Monday, March 20, 2017

BHS News

From the Principal:
Bedford High School ​Graduation set for June 10
We are proud to announce that the students in the class of 2017 at Bedford High School will be graduating on Saturday, June 10, at 10:00am rain or shine!

Attention 8th Grade Parents
The 8th Grade Parent Information Night has been rescheduled to May 22nd, at 6:00pm in the BHS theater. This is an opportunity for the parents of rising 9th graders to hear about life as a ninth grader and ask questions about the high school experience.

As the Counseling dept. and Tech team aim to make us a more social media savvy community this year, we will present the film Screenagers this Tuesday the 21st at 6:00 pm in the BHS Theater. Watching the film as an educator, as well as a parent, can be very thought-provoking. In an age where technology is everywhere how do we best support adolescents as they learn how to responsibly use these tools?

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Bedford Community Hall of Fame
The Bedford Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for induction into the newly formed Bedford Hall of Fame. This is your opportunity to recognize those individuals who have made a positive impact on yourself, your family, your children and your community.  Graduates, Teachers and Bedford Community members are eligible for consideration into the HOF.  Nominations are due in May 2017. Please see  or for hard copies of the applications forms or for more information.
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  

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:

From the Counseling Department:
Come to the BHS Theater on Tuesday, March 21st to view Screenagers as part of this year’s Social Media Savvy initiative. Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
This month's Social Media topic is Distracted Walking/Driving. This is something that we feel as though everyone can relate to some degree, whether we witness someone being distracted while driving or walking OR we ourselves have been the distracted one. We have some different activities planned this month.

School Wide Presentations
CHAD Youth Operator Specialist and Marilyn Bachman
Juniors/Seniors Monday March 20 (Advisory)
Sophomores/Freshmen Wed March 22 (Advisory)
We also will have driving simulators for students and staff to try out all week during Block 3 in Bulldog Corner.
Summer Program- If you elected to take one of the Summer Personal Finance courses (Enrichment or Hybrid Enrichment), please register for summer school! This is the second step of registration, after selecting a summer course during course selection in February. Course dates, times, payment information, and the online registration form can be found here.

From the Library:
Visit the library website for ALL yearbook and IB information.
  • Yearbooks can no longer be ordered online. There have been a limited number ordered for purchase in the library. They are first come, first serve. $75 check or cash can be brought to the library to secure a 2017 yearbook.
  • Follow the Bulldogs of Bedford to keep up on the exciting community art project!
  • Log into your library account anytime with your student ID and password to check your account.
From the IB Coordinator:
Exam Update:
We have completed uploading written assignments for English and World Languages as well as Extended Essays for Diploma Candidates.  Next up we begin the process of inputting grades for Internal Assessments for all terminus IB classes.  That process requires that a randomly selected sample of student work is requested.  Please continue to check your emails regularly just in case additional requirements are needed.  Just as a reminder the Exam Schedule is posted on the IB at BHS website under the Exam information tab.

From the Deans:
Seniors Project!  There are major assignments due at midnight on March 24 for your senior project.  If you do them ahead of time, your Senior Project Advisor can grade them, providing time for you to correct errors and pass the quarter.  If you wait until the last minute, you give up that opportunity, and you own your grade.  Do follow the rubrics precisely, and double-check that you have sharing permissions set correctly.  Remember to take pictures, screenshots, video of yourself at work to upload for your AOK progress.

Student Activities:
Screenagers will be shown in the theater, 3/21  from 6-9 pm.
The robotics team, Red Storm, will host a FIRST Robotics competition March 24-26.
Light It Up Blue- The entire school will be decked out in blue for Autism Awareness on 3/31. Freshmen will attend a presentation during advisory.
In Sports:
Boys Basketball is competing for the DI Championship against Portsmouth on Saturday (3/18) @ 3pm @ UNH.  And, JV Spirit Championships is competing on Sunday @ Nashua South.  Good Luck!!
The Winter Awards Ceremony is Monday, March 20 @ 6:30pm for pizza dinner.  Ceremony starts promptly in the Theatre @ 7:05.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  Athlete’s attire is business casual - No jeans or sneakers!
The first day of Spring sport tryouts is Monday, March 20.  Please refer to weekly practice and game schedule.

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
Manchester School of Technology News: Applications for the 2017-18 school year are due Friday, March 24th. See Ms. Woods is C114 for more information.
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!

Upcoming RWL Opportunities are posted under the Academics tab of the BHS website. Please send students to C114 for any questions! Here are some that are timely:

Community Service
Organization: Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), Greater Manchester
Description: Join the Kids’ Fun Committee and Volunteering at NH PMC Kids Ride. Volunteers are needed to both plan and help out at the event. Activities to include helmet decorating, face painting, photo booth, etc. The Fun Committee will plan and coordinate the activities!!
Dates: Initial planning meeting March 20th, 2017 at 2:40 in the BHS College and Career Center
    Kids Ride Event: June 4th, 2017 7am-1pm (including set-up/break down)
Locations: Bedford High School for meetings, St. Anselm College for the event.
Contact: Ms. Woods in C114 and or

From the SAU:
​Election Results
Thank you to all the Bedford citizens who voted on Thursday . The school district budget passed and the contracts for our teachers, support staff, and custodians passed. This will make the district's pay scale more competitive and help get health insurance costs under control. The positive results will allow the whole district to continue to focus on our core mission, teaching and learning. Thank you!

Calendar  2017-18 ​
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

From the PTG:
Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open! Register today and mark your calendar for a super-fun, family event! Not a runner? That’s OK. You can walk, skip, hop, twirl, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus. Be sure to wear white for maximum color affect (you will be blasted with food safe colorful powder). All funds raised from this event will go back into our schools!
We are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this great event. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering, please contact us at, or for more information please visit This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.

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