Friday, June 29, 2018

Special Note: New Assistant Principal at Lurgio

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to announce Mrs. Kristen Gauthier as the new Assistant Principal/Athletics Director at the Lurgio Middle School. Many of you already know her as an outstanding teacher from the 7th and 8th grade. With over fifteen years of teaching experience in mathematics and science, Ms. Gauthier brings a wealth of instructional knowledge to her post. As a collegiate track and field athlete, she brings a wonderful perspective to her role as the Athletic Director. In addition to her extensive knowledge and broad experience, Mrs. Gauthier has the strong character that is the bedrock of a great school administrator.

I feel fortunate to have such an intelligent and capable educator joining our leadership team at the Middle School. Mrs. Gauthier will join us in her new role on July 2, and we will be working hard all summer to make sure that Lurgio is ready for our students in August. I wish you all a wonderful summer.


Ed Joyce

P.S. By moving Mrs. Gauthier into the assistant principal position, we have created a science teaching vacancy. So if you know of a talented science instructor ready to join a great staff, please encourage them to apply. The position is posted on the Bedford School District website.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Special Note: Gunstock Trip

June 17, 2018

Dear 7th grade Parents and Guardians,

Tomorrow is our 7th grade planned trip to Gunstock.  Please know that the trip is still on for tomorrow. The weather forecast for tomorrow in Manchester is very hot, but the weather in Gilford, NH, which is about 60 miles north, is forecasted to be a bit cooler.  Students should pack water bottles along with sunscreen. The teachers will be packing extra cases of water for everyone as well.

I have included the Weather Channel’s forecast for tomorrow in Gilford, NH below. The students will arrive at Gunstock at approximately 10:00 AM when the temperature will be around 79 degrees.  The temperature is predicted to climb to 88 degrees for the last hour the students are at the park.

We will follow the National Weather Service’s advice and recommend that students not engage in strenuous exercise after noon. There are plenty of places at Gunstock where students can cool off with a water and celebrate the end of their year.  There are even a few activities that involve water balloons; I imagine they will be very popular.

If you do not wish for your child to attend the trip, we can arrange for an area at school where they can be supervised.  

Ed Joyce

Friday, June 15, 2018

Lurgio News for June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

Dear Parents,
Last week, I informed you that Assistant Principal Bill Demers will be leaving Lurgio Middle School at the end of this school year. I have already begun the process to hire a new Assistant Principal. At this time, I am turning to you for help. If you have a few spare moments over the weekend, please consider sharing with me what you believe to be important qualities of an assistant principal. Please click [HERE] to send me your thoughts. Parents are integral members of the Lurgio Community and your insight will be important during the hiring process.
Ed Joyce

Important Dates
June 18 (Monday)
7th Grade Gunstock Mountain Trip
June 18-21
Rising freshmen can submit a BHS schedule change request form
June 20 (Wednesday)
Last Day of School - Dismissal at 1:15PM
New News
8th Grade Feast
The 8th grade Feast is Tuesday, June 19th. We are in need of volunteers for that day, as well as people to make brownies and donate bottled water. If you are able to help out, please sign up using this link: Thank you in advance!

An important message from the Nurse for 7th Grade Parents:
PLEASE make sure your student brings their epi-pen and/or inhaler with them for Gunstock.  If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Chessie x34415. Thank You!

Rising Freshman Schedules
Yesterday, current 8th-graders received paper copies of their course schedules for next year. Those schedules are dated May 25. Obviously, many changes have happened between then and now and it is very possible those schedules are not correct.  For the most current schedule, please login to the ParentPortal in PowerSchool and navigate to “Next Year’s Schedule” for the most up-to-date information. If you have any questions, please contact the BHS Guidance Office at (603) 310-9001. Starting Monday, families may submit a BHS Schedule Change Request Form. Please click [HERE] to access that form.

