Thursday, March 31, 2016

DAP Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th, all Bedford School District students in grades 9 and 10 will be taking a survey known as the Developmental Asset Profile (DAP) for teens.  The purpose of this survey is to measure student achievement related to our school district mission, specifically our goal “to develop a community of learners who are intellectually curious, resourceful, and respectful of self and others.”

The DAP survey was developed by The Search Institute.  The survey asks students about developmental assets: it does not ask about risky behaviors.  A copy of the actual survey is attached for your review.  We have used a version of this survey in grades 3 - 10 to collect information about our students.  We found that the great majority of our students report “adequate” or “thriving” assets, and we plan to continue to survey each year to make sure we have maintained or improved upon those results.

This survey is optional and anonymous.  The survey is given using paper and pencil, no uniquely identifying information is collected by the survey and the actual survey responses are destroyed after compiling the data.  There are 63 questions on the survey and it will take students approximately 20 minutes to complete.
We would like all students to participate in the survey as the information collected will help us to identify and address factors (or assets) needed for success in school.  Nevertheless, we understand that you may not want your child to participate in this survey.  You may opt your child out of participation by sending me an email or by completing and returning the attached form by Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.  There is no penalty for students who do not participate, and they will be asked to sit and read quietly in the classrooms during the survey.

 Thank you for all you do as the parents and guardians of Bedford’s youth.


Monday, March 28, 2016

BHS News

3/25/16
From the Principal:
Good Afternoon!
Hockey State Champions!
Congratulations to the Men’s Hockey team for their thrilling victory over rival Bishop Guertin.  It was a “battle” right to the end as the two evenly matched teams gave the fans their monies worth!  In the end the Bulldogs just wanted it more shutting down the Cardinals offense for the entire third period!   Wow what a game!
FERNAND J. PREVOST MATHEMATICS TEACHING AWARD   
The award is given to a teacher in their first through fifth year who meets the following criteria:
  • commitment to good mathematics
  • confidence that all children can learn
  • a spirit of self reflection and professional curiosity
  • caring and concern for colleagues
  • a willingness to explore, to learn, and to grow as a teacher of mathematics
  • a willingness to share mathematical and pedagogical activities with others
I am proud to announce that one of own, Mr. Stefan Fritz was the recipient of this very prestigious honor. He truly does some amazing things with students in his math classroom. And, while a great individual honor for Stefan, he represents the many outstanding teachers we have at BHS!
Afternoon Pick-up:
I know afternoon pickup is a challenge with the large volume of traffic on campus.  However, I need to remind everyone to please follow the rules of the road.  Yesterday, a student was nearly hit by a driver who was driving on the wrong side of the road when leaving.  I reviewed the incident on school cameras and found that seven other vehicles used the wrong side of the road as well.  I recognize the situation can be very frustrating, and I ask that everyone be patient and follow the rules of the road in order to keep everyone safe.

Important Dates and Events:
3/29 -  BHS Meet the Coaches - 6:30pm
3/30 - Understanding Financial Aid Letter - 6:00pm
4/01 - BHS Idol - 7:00pm

From the Counseling Department:
Summer School- All of the offerings are listed on the BHS Website under the “Academics” tab. Dates and times are listed for the credit and competency recovery courses. Be sure to check out all of the new enrichment courses that will be offered this summer if enough students chose to register. We will continue to offer In Writing and Personal Finance and new this year are Creative Writing and Public Presentations! Earn important graduation requirements over the summer!
SENIORS- please bring all of your college admission decision letters into the Counseling Office as soon as you receive them. These results strengthen the data that we have in Naviance to help other students when they go through the process. In addition, we’ll be celebrating all of your acceptances soon and want to be sure to include as many of you as possible!

From the Deans:
Math Summer Enrichment
The Math Department will be offering two additional opportunities for students to take courses and earn BHS credit over the summer! Check out more information on the BHS Summer School Page; scroll down for Enrichment courses.
  • Introductory Statistics Hybrid (Algebra I & Geometry prerequisite)
Meets at BHS Wednesday & Thursday mornings plus work at home
  • Intro to Computer Programming (Algebra IA prerequisite)
    Meets at BHS Tuesdays & Thursday mornings plus work at home

Got STEM?  BAE FOCUS is offering a local program for all high school students.
Is your student interested in a STEM career?  Consider this opportunity from BAE Systems.  It is open to any high school student in the Southern NH/Northern MA area and the sessions run on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm.  Registrations for the next session are due March 30.  

