Thursday, October 13, 2016

BHS News


From the Principal:
Good Afternoon,
I am sending my note out a bit early so that parents and students are aware of the changes to our competency recovery initiative. In a meeting with our school board on Tuesday evening, I reported on the direction of our competency recovery initiative at BHS.  Having received the endorsement of our school board and superintendent regarding the direction, I am sharing our plan with you regarding competency recovery this year. We appreciated the feedback shared by students, parents and staff about last year’s competency recovery effort and feel that we are moving a more productive direction.  Below is an explanation of how we plan to move forward this year.
  • Competency instruction will occur throughout the school year.  We will utilize a maximum of 85 minutes per class, per quarter (as determined by teacher) to provide instruction to students who are not demonstrating competency.  At the discretion of the teacher the allocated minutes may be used in multiple sessions or all at once depending on student need.  
  • Following instruction and improved student understanding of material, teachers will use their professional judgement to determine how to reflect grade improvement.  Examples of how teachers might reflect improvement include assessment during class time, providing additional opportunities to a student to demonstrate competency, or opting to exempt a poor score in the specific competency from a student’s grade. These practices will only be applied when a student has demonstrated an understanding of the material.
  • As has always been the case, students who are passing, but wish to seek greater understanding of the material as a way to improve their grades may take advantage of scheduling time with teachers before or after school as well as take advantage of our Academic Centers open every block of the day.     
  • Because competency assessment is typically cumulative throughout a course, we feel there is no need to lose four instructional days to schedule a mid-term. What that means is we will not be administer a mid-term assessment in classes.  Therefore, all students will continue with classes through the mid year.  However, based on feedback regarding the value of a “big test,” we plan on implementing a “finals schedule” the last four days of school during which time freshmen through juniors (and seniors not passing) will test.  All seniors passing semester and full year classes at the time grades close will not need to take course finals. Semester classes may administer a final during the regular eighty-five minute block school day schedule.
  • IB and AP teachers will design a schedule for IA’s, IB Labs and the two-hour AP exam when it is appropriate to do so within the curriculum.
We believe this is an improved approach to competency recovery because the primary focus is on specific instruction for students who need it.  As always we will be listening to feedback and looking at data throughout the year to determine the effectiveness of this effort.  
BHS Ski and Ride Club - Pats Peak​
Registration is now open for The Bedford High School Ski and Ride Club.  
Participants in the club travel together to Pat's Peak for 5 Fridays after school.  The dates for this year's session are January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3rd.  Informational meetings are held for all students interested in joining the Ski and Ride Club on Wednesdays after school in room 237 and in Room 218 duringMonday Advisory.  Participants in the club receive 8 Real World Learning hours in the School Activity category.  The BHS club is separate from the town-wide carpool club, although the dates at Pat's Peak are the same.  This enables families to ski together that have students in multiple schools.
Questions about the BHS Ski and Ride Club should be directed to Betsy Doyle, Club Advisor:
Please visit the Ski and Ride Club Website for more information, registration forms and updates:  

Important Dates and Events:
Picture retake day is October 18th from 9-11. Senior quick pics will be this day too.  
All senior portrait photo choices must be made and submitted to Hockmeyer by September 30th.
Parent teacher Conferences will be held on November 7, from 4:30 to 8:00pm and on November 9, from 3:00 until 6:30 pm. The PTC Wizard scheduling tool will open at the start of November.

From the Counseling Department:
Financial Aid Night for students and families will be in the Theater on October 20th at 6:00pm
Miss a visit from a college admission rep? Check this out: BHS College Visit Page
Follow us on Twitter (@BHSCounselingNH), Instagram (BHS Counseling NH) or Facebook (BHS Counseling Dept. NH) to get info throughout the week about what is going on at BHS and in the Counseling Office!

