Monday, April 18, 2016

4/15/16
From the Principal:
Finals and Competency Recovery Week (CRW) 2016
Historically, the “Finals” testing schedule included four testing days and one make-up testing day.  Given the administration of finals will take place approximately mid May to the end of classes, the competency recovery schedule will only include four days.  This will add an additional day for regular instruction.   
All assessments given in the mid May to June time frame are “finals” and are designed to assess each competency in a course.   Balancing the scheduling of finals will be overseen by deans to ensure students are not cramming all finals in the last week and teachers are not overwhelmed by grading and making last minute decisions on student attendance for CRW.  The finals testing schedule for specific subject areas may be found in the year-end calendar. The link to the calendar is below.
Students required to attend CRW include:
  • Any student failing or NCY the Y5 grade.  
  • Any student who failed or NCY’d fourth quarter.   
  • Students who have NCY’d a course in summer school of 2015.    
  • Students with an Incomplete grade.
  • Students who have not completed their annual Digital Portfolio entry requirements.

Important Dates and Events:
4/15 - Battle of the Bands - 7:00pm
4/20 - 4/22 - Intersession
4/25 - 4/29 - Spring Vacation
5/05 - BHS Choral/Vocal Concert - 7:00pm
5/07 - Prom - 6:00 - 11:00pm
 
From the Counseling Department:
Juniors: The Southern New Hampshire Spring College Fair held at Pinkerton Academy will be on  Thursday, April 14th from 6-8pm. Visit the Pinkerton Academy website to see the list of colleges and universities that will be in attendance. www.pinkertonacademy.org

Athletes: The NHHEAF Network Organizations will be hosting a Student Athlete Night at Londonderry High School on Thursday, 4/21/16 at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for potential college athletes to learn, not only about playing collegiate-level sports, but also how to navigate the college admissions process. Guest panelists include college coaches, compliance officers and players! This presentation is open to all interested. If you have questions, please contact Senior College Counselor Jay Hauser at (800)525-2577.

From the Deans:
IB Testing Schedules have been sent home with students via Advisory: Students received their testing schedules and instructions on how to access scores later this summer--Please check in with your student to ensure they understand where to be!
Grades Math Summer Enrichment - see BHS Summer School Website for more info
  • 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
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 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.

Student Activities:
Parents Pre-Prom Party  May 6th 7-9  All parents are invited to attend.  The prom committee is still looking for sponsors as well as items to auction off at the silent auction.  Parents will also be able to purchase a prom gift for their student.  Questions should be directed to Mr. Dempsey at dempseyg@sau25.net
Prom May 7th 6-11
Need RWL hours?  If the answer is yes please see Mr. Dempsey  asap.

In Sports:
All Spring sports are in full-swing and not just during the week.   We have games on weekends too!  Please come and show your support at the baseball or softball fields, including the tennis courts.  There’s plenty of space in our Bulldog stadium to check out lacrosse games.  And, our girl’s and boys’ outdoor track teams just placed first at Timberlane.  Track travels to Exeter on Monday.  Now, that we can enjoy beautiful warm weather - come out and support our athletes, share good sportsmanship, and have fun!
We are looking for students to produce our Spring awards slideshow.   Please contact the Athletic Department if your son or daughter is  interested.  This is also a terrific way for them to earn RWL hours.

From the SAU:
Parent Involvement Survey
If your child receives special education services, you are being asked to complete a survey about the district's efforts to involve parents in improving services and results for children. Paper surveys are in the mail complete with a pre-paid return envelope. If you prefer, you can go to www.NHParent.com and complete the survey online. Surveys must be completed byMay 13th. Your opinions are very important, and we hope you share them.

Bedford Schools Water Supply
Concerns about the water supply have been in the news recently.  We want to make sure everyone on our community knows that none of the water supplying the Bedford Schools comes from the Merrimack Village Water District. Manchester Water Works supplies Peter Woodbury and Memorial. Pennichuck Water Works supplies McKelvie, Lurgio, Bedford High School, and Riddle Brook through a Manchester water source.  

From the PTG:
Principal Year in Review - Monday, May 9th 9:30 am - BCTV
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, the Parent’s Prom (Friday, May 6th) 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 – healds@comcast.net
Anna Raike – aleraike@hotmail.com
Bonnie Greiner – blgreiner@earthlink.net
Betsy Danes – betsy_danes@yahoo.com

Monday, April 11, 2016

BHS News

4/7/16
From the Principal:

Good afternoon,

I have attached a link to our year end calendar.  As you will see, BHS can be a very busy place:  

Important Dates and Events:
4/15 - Battle of the Bands - 7:00pm
4/20 - 4/22 - Intersession
4/25 - 4/29 - Spring Vacation

From the Counseling Department:
Advanced Placement: AP pre-registration for May testing will take place this Wednesday the 13th in the Commons. Students should report to Advisory and head to Commons immediately after attendance is taken. This process should take approximately 25 minutes.

Athletes: The NHHEAF Network Organizations will be hosting a Student Athlete Night at Londonderry High School on Thursday, 4/21/16 at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for potential college athletes to learn, not only about playing collegiate-level sports, but also how to navigate the college admissions process. Guest panelists include college coaches, compliance officers and players! This presentation is open to all interested. If you have questions, please contact Senior College Counselor Jay Hauser at (800)525-2577.

 
From the Deans:
IB Testing Schedules have been sent home with students via Advisory: Students received their testing schedules and instructions on how to access scores later this summer--Please check in with your student to ensure they understand where to be!

Math Summer Enrichment - see BHS Summer School Website for more info
  • 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
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 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.

