Friday, October 9, 2015

Lurgio News for October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015

Dear Parents,

Between the Mount Cardigan Experience and Science Career Day, it was a blockbuster week at Lurgio.  

This week, we had almost 400 eighth graders successfully complete the Mount Cardigan Experience. During my time on the mountain this year, I was very impressed by our students.  On this trip, each student faces their own challenges, be it the physical demands of hiking or the emotional demands of being away from home.  What amazes me is how supportive our students can be of one another in the face of adversity.    

Today, was our third Annual Science Career Day. Mr. Dubreuil and Mrs. Rockwell spearheaded the event that gave our seventh grade students an opportunity to attend workshops with a number of speakers from a variety of fields related to the sciences. The speakers were excellent, and the excitement that they inspired in our students was palpable.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the chaperones, teachers, volunteers, speakers, and PTG members for their hard work, expertise, and dedication. It is through all their efforts that we are able to provide these wonderful experiences for our students each year.


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

Oct. 12 (Monday)
Columbus Day (No School)
Oct. 13 (Tuesday)
Picture Retakes
Oct. 16 (Friday)
First School Dance - 7PM - 10PM

6th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - Save the Date!
Join us for the 6th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 31, 2015, Halloween day! Register by Thursday, October 8th to get the Early Bird Registration price!!   The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. For more information, visit - registration is now OPEN!

Book Buzz
The Lurgio Book Buzzes are back! With the return of Books for Breakfast this October comes the return of student-recommended reading.

Nicole from 8 South recommends Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton:
It was great to share this book at Books for Breakfast and to see the book trailer for it.  If you are a fan of Hunger Games or Divergent, you will like Seeker a lot.  The main characters are Quin, John and Shinobu and they have had Seeker training and want to become true Seekers.  Quin finally thinks she will be a Seeker and then her world changes when she takes the oath.  Read this book!"

Lauren from 7 North recommends The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy:
If you like horror or scary books, then this book is for you!  Cassie and her brother deal with these waves that impact their world.  The first wave takes away light.  Only darkness remains.  The second waves only lets the lucky escape.  And the third, only the unlucky survive.  After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.  I can't tell you about the fifth wave because I would give away the book.  We saw the trailer in Books for Breakfast and it's that awesome a book.  Read it and get the chills!"

Nadia from 7 West recommends Clockwork Angel by Cassander Clare:
You should read this book.  This is a series and it deals with magic.  It is the Infernal Devices Trilogy and is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.  It's set in London in 1878 with Tessa Gray going into the supernatural underworld to search for her missing brother.  The Shadowhunters are her allies and they slay demons.  Will and Jem are Shadowhunters and they fight against the Pandemonium Club.  Add in vampires, demons, warlocks, humans, and magic for tons of action.  This is a great book to read!

Leah from 7 North recommends Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter:
This is a great series!  It's about a spy school for girls, but even that is kept a secret.  Rich, smart girls attend the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in this fancy school and no one knows it's a spy training school.  There are four books in the series and I want to read them all!  It goes on with ONLY THE GOOD SPY YOUNG, OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF TIME, and UNITED WE SPY.  The adventures are great with lots of twists.

RAL Cub of the Week
Lurgio Middle School is starting a new tradition with the 2015/2016 academic year. Each week, teachers will 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.” The Cub will be announced in the Lurgio News.

This week’s Cub of the Week winner is Nadiya Abdi from pod 7 West for being exceptionally kind and inclusive to her peers. She consistently offers to work with students who do not have partners and makes everyone feel included.

PTG Supports Cardigan
Many thanks to the PTG volunteers who went above and beyond with their help in organizing the pizza parties for the 8th grade students upon their return from Mt. Cardigan. Special thanks to Lynne Natale, Sally Thomas and Vivien Lin who organized the volunteers and donated their own time to the cause.

Media Center Resouces
Lurgio’s Library Media Generalist, Mrs. Snow, invites you to visit the Digital Resources and Databases website and explore the variety of resources available to the Lurgio Middle School Community 24/7. Username and password for these resources is “lurgio”.

These databases are the kind of quality resources that the Library Media Center strives to provide the students of Lurgio Middle School as Mrs. Snow works to support the RAL curriculum, promotes information literacy and digital citizenship, and spreads the love of reading.

BHS/RAL Traffic Pattern
Thank you to everyone for your patience as we adjust to the new traffic pattern at Bedford High School and Lurgio Middle School.  We made the change to improve safety for all students, staff, parents, and visitors, especially pedestrians.   

We ask drivers to ​follow the new rules on campus to ensure our pedestrians' safety.  ​
  • Please use the parent pick up/drop off area from ​7:30a.m.​ to 9:15​ a.m. and from 2:30​ p.m.​ to 3:45 p.m. Do not use the central loop at that time.​
  • Please yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  • Please take turns at the main intersections in order to avoid delays and backups.  
In addition, we recognize that the flow of traffic has created several bottlenecks.  As we are working on ways to relieve that pressure, we are asking for two things.  
  1. Please be patient.  We will not be making any adjustments for at least two weeks as people become accustomed to the changes.
  2. Please give us your feedback.  If you have ideas or suggestions about ways to improve traffic flow, feel free to complete this brief survey.

