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On November 18, a team of four Bishop Brady students participated in the TRAC (Transportation and Civil Engineering) Bridge Building Competition at NHTI, hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The contest featured teams with excellent designs from all of the nine participating schools, but Bishop Brady, in just its second year of competition took first place for strength breaking the competition record that had stood unbroken since 2005 and besting 43 other teams.

Brady's "deck" style bridge weighed in at 643.6 grams (approximately 1.42 lbs.) and held an impressive 328 lbs. for a performance ratio of 231 beating the old record of 223. The team consisted of Aaron Sevendson, Jack Champagne, Hayden Benson and Ziyang (Stewart) Guo. The NH DOT coach and liaison was Bill Saffian.

Under the rules of the Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest, groups of students had to use Popsicle Sticks and hot melt glue to build either a "deck" or "through" style truss bridge to cross a gap of three feet. A through-truss is so named because the truss members are above, below and on either side of the "roadway" surface such that traffic passes "through" the truss. By the rules, the opening to be provided had specific geometric requirements to simulate space for vehicles. A deck-truss places the truss below the "riding" surface and avoids the real world height and width limitations built into the through-truss configuration but adds design complexity. The maximum bridge weight allowed is 750 grams (1.653 lbs). All bridges were judged for their design aesthetics and tested for their strength. During the strength tests, the students used their own body weight on a testing apparatus to load-test and break the bridges they had created.
The competition is part of the TRAC program that promotes the values of math, science, and social studies in education and applies them to real Civil Engineering tasks. The Brady team is looking forward to expanding the team next year and seeing if the can push the record even further.

On Monday, November 10, Brady invited alumni veterans, as well as faculty and those from families of current students, to join for breakfast and a presentation by guest speaker Karl Hanson '82, who serves in the army. Veterans were also all honored during the weekly, school-wide Monday Morning Meeting. The Brady a Capella group sang the Star-Spangled Banner and campus minister, Linda Fairbanks, and students read prayers. The event was sponsored by the Bishop Brady Alumni Association.

Karl Hanson, Bishop Brady Class of '82, speaks to guests during the school's first annual Veterans Breakfast honoring the alumni, faculty and family veterans on Monday, November 10.

The Bishop Brady Parent Organization (BBPO) is holding Bon-Ton Coupon Booklet Fundraiser. Bon-Ton Booklets are loaded with offers that will be available at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the Community Days event on November 14 and 15. Each booklet includes a $10 off coupon that can be used on an item priced at $10 or more, a value worth double the $5 price of the booklet!

There is also a tiered 25% / 20% / 10% off shopping pass. Coupons can be used on top of over 100 Bonus Buys. For every booklet we sell, we keep the entire $5 purchase price. Our goal is to raise $800. The coupons in the booklet can be used at any Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers store, or online for purchases of regular, sale price and clearance items, including 10% off electronics, fashion watches, furniture & mattresses.
100% of the proceeds from the booklet sales will help us. Thanks for your support and happy shopping!
Once purchased, booklets may be picked up at Bishop Brady High School.

Click here to purchase a Bon-Ton Coupon Book.

At the beginning of the school year, you may remember that we announced a program with Target that makes it easy for individuals to support our school. If you have a Target REDcard, Target will donate 1% of what you spend on any item right back to Bishop Brady High School. As of October 22, we have 38 people signed up, meaning that we are only 12 away from our goal of 50 by the holiday season!

If you don't already have a REDcard, you can apply for a Target credit or debit card; both have the same benefits. Please encourage friends and family members to also designate Brady as their school. It's easy to sign up. Simply complete the three fields in the first column titled "Sign me up." Next, enter your name and REDcard number to designate Bishop Brady as your school. Thank you for your support! 

Bishop Brady High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Isaak Elliot as Principal, effective July 1, 2014.

Ms. Elliot holds NH certification with dual endorsements as both Principal and Guidance Director and brings many years of experience in both private and public education. Her public school experience includes serving as an Assistant Principal at Concord High School, Dean of Students at Salem High School and Dean of Instruction at Dover High School. She spent a combined 18 years of service in NH Catholic schools as Director of Counseling and Guidance, teacher, coach and advisor at Trinity, Mount Saint Mary, and