Monday, January 30, 2017

BHS News

From the Principal:

Bedford School District Deliberative Session February 7
All registered voters in Bedford are invited to participate in the Bedford School District Deliberative Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Theater. Voters will discuss the Bedford School Board's Warrant, which included the proposed budget and articles for contracts with teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians. The voters will either affirm or revise the School Board Warrant at this meeting. For reference, here is the full budget webpage and the 2017 Warrant.

The Five Signs
Thanks to BCTV, we have a recording of The Five Major Signs of Emotional Distress with Former Supreme Court Justice John Broderick. Justice Broderick spoke to students, teachers and parents in Bedford about his own experience with mental illness in his family and the need to change our perceptions of mental illness. The show will start running on both the public (16) and school (23) channels starting on January 27. The show will be available on Video on Demand at

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 looking for early release and late arrival need to fill out new form and turn it into their school counselor.  

Try the attendance email address.  It’s an easy way to report an absence.

Important Dates and Events:
20 Credit Adult Diploma Class of 2017 Deadline for Enrollment
Wed, February 1st
BHS: Course selection night
Thu, February 2nd, 6pm – 9pm,  Theater
Mandatory Intersession Mtg. for all students
Mon, February 6th, 9:20am – 9:50am

From the Counseling Department:
Course Selection for the 2017-2018 school year will take place from February 3rd-10th. If you would like to learn more about how registration works you’re welcome to attend a presentation this Thursday the 2nd at 6:00pm in the BHS Theater. The BHS principals and academic deans will be on hand to discuss graduation requirements, curriculum progressions, and how to navigate the process via PowerSchool. This video will help as well:

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.

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.  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.
The BHS Program of Studies website (listed under Academics) has all the course descriptions and course progressions for students and parents to read when discussing what courses to take next year.

Student Activities:
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:
The Athletic Department is looking for a student/athlete to produce our Winter Awards slide show for our Athletic ceremony on Monday, March 20.  This is a fun way to earn a lot of RWL hours and help out with making the Winter sports season a more memorable one!  If you are interested, please stop by the Athletic Department.
The NHIAA Scholar Athlete ceremony is quickly approaching.  Scholar athletes don’t forget to mark your calendars for Monday, February 6th.  Mrs. Romano will issue an excused absence from classes for everyone.  Bus transportation is provided for scholar athletes only and this event is chaperoned by Mr. Whitmore.  The requested attire is business style (collar shirt, blouse, khakis/dress pants, skirts/dresses - NO sneakers or jeans!)
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
Deadline to enroll in the 20 Credit Adult Diploma Program for 2017 graduation is February 1st!!
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.
Find our Community Enrichment Program website here:
Classes for the Spring session start January 25th!
Intro to Italian, Intro to Photography, and Watercolor Painting are all being offered and registration is ongoing!!
Upcoming RWL Opportunities are posted under the Academics tab of the BHS website. Please send students to C114 for any questions!

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.
From the PTG:
Looking for a good winter read? Join the PTG at Barnes and Noble on South Willow Street January 26th - January 29th. Shop books, games, music, puzzles and more, and simply let them know you support the Bedford PTG or show this flyer at checkout and the PTG will receive a portion of the sales. We will also have a district wide art show on Friday - Sunday, the McKelvie chorus will perform Friday evening, and elementary school staff will be leading story times Friday - Saturday (click here for schedule). Can’t make the sale? Visit from January 27th - February 2nd and enter Bookfair ID 12075552 at checkout. We appreciate your support!
The PTG is hosting a “New Family Welcome Coffee” for all families that are new to the Bedford School District this school year. The event is being held on Monday, February 6th at the Bedford Town Library (lower level). Your children are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending this event or if you would like more information please contact Aneesa Fallon at
We would like to thank NH Supreme Court Justice Broderick for speaking to our community on January 19th about the importance of knowing the "5 Signs" that may mean someone needs help, and of ending the stigma surrounding Mental Illness. For more information about this initiative please visit  The Bedford PTG was a proud co-sponsor of this event with BeBOLD and the Bedford School District.
Got cabin fever? Our next “First Thursday's at Shorty’s” on Route 101 in Bedford will be on February 2nd. If you are eating in or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.

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