Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Joining In!

Parents, Students, and Staff,
I was watching the movie Elf last week for about the 100th time, and there is this scene towards the end of the movie that is one of my favorite movie moments of all time.
In it, Jovie, the elf, starts singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" in front of this big crowd at the entrance to Central Park.  She is singing because the Elf Code says "the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is to sing loud for all to hear" (not that anyone needed reminding about the Elf Code).  After a couple of lines, she is still the only one singing and everyone is staring at her . . . 
. . . until the mom character joins in.  She is off key and totally embarrassed, but she does it anyway.  The cringing look on her face is perfect.  To me, that moment captures a beautiful part of human nature.  It is so powerful to overcome our own worries and be that first person to take a risk and join in.  It is something I see everyday in Bedford Schools. From students. From parents. From teachers.
In the spirit of the holidays, I want to thank all of you for joining in. Here is the clip: Elf - Santa is Coming to Town
Sincerely,
Chip McGee

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

LIBRARY HOURS - The library will be closing at 2:35 on Wednesday, December 23rd.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



All Bedford School District offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday on Thursday December 24, 2015 and Friday December 25, 2015.  We will reopen with normal business hours on Monday December 28, 2015.




Monday, December 21, 2015

Important Traffic Pattern Update


Traffic at Bedford Middle and High School
On January 4, 2016, we are making an adjustment to the direction of traffic.
​ (Map,Explanation)​
Although we will always have heavy traffic at the start and end of school, our hope is to lessen the congestion at these peak times.

Changes
  • Reverse the direction of the Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Area so parents will not need to make left turns at the two main intersections.
  • Extend two-way traffic to the concession stand ending at the West Parking Lot so parents can exit Parent Pick Up and Drop Off that way.
  • Close the central loop area during parent pick up and drop off (except for buses and students with special needs) to reduce the places where parents are crossing traffic.
As before, we ask all drivers to do the following:
  • Yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  • Take turns at the main intersections when congestion is high.
  • Be patient.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Special Event

Friends of the Sandhus

Decorate the Tree (with Gift Cards)!!!

Please join us for a casual evening of shared memories, food, and hugs as we gather to show our support for the Sandhu family. Mike, Surrinder, Milan, Karam and Neelam have been a part of our community since the mid 1990s. Most people have heard about the fire that destroyed their home on December 1st. Bring a food or drink item from this sign-up or a gift card and come help decorate a tree with gift cards to raise the spirit of the holidays for this wonderful family!
RSVP by Friday, 12/11/15, if attending!

Date:  (Sun.) 12/3/15

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: McKelvie Intermediate School Cafeteria

Created by: Laura Chen 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Alternative Intersession Reminder

This is just a reminder that all alternative intersession proposals are due to Principal Hagen's office today.

If you have any questions, see Mrs. Lamper in the main office.

BHS Holiday Concert - December 9th @ 7pm

The Bedford High School Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir will hold a Holiday Concert at the Bedford High School Theater on Wednesday, December 9 at 7PM. Seasonal favorites as well as new arrangements will be performed and the public is welcome to attend.

Toys for Tots Drive

 This year's Toys for Tots Campaign is underway! If every student and staff member donates at least one toy this year. That would be over 1500 toys and would make a huge impact in many families' lives this holiday season! For every new unwrapped toy donated, we are asking students AND staff to attach a slip of paper with their name onto the toy. We will remove the slip when the toy is collected and enter your name into a drawing for a brand new Hoverboard! There will also be a second drawing for a Shorty's gift card. The drawing will take place during long advisory on 12/18, which is the last day for collections. This contest is open to all students and staff members! Students from Mrs. Doyle's and Mr. Baird 's Advisories will come around during Thursday and Friday long advisory days to collect toys from you. Additionally, collection bins are located in the Library, Counseling office, Room 237 and all administrative offices throughout the school. Please bring in at least 1 toy, no matter how small this year. Thank you! 

The Talent Show is tonight ~ Friday, December 4th at 7:00p

The Talent Show is Coming!! Friday, December 4th at 7:00, come see the annual BHS Talent Show in support of Families In Transitions. We have a great show planned so come support your fellow bulldogs. $5 at the door or a donation of pajamas for families in need.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sophomore & Freshman Intersession Time Line

Nov 9-12       10th Graders sign up and grants applications due

Nov 13          Sophomores must pay deposit by end of day the 13th or they will be dropped from the activity

Nov 16-18     9th Graders sign up and grants applications due

Nov 19          Freshmen must pay deposit by end of day the 19th or they will be dropped from the activity. 

