Wednesday, March 29, 2017

YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY

Good Morning All,

Please read the note below that I sent to parents last night.  You will read that the date has yet to be determined.  I sent out a rescheduled date to you all of April 6th, however, any change in the survey date had to be approved by the state people.  I jumped the gun. Sorry.  I will get back to you once we have confirmed a new date.

bill

YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY

Good Afternoon,

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) has been used on a biennial basis since 1990 to measure health risk behaviors of high school students nationwide. The YRBS measures behaviors related to intentional and unintentional injury, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual activity, diet, and physical activity.  We have administered this survey previously and utilize results from the survey to guide our health curriculum as well as educational programing. 

In order to give parents enough time to thoughtfully preview the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, we are postponing the March 30, survey administration for at least a week.   I will inform you of the new date once it has been approved. I have included the link to the survey here for your review.  The links below are PDF's to Frequently Asked Questions about the survey as well as a PDF "Opt Out form.  If you have already sent in an “Opt Out form or request” you do not need to resend another. For parents choosing to Opt Out their children from taking the survey, please complete the form below and send to Jessica Bennett at  bennettj@sau25.net or hagenw@sau25.net

Monday, March 27, 2017

BHS News

3/27/17
From the Principal:

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.
Host Families Needed: Taiwan Sister School
BHS is hosting our sister school from Taiwan from Saturday May 13th through Friday May 26th.  We need host families for the 20 visiting students.  If you're interested, have a look at the items linked below and then complete the form to be a host family.
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 https://sites.google.com/bedfordnhk12.net/bedfordhalloffame/  or emailbedfordhof@bedfordnhk12.net 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  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:
3/28 - Paying for college 101 - 6pm BHS Media Center
         Meet the coaches night - 6:30 pm Theater
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!

From the Counseling Department:
Juniors- The state mandated testing dates are as follows:
  • April 5th- SAT (in the BHS gym at start of day)
  • May 3rd & 4th- Science NECAPS (in the BHS gym at start of day)
*There will be a mandatory presentation, this Tuesday the 28th, for all juniors to attend in the Theater during Advisory.
Seniors & guardians- Join us Tuesday the 28th for Paying College 101 (Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter) in the Media Center at BHS at 6:00pm This very informative event will be presented by the NHHEAF Network Organizations and will cover everything from comparing the bottom line to Federal loan programs and scholarships.
Seniors! On-Site Admission Day will take place next Thursday the 30th in the Counseling Office during 3rd block. This is an incredible opportunity to meet one-on-one with the area two-year colleges’ admission counselors. They will review your transcript, ask you a few questions about your future plans and give you an admission decision ON THE SPOT! This opportunity is open to all seniors. YOu are encouraged to come by the Counseling office to rsvp as soon as you can.
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 83 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.
  • The Bedford Handmade Fair to support the Class of 2018 is November 5th, please see our website for more information!
  • 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 Q3 assignments due at midnight tonight, March 24th!  
Student Activities:
The Bedford High School Marching Band and Colorguard will participate in The 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manchester, NH on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 .  The parade will step off on Elm Street in Manchester, NH at 12 noon. Upwards of 50,000 people line the one-mile course along Elm Street, from Salmon to Central Streets, to cheer for bagpipe bands, military units, high school bands and marching units of all types.  Get your green on and come support the BHS Bulldogs Marching Band!

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.
Congratulations to the BHS teams who participated in both the Kingston and Goffstown Regional Tournaments last weekend, qualifying for States.  BHS had two teams and both teams advanced   to the State Tournament, in Bedford High School, on April 1st, along with 5 other teams from Bedford DI.      
In Sports:
Teams Pictures and Meet the Coaches are scheduled for Tuesday, March 28.
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:
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: BHS Light it Up BLUE Crew
Description: Join the school-wide effort to plan an amazing Autism Awareness Day here at Bedford High School!
Event Date: March 31st, 2017
Contact: Ms. Adams in 313 or Ms. Villemaire in 212

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 a Vintage Fashion Show! Proceeds from the show will go towards the efforts to renovate the Stevens-Buswell Community Center.
Organizational Meeting: April 5th, 2:45pm
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 www.kids.pmc.org or Facebook.com/GreaterManchesterPMCKidsRide
From the SAU:
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:
Our final community night at the Manchester Monarchs is Saturday, April 1st as the Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals at 6p.m. Enjoy discounted ticket prices and a family friendly night out. Students can participate in the High-5 tunnel as the Monarchs take the ice. Click here to download an order form and return to your school office by Monday, March 27th.

The Bedford PTG is proud to co-sponsor an upcoming community presentation featuring professional speaker Ed Gerety. Ed Gerety, one of the top professional youth speakers in the country, will be doing a 60 minute program for parents and their child focusing on how you can work together in your families to help your child reach their full potential, have the right mindset, and achieve their goals. Ed Has been a part of the Lurgio Middle School Stand By Me program from it's beginning and his programs have always received rave reviews. This program, geared to middle school families, will take place on April 11th in the BHS Theater 6:30 - 7:30p.m.. Save the date for this energetic and inspiring program!  

COLOR BLAST 5K Fun run/walk, 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 bedfordcolorblast@gmail.com, or for more information please visit www.bedfordptg.org. This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BHS News

THE RED STORM IS COMING!!!!

The  BHS FIRST Robotics Team 509 "Red Storm" competition will be held at Bedford High School on Saturday, March 25th from 11:00 am to 7:00pm and Sunday, March 26th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Team 509 will be hosting the event at which 40 other teams will be competing. This year's theme "Steamworks" promises to be an exciting competition to watch. If you're free on Saturday or Sunday please plan on attending to cheer on our local team and see what all the excitement is about with STEM.

Monday, March 20, 2017

BHS News

3/17/17
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.

Screenagers
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?
ABOUT THE FILM

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 https://sites.google.com/bedfordnhk12.net/bedfordhalloffame/  or emailbedfordhof@bedfordnhk12.net 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  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:

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.
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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 woodsa@sau25.net 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 www.kids.pmc.org or Facebook.com/GreaterManchesterPMCKidsRide

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 bedfordcolorblast@gmail.com, or for more information please visit www.bedfordptg.org. This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.