Qualities of an Assistant Principal
Last week, Mr. Joyce informed the Lurgio Middle School Community that Assistant Principal Bill Demers will be leaving Lurgio at the end of this school year. He has already begun the process to hire a new Assistant Principal. At this time, he is turning to you for help. If you have a few spare moments over the weekend, please consider sharing with him what you believe to be important qualities of an assistant principal. Please click [HERE] to send him your thoughts. Parents are integral members of the Lurgio Community and your insight will be important during the hiring process.

Weekly Features
Guidance Corner
This week's article from the Search Institute highlights "Achievement Motivation".  Encouraging your child while they gain executive functioning is essential to them developing from the inside out.  Click here to view this week’s article.

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
Information about the BSD 1:1 Chromebook program has started to be distributed.  Purchase information for incoming 7th graders can be found here.  Information about insurance renewals can be found here - we STRONGLY RECOMMEND insurance policies be renewed each year.  If you are interested in purchasing a new device for your student, information can be found here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna Dennis (

PTG Corner


Bedford PTG Color Blast Fun Run/Walk Thank You!

The Bedford PTG Color Blast was an amazing success and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants as well as the many volunteers who made the event outstanding! Check out our  FACEBOOK page for some great pictures.

BHS Parking Space Raffle

$10 Donation Per Entry. The PTG is raffling off TWO prime guaranteed parking spaces in the top lot for the 2018-2019 school year. You must have a valid license and a vehicle sometime during the 2018-2019 school year to be eligible to WIN! Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return the form with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by June 13th. Winners will be notified before the end of the year.

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

PTG Coordinator Opportunities for 2018/19

Looking for some great opportunities to volunteer next year? The PTG has several district level positions available…

District Gift Wrap Coordinator: Work with PTG VP Fundraising and our current Gift Wrap supplier (Meadow Farms) to set up and organize the fundraiser. Coordinate with school level coordinators the distribution, collection and processing of order forms.

Program Research Coordinator: Help the PTG find new educational and enriching programs to bring into our schools. PTG funds author visits, artists, singers, performance groups, animal encounters and so much more. We are always looking for new ideas to possibly bring to our schools and students. We are looking for someone to help us research and find these exciting opportunities.

Elementary Level Opportunities Reaching Kids (O.R.K.) Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating the O.R.K. programming (such as Eyes On Owls, Tanglewood Marionettes & Bat Presentations) at Memorial, Peter Woodbury, AND Riddle Brook elementary schools. Track programing and budget, ensure payment delivery, and communicate within and between all 3 elementary schools.

District Book Fair Coordinator: Work with school level coordinators and Scholastic to organize the Spring book fair. Keep school coordinators informed of budgets and other book fair details. Assist with book fair deposits to bank. Prior book fair experience helpful but not necessary.

If you are interested in any of these roles or would like more information please email

Year in Review with Superintendent McGee

If you were not able to attend our Year in Review with Superintendent McGee, you can watch the presentation by following this link Bedford PTG Meeting with Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools 5-30-18

PTG Thank You!

As we close out another school year, the Bedford PTG would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to all of our volunteers who selflessly give their time, talents and donations to support our events throughout the school year. It is due to our amazing volunteers that we can provide so many enriching programs to Bedford students.

Last Day of School
This is a reminder that on the last day of school, all students will be released at 1:15PM. Bus transportation will still be available.

End of Year Reminders from the School Nurse
Please remind your student to bring his/her epi pens/inhalers on the 7th grade field trip to Gunstock and the 8th grade field trip to Canobie. The weather will be warm next week, so please have your students bring their water bottles to school.
The last day to pick up your student's medication/inhalers/epi pens in the nursing office will be on June 20th, by 1:00 pm. After this date, all medication will be discarded. You can also pick up forms for the following school year during this time. If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at 310-9100 x 34415

High School Transition for 8th Graders
Earlier, we sent out an email to request information about which high school your 8th grade child will attend. If you’ve not already done so, please click here to complete the brief form.