Student Activities:
Bedford High School TSA
Awards from the NH State Conference Competition March 17 + 18, 2016
3   1st place medals
7   2nd place medals
4   3rd place medals
Congratulations to our outstanding Advisor Ms. Jackie Silvia who won the distinguished    
NH-TSA Advisor of the Year

In Sports:
Spring sports tryouts and practices started this week.  We are anticipating approximately 400 student athletes to participate and compete in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, tennis, baseball, and softball; including a variety of outdoor track and field events.
Team Pictures are scheduled Tuesday, March 29 starting @ 3pm.  
Please check this link for details:
Meet the Coaches Night is Tuesday, March 29 @ 6:30pm for all families of our Spring athletes.  
Please click this link for invitation details:

From the SAU:
Opt in to Text Messages
If you have not signed up for text messages from the District's School Messenger system, you still can!  Just text "yes" to 68453.
​2016-17 Calendar ​
​The Bedford School Board has approved the 2016-17 School Calendar.  It can be found here.​
Spotlight on Special Education in Bedford
Are you the parent or guardian of a child who accesses special education services in Bedford?  Join us for an informational session to learn about special education services in our Bedford schools!  Meet representatives and gain insight into the different programming at each school through this panel presentation. Tuesday April 19th6:00-7:30 p.m. at the SAU Board Room, 103 County Road.  RSVP to Robin Palis palisr@sau25.net or 472-3755 (option 2).

From the PTG:
Principal Year in Review - Monday, May 9th 9:30 am - BCTV

Friday, March 18, 2016

BHS News

3/18/16
From the Principal:
Bedford Robotics Team
The next Bedford Robotics team 509 competition will be held at UNH on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th.  It is a long but incredibly exciting day of competition with the team leaving at 7:00 am and returning after after 8:00 pm each day. The 30 member team coached by Mr.  Fowler and several volunteer parents promise a truly exciting event!  So if you have the time and want to be “wowed” don’t miss this opportunity!
Heirloom Histories
BHS is looking for your family stories!!
As any good historian knows, without the stories, history is lost. It is the people, the places, the memories and the connections that create the fabric of history. The idea behind Heirloom Histories is to preserve the history of our BHS families by sharing the stories. Each story is a piece of who we are, individually and collectively.
We wanted our stories to be accessible throughout the world. Thus, the historian and the librarian came together to create a database containing our stories. Our hope is to grow our database, instill a sense of pride and community within our students, and share great stories of significant lives.
We hope you enjoy and encourage others to preserve and share their heirloom stories.  You can access the website here:  Heirloom Histories

Important Dates and Events:
3/18 & 3/19 - BHS Varsity Improv - A Night of Comedy -  7:00pm   Produced by the BHS Theater program
3/21 -  BHS Winter Athletic Awards -  6:30pm
3/29 -  BHS Meet the Coaches - 6:30pm
3/30 - Understanding Financial Aid Letter - 6:00pm
4/01 - BHS Idol - 7:00pm

From the Counseling Department:
SENIORSplease bring all of your college admission decision letters into the Counseling Office as soon as you receive them. These results strengthen the data that we have in Naviance to help other students when they go through the process. In addition, we’ll be celebrating all of your acceptances soon and want to be sure to include as many of you as possible!
Alex Higgins Space Camp Scholarship program: All NH residents ages 9 - 18 are eligible to apply. Three young people are chosen each year for five days of immersive simulated astronaut or pilot training at the U.S. Space and Rocketry Camp in Huntsville, AL. The scholarship covers the full cost of housing, meals and tuition; travel costs are not included. The application deadline is April 1; the awards will be announced at the annual family aerospace festival (Sat., May 7).
This program started in 2001; this year they'll be sending the 50th award winner to space camp! Applications can be downloaded from their website,www.starhop.com; there's a link right on the home page.  

