Monday, March 26, 2018

BHS News

3/23/18

​​BHS Prom Fundraiser Part 2:
If you would like to pre-order a box of Krispy Kreme donuts please follow this link: Krispy Kreme Prom FundraiserOrders can be picked up before or after school Friday, March 30th at BHS or at March Madness in the BHS gym on Saturday, March 31.

Stand By Me Fundraiser at Chipotle

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Stand By Me. Come in to the Chipotle at 99 S River Road Unit 4 in Bedford on Monday, March 26th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Stand By Me.

Jessica Lahey Event on 3/28
You DO NOT want to miss next Wednesday’s event with author, Jessica Lahey!  She will be speaking to parents, teachers, and students on how to manage stress, anxiety, and ways to increase positive decision-making. Click HEREto learn more.

Student Constitution Rally Planned
I have been informed students are planning a “Constitution Rally” in April. At the present time the details of the rally are being developed.  I have been told the goal is to raise awareness about the Constitution. As with the “Walk-Out” last week, students have a right to assemble and voice an opinion provided they are not disruptive to the educational process. This is a student organized event and not a school activity. The school’s role here will be to offer a safe space for the rally.  As we did with the Walk-Out, we have informed the Bedford PD there may be an outside public rally at the school and there presence may be needed.

Bedford Food Pantry
During the month of March, Advisories are collecting juice for the Bedford Food Pantry.  Please remind your son/daughter to bring a juice donation.
                                               
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:

March 26th - Spring Meet the Coaches Night - 6pm
March 27th - Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter - 6pm - Theater
June 16th - Class of 2018 Graduation 10am rain or shine
Prom Fundraiser Part 2: If you would like to pre-order a box of Krispy Kreme donuts please follow this link: Krispy Kreme Prom Fundraiser Orders can be picked up before or after school Friday, March 30th or at March Madness in the BHS gym on Saturday, March 31.
From the Counseling Department:

A speaker from NHHEAF will be presenting “Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter next Tuesday the 27th at 6:00pm in the Theater. Students and parents will walk away with a better idea of what options for financing college are available when considering an individual college’s cost and financial aid offer.

Scholarship Season has arrived!!!  We have created a instructional video for students applying to scholarships, as well as a google form that needs to be completed for each scholarship students apply to.  These items are located here: https://goo.gl/flfyJW.
You will find a comprehensive list of scholarships on Naviance, HOWEVER, you cannot apply or request supporting documents through Naviance (this is informational only).  Local scholarships tend to have better odds, so apply to them!!  

 
From the Library:
As we begin to wind down the school year, please check with your student for overdue library materials. All library accounts must be cleared before the end of school.

YEARBOOK Information
89 yearbooks are left to buy! First come- first serve.

From the IB Coordinator:
There is a mandatory meeting for all students registered for IB Exams on Wednesday April 4, 2018 during advisory in the BHS Theater. At this meeting Mr. Cannon will go over IB Exam policies, procedures, and expectations. Please mark your calendars.
Teachers are continuing to administer, grade, and upload Internal Assessments. These are official IB assessments that contribute to students’ overall IB Exam scores.
If you’d like to know more about the IB Diploma Programme at BHS, check the BHS IB Website or email me at cannonj@bedfordnhk12.net with any questions you have.

From the Deans:

Bedford students are invited and encouraged to participate in the 2018 NH State House Bicentennial Essay Contest. Please click HERE for details. If students have any questions, they should see their social studies teacher or Mrs. O’Hara, the Dean of Humanities.
Reminder: Quarter 3 ends on Friday, March 30th. Please be sure all of your work is completed.
National Silver Medal Award-grade 12, Bedford High School, Sculpture – Protect Me –

One of our art students is a finalist in the Best of College/High School photography Forum photo book!

Global Coordinator:
French Exchange 2018-2019
French teachers are currently sharing information in their classes about participating in the French Exchange next year.  The students from France will be hosted in the fall of 2018 in Bedford and the BHS students will stay with the same family in the spring of 2019 during Intersession.  

