Friday, May 20, 2016

Lurgio News for May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

Dear Parents,

Science NECAP, Early Dismissal Drill, and Stand by Me, oh my! We certainly had quite a week at Lurgio. As we race to the finish over the next four weeks, I am constantly reminded of the dedication of our students, the professionalism of our staff, and the support of our community. I feel truly fortunate to be the principal of such a terrific school.



Important Dates

May 20 (Friday)
Final All-school Dance
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 the entire Lurgio student body. As you all know, we had an early dismissal on Thursday in the midst of an emergent situation. And while there was never any real danger to students, these events themselves had the potential of creating stress and anxiety among our students. Our students met this stressful and anxious situation with a poise and calm that far exceeds their years. Way to go Lions!

1:1 Initiative & Student Agendas
As you probably know, Lurgio will be going 1:1 with Chromebooks for students. We will be working with students in the 1:1 environment on managing their daily lives and due dates using the Google productivity suite. However, we recognize that some students will be more comfortable using a paper agenda planner to stay organized, particularly in the first year of the 1:1 initiative. Therefore, we will be ordering agendas for any student who wants one for next. Orders will be placed on a prepayment basis, and we will be accepting payments May 31-June 3. We will have specific information about price as soon our final quotes come in from the agenda companies, but these student agendas have typically cost around $2. Please be on the lookout for more information in the Lurgio News next week.

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

The following Book Buzz is from a happy anonymous Books for Breakfast participant:
Why not kick off summer with a hilarious book?  Check out The Last Boy at St. Edith's by Lee G. Malone. Seventh grader Jeremy Miner's mom works at an academy that had more girls than boys in their experiment with co-education. Slowly but surely, the boys changed schools until Jeremy was the last boy at St. Edith's. This is a huge problem. He decides that getting expelled by playing hilarious pranks is his ticket out. As you can expect, the silly pranks backfire and Jeremy's problems get even bigger. This is a fun book to read!

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.

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".

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
Today we celebrated our last Books for Breakfast Cafe for the school year. Thank you to those parents who volunteered to bring in special treats each month. Students enjoyed meeting to discuss their love for literacy while enjoying a special treat.
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 2016
Thank you for taking the time to come and participate in our annual Stand By Me event today. We hope that you all enjoyed spending special time with your child. We want to thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the evaluation forms in each of your sessions. Your feedback is so very important and we do take your feedback very seriously when planning our event each year. If you have any additional feedback to share, please contact our Co-Chairs Lisa Nash at: or Shana Potvin at: Thank you to all those who volunteered their time to make our event a success.