From the Deans:
Math Summer Enrichment
The Math Department will be offering two additional opportunities for students to take courses and earn credit over the summer. If enough students sign up, two new summer enrichment courses are now being offered!   Check out more information on the BHS Summer School Page; scroll down for Enrichment courses.
  • Introductory Statistics Hybrid (Algebra I & Geometry prerequisite)
Meets at BHS Wednesday & Thursday mornings plus work at home
  • Intro to Computer Programming (Algebra IA prerequisite)
    Meets at BHS Tuesdays & Thursday mornings plus work at home
BAE FOCUS offering a local program
Is your student interested in a STEM career?  Consider this opportunity from BAE Systems.  It is open to any high school student in the Southern NH/Northern MA area and the sessions run on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm.  Registrations for the next session are due March 30.  
BAE Systems FOCUS (Fostering Opportunities and Careers Utilizing STEM) engages high school aged students in the Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts areas in activities to help promote interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The FOCUS Program centers on creating hands-on learning opportunities in the areas of technology, information management, manufacturing, and engineering. Students also learn about BAE Systems through guest speakers and visitors.

Student Activities:
Seniors- if you have not filled out the form for your diploma please see Mrs. Lamper in the main office by the end of the day on Monday 3/21/16.     
Any film students wishing to assist in the production of a music video please see Mr. Dempsey asap.  The date of the event is Saturday March 26th at 7:30 am.
Destination Imagination-  Good luck to all of our teams and the Bedford School District students who are competing this weekend at the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament at Goffstown High School.   

In Sports:
Bulldog ICE HOCKEY will match-up against Bishop Guertin Saturday, March 19 @ 4:30pm at the Verizon Wireless Arena for the NHIAA DI Championship.  The Verizon has new security rules everyone will encounter upon entering their venue. Visitors walk through metal detectors as opposed to doing visual and pat down searches. NO bag (including backpacks) any larger than 14” by 16” are allowed.  ANY bag will be physically searched. “Leathermen Tools” and pocket knives of any size are not allowed.  NO outside food or drinks allowed.  And, per the NHIAA, NO Noise makers!!

Spring Sport tryouts and/or practices begin after school on Monday, March 21 (see weekly sport schedule on the Athletic page for specific sport times and locations).
Winter Awards ceremony is Monday, March 21.  Pizza dinner will be provided in the Commons @ 6:30pm.  Awards ceremony begins @ 7:05pm in the theater.   Appropriate attire is requested - No jeans or sneakers.

From the SAU:
Opt in to Text Messages
If you have not signed up for text messages from the District's School Messenger system, you still can!  Just text "yes" to 68453.
​2016-17 Calendar ​
​The Bedford School Board has approved the 2016-17 School Calendar.  It can be found here.​
From the Border to Our Corner - A Law Enforcement Perspective on Substance Abuse
On behalf of the Bedford Police Department, we are pleased to let parents know about a
screening of a video produced jointly by FBI and DEA entitled “Chasing the Dragon” concerning the many aspects of substance abuse.  
​The screening w​ill be followed by a round table discussion and Q and A from audience.   Panelists will include Bedford Police Chief Bryfonski; NH Senator Kelly Ayotte; DEA Special Agent in Charge, Jon DeLena; FBI Special Agent in Charge, Scott O’Donnell; NH State Police Chief, Robert Quinn; and President, NH Chiefs of Police, Robert Cormier.
  • DATE:    March 24, 2016
  • TIME:    7 PM – 9 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM – space is limited)
  • PLACE:  SERESC (Southeastern Regional Education Service Center) ​
  • 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford NH 03110​

From the PTG:

