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

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