Monday, November 27, 2017

BHS News

Response to Threats

Good Afternoon Parents, 
I wanted you to know that today I met with all students and shared the following message with them. 
It is only November, and unfortunately, here at school we have had to deal with several threats written on bathroom walls.  While ultimately deemed non-credible, we have taken all of the necessary steps required to keep our school safe.  

We have worked very hard to establish a culture of trust in our school by treating students as young adults.  Our students have experienced a degree of freedom not typical in most high schools because our students have earned that trust by being respectful and caring citizens. It is unfortunate the trusting culture we have built together can be impacted by the actions of one or a few.  

However, because these threats are disrupting, distressing, and can create a level of anxiety in the building, we felt the need to take steps to address this problem.  

Beginning on November 28, we will be implementing the following plan:
  • All teachers will maintain a “leave the room” sign out/in sheet that will include the time a student left and the time they returned. 
  • Students are to use the closest lavatories on the floor their class is on.
  • Students will be required to stay in the lunchroom for the entire lunch period. 
  • Managed Time students will be required to select from the Library, Commons, Academic Center, Bulldog Corner, or a teacher’s classroom (with teacher permission).  Students are to select a location and stay put for Managed Time. 
  • Duty teachers will be inspecting bathrooms/stalls for any graffiti each block in the day.   
  • Students staying after school must be in a supervised activity or in the library.  

Having to put these steps in place is upsetting, however, the safety and well being of our students and staff are our first priority.  I do not know how long these steps will need to be in effect.   My apologies.  


Monday, November 20, 2017

BHS News

11/17/17

 
The Counseling Department is happy to announce another opportunity for our young people to participate in Challenge Day at BHS.
For those of you who haven't heard of Challenge Day here is a link to their website:

Challenge Days are powerful, high energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning experiences. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. Challenge Days are designed to unite the members of the school and to carry the themes of the program back to the greater school population.
Please have your student stop down to counseling for more information or to receive a permission slip. We are looking for all grades, but particularly our freshman and sophomore students who have never participated in a Challenge Day.


                    
                                                   
Intersession
The Intersession page is live.  The April 2018 activities are listed.  Sign-ups have begun for students and will conclude on November 22nd.  Click here for more info or go through the high school website: Academics/Intersession.  The activities are listed down the left side of the page and the timeline for sign-ups and deposits is there too.

 
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:
Miss Financial Aid Night? Watch a NHHEAF presentation on filing the FAFSA here! Additional materials can be picked up in our office and also seen here.

The financial aid workshop in the Commons on November 15th is not associated with the high school. It is our understanding that a private individual rented the space through the town of Bedford.

From the Library:
YEARBOOK Information:
Order here:
You AND your student can add THEIR photos to the BHS yearbook by using the Replayit. Access it through the web www.replayit.com or download the app!
Did you know there was a parent only Facebook group? Upload photos and keep up to date with all yearbook information!
Purchasing the BHS yearbook includes:
  • a hardcover yearbook
  • 200+ pages
  • digital access to ALL photos uploaded forever!
Senior Information!
  • Seniors must submit a Hockmeyer photo for their senior portrait
  • Send your senior off with a Senior Recognition Ad! Start building your ad now before you run out of time. Work can be saved to complete at a later date.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration has now ended. IB does allow late registration at an additional cost. If you missed the first deadline and would like to know more information, please contact Mr. Cannon. Receipts for IB exam fees have been returned to students. Students and parents who registered for exams will receive an email from bhsib@bedfordnhk12.net on Dec. 1 with important additional information about the IB exam process, so please be on the lookout for that.
Recently I stumbled upon the following helpful resource: 15 IB Diploma terms parents need to know. The IB Diploma Programme is full of acronyms and esoteric terminology that it can cause quite a bit of confusion. I found the linked blog above to be both comprehensive and concise. Take a look!

For answers to all (or most) of your IB-related questions, check out the BHS IB Website.

From the Deans:
BHS Student Run Small Business Expo
On December 3rd from noon-2, Bedford High School marketing students invite you to attend our 3rd annual Small Business Expo. The Expo is an opportunity for the community to learn more about local Bedford businesses. The event will be held in the BHS Gym where 27 local businesses will be promoted including raffles, samples and more. With a goal of promoting local small businesses, this project provides the students with an authentic marketing experience. The Marketing I students have dedicated a large summation of their time and effort to promote these companies, so please come out and support your high school students and local businesses!


