Friday, August 21, 2015

Lurgio News for August 21, 2015

August 21, 2015

Important Dates

August 27 (Thursday)
- First Day for Students!
August 27 (Thursday)
- ImPACT Concussion Screening 3:15PM
August 28 (Friday)
- ImPACT Concussion Screening 3:15PM
August 31 (Monday)
- Soccer & Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts Begin
September 1 (Tuesday)
- 7th Grade Open House 6PM
September 4 (Friday)
- 8th Grade Derby Day
September 7 (Monday)
- NO SCHOOL: Labor Day
September 8 (Tuesday)
- Cross Country & Field Hockey Tryouts Begins
September 8 (Tuesday)
- 8th Grade Open House 6PM

Welcome Back Students!

Dear Students and Parents,

With the first day of school rapidly approaching, the Lurgio staff has been working to prepare for the arrival of students. I hope this year will be academically, socially and emotionally rewarding for all of our students. This year, the Lurgio News will serve as the primary source of information being sent home from the school.  It will be sent directly to all parents via email using the Powerschool Message Sender every Friday afternoon.  Back issues can be found on the website by clicking on the Lurgio News Button. These emails will contain reminders and other important information as well as  action items that I will highlight in yellow to draw them to your attention. Parents, we need your help.  It is vital that you review Lurgio News email each week and take action on the action items.

Thank you again for the many ways in which you support your children and our school. You make all our jobs all the more enjoyable and successful through your dedication. I know that I speak for all Lurgio staff when I say that we are excited to begin this new school year and to share that excitement about teaching and learning with our students.


Ed Joyce

New Traffic Pattern
This is a reminder of the new traffic pattern that we have implemented at the Bedford High School / Lurgio Middle School campus [LINK]. The primary purpose of this new traffic pattern is to increase safety for all of the pedestrians on campus. We also hope that it
improves the flow of traffic during school opening and closing times.

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.

I thank you for helping us to implement this new traffic pattern.

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.

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!   The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Stay tuned for more specific race details as well as registration information.

Cardigan Chaperones Needed
We are looking for chaperones for the 41st annual trip to Mt. Cardigan. If you are interested in an all-expenses paid hiking and camping vacation this Fall, please register to be a volunteer by completing our online volunteer form (click here).  The Cardigan trip is an essential part of the academic experience for our 8th grade students. Taking nearly 400 students up a mountain each year is no mean feat and we could not do it without the generous support of our parent and community volunteers.  

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.

Lurgio Crew
The Lurgio Crew program is being offered again this fall. This program will run on Fridays after school from 4:00 – 6:00 at the boathouse in Hooksett starting September 5th through the end of October. There is a $125 registration fee. There is a limit of 27 participants. If you are interested in registering, or have any questions, please contact Lori Ashooh at

Fall Sports Information
Lurgio Middle School offers the following sports during the fall season: girls’ volleyball, field hockey, tennis club, coed cross country, girls’ soccer, and boys’ soccer. In order to participate in one of our fall sports, you must have the following:
  • A current physical on file with the school nurse
  • A current ImPACT (concussion) test on file
  • All forms from the Appendix of the Student-Athlete Handbook completed prior to tryouts
    • These forms include:
      • Athletic Department Program Agreement - page 15
      • Athletic Department Parent Pick-Up Release Form - page 16
      • Athletic Department Sports Health Questionnaire - page 17-page 19
      • Athletic Department Consent for Treatment Form - page 20
Please turn in all forms to the appropriate coach on the first day of tryouts.

Please note the following tryout dates for fall sports:
  • Girls’ & Boys’ Soccer - Monday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. on Preston Field
  • Girls’ Volleyball - Monday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. in the RAL Gymnasium
  • Field Hockey - Tuesday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. on Riley Field
  • Coed Cross-Country - Tuesday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. at McKelvie Intermediate School
  • Coed Tennis Club - Monday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. at the courts on County Rd.

