Friday, March 31, 2017

Destination Imagination State Tournament

Bedford DI welcomes New Hampshire Destination Imagination (NH-DI) State Tournament to Bedford High School on Sunday, April 2nd, 8am - 6pm.  
Please check website for up a schedule of events. www.nh-di.org
NH-DI will be hosing the event where the top scoring teams will be competing for a chance to go to Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN, with almost every state and 20 countries.  Destination Imagination is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. 
      Good Luck to the 7 teams representing Bedford DI.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Health Advisory for Lurgio Middle School and Bedford High School

This week, we had a diagnosed of MRSA for an employee at Lurgio Middle School. MRSA is skin infection that is caused by a type of Staph bacteria. Our staff took all the appropriate actions to ensure students and staff were safe. I am confident that all of our facilities remain clean and safe.  Here is a link to additional information about MRSA provided by the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
Sincerely,
Chip McGee

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Postponed - March 28, 2017

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) has been used on a biennial basis since 1990 to measure health risk behaviors of high school students nationwide. The YRBS measures behaviors related to intentional and unintentional injury, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual activity, diet, and physical activity.  We have administered this survey previously and utilize results from the survey to guide our health curriculum as well as educational programming. 

In order to give parents enough time to thoughtfully preview the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, we are postponing the March 30, survey administration for at least a week.   I will inform you of the new date once it has been approved. I have included the link to the survey here for your review.  The links below are PDF's to Frequently Asked Questions about the survey as well as a PDF "Opt Out form.  If you have already sent in an “Opt Out form or request” you do not need to resend another. For parents choosing to Opt Out their children from taking the survey, please complete the form below and send to Jessica Bennett at  bennettj@sau25.net or hagenw@sau25.net

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

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