Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BHS News

8/29/16
From the Principal:
OPEN HOUSE at BHS
On Thursday, September 1st, BHS will host our annual Fall Open House.  This is an opportunity for parents to learn about their daughter or son’s schedule and the expectations in each of the the courses.  We will run through an abbreviated schedule so that you will have a chance to meet all of their teachers.  Your son or daughter will be asked to bring home their schedule for you.  However, sometimes high school students forget to bring things home so I have included a template for the evening’s schedule.  Ask your son or daughter to complete this for you before the Open House. (It’s a great exercise to help them learn their schedule.)  
For parents of Seniors, note on the schedule there is a Senior Project informational session from 5:30 - 5:50 in the theater.  
For parents of students taking Hybrids courses this semester you will also note a 5:30 - 5:50 meeting schedule in the template.  
Traffic Pattern for Drop-off and Pick-up
Anyone familiar with the traffic at the BHS/RAL campus knows that things can get a little hectic during the morning and afternoon drop off and pick up.
​ ​Please click here to review the drop off and pick up practices at Lurgio.
As always, we ask all drivers to do the following:
  • ​Pull forward as far as possible in the Pick Up/Drop Off Area.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  • Take turns at the main intersections when congestion is high.
  • Be patient.

Dear Class of 2017 Students and Parents,
Here is a link to an online store where you can buy your senior class t-shirt. They are $15.00 each. There is a unisex shirt as well as a women's style that is more fitted. The XXL size will be a little more than $15.00. The online store will be open only until September 7, so please make your order as soon as possible!

Thank you,
The Class of 2017 Student Council"

Bedford High School Reserved Parking Spot Raffle to benefit the BEF
The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) will be holding a fundraising raffle for two reserved parking spots near the high school theater entrance.  
The raffle will be held during the BHS Open House on Thursday 9/1 from 6:00 - 8:00The drawing will be held and two winners will be announced after the last block at 8:15. The parking spots will be reserved for each winner for the entire 2016-17 school year.
Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.
Please direct any questions to the BEF Board at info@befnh.org

New Policy for Home Varsity Football games -
Starting with opening football game on September 2nd, against Merrimack,  we will be charging adults an admission fee of $5.00 per person.  Anyone under 18 will be admitted FREE.  Students are encouraged to show their school ID when driving or entering BHS. Fees will be collected by cars as you drive up to the stadium.  To help ease any traffic congestion please try and have exact dollar amount if possible to expedite the process. Because this is  a new process, we encourage arriving early at the games.
The funds collected from admissions will be used to improve the stadium facilities to include additional bleachers/team-rooms.  The admission fee is one part of a larger fund raising initiative and is a joint effort between BFOR (Bedford Friends of Recreation) and our BHS Booster Club.  
Important Dates and Events:
Thursday, September 1
6:00pm BHS Open House
Monday, September 5
Labor Day Observance - no school
Wednesday, September 7
6:00pm BHS Sr. College Info Night
Tuesday, September 13 RAL/BHS 2 hour delay - Primary
Thursday, September 22 — 6:00-7:30pm: Junior IB Orientation Night — BHS Theater.  This evening will introduce families to the IB Diploma Programme at BHS, including the program philosophy and approach to teaching and learning, the scope and sequence of IB coursework, and student expectations. All families of Juniors enrolled in IB courses are welcome to attend.
From the Counseling Department:
Senior meetings will begin Tuesday, September 6th- come by and sign up!
Schedule Changes
  • Elective Add Day- Tuesday the 30th in Counseling Dept
    • Try to come during the block you want changed
    • Can only replace a “free block” (MT, Early Release, Late Arrival)
  • All dropped courses will be recorded on the transcript
    • Paperwork is necessary
    • WP or WF recorded
  • Four weeks allowed for level changes
    • Spots must be available



From the Deans:
We still need five host families for the annual Spanish Exchange.  Four boys and one girl still need homes.
The details:
  • You and your kids do not need to speak Spanish.  The exchange students are here to practice their English.
  • The students arrive on September 9th and leave on September 26th.
  • Families are mostly in charge of weekends and food; weekdays are covered by school events during the day.
  • Your son/daughter can be an athlete; the exchange students either attend practice to participate or watch, or they spend time with another host student and exchange student after school.
  • The genders do not have to match; a boy's family can host a girl and vice versa.
  • You can keep to your usual family routines; the students are here to experience high school and family life in Bedford, NH.
The remaining students are Marina, Gonzalo, Diego, Pablo, and Julian, and each needs a family.  If you are interested, please contact Bob Jozokos at jozokosb@sau25.net or at 310-9000 ext 33124.
Student Activities:
Freshmen elections will be held September 12th. If a student is interested in running for office, please see Mrs. Noe in the assistant principal’s office for the required paperwork by September 2nd.
Auditions for the fall production, The Drowsy Chaperone,  will be MondayFriday, August 29th- September 2ndMonday is an information meeting from 3-4pmTuesday and Wednesday are auditions. Thursday andFriday are call-backs.  Please make sure you are able to attend all five days.

