Monday, January 30, 2017

BHS News

1/27/17
From the Principal:

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.

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 www.bedfordtv.com.

 
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.  

 
For second semester Early Release or Late Arrival: all students looking for early release and late arrival need to fill out new form and turn it into their school counselor.  

Try the attendance email address.  It’s an easy way to report an absence.  BHSattendance@sau25.net

Important Dates and Events:
20 Credit Adult Diploma Class of 2017 Deadline for Enrollment
Wed, February 1st
BHS: Course selection night
Thu, February 2nd, 6pm – 9pm,  Theater
Mandatory Intersession Mtg. for all students
Mon, February 6th, 9:20am – 9:50am

From the Counseling Department:
Course Selection for the 2017-2018 school year will take place from February 3rd-10th. If you would like to learn more about how registration works you’re welcome to attend a presentation this Thursday the 2nd at 6:00pm in the BHS Theater. The BHS principals and academic deans will be on hand to discuss graduation requirements, curriculum progressions, and how to navigate the process via PowerSchool. This video will help as well:

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:
On Thursday February 2 the BHS Counseling Department will be hosting its Course Selection Night starting at 6pm in the BHS Auditorium.  The IB Coordinator, Jon Cannon, will briefly present on the benefits of IB courses as well as an overview of the IB Diploma Programme.  This will be incredibly beneficial to any families considering taking IB classes, and especially so for students currently in 9th and 10th grade who might be considering becoming an IB Diploma Candidate.  Mr. Cannon will be on-hand to answer your questions.

From the Deans:
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble, BHS student art work will be on display.
With course selections on the horizon, 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!)
The Booster Club (BBABC) will be announcing on the Athletic page our raffle ticket winners each Mondaythrough the end of January.

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
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:
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:
Looking for a good winter read? Join the PTG at Barnes and Noble on South Willow Street January 26th - January 29th. Shop books, games, music, puzzles and more, and simply let them know you support the Bedford PTG or show this flyer at checkout and the PTG will receive a portion of the sales. We will also have a district wide art show on Friday - Sunday, the McKelvie chorus will perform Friday evening, and elementary school staff will be leading story times Friday - Saturday (click here for schedule). Can’t make the sale? Visit bn.com/bookfairs from January 27th - February 2nd and enter Bookfair ID 12075552 at checkout. We appreciate your support!
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). 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 aa4f@comcast.net
We would like to thank NH Supreme Court Justice Broderick for speaking to our community on January 19th about the importance of knowing the "5 Signs" that may mean someone needs help, and of ending the stigma surrounding Mental Illness. For more information about this initiative please visit www.changedirection.org/nh  The Bedford PTG was a proud co-sponsor of this event with BeBOLD and the Bedford School District.
Got cabin fever? Our next “First Thursday's at Shorty’s” on Route 101 in Bedford will be on February 2nd. If you are eating in or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.

Monday, January 23, 2017

BHS News

1/20/17

From the Principal:
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.  

For second semester Early Release or Late Arrival, all students will need to fill out new form and turn it into their guidance counselor by January 27th.

Host Families for the Danes: Our Danish sister school in Grenaa is sending students here for 4 days in March; March 25-29.  We are looking for host families.

There are 18 girls and 6 boys. This is a wonderful opportunity, and often with an exchange like this, you can become life-long friends with someone from across the world.

Please consider hosting a student in your home for the 4 days. Your responsibility would be to host them and provide a lunch each day while they are with us. They will be attending school a couple of days here at Bedford, and we have day trips planned for them around the local area and Boston. The itinerary is linked here.
If you are interested, please contact Mr. Jozokos (jozokosb@sau25.net) or Mrs. Tuttle (tuttlec@sau25.net)  

For students using the Chromebook loaner program: Due to the high number of students not returning Chromebooks at the end of the day, any student who does not return their loaned Chromebook for a fourth time loses the privilege of getting a Chromebook on loan for the next three school days.  This procedure started on January 3rd and students were informed as they picked up their Chromebook.

