st. Bring a food or drink item from this sign-up or a gift card and come help decorate a tree with gift cards to raise the spirit of the holidays for this wonderful family!
RSVP by Friday, 12/11/15, if attending!
Date:  (Sun.) 12/3/15
Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: McKelvie Intermediate School Cafeteria
Created by: Laura Chen
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0944a8ad2aaa8-decorate


Principal's Coffee
THe PTG will sponsor a coffee in the the BHS Library from 6-7 pm.  This is an informal meeting and the topic will be on mid-terms and finals.   If you are interested please contact Anna Raidkeataleraike@hotmail.com  or Sheila Healds at http://healds@comcast.net  to reserve one of the 15 spots.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Special Event

Friends of the Sandhus

Decorate the Tree (with Gift Cards)!!!

Please join us for a casual evening of shared memories, food, and hugs as we gather to show our support for the Sandhu family. Mike, Surrinder, Milan, Karam and Neelam have been a part of our community since the mid 1990s. Most people have heard about the fire that destroyed their home on December 1st. Bring a food or drink item from this sign-up or a gift card and come help decorate a tree with gift cards to raise the spirit of the holidays for this wonderful family!
RSVP by Friday, 12/11/15, if attending!

Date:  (Sun.) 12/3/15

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: McKelvie Intermediate School Cafeteria

Created by: Laura Chen 

Monday, December 7, 2015

BHS News

Mid-Terms and Finals
Good Afternoon!  At the high school we will be administering mid-terms and finals a bit differently beginning this year.  Below, I have outline the specifics of the plan.  We are taking these steps in response to feedback on the current testing schedule’s impact. Under the current testing schedule the following concerns have been identified:  loss of considerable instructional time during the review for the test, redundancy in assessment, and the limited impact on a student grade given the amount of time and effort put forth by teachers and students.  As you may be aware, the nature of a competency curriculum is such that mastery of essential skills and knowledge is the goal.  By design, competencies for a course are cumulative and are continually taught to achieve a higher standard.  Because of this, mid-term and final assessments will be administered in the natural flow of instruction. It is important to say that these assessments will be rigorous and will prepare students for college mid-term and final exams.  The bullet points below describe how we intend to proceed.  

Mid-terms/Finals
  • Mid-terms and course finals will continue to be administered.  
  • The window for mid-terms and finals will be from the middle of December through the middle of January, and again mid May through the end of school so that we can limit testing conflicts.
  • Mid-terms and finals will take the form of end-of-unit assessments that fall within the Dec. to Jan. window and that may include additional material and cumulative skills and knowledge as deemed important by the teacher.
  • Mid-terms and finals must assess all competencies for the course.
  • Mid-terms and finals will be graded as any end of unit assessment is graded. (This means they may have a greater weight than the previous mid/final grade.)
  • The scheduled days and blocks for Mid-term/finals may still be used to conduct IB and AP assessments as in the past.

In addition to increasing instructional time, eliminating redundancy and increasing the weight on the mid/final grade, by keeping the testing schedule as planned students who are failing and who have not demonstrated passing a competency will continue to come to school and receive additional instruction from teachers and opportunities to recover competency.  We believe by giving students the opportunity to recover earlier in the a course, they will have a better understanding of the material thus allowing them to be more successful in the second half of a course. We also believe this will enhance a student’s effort and motivation and potentially eliminate the need for summer school as more students will be mastering material.  Below are the details for the four testing days.    
  • Students who are not passing all competencies in a course will be required to participate in recovery work in the first two blocks during test days. Conversely, those who are passing all competencies after the mid-term or final are not required to attend school during those four half days.  Students who are at home may prepare for the second semester by working on assigned projects, reading assignments, or additional work assigned by the teacher. (In the future we expect students who wish to improve a grade may take advantage of the additional opportunities provided.  This year we are targeting students who have failed one or more competencies )

  • Teachers will be available according to the current testing schedule to provide instruction and additional opportunities for students to demonstrate competency.  (Students may be provided with the materials they have failed in advance in order to work on it prior to coming to the “recovery block(s).”)
  • Teachers may provide opportunities for students to do additional work before or during this recovery period.
  • Teachers will post office hours in the afternoon in the event they may need to meet with a student.  

 
SAT Testing Becomes the New State Assessment
The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) has announced that, beginning in the 2015-16 school year, it will use the SAT as the statewide assessment test for juniors. Students in the 11th grade will take the test for free on March 2, 2016. St. Anselm College has graciously agreed to host this testing session. Having all juniors test off campus will allow for a quiet testing environment and for the school day to run as normal for the other three classes. We will share more information, about transportation and specific locations on campus, in the near future.

Salad depot

Hello Bedford Bulldogs!

The Commons is excited to announce the opening of the SALAD DEPOT.
We are now offering a “Made to Order” salad bowl.
You’re selections will include a variety of fresh veggies, assorted meats and special toppings on top of a bed of crispy lettuce.
 Your custom made salad will also include a fruit, a roll and your choice of milk.

Hope to see you there!