Lurgio Yearbooks are here!
The 2017-2018 Lurgio yearbooks have arrived!! Yearbooks for eighth graders were distributed on Thursday, June 14th.  Yearbooks for seventh graders will be distributed on Tuesday, June 19th. There are a few yearbooks available for sale.  These yearbooks can be purchased for $30 (checks payable to Lurgio Middle School or cash). Please see Mrs. Dennis in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center to place your order.

BHS Girls’ Basketball Clinics
The BHS girls basketball team will be hosting a series of skills clinics on Thursday evenings in July. (The first on is actually June 28th.) The clinics are for any girls entering 3rd through 9th grade and no basketball experience is required. In fact, incoming freshmen can participate for free. Click [HERE] to view the flyer.

BSD 1:1 Chromebook Program Information
Information about the BSD 1:1 Chromebook program has been emailed.  Purchase information for incoming 7th graders can be found here.  Information about insurance renewals can be found here.  We STRONGLY RECOMMEND insurance policies be renewed each year.  If you are interested in purchasing a new device for your student, information can be found here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna Dennis (

BHS BASE Camp Registration Is Now Open
BASE Camp is a fun and interactive week-long freshman orientation where students will be given the opportunity to get a jumpstart on being a Bulldog! Our goal is that participants leave BASE Camp with stronger peer relationships, increased self-confidence, greater understanding of themselves (personally and academically) and confidence in their knowledge of BHS. Students will receive a variety of information including (but not limited to) study skills, understanding competencies, time management skills, how to make the most out of BHS and how to develop peer relationships. The week consists of activities both in and out of the classroom. Some activities include, an end of week hike, a trip to the town pool, a community service project, team-building activities, etc. The students will also learn the school layout and receive their schedules to figure out the best way to map their way through freshman year! BASE Camp takes place at BHS 8/6-8/10 from 8:30-2:30. If you feel like this would be beneficial for your incoming freshman please complete the registration form found here!

Schedule Adjustments for Rising Freshman to Bedford High School
Between the 18th and 21st of June, rising freshmen can complete a schedule change request form which they can access by clicking here

Now Accepting Bedford School District “HALL of FAME” Nominations
The Bedford School District has been recognized as one of the most exceptional school districts in the state. This recognition and distinction would not be possible without the many citizens, educators, students and volunteers that over the years have built, maintained and enhanced the mission and the values of our school district. We invite you to nominate individuals who exemplify the spirit of our district along with those who have gone above and beyond in making Bedford an extraordinary school district in all aspects.   Please go to the Bedford Hall of Fame link found on the BHS homepage for details and to nominate someone who should be recognized for their contributions! Nominations for this year’s class will be accepted through July 15, 2018.  
Our inaugural class of 2017 included:
William Greiner
Anne Remus
Susan Mullen
Tim Mayes
Dennis Pope
William Whitmore

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018
Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

“Earth Shaking” News
Through the collaborative support of the Bedford Education Foundation, the Bedford School District, and community funding, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School has the opportunity to partner with the Boston College Weston Observatory to become the Boston College Educational Seismology Project Flagship School for New Hampshire. This project will actually install a fully functioning seismograph at Lurgio. Data collected from this instrument will be used to enhance our eighth grade science curriculum. The data will also be used for research at Boston College and available for the community as well. As a community, we are currently seeking donations to support this project. If you are interested in learning more please contact Tracy Richmond, BEF fundraising chair at This project is sure to have a lasting impact on our community.

2018-19 School Calendar
The School Board has approved the 2018-19 School Calendar. Please note that there is a substantial change for 2018-19. The district will shift from tracking days to tracking hours. As a result, the last day of school for 2018-19 will be no later than June 13 and could be as early as June 6. The first five snow days, if needed, will be made up by students at the end of the year. Any snow days beyond five days will not need to be made up by students. This should bring some more predictability to the end of the year for families.

Gsuite Information for Parents
Some of our parents have asked for an explanation of our Gsuite​, the tools within Chrome our students now use for much of their school work​. Our technology​ teachers​ have developed this Gsuite Information for Parents.​ ​For parents/guardians who are interested in seeing the work of their child, just ask your son/daughter to log in with their account or provide you with their password to showcase the work completed.