Important Dates and Events:

Parent Teacher Conferences
Mon, January 23, 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Thu, January 26, 4:30pm – 8:00pm

BHS Jr. College Information Night
Wed, January 25, 6pm – 9pm,  Theater

BHS: Course selection night
Thu, February 2, 6pm – 9pm,  Theater

Mandatory Intersession Mtg. for all students
Mon, February 6, 9:20am – 9:50am

From the Counseling Department:
Jr. College Info Night for students and parents will be held in the BHS Theater this Wednesday the 25th of January at 6:00 pm. We will be focusing on what current juniors can expect in the coming months- everything from the college search process, to submitting the college application will be discussed. Although we’ll be focusing on this point in the timeline for juniors, any underclassmen (and/or their loved ones) may benefit from learning about this process in advance. All are welcome!
The NH Statewide SAT School Day will take place on April 5th at BHS. All juniors will take the SAT on this day. A bulk registration process will completed by the Counseling Office so students will not have to register themselves. Note that students will be taking the SAT with the essay. In the months ahead we will update students and their families about what to expect on test day. Please continue to check Principal Notes for these updates.

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.
Do you have legos that you don’t need anymore and would like to be donated? The McKelvie Library would love to give them a new home! Please contact Julie cotej@sau25.net to schedule a drop off or pick up of your gently used legos.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Course Selection for 2017-2018:
On Thursday February 2 the BHS Counseling Department will be hosting its Course Selection Night starting at 6pm in the BHS Auditorium.  The IB Coordinator, Jon Cannon, will briefly present on the benefits of IB courses as well as an overview of the IB Diploma Programme.  This will be incredibly beneficial to any families considering taking IB classes, and especially so for students currently in 9th and 10th grade who might be considering becoming an IB Diploma Candidate.  Mr. Cannon will be on-hand to answer your questions.

From the Deans:
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble, BHS student art work will be on display.
With course selections on the horizon, please review teacher recommendations, which will be available in your PowerSchool portal by Monday.  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.

Student Activities:
Band and chorus will be traveling to Disney World January 26-29 to attend music workshops and perform at various times in the park.  
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:
Team Pictures on Monday, January 23
  • Gymnastics @ 2:40 in the Bulldog Gym
The Booster Club (BBABC) will be announcing on the Athletic page our raffle ticket winners each Mondaythrough the end of January.

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 start January 25th!
Intro to Italian, Intro to Photography, Watercolor Painting and Principles of Financial Planning are all being offered!!
Upcoming RWL Opportunities are posted under the Academics tab of the BHS website. Please send students to C114 for any questions!
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.

 
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.
Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
​Former NH Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease. Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment. [The evening event will be most appropriate for parents. There is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 and a staff event at 3:30 at Peter Woodbury School.]

From the PTG:
Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th - January 29th. Family activities, district wide art show, teacher story time and more are scheduled on the 27th and 28th. Click here for flyer.

PTG 5K Color Fun Run:
Bedford PTG is excited to be planning our first ever 5K Color Run. If you’d like to be involved with planning this fun event please contact Kim Beekman at kimbeekman@comcast.net. Lots of volunteers will be needed to put together this exciting run! Our next team meeting will be Friday January 27th, time and location to be determined.

Monday, January 9, 2017

BHS News


1/6/17

From the Principal:

The PTC portal has changed this year.  The NEW parent portal will be available for conference signups from.  Parent signups will begin on December 27th @ 8am and close on January 18th @ 11pm. The portal is easy to navigate by just following the on-screen instructions but here are some step-by-step instructions if needed: (goo.gl/XPM7bk )  
  • The link to get into the portal is:  http://sau25bhs.ptcwizard.com/parent/
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are being held on Monday, January 23rd - 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Thursday, January 26th - 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