Monday, March 14, 2016

3/14/16
From the Principal:
It was an exciting weekend for BHS!  
The BHS Science Olympiad Team won its first State Championship this weekend against a highly competitive field.  This was an exciting win for the team made even more impressive by the fact that the team is only in its third year!   The Team moves on to Nationals in Wisconsin in May!   
Our Women’s Basketball team played Bishop Guertin in the State Championship game at SNHU on Saturday.  Playing without senior Bri Purcell the Bulldogs played point for point until the game ending buzzer.  It was an impressive combination of grit and team play and just one of those games where “whoever had the ball last won.”  This year it was BG…  Congratulations on a great season!
Our Men’s Basketball team lost in overtime to Central in one of the most exciting games of the year.  Down by eleven points with about four minutes in regulation play the Bulldogs dug in and forced the game into OT. It was an impressive comeback and the team should be very proud of the effort.  
The Men’s Hockey team played in the quarter final round against Hanover.  It was difficult to watch the game as the “blinding blondes” streaked up and down the ice to win six to one over rival Hanover.  The team moves on to the semi-final round on Wednesday, at 5:30 at JFK arena against Exeter High School.  

Important Dates and Events:

From the Counseling Department:
Merrimack High School is hosting a College Fair Tuesday March 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 in their cafeteria and has invited Bedford students and parents to attend. They are expecting a number of popular colleges and universities to attend as well as representatives from the military branches. This is a wonderful opportunity for BHS students to learn about a number of programs at one time. The list of colleges that will be at the MHS fair is located in the hallway outside of the Counseling Department.  

From the Deans:
Exciting news! 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. For dates and times and to register, please see the Counseling page on the website or follow this link. 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.

Student Activities:
Prom tickets are currently on sale during lunches in Bulldog Corner.  Cost is $75 per person.
On Friday May 6th there will be a Parent Pre-Prom Party from 7-9.  Information on attending or sponsorship opportunities can be found on the website.
Any student who is interested in helping out with the new radio station in Bedford should see Mr. Dempsey.

In Sports:

From the SAU:
Opt in to Text Messages
If you have not signed up for text messages from the District's School Messenger system, you still can!  Just text "yes" to 68453.
2016-17 Calendar ​
​The Bedford School Board has approved the 2016-17 School Calendar.  It can be found here.​
From the Border to Our Corner - A Law Enforcement Perspective on Substance AbuseOn behalf of the Bedford Police Department, we are pleased to let parents know about a screening of a video produced jointly by FBI and DEA entitled “Chasing the Dragon” concerning the many aspects of substance abuse.  
​The screening w​ill be followed by a round table discussion and Q and A from audience.   Panelists will include Bedford Police Chief Bryfonski; NH Senator Kelly Ayotte; DEA Special Agent in Charge, Jon DeLena; FBI Special Agent in Charge, Scott O’Donnell; NH State Police Chief, Robert Quinn; and President, NH Chiefs of Police, Robert Cormier.
  • DATE:    March 24, 2016
  • TIME:    7 PM – 9 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM – space is limited)
  • PLACE:  SERESC (Southeastern Regional Education Service Center) ​
  • 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford NH 03110​
From the PTG:

Monday, March 7, 2016

BHS News

TODAY’S DATE:3/4/16

From the Principal:
Good Afternoon,
Thank You St. A’s!
This past week all students in the Junior class took the S.A.T. to fulfill the state assessment requirement.  The administration of these types of large exams can be very disruptive to the entire school.  However, through the generosity and help of St. Anslem’s College and their staff, all students at BHS saw business as usual and our junior test-takers had a quiet uninterrupted opportunity to complete these important exams.
The Danes are coming!
This Saturday BHS will be welcoming students and teachers from our sister school in Denmark.  Thank you to all of the host families that have opened their homes in support of our exchange students.  Without your hospitality and generosity BHS students would miss this wonderful cultural opportunity.  

Heirloom Histories
BHS is looking for your family stories!!
As any good historian knows, without the stories, history is lost. It is the people, the places, the memories and the connections that create the fabric of history. The idea behind Heirloom Histories is to preserve the history of our BHS families by sharing the stories. Each story is a piece of who we are, individually and collectively.
We wanted our stories to be accessible throughout the world. Thus, the historian and the librarian came together to create a database containing our stories. Our hope is to grow our database, instill a sense of pride and community within our students, and share great stories of significant lives.
We hope you enjoy and encourage others to preserve and share their heirloom stories.  You can access the website here:  Heirloom Histories
Important Dates and Events:

From the Counseling Department:
We will continue to accept Advanced Placement registrations through next week. Please have the AP test form and payment (made out to “Bedford High School”) to the Counseling Office by March 11th.
From the Deans:

