Friday, February 16, 2018

Lurgio News for February 16, 2018


LURGIO NEWS
February 16, 2018
 
Dear Parents,

Lurgio will be celebrating school spirit and our love of literacy next week! The student council worked with our student body to decide on a series of themes for our Spirit Week. These themes culminates on Friday with Pajama Day and our annual Read-A-Thon Literacy Celebration. Speaking of the Read-A-Thon, I want to thank all parents and students for all their enthusiasm and generosity through monetary and book donations for the Read-A-Thon thus far, and I encourage you to keep the momentum going through next week.

Sincerely,

Ed Joyce
Important Dates
Feb. 13 (Tuesday) to
Feb. 23 (Friday)
RAL Read-a-Thon Fundraiser & Book Drive - INFORMATIONAL FLYER
Feb. 19 (Monday) to
Feb. 23 (Friday)
RAL Spirit Week - THEMES
Feb. 23 (Friday)
RAL Read-a-Thon Literacy Day
Feb. 26 (Monday) to
Mar. 2 (Friday)
February Break - No School
Mar. 15 (Thursday)
SAVE THE DATE - Grandparent’s Day
Mar. 27 (Tuesday)
6-7th Grade Course Registration Info Night (RAL Dining Hall)
 
Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers nominate students for the Cub of the Week Award. Nominated students are those who have shown exceptional kindness, tolerance, and respect during the week. Each Friday, the Lurgio administration and guidance staff will review all nominees and will select the the “Cub of the Week.”
This week’s Cub is Molly Crowder.  Molly’s teachers describe her as bright, positive, and kind. She is honored for being especially supportive and helpful to a fellow classmate.  Way to go Molly!  Thank you for making Lurgio a wonderful place to learn.  

New News
 

Save the Date - Grandparents Day March 15

Ross A. Lurgio Middle School’s Annual Grandparents & Senior Citizen Visitation Day is planned for Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Guests will be treated to a dress rehearsal of the play High School Musical followed by tours of the school. A light luncheon sponsored by the Bedford PTG will take place in the library. Registration is limited so please RSVP by clicking here for the pre-registration form.

Spring Sports

Spring sports will begin the week of March 26. More details regarding concussion testing, start dates, locations, and paperwork will be sent out the week after February break.

Weekly Features
 

Last Day of School Update

We have had six school cancellations this year, so the current last day of school is Thursday, June 21.

Book Buzz

All the Read-a-Thon raffle prizes were on display today at Books for Breakfast Cafe! Students loved looking at Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles boxed set of 5 books, the Kass Morgan boxed set of 4 books in The 100 series, the Kiera Cass boxed set of 4 books in The Selection series. There is also a nonfiction basket of Guiness Book of World Records, Disasters, and Sports of 2018. There are 4 books by Sigmund Brouwer, 4 books by James Patterson, 4 books by John Green, 4 books by Mike Lupica, and 4 books by Gordon Korman. Other prizes include Kindles, headphones, and gift cards for iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the Inside Scoop!

Gwyneth from 7-North:
Gregory McGuire's book After Alice is set after the story we know already. Her friend, Ada,  falls down the rabbit hole and is looking for Alice. Check out this wild adventure!
 
 
Ella from 7-North:
I just started a great book, and I can't wait to see how it plays out. It's based on Rainbow Rowell's book Fan Girl, and this one is called Carry On. Simon is the best wizard in the universe and has to fight Humdrum who is sucking up all the magic in atmosphere. There are dead spots where magic doesn't work and this is a great book.
 

Jasper from 7-North:
My favorite book in a series is Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember! I like how two kids try to fix everything that the adults have messed up after a time capsule has been opened up after 200 years.  The society is all underground and the kids are assigned jobs to make the society work. The adults are nasty and the kids save the day. Best series ever but the movie is the worst! Don't see the movie! Read the book!
 

Guidance Corner

This week’s Asset Newsletter article can be found here.  “High Expectations” are essential for our students to have for themselves.  It can sometimes be a fine line between our high expectations and theirs!

RAL Guidance Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for past ‘Asset Newsletters’ by clicking here.

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

The assignment sorting issue on the PowerSchool Grades and Attendance, Assignment Scores page has been fixed.