For students using the Chromebook loaner program: Due to the high number of students not returning Chromebooks at the end of the day, any student who does not return their loaned Chromebook for a fourth time loses the privilege of getting a Chromebook on loan for the next three school days.  This procedure started on January 3rd and students were informed as they picked up their Chromebook.
For second semester Early Release or Late Arrival, all students will need to fill out new form and turn it in to their guidance counselor by January 27th.
Host Families for the Danes: Our Danish sister school in Grenaa is sending students here for 4 days in March; March 25-29.  We are looking for host families.
There are 18 girls and 6 boys. This is a wonderful opportunity, and often with an exchange like this, you can become life-long friends with someone from across the world.
Please consider hosting a student in your home for the 4 days. Your responsibility would be to host them and provide a lunch each day while they are with us. They will be attending school a couple of days here at Bedford, and we have day trips planned for them around the local area and Boston. The itinerary is linked here.
If you are interested, please contact Mr. Jozokos (jozokosb@sau25.net) or Mrs. Tuttle (tuttlec@sau25.net)  

Important Dates and Events:
Quarter 2 grades close next Friday, January 13th.

From the Counseling Department:
This Monday (the 9th) and Tuesday (the 10th), a group of BHS alumni will be visiting the Theater during Advisory to discuss the application process and life in college. They will be talking to seniors on Monday and the juniors on Tuesday. This is always a hit with the students and can be really fun for us to see old faces! After the more formal discussion during Advisory the graduates will be in Bulldog Corner to chat individually with students during block 2. Welcome back alumni!

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!
BHS Library Accounts
  • Log into your library account anytime with your student ID and password to check your account.
Semester One is almost over! Please find and return all semester one books to the library that are no longer needed.

From the IB Coordinator:
IB Exam Registration Update:
Earlier this week an email was sent out from bhsib@bedfordnhk12.net to all students registered for IB Exams in May.  Attached to that email was a PDF which includes several numbers and codes used for identification purposes on exams and essays.  Students will also use these numbers to access exam scores when they are released on July 6, 2017.  Please double-check your inboxes to ensure that you have received this important information.  If you did not receive an email, or if the information in it is incorrect, please contact Mr. Cannon, IB Coordinator at your earliest convenience.

From the Deans:
Seniors!  All Senior Project assignments for Quarter 2 are due Friday, January 13th at midnight.  Nothing is accepted late, as the extra late time for everyone was built into the schedule.  The assignments must pass according to the rubrics.  To ensure passing, get everything done by your Senior meeting next week so you can sort out lingering details with your Mentor before Friday.  The biggest issue is often getting your Outside Expert’s signature and uploading it to Forms with the correct privileges, so plan to get it done now!

 
Student Activities:
The FIRST Robotics kick off is Saturday, January 7th at SNHU.
The Film Honor Society is holding a movie night on Friday, January 13th. If you enjoy horror films, that evening 2 films will be shown with a break for pizza in between.
Band and chorus will be traveling to Disney World January 26-29 to attend music workshops and perform at various times in the park.  

In Sports:
Team Pictures on Thursday, January  11
  • Alpine Skiing @ 4pm @ Crotched Mtn
  • Swimming & Diving @ 8pm @ Allard Center
Team Pictures on Monday, January 23
  • Gymnastics @ 2:40 in Bulldog Gym
Nordic is TBD

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The Booster Club (BBABC) will be announcing on the Athletic page our raffle ticket winners each Monday through the end of January.

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 will be posted by January 15th- Check back for class offerings and registration information.

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

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.

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.
Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
​Former NH Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease. Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment. [The evening event will be most appropriate for parents. There is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 and a staff event at 3:30 at Peter Woodbury School.]
From the PTG:
Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a great 2017!
Please mark your calendars to join us on January 19th, 2017, 6p.m. - 8p.m. in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center. Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way”. Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows. He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford. Space is limited, please come early. The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this must-see event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.
Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th - January 29th with family activities scheduled on the 27th and 28th. Look for informational flyers and the schedule of events coming out in a couple of weeks.