Monday, February 6, 2017

BHS News

From the Principal:

BHS Scheduling Procedures 2017-18
We are heading toward the creation of student schedules for next year.  Scheduling procedures have been designed to maximize teaching and learning at the start of the year, determine courses/sections based on student requests, utilize teacher resources to the best of our ability, and maintain the integrity of transcripts.
Schedule Adjustment Period: During the four days following the release of the schedules in June, current BHS students may meet with their counselor only for necessary adjustments (as defined below) to a schedule.  The only exception to this process remains with level changes during the first four weeks of school.  Any 8th grade requests for adjustments are completed using a written communication process with the BHS Counseling Office. Information regarding how to utilize the written communication will be shared via the middle school Principal’s Notes.     

Scheduling Process and Procedure:
Schedules are final unless the following is the case:
Reasons for a schedule adjustment:
  • Graduation requirements are missing
  • Prerequisite requirements have not been met for scheduled courses
  • Duplication of courses
Adding a Course:
  • A student may add a course if they have an open block created by Late Arrival, Early Release, Managed Time, or level change, and there is an open seat in the course desired. (A withdrawal from a course does not create an open opportunity in that student’s schedule).
Withdrawing from a Course:
  • Students may withdraw from a course only during the designated dates for schedule changes before the course begins and the course will be removed from the schedule without a withdrawal designation on their transcript. Once the Schedule Adjustment Period (the four days in June) has ended, the student will receive the appropriate designation of “WP”(withdrawn pass) or “WF” (withdrawn fail) on their permanent transcript. Withdrawals are permitted in year-long classes until the end of quarter three and until the quarter break in semester classes.  
  • All withdrawal forms will require parent/guardian signatures since the result will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Fall “Level Change Period”
  • This period is the first 4 weeks at the start of school (specific date will be determined annually) and will be for course level changes only. Given that there are no leveled semester courses, no Level Change Period is necessary in semester two.  
  • Level changes are defined only as changes between PSP, Honors, AP/IB
Semester “Add Day”
  • There will be one day at the start of each semester during which students may add courses.  The rules for adding a course (as described above) apply.  

Lurgio Players Present - Beauty and the Beast
Please join us as the Lurgio Players proudly present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at both 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the BHS Theater. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online at We hope to see you there!

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 mission of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those residents who have attended the Bedford School District or worked in the Bedford School district who have truly made an exceptional contribution to the school, community,  or society in general.  We are seeking nominations of individuals from any and all vocations.  
You can access the Hall of Fame nomination information and application on school 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  

Prom Dress Drive!  
Sponsored by BHS's Acts of Random Kindness Club.  Help someone in need buy an affordable dress by donating your secondhand prom dresses to Families in Transition's OutFITters Thrift Store.  Bring your dress by BHS's main office until 2/24 or sign up to have your dress picked up on 2/24 or 2/25 with this google form
Try the attendance email address.  It’s an easy way to report an absence.

Important Dates and Events:
Mandatory Intersession Mtg. for all students
Mon, February 6th, 9:20am – 9:50am

From the Counseling Department:
The Course Selection Portal is open the afternoon of Friday the 3rd to Friday the 10th of February. Parents and students can go in as many times as they wish, but the final selection will be what is used. Remember that courses are given to students by seniority so it doesn't matter what time your family goes into the portal to requests courses, but what grade they are in school (rising seniors, rising juniors, rising sophomores and then rising freshmen/current 8th graders).
If you were not able to attend last night's presentation from the leadership team, you can view it here:
View this short video to best understand how to navigate the course selection portal:

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:
Every IB Diploma Candidate’s path to the IB Diploma is unique.  If you have a question about the IB Diploma whether or not your schedule meets the requirements, please email Mr. Cannon at
May 2017 Exams update:
Students in IB English II classes have begun uploading their IB Assessments and to the IB eCoursework system.  
From the Deans:
With course selections due by Friday, February 10, 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!)

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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:
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.

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:
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). Representatives from each school will be available to answer questions. 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
Announcing an exciting new fundraiser…. Yankee Candle is here!! Enjoy the same quality candles in a variety of scents and other great products from Yankee Candle while 40% of the sales go back to the PTG. Families K-6 will be receiving a color brochure in backpacks this week; Lurgio and BHS families can find brochures in the front offices or simply shop online using this link  (use Group #999965479 to be taken to the BHS page). Please feel free to share the link with family and friends that enjoy Yankee Candle, anywhere in the US. Yankee Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are made right here in New England. Online orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser and is free on purchases over $100.
Thank you to everyone that came out to Barnes and Noble on South Willow Street this weekend to support the PTG.


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