In Sports:  
Fall sports are underway.  Team photos and Meet the Coaches Night have past.  We’ve already had football scrimmages, participated in soccer jamborees last weekend, and we have a volleyball jamboree this weekend.  Golf had their first match on Thursday and Bass Fishing had tryouts on Glenn Lake.  BHS sport contests will be in full swing starting Monday.  Please check our weekly schedule on the Athletics tab for details for all our Fall sports programs.
Reminder note to All athletes and our Freshman … Whenever student athletes dismiss early from classes to travel to a another school for their games - Please know that they are responsible to notify their teachers before class and dismiss themselves according to the bus departure schedule time.  The rule is to leave class six (6) minutes prior to the scheduled bus departure time during school hours.  We request that student athletes demonstrate courtesy to their teachers and fellow classmates when early dismissal occurs.  Thank you!
William L. Whitmore, CAA
Director of Athletics
Bedford High School
47B Nashua Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603-310-9010

Alternative Programming:
From the SAU:

From the PTG:

Monday, August 29, 2016

BHS News

8/26/16
From the Principal:
The Bedford High School community is excited to be celebrating its ten year anniversary; hard to believe!  I hope as a community member you feel as we do, a sense of pride for building and supporting this outstanding facility and program.  While we recognize there certainly have been bumps along the way and that there will always be room for growth and improvement, what we have accomplished as a community over the past nine years is something we should all take great pride in!  The entire staff at BHS is excited for the students return so they may begin the important process of relationship building, teaching and learning.  

The first official day of school students had the opportunity to meet all of their teachers and hear about course expectations.  The students met with administrators during which time school wide culture, student leadership and citizen expectations were discussed.  And, as many parents are already aware, the campus has been buzzing with student activity for the past two weeks as athletics and band have been in full swing.   We are looking forward to another fantastic year at BHS!!!

Below I have some of the upcoming events on the school calendar:
Thursday, September 1
6:00pm BHS Open House
Monday, September 5
Labor Day Observance - no school
Wednesday, September 7
6:00pm BHS Sr. College Info Night
Tuesday, September 13 RAL/BHS 2 hour delay - Primary

New Policy for Home Varsity Football games - Starting with opening football game on September 2nd, against Merrimack,  we will be charging adults an admission fee of $5.00 per person.  Anyone under 18 will be admitted FREE.  Students are encouraged to show their school ID when driving or entering BHS. Fees will be collected by cars as you drive up to the stadium.  To help ease any traffic congestion please try and have exact dollar amount if possible to expedite the process. Because this is  a new process, we encourage arriving early at the games.
The funds collected from admissions will be used to improve the stadium facilities to include additional bleachers/team-rooms.  The admission fee is one part of a larger fund raising initiative and is a joint effort between BFOR (Bedford Friends of Recreation) and our BHS Booster Club.  
Important Dates and Events:
Thursday, September 22 — 6:00-7:30pm: Junior IB Orientation Night — BHS Theater.  This evening will introduce families to the IB Diploma Programme at BHS, including the program philosophy and approach to teaching and learning, the scope and sequence of IB coursework, and student expectations. All families of Juniors enrolled in IB courses are welcome to attend.

From the Counseling Department:
Senior meetings will begin Tuesday, September 6th- come by and sign up!
Schedule Changes
  • Elective Add Day- Tuesday the 30th in Counseling Dept
    • Try to come during the block you want changed
    • Can only replace a “free block” (MT, Early Release, Late Arrival)
  • All dropped courses will be recorded on the transcript
    • Paperwork is necessary
    • WP or WF recorded
  • Four weeks allowed for level changes
    • Spots must be available