Has your son/daughter damaged or lost their chromebook charger?  Did you know that the Tech Corner sells N21, N22, and N23 chromebook chargers? If you would like to purchase an additional or replacement charger, see us in the Tech Corner cost is $24 (checks payable to Bedford School District).

PTG Corner


Panera & PTG

Take a night off from cooking and join us at our Bedford PTG Night at Panera (Colby Court) on Thursday, March 1st anytime between 4-8pm.  Be sure to bring your Panera Flyer with you.  

Color Blast 2018 Community Event

Save the date for Sunday June 3rd! Get Ready for the Most Colorful, Fun-Filled Day of Your Life as PTG hosts another Color Blast Fun Run. Stay tuned for more exciting details.

The PTG and BeBOLD ARE EXCITED TO CO-SPONSOR A PRESENTATION FOR ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS - Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15pm at BHS Auditorium

“Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”
Special guest speaker Jessica Lahey veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.
Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psycho-social and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society. This event is open to all parents/guardians.
The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

Stay Connected to the PTG

Please visit our PTG website and be sure to “like” our  Facebook Page to see all the exciting things happening at our schools. Thank you for your support!


 
Reminders
 

You Be The Chemist Challenge Registration

Lurgio students have the opportunity to participate in the "You Be the Chemist" (YBTC) Challenge, organized by the Chemical Educational Foundation. The YBTC Challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

To qualify for the state competition, students must take a 25-multiple-choice qualifying exam on Thursday, March 8 at 2:30 in the media center.  The top students from Lurgio will advance to the state competition to be held on April 7 at Bishop Guertin High School.  The top student from the state will win an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge in Washington D.C. in June.

If your child is interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form to register.  The registration deadline is Friday, February 23. If you have any questions, email Ms. Rockwell at rockwella@bedfordnhk12.net.  

To prepare for the exam, CEF recommends students explore all of the study materials at ChemEd, as well as other outside chemistry resources.

Softball Winter Workouts - UPDATE

~Winter workouts will not be held on February 24 and March 3 due to February break~
Winter workouts for softball began on Saturday, January 6th and continue weekly through mid-March. The workouts are held at St. Elizabeth Seton from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Anyone interested in playing softball in the spring is invited to attend. The workouts include throwing, fielding, pitching, catching, and hitting drills. Please make sure to bring a bat, glove, sneakers, and plenty of water. For additional information contact Softball Coach Chris Lemay at 603-674-7164 or e-mail lemaynh@comcast.net.

​​​Student Handbooks​

Over the course of this fall, the Bedford School District made several additions to our student handbooks.​​
  • Notice of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Teaching about Human Sexuality
  • Volunteers in the Bedford School District
  • Use of Personal Vehicles for School Business
  • Student Use of Electronics on Buses (in ​the ​Transportation ​H​andbook)
The for each school can be found on the school website under School Info.

BHS Theatre Company present Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

The Bedford High School Theatre Company will proudly present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” Thursday- Saturday, February 15-17, @ 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School Theatre.  An alumnus of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, director Tim Hackney brings a unique treatment of “Twelfth Night” to the stage.  In addition to the timeless words of Shakespeare, the cast will bring Tim’s original musical compositions to life.  Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5.00 for students, and can be purchased in advance at www.seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh.  You won’t want to miss this!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lurgio News for February 9, 2018


LURGIO NEWS
February 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

Last month I found myself writing a difficult note about students who have decided to experiment with vaping. Unfortunately, in the intervening weeks since sending that message, the phenomenon has only appeared to grow. We now suspect that there have been cases of students vaping while on school grounds, and we have heard rumors of students selling vaping devices on school property. Because of this, I feel the need to reach out again to all parents and implore you to partner with us in talking to our children about the dangers of vaping.

As a reminder, vaping is the relatively new phenomenon of inhaling the vapor released when liquid--often candy-flavored and nicotine-laced--is turned into gas using a “vape pen” or other device. Because our students are under the age of 18, all vaping, even when the liquid does not contain nicotine, is illegal. Like smoking cigarettes, vaping is also forbidden on school grounds, regardless of the user’s age.

