Monday, January 23, 2017

BHS News


From the Principal:
Bedford Community Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Committee, consisting of ten school personnel and community members, is seeking nominations for Bedford’s inaugural appointments to the newly formed Bedford Hall of Fame.
The mission of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those residents who have attended the Bedford School District (including West High) who have made truly exceptional contributions to the school, community,  or society in general.  
We are planning a formal recognition dinner for the induction of our inaugural class in the fall of 2017, on the evening before the Homecoming football game at the High School. Each inductee will also be recognized at the half-time of the Homecoming football game as well.  Inductees will be honored for their unique contributions, awarded a plaque recognizing their contributions, and have a permanent commemoration placed in the “Hall of Fame” located in the main hallway at the High School.
You can access the Hall of Fame nomination information and application on the schools and SAU websites under the “Community” tab.  There is also a button on the front page of the BHS website. There you will find more specific information about the process.  Nomination applications can be submitted online or in hard copy and sent care of Chip McGee Superintendent of Schools in Bedford. Applications must be completed in full and received by the end of May 2017 to be considered for this class.  Applications not chosen this year will be kept on file and automatically considered for subsequent classes along with all new applications.  
We are excited to have this recognition program in place and look forward to reviewing the many applications we hope to receive.  Should you have questions please direction them to Bill Hagen at or Mark Elmendorf at  

For second semester Early Release or Late Arrival, all students will need to fill out new form and turn it into their guidance counselor by January 27th.

Host Families for the Danes: Our Danish sister school in Grenaa is sending students here for 4 days in March; March 25-29.  We are looking for host families.

There are 18 girls and 6 boys. This is a wonderful opportunity, and often with an exchange like this, you can become life-long friends with someone from across the world.

Please consider hosting a student in your home for the 4 days. Your responsibility would be to host them and provide a lunch each day while they are with us. They will be attending school a couple of days here at Bedford, and we have day trips planned for them around the local area and Boston. The itinerary is linked here.
If you are interested, please contact Mr. Jozokos ( or Mrs. Tuttle (  

For students using the Chromebook loaner program: Due to the high number of students not returning Chromebooks at the end of the day, any student who does not return their loaned Chromebook for a fourth time loses the privilege of getting a Chromebook on loan for the next three school days.  This procedure started on January 3rd and students were informed as they picked up their Chromebook.

Important Dates and Events:

Parent Teacher Conferences
Mon, January 23, 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Thu, January 26, 4:30pm – 8:00pm

BHS Jr. College Information Night
Wed, January 25, 6pm – 9pm,  Theater

BHS: Course selection night
Thu, February 2, 6pm – 9pm,  Theater

Mandatory Intersession Mtg. for all students
Mon, February 6, 9:20am – 9:50am

From the Counseling Department:
Jr. College Info Night for students and parents will be held in the BHS Theater this Wednesday the 25th of January at 6:00 pm. We will be focusing on what current juniors can expect in the coming months- everything from the college search process, to submitting the college application will be discussed. Although we’ll be focusing on this point in the timeline for juniors, any underclassmen (and/or their loved ones) may benefit from learning about this process in advance. All are welcome!
The NH Statewide SAT School Day will take place on April 5th at BHS. All juniors will take the SAT on this day. A bulk registration process will completed by the Counseling Office so students will not have to register themselves. Note that students will be taking the SAT with the essay. In the months ahead we will update students and their families about what to expect on test day. Please continue to check Principal Notes for these updates.

From the Library:
Visit the library website for ALL yearbook information.
  • Last day to purchase your yearbook online is February 27, 2017
  • Senior parent send-off Ads can be purchased now, don’t miss the opportunity to send your senior off! Deadline is February 12th
BHS Library Accounts
  • Log into your library account anytime with your student ID and password to check your account.
Semester One is over! Please find and return all semester one books to the library that are no longer needed.
Do you have legos that you don’t need anymore and would like to be donated? The McKelvie Library would love to give them a new home! Please contact Julie to schedule a drop off or pick up of your gently used legos.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Course Selection for 2017-2018:
On Thursday February 2 the BHS Counseling Department will be hosting its Course Selection Night starting at 6pm in the BHS Auditorium.  The IB Coordinator, Jon Cannon, will briefly present on the benefits of IB courses as well as an overview of the IB Diploma Programme.  This will be incredibly beneficial to any families considering taking IB classes, and especially so for students currently in 9th and 10th grade who might be considering becoming an IB Diploma Candidate.  Mr. Cannon will be on-hand to answer your questions.

From the Deans:
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble, BHS student art work will be on display.
With course selections on the horizon, please review teacher recommendations, which will be available in your PowerSchool portal by Monday.  Teachers know your student’s strengths and how to match those to future course work.  A key factor in student success is balance, so consider balancing course rigor, extracurricular activities, sports, Real World Learning hours, family and social time while leaving some down time to refresh.  The counseling office and the Deans are also here to help with planning one year or all four years of high school.

Student Activities:
Band and chorus will be traveling to Disney World January 26-29 to attend music workshops and perform at various times in the park.  
French Club movie night is February 3rd.
Reserve the date: The winter play, Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare, will be directed by Tim Hackney and performed by BHS students February 17, 18, 19.

In Sports:
Team Pictures on Monday, January 23
  • Gymnastics @ 2:40 in the Bulldog Gym
The Booster Club (BBABC) will be announcing on the Athletic page our raffle ticket winners each Mondaythrough the end of January.

Alternative Programming:
Contact Information for any questions regarding Adult Diploma, CAS Requirements for the IB Diploma, School to Careers, Real World Learning Requirements or Community Education: Amy Woods, Dean of Alternative Programming or 310-9000 x33096
Find our Community Enrichment Program website here:
Classes for the Spring session start January 25th!
Intro to Italian, Intro to Photography, Watercolor Painting and Principles of Financial Planning are all being offered!!
Upcoming RWL Opportunities are posted under the Academics tab of the BHS website. Please send students to C114 for any questions!
Classes for the second semester of the Adult Diploma start January 30th 2017. We will be offering Sociology on Mondays, from 3-6pm, and Understanding Media on Wednesdays from 3-6pm. Please contact the Alternative Programming office for further questions or information.

From the SAU:
Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parent regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced. Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.
Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
​Former NH Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease. Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment. [The evening event will be most appropriate for parents. There is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 and a staff event at 3:30 at Peter Woodbury School.]

From the PTG:
Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th - January 29th. Family activities, district wide art show, teacher story time and more are scheduled on the 27th and 28th. Click here for flyer.

PTG 5K Color Fun Run:
Bedford PTG is excited to be planning our first ever 5K Color Run. If you’d like to be involved with planning this fun event please contact Kim Beekman at Lots of volunteers will be needed to put together this exciting run! Our next team meeting will be Friday January 27th, time and location to be determined.

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