Club News:

In Sports:
Below is the link to our sports schedule next week.  Preliminary and quarterfinal playoffs are included.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c-pFHCI9MKF9Mlw2qcUb1QgCBG5eLzh6rQBnEh4rCOU/edit?ts=56d8ce3a#gid=0

From the SAU:
RAL/BHS Traffic Flow
Some parents have contacted us about the traffic challenges at the end of the day.  When the Bedford Police Department is fully staffed, they have told us they will have an officer at the Nashua and Country Road intersection at the end of the school day.  In the meantime, here are five key things that parents and students can do to help.  
  1. TAKE THE BUS whenever possible.
  2. YIELD to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  3. PULL AHEAD.  The tighter you pull in, the more cars our lot can handle.
  4. TAKE TURNS at the main intersections when congestion is high.
  5. ARRIVE A LITTLE LATE. If you arrive 10 minutes after school dismisses, traffic has begun to clear and pick up is more convenient.
Bedford ​School District Vote on Tuesday March 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All voters in Bedford are urged to vote on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m​ at the Bedford High School gymnasium​. These are the key issues to be decided:
  • OPERATING BUDGET: The proposed operating budget is $68.3M, a 3.9% increase over this year. The increase is primarily due to personnel, health insurance benefits, and significant building maintenance.  If the proposed budget is voted down, the default budget would be $2.3M lower.  
  • SIDEWALK: There is separate article to fund the construction of a sidewalk along Nashua Road from the Bedford High School lower parking lot to the Department of Public Works parking lot. The cost would be $234,000.
  • CAPITAL RESERVES: There are two separate articles about our unused capital reserve funds.  One article would discontinue them.  The other would re-purpose those same funds for a building maintenance reserve. The total amount as of June 30, 2015 was $478,518. Together these two article would have no tax impact.
  • Additional information ​can be found here.​
​The total estimated tax impact of a "yes" vote on all articles would be $0.66 per thousand, which would be an increase of $198 for the year on a a $300,000 home. ​

From the PTG:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SAT NEWS

SAT TESTING 

I hope everyone enjoyed their February Break. In just two short days (March 2), all Juniors will take the new SAT throughout the State of NH. All BHS Juniors have registered and are primed to take the test at Saint Anselm College on Wednesday. We are very excited for this opportunity to assess our students in a meaningful and impactful way. Here are a few important reminders for Wednesday:
  • Students should eat a hearty breakfast and properly hydrate prior to arriving at St. Anselm's.
  • Students need to be on the Saint Anselm College campus by 7:30am. They are welcome to drive as the college is on break and there is plenty of parking available to us. Please follow signs from the main campus entrance to the appropriate parking lot. If students need a ride to St. Anselm there will be a bus available. The bus will leave BHS promptly at 7:15am sharp from the Main Office. 
  • Testing will run from approximately 7:30am to 12:45pm on this day with intermittent breaks. Students may bring their own snacks and water bottles for break times. We will also provide granola bars and bottled water for each student.
  • STUDENTS MUST BRING A PHOTO ID WITH THEM TO TESTING. Acceptable forms are a Driver's License or BHS School ID from this year. Students may visit the Counseling Office Tuesday if they need a new ID made.
  • There will be lots of BHS faculty on hand to help direct students from the parking lot to the testing building (Alumni Hall).
  • Students should not bring any academic materials or backpacks with them for the day. They will only need to bring #2 pencils and a calculator. The College Board only certifies certain calculators, so students need to be sure that their's is acceptable. Calculators on phones are not acceptable.
  • NO CELL PHONES WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE TESTING ROOMS OR DURING BREAKS. This is a College Board policy and could make any test(s) null and void if discovered. If a phone was to even audibly vibrate during the test, we must fill out an irregularity report, possibly voiding all tests in that room. Please leave all phones in cars or at home on this day.No exceptions.
  • Students must stay and complete the whole test. There are no dismissals permitted.
Students may still visit Khan Academy/SAT Info and Prep for more information regarding the test as well as practice opportunities.

Best of luck to all of our Class of 2017 on this endeavor!