BHS Calendar News

Talent Show
When
Fri, December 4, 7pm – 11pm
Where: Theater

BHS Holiday Concert
When
Wed, December 9, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where: Theater

 
Winter Meet the Coaches Night
When
Thu, December 10, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Theater/Rooms

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BHS News

BHS NEWS!
Volunteer needed for BHS Community Senate: The BHS Community Senate has an open seat for a community member/parent.  The Senate meets monthly on the first Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm.  The open seat is a two-year obligation.  The Senate is an advisory body with the purpose of helping maintain high standards, promoting a nurturing learning environment, and upholding the ideals of the BHS mission statement.  If you are interested in serving, please reply to jozokosb@sau25.net and state your interest.
Principal's Coffee
On Thursday, November 18, from 6pm to 7pm the PTG will sponsor a Principal's Coffee in the BHS Library.  The group size is limited to fifteen people to provide plenty of air time for those in attendance.  This will be an open agenda  so bring any concerns, compliments, or feedback you have about our school.  If you are interested please contact PTG liaisons Anna Elium-Raike at aleraike@hotmail.com or Sheila Heald at healds@comcast.net.  
SAU News!
Parent Forum on ​
 Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking
​As a part of the annual NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, 
 Sameer Hinduja, the co-director of the Cyberbulling Research Center, is presenting a FREE Parent Forum titled
​​ 
Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents.

Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites.  Foundational information on the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is provided first before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail.  Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends.
​ ​
 Parents are asked to RSVP for this FREE event at www.nhcmtc.org by Friday, November 20th

PTG News!
Is there a Star Wars fan in your home?  Grab your family & friends and get ready for episode VII, The Force Awakens, by joining the PTG for a fun night out at "Star Wars night with the Manchester Monarchs”on Saturday, December 5th @ 7p.m..  All your favorite characters will be there too! The PTG is offering discounted tickets for adults and children $20/$15 (normally from $17 - $34) AND an opportunity for any student to participate in the “ HIGH-FIVE tunnel”. *Though the PTG will be receiving a small portion of the ticket price we hope this will be a fun community event for our families.  Click here to download and print an order form (please return to your school office by December 1st).
SAVE THE DATE: “PTG ANNUAL SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT” SATURDAY, NOV. 21st
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 is Friday, November 20, 2015 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm at BHS.)
Looking for a volunteer (no need to have BHS student) to spearhead a new fundraiser proposal put together by Superintendent Chip McGee. This person would work with the PTG and Mr. McGee and be responsible for soliciting local businesses to sponsor BHS home football (next year) and basketball (this winter) games. For a fee, the business would be promoted during a home game through banners, announcements, etc.

Monday, November 9, 2015

BHS: News

Community News

Bedford Substance Abuse Summit
In response to the threat posed to our community by the substance abuse epidemic, the Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the Bedford School District will host a community-wide meeting on Tuesday, November 10th from 7P to 10P at the Manchester Christian Church, 56 Old Bedford Road, Bedford (across from Memorial School).  We want to thank Manchester Christian Church for graciously donating the use of their facility for this important endeavor.
The goal is to involve individuals and groups from throughout our community.  The focus is to first de-stigmatize this issue to encourage parent(s), student(s), loved one(s), friends and family to seek assistance for not only those suffering from substance abuse but also for guidance in education and treatment (agenda).  To accomplish this, we plan to have some gallant members of the community discuss their struggle with abuse in their families followed by a panel discussion and, most importantly, community engagement that we hope will lead to an action plan.
Anyone seeking more information about the meeting may contact the Police Department or the Superintendent's Office in person, by telephone or email.  On behalf of the Bedford Police Department and the Bedford School District, we want to thank you all for your assistance and whatever level of participation you are able to offer.
John J. Bryfonski
Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-792-1330
Chip McGee
Superintendent of Schools
103 County Road
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-472-3755

Parent Forum on ​Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking
​As a part of the annual NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference,
Sameer Hinduja, the co-director of the Cyberbulling Research Center, is presenting a FREE Parent Forum titled
​​
Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents.
Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites.  Foundational information on the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is provided first before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail.  Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends.
​ ​
Parents are asked to RSVP for this FREE event at www.nhcmtc.org by Friday, November 20th

BHS News

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
Last spring, schools throughout New Hampshire (and in many other states around the country) administered a new test known as "Smarter Balanced."  The tests, in language arts and math, were taken by students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.  Smarter Balanced Assessments are computer-based tests that replaced the annual NECAP assessment, although the Science NECAP remains.  
Next week, the New Hampshire Department of Education will release the results.  You can expect to see summary results by school district on the news and in the local papers.  Our schools will mail home individual student results by the end of next week. Parents of students in grades 4 through 9 and grade 12 will receive individual score reports and letters from NH Education Commissioner Barry and the principal of your child's current school. Questions can be sent to the current school principal.​
Social Media Awareness Day
Monday, Nov 9th is the Second Annual Social Media Awareness Day at BHS, hosted by Tech the Counseling Office. 9th and 10th graders will attend a Social Media presentation in the theater during advisory, which includes data on BHS social media use. We also invite all staff, students and the BHS community to participate in the Look Up Challenge during the lunch break. Just a reminder of how important it is to embrace the people you are with and be present for 20 minutes. Link to Video explanation
BHS Musical