Student Activities:
Performances of “Anything Goes” the fall musical will be: November 9, 10, 11 at 7:00pm, November 12th at 2:00 pm, and November 17& 18 at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh   or at the door.
The Ski and Skate sale will be November 17, 3pm-9pm and November 18 7a.m. -6pm in the BHS gym.
December 1 is the student Talent Show the Leadership Club sponsors.
 

In Sports:

Fall Sports Awards Night is Monday, November 20th @ 7pm in the Theater.  Athletes are expected to attend.  Please dress in business casual attire - no jeans and no sneakers! Parents/guardians and friends are all welcome to attend.

 
All Winter sports paperwork should have been submitted to the Athletic Department.  Wrestling and Swimming / Diving started on Monday, Nov 13th.  Alpine and Gymnastics tryouts are Monday, Nov 20th.  Athletes cannot tryout with proper paperwork on file in the Athletic Office and if athletes need concussion testing that - too, must be conducted prior to tryouts.

Thank you for attending the NLI Signing for our Bulldog Athletes on 11/14.

If any athletes are still in the process of solidifying their college applications - Please know that we will host another NLI ceremony in the Spring.  More details will be announced.


 
R-L Brooke Burdon (Lacrosse) going to Assumption, Eric Flynn (Lacrosse) UMass Lowell, Patrick Harrington (Baseball) Assumption, Colton Krasinski (Lacrosse) Merrimack, Grant Lavigne (Baseball) Wake Forest, Geoff Mosseau (Baseball) St. John's, Kaylyn Tracey (Crew) Jacksonville
 
Alternative Programming:
Real World Learning Opportunities
Community Service:
Organization: Bedford High School and New Horizons
Description: Handmade Holiday/Christmas cards are needed to brighten the holidays at New Horizons!
           Help us reach our goal of 300 cards by 12/15/17!
Dates: Cards will be collected until 12/15/17 by the Alternative Programming Office in 229 at BHS.
Location: Bedford High School

Community Service:
Organization: Smart Buddies
Description: Peer tutors are needed at McKelvie to work with students with their homework.
Dates: Ongoing: Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:15pm
Location: McKelvie Intermediate School

For other opportunities, please see the RWL page on the BHS website: https://goo.gl/f12Cp2

From the SAU:

From the PTG:
THANK YOU to all the volunteers for your food donations last week for the Grab and Go teacher conference dinner. The teachers really appreciated all the goodies!
SKI & SKATE SALE THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​​apparel!
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous​​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​ ​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​​the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!  
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM.
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale  page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.  
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.
Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), click HERE to donate a baked good.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form please click here… Gift Card Order Form For more information about this program, click here… Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!

MANCHESTER MONARCHS-Discount Tickets
Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6pm as they take on the Royals. Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary. Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores 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. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

BHS News

11/13/17

BEF NEWS
The Bedford Education Foundation is a community driven, non-profit organization that supports professional and program development in the Bedford School District.  Monies raised t is directly funneled back into our children's education by supporting innovative, out-of the box, professional and program development.  There is not one school or one teacher that has not benefited from the recent grants the BEF has provided.  Here are a few examples:

*  Seed money to support the formation of foreign language exchange programs at Bedford High School.
*  Seed money to support the development of the Morning News Show Program at Peter Woodbury School
*  Teacher education in mindfulness techniques and strategies at Memorial School.
*  Singapore Math Strategies Professional Development for faculty at Riddle Brook School.
*  The training for the development of an AP Comparative Government Class at BHS.
*  Best Practices of Literacy Instruction with Technology training for faculty at Lurgio.
*  Therapy Bunny "Noodle" and other mindfulness training programs for Guidance at McKelvie Intermediate School.
*  Base Camp for students transitioning from Lurgio to BHS.
*  District-wide Future Ready Professional Development Conference Day, Fall 2016
*  District-wide Special Education Professional Development Conference Day, Fall 2017

These are just a few examples of the program and professional development BEF has supported in the recent years.  