From the Deans:
We still need five host families for the annual Spanish Exchange.  Four boys and one girl still need homes.
The details:
  • You and your kids do not need to speak Spanish.  The exchange students are here to practice their English.
  • The students arrive on September 9th and leave on September 26th.
  • Families are mostly in charge of weekends and food; weekdays are covered by school events during the day.
  • Your son/daughter can be an athlete; the exchange students either attend practice to participate or watch, or they spend time with another host student and exchange student after school.
  • The genders do not have to match; a boy's family can host a girl and vice versa.
  • You can keep to your usual family routines; the students are here to experience high school and family life in Bedford, NH.
The remaining students are Marina, Gonzalo, Diego, Pablo, and Julian, and each needs a family.  If you are interested, please contact Bob Jozokos at jozokosb@sau25.net or at 310-9000 ext 33124.
Student Activities:
Freshmen elections will be held September 12th. If a student is interested in running for office, please see Mrs. Noe in the assistant principal’s office for the required paperwork by September 2nd.
Auditions for the fall production, The Drowsy Chaperone,  will be MondayFriday, August 29th- September 2ndMonday is an information meeting from 3-4pmTuesday and Wednesday are auditions. Thursday and Friday are call-backs.  Please make sure you are able to attend all five days.
In Sports:  
Fall sports are underway.  Team photos and Meet the Coaches Night have past.  We’ve already had football scrimmages, participated in soccer jamborees last weekend, and we have a volleyball jamboree this weekend.  Golf had their first match on Thursday and Bass Fishing had tryouts on Glenn Lake.  BHS sport contests will be in full swing starting Monday.  Please check our weekly schedule on the Athletics tab for details for all our Fall sports programs.
Reminder note to All athletes and our Freshman … Whenever student athletes dismiss early from classes to travel to a another school for their games - Please know that they are responsible to notify their teachers before class and dismiss themselves according to the bus departure schedule time.  The rule is to leave class six (6) minutes prior to the scheduled bus departure time during school hours.  We request that student athletes demonstrate courtesy to their teachers and fellow classmates when early dismissal occurs.  Thank you!
New Policy for Home Varsity Football games - Starting with opening football game on September 2nd, against Merrimack,  we will be charging adults an admission fee of $5.00 per person.  Anyone under 18 will be admitted FREE.  Students are encouraged to show their school ID when driving or entering BHS. Fees will be collected by cars as you drive up to the stadium.  To help ease any traffic congestion please try and have exact dollar amount if possible to expedite the process. Because this is  a new process, we encourage arriving early at the games.
The funds collected from admissions will be used to improve the stadium facilities to include additional bleachers/team-rooms.  The admission fee is one part of a larger fund raising initiative and is a joint effort between BFOR (Bedford Friends of Recreation) and our BHS Booster Club.  
William L. Whitmore, CAA
Director of Athletics Bedford High School
603-310-9010

Alternative Programming:

From the SAU:

From the PTG:

Monday, August 8, 2016

Welcome Back!!

Good Afternoon Bulldogs!

DON’T PANIC!  SUMMER IS NOT OVER YET!!!  
I hope my letter finds you all still enjoying the beautiful weather and relaxed pace the summer has blessed us with!  Personally, I have spent some very enjoyable time with my family (especially my grandchildren) at the beach this summer.  I have to be honest, while it has been a bit of a challenge making the transition back to school, I am soooo excited about this school year because it marks the beginning of our tenth year as a high school, and more importantly, it affords all of us an opportunity to experience a fresh start.
For those of you who had a good experience last year, a new beginning is an opportunity to establish a new set of goals to work toward, set higher standards for yourself, or to find ways to expand your experiences in the new year.   For students who may have struggled because of choices made that led to poor outcomes; it’s an opportunity for you to reinvent yourself and have a fresh start with new teachers, new classmates, and new friends.
For years now at BHS the “Red Line” at our doorways has served as a reminder to students and staff alike that “it is ok to be where you are, but not ok to stay there!”  It is our reminder that each day brings an opportunity to grow in some way whether in or outside of the classroom.  As I have each year I challenge every Bulldog to take advantage of the fresh start and to find a way to grow each and every day!
And, while we still have a little summer left, I thought you might be interested in the first school day schedule below so that you have a sense of what to expect upon your return.    
1st Day Schedule
August 25h 2016
7:50 Warning Bell
7:55-8:25     All students report to Advisory (Advisory locations will be posted on first floor school walls)
8:30-8:55     R1
9:00-9:25     R2
9:30-9:55     R3
10:00-10:25    R4
10:30-10:55    S1
11:00-1:00      Lunch     (Staff please remain with your students during the lunch and picture time blocks. Take your lunch when the
                                      students are in the Theater with administration)
11:00-11:30
   Seniors           Lunch
   Juniors           Theater
   Sophomores       Advisory
   Freshmen     Gym for Photos
11:30-12:00
   Seniors           Theater
   Juniors           Lunch
   Sophomores       Gym for Photos
   Freshmen       Advisory
12:00-12:30
   Seniors           Advisory
   Juniors           Gym for Photos
   Sophomores     Lunch
   Freshmen     Theater
12:30-1:00
   Seniors           Gym for Photos
   Juniors           Advisory
   Sophomores      Theater
   Freshmen               Lunch
1:05-1:30     S2
1:35-2:00     S3
2:05-2:35     S4
Remind to all students that 8/26 will be a RED  Day.
I wish each of you the very best as we head into the new year.  Remember that your teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, nurses, custodians, and support staff are all here to help you be as successful as you choose to be.  Take advantage of these people resources especially when you need guidance, assistance, or extra help.  We are all looking forward to the best year at BHS yet!
See You Soon!

Mr. H