Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Assistant Superintendent Elected



The Bedford School Board accepted the nomination of Michael Jette to be the next Assistant Superintendent for the Bedford School District at its meeting on Monday April 7, 2014.  Following the meeting, Dr. Jette commented, “I am looking forward to learning more about the district, the programs and the people who have established the excellent reputation in Bedford.”  Superintendent-Elect Chip McGee added, “I am excited that Michael is joining us.  He will bring his classroom experience, fresh eyes, and positive energy to the school district as we move into our next phase.”

Dr. Jette has spent the past 23 years at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, N.H..  He has served as a chemistry and physics teacher, an assistant principal, and, for the last ten years, as the principal.   Dr. Jette earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the State University of New York, Plattsburg.  He earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.  Dr. Jette also serves as a Commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and was selected as New Hampshire High School Principal of the Year in 2010.

The search process started with over 30 qualified applicants from across the northeast.  The district hosted three finalists in March.  All three finalists met with groups of students, parents, teachers and administrators.  Dr. McGee commented, “All three finalists were superb educators.  We are fortunate to have had such high caliber educators apply for the position.”

Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Election Results ... Thank You!

The 2014 Bedford School District Annual Meeting - Session II Ballot Vote is completed.  All of the articles on the school warrant were approved by voters.  We are extremely thankful and appreciative of the support of the school district by the Bedford community who value the work of our 4,400+ students and employees.  For a copy of the final voting results visit the following link: http://www.sau25.net/schoolboard.cfm?subpage=628804

Champions for Children

Recently, the Bedford School District administrators recognized the 2014 Bedford Champions for Children recipients.  The New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA) established the Champion for Children’s Program to recognize New Hampshire citizens who have given distinguished, voluntary, public service to benefit children. This is the third year that the Bedford School District has organized our own Champions for Children program. 
Criteria for Nomination
  • Each school in the Bedford School District may nominate a person.
  • Each nominee must embody, through action, the beliefs in:
    • The NHSAA Champions for Children Guiding Principles, which state, in part, “We believe it is both an honor and a responsibility to reaffirm the worth and dignity of every child, to champion this cause and to create an enlightened citizenry,” and
    • The Bedford School District Mission, which is “to develop a community of learners who are intellectually curious, resourceful, and respectful of self and others. Academic achievement, through constantly improving standards, is the district's highest priority.”
  • The nominee must live or work in Bedford.
  • The principal and assistant principal select the school Champion for Children.  The SAU administrators will select the Bedford Champion for Children from the school nominees.  The district will forward its nominee to the NHSAA Regional Chairman.
  • NHSAA members or their families are not eligible for the award.
  • School Board members and school staff are eligible for this award for extraordinary service to children that is above and beyond their normal responsibilities. 
This year's Bedford Champions are...

  • Elementary Schools recognizes Tannie Grogan, for her service on the Riddle Brook School Principal's Council, coordinating Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances, among many other roles.
  • McKelvie Intermediate School recognizes Kim Kearns, the Volunteer Coordinator for McKelvie and Move-a-Thon Coordinator. 
  • Ross A. Lurgio Middle School recognizes Lynne Natale, for her role as the Lurgio PTG Liaison, coordinator of Grandparent Day, and former elementary and Intermediate school volunteer.
  • Bedford High School recognizes Vivienne Bellerose, who regularly works with BHS's most challenging students showing exceptional patience and respect.
The students of Bedford have a richer experience because of our many volunteers, including those recognized here.  The Bedford School District has selected Lynne Natale from Ross A. Lurgio Middle School to represent the district in the south central New Hampshire region.

Monday, February 24, 2014

BHS National Merit Finalists

Congratulations are in order for Bedford High School students Greg Levine, Rachel Collins, Jacqueline Valeri, Lyena Birkenstock, and Peter Song. Each has advanced to the "Finalist" status of the National Merit Scholarship Program sponsored by The College Board. Last week, they received their Certificates of Merit, which recognizes the top 15,000 students in the competition in the country. Now they wait to see if they qualify for the third and final round of 8,000 in the rigorous Merit Scholarship selection process.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BHS US Presidential Scholars Candidates

Five Bedford High School students have been selected to be candidates in the prestigious United States Presidential Scholars Program.  Roughly 3,000 students are selected to be candidates based on two paths of accomplishment.  The majority of the Scholars are selected on the basis of broad academic achievement based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT.  Approximately twenty additional students are selected on the basis of their academic and artistic scholarship of visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing. Each year 141 students are named as US Presidential Scholars, one of the nations highest honors for high school students.

Congratulations to Lyena Birkenstock, Lydia Lawrence, Michelle Oaks, Peter Song and Jackqueline Valeri who have been selected as US Presidential Scholars candidates for 2014. This is the largest contingent of Scholars candidates BHS has had in its short history. These students now have the opportunity to apply for consideration to be a Scholar.  Students selected as Semifinalists are announced in April, and Scholars are announced in May. We wish all of our candidates much success!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 BSD Deliberative Session, Tuesday, February 4 @ 7:00 pm

The Bedford School District 2014 Deliberative Session, Session I, will be held on Tuesday, February 4 @ 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Theater. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the FY2015 BSD Warrant. Those in attendance at the Deliberative Session may make revisions to any articles on the warrant. Any revisions to the warrant must be approved by the majority of registered voters in attendance that evening.  The warrant, as revised by the voters at the Deliberative Session, is then considered by voters at Session II.

The all day ballot vote, Session II, will be Tuesday, March 11 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School gymnasium. We encourage all registered voters to attend both sessions of the Annual School District Meeting and to vote. If you will not be able to vote on March 11, the application for an absentee ballot is available on the Town of Bedford website ... http://www.bedfordnh.org/pages/BedfordNH_Clerk/absenteeballots. The process is very simple and straight forward.

More information about the Proposed FY2015 BSD Budget may be found on the BSD website ... http://www.sau25.net/departments.cfm?subpage=1735761

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BSD Budget Hearing January 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Bedford School District FY2015 Budget Hearing will be on Tuesday, January 7, 2013 @ 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Theater.  The school board will review various aspects of the FY2015 Preliminary Budget including an analysis of how proposed expenditures will maintain or expand current programming; impacts of employee contracts; estimated local, state and federal revenues; state and federal aid; and the projected tax impact.  This meeting will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the FY2015 Preliminary Budget and to provide the school board with feedback.  At the conclusion of this hearing, the school board will recess to a board meeting to consider changes to the Preliminary Budget and determine the "bottom line."