Beyond the legal ramifications of vaping, we also have health and habit-forming concerns. While some dangers (like those inherent in any consumption of nicotine) are well understood, other long-term detriments of vaping are not fully known. Furthermore, we know that the habits that we form as adolescents are extremely hard to break in adulthood, and learning to inhale at an impressionable age creates a significant risk that the habit will become a gateway to other risky behavior.

Because of all of these concerns, I am asking that you join our school community in making our students aware of the dangers of vaping and the consequences that they will face if they are caught vaping. In light of our new awareness of the scope of this issue, we will be heightening our vigilance in monitoring student behavior here at school. Any possession or use of a vaping device while on school property will be met with immediate, significant consequences including a school suspension and a resulting police report.

I want to thank all of you in advance for supporting this message on the homefront. We are truly fortunate in Bedford to have such great families and such great kids. This is a moment when too many of those great kids have begun to make a poor choice, but I am confident that with our mutual efforts, this is a moment that will pass.

Sincerely,
Ed Joyce

Important Dates


Feb. 14 (Wednesday)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Feb. 13 (Tuesday) to
Feb. 23 (Friday)
RAL Read-a-Thon Fundraiser & Book Drive - INFORMATIONAL FLYER
Feb. 19 (Monday) to
Feb. 23 (Friday)
RAL Spirit Week - THEMES
Feb. 23 (Friday)
RAL Read-a-Thon Literacy Day
Feb. 26 (Monday) to
Mar. 2 (Friday)
February Break - No School
Mar. 15 (Thursday)
SAVE THE DATE - Grandparent’s Day

Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers nominate students for the Cub of the Week Award. Nominated students are those who have shown exceptional kindness, tolerance, and respect during the week. Each Friday, the Lurgio administration and guidance staff will review all nominees and will select the the “Cub of the Week.”

This week’s Cub is Olyvia Frongillo.  Olyvia is being recognized for being super inclusive of all students. The kindness and positivity that she brings to Lurgio everyday is so impressive.  Olyvia, thank you for helping make Lurgio such a great place to learn.  Congrats!   

New News

You Be The Chemist Challenge Registration

Lurgio students have the opportunity to participate in the "You Be the Chemist" (YBTC) Challenge, organized by the Chemical Educational Foundation. The YBTC Challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

To qualify for the state competition, students must take a 25-multiple-choice qualifying exam on Thursday, March 8 at 2:30 in the media center.  The top students from Lurgio will advance to the state competition to be held on April 7 at Bishop Guertin High School.  The top student from the state will win an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge in Washington D.C. in June.

If your child is interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form to register.  The registration deadline is Friday, February 23. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Rockwell at rockwella@bedfordnhk12.net.  

To prepare for the exam, CEF recommends students explore all of the study materials at ChemEd, as well as other outside chemistry resources.

MIT Spring HSSP Registration is Now Open

What: HSSP is a 6- to 8-week academic program that runs on Saturdays during the Spring and Sundays during the Summer.
When: Spring HSSP 2018 will be held on Saturdays from February 24th through April 7nd, skipping March 17th (for Spark!)
Who: 7th graders through 12th graders.
Where: All classes will be held on the MIT campus.
Catalog: Spring HSSP offers exciting classes such as Memory and Mind Control, Writing for Social Change, and Creating Mobile Apps! Check out the catalog here and register here.
Cost: $40
Contact E-mail: spring-hssp@mit.edu
Classes will be assigned by lottery; all registrations before February 13 will be considered equally. The lottery stage of registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on February 13. They expect to publish lottery results on Feb 15. After results go live, you'll be able to add and drop classes on a first-come-first-serve basis until 11:59 pm Tuesday 2/20, when registration is entirely closed.

Weekly Features

Last Day of School Update

We have had six school cancellations this year, so the current last day of school is Thursday, June 21.

Book Buzz

We had a great turn out for Books for Breakfast Cafe today! Here's our Book Buzz:

Tucker in 8th Grade:
The Adventures of Tintin by Herge is amazing! Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy take on Chicago. Tintin survives one dangerous encounter after another. Read this for the action!