From the Library:
Yearbooks are on sale now for the lowest price of the year. Buy by 10/28/2016 with personalization to receive 4 free icons on the cover. Visit the library website for more yearbook information.
Senior quotes are now being collected for the yearbook. Please let your senior know they need to complete this form
If you made a level change, please return the textbooks you no longer need to the library.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration begins Friday Sept. 30 and runs through Friday October 21.  Registration information including the school policies regarding IB exams, registration instructions, cost and payment information, and FAQs can all be found on the Registration Letter.  Links to the Registration Form, the Exam Schedule, and other pertinent documents can be found on the IB at BHS website under the “Exam Information” tab.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jon Cannon, IB Coordinator at

From the Deans:
Come and support the Bedford High School Marching Band & Colorguard at the 47th Annual Dover Band Show! The BHS Marching Band will be one of 11 high school bands (Prospect Mountain, Bedford, Somersworth, Exeter, Milford, Monadnock, Laconia, Spaulding, Salem, Timberlane, and Dover) performing in the show this year. The show runs from 6-9:30 pm on Saturday, October 15th with a rain date of Sunday, October 16th at 1:00pm. The gates open at 5pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students (children under 4 are free). Usually over 1000 spectators fill the arena. Concessions and parking are available.
October 25th is the Annual Fine & Performing Arts College Day at BHS. The art classes and interested students will have an opportunity to hear presentations by the visiting colleges and have time for one on one conversations and a Q&A session with the presenters.  Students interested in having their portfolios viewed by college admissions personnel can make an appointment through counseling.
October 25th will also be the evening that the National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society will have their Induction night, beginning at 6pm.

Student Activities:
Girls Ice Hockey is holding a Dodgeball Tournament on October 17th. Come join the fun and competition! Contact Jeff Lukach at or Meg Uliasz at  for more information.
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Winter Sports Sign-Ups are Wednesday, November 2nd.
WINTER sports concussion news:  In preparation to for the Winter Sports season Eric Gelinas, our Athletic Trainer with Safe Sports Network is offering an option for BHS Winter Athletes (except Indoor Track) to take their mandatory C3logix test, which is the balance test portion that is additionally required now for athletes to take.  Athletes that participated last Spring (except Outdoor Track) and who are participating in sports this Fall (except Cross Country) have already taken their balance test do not need to sign up.   Click this link:
Safe Sports Network is again hosting their annual FREE sports physicals event. This year it will be onNovember 16 at the NH Orthopaedic Center in Bedford, NH. The event will run from 5:30pm-7:00pm. We ask that participants RSVP ahead of time. They can sign up using this link:  Walk-ins are also welcomed, just print off the form and bring it with you.
Congratulations to our Golf Team in winning the NHIAA DI State Championship!

Alternative Programming:
Contact Information for any questions regarding Adult Diploma, School to Careers, or Community Education: Amy Woods, Dean of Alternative Programming or 310-9000 x33096
Check out our Fall Offerings for Community Enrichment Education! Find us under the Community tab of the Bedford School District website!
Course Updates:
Due to low enrollment, Ceramics and Italian have both been cancelled. Please continue to check the Community Education website for registration information and new course descriptions!

From the SAU:

From the PTG:
Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs to our school, for instance at BHS an all school presentation by Chris Herren, who will educate students on the dangers of substance abuse.  Programs like this cannot happen without support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on this link to make a donation via credit card or PayPal or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. We sincerely appreciate your support.
DID YOU KNOW that the PTG receives 40% of the sales from our Gifts, Wrap & More Fundraiser? You will find quality wrapping paper, delicious snacks, gifts, gadgets and more through Meadow Farms. This fundraiser ends Monday, October 3rd and ALL proceeds go right back into our schools. Click Here to start shopping. If you’d like to support the PTG but don’t need wrapping paper feel free to make a straight donation
YOU’RE INVITED to join the PTG at Shorty’s in Bedford on Thursday, October 6th! On the first Thursday of every month the Bedford PTG will receive 15% of all sales, beverages included, dine in or take out, all day long. Simply print or show them this flyer or just let them know to give a copy of your receipt to the hostess.
Are you interested in volunteering at BHS? Some events we need help with are Teacher appreciation events (bake or buy), Art room help, surprise treat days (next up, surprise cookie day), Senior Banquet and Senior BBQ. If you would like to be contacted about these and other volunteer opportunities at BHS, please email our Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Greiner at

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