Friday, June 10, 2016

BHS News

From the Principal:
Parents of 8th Grade Students
Yesterday the PowerSchool Parent Portal opened for families to view the 2016-2017 BHS schedules. Startingtomorrow Friday, June 10th to Wednesday the 14th the BHS school counselors will consider schedule change requests. A Principal email from Ed Joyce explained the process and a link to the request form. I will attach the form again here. Please print them out, fill out and drop off at the Lurgio Main Office.

Please also look at the semester elective sheets attached to consider which courses are offered in which block. Remember that this is when courses are offered, but not necessarily if they are currently available. Therefore, when filling out a schedule change request form be sure to provide several options. The BHS school counselors will reach out to you if any questions arise while considering your request.
Graduation Information 2016
The decision to hold Graduation Outdoor/Indoor because of weather will be made this afternoon via email in Principal Notes.  An outdoor ceremony looks promising right now!  But remember this is New England!
Graduation will be held rain or shine on June 11th at 10:00am.  Weather permitting the outdoor ceremony will be in Bulldog Stadium.  If it rains we will hold the ceremony in the Gymnasium.  The BHS website will be our primary source for disseminating information regarding the location of the ceremony.
The following information pertains to a 10:00am outdoor graduation
•       Each senior will be given one parking pass for the upper lot that they can use either for
themselves or for their family.  There will be spots reserved for our handicapped guests located next to the concession stand.
•       The parking and Stadium lot will open at 7:30 sharp.
•       Seniors will need to be in the high school by 8:45.
•       Seating will be first come first serve.
•       No tickets are necessary for an outside event.
•       All guests are asked to be seated by 9:45.
•       The Theater will be open for those choosing to watch the graduation streamed into the
Theater. (FYI the Theater is air-conditioned, and no ticket will be required)
•       The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
•       A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate receiving their diploma.
•       We ask that all guests remained seated for the entire graduation ceremony.
•       Graduates will receive their diplomas from their Advisors.  The distribution of the
diplomas will be determined by their advisors last name.  

The following information pertains to a rain event at 10:00am.
•       The parking lot will open at 7:30 sharp
•       Seniors will need to report to the main office by 8:45
•       Tickets are required for this event.  Each senior will be given 8 tickets at the rehearsal
on June 10th, (6 tickets for the Gymnasium and 2 for the Theater).
•       Everyone is asked to be in your seats by 9:45.
•       We ask that all guests remained seated for the entire graduation ceremony.
•       Graduates will receive their diplomas from their Advisors.  The distribution of the
diplomas will be determined by their advisors last name.
     Upper Parking Lot Opens at 7:30am and closes at 9:00am sharp      
Only people with approved parking passes are allowed to park in the upper lot.
         Seniors (1 each), VIP, Handicap Parking (must have handicap tag), and Faculty      
Lower Campus is open on a first come, first serve basis
Have a Safe and Happy Graduation Day
​​The Bedford High School Administration together with the Bedford Police wish everyone a happy and safe Graduation Day​.  Graduation ​is on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at Bedford High School and we want to remind students and parents to celebrate responsibly.
​Students, please remember:
  • Underage consumption of alcohol is illegal. The penalty for person under 21 years old who attempts to purchase alcohol, makes arrangements to buy alcohol, or uses a fake I.D. is a suspended license for 90 days and a $300 fine. Any person who facilitates or hosts an underage drinking party can be charged with a misdemeanor.
  • Never drink and drive. Do not get in a car with anyone who has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs. The Bedford Police Department will be conducting increased DWI patrols in conjunction with graduation day.
  • Never be afraid to call your parents or a trusted adult if you need help.
  • Respect yourself and others. Know your boundaries and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused.
Parents can help their students celebrate appropriately​ by considering these recommendations:
  • ​Know your teenagers’ plans. Find out where your student is going, who it’s with and what they’ll be doing. Offer to drive your teenager to and from parties.
  • Remind your children that, under any circumstance, you will be there to pick them up or help them should they find themselves in a bad situation.
  • If you’re hosting the party, provide non-alcoholic beverages and do not tolerate drugs on your property.Under the Social Host Law, parents are criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes.
  • Contact the hosts of any party your graduate is attending to ensure there is proper adult supervision and that alcohol will not be present.
  • If an invited guest arrives intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, be prepared to call the person’s parents.
Thank you to the Bedford Police Department for developing these tips.

School Medication Pick-up
Dear Parents,
Just a reminder that the last day to pick up your son/daughter's medication in the nursing office will be on the last day of school June 15th, 2016 by 2:00pm. After this date, all medication will be discarded. Insulin, Epi-pens, Benadryl and Asthma medication may be picked up by the student, but all other medication must be picked up by a parent.You can also pick up forms for the following school year during this time as well. Please refer to the website for more details on medications and forms for the following school year. If you have questions or concerns, please call the nursing office at 310-9009.
Thank you,
The BHS Nursing Office
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

Important Dates and Events:
6/10  Graduation Rehearsal - 1:00 - 3:00pm - Bulldog Stadium/Gym (rain)
6/11 - Graduation - 10am - rain or shine
From the Counseling Department:
Parents of underclassmen:
The BHS Counseling Dept. will make the 2016-2017 BHS course schedules available via your PowerSchool account next Wednesday the 8th of June. Please review your student's schedule at that time. If you have any requests for changes that you'd like the BHS counselors to consider, please encourage your student to visit the Counseling Office on Friday the 10th or Monday-Wednesday of the following week. Please keep in mind that core courses (such as humanities and science) will not be moved to a different time to allow space for an elective. However, if your student wants to see if an existing elective can be replaced with another they may inquire over those four days. Also if your student has an open block and is looking to add an elective, he or she may make that request and the counselors will do their best to adjust the schedule to the best that resources will allow. Remember to look at both semesters as this time period in June will be the only opportunity to try to switch out electives. Note that there will be an elective Add only day the 3rd day of each semester. A level change period is also offered the first four weeks of school in the fall. Counselors will contact you with any questions or concerns.
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.
From the Deans:

Student Activities:

In Sports:  

From the SAU:

Four Way Stops on County Road to Continue
​T​he intersections at Nashua Road and County Road in front of Bedford High School and
​at​ Liberty Hill Road and County Road in front of McKelvie School
​will remain 4-way stop intersections
​ through the end of the school year.  On May 25, Bedford
Police Department met with the school district, the
Department of Public Works and our engineering consultant
​and decided to extend the temporary change.  More information can be found at the Bedford Police Department website.

Tree Clearing and Other Summer Construction Projects
The Bedford School District completes significant maintenance projects every summer.   McKelvie is having an older section of roof replaced and getting an upgrade to two student bathrooms in need of replacement.  At Peter Woodbury, the parking lot is being replaced and traffic flow is being reconfigured.  You may notice this project in late June or early July when the trees in front of Peter Woodbury are removed to make way for the expanded parking lot.  

Social Media: A Predator's Playground
On April 4, the Bedford Police Department's Detective Matt Fleming presented Social Media: A Predator’s Playground to the community.  Here is the video link in case parents want to watch.  Social Media: A Predator's Playground Presented by the NHICAC and the Bedford Police Department, Bedford High School, April 4, 2016
Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon - August 14, 2016
Registration is now open for the 4th Annual
Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon to be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool and ending at the Bedford High School, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. Official race times for all participants are recorded by Millennium Running. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, a jump rope event, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and more! The Friends of Aine Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and was established in Aine’s memory to help grieving children. For more information, to make a donation or to register, please visit

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