Monday, May 22, 2017

BHS News

From the Principal:

Good Afternoon,

We have included the language out of the Student Parent Handbook that speaks to the expected attire at school.  We recognize the temperature in our building is unbearable when the heat rises as it has this week, and because we want students to be comfortable at school, we have tried to be a little “looser” with student attire.  While we have had conversations with students about making “reasonable” decisions about attire for school, during this past couple of weeks far too many young women’s dress has turned to beach wear.  I am asking that students and parents take a few minutes to review the standards below and the link to the Bedford School District policy on School Attire and discuss what is reasonably modest.   

Dress/School Attire

Bedford High School is a community whose primary focus is learning. Each member of this community is valued for their unique vision and voice, however, reasonable standards of attire are important to maintaining an educational environment. Therefore, Bedford High School relies upon the good judgment of its students and their parent’s regarding a student’s manner of dress, cleanliness, and grooming habits.
The following guidelines apply to all regular school activities. Administrators, coaches, and teachers with appropriate notice to students and parents may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain athletic events, classes, or activities.
Specific dress code guidelines:
  • Clothing that immodestly or inappropriately exposes the legs, chest, back, abdomen, or midriff are prohibited.
  • All tops must have straps. All strap styles are allowed.
  • Hats are allowed in non-academic settings such as the Commons, Bulldog Corner, the Courtyard, and hallways.  Hats are allowed in classrooms according to teacher discretion.  
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times
  • Clothing and jewelry imprinted with words, pictures, or insignia of alcoholic beverages, tobacco or other drugs; images with double-meanings that reference drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; obscenities; violent images; overt or covert sexual reference; gang identification; or which advocate prejudice or harassment of religion, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation or disability, are inappropriate in our school and are prohibited.
  • Items of dress that in the judgment of school administration pose a potential danger are prohibited.

Students wearing clothing that does not meet the above guidelines or does not meet reasonable standards of attire for a school environment will be sent to the office, required to take corrective action, and/or to call a parent to make arrangements for a change of clothing. Students may be considered unexcused from class if they are sent to the office for dress code violation.

On June 3rd the entire Bedford community is welcome to join us as we celebrate Bedford High School’s 10 year anniversary with a music festival on the field! BulldogFest is a day for us all to come together in recognition of everybody’s efforts to make BHS such a special place. So grab your family and a blanket and help us celebrate years of hard work and great students and staff at this free event! Food trucks, artisans, vendors, and music played by professional musicians that are BHS alumni!

Interested in performing at BulldogFest!?! Any current students who would like their band to audition for the celebration must email Mrs. Blaney at The Decade Dawg Committee will choose a band to help open the show!

Celebrate a Graduating Senior

Celebrate a Graduating Senior, simplify your Graduation morning, and support the BHS Music Boosters. Pre-Order Graduation Roses today!

Beautiful rose bouquets will be prepared and available for pick-up on the morning of Graduation at BHS.
(If outdoors, go to the covered tent behind the press box. If indoors, at the concessions booth in Bulldog Corner.)
Available bouquets are a single rose or a dozen roses.
There will be multiple colors for sale so arrive early for the best selection.
All payments need to be received by Friday, June 2 by 3pm. Checks can be made payable to BHS.
If you have any questions, please contact the BHS Music Boosters at:
Order form: click here

New Online School Store!
Order from a wide variety of BHS apparel, customizable apparel, and
accessories (water bottles, lanyards, blankets, scarves etc.).
Orders can be picked up in our school store or shipped directly to your house.
ALL apparel orders before the end of the school year will receive a
complimentary Dog Pound cookie when picked up from our store.

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.

Community Senate

The Community Senate is looking for three community members for positions next year: two 2-year positions and one 1-year position.  The Community Senate meets once per month and includes students, staff, a school administrator, and a school board member.  If you are interested, please complete the Community Senate Application located on the Senate page of the school website:

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:

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!

Chris Herren- Please join us at 7pm on May 23rd at the BHS Theater for a presentation given by former NBA athlete and recovering addict, Chris Herren. This is a community event and all are invited to attend. Click here to visit Chris’ website to learn more about his life and his journey through treatment and recovery or here to learn about Chris’ initiative, Project Purple.

From the Counseling Department:

The 2017-2018 Course Schedules will be released to students and families on June 12th.

6/13-6/16  Add + Drop requests will be considered at BHS (rising 10-12 graders) during finals. All current 8th graders will use a form to communicate requests. It will be located in Ed Joyce’s Principal emails as well as hard copies available in the Lurgio Guidance Office.

After Friday, June 16th (Summer)
  • All dropped courses are recorded with “WP” on the transcript
  • Day 4 of the 2017-2018 school year will be Add only day (over a current Managed Time)

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:

  • Yearbooks can no longer be ordered online. There 65 yearbooks left to purchase. They are first come, first serve. $75 check or cash can be brought to the library to secure a 2017 yearbook.

  • Log into your library account anytime with your student ID and password to check your account.

From the IB Coordinator:

Exam Update:
IB Exams finish Friday May 19 at about 9:45am! Scores will be released on July 6 around 9:30am. Students who took IB exams can access their scores at Students will need their Personal Code and PIN (sent via email from on 12/20/17). Graduating seniors who took IB Exams may request that their scores be sent to their college or university free of charge using this form. The deadline to have scores sent to colleges is June 30. Any request made after scores are published on July 6 incurs a cost.

