Thursday, April 2, 2020

BHS Remote Learning Schedule


Remote Learning 
 Schedule
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

Block 1
7:55 am – 9:15 am
Block 2
9:40 am – 11:00 am
Block 3
11:25 am – 12:45 pm
Block 4
1:15 pm – 2:35 pm

Friday, March 27, 2020

BHS News March 27, 2020

BHS News
March 27, 2020
 
Hi Parents,
This is not school as usual is it? From those of you I’ve talked to, I know it’s been a challenge, but I also know that students are rising to the occasion and there are some silver linings to this ordeal. While one of those silver linings is more time with family, I know that students are feeling stressed about not seeing and being with one another. As I look forward towards the weeks to come, the social-emotional side of remote learning is going to become the largest obstacle for the students, not the academics. This is something we plan to keep in mind and address as this version of school continues.   
Bob
New 
 

All Parents

Take a moment to answer these two questions about the workload and daily schedule your son/daughter experienced in this first week of remote learning. In conjunction with teacher feedback, we intend to improve the experience for the coming weeks.
Continue to send absent info to our attendance line during remote learning. Using the attendance email is preferable (BHSattendance@bedfordnhk12.net). 
Please refrain from using the turf field for group activities. Like the school building, the campus needs to remain a place where we practice social distancing. If your kids are headed there for a game or to practice together, tell them no bueno. Blame me. Blame the Governor. But tell them no.
One of our students, Emma Schulman, is helping organize a much needed blood drive taking place at the Allard Center in Goffstown next Wednesday. Here are the details.
Teachers have had Google Meet as a teaching tool for the last two days. For the students who do not have permission to use Meet, alternative assignments and experiences are being offered. If you opted your son/daughter out of using live video and audio and change your mind, reach out to me, Mrs. Noe, or Mr. Roop and we can opt them back in.
All students will get their full RWL school activities hours this year. Mrs. Woods will be sending a detailed email to students about this.
In an ongoing effort to keep school spirit and school culture alive and well, please enjoy this 2019-20 Winter Sports Awards video.

Parents of Seniors

Please remind your son/daughter to look for an email from their senior project mentor that was sent on Wednesday. About ⅙ of the seniors have not responded to their mentor’s email. A senior project deadline is coming next Friday, April 3rd and the email concerns the work that is due for that deadline. 
Senior project will end after the Quarter 3 assignments are complete on the 3rd. Students who failed any two quarters will have until May 29th to complete their work. Everyone else, if passing, is done senior project on April 3rd.
CAS for seniors ends after the May 20th portfolio is due. Any outstanding projects will not be completed and the reflection about the work leading up to those projects will be included in the portfolio. Mrs. Woods will reach out to seniors about their CAS portfolio.
In addition to getting their full RWL school activities hours this year, seniors will also be credited their full community service hours. Seniors should expect an email from Mrs. Woods with the full details of RWL requirements.
The Junior Class is offering yard signs for 2020 graduates. These customizable signs are available in two options: a sign with your graduate's name for $20.00, a sign with the graduate's name and college, university, or military branch is $30.00. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Class of 2021. Please go to http://bit.ly/Bedfordgrads to order. All orders are due by May 8, 2020, and signs will be delivered during the week of May 25th. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Dudgeon (dudgeonl@sau25.net) or Mr. Stackhouse (stackhouset@sau25.net).
The Director General of IB informed us that the May IB written exam session is canceled worldwide. While written exams have been canceled, this decision does not impact internal assessments, which still need to be completed and will be uploaded to IB in place of the external exams. IB still intends on awarding Diplomas and Certificates. Mr. Cannon will continue to send more detailed emails to students (and their parents) who are signed up for IB exams.

Parents of Juniors

The Director General of IB informed us that the May IB written exam session is cancelled worldwide. While written exams have been canceled, this decision does not impact internal assessments, which still need to be completed and will be uploaded to IB in place of the external exams. IB still intends on awarding Diplomas and Certificates. Mr. Cannon will continue to send more detailed emails to students (and their parents) who are signed up for IB exams.

Parents of Sophomores

Nothing this week.

Parents of Freshmen

Nothing this week.

