Monday, November 20, 2017

Bedford School Board Budget Meeting 11/20/17 (posted 11/20/17)



Bedford School Board Budget Meeting, Monday 11/20/17 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the SAU Office, 103 County Road, Bedford.  Links to live coverage on BCTV as well as the agenda are available below.




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bedford School Board Budget Meeting 11.18.17 - 8:00 a.m. (Posted 11/16/17)

School Board Budget Meeting on Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8 a.m. at 103 County Road, Board Room. Both the agenda and the link to view the live broadcast on BCTV can be found below. If necessary copy and paste them into your browser.


BeBold Presents "What is Vaping? on Monday November 27, 2017. (Posted 11.16.17)

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WHAT IS VAPING??
Get Your Questions Answered About Vaping.  


PRESENTERS:
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski
Officer “Spike” Donahue, SRO at BHS and Lurgio Middle School
Officer Danielle Nightingale, SRO at McKelvie Intermediate School
Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Dartmouth Hitchcock/Catholic Medical Center

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH from 7-8PM at the BEDFORD LIBRARY in the MCALLASTER ROOM
www.beboldbedford.org

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bedford School Board Budget Meeting 11.15.17 (Posted 11/14/17)

School Board Budget Meeting on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 6 p.m. at 103 County Road, Board Room. Both the agenda and the link to view the live broadcast on BCTV can be found below. If necessary copy and paste them into your browser.



Monday, November 13, 2017

PTG Annual Ski & Skate Sale - Saturday November 18, 2017 (posted 11.13.17)

BEDFORD PTG INVITES YOU TO THE “Annual 2017 SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT”

BEDFORD PTG INVITES YOU TO THE “Annual 2017 SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT
Bedford High School Gymnasium – Saturday, November 18th, 2017 (9:00am-2:00pm)

Mark your calendar NOW!  Join local vendors bringing new and used top name brand equipment along with our tremendous consignment inventory of skis, snowboards, skates, and winter apparel.

Whether you are in the market for new equipment or simply want to sell your own, this sale is for you! Experts will be available to help fit the right ski, board and boots to your ability.  So grab a treat from our bake sale and have fun shopping this TREMENDOUS sale event!

Come in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District while outfitting your entire family for the upcoming winter season!

Drop-off equipment for consignment: Friday November 17, 2017 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)

***VISIT www.bedfordptg.org/skiandskate for additional sale details including how to tag your items using our easy online scanning system right from the comfort of your own home!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Parent Forum on Bullying, Technology, Kindness & Respect - CANCELLED


This event has been cancelled due to family crisis.

Nationally renowned speaker, parent, and special educator Carol Todd shares her story at the third annual free Parent Forum offered as part of the 2017 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference (CMTC17). 

This parent forum is an evening for students and parents to listen, learn, and engage. This critically important topic of digital responsibility brings increased awareness and conversations within families and communities about the combination of bullying and technology use. The goal is to encourage others to shift their thinking about bullying type behaviors to those of KINDNESS and RESPECT.

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
Session will be held in Salon A

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bedford School Board Meeting - Monday November 13, 2017 (posted 11.10.17)

School Board Meeting on Monday November 13 2017, 7 p.m. at 103 County Road, Board Room.  the agenda and the link to view the meeting live at BCTV can be accessed below.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Bedford School Board Budget Meeting 11.06.17 (posted 11.03.17)

School Board Budget Meeting on Monday November 6, 2017, 6 p.m. at 103 County Road, Board Room.  the agenda and the link to view the meeting live at BCTV can be accessed below.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bedford PTG Ski and Skate Sale - Saturday November 18, 2017 (posted 11/02/17)

BEDFORD PTG INVITES YOU TO THEAnnual 2017 SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT
Bedford High School Gymnasium – Saturday, November 18th, 2017 (9:00am-2:00pm)

Mark your calendar NOW!  Join local vendors bringing new and used top name brand equipment along with our tremendous consignment inventory of skis, snowboards, skates, and winter apparel.

