Friday, October 6, 2017

October 2017 Announcements on Surveys and Tech (Posted 10/6/17)

Talking about Tragedy
With the news pouring out from Las Vegas, it has been a trying day for many of us. It can be hard to know how to talk with children about a tragedy like this. The Lurgio team sent this thoughtful article [HERE] to their parents. At the heart of the article, it suggests that "a tragedy does not have to be a trauma for children if it is 'buffered by good, strong and caring relationships, by the adults around the child.'"

Student Privacy and Internet Safety
We have two important updates for the entire community regarding student privacy and internet safety.
  • First, we have added a layer of web filtering for Lurgio students. This is for our seventh and eighth graders. The new level of filtering is when they are at home using their school Chromebooks with their school account. Previously, the district's network filters at school could not filter the web when students were using their Chromebook and school account at home. We made this change because we have the additional capability to add this layer of filtering for our middle schoolers' experience. Web filtering settings for high school students has not changed.

Please keep in mind that the school district cannot control every element of a child's internet access inside and outside of school (nor should we). We need to work with parents as partners to help students use technology responsibly.

  • Second, we have posted a notice​ regarding ​pupil​ ​rights​ ​for parents. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 USC 1232h, is a federal law that gives parents and students certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. The district is committed to protecting these rights and that includes providing parents with an annual notice about them. The full notice can be found on the district website (sau25.net) and directly [HERE].

The state has also made changes to the law regarding surveys, which I will not go into here. Suffice it to say, we follow the state law as well.

Thank you for trusting us with your children!

You are invited to the 2017 Induction to the Bedford Schools Hall of Fame
In much happier news, we are very pleased to announce the first inductees selected to the Bedford School Hall of Fame.
  • BILL GREINER
  • TIM MAYES
  • SUE MULLEN
  • DENNIS POPE
  • ANN REMUS
  • BILL WHITMORE
These six individuals have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the Bedford School District, in their commitment to the students of Bedford and to the Bedford community.  Each has individually contributed an immeasurable amount of time, energy and dedication to making the Bedford School District extraordinary.  They have each been instrumental in establishing and upholding a tradition of excellence.  Their desire to excel in all areas of education and extracurriculars has helped to cultivate an environment of learning and enrichment that make our schools and our students truly exceptional.  We are honored to recognize their contributions to our community with their induction to the Bedford Schools Hall of Fame.  An induction ceremony and luncheon will be held October 21, 2017 at the BHS Commons.  Limited tickets are available.  Please see the link at https://goo.gl/forms/PJ23FlMWdMujDs9f1  or contact the SAU office in Bedford for more information and to reserve your seat at this first annual event.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tripod Survey (Posted 10/4/17)

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Starting on October 12, 2017 the district will administer the "Tripod Survey" to students in certain classes in grades K - 12. The survey is academic and asks for the students' perspectives on our teaching practices. The purpose is to use this feedback to help our professional staff continue to improve. The survey is anonymous, optional and voluntary for students. 
Here are full copies of the survey for each level.
There are items at the end of the survey in the category of "Student & Classroom Background items." These are used by Tripod only and not shared with the schools. These items allow for Tripod to capture trends in school experience, as well as compute scores that are normed based on comparable classrooms across the country.

If you do not want your child to participate, please email your child's principal by Wednesday October 11.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Disposal of Surplus Computer Equipment

The Bedford School District is retiring/disposing Apple iMac 20” systems (purchased in 2008/2009). All systems are capable of running MacOS 10.11 (not the latest operating system), feature Intel core2Duo processors, include at least 2GB of RAM, and a minimum of 160GB hard disk drive. These systems have no market value that the district can realize. Systems are available on a first come, first serve basis to Bedford Residents at no cost and come with no warranties of any kind. Technical support will not be available from the District.
Limit of 1 system per family

Pickup date - Tuesday, August 15th from 8am - 12pm in the Bedford High School Media Center

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First Day of School for 2017/2018 School Year -(Posted 07/11/17)

The first day of school for students in the Bedford School District for the 2017/2018 school year will be Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Monday, March 27, 2017

YRBS Survey to be given at Bedford High School -3/27/17

This Thursday (3/30), we will be conducting the YRBS with our students during an extended advisory (until 10:05). Sometime between tomorrow afternoon and advisory on Thursday please pick up the survey packet from your mailbox in the main office. Each envelope will contain the surveys for your kids, #2 pencils, FAQs about the survey, your script as the survey administrator and two forms that you will fill out.
Please read your script through prior to the beginning of advisory so that you are familiar with the content. Keep the FAQ handy in case any student has a question. I will send individual emails to the advisors of the students who have opted-out. If someone has opted out, they are still responsible for attending advisory and are asked to remain quiet while their peers complete the survey. 
"Only students who are able to take the survey without any type of assistance are eligible to participate. Students must be able to understand the questions (which are written at an 8th grade or lower reading level) and indicate their answers with a pencil on the paper survey. School staff are not allowed to read or explain the questions, view students’ answers or interact in any way with students while they are taking the survey." Please let me know if there are any questions about this!
Please drop off your envelope (with completed and any extra surveys) to the counseling office by the end of the day on Friday, 3/31. I do not need to pencils back.
I greatly appreciate your help in administering the surveys. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns about any of it!
Thank you,
Jessica Bennett, LADC
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Bedford High School
p: 603-310-9000 x33458 a: 47B Nashua Road Bedford, NH 03110

YRBS Frequently asked Questions

YRBS Opt out 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thank You to Voters

Thank you to all the Bedford citizens who voted on Thursday . The school district budget passed and the contracts for our teachers, support staff, and custodians passed. This will make the district's pay scale more competitive and help get health insurance costs under control. The positive results will allow the whole district to continue to focus on our core mission, teaching and learning. 
Thank you! 
 Chip McGee