Important Dates 
 
April 22-24
Classes, no Intersession activities, Red/Silver Days TBD.
April 25-May 3
April Vacation
May 4
Return to regular school (updated as needed)

 
Weekly Features
 

Bulldogs of the Week: Students

Calvin Ang, Dan Dong, Emma Schulman, Hannah Thomas, and Amanda Xie for working together for over 13 hours on the Sunday after February break to solve a real-world math problem called the M3 Challenge.  They put together a twenty-page solution to a problem related to the benefits of electric vehicles. We have had teams take on this monstrous challenge in years past, but never before did we have a group finish with as much success as this. The team finished in the top 22 (out of 760) and for the first time in BHS history won a team scholarship of $1000! Congratulations to the extremely talented problem-solvers!

Hannah Guillemette for sewing masks for those in need and as stock runs very low. Hannah has been optimistic and resilient during this challenging time. This is the Hannah I know. She has made over 50 masks. Hannah is an extremely kind and giving individual so this information comes as no surprise; Hannah continues to reach out to people and strives to help make the world a better place.

Bulldogs of the Week: Staff

Robby Zeller and Katie Orrego for sharing the Advisory Google Doc letter and the Kahoot! Remote Learning game with everyone so that we all can alter and adapt them to our own Advisees. Big kudos to them. Thank you!

The food service staff for being a bright spot during this week not only for the families and students but for ME! They have worked so hard getting all these meals ready and don’t blink an eye when a last minute switch is asked of them. They jump when a car pulls up and have a smile on their face throughout each interaction. Their attention to detail and the beautifully packaged snacks and meals are really something to be admired. I had my door open today, just to hear some noise, and overheard them talking about “their kids”... they are talking about the students they serve and not their own kids. They know what each student likes etc.  It was so heartwarming to hear how much they love their students. I am so happy to call this group my coworkers and they deserve a big round of applause.

Reminders
 
Be sure both you and your son/daughter have reviewed the Remote Learning Guide
These tips are a helpful reminder for daily remote learning.
The SAT, SAS Science, and PSAT-10 tests are postponed.
Intersession refunds will be processed as we can get the work done. I recognize that refunds might become a financial boost as this pandemic continues, however, there are things that will slow down the process: all staff have been asked to work remotely including those that handle Intersession, items that have been purchased will have to be returned and I am not asking staff to go anywhere to do that right now, vendors and companies we work with have their own timelines and are experiencing slow downs, and each Intersession leader has their money on an individualized school debit card. We are working with the bank to get the money off those cards and back into a district account. All of these things will take time. Under the best of circumstances this would be a slow process and right now it will take much longer.
The breakfast and lunch grab-n-go pickup is at the High School Gymnasium entrance. Those doors are nearer the kitchen and make the logistics of delivery easier. If you’ve never been to that entrance, it’s at the back of the building. A sign will be along the sidewalk.
Online yearbook orders are open again and can be ordered here. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Gilcreast at gilcreastj@sau25.net.
Two ways for students to remain involved in co-curricular life are the student-run publications Unleashed and The Fourth Floor. These two groups make their material available online and are committed to updating during our time away. A weekly email newsletter from Unleashed can be subscribed to here. Plus, any student may send content to our editors for possible publication. Get to know our Unleashed editors here, or submit your works of creative art and literature here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

BSD Grab 'N Go Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

The Bedford School District Food Service Department will be providing grab n go breakfast and lunch for all students in the community at no charge. 

Pick up will be available 9am-12pm at the High School front entrance. 

PLEASE fill out the Food Service Meal Order Form (bit.ly/BSDFoodServiceMealOrderForm). Deadline for pre ordering is 2pm the previous day. Please know that  pre-ordering is a must in order to ensure you have meals. If pick up is an issue please contact Emily Murphy for delivery options.

Contact Emily Murphy at murphye@bedfordnhk12.net for any questions or concerns. 
For additional meal and food support the Bedford Community Food Pantry has extended their hours from 9am-1pm. 

Friday, March 20, 2020

BHS News March 20, 2020

BHS News
March 20, 2020
 
Hi Parents,
I’m copying below part of a message sent by a group of doctors to town and school officials in Brookline, MA. It’s a message that we as parents need to keep in the forefront of our minds as we tell our kids how to best protect one another.
Social distancing is painful. We know that kids have cabin fever, they are pleading to see their friends, they may have birthday parties coming up or special events they have been looking forward to. All of us need to work and childcare is a big worry. But we need to overcome these issues and boredom for the coming weeks so that we can survive this with as few deaths as possible. What does that mean?
1) No playdates, not even 1:1.
2) No small gatherings, no meetings between a couple families, even for birthday parties.
3) Avoid trampoline parks, climbing gyms, movie theaters, anything in an enclosed area. Many of these places are advertising increased cleaning and hygiene. This is not sufficient! Do not go.
4) Stay at home as much as possible. Work from home if you possibly can. You may have to go buy groceries and medicine, of course, but make the trips quick and purposeful.
5) Wash your hands thoroughly after you have been in public places, for a full 20 seconds, soaping up thoroughly and being sure to get between the fingers.
Wishing you the best as we head into this new version of school and home life. 
Bob
New 
 