AND
I also want to talk about the James Patterson Maximum Ride series. I cannot get enough of it! Best series ever. I could talk all day about Maximum Ride adventures of genetically modified kids who have to get away from the Erasers.

Mrs. Detwiler shared the popular graphic novel Awkward by Svetlana Chamakova.
Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids. Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them. On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Gwyneth in 7th Grade:
I love the Selection series! 35 girls and 1 prince, Prince Maxon, who has to decide his future queen. Mrs. Detwiler can't keep  these books in the library at all! The series is by Kiera Cass.

Elsie M. in 7th Grade:
I read the amazing book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It's an intense book about a black girl whose lifelong friend gets killed by a white police officer. She is the only one who saw it happen. Everyone wants justice for the death of this boy but police are not pressing charges. It is intense with the talk about gangs and guns, but this happens in our society.

Guidance Corner

This week’s Asset Newsletter article can be found here.  “Adult Role Models” can help your teen develop strategies essential for the prevention of risky behavior.  Click here to further explore what you need to know about Why Teens Use Alcohol and Drugs.  

RAL Guidance Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for past ‘Asset Newsletters’ by clicking here.

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

Just wanted to let you know we are currently experiencing an issue with the way the PowerSchool Grades and Attendance, Assignment Scores page is sorting...  You will find newer assignments at the bottom of the assignment list.  We are working to fix this issue.  Please feel free to have students stop by and see us if they have questions...

PTG Corner


Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Our Yankee Candle Fundraiser runs this year from February 2nd through February 16th. Renowned for their quality and true-to life scents, Yankee® candles are America’s Best Loved gift to give and get! Full color brochures should have come home in backpacks (K-6) or are available in the front offices at Lurgio and BHS. Visit Bedford PTG Yankee Candle for more information and to order online to have it ship directly to your home, 40% of sales go back to the schools!

Color Blast 2018 Community Event

Save the date for Sunday June 3rd! Get Ready for the Most Colorful, Fun-Filled Day of Your Life as PTG hosts another Color Blast Fun Run. Stay tuned for more exciting details.

Stay Connected to the PTG

Please visit our PTG website and be sure to “like” our  Facebook Page to see all the exciting things happening at our schools. Thank you for your support!

Reminders

BHS Course Registration

The Bedford High School course request portal for the 2018-2019 school year is NOW open through Friday, February 9th until noon. Watch THIS VIDEO for assistance with the process. You can also get a great deal of information about each course on the BHS website and visiting the Program of Studies. Please strongly consider teacher recommendations.

Softball Winter Workouts - UPDATE

~Winter workouts will not be held on February 24 and March 3 due to February break~
Winter workouts for softball began on Saturday, January 6th and continue weekly through mid-March. The workouts are held at St. Elizabeth Seton from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Anyone interested in playing softball in the spring is invited to attend. The workouts include throwing, fielding, pitching, catching, and hitting drills. Please make sure to bring a bat, glove, sneakers, and plenty of water. For additional information contact Softball Coach Chris Lemay at 603-674-7164 or e-mail lemaynh@comcast.net.

​​​Student Handbooks​

Over the course of this fall, the Bedford School District made several additions to our student handbooks.​​
  • Notice of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Teaching about Human Sexuality
  • Volunteers in the Bedford School District
  • Use of Personal Vehicles for School Business
  • Student Use of Electronics on Buses (in ​the ​Transportation ​H​andbook)
The for each school can be found on the school website under School Info.

BHS Theatre Company present Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

The Bedford High School Theatre Company will proudly present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” Thursday- Saturday, February 15-17, @ 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School Theatre.  An alumnus of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, director Tim Hackney brings a unique treatment of “Twelfth Night” to the stage.  In addition to the timeless words of Shakespeare, the cast will bring Tim’s original musical compositions to life.  Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5.00 for students, and can be purchased in advance at www.seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh.  You won’t want to miss this!

Save the Date - Grandparents Day March 15

Ross A. Lurgio’s Annual Grandparents & Senior Citizen Visitation Day is planned for Thursday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m. Guests will be treated to a dress rehearsal of the play High School Musical followed by tours of the school and a lite luncheon sponsored by the Bedford PTG will take place in the library. More details and pre-registration forms to follow.