Please note that these dates are not the same as the email that went out before the website went live.  

Please go by the dates on the timeline on the website.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Empty Bowls is Wednesday, 11/17

Our third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6:00-8:00pm in the BHS commons.

 Lovely Bowls have been made by ceramic students and art teachers. Delicious soups donated by local vendors and Panera bread. Music by Plot Twist! Art work will be on display.

$10 donation and you keep your bowl!

Proceeds go to New Horizons, Manchester and the BHS art dept.

Reserve your bowl now by emailing emptybowlsbhs@gmail.com

Bedford High School’s Fall Musical, “All Shook Up”


“C’mon Everybody” and join us for Bedford High School’s Fall Musical, “All Shook Up,”  starting Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford High School Auditorium.  This hilarious, jukebox musical features 25 of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits and tells the story of how a hip-swiveling, motorbike riding roustabout comes to a small, Midwestern town and transforms it with love and rock n’ roll.  It’s family friendly and fun for people of all ages!

Show dates are November 12, 13, and 14 @ 7 p.m.; November 15 @ 2p.m.; November 20@ 7 p.m. and November 21 @2 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased online at seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh or at the door.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Juniors & Seniors allowed to bring Chromebooks beginning January 4th, 2016

This fall, Bedford High School implemented a 1-to-1 Chromebook program for all Freshman and Sophomore students.  Already, we have found that access to a device at anytime/anywhere during the school day helps improve teaching and learning.

Now that the program is launched, we believe upperclassmen will benefit from having a Chromebook device in school as well.  As a result, we have decided to allow Juniors and Seniors to bring a Chromebook device to school starting January 4th. 

Families can either purchase a Chromebook device through the district (no higher than $177) or provide their own. With either option, the device must be enrolled into our Chromebook management system so that it can be activated on our wireless network.  This allows us to manage our school-provided Google accounts to push down content to students.

It is important that families understand that not all juniors and seniors are required to have a Chromebook.  As a result, we do not have the same expectation that chromebooks will be integrated into instruction for juniors/senior classes as do have for freshman/sophomore classes. It will be up to each teacher to decide if and how the devices can be used in class. 

Please visit our 1-to-1 Chromebook Program website for information about the program (BHS Chromebook 1-to-1 Website).

If you would like your Junior or Senior student to be able to bring a Chromebook device to school, please submit this form no later than November 13th. After November 13th, we will confirm your selection and provide the final discounted price for those opting to purchase a device through the district. Families will also have the option to purchase accidental breakage/theft insurance for devices purchased through the district.

For current specifications of the device that the district would purchase on your behalf, click here.

November 10 Community Meeting

Parents and Staff,

In response to the threat posed to our community by the substance abuse epidemic, the Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the Bedford School District will host a community-wide meeting on Tuesday, November 10th, from 7P to 10P at the Manchester Christian Church, 56 Old Bedford Road, Bedford (across from Memorial School).  We want to thank Manchester Christian Church for graciously donating the use of their facility for this important endeavor.

The goal is to involve individuals and groups from throughout our community.  The focus is to first de-stigmatize this issue to encourage parent(s), student(s), loved one(s), friends and family to seek assistance for not only those suffering from substance abuse but also for guidance in education and treatment (agenda).  To accomplish this, we plan to have some gallant members of the community discuss their struggle with abuse in their families followed by a panel discussion and, most importantly, community engagement that we hope will lead to an action plan.

Anyone seeking more information about the meeting may contact the Police Department or the Superintendent's Office in person, by telephone or email.  On behalf of the Bedford Police Department and the Bedford School District, we want to thank you all for your assistance and whatever level of participation you are able to offer.

John J. Bryfonski
Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-792-1330
Cell:      603-657-8826

Chip McGee
Superintendent of Schools
103 County Road
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-472-3755
Email:  mcgeec@sau25.net

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bedford High School is Hosting a Small Business Expo

Bedford High School is Hosting a Small Business Expo

This Small Business Expo is an opportunity for the community to learn more about local Bedford companies. The event will be held on November 8 in the BHS Gym from 12-2pm. It is free to the public. There will be 38 student-run booths representing different companies from the Bedford/Manchester area. Snacks and BHS merchandise will be available in the school store for the duration of the event. There will also be RWL Career Exploration hours available for students. With an aim to promote local small businesses, this project provides the students with an authentic marketing experience. The Marketing I students have dedicated a large summation of their time and effort to promote these companies, so please come out and support your high school students and local businesses!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spirit Week ~ Monday 10/19 - Friday 10/23

Next week is SPIRIT WEEK!

