Monday, November 23, 2015

Senior Projects 2015 on BCTV

Senior Projects are in depth research projects on a topic of the students' choice.  They culminate with a presentation.  All students are required to complete a Senior Project to graduate from Bedford High School.  Thanks to BCTV, five of them are being broadcast this week on BCTV Channel 23.  Here is the link if you want to stream them on your computer.  Five Bedford High School Senior Project Presentations 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Testing the School Messenger Alert System

With winter weather surely headed our way, I think it is time to test our School Messenger Alert System.

​If severe weather causes me to delay or cancel school, I will contact parents with a phone message and text message. I have sent ​those messages on Sunday, November 22​ to test the system. Parents, please make sure that you received those message​s.

If you did not get the phone message or the phone message went to the wrong number, you can fix this in two ways.

  1. Log onto PowerSchool, click on Demographic Change, and type in the preferred number as your "Primary School Messenger Alert Phone.​"​
  2. Call or visit the main office at your child's school and provide them with your preferred number.

​P​lease note that ​you will need to make this change for each child in your family.​ I will be calling just the ​Primary​ School Messenger Alert Phone for weather delays​ and cancellations​. Only in an urgent emergency would I send messages to all of the phone​ numbers we have on record for parents.  The call will come from this number - (855) 344-6323.​ You may want to ​store this number ​in your caller ID to remember that it is really from the Bedford School District's Alert System.

If you did not get a text message and you would like to get one,​ log onto PowerSchool, click on Demographic Change, and ​make sure the correct cell phone number is included. Once that is complete, text "yes" to 68453.

​Finally, I want to review the process I will follow to make the decision regarding delaying or cancelling school due to weather.
  • I consider variables including the state of the roads and school campuses, the number of power outages, and the upcoming weather predictions. 
  • I ​consult with with the Bedford Police, the Bedford Department of Public Works, our bus company, and our maintenance director. I also talk with a weather service and superintendents in other districts. 
  • I try to balance the needs of families to know sooner rather than later with the need to get accurate weather forecasting information, which changes frequently. I plan on deciding in the morning to post the decision by 5:30 and make the phone call to parents by 6:00 AM. I know families really appreciate knowing the night before so I try to do that, if possible. 
​Here is looking to a lot of Saturday afternoon ​snowstorms this winter!

Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools

Monday, November 16, 2015

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

Click here to view information regarding the Bedford School District 2014-2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you for the Bedford Community Summit on Substance Abuse on November 10!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Bedford Community Summit on Substance Abuse last night.  I am proud to be a part of a community that is willing to face this challenge head on.

I was profoundly moved by the parents who spoke last night about their own children's battles with substance abuse.  I came away convinced that we must overcome the shame and guilt associated with substance abuse.  We need to talk about it.  Substance abuse a serious and very real issue among our children.  In our community.  And in our schools.

As a modest next step, I ask that those who see this post (and are willing and ready to take the risk), share it with others on social media.  Talk about it with your friends.  Talk about these issues with your children.

If you need help getting the conversation going, the Partnership for a Drug Free New Hampshire is a great starting point.

This is a good start!


Chip McGee
Superintendent of Schools

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bedford Substance Abuse Summit

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

Chip McGee
Superintendent of Schools
103 County Road
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-472-3755