Whether you are in the market for new equipment or simply want to sell your own, this sale is for you!  Experts will be available to help fit the right ski, board and boots to your ability.  So grab a treat from our bake sale and have fun shopping this TREMENDOUS sale event!

Come in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District while outfitting your entire family for the upcoming winter season!

Drop-off equipment for consignment: Friday November 17, 2017 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)

***VISIT www.bedfordptg.org/skiandskate for additional sale details including how to tag your items using our easy online scanning system right from the comfort of your own home!



Monday, October 30, 2017

School Closed October 31, 2017

The Bedford schools will be closed tomorrow. This is because electric lines remain down in some areas making bus travel unsafe.  Thank you for your patience and please be safe. - Chip McGee

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bedford Hall of Fame Video Link (posted 10/25/17)



For those unable to attend the Inaugural Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 21, 2017 the video is now available.  Simply click on the link to access the video.Bedford School District Hall of Fame Induction - October 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bedford School Board Meeting 10/23/17 (Posted 10/20/17)

School Board Meeting on Monday October 23, 2017, 7 p.m. at 103 County Road, Board Room.
The agenda can be found here.

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.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two Hour Delay for Students - March 15, 2017

Students will have a two hour delay today. There will be no AM Kindergarten and no AM Preschool. This will give time for the department of public works, our maintenance department, and our bus company to clean up after yesterdays blizzard.  Stay warm.  
Sincerely,
Chip McGee

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bedford School District Closed for Tuesday March 14, 2016 due to the blizzard

The National Weather Service has posted a Blizzard Warning. This means "severe winter weather conditions are expected, falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely, and this will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous." The NWS has recommended that people not travel.  If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. Due to the blizzard, the Bedford School District will be closed tomorrow.
Stay warm and safe,
Chip

ELECTIONS POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

Due to anticipated weather conditions, our Bedford Town Moderator Brian Shaughnessy, Esq., has postponed tomorrow's town and school elections. The elections have been moved to Thursday, March 16, from 7am-7pm at Bedford High School. Full details about this decision are in this press release,

There are several key items for the school community.
  • All schools will be open on Thursday. 
  • Memorial, Peter Woodbury, Riddle Brook and McKelvie will have a normal schedule on Thursday. 
  • Lurgio Middle School and Bedford High School will have a two-hour delay on Thursday to allow morning voters easier access to the polls. 
  • For voters unable to vote on Thursday, the Town Offices will remain opne until 7p.m. this evening to allow for completion of absentee voting
  • For our professional staff, I will send a separate message this evening regarding our workshop day scheduled for tomorrow.
I appreciate everyone's patience as we work through these decisions.

Sincerely,

Chip McGee

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Survey, An Election, and An Award

Community Members,
I have been amazed at how hard our students have been working over the last few weeks despite the challenging schedule caused by the weather.  I hope everyone enjoys some well-earned time relaxing with family and friends over the next week while school is not in session.  When students return, it will be March if you can believe it!  I have three quick notes that I want to share with the whole community.
Sincerely,
Chip McGee

Survey of the Superintendent
Every year around this time, I ask the community for feedback through this survey. The survey takes about five minutes. I would appreciate your feedback so I can continue to improve.  I will keep it open though the next three weeks.

March 14 Elections
All eligible citizens are urged to vote in the Bedford School District and Town Council Elections. They will be held on March 14, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  ​​The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 p.m.. ​Here are links to two programs regarding the vote.
Here is the information for filing an absentee ballot for those unable to be present on the day of the vote.

An Award
I am delighted to share with the entire Bedford community that our own Mike Fournier was selected as the 2017 New Hampshire Middle School Principal of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals! We are thrilled (and not at all surprised) that the NHASP has recognized in Mike the qualities we have come to value during his 16 years as a principal in Bedford.  Mike is deeply committed to the students, parents, staff, and the town of Bedford. HERE is a a really sweet photo from Mike and his family at the award ceremony.