All Parents
Be sure both you and your son/daughter have reviewed the Remote Learning Guide and are ready to start class Monday morning. It’ll be a Silver Day. Block S1 starts at 7:55am as usual. Do not send your kids to school for remote learning; this is something they do from home. These tips are a helpful reminder for daily remote learning.

Please remember to continue to send absent info to our attendance line during remote learning. Using the attendance email is preferable (BHSattendance@bedfordnhk12.net).
Intersession refunds will be processed as we can get the work done. I recognize that refunds might become a financial boost as this pandemic continues, however, there are things that will slow down the process: all staff have been asked to work remotely including those that handle Intersession, items that have been purchased will have to be returned and I am not asking staff to go anywhere to do that right now, vendors and companies we work with have their own timelines and are experiencing slow downs, and each Intersession leader has their money on an individualized school debit card. We are working with the bank to get the money off those cards and back into a district account. All of these things will take time. Under the best of circumstances this would be a slow process and right now it will take much longer.
The breakfast and lunch grab-n-go is moving location beginning on Monday. The pickup will still be at the high school but is being moved to the High School Gymnasium entrance. Those doors are nearer the kitchen and make the logistics of delivery easier. If you’ve never been to that entrance, it’s at the back of the building. A sign will be along the sidewalk as it has been this week.
AP has made some decisions about the May exams. Jon Cannon will be sending an email to all students in an AP class and their parents. Stay tuned  for that email.

Online yearbook orders are open again and can be ordered here. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Gilcreast at gilcreastj@sau25.net.

Two ways for students to remain involved in co-curricular life are the student-run publications Unleashed and The Fourth Floor. These two groups make their material available online and are committed to updating during our time away. A weekly email newsletter from Unleashed can be subscribed to here. Plus, any student may send content to our editors for possible publication. Get to know our Unleashed editors here, or submit your works of creative art and literature here.
Parents of Seniors
Senior Project assignments for Quarter 3 need to be completed by April 3rd (new due date). Changes have been posted in the Remote Learning Guide and on the Senior Project website. Senior Project assignments for Quarter 4 will be decided upon in conjunction with the decision about school and April 3rd. Stay tuned for that decision.
Parents of Juniors
The SAT and SAS Science tests are postponed.
Parents of Sophomores
The PSAT 10 is postponed.

Parents of Freshmen
Freshman year is hard enough. Remote learning is going to make it harder. Check in with your son/daughter after school each day. Make sure they are completing their class exit tickets and finding everything in Google Classroom. 

Important Dates 
 
Cancelled
Intelligent Lives.
April 22-24
Class schedule, no Intersession activities, Red/Silver Days TBD.
 
Weekly Features
 
Bulldogs of the Week: Students
Khadija Mir and Dan Dong for their selflessness combined with outstanding leadership which enabled a very large group of DECA students to both manage the uncertainty of the last few weeks and help them come to terms with their disappointment over cancelled competition and travel plans.  We are so very proud of them.

All our students who are working in grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, nursing homes, etc. (any and all service industries). Every time I go to the store, I am so thankful.

Kaitlyn Boles and her 'Films to Inspire' Crew who once again created a truly inspirational video. Kaitlyn asked the student body to send her a video clip of what makes them smile. The crew then compiled one big video of their responses and it is amazing! Here is the video: https://youtu.be/X8f6fZWmk4w

Bulldogs of the Week: Staff

Once again our Town and School staffs helped deliver an amazing voter experience. There is no way I could list all the individual staff members that stepped up to help, however, I do want to make sure that special thanks go to our school custodians: Jim, Dawn, Donnie, and Mark who worked diligently throughout the day to maintain the safest and healthiest polling place possible for our poll workers, voters, and others. Our sincere thanks! 

Mr. Ahnert for all his hard work getting Intersession organized, and now his efforts to reverse the ship in a systematic way. It’s like watching a beautiful Buddhist mandala being created and then swept away!