Monday, May 16, 2016


From the Principal:
Good Afternoon!
Celebrate a Graduating Senior!
Rose bouquets will be available for pick up the morning of Graduation at BHS.
(If outdoors, go to the covered tent. If indoors, at the concessions booth in Bulldog Corner.)
Available bouquets are single, 3 roses, 6 roses or a dozen roses.
All payments need to be received by Friday, June 3 by 3pm. Checks can be made payable to BHS.
click here for the form:

How to Keep Your Kids Off Drugs
Wednesday June 1, 2016  6:30pm-9pm  Bedford High School Theater
Michael Nerney presents Risky Business
Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It

110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive?  Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults.  Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk.  In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language.  These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.

Mr. Nerney is the former Director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc. (NDRI).  He has been a consultant for two of the major television networks and most recently appeared on the ABC program “20/20”.   He is an internationally known lecturer, and has served as consultant to a number of federal and state agencies, including the federal Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the New York State Education Department, Department of Social Services, Division for Youth, Department of Correctional Services, Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, Division of Parole, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Capital Defender's Office and Governor's Office of Employee Relations.  Mr. Nerney has provided consultation on drug courts and other areas of technical assistance to correctional systems across the country, including the states of California, Texas, Alabama, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Oregon.  He is the father of four children.Please mark your calendar now.  You will not be disappointed!

Hall of Fame
We are developing a Bedford High School Hall of Fame program.  The intent of the program is to recognize and honor alumni of the Bedford School District and/or individuals associated with the Bedford School District who have made a significant contribution to the school or society in general through their induction into the Bedford Hall of Fame.  An Oversight Committee is being formed and we are looking for three alumni of the Bedford School District (this includes Bedford residents who attended West High) and two “at large” Bedford residents.  I have attached the By-Laws and the Application documents for a little more detail regarding committee responsibilities for your review.  If you are interested please contact me via email

Eighth Grade Parents!
On Thursday, May 19th, at 6pm in the BHS theater we are holding our Eighth Grade Parent Information Night.  This an opportunity to hear about, and gain a better understanding of the transition your sons and daughters will be making as they make their way from the middle school to the high school.  

Community Senator Needed
I am looking for a community member or parent to serve on the Community Senate for a two year term starting in September.  Janie Redman will be stepping down after fulfilling her two year term.  Applications will be accepted through the end of the month and the Senate will select the new Senator at their June meeting.  If you are interested, please apply here.  If you’d like more information, feel free to speak to any of theCommunity Senators.

Important Dates and Events:
5/18 - Band Concert - 7pm
5/26 - RWL deadline for Underclassmen (School Activities annual entry)
5/26 - World Language Induction - 6pm
5/27 - No School - Workshop Day
5/30 - No School Memorial Day
5/31 - Underclassman Awards - 6pm
6/03 - Adult Education Graduation - 6pm
6/09 - Scholarship Reception in Commons - 5:30pm
         Senior Awards Night - 7pm - Theater
6/11 - Graduation - 10am - rain or shine

From the Counseling Department:
Summer School Registration is live. If you elected to take Summer Personal Finance or Summer In Writing during the February course selection period, please also fill out the Summer School registration form. All Summer School information, including the registration form, can be found here.
As a reminder, we have a few NEW enrichment courses this summer (Creative Writing, Public Presentations, Intro to Statistics Hybrid, Intro to Computer Programming Hybrid). The deadline to register is May 15th. At that point, we will determine which courses will run.

