Friday, February 20, 2015

BHS: Youth Risk Behavior Survey

          February 19, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On March 11, 2015, Bedford High School will again be conducting the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  This survey is offered to high school students nationwide every two years. This survey is optional and anonymous.   The survey is a vital part of our overall effort to help students avoid risky behavior and make healthy choices.  Nevertheless, we understand if you do not want your child to participate in this survey.  You may opt out by returning the form below by March 9, 2015.

The survey was developed by the Center for Disease Control.  The survey asks students about six types of health-risk behaviors.  These behaviors contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.  These are:

  1. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  2. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  3. Alcohol and other drug use
  4. Tobacco use
  5. Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  6. Inadequate physical activity
The survey also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.
Bedford has participated since the high school opened in 2007.   The survey is given using paper and pencil.  It is anonymous; no uniquely identifying information is returned to the school and the actual surveys are destroyed.  We receive general information about the risky behaviors prevalent among our students.  You can read the 2013 report for Bedford High School here.  
The Center for Disease Control does not allow us to post the actual 2015 Survey online. We have posted the 2013 Survey here and the questions that have been added for 2015 here.  Between these two documents, you are able to see every question for the 2015 Survey.  Additionally, parents can come in to the main office at Bedford High School to see an actual paper copy of the 2015 Survey if they wish.
Thank you for all you do as the parents and guardians of Bedford’s youth.

Sincerely,

Donna LaRue                             Bill Hagen
District Youth Counselor            Principal, Bedford High School
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If you do not want your child to participate, please fill out this form and return it to by March 9, 2015.
A signed hard copy or a completed electronic copy is acceptable.

______I do NOT want my child to participate in the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Return to: Donna LaRue, Youth Counselor ~  ℅ Bedford High School Main Office


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Parent/Guardian Signature                    Student Name (print)                                 Date    

Monday, February 9, 2015

BHS News

Good Afternoon,
Let's all hope next weeks snow falls somewhere besides Bedford!


Junior and Senior Prom Class Fundraiser
Dear Parents and Friends of BHS,
Our students are conducting a fund raiser selling new and renewal subscriptions for digital and hard copy magazine and newspapers (Wall Street Journal). They will earn 40% profit from all purchases.  
Our prices are at or below many publisher offerings not to mention a huge savings off newsstand prices.
You may order at any time during the year to support our fundraiser.
Please place your order online at
                                     Use our BHS ID# 4051835

Enter your students name so that their class will get the credit.
Thank you for supporting the students of BHS!
Parent Conference Evening:
Tuesday, February 10th is the second parent conference evening for those parents who have signed up. If you were unable to make a conference date and wish to speak to a teacher please email them to to set up a meeting time.

Coffee House
February 19th, at 6:00pm please join some of most talented musical artists  performing in Bulldog corner!

District News
Election day is on Tuesday, March 10 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  
 
If you will not be able to vote on March 1​0, the application for an absentee ballot is available here on the Town of Bedford websiteThe process is very simple and straight forward.
 
More information about the proposed budget is available here on the School District website.  Feel free to contact me with any additional questions.  I can be reached at 472-3755 or mcgeec@sau25.net.
 
Sincerely,
 
Chip McGee
​Superintendent of Schools

Friday, February 6, 2015

BHS: Twitter

Dear Students,

I wanted to email all of you regarding the Twitter events at the school last week.  This is not intended to be a sermon about the right and wrong of the events. It is simply intended to share what happened and the reasons behind the decisions made.  

As many of you are aware, Superintendent McGee tweeted our delayed opening last week. His tweet prompted a variety of responses from students at BHS.  Many of the response tweets were humorous and clever, while a small number used inappropriate language towards staff or encouraged threats to be made to the school.  As the building principal, I felt it was our responsibility to address those tweets which we believed were in contradiction to the School’s Mission Statement.  

“We believe in educating the whole person so all members of Bedford High School embody respect, responsibility, integrity, and compassion, with a unique vision and voice. Through good citizenship and service to others, we strive to make positive contributions to the world.”

It was also our intention to convey an important message to the students involved (and all of you) about social media and the impact (both known and unknown) it can have on you because of its visibility.  College admission counselors, current and future employers, and even people with whom you would like to have a relationship, can use your presence on social media to make judgments and decisions about you.  To make that point, I spoke to each student involved.  I explained that, from the school’s perspective, the comments did not reflect the spirit of our Mission Statement. The comments did not embody the respect and responsibility expected of every BHS student, and they caused some degree of disruption at school. Most importantly, I used the situation to remind them of the visibility and possible judgments and decisions others might make in the future about them.  Initially, I issued suspensions from school as a consequence for the students’ actions.  Please know this was a very difficult decision to make because I believe in a student’s right to express himself or herself especially outside of school; however, I also believe that as adults and educators, we have an obligation to guide you in making good decisions.  After much discussion with Superintendent McGee over the weekend, a decision was made to rescind the suspensions from school that had been based on the use of inappropriate language.  This was the right thing to do.

I am writing to you today because this is a teachable moment for me and, I hope, for all of you.  I recognize there is a line I need to attend to regarding when and where the school’s authority can be exercised. The school’s responsibility regarding issues that arise at the intersection of school and social media is new territory, and it may take more time, experience and discussion to get it right.  I want you to know we will work hard to make the best decisions as issues arise.  Know, however, they will always be with our school’s mission and your best interest in my mind.  

Sincerely,

Mr. Hagen