Monday, December 9, 2019

BHS News December 6, 2019

BHS News
December 6, 2019
 
Hello Parents,
Next Monday and the Monday following I’ll be meeting with the parents who replied and wanted to be a part of the Stress in Students Lives discussion.  I’ll be doing a lot of listening at those meetings. I did the same last week with teachers. After Christmas break, me and other administrators will be visiting Advisories to get the student perspective.  I also did this at Community Senate when the topic came there. I’ve learned a lot, and I believe there’ll be some things we can do as a community to lessen the stress in students’ lives. This four part series produced by WGBH has some food for thought if you’re interested in reading some of the things that I’m reading. It’s a complicated issue and one article does not capture all the intricacies of the problem, but reading what I’m reading will give you good insight when I roll out an action plan.
Bob
New 

All Parents
Next week we celebrate our Computer Science Week in conjunction with National Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code.  Encourage your son/daughter to try some of the things they’ll see happening in Bulldog Corner.
 
The discipline consequences for vaping and/or having vape paraphernalia at school have changed.  The major ideas behind the changes are keeping students in school (no suspension from school) and more education and restorative practices.  When a student is found vaping or in possession of vape paraphernalia, the following procedures are now in place:
the student is sent home with a parent that day
there is a re-entry meeting with a parent the next day to establish timelines for the things below
the student and parents must attend one of the monthly BreathNH presentations here at BHS (we partnered with that organization)
the student must meet with Mrs. Bennett three times (our Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
the student must complete 10 hours of community service
the student must complete a reflection and meet with their assistant principal to review the reflection
we also recommend a visit to the student's pediatrician to discuss the possibility of addiction (due to the high level of nicotine in vape juice; Juul pods, for example, have the equivalent of 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine)
All details will be put into the Parent and Student Handbook over the weekend.

Parents of Seniors
If you would like to place a senior send off ad in the Yearbook, it needs to be completed by February.  Details are on the Yearbook website.

Parents of Juniors
Nothing this week. 

Parents of Sophomores

A representative from the Manchester School of Technology (MST) is coming to BHS on Monday, December 9th for a presentation to all sophomores during Advisory A. MST is one of the options students have as they plan their pathway through high school. At the meeting, information about MST, Career and Technical Education programming, and the field trip to MST on January 6th will be shared. 

Parents of Freshmen

Nothing this week.
 
Important Dates 
 
Wednesday, Jan 8
College info night for juniors and parents, Theater. 6:30pm
Tuesday, Jan 14
National Honor Society Induction, Theater. 6:30pm.

 
Weekly Features
 

Bulldog of the Week: Students

Alexandra Dionne is this week’s Top Dog for a job well done. Recently Alex travelled to Kansas City to compete in the Saddlebred National Horse Show. On her horses Lordy and Iggy, Alex became National Champion! This follows on from her success in August when Alex and Lordy were crowned World Champion for her age group! Congratulations Alex for some amazing achievements.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Dismissal Procedures:


I need your help minimizing disruptions to student learning. Because we’re a big school and there are lots of dismissals during any given day, your cooperation in following the dismissal procedures will help all students have less disruptions in class.  The easiest way to dismiss your son or daughter is not the best way. The easiest way is to call the school when you need your child to be dismissed, but that is the most disruptive way. When that happens, a secretary calls the classroom, interrupts the lesson, and the teacher sends your son or daughter for dismissal.  Imagine that happening once...twice...three times...or even four or five times per class, particularly at the end of the day. The best way to do it for a planned dismissal is for you to send your son or daughter in with a signed note listing the time for dismissal. They’ll use that note to get a pass from their assistant principal.  When the time comes for dismissal, they either give the pass to their teacher at the beginning of class or when they get up to go, and they leave quietly. There is no interruption of a lesson when that happens. We do the same thing for athletic dismissals; no announcement or call is made, students get up and leave at the appropriate time.  Unplanned dismissals are another matter. Calling 603-310-9007 the attendance line, emailing bhsattendance@bedfordnhk12.net or coming into the school is entirely appropriate in those instances, and we’ll find your child and dismiss them from class, please allow a reasonable amount of time for these last minute dismissals. For more details, please review the Parent and Student Handbook.


Call; 603-310-9007 leave a message


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

BHS News November 26, 2019

 
BHS News
November 26, 2019









Hello Parents,
I hope you get time this holiday with the ones you love.  I’ll write again in December!
Bob
New 


All Parents

BHS is establishing a chapter of the nonprofit organization Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to creating one to one and group friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have an informational meeting on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm in the Theater.  Please join us if you are interested in learning more.
Parents of Seniors
Nothing this week.
Parents of Juniors
Nothing this week. 
Parents of Sophomores
Nothing this week. 
Parents of Freshmen
Nothing this week.
Important Dates 
 
Wed. Nov 27-29
No school, Thanksgiving holiday.
Tuesday Dec 3
National Honor Society Induction, Theater. 6:30pm.
Wednesday, Jan 8
College info night for juniors and parents, Theater. 6:30pm
 
Weekly Features

Bulldog of the Week: Students
Abi Tjie for making history come alive for her peers. We are learning about Mao's China and the Cultural Revolution in IB History II, and last week as we were working Abi realized that her grandmother (and her father as a baby) would have been living in China during that time. Over the weekend Abi went and spoke to her grandmother about her experiences and was able to come tell the class real-life examples of the experiences she had living through the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. It was a great moment in class and really reminded everyone that the history we learn happened to real people.

Bulldog of the Week: Staff

Steph Corbin, Corinne O'Connell, and Sam O'Connor for coming to my rescue on Friday when I was out and the internet was still down. They all sprang into action to help my sub and my kids make sure their planned assessment went off with as little disruption as possible. It's so nice knowing my colleagues and friends have my back and I'm grateful for the support.

Craig Sheil because he is an asset to our school in the most delightful of ways. He is an overachiever, he is a superstar, and so incredibly fun. We are lucky to have him as a colleague and friend. There really is no one like him.  It seems like he always has time and emotional space to support his colleagues. He makes a point to check up on teachers, not just when we're trying new tech, but when we look down or he knows something is going on, too. We're so lucky to have Craig.

NHS Induction has been cancelled for tonight, Tuesday 12/3/19

“NHS Induction has been cancelled for tonight, Tuesday 12/3/19. The event will be rescheduled for a future date.”

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Pawsitive Cause

      A Pawsitive Cause 
A Pawsitive Cause is currently holding their holiday fundraiser; Presents for Pups!
Donation boxes will be outside the main office, commons, and bulldog corner from November 18 to December 20. All supplies will be donated to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua just in time for the Holidays. All donations are greatly appreciated! 
Please click the link below for a list of items needed