Friday, May 26, 2017

Lurgio News for May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

Dear Parents,

I am very proud to share the tremendous accomplishments of a few Lurgio students. Abhinav Govindaraju of pod 7-West placed 10th at the National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society and is designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. The National Geographic Bee involves students from 10,000 schools across the United States.

Eighth graders Matt Flanagan and Olivia Archard were honored at the Eighteenth Annual Scholar Leader Awards Banquet. The students were presented with an award whose criteria included demonstrating academic initiative and scholarship, providing service to classmates and school, exemplifying positive attitudes and demonstrating leadership in the classroom and school activities.

I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to Abhinav, Matt, and Olivia for their outstanding accomplishments. Through their hard work and outstanding character, these students exemplify what it means to have the heart of a lion.
Ed Joyce
Olivia Archard & Matt Flanagan
Abhinav Govindaraju (front row, far right)

Important Dates

May 29 (Monday)
No School - Memorial Day
May 30 (Tuesday)
2017 BHS Fall Sports Sign-Ups - 2:45PM - Various Classrooms
May 30 (Tuesday)
Spring Concert - 7PM - BHS Theater
June 2 (Friday)
8th Grade Dance 6PM-9PM
June 7 (Wednesday)
8th Grade Awards Night - BHS Theater
June 14 (Wednesday)
8th Grade Canobie Lake Trip (8th Grade)
June 16 (Friday)
Rain date - Canobie Lake Trip (8th Grade)
June 19 (Monday)
Last Day of School

Attention 8th Grade Parents: BHS Fall Sports Info

Please click [HERE] for information regarding the 2017 fall sports season at Bedford High School.

8th Grade Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search Participants

If your 8th grader participated in the Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search as either a 7th or 8th grader AND was invited to a Johns Hopkins awards ceremony for achieving high honor scores, please e-mail Mrs. Rockwell at  We like to recognize this accomplishment at the 8th grade awards night and we don’t want to miss anyone!

Senior Project for Shaye Wiley:
Looking to take a makeup class? Looking to practice your makeup for the upcoming 8th grade dance? Sign up in the Main Office or tome to Shaye Wiley's Senior Project, next Tuesday, May 30! Room 114 in Bedford High School! Right after school 3:30-4:30! Bring any makeup you have and ideas you want to practice! Any questions you can contact Shaye at 603-913-4365!

Book Buzz
Be sure to see the summer reading ideas on the RAL Media Center website! Today, our Scrabble-Playing Book for Breakfast Participants were buzzing about Torn Away by Jennifer Brown:

This  amazing book is about how a tornado devastates a town, a neighborhood, a family and a daughter. Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with relatives she hardly knows -- family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

If your child is having issues with their chromebook, please have them come and see us in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center and Mrs. Dennis or Mrs. Manley will help to resolve their issue.  Students whose chromebooks are out being repaired should check their school email for updates on the status of any repairs.

PTG ColorBlast 5K Registration is OPEN
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open! Register today and mark your calendar, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00am, for a super-fun, family event! Not a runner? That’s OK. You can walk, skip, hop, twirl, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus. Be sure to wear white for maximum color effect (you will be blasted with food safe colorful powder). All funds raised from this event will go back into our schools!
We are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this great event. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering, please contact us at, or for more information please visit This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.

Follow @RALathletics on Twitter
Follow @RALathletics on Twitter for updates and results regarding Lurgio Athletics #lurgiolions

Custom Lurgio Wear Available
Did you know that you can order custom Lurgio wear in our new school colors? Check out the BedfordWear website to see all they have to choose from.

Guidance Corner
Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC, RAL Guidance Counselor, posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website. This week she focuses on School Boundaries. Click here to learn ways you can help instill this important asset.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.

Claudette Stone, RAL Behavior Specialist, posts helpful information about executive functioning skills, which are developmental, meaning that each of these skills develop with age, and not on a set schedule. Just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, it is normal for our brains to learn to organize, inhibit, and plan at different times.  More information can be found at Mrs. Stone's Website--Executive Functioning Skills

Jack Slatoff Ph.D. is a retired clinical child psychologist with over 55 years of practice in southern New Hampshire.  Specializing in therapy for adolescents and consultation with their parents, Dr. Slatoff has been a psychological consultant for the Bedford School District for 35 years.  He continues to consult weekly at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, and he now writes a weekly column for our news: Ask Dr. Jack [LINK].

Bicycle Rodeo - June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00
The Bedford Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Bicycle Rodeo on June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00 in the parking lot of the Bedford Mall. Police and Fire Department personnel will be on hand to provide bicycle and motorcycle demonstrations while educating participants about bicycle safety.

UPDATED 2017-2018 School Calendar
There is one change in the calendar and the updated 2017/18 calendar is now attached 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

BHS Summer Course Registration
If you elected to take one of the Summer In Writing courses (Enrichment or Hybrid Enrichment), please register for summer school! This is the second step of registration, after selecting a summer course during course selection in February. Course dates, times, payment information, and the online registration form can be found here.

Registration for BASE Camp (a week-long orientation program at BHS) is also live. This summer, BASE Camp will be the week of 7/31-8/4. Please visit the BASE Camp website for more information.