Monday, February 20, 2017

BHS News

2/17/17
From the Principal:

Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program.

In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  

If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.

Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate in this program.
BEDFORD FOOD PANTRY - SCHOOL LUNCH PLUS PROGRAM For more information on the School Lunch Plus program please contact Rachel Higgins at rclhig84@hotmail.com or visit the Bedford Food Pantry website here. The Bedford Food Pantry is located at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH 03110 School Lunch Plus Items needed: Cans of fruit Cans of pasta - Beefaroni, Meat Ravioli, Spaghetti and Meatballs Cans of chicken soup Tuna Small juice bottles (no juice pouches please) Microwaveable Mac and Cheese Sleeves of crackers - saltines, ritz Ramen Noodles soup Granola bars or fruit bars Sample Weekend Lunch Bag: Your Community Food Pantry, NUMBERS THAT MATTER 167 Families (279 Children) who qualify for “Free School Lunch” programming 189 Adults who qualify for Food Stamps 159 Children who qualify for Food Stamps 721 Adults who qualify for Medicaid 498 Children who qualify for Medicaid

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  hagenw@sau25.net or Mark Elmendorf at elmendorfm@sau25.net.  

Lost and Found
Parents, Students, and Staff, If you have lost something be sure to check the lost and found!
  • If you have lost clothing, coats, bags, books, etc. please look in the bins located by the concession stand in the Gym hall.
  • If you have lost smaller items such as a wallet, keys, calculator or phone stop in the main office and we will assist you.  

Important Dates and Events:
Spirit Week - 2/20 - 2/24/17  Spirit Day Themes: Monday - America Day Tuesday - 70's Day Wednesday - Pajama Day (within school dress code) Thursday - Super Hero Day Friday - Class Colors (Freshmen = white, Sophomores = gray/silver, Juniors = black, and Seniors = red).   

Winter Vacation - 2/27 - 3/3/17

From the Counseling Department:

Advanced Placement exams will take place in the first two weeks of May. Any students wishing to take an AP exam must register with the Counseling Office by Friday, March 10th. Students must complete this form:
All checks should be made out to “BHS” and dropped off in the Counseling Office. Any students who are struggling to make the payment are encouraged to speak with his or her school counselor or meet with Mrs. Blaney.

Additional information about the exam dates, policies, etc can be found here:

From the Library:

Visit the library website for ALL yearbook information.
  • Last day to purchase your yearbook online is February 27, 2017
  • Buy a yearbook during spirit week and spin the prize wheel in Bulldog Corner during block 3! $75 each
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:
Exam Update:
We have begun uploading written assignments for some Exam-terminus IB classes.  Students and parents should be advised to check their email regularly to make sure that no uploading deadlines are missed!

From the Deans:
February 28th, BHS student work will be shown at the Red River theater for Youth Art Month.

March 9th 7pm. BHS theater- Band Project (a concert with Lurgio 8th graders and high school mentors) will perform along with the BHS Jazz band.

Student Activities:
Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare) will be directed by Tim Hackney and performed by BHS students February 17, 18, 19. Tickets are sold at the door. 7pm. Adults $10.00, Students $5.00.

In Sports:
Bulldog Athletics has been celebrating a lot this Winter season - and, we’re still not done!  Congratulations goes out to the following NHIAA State Champions:  Girls’ Indoor Track, Girls’ Swimming & Diving, and Boys’ Alpine Ski.  Best of luck to our Girls’ Alpine Ski team who compete today (2/17) for their State Championship and Wrestling compete for States on Saturday morning.

The Athletic Department is looking for a student/athlete to produce our Winter Awards slide show for our ceremony on Monday, March 20.  This really 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.

We’ve announced to all Spring Athletes to access the Sports Sign Ups section on the Athletic page of the BHS website and complete the Pre-Season Sign Ups form.  Spring sport athletes must complete this form before attending the Spring coaches team meeting on March 8.  We’d especially appreciate our Spring athletes to complete this before we go on Winter break.  Thanks to you who’ve already signed up.

Paperwork for tryouts is not due to Athletics until March.  Paperwork is completed online, printed out, and hand-delivered to Mrs. Romano on corresponding due dates by sport. Paperwork that is handwritten will not be accepted.  Coaches team meeting locations for each sport, paperwork due dates, and concussion testing dates are currently available under our Spring Sports portal … Just reference this box  Spring Sign Up Info

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 woodsa@sau25.net or 310-9000 x33096

Find our Community Enrichment Program website here:
Classes for the Spring session have started!
Intro to Italian, Intro to Photography, and Watercolor Painting are all being offered and registration is ongoing!

We are looking to expand offerings for Community Enrichment. A survey is in the works for the next Principal’s Notes. We want your input!

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:

NOTICE: Online ordering for the Yankee Candle Fundraiser is available through February 24th (BHS group code #999965479) 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. 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.

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