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 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

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)
     Seniors            Lunch
     Juniors            Theater
     Sophomores        Advisory
     Freshmen      Gym for Photos
     Seniors            Theater
     Juniors            Lunch
     Sophomores        Gym for Photos
     Freshmen        Advisory
     Seniors            Advisory
     Juniors            Gym for Photos
     Sophomores      Lunch
     Freshmen      Theater
     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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits must be taken by Hockmeyer for the BHS yearbook. Please contact Hockmeyer directly to schedule a session if you have not already done so. All yearbook information can be found on BHS Library page.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Alternate Chromebook Pickup / Drop-off Dates and Times

The alternate dates and times for Chromebook pickup or drop off for families are:

Monday - 8/24 from 8:00am to 11:00am- Room 222

Wednesday - 8/26 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Room 222

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Campus Parking 2015 - 2016

The campus parking lottery for 2015 - 2016 has been chosen and the parking permits along with directions will be mailed out in the next day or so.  Please read the directions carefully and have your permit on your vehicle for the first day of school.

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Traffic Pattern for BHS & RAL

Dear Parents and Staff,
I hope you are enjoying the last glorious weeks of summer.  Before your first trip "up the hill," I want to remind you that we are changing the traffic pattern around Bedford High School and Lurgio Middle School (map). There are several key changes:
  • As you come up the main driveway, all traffic must go ONE WAY and CLOCKWISE around the schools starting at the small loop driveway.  This should ease congestion.  We opted for the clockwise direction so the passenger doors of our buses would be facing to curb when picking up students. Also, all the parking lots are now one way.
  • Parent Pick Up/Drop Off for the high school and middle school is now located in front of Lurgio. This should improve the speed at which parents can get in and out.
  • Late arrivals for the middle school and high school should come through the small loop driveway.  Parents and community members can still use this loop for pick up and drop off when it does not coincide with the beginning or end of the school day.
  • The Bus Pick Up and Drop Off locations have not changed.
Also, pedestrians have additional crosswalks throughout the campus.  The purpose is to improve safety for all students, staff, parents, and visitors.  Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.
Chip McGee
PS If each driver could do these three things, it will make this transition much smoother and safer. 
  1. Please be patient as you and other drivers learn about these changes.
  2. Please yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  3. Please take turns at the main intersections in order to avoid delays and backups.

Last chance to book your senior portrait session.

 Hockmeyer Studios will be at Bedford High School until Friday.  Sessions are by appointment only, please call 978-388-9832 or 603-974-0198 to book your appointment.  Appointments are filling up fast so book today!

Scheduling Transition Plan

Good Afternoon,
I hope this email finds you well and enjoying this beautiful summer weather with family and friends.  Somehow the summer seems to go by so much more quickly than the rest of the year!  

I write today to inform you that a recent review of the scheduling procedures by the Superintendent and School Board has resulted in the development of a “Transition Plan”  for the implementation of scheduling procedures for the 15-16 school year.  The transition plan allows for schedule changes to occur at the start of the school year, the details of which are below. It is important to note that core course requirements already scheduled will not be eligible to change unless they meet the conditions outlined below.

Additionally, we have included FAQ’S below in hopes that they will provide further clarification of the process.
Transition Plan for 2015-16
  1. Allow seven additional days (until Friday, September 4, 2015) for students to drop courses without an indication on the transcript.
  2. Place students who drop courses at the bottom of any waiting list for adding a course. Note: This does not affect students who need a course for graduation.
Fall “Level Change Period” (formally known as Drop/Add period)
  • This period is the first 4 weeks at the start of school and will be for course level changes only. Level changes are defined only as changes between PSP, Honors, AP/IB (exception- semester Science classes).
Exceptions for Core Course Requirements Changes
  • if a graduation requirement is needed,
  • prerequisite requirements have not been met for the scheduled courses,
  • there is a duplication of courses​,​
  • credit was earned in ​summer ​school or through a pre-approved on-line course​,
  • there is an error, or
  • other unique student situations. Please note that students cannot make changes to their schedule to select a specific teacher, a specific time of day, or a specific fellow student.