Lurgio Visitor Parking
Because of the new parent drop-off/pick-up lanes, visitor will not be able to park in the Lurgio upper lot closest to the school during drop-off and pick-up times. This lot is closed for parking from 7:30AM-9:15AM and 2:00PM-3:40PM.

Between 9:15AM and 2:00 PM visitors are invited to park in the drop-off/pick-up lot. Please remember to park parallel to the flow of traffic and to the painted sidewalks indicated by the yellow striping.

For all visitors with disabilities, our handicapped parking has not changed. Please feel free to use the Lurgio handicapped parking spots located at the end of the parent pick-up lot at any time throughout the day.

Before School Program
The Lurgio Middle School Bedford School Program is available to all families from 7:30a.m. to 8:30a.m. daily. A one-time fee of $65.00 entitles your child to attend as often as necessary for the entire school year. Participants will be serviced by school staff in a designated area; arrangements for extra help should still be made directly with your child’s teachers.

If your child plans on attending the Before School Program regularly or only occasionally during this school year, please complete the registration form on the reverse side of this letter and return it, along with your payment to the Lurgio Middle School Main Office or the Lurgio Middle School Before School Program by Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  If there is a financial concern, please call the office at 310-9100 and it will be handled confidentially.  Click here to download the Before School Program registration form.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
Last spring, schools throughout New Hampshire (and in many other states around the country) administered a new test known as "Smarter Balanced."  The tests, in language arts and math, were taken by students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.  They are computer-based tests that replaced the annual NECAP assessment.  

We have recently learned that the public release of the assessment results will occur in November.  This is a later release date than originally announced.  The delay was caused, in part, by the need to hand score those few tests that were taken using paper and pencil.  The results will include both school and state-wide summaries and individual student level results.  We will send more information as it becomes available to us.

Wrestling Coach Vacancy
Lurgio Middle School currently has a Wrestling Coach vacancy for the Winter Sports season. If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please use this LINK to complete an application.

Guidance Corner
Youth Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, LADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.

Interpersonal Competence is an asset that parents model for their children throughout their childhood.  As parents, other family, neighbors and the community are essential elements in developing well rounded and kind young adults.  This week’s article discusses how we can be intentional about friendships.  Some of what’s discussed include creating a home where friends are welcome, introducing your child to many different ages, allowing your child to grieve when relationships turn sour, stressing it’s not OK to just “drop” a friend, making sure your child is connecting with people in person, not just through the computer.

Click here for this week's article titled “Interpersonal Competence"

Check out Ms. LaRue’s webpage for more information about drug abuse prevention as well as past asset newsletters by clicking here.

Guidance Intern Sarah Demers will be posting weekly information about social media apps that may be popular with students. These informational pages can be found weekly in the Lurgio News; you can also find a backlog of them on the Guidance webpage. Here is a link to this week’s app of interest. What's that App: Smart Hide Calculator

BEF Fall Fundraiser - Shake it Up for Education
Featuring Performances by the BHS Cast of Shake it Up!
Live Auction
Friday, November 6, 2015, 7 PM @ Manchester Country Club
For more information about BEF please check our our website,
For tickets to this FUNdraiser, please go to:

Ski Program - Pats Peak​
Bedford students in grades 1 – 12 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH.  This parent run program is geared to give kids the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard at a ski area perfect for all levels.  This five-week Friday night program includes 1-hour lessons and free ski time until closing each week and costs less than the price of a regular lift ticket.  Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons.  The 2016 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 8th and runs for 5 weeks.  Go  Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program”, “Register Here”.  The username for the 3:30 lesson is bedfordski330 and for the 4:30lesson the username is bedfordski430.  The password is “carpool”.  More details are available at  Please contact Carolyn John if you have questions.​

Ski Program - Crotched Mountain
Attention Skiers and Riders!  Registration for the Bedford Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is OPEN!
​To get your discounted lift passes to a mountain full of great skiing, check out Crotched’s website,, and navigate over to Groups & Clubs, then click on school programs. After logging on (using BSD Ski & Ride Club as the club name and bsdmember as the password), you can click on “go shopping” to see the options offered this year.
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IMPORTANT! Season Pass prices increase Monday, October 12, 2015!
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Club Passes increase October 31, 2015!
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The Bedford Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is available to anyone interested. Our program’s designated night is Fridays, beginning the first Friday after New Year’s and running for 5 consecutive Fridays. Your passes will be available for pick up in December, just in time for gift giving! For more information, contact Isabelle Grenier at  ​

​Recreational Basketball​
​This is a friendly reminder that the 2015-2016 Recreational Basketball is NOW open for registration for Boys and Girls in grades 1st through 8th.  Bedford Recreational Basketball focuses on FUNdamentals of basketball and learning through game play.  This is a great way to keep busy during the winter and allow your child to learn the great game of basketball!  To register go to:  We look forward to seeing everyone on the court!  Also be sure to check your email regarding our “clinic series” that will be hosted on Saturdays leading up to the season!  Once registered you will receive emails on clinic schedule and times.​