Student Activities:
Parents Pre-Prom Party  May 6th 7-9  All parents are invited to attend.  The prom committee is still looking for sponsors as well as items to auction off at the silent auction.  Parents will also be able to purchase a prom gift for their student.  Questions should be directed to Mr. Dempsey at dempseyg@sau25.net
Prom May 7th 6-11
Need RWL hours?  If the answer is yes please see Mr. Dempsey  asap.

In Sports:
This week, we implemented a new platform that NHMI and Safe Sports Network are integrating into our concussion testing with all of our underclassmen Spring athletes (except Outdoor Track).  It is called C3logix and it incorporates a balance test.  The balance portion has become a vital part of concussion diagnosis and treatment and that is why we will be shifting to this technology.  An IPad is attached to the athlete in a special belt.  To be clear, we will still be using ImPACT for the Spring season and most likely into our next school year.   We hope to have C3logix fully integrated by the end of next year.

From the SAU:
Community-Wide Substance Abuse Discussion on Sunday April 10
You are invited to an important event entitled "It’s Time to Break the Silence!"  This community-wide discussion will be held at the Bedford Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is an opportunity to discuss drug and alcohol abuse and share ways to address these serious challenges.  Parents, teens, and youth from 4th to 12th grade are invited.  For more info contact John Sawyer atjsawyer@bedfordpresbyterian.org or 603-472-5841.

Parent Involvement Survey
If your child receives special education services, you are being asked to complete a survey about the district's efforts to involve parents in improving services and results for children. Paper surveys are in the mail complete with a pre-paid return envelope. If you prefer, you can go to www.NHParent.com and complete the survey online. Surveys must be completed by May 13th. Your opinions are very important, and we hope you share them.

Bedford Schools Water Supply
Concerns about the water supply have been in the news recently.  We want to make sure everyone on our community knows that none of the water supplying the Bedford Schools comes from the Merrimack Village Water District. Manchester Water Works supplies Peter Woodbury and Memorial. Pennichuck Water Works supplies McKelvie, Lurgio, Bedford High School, and Riddle Brook through a Manchester water source. 

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Community Event - April 10 from 6:30 - 8:00

Parents, students and community members,

I am pleased to invite you to an important community event entitled "It’s Time to Break the Silence!"  
This is an opportunity to discuss drug and alcohol abuse and share ways to address these serious challenges.  Parents, teens, and youth from 4th to 12th grade are invited.  This community-wide event will be held at the Bedford Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

For more info contact John Sawyer at jsawyer@bedfordpresbyterian.org or 603-472-5841.
Sincerely,

Chip McGee

4/1/16
From the Principal:
Bedford Robotics Team, Red Storm 509!
Congratulations to the Bedford Robotics team, Red Storm 509! This past week at UNH, there were 40 robotic teams from the New England area that competed in conquering the medieval castle of their opponents. Red Storm demonstrated great skill at breaching their opponents defense, scoring high autonomous points and scaling the castle wall with their " ingenious" tape measure robotic arm.  Red Storm was also chosen to be on the #6 seed team in the Quarter Finals.  It was a thrilling, challenging two days where the Bedford Robotics Team 509 graciously saw all their long hours and hard work come to fruition! Great job!

Whole Foods Preview Day to support the Bedford Education Foundation!
The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is honored to be the recipient of donations from Whole Foods tours on Tuesday April 4th from 10-4.
Please stop by the BEF table and say hello to our board members and learn about the work we do on behalf of our teachers and students.  in 2016 the BEF is funding well over $20,000 in grants supporting innovative professional development and program development in the Bedford School District!

Lite It Up Blue- Autism Awareness Week!
A huge thank you goes out to our entire LIUB team at BHS!  Autism awareness was the focus all week long at BHS and it was a big success!. We are very proud of the students and staff for supporting the school-wide theme of wearing blue to raise awareness along with speakers and day-long fundraisers to support Autism research.  

Important Dates and Events:
4/01 - BHS Idol - 7:00pm
4/15 - Battle of the Bands - 7:00pm
4/20 - 4/22 - Intersession
4/25 - 4/29 - Spring Vacation

From the Counseling Department:
All students- Real World Learning entries for this year should be logged and approved by the 5/6 deadline for Seniors and the 5/26 deadline for Underclassmen. Democracy in Action, Community Service, Cultural Enrichment, and Career Exploration hours can be logged over 4 years. Students are required to log at least one 8 hour entry for the School Activity category (BHS clubs and athletics) each year.
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, Public Presentations, Intro to Statistics Hybrid, and Intro to Computer Programming Hybrid! Earn important graduation requirements over the summer!

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 (0.5 credits, Algebra I & Geometry prerequisite)
  • Intro to Computer Programming (0.5 credits, current RAL grade 8 students who are passing Algebra IA or higher are welcome!)
English Summer Enrichment
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 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.

Student Activities:
Parents Pre-Prom Party  May 6th 7-9  All parents are invited to attend.  The prom committee is still looking for sponsors as well as items to auction off at the silent auction.  Parents will also be able to purchase a prom gift for their student.  Questions should be directed to Mr. Dempsey at dempseyg@sau25.net
Prom May 7th 6-11
Need RWL hours?  If the answer is yes please see Mr. Dempsey  asap.

In Sports:
Spring teams are preparing for their upcoming regular season games and matches.  This weekend and next - Bulldog boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, baseball, and softball teams will continue to scrimmage opponents from around the Granite State, including Maine and Massachusetts.  Starting Monday, our tennis teams will be in full swing for their first three matches of the regular season at home and away against Keene, Memorial, and Nashua North.  Please visit the Athletic page of our BHS website for daily and weekly Spring sport season details: https://sites.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/bhs/athletics

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