Friday, April 3, 2015

Lurgio News - April 3, 2015

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April 3, 2015

Dear Parents,

Let the Madness begin! Next Friday, April 10 from 7:00PM to midnight is our annual Midnight Madness event at Lurgio. We open the BHS/Lurgio Gymnasium to its full combined capacity and fill the space with inflatable obstacles, oversized tricycles and even a mechanical bull. We also play movies in our dining hall and offer pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, soft drinks and other concessions throughout the evening. Student tickets are $20 and include 5 concession items.

We could not offer this fantastic event to our students without tremendous support from parent volunteers who supervise the various locations and assist in concessions sales. Volunteer shifts are available from 6:30-9:00 and from 9:00-12:00. For the kid in you, the gym opens up at 6:15 so volunteers can get in on the fun. Also, all volunteers get free concessions throughout the night. Want to see what all the madness is about? Come out and join us for this incredible event!

If you are able to help, please check the signup genius at:


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

April 6 (Monday)
- Track & Field begins
April 8 (Wednesday)
- Qtr. 3 Closes
April 10 (Friday)
- Midnight Madness
April 15 (Wednesday)
- Chris Waddell student presentation (9:00AM)
- Chris Waddell community presentation (7:00PM)
April 24 (Friday)
- Grade 8 Course Registration Due
April 27 to May 1
- School Vacation Week
May 22 (Friday)
- No School for Students (Teacher Workshop)
June 4 (Thursday)
- 8th Grade Awards Night (5 p.m.)
- 7th Grade Cardigan Information Night (7 p.m.)
June 5 (Friday)
- 8th Grade Dance

Midnight Madness Movie Vote
Midnight Madness is right around the corner, and now is the time to weigh in on the movies that we will play at the event. Please click here to cast you vote.

Course Registration
Registration for 8th grade courses is now open. All recommendations from teachers have been entered, and you are able to access the registration portal by clicking here.

If you need a refresher on how to navigate the course registration process, please find step-by-step instructions here.

Please remember that if your child is in band or chorus, you should register them for that class at this time as well.

Dress Code Revision Process
As you know from last week’s News, we are currently in the process of examining and revising the Lurgio dress code. Students, parents and faculty have all weighed in through a variety of feedback mechanisms from focus groups to surveys. Through this process, it has become clear that the Lurgio Community wants the Lurgio dress code to reflect the students’ age and maturity while respecting students’ individuality and expression. We will be using all of this information as we tweak the Lurgio dress code over the coming weeks. In the mean time, there are a few minor but time-sensitive changes regarding after-school activities that we would like to implement immediately:

Students are permitted to wear appropriate athletic wear including yoga pants at after-school activities like Midnight Madness.

Students are permitted to wear appropriately fitting strapless dresses at school dances.

As we go through this change process, please keep in mind that the goal of the Lurgio dress code has always been and continues to be to create an appropriate environment for teaching and learning. We ask that students observes acceptable rules of modesty and decorum at all school functions.

Save-the-Date: Chris Waddell
Inspirational speaker Chris Waddell will be visiting Lurgio on Wednesday, April 15. Mr. Waddell is a wheelchair athlete and founder of the One-Revolution foundation. He has visited Lurgio in the past, and we are excited to have the opportunity to have him return. He will present to our students during the school day, and we are invited parents and community members to see him speak at 7:00PM in the BHS Theater. Click here to learn more about Mr. Waddell and One-Revolution.

Lion’s Den - Issue #2
Hot off the presses the Lion’s Den January Issue 2015 - Issue #2.

Smarter Balanced Test
This is just a reminder that we sent out an informational letter about the Smarter Balanced testing yesterday afternoon. If you missed that communication, please click here to view the letter.

Lurgio Track & Field Begins Monday
Lurgio’s track and field season begins Monday, April 6 immediately after school. Students should come to practice with appropriate athletic wear and water. Please dress for the weather! If you have any questions, please contact Coach Gookin, Coach Busch, or Coach Uliasz.

Bedford Crew Club
The Bedford Crew Club is once again holding a camp for current 7th and 8th graders (those who will be entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall of 2015).  The camp is open to anyone in this age group who wants to learn to row or improve his/her current skills.  Campers must be enrolled in the Bedford School District.  Campers will be broken down into groups by experience and ability, no experience is necessary.  Lots of fun and laughs are guaranteed!  It’s a great opportunity to see if rowing is what you might like to do in high school.  Or, if you know it’s what you want to do, it’s a great way to get a head start!
Or, to register, please go to,  Click on the link for summer camp registration
For more information, please email Lori Ashooh at

Destination ImagiNation
Congratulations to The Sounds of Silence for taking home the trophy for 1st place in the  Destination Imagination tournament on March 28th at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton.   8th Graders Aish Deva, Amanda Poza, Emma Jacobs, Manu Komma, Natalie Anderson, Niamh Russell and Sasha Hordiychuk, accompanied by their Coaches Linda Jacobs and Marie Russell, will be traveling to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN to compete, May 20-23.   

The team is kicking off their fundraising tomorrow, Saturday, with a Bake Sale outside Harvest Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   The Sounds of Silence appreciate all your support in helping them on their way to Knoxville!

Book Buzz!
Today’s Book Buzz comes from 7-North student Hailey:

The fourth book in the Blood of Olympus series by Rick Riordan is House of Hades and it's all about Annabeth and Percy falling into Tartarus, the deepest part of the underworld.  Friends in the Upper World try to save them by going to the House of Hades and close the Doors of Death on both sides.  The trick is to make sure Annabeth and Percy are not stuck inside.  I love reading the books in this series because of the edgy suspense and great chapter endings.  Every chapter ending is a serious cliff hanger so I really cannot stop reading them.  I'm writing Rick Riordan to get him to donate autographed books for our 2016 Read-a-Thon prizes.  I really love his sarcastic humor and can easily picture his book as a movie.

Guidance Corner
Youth Counselor, Donna LaRue posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.  The featured Asset Article this week is School Boundaries. To find a link to the article click here.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s webpage for past newsletters by clicking here.

Laura Urie is the Lurgio Behavioral Counselor.  Click here to access her webpage where you'll find information, strategies, and current research on parenting and working with adolescents.

Stand by Me 2015: Friday, May 15th from 9:00-2:30PM
As you may or may not know, Stand By Me does not receive any funds from Lurgio Middle School or the Bedford School District.  The program's longevity depends solely on volunteer efforts and donations.  All funds come directly from parents, businesses and civic organizations in our local community.  We would like to take a moment to thank all those who participated in the April 1st fundraiser at Chipotle in Bedford. The fundraiser at Chipotle was a huge success!

Also, please look for registration brochures to go home with students in mid-April.  An online version with a printable registration form will also be made available at that time.

We look forward to another wonderful Stand By Me experience!

PTG Corner:
Geoff Gookin, the Lurgio Track coach, has asked for 12 volunteers to help with 2 home track meets. The meets are Thursday, April 23 and Thursday, May 21 at 3:30 in the BHS Stadium.

Volunteers would help with time keeping or assist with the field events. If you are able to help with either/both of these, please email Sally Thomas at Provide your contact info, and Sally will forward it to Geoff.  The meets are after school, at the track.  

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved at RAL, please contact Lynne Natale at or Sally Thomas at