Please email the Global Coordinator, Laura Chenette at chenettel@sau25.net, with your interest in participating in the reciprocal exchange and your student's name to confirm your spot.  For more information please see our French Exchange website.  

 
Student Activities:
Saturday, March 24th The New England Film Festival will be held in the BHS theater.
Friday, April 6  Battle of the Bands is at 6pm. Contact Ms. Gaudet for more information.
DestiNation Imagination
CONGRATULATIONS to the five Bulldog teams who participated at the Goffstown Regional last weekend.
Four of these team advanced to the state tournament which BHS have the honor of hosting on Saturday, April 7th.

In Sports:

 
Alternative Programming:
Community Enrichment
Another Fused Glass Workshop begins March 20th! We have 3 seats left! See
for more information!

Manchester School of Technology
Applications for MST are available in the Counseling and Alternative Programming Offices. Students electing to take classes at MST for the 18-19 school year must complete their course selection forms and  fill out the application. The can be turned in to the Counseling Office or Alternative Programming Office by
March 23rd, 2018. Please visit  http://mst.mansd.org/ for additional information.
NOTE: Sophomores can access MST courses starting the 2018-19 school year.

RWL Opportunities:
Career Exploration:
An Open House for Empire Schools is happening at their Hooksett campus on April 7th. See our MST/RWL bulletin board on the 2nd floor or contact Ms. Woods for more information.

Community Service:
Organization: Bedford Women’s Club
Description: Set Up/Breakdown/ general help for the Annual Whale of a Sale
Date: April 7th from 9am-3pm
Location: Bedford Town Hall

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:
​​
Gsuite Information for Parents
Some of our parents have asked for an explanation of our Gsuite, the tools within Chrome our students now use for much of their school work​. Our technology
​ teachers​ have developed this Gsuite Information for Parents.
​ 
For parents/guardians who are interested in seeing the work of their child, just ask your son/daughter to log in with their account or provide you with their password to showcase the work completed.

Student Handbooks​
Over the course of this fall, the Bedford School District made several additions to our student handbooks.

  • Notice of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Teaching about Human Sexuality
  • Volunteers in the Bedford School District
  • Use of Personal Vehicles for School Business
  • Student Use of Electronics on Buses (in ​the ​Transportation H​andbook)
​The handbook for each school can be found on the school website under School Info.

From the PTG:

COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!  Come out for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District!  Our 2018 Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.
THE PTG AND BeBOLD PROUDLY PRESENT: Jessica Lahey (author of The Gift of Failure)  “Parenting  So that Children Can Succeed” on Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15pm at BHS Auditorium.
Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psycho-social and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society. This event is open to all parents/guardians.
The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING – Scholastic Book Fair Paws for Books…Come. Stay. Read a Great Tale will take place April 2nd-5th at all elementary and McKelvie schools.
YANKEE CANDLE - ONLINE EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 15TH - Thank you to all who participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If you missed it, no need to worry! We are extending the fundraiser online until May 15th. Candles make a great gift for Easter, Mother's Day or any fun Spring gathering! Click here and enter 999965479 in the Group # Box to shop.*** 40% of sales go back to our schools! ***

AMAZON SMILE PROMOTION - Whether your shopping for yourself or for someone else, 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. Amazon is TRIPLING THE DONATION AMOUNT to 1.5% when customers make their FIRST eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from now until March 31st.  For additional details about the promotion, visit the promotion detail page.

PANERA & PTG – Take a night off from cooking and join us at our Bedford PTG Night at Panera (Colby Court) on Thursday, April 5th anytime between 4-8pm.  Be sure to bring your Panera Flyer  with you.  

BeBOLD NEWS:

BeBOLD & THE BEDFORD PTG ARE EXCITED TO CO-SPONSOR A PRESENTATION FOR ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS:

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER JESSICA LAHEY
AUTHOR OF “THE GIFT OF FAILURE”
TOPIC:  “Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”
Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15pm at BHS Auditorium
Jessica Lahey, veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will present “Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”.  
Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psycho-social and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society.
This Jessica Lahey event will take the place of BeBOLD’s regularly scheduled MARCH monthly Speaker Series Event.