From the Deans:
Parents of French students!  Our first parent information night for our French sister school exchange is Tuesday, May 17th at 6pm in room 136/139.  As your son or daughter may have told you, BHS is partnering with a school in Vernon, France to create a sister-school exchange program.  The school is Establishment Saint-Adjutor and can be found here on Google maps. We anticipate the French students coming to BHS this Fall and our students going to France during next year’s Intersession and April vacation.  Please join us on Tuesday if you can.
Earn Math credit this summer!  See the high school summer school webpage and sign up by May 15.  Enrollment in courses that run will be based on available seats after that date.
  • Intro to Computer Programming (0.5 credits, current RAL grade 8 students who are passing Algebra IA or higher are welcome and do earn high school credit!)
  • Introductory Statistics Hybrid (0.5 credits, Algebra I & Geometry prerequisite)
English Summer Enrichment
The deadline is approaching. Don’t miss out! The Humanities Department will be offering two additional opportunities for students to take courses and earn credit over the summer. If enough students sign up, we will offer a section of Creative Writing and a section of Public Presentations during the summer school session in July. Please see the Counseling page on the website or follow this link for more information. If a student has requested one of these courses for next year and chooses to enroll over the summer, the course will be deleted from the student’s schedule for next year, creating an open spot for either Managed Time or another elective with open seats. Remember that the summer course will only run if enough students register. Register by the May 15th deadline to secure your spot. After that, students will be enrolled in the course only if a seat remains available.
IB Students: Any student who tested during the May 2016 testing session can have their results sent to colleges for free by filling out the “Request for Results Services” form on the IB at BHS website under the May 2016 Testing Information tab.  At this time, BHS can send results to one school free of charge.  This information is due May 30th.  Any requests done after that done will be done through and incur a fee.  If there are questions, please contact Mr. Mezeske via email ( .

Student Activities:
Any students needing RWL School Activity hours please see Mrs. Philbrick.
Laramie Project May 12,13, and 14 at 7:00  The show is rated TV-14 please consult the BHS website for more information about the show and the rating.

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June 1st is BHS Fall sports sign-ups!  All current 9, 10, and 11 grade athletes will meet coaches after school to sign up for their Fall sport.  Current Lurgio 8th graders will sign up for Fall sports on June 1st in designated areas at RAL around 3pm.   We will have more details next week about paperwork due dates and concussion testing.  Keep checking the Athletic tab of the BHS website for specific details … Go Bulldogs!

From the SAU:
Dear Parents, Staff and Student Drivers,
I want to make sure our whole community is aware of a temporary traffic change.  This important announcement is from the Bedford Police Department:   
Starting Monday, May 16th, and continuing through Friday, May 27th, the intersection at Nashua Road and County Road in front of Bedford High School will become a temporary 4-way stop intersection. In addition, on those same dates, the intersection of Liberty Hill Road and County Road in front of McKelvie School will also become a temporary 4-way stop intersection.
The Bedford Highway Safety Committee has been studying both of these intersections after hearing from you – the community – regarding traffic delays and crashes at both of these intersections.  As a result, the Highway Safety Committee recommended engineering studies of both intersections to explore solutions to both congestion and crashes.
Part of the plan to improve both intersections includes a study of solutions, including 4-way stops.~ As you know, both intersections are currently 2-way stops.
For that two week period, temporary 4-way stop signs and traffic controls will be placed at both of these intersections.
Please review the rules of the road for 4-way stop intersections.  If you have a youth operator in your household that drives to school or frequently transits either of these intersections, please take a few moments to discuss the rules of road when approaching and driving through a 4-way stop intersection.
First and most important – all traffic must come to a complete stop.  This includes traffic that is in a designated right turn only lane which must come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection.
Second, the person in the intersection or whoever arrives first at an empty intersection has the right-of-way.  If two or more vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right always has the right-of-way.
To learn more about the rules of the road at 4-way stop intersections, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at and search for right of way at intersections.
I am grateful to the town officials for their work to improve these intersections.  Please drive cautiously as we all adjust to the new pattern.
Chip McGee  

From the PTG:
Hello Parents,
This spring the PTG is having a FUND RAISER to raffle off two parking spaces in the row closest to the front door of the high school.
-The raffle is open to rising juniors and rising seniors ONLY
-One parking space will be won by a rising senior and the other will be won by a rising junior.
-The drawing will take place in early June
-If the winning rising senior has already paid for a parking space, THEIR MONEY WILL BE REFUNDED
-tickets are $25.00 each
PTG will be selling the raffle tickets during high school sporting events, concerts, and online through PayPal. More details on how to use Paypal to buy your raffle tickets will be forthcoming.
We hope you will purchase a raffle ticket and support the efforts of PTG. The PTG sponsors many of the activities our children and their teachers have come to enjoy such as: Great Artist Series, Stand By Me, Winter Reading Night, Teacher Appreciation Week and Senior Barbeque just to name just a few.
If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Bedford High School PTG:
Sheila Heald –
Anna Raike –
Bonnie Greiner –
Betsy Danes –

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