A celebration for the BHS IB Diploma class of 2017 will be held on the evening of May 31 from 6:00-7:30pm in the BHS Theater. All friends and family of IB Diploma Candidates in the class of 2017 are welcome.

From the Deans:

End of year final exams are scheduled for the mornings of June 13-16.  The rotation will be R1 and R2 on Tuesday, R3 and R4 on Wednesday, S1 and S2 on Thursday, and S3 and S4 on Friday.  Make-up exams are scheduled for Monday, June 19, and must have the approval of the Assistant Principal.  Note: All competency recovery occurs during summer school.  Please visit the Counseling website for more information.

Seniors will be expected to attend classes during the week of June 5-9.  They will be called out of classes for graduation practice and other senior week activities, so they won’t miss a thing!

Senior Project presentations are set for June 1 and 2.  The schedule is available on the BHS website.  All BHS students will be attending presentations during those days, so there will be no regular classes held.  Please plan on joining us for part or all of those days to listen to the great experiences our Seniors have had!  This is always open to the community, and friends and relatives from all around often come to support the seniors.

The Spring Band Show will be May 17th at 6pm.

Student Activities:

Come enjoy a movie under the stars. French movie night in the courtyard on Friday, May 19th. Lurgio students are welcome to attend.

Destination Imagination heads to Global Finals
Good Luck to the BHS olDIes  who are heading to Global Finals this week.  We wish them well in Knoxville, TN.    olDIes, BHS: Marie Russell (Team Manager) Maddy Schneider, Natalie Anderson, Alec Dalton,
Aish Deva, Niamh Russell, Amanda Poza, Emma Jacobs

World Language Honor Society Induction Thursday, 5/25.

In Sports:
We are looking for student(s) interested in producing the Spring slideshow for the Awards ceremony celebrating our Spring athletes.  If you are interested, please stop by the Athletic Department.  Noteworthy to mention that this is a fun way to earn a lot of RWL hours.

PRE-season meetings with the BHS Fall coaches is on May 30 after school for rising Lurgio freshman and current BHS Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors.  You must access the sign-up portal, which is found on the Athletic section of the BHS website and sign-up for Fall Sports now through May 25.
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All of the following "links" information below is located in the FALL season portal section of the Athletic website:

Special Note for rising Lurgio freshman - You will need a current physical exam from your physician to include with your paperwork.  Physicals are good for two years based on the date of the exam and must cover the entire Fall season (August 9 - November 20).

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

Adult High School Diploma Graduation is set for 6/2/17 at 6pm in the BHS Theater.

RWL DEADLINES ARE: 5/25/17 for Underclassmen. If any Senior has outstanding hours, those are due ASAP.

In support of a Senior Project, we will be running a free, two part Intro to American Sign Language class. BHS students are eligible for Cultural Enrichment or Career Exploration hours.

Description: 20 participants will meet for 2 evenings of an introduction to Sign Language with a BHS American Sign Language teacher in support of a Senior Project adventure! Come learn simple and easy signs. You will have the opportunity to learn proper introductions, correct ASL grammar, the ASL alphabet and more! The biggest gain you will receive from this senior project course is the chance to learn how to communicate with the deaf!
Event Dates: May 23rd and 25th at 6pm at Bedford High School in room 113/115. (Limit 20 students)

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/Career Exploration/Cultural Enrichment
Organization: Bedford Historic Society and Stevens-Buswell Community Center
Description: Volunteers are needed to help plan, participate in and host “Design Through the Decades”,  a vintage fashion show! Proceeds from the show will go towards the efforts to renovate the Stevens-Buswell Community Center. Tickets are $10.00 and available in C114!
Organizational Meetings: Wednesdays at 2:45 in 133
Event Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in the BHS Theater at 6pm.
Contact: Ms. Woods in C114.

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: 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:
Camp Invention -
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit. This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Middle School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 am - 3:00 PM. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th Grade taught by certified teachers. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this years camp. Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer. You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15. If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at

First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids
Please come and Ride the First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids Ride on June 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – Noon, at St. Anselm College.  Bring your bikes and helmets and ride to Cure Cancer. A full morning of entertainment is planned with special guests arriving for all the fun.  Register online at and choose to ride in the Greater Manchester NH Kids Ride. This year’s ride is in honor of Emma Bechert, a 14 year old Bedford resident who lost her life to cancer. Emma was a PMC Kids rider.
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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:

PARKING SPACE RAFFLE - The Bedford PTG is excited to offer the opportunity for two students {you must be a rising junior or senior with a drivers license and vehicle} to win a prime, top row, reserved parking space for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Tickets are $10/entry and winners will be announced on June 13th (deadline to enter is June 12th)! You will know before the summer starts if you have a parking space next fall. Click Here to download entry form.
*all funds raised will go directly back into the schools

BHS GRADUATION SEAT RAFFLE  – The Bedford PTG will be raffling off FOUR sets of four seats in the front two center rows of the bleachers. These seats will be reserved just for you and each set of seats comes with one reserved parking spot! The tickets are $20/entry or 6 entries for $100. Please CLICK HERE for the entry form.  Winners will be drawn and announced on June 6th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5k? We invite you to join our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY MEETING - Join the PTG and Superintendent Chip McGee for our annual "Year in Review" community forum on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). There will be discussion and Q&A following a brief presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear about district highlights from the school year! Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. Email Lisa Nash at with your questions and topic suggestions.

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