Show your Bulldog Pride & earn points for your class!!!

                                       Monday ~ Pajama/Sweats Day
                 
                                       Tuesday ~ College Shirt Day

                                       Wednesday ~ Lumberjack Day

                                        Thursday ~ American Pride Day

                                        Friday ~ Class Colors & Pep Rally Day

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BHS Music Department Fundraiser

The BHS music department is holding it's 2nd annual mattress fundraiser at the BHS commons Sunday October, 25th 10:00am-4:00pm.  All sizes are available and brands include Simons and Beautyrest. Save up to 50% off retail. Please help support our music department. 

 The annul Pointsettia sale is going on now-Oct. 30th please see a music student for more info.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Picture Retake & Senior Quick Pic Day is Tuesday, 10/20/15

Picture Retake Day & Senior Quick Pic. will be Tuesday, October 20th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Please remember to bring the pictures back that you are not happy with, when you come for the retake.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall Parent Teacher Conference Sign-ups

The portal will open for parents for the fall Parent Teacher Conferences from October, 13th through November, 5th.  

The fall conference dates are Nov. 10th 4:30-8:00 pm and Nov. 12th 3:00-6:30 pm.


Parent Teacher Conferences
::: Click here to begin! :::

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bedford High School Craft Fair

Bedford High School Craft Fair
Saturday, November 7th 
9:30-3:00
Come check out a variety of crafters!  Proceeds benefit the Class of 2018.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PSAT Information: Wed Oct 14th

The PSAT test will be held on Wednesday, October 14thin the BHS Gym. Registrations start on September 14th and continue through October 2nd, in the Counseling Office.   The cost of the exam is $25.  Payment is expected at the time of registration.

 Please arrive at 7:40 AM.  Students should bring the following:
  • #2 pencils, sharpened
  • College Board Approved Calculator
  • Snack/water during break
Students are reminded that Cell Phones and Backpacks are NOT permitted.

Monday, August 31, 2015

2016 BHS Yearbook

We are excited to announce that the 2016 BHS yearbook is now on sale. Make sure that your child doesn’t miss out on our yearbook tradition. It’s the only book that captures the year’s events, activities, friendships, experiences and memories from BHS in one place. You will have the opportunity this year to guarantee a book for your child. The book will be on sale for $75Place your order for the yearbook at jostensyearbooks.com or via the BHS Library Yearbook page. If you have already purchased a book, thank you! This year’s book is one you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BHS Counseling Office

The School Counseling program at Bedford High School prides itself on the strong relationships that we build with our students. It is a pleasure to watch students grow over their four years as students with us. Over the years we have been very fortunate to have only changed School Counselor caseloads when we've added new staff. 
This year, however, due to unforeseen enrollment growth, we must make a slight change in case-load assignments in order to maintain these important relationships. Knowing how important these relationships are to upperclassmen as they begin to transition to adult life, we have only moved 9th and 10th graders. You will see these new assignments below. 
Counselor NameClasses 16/17Classes 18/19
Torbick/ParrottoA-ClA-Cl
PufferCm-GiCm-F
PalmerGi-KG-K
LipinskiL&ML&M
MulcaheyN-ScN-Sa
JacquesSd-ZSb-Z

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day Schedule

1st Day Schedule
August 27h 2015
7:50   Warning Bell
7:55-8:25      All students report to Advisory
8:30-8:55      R1
9:00-9:25      R2
9:30-9:55      R3
10:00-10:25   R4
10:30-10:55   S1
11:00-1:00   Lunches  (Staff please remain with your students during the lunch and
picture time blocks.  Take your lunch when the students are in the Theater
with administration)
11:00-11:30
     Seniors            Lunch
     Juniors            Theater
     Sophomores        Advisory
     Freshmen      Gym for Photos
11:30-12:00
     Seniors            Theater
     Juniors            Lunch
     Sophomores        Gym for Photos
     Freshmen        Advisory
12:00-12:30
     Seniors            Advisory
     Juniors            Gym for Photos
     Sophomores      Lunch
     Freshmen      Theater
12:30-1:00
     Seniors            Gym for Photos
     Juniors            Advisory
     Sophomores       Theater
     Freshmen      Lunch

1:05-1:30      S2
1:35-2:00      S3
2:05-2:35      S4
    
Remind all students that tomorrow 8/28 will be a RED  Day