Friday, May 13, 2016

Lurgio News for May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

Important Dates

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 25 (Wednesday)
6-7 Transition Night
May 27 (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
June 15 (Wednesday)
Last Day of School

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 Cubs of the Week are Alex Smith and Ryan Boucher.  Alex and Ryan were nominated for this award together by their Pod teachers.  They are described as great students who treat their fellow classmates with a great deal of respect and kindness.  Alex and Ryan have gone out of their way to make new students feel welcome and included. Congratulations Alex and Ryan.

Please CLICK HERE for information about a temporary traffic plan being implemented by the town of Bedford in order to study traffic patterns at key intersections around the BHS/RAL campus and the McKelvie Intermediate School.

Developmental Asset Survey
We are administering the Developmental Asset Survey (DAP) to students during the week of May 23rd. This survey is anonymous and optional, and the purpose of the survey is to collect information about the positive developmental assets that support successful learners in school. The survey does not ask any questions about risky behaviors. For more information about our administering of the DAP survey, please click here. For a copy of the full survey, please click here. To complete an opt-out form for your child, please click here.

Book Buzz

Lauren from 7 North:

The book Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys has four main characters, all with different ethnicities, all coping with the dangers of WWII.  This is based on a true story: the sinking of the ship, Wilhelm Gustloff.  What's amazing is this ship was filled with mostly children--9,000 of them seeking safety from the war.  The characters are Joana, Emilia, Florian, and Amelia.  Each chapter is told in their voice.  Ruta Sepetys hooked me with every word and connected all these characters over the course of a great story.  I also loved Ruta Sepetys' book BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY and that's why I read this.  It is great page to page, chapter to chapter, word to word.  The action is incredible and to know it is based on a true event is amazing."

Taylor C. from 7 West:

I read Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  I usually don't like this format (free verse) but this book is so great because the story in it is so great.  Kwame Alexander is an amazing writer and I felt like I was in the story too as a character.  It's the voice of two brothers, twins, who are obsessed with basketball.  But their family life is so important to them, we learn all about their mom and dad.  It is a fast read and a great read.  today I'm taking out Kwame Alexander's next free verse book called BOOKED and I can't wait to read that one!

BHS Fall Sports Sign-ups
Attention all 8th grade students interested in fall sports at Bedford High School. There will be sports signups held at Lurgio on Friday, June 3rd 3:00PM. All students will be finished with signups by dismissal, and no special plans for student transportation need to be arranged. Please click here for a list of sports and sign-up room locations.

Shoes, Bags & Belts!
Bedford Destination Imagination is 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.

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
As summer approaches consider spending time exploring career and/or college ideas with your kids.  Whether you go on a road trip, or check out options online, consider starting having fun planting the seeds now.   Click here for this week's article focusing on the asset "Commitment to Learning".

McKelvie’s Third Annual Staff Basketball Game
Lurgio students!  McKelvie's Third-Annual Staff Basketball Game is taking place next Friday, May 13 at Bedford High School! Doors open at 5:30, game starts at 6:30.  Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family and all proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Come cheer on your former teachers and support a great cause!

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:

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 Chromebooks 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.   

PTG Corner
It is that time of year again when we begin talking about the end of the school year.  There will be more opportunities to volunteer this year including the 8th grade feast and the 8th grade field trip to Canobie Lake.  Those opportunities will be coming up after Memorial Day so watch for our sign ups!

Our last Books for Breakfast Cafe is Friday, May 20th and we need your help.  If you are able, please consider bringing in some treats for the students to enjoy while they meet and share their love for reading.

Please save the date for two upcoming community events:

The PTG is proud to bring back Michael Nerney, internationally known lecturer and adolescent risk behavior specialist, at the BHS theater on June 1st at 6:30 for his presentation for parents: “Risky Business, Why Adolescents Love Risk-taking and How We Can Help Manage it”.

On Thursday, June 2nd the PTG will be hosting Superintendent Chip McGee and School Board Chairperson Bill Kassler for a “Year in Review” at BCTV, 9:30 - 10:30a.m.. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. We will be accepting questions via email at

STAND BY ME - Friday, May 20th -NEXT FRIDAY!
TO ALL 7TH GRADE PARENTS: Please note that our annual Stand By Me event is NEXT FRIDAY, May 20th.  BOTH parents and students will receive their course information on the day of the event. Parents will receive it at registration and students will receive theirs at school as they board the buses to SNHU.