Frequently Asked Questions about Schedules

  • If my child has a level change will his/her other courses that need to be changed be impacted/documented with a WP/WF?
    • We understand that other courses may need to be moved or even dropped when a level change has to happen. Therefore there will be no record of those impacted courses if the level change happens within the timeframe in early fall. If a student wants to change a level after the level change period (first four weeks of school) then any dropped courses will be recorded on the transcript with a “W/P” or “W/F”.
  • If I'm in a course that is too hard, can I change a level?
    • Students may change the level of a course if his or her parents approve and there is room in the course they are trying to get into. There is a form that must be signed by the student’s current teacher, parent, School Counselor, and Skills teacher when appropriate.
  • Why can't my student replace a dropped course with another in that same block?
    • The primary reason for trying to limit the students from the cycle of adding and dropping courses in the first four weeks is the impact it has on all teaching and learning.  When we allow students to drop one course to add it makes it very difficult to advance curriculum and learning when the students in class keep changing.  While it has an impact on a teacher’s ability to instruct, the greater issue is the lost learning to the students in a class when teachers have to catch students up. Additionally, when students change their minds about what they want to take they are asking for a spot in a class that has not considered their interest- this can impact many other students. There is a ripple effect.
  • Can I pick a teacher?
    • We do not allow students to choose their teachers. The software finds the best course schedule based on the student’s requests. The teachers that they are matched up with simply teaches in the block when the student is available to take that course. Of course, we consider unique circumstances and will discuss any issues that a student has with a teacher that he or she has experienced in the past.
  • Why can’t I pick a time/block for my class?
    • We can’t offer every course in every block of the day. For example we may only offer a single section of a course so if the student really wants to be in it, they must attend at that specific time. Also a course may be really popular and full in all the different sections that are offered. If a student wants to move it they may not have a space in another section.
  • Can I select an Advisory to make sure my child is with a certain peer?
    • Administrators at Lurgio will notify us if there are any good matches that we need to make happen- students that would benefit from being together. They also provide information on student avoids- students that are not productive together. Typically this list is rather short. We hope to keep the matching in Advisory to be random. This will allow for new relationships, even friendships to evolve. Generally speaking these groups of students get very close over their four years together.
  • What will colleges say about a W/F, W/P, or W?
    • College admission counselors understand that students may need to leave courses from time to time. Some may ask the student or School Counselor to explain what happened to result in a withdraw, but typically a single “W/P” won’t result in much attention. However, several withdraws will be a red flag. If students have these on their transcripts year after year the admission counselor will want an explanation. If they learn that this happened several times because the student simply changed his or her mind they may want to discuss it with the applicant. We are not aware of this being an issue with one of our students.
  • I requested Early Release, why didn’t I get it in my schedule?
    • “Courses” such as Early Release and Late Arrival fall into the scheduling process last. It has the lowest priority rank. Therefore, the scheduler tries to place all other courses into a student’s schedule before a free period. If another course needs to fall in a block at the end of the day, it takes precedence over Early Release. For example, a student may request Late Arrival in February, but if they must take their humanities grad requirement in the first block, that will be on their schedule instead as its priority is higher.
  • Why can’t I rearrange my schedule to get Early Release?
    • The scheduler software creates the optimum schedule for each student. If it doesn’t select Early Release it must mean that something else that the student selected would have to be removed. We prefer for students to take a full schedule over a free block. In addition, the more students drop courses at the beginning and end of the day, the smaller our class sizes become. We feel that a full course can generate a richer educational experience than one that has very few students.

  • Why didn’t the course I wanted run?
    • Soon after the course request window closes in February the Leadership Team at the high school determines how many sections of each course to run based on student interest. We try to run the most popular courses. Therefore a course that has only a handful of requests typically won’t be run in the following school year because it didn’t generate enough interest to fill seats.
  • Why is there a wait list for grad requirements like In Writing and Personal Finance?
    • There was a large number of students who opted to take these courses in the summer enrichment program. We run fewer sections in the school year when we know that a number of students will fulfill the requirement in the summer. This year we had an unexpected number of students change their minds and asked to change into the school year courses. Unfortunately we did not create enough room for this number of students to change their minds.