Friday, April 22, 2016

Lurgio News for April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy vacation! I wish all Lurgio families a fun and restful break--one last breather before the final sprint. As we head into the home stretch of the 15/16 school year, I am constantly reminded of why Bedford is such a fantastic district. Our students come prepared every day for the academic challenges that they face. Whether it’s the Smarter Balanced assessments or our own rigorous curriculum, the students you send us each day are up to the work.

Enjoy the break.


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

Apr. 25 (Monday) to
April 29 (Friday)
April Vacation - NO SCHOOL
May 19 (Thursday)
BHS 8th Grade Parent Info Night - BHS Theater 6-8:30pm
May 20 (Friday)
7th Grade STAND BY ME @ SNHU
May 24 (Tuesday)
High and Seek - Adults ONLY - Anti Drug Presentation
May 26 (Friday)
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop Day
May 30 (Monday)
NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
June 2 (Thursday)
Spring Concert - BHS Theater
June 3 (Friday)
Eighth Grade Dance 7:00-10:00pm
June 8  (Wednesday)
Eighth Grade Awards Night - BHS Theater 6:00pm

PTG Corner
National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 30th. Click here for information and locations.

The PTG is looking forward to celebrating Bedford School District Staff during National Teacher Appreciation week May 2nd - May 6th.  Happy Vacation Week!

Stand by Me

To all 8th Grade Parents:

The Stand By Me Committee is in need of your help on the day of the big event.  If you are able to give of your time, even if it is just for a part of the day, please visit our signup at:
or contact Kim Kearns, Volunteer Coordinator, at Thank you!
The Stand By Me Committee would like to congratulate POD 7 North, the winners of the brochure contest. Students in 7N were the first to hand in all of their registration forms and as promised, an ice cream social will be scheduled soon!  Thank you to those students and parents for getting registrations in early.

RAL Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers 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 is Shannon Luby. Her teachers describe her as a thoughtful student willing to go out of her way to help her fellow classmates.  For example, Shannon took the time to create a WWII study test and share it with her podmates to reduce their stress level and also help them do well on their test.
Lurgio Wins Second Straight Sportsmanship Award
For the second year in a row, the Lurgio Middle School Athletic Program won the Tri-County League Division I Sportsmanship Award. This award is voted on by the coaches and athletic directors of the other schools Lurgio competes against. This honor is a strong testament to the hard work and dedication of all coaches and athletes. Congratulations to all!

National History Bee
The National History Bee Regional Finals were held in Melrose, MA this week. Lurgio was well represented, with 8 students competing! Gabe Shupe, Miles Bruno, Ethan Cline, Dan Dong, Conor Langan, Sarah Avampato, Jamie Karr, and Caleb Richmond made up the Lurgio contingent, the largest from a single school.
Six of the Lurgio competitors earned enough points to be invited to the finals in Chicago in June: Caleb Richmond, Jamie Karr, Sarah Avampato, Conor Langan, Ethan Cline and Dan Dong.

Congratulations to all our students who took part in this very challenging competition.

Destination Imagination - Clothing Drive
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until May 15th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby.  This is a great way to get your spring cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the Lurgio team heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN.  Remember, clothing, fabrics and stuffed animals can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot.  We appreciate your support.

Volleyball Clinic
Courtney O’Connell, a senior who plays for the Varsity Volleyball team at Bedford High School, is hosting a volleyball clinic from April 25-27 for girls in grades 5-8 for her senior project. The camp is about improving on fundamental volleyball skills and learning more about the game, with appearances from college and club coaches! Click on the link in the flyer to sign up!!

BHS Orientation program (AKA: BASE Camp)
BHS Freshmen Orientation
August 1-5, 2016
8:30am-2:30pm @ BHS

This opportunity will allow your student to be exposed to "life at BHS" prior to the start of school.  Teachers and Counselors have created a program that is fun, effective and informative.  Topics include but are not limited to:  
-Study skills
-Note-taking & test taking strategies
-Understanding competencies & grading
-Real World Learning hours (your child can also earn these for coming)
-Digital Portfolio & graduation requirements
-Practice with locker and walk-through using their schedules
-Finding balance and managing stress

To register or for more info:

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

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

Project Purple
The week we return from April vacation, Bedford High School will be celebrating the Project Purple Initiative with Chris Herren.  Chris will be presenting to the sophomores and juniors. As a former NBA player, Chris enjoys a following of sports fans and is recognized for his battle against addiction in many forums, including ESPN.    When Chris visited BHS last year he spoke to juniors and seniors, focussing on the issues that lead youth to begin a journey with alcohol and other drugs.   He highlights the ways in which children, pre-teens and teens can build the resiliency, strategies and tools necessary to walk away from destructive decisions including self harm and substance misuse.   Many of these strategies are covered here, each week as we explore together building ASSETS with Bedford youth.  
We will also have a dry/canned food drive for Amber's Place Recovery Center.
Click here for the Project Purple Initiative website.  We hope you’ll share this initiative with your middle schooler!

Social Media Apps
Guidance Intern Sarah Demers will be posting information about social media apps that may be popular with students. Click on the link below to access links to all apps posted about so far this year. What's that App: Table of Contents

Attention In Writing Summer Course Registrants
Students who registered for an In Writing summer course during course registration now need to fill out the Summer School Registration form. Please register, review summer attendance policies, and note the course calendar on the Summer School tab of the BHS website. Please also note that students will not need their Chrome Books for the In Writing courses! After completing the registration process, you will receive an email with more information and payment instructions.

Spanish Summer Camp
Students entering 2nd grade-8th grade will be exposed to Spanish in fun immersive language environment on July 11th-14th from 8:00am-11:30am at Bedford High School.  There will be different themes each day taught by highly trained and certified teachers with teenaged team leaders. Students will be in appropriate age and ability groupings.  No Spanish experience is required.  Email Laura Chenette at with questions or to register, spaces are limited.   

Parent Involvement Survey
If your child receives special education services, you are being asked to complete a survey about the district's efforts to involve parents in improving services and results for children. Paper surveys are in the mail complete with a pre-paid return envelope. If you prefer, you can go to and complete the survey online. Surveys must be completed by May 13th. Your opinions are very important, and we hope you share them.