Even though vacation week is here and I want you to spend time with your kids, I still needed to put some timely things in this week’s news. Please take a moment to review the info below. Enjoy the week!
We are in the midst of completing our five year self-study required as an IB world school. Jon Cannon, our AP & IB Coordinator, is looking for parent feedback as part of that self study. The survey is designed for parents of graduates (including the soon to be graduated class of 2020). Please take a few minutes to answer the survey questions.
Students who have selected Manchester School of Technology programs as part of their course selections for next year must also turn in an MST Application to Ms. Woods in room 229. Please return those applications when we return to school the week of March 2nd.
It’s time for another culling of the lost and found items. As before, they are organized on racks and shelves and are displayed in the hallway to the Commons. Items that remain there on Wednesday, March 11 will be donated to Families in Transition. Encourage your kids to take a look if they have lost any clothing, water bottles, hats, sneakers, or lunch bags. Other items (e.g. jewelry, electronics, car keys) are housed at the main office and those are not donated.
Parents of Seniors
Nothing this week.
Parents of Juniors
This spring, students at every school will participate in New Hampshire’s statewide assessments. At BHS, juniors take the SAT with essay and the NH SAS science assessment. The dates are listed below. We find value in the results of these tests because they help guide curriculum, instruction, and assessment choices, however, state law allows for parents to opt-out their children from state testing. If you choose to have your son/daughter not take these tests, please read the letter from Assistant Superintendent Laliberte and follow the directions for opting out.
If you are looking for opportunities to prepare your son or daughter for the SAT, there are a several options: the college board offers SAT prep through Khan Academy, there is an SAT Math Prep Class offered on campus (run by BHS teachers but not run by BHS), SAT prep materials are available at the town library in the college section, Sylvan Learning offers SAT prep here in Bedford, and students can use their PSAT booklet for review.
Destination College, hosted by St. Anselm College, takes place on Saturday, March 28 and is an event designed to help juniors and their families prepare for college. This annual, statewide convention is held every spring through the collaborative efforts of The NHHEAF Network and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are free.
Parents of Sophomores
Please see the MST note above.
Parents of Freshmen
Nothing this week.
Bulldogs of the Week: Students
Jack Elliott for offering to help flip ALL the chairs in the entire Library after school on Friday. I have also witnessed on several occasions that he picks up trash (that isn't his). By taking pride in his school, he demonstrates his true bulldog spirit. We hope his example becomes a reminder to other students to keep our school clean. We appreciate his help so much. Congratulations Jack!
Bulldogs of the Week: Staff
I want to thank all the "snow fairies" (you know who you are) that cleaned off other staff members’ cars on Tuesday after school. It was a lovely surprise coming out to a cleaned off car. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Bedford School District, in partnership with Amherst School District, Merrimack School District, Manchester School District, the Bedford PTG, and St. Anselm’s Meelia Center, is hosting a screening of the film Intelligent Lives. The film stars three young adults with Intellectual Disabilities who challenge the perception of intelligence as they find their way through high school, college, and the workforce. The screening will take place on March 31st at 6:30pm in the BHS Theater. Following the film, there will be a question and answer session led by the filmmaker, Dan Habib. Free tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite.
Yearbook orders are due by March 1st and can be ordered here. A small number of additional books will be ordered and they will be sold on a first come first served basis in May. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Gilcreast at firstname.lastname@example.org.