Friday, January 8, 2016

Lurgio News for January 8, 2016

January 8, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! It was great to return to a building this week that was full of students, staff and learning.



Important Dates

Jan. 12 (Tuesday)
District Budget Hearing (BHS Theater)
Jan. 18 (Monday)
MLK Day Observed
Jan. 29 (Friday)
School Dance
Feb. 2 (Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30PM-6:30PM)
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)
District Budget Session I - Deliberative (BHS Theater)
Feb. 3 (Wednesday)
Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:30PM-7:30PM)

You Be The Chemist Challenge
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 grade 5–8 students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

To qualify for the state competition, students will take a 25-question, multiple-choice qualifying exam on Tuesday, February 2 at 2:35 in the Media Center.  The top students from Lurgio will advance to the state competition on March 5 in Nashua.  The top student from the state will win an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge in Philadelphia in June.

If your child is interested in participating, please e-mail Mrs. Rockwell at by January 22 to register.  To prepare for the exam, CEF recommends students explore all of the study materials at ChemEd, as well as other outside chemistry resources.

Lion’s Den
Please check out the latest issue of the student-produced newspaper [LINK].

Adjustment to the Traffic Pattern at Bedford Middle and High School
On January 4, 2016, the traffic on the BHS/Lurgio Campus will change slightly. (Map,Explanation)​  We know that we will always have heavy traffic at the start and end of school, but we hope this change will reduce congestion during these peak times.
  • Changes
    • Reverse the direction of the Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Area so parents will not need to make left turns at the two main intersections.
    • Extend two-way traffic to the concession stand ending at the West Parking Lot so parents can exit Parent Pick Up and Drop Off that way.
    • Close the central loop area during parent pick up and drop off (except for buses and students with special needs) to reduce the places where parents are crossing traffic.
  • As before, we ask all drivers to do the following:
    • Yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
    • Take turns at the main intersections when congestion is high.
    • Be patient.

Media Center Resources
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.

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

Equality and Social Justice:  This past year the Students Against Destructive Decisions set a goal to begin projects that provided access to additional assets to all students.  They decided to make 8 raised bed gardens in the Lurgio Courtyard and grew over 100 pounds of fresh produce in their inaugural year.  This upcoming year they hope to make the gardens available to all the middle school pods in an effort to promote this asset.  Donating food, produce or other products to local shelters and food pantries really helps the middle school age students feel that they are making a difference in our fight to end hunger and homelessness!  Click here for this week's article on Equality and Social Justice.

Social Media Apps
Guidance Intern Sarah Demers will be posting information about social media apps that may be popular with students. These informational pages can be found 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: Brighten

Happy New Year from the Bedford PTG!  Wishing you all a happy and successful 2016!!

Stand By Me
Stand By Me - May 20, 2016

The Stand By Me committee is hard at work planning for this year's big day. If you are interested in helping, we would love to have you! Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
January 21st at 9:15AM in the RAL conference room. Please come and join us!

The Stand By Me Student Committee has been formed and will be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. If your child has been selected to be a member, please mark the following days on your calendar:
January 20
Feb 17
March 16
April 20
(And others as needed)

An announcement will be made over the intercom for those students involved. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Nash at