Please join us for our upcoming event on November 17th!  With the continued support of the community, the BEF will continue to enhance and support the efforts and dedication of the incredible faculty of the Bedford School District.

Purchase your tickets today:  BEF Fall Fundraiser Tickets
                    
                                                   
Intersession
The Intersession page is live.  The April 2018 activities are listed.  Sign-ups have begun for juniors.  Click here for more info or go through the high school website: Academics/Intersession.  The activities are listed down the left side of the page and the timeline for sign-ups and deposits is there too.

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:
Miss Financial Aid Night? Watch a NHHEAF presentation on filing the FAFSA here! Additional materials can be picked up in our office and also seen here.

The financial aid workshop in the Commons on November 15th is not associated with the high school. It is our understanding that a private individual rented the space through the town of Bedford.

From the Library:
YEARBOOK Information:
Order here:

You AND your student can add THEIR photos to the BHS yearbook by using the Replayit. Access it through the web www.replayit.com or download the app!

Did you know there was a parent only Facebook group? Upload photos and keep up to date with all yearbook information!

Purchasing the BHS yearbook includes:
  • a hardcover yearbook
  • 200+ pages
  • digital access to ALL photos uploaded forever!
Senior Information!
  • Seniors must submit a Hockmeyer photo for their senior portrait
  • Send your senior off with a Senior Recognition Ad! Start building your ad now before you run out of time. Work can be saved to complete at a later date.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration has now ended. If you missed the October 20th deadline and would still like to register, please see Mr. Cannon as soon as possible. Payments for exams should be made by check made out to Bedford High School and should be submitted to Mr. Cannon as soon as possible. Receipts will be returned to students by the end of the first week of November.

For answers to all (or most) of your IB-related questions, check out the BHS IB Website.

From the Deans:

Math, Science and Technology in conjunction with School-to-Careers will be hosting TechWomen Ambassadors on November 16th as a part of Tech Week in NH! This initiative seeks to increase awareness of the opportunities available in STEM fields and encourage young women to seek and explore STEM career paths. More information about this valuable program can be found here: https://nhhtc.org/nhhtc-events/techwomentechgirls/


Student Activities:

Performances of “Anything Goes” the fall musical will be: November 9, 10, 11 at 7:00pm, November 12th at 2:00 pm, and November 17& 18 at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh   or at the door.


December 1 is the student Talent Show the Leadership Club sponsors.

In Sports:
Best of luck!  Carly Rinko competing in the New England Cross Country Championships this weekend in Belfast, Maine.
Tryouts start next week for Swim/Dive and Wrestling. CLICK HERE for schedule.
SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Sports Awards Night, Monday, November 20th, 7pm in Theater

Winter Sports Next Steps
Pre-SeasonSign-Ups Google form is completed! (This is required before you hand deliver paperwork).
Plan accordingly for concussion testing (if required).  Questions?  Please send our trainer, Eric an Emaileric@nhmi.net
Hand deliver sports paperwork PaperworkLink to Mrs. Romano and/or Mr. Parker in the Athletic Department only! Use this link DueDate to know what date to bring in your sports paperwork. If you need to provide an updated physical, please bring it with your paperwork.


Alternative Programming:
Real World Learning Opportunities

Community Service:
Organization: Bedford High School and New Horizons
Description: Handmade Holiday/Christmas cards are needed to brighten the holidays at New Horizons!
           Help us reach our goal of 300 cards by 12/15/17!
Dates: Cards will be collected until 12/15/17 by the Alternative Programming Office in 229 at BHS.
Location: Bedford High School

Community Service:
Organization: Smart Buddies
Description: Peer tutors are needed at McKelvie to work with students with their homework.
Dates: Ongoing: Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:15pm
Location: McKelvie Intermediate School

For other opportunities, please see the RWL page on the BHS website: https://goo.gl/f12Cp2


From the SAU:

From the PTG:

SKI & SKATE SALE NOVEMBER 18TH - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​ ​apparel!
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous​​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​ ​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​​the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!  
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM.
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale  page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.  
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.
Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), click HERE to donate a baked good.

GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form please click here…Gift Card Order Form.  For more information about this program, click here… Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!

AmazonSmile!  Speaking of buying gifts, did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.