Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BHS News

10/20/16
From the Principal:
I want to take this opportunity to say this has been a challenging week for everyone. I appreciate the attention, concern, and effort you have all put into dealing with the situation yesterday.  We will continue to keep our students safety our highest priority.    

 

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-ups

The PTC portal has changed this year.  The NEW parent portal will be available for conference signups until Nov 4th at midnight. The portal is easy to navigate by just following the on-screen instructions but here are some step-by-step instructions if needed ( goo.gl/XPM7bk )  The link to get into the portal is:  http://sau25bhs.ptcwizard.com/parent/

Intersession
Intersession activities are now posted on the Intersession website.  Here are a few important reminders:
  • Links to grading, payment, sign-up timeline, and other aspects are linked on the top right side of the website.  Please have a look.
  • If your activity is $300 or less then you must pay the full amount upon sign up.  If the cost of your activity is more than $300 then you are required to pay just the $300 deposit upon sign up to secure your spot.
  • Grant requests are due at the time of sign-ups.
  • If you use “Send Money to School,” be sure you click the link to the activity and not your lunch account!

Competency Recovery
Below is an explanation of how we will move forward with competency recovery 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 and when students can demonstrate competency outside of this additional instruction time.  Examples of how teachers might reflect improvement include regular assessment during class time, 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.  

 
Important Dates and Events:

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:

Did you miss our Financial Aid Night with the NHHEAF Network? Pick up helpful materials in our office and watch this video to learn more about filing the FAFSA form:

 
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 by 11/15/16

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration ends Friday October 21 at 6pm.  Payment for exam fees are due Monday October 24.  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 cannonj@sau25.net.

From the Deans:

October 22nd the Music Department will accompany students to All State Jazz auditions.

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 during blocks 2 & 3 with 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 during block 4 can make an appointment through counseling and their art teachers.

October 25th, the National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society will have their Induction night, beginning at 6pm.

 
Student Activities:

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 during Monday 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:   DoyleB@sau25.net

Please visit the Ski and Ride Club Website for more information, registration forms and updates:  

The Drowsy Chaperone- The fall musical is fast approaching and director Tim Hackney and the students are hard at work putting together an astounding performance for you. Please plan on joining us on one of the following dates: November 10, 11, 12, 18 or 19 at 7:00pm or the 13th at 2pm.

In Sports:imgres-1.jpg
Winter Sports Sign-Ups are Wednesday, November 2nd.

Athletes cannot try-out, practice, and/or participate in any BHS sport without a current physical.  Physical exams provided by a physician are valid for two (2) years based on the actual date of the physical exam.  Physicals provided with athletic sign-up paperwork and/or that are on file in the Athletic Department must cover the entire timeframe of the current season in which sport participation occurs.  Please Note:  Athletes shall provide the Athletic Department a current copy of physical exam separate from the Nurse’s Office.


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: https://goo.gl/d3XmKw

Safe Sports Network is again hosting their annual FREE sports physicals event. This year it will be on November 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: https://goo.gl/rRrDjF  Walk-ins are also welcomed, just print off the form and bring it with you.

Alternative Programming:
Contact Information for any questions regarding Adult Diploma, School to Careers, Real World Learning Requirements or Community Education: Amy Woods, Dean of Alternative Programming woodsa@sau25.netor 310-9000 x33096

Find our Community Enrichment Program website here:

Upcoming RWL Opportunities:
Community Service
Volunteer to help at the McKelvie Intermediate School Move-a-Thon
Date:Thursday, October 27th   Rain date is Friday, October 28th
Time: 1st session - 12:15-1:30
Time: 2nd session – 1:30-2:45
Volunteers are needed to help out with various duties: water, helping out @ one of the stations – CrossFit, nature walk, jump rope/hula hoop station, capture the flag, basketball, rollerblading, scooter/ripstick/skateboarding or dodgeball.
See Ms. Woods in C114 for sign up information. Eligible students are those with Managed Time or Early Dismissal only.
Community Service/Career Exploration:
On November 8th, at the Future Ready! Tech Conference at McKelvie, 20 students will have an opportunity to earn 8 Career Exploration OR 8 Community Service hours. They will be helping to set-up, break-down, and help keep the conference running smoothly.
Students will be given a t-shirt and lunch will also be provided for them. There are 11 spots left!
Date: November 8th, 2016
Time: 7:30am-3:30pm
Location: McKelvie Intermediate School

Please send students to C114 for any questions!


 
From the SAU:

From the PTG:
GIFT CARDS are back! Gift giving and every day shopping is easy when you order Gift Cards through the PTG. We are excited to offer gift cards to locally owned businesses along with a wide variety of local and online retailers. There is NO expiration date on the gift cards and you receive the FULL value of the gift card while the retailers will give a portion of the sale to the Bedford PTG (see order form for details). Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery and order by November 30th for pre-Christmas delivery. Order forms have gone home with students K-8 and are available to download at www.bedfordptg.org

COMMUNITY MEETING. Save the Date and please join the Bedford PTG along with guest speaker, Superintendent Chip McGee, at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford) on Thursday, November 3rd at 6p.m.. At this community event Mr. McGee will be speaking on important topics such as enrollments, current budget drivers/priorities, and academic performance. There will be discussion and Q&A, light refreshments will be served, and your children are welcome to attend.

The annual Ski & Skate sale will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at maria_rocco@yahoo.com.
Click Here for more information or visit www.bedfordptg.org

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 blgreiner@earthlink.net.

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