PTG News

Juniors & Seniors allowed to bring Chromebooks beginning January 4th, 2016

This fall, Bedford High School implemented a 1-to-1 Chromebook program for all Freshman and Sophomore students.  Already, we have found that access to a device at anytime/anywhere during the school day helps improve teaching and learning.
Now that the program is launched, we believe upperclassmen will benefit from having a Chromebook device in school as well.  As a result, we have decided to allow Juniors and Seniors to bring a Chromebook device to school starting January 4th.
Families can either purchase a Chromebook device through the district (no higher than $177) or provide their own. With either option, the device must be enrolled into our Chromebook management system so that it can be activated on our wireless network.  This allows us to manage our school-provided Google accounts to push down content to students.
It is important that families understand that not all juniors and seniors are required to have a Chromebook.  As a result, we do not have the same expectation that chromebooks will be integrated into instruction for juniors/senior classes as do have for freshman/sophomore classes. It will be up to each teacher to decide if and how the devices can be used in class.
Please visit our 1-to-1 Chromebook Program website for information about the program (BHS Chromebook 1-to-1 Website).
If you would like your Junior or Senior student to be able to bring a Chromebook device to school, please submit this form no later than November 13th. After November 13th, we will confirm your selection and provide the final discounted price for those opting to purchase a device through the district. Families will also have the option to purchase accidental breakage/theft insurance for devices purchased through the district.
For current specifications of the device that the district would purchase on your behalf, click here.
Please go to the school calendar at http://www.bedfordhighschool.org/about-us/calendars  for additional school events!

Have a great Weekend!
Bill

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Good Afternoon!

November promises to be a busy month! The link to our calendar is here http://www.bedfordhighschool.org/about-us/calendars  
Grades have closed for quarter one.  Final Q1 grades will be finalized in Powerschool shortly.
Don't forget Parent Teacher Conferences are Nov. 10th, beginning at 4:30, and Nov. 12, beginning at 3pm.
The Fall Musical (All Shook Up) is scheduled for the 12th through the 15th, beginning at 7pm and on again on the 20th and 21st.  
Keeping Safe on the Internet
On Thursday November 5 from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Bedford Public Library there will be a presentation for parents on how to keep your kids safe on the internet.  It will be put on my Nate Lindstad of the Manchester Police Department.
 
​Epi-Pen Recall
Parents - As a courtesy, our school nurses have asked all principals to pass this announcement along to parents. S
 anofi US is voluntarily recalling ALL Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) 
​  The​
  products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery. 
​  More details can be found here.​

 
BEDFORD PTG INVITES YOU TO THE 2015 “ANNUAL SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT
Bedford High School Gymnasium – Saturday, November 21st, 2015 (9:00am-2:00pm)
Save HUGE on new and used winter sports equipment & apparel!
 
Mark your calendar to join local vendors bringing top name brand equipment both new and used along with our tremendous consignment inventory of ski and boarding equipment, skates, and winter apparel and outfit your entire family for the upcoming season! 
 
Whether you are in the market for new equipment or simply want to sell your own, this sale is for you.  Experts will be available to help fit the right ski, board and boots to your ability!  So grab a treat from our bake sale and have fun shopping this TREMENDOUS sale event!
 
Drop-off equipment for consignment: Friday November 20, 2015 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
 
***VISIT http://www.bedfordptg.org for additional sale details and add your items to our sale and tag them from home using our easy online scanning system! 
 
Go to www.bedfordptg.org/skiandskate for details!
 


SAVE THE DATE:
The PTG is hosting “The State of the District with Superintendent Chip McGee” on Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8p.m. at BCTV. This informative presentation will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. If you have a question you’d like answered feel free to send an email to Greg Girard at bedfordnhptg@gmail.com, all responses will be anonymous.
 
Join the PTG at Shorty’s in Bedford throughout the day on Thursday November 5th to celebrate “Half Way to Cinco de Mayo”.  Shorty’s will be offering happy hour prices all day long. Let your server know you support the PTG and drop your receipt at the hostess stand. The PTG will receive a portion of the proceeds on all take out and eat in orders (alcoholic beverages excluded) that get put into the box. ole!
 
The holidays are just around the corner, are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend, neighbor or teacher?  The PTG Gift Card sale is now underway.  We have lots of retailers including local businesses such as The Purple Finch, Canvas Roadshow, T-Bones, Zin Zen Yoga, Copper Door and Wicked Good Butcha!  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 spend!  Click here to download an order form today. ORDERS DUE: Monday, November 9, 2015 for Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah DeliveryORDERS DUE: Friday, December 4, 2015 for Pre-Christmas Delivery.
 
Looking for gift wrap or other gift items?  The Gift Wrap & More fundraiser will be ongoing online through December.  Simply go to www.meadowfarms.com and enter code 1032028 to start shopping.
 

School Supply Survey…
The PTG is looking for feedback on offering families the option of purchasing school supplies online.  The survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete.  Click here to participate.  We value your feedback.  Thank you!