ImPACT Concussion Screening
The ImPACT baseline concussion test is an online neurocognitive assessment that takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. The initial assessment is followed by a post-injury assessment when an athlete is suspected to have suffered a concussion. The data from these assessments can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to the athletic field.

ImPACT testing is required prior to trying out for many of our sports at Lurgio. For the Fall Season, baseline tests are required for all athletes who intend to try out for soccer, field hockey and girls’ volleyball.

ImPACT baseline tests will be conducted on Thursday, August 27 from 3:15PM until 4:00PM in the Media Center. Please click here to register for this test.

Family Physical Therapy Services Offering Orthotics & Pre-Season Screening
Family Physical Therapy Services and Lurgio Middle School are offering all student
athletes a pre-season injury prevention screening on August 27 and 28 after school in the nurse’s office.

All students who are planning on trying out for fall sports are encouraged to spend
10 minutes with the staff of FPTS.  Each athlete will go through an evaluation of
range of motion of joints and muscles, and strength.  Based on the results of this
evaluation each athlete will be emailed a list of exercises to perform to help prepare
them for the upcoming season.  These exercises are intended to help prevent
potential injury and maximize an athlete’s performance.

Students participating in the ImPACT screening may stop by after their screening is complete.

Furthermore, during this pre-season screening FPTS will have sample orthotics for your child to test out.  If you decide that you would like a pair, they will have order forms available.  If you are unable to make it in on that day we will send home some literature and an order form with their screening paperwork.  So if your child has been complaining about sore feet during the early part of this season, an orthotic may be the answer.

Message from the Lurgio Nurse’s Office
Hello Lurgio Families,

Welcome back to the 2015/16 school year.  If your students requires daily medications, an inhaler or an epipen, please bring them into the health office Monday August 24th or Wednesday August 25th between the hours of 9:30AM and 2:00PM.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the health office at 310-9100 x4415.

Incoming 7th graders or any student new to the district are asked to submit a recent/current physical to the health office.  8th graders, if you have not submitted a recent physical, please do so also.

Thank you,

Mrs. Chessie
RAL School Nurse

As we begin the new school year, the staff at Lurgio would like to express our fundamental belief that clear and consistent communication is essential to fostering and maintaining strong relationships between the staff and the community.   

We communicate with students and parents/guardians using a variety of tools. From phone calls and emails to our website and Facebook/Twitter, we consistently strive to make all necessary information public and accessible at all times.  Below are links to some of our communication changes.

General Information

Visit our Website:
Sign Up for Lurgio News: Register in PowerSchool
Like us on Facebook:
Follow us on Twitter:

Of course, there may always be questions or concerns that we have not anticipated and therefore have not addressed in our public communications. If and when these do arise, we will make every effort to answer and address those questions and concerns quickly and professionally. It is important to understand that it is always best to begin any inquiry at the level of staff most intimately involved with the situation. In order to make any inquiry process as smooth as possible, we ask that you start at the appropriate level of the relevant chain of communication.  Those closest to an issue will be able to give the best information.

For all matters regarding classroom curriculum, instruction, procedures and discipline, please follow the Lurgio Chain of Educational Communications:

  1. Teachers
  2. Guidance Counselors
    1. Students with Last Name A-J: Al Fredette
    2. Students with Last Name K-Z: Sue Mullen
  3. Assistant Principal
    1. 7th Grade Specific: Bill Demers
    2. 8th Grade Specific: Nate Fellman
  4. Principal
  5. Director of Special Education (when applicable)
  6. Assistant Superintendent
  7. Superintendent of Schools
  8. School Board

For all matters regarding athletics and extracurricular activities, please follow the Lurgio Chain of Extracurricular Communications:

  1. Coaches/Advisors
  2. Athletics Director (Bill Demers)/Activities Director (Nate Fellman)
  3. Principal
  4. Superintendent of Schools
  5. School Board