BEBOLD’S APRIL SPEAKER SERIES EVENT:
SAVE THE DATE:
Monday, April 16th from 7-8pm at the Bedford Library in the McAllaster Room.
STAY TUNED FOR PRESENTATION TOPIC

Monday, March 19, 2018

BHS News

3/19/18

The Vote
We would like to thank the voters of the Bedford community for the continued support of our schools. Your approval of the resources needed to support teaching and learning is greatly appreciated and we will continue to do our best by your sons and daughters.  Thank you.

Student Walk Out
I want to report to you how proud we are of every student at BHS!  On March 14th, every student at BHS made a thoughtful decision regarding how they wanted to participate in the national student movement to walk out in support of the victims of the Parkland shooting.  Some students chose to walk outside (to the circular drive in front), some students chose to assemble in the gymnasium, and other students decided staying in class was the best decision to honor victims.  Although the substantial portion of the walk out focussed on honoring the victims, a consistent message that resonated among all speakers was students feeling unsafe in their school and their desire for the adults to join together to make schools safer.   After 17 minutes students quietly re-entered classrooms and school continued.

New Hampshire State Assessment Testing
JUNIORS- State testing will be made up of the SAT (pencil + paper) and the SAS (online) this year. The state mandated date to administer the SAT is on Wednesday, March 21st. Since the test should conclude around 1:30 pm, students will not be required to attend 4th block. There is no fee for this exam. The SAS (science assessment) is a shorter exam and will take place the following day on Thursday, March 22nd. Please note that any student with approved testing accommodations will have a unique schedule which will be communicated to he or she individually. Students do not need to register with the CollegeBoard to take the SAT as this is done though the NH DOE. Also students will be taking the essay portion. 

SAT- March 21st (BHS Gymnasium, arrive at 7:30am)
Do bring: #2 pencils, calculator, BHS ID
Do NOT bring: backpacks, Chromebooks, phones, Smart watches, homework or novel

SAS (science assessment)- March 22nd (BHS Gymnasium, arrive at 7:30am)
Do bring: Fully charged Chromebook, headphones or earbuds, wireless mouse (if you prefer this to trackpad navigation), novel
Do NOT bring: backpacks, phones, Smart watches, homework

Bedford Food Pantry
During the month on March, Advisories are collecting juice for the Bedford Food Pantry.  Please remind your son/daughter to bring a juice donation.
                                               
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:
March 19th - Winter Athletic Awards - 6pm - Theater/classrooms
March 21, 22  SAT, SAS
March 26th - Spring Meet the Coaches Night - 6pm
March 27th - Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Package - 6pm - Theater
June 16th - Class of 2018 Graduation 10am rain or shine

From the Counseling Department:
Scholarship Season has arrived!!!  We have created a instructional video for students applying to scholarships, as well as a google form that needs to be completed for each scholarship students apply to.  These items are located here: https://goo.gl/flfyJW.
You will find a comprehensive list of scholarships on Naviance, HOWEVER, you cannot apply or request supporting documents through Naviance (this is informational only).  Local scholarships tend to have better odds, so apply to them!!  

From the Library:
As we begin to wind down the school year, please check with your student for overdue library materials. All library accounts must be cleared before the end of school.

YEARBOOK Information
100 extra yearbooks have been ordered for those that have missed the deadline. First come- first serve.

From the IB Coordinator:
There is a mandatory meeting for all students registered for IB Exams on Wednesday April 4, 2018 during advisory in the BHS Theater. At this meeting Mr. Cannon will go over IB Exam policies, procedures, and expectations. Please mark your calendars.
Teachers are continuing to administer, grade, and upload Internal Assessments. These are official IB assessments that contribute to students’ overall IB Exam scores.
If you’d like to know more about the IB Diploma Programme at BHS, check the BHS IB Website or email me at cannonj@bedfordnhk12.net with any questions you have.

From the Deans:
Bedford students are invited and encouraged to participate in the 2018 NH State House Bicentennial Essay Contest. Please click HERE for details. If students have any questions, they should see their social studies teacher or Mrs. O’Hara, the Dean of Humanities.

Global Coordinator:
French Exchange 2018-2019
French teachers are currently sharing information in their classes about participating in the French Exchange next year.  The students from France will be hosted in the fall of 2018 in Bedford and the BHS students will stay with the same family in the spring of 2019 during Intersession.  

Please email the Global Coordinator, Laura Chenette at chenettel@sau25.net, with your interest in participating in the reciprocal exchange and your student's name to confirm your spot.  For more information please see our French Exchange website.  

Student Activities:

In Sports:
Tryout Location Change - Boys and Girls LACROSSE
Monday & Tuesday 3/19, 3/20
@ The Derryfield School TURF
3:30-5pm … Bus departs @ 2:45

Alternative Programming:
Community Enrichment
Another Fused Glass Workshop begins March 20th! We have 3 seats left! See
for more information!

Manchester School of Technology
Applications for MST are available in the Counseling and Alternative Programming Offices. Students electing to take classes at MST for the 18-19 school year must complete their course selection forms and  fill out the application. The can be turned in to the Counseling Office or Alternative Programming Office by
March 23rd, 2018. Please visit  http://mst.mansd.org/ for additional information.
NOTE: Sophomores can access MST courses starting the 2018-19 school year.

RWL Opportunities:
Career Exploration:
An Open House for Empire Schools is happening at their Hooksett campus on April 7th. See our MST/RWL bulletin board on the 2nd floor or contact Ms. Woods for more information.

Community Service:
Organization: Bedford Women’s Club
Description: Set Up/Breakdown/ general help for the Annual Whale of a Sale
Date: April 7th from 9am-3pm
Location: Bedford Town Hall

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:
Student Handbooks
Over the course of this fall, the Bedford School District made several additions to our student handbooks.
  • Notice of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Teaching about Human Sexuality
  • Volunteers in the Bedford School District
  • Use of Personal Vehicles for School Business
  • Student Use of Electronics on Buses (in ​the ​Transportation H​andbook)
​The handbook for each school can be found on the school website under School Info.

From the PTG:
COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!  Come out for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District!  Our 2018 Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.
THE PTG AND BeBOLD ARE EXCITED TO CO-SPONSOR A PRESENTATION FOR ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS on Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15pm at BHS Auditorium
“Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”
Special guest speaker Jessica Lahey veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.
Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psycho-social and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society. This event is open to all parents/guardians.
The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

YANKEE CANDLE - ONLINE EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 15TH - Thank you to all who participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If you missed it, no need to worry! We are extending the fundraiser online until May 15th. Candles make a great gift for Easter, Mother's Day or any fun Spring gathering! Click here and enter 999965479 in the Group # Box to shop.*** 40% of sales go back to the schools! ***


AMAZON SMILE PROMOTION - Whether your shopping for yourself or for someone else, 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.  Beginning TODAY, Amazon is TRIPLING THE DONATION AMOUNT to 1.5% when customers make their FIRST  eligible smile.amazon.compurchase from March 12TH - 31ST.  For additional details about the promotion, visit the promotion detail page.

BeBOLD NEWS:
BeBOLD & THE BEDFORD PTG ARE EXCITED TO CO-SPONSOR A PRESENTATION FOR ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS:
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER JESSICA LAHEY
AUTHOR OF “THE GIFT OF FAILURE”

TOPIC:  “Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”

Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15pm at BHS Auditorium
Jessica Lahey, veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will present “Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”.  
Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psycho-social and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society.
This Jessica Lahey event will take the place of BeBOLD’s regularly scheduled MARCH monthly Speaker Series Event.
BEBOLD’S APRIL SPEAKER SERIES EVENT:
SAVE THE DATE:
Monday, April 16th from 7-8pm at the Bedford Library in the McAllaster Room.
STAY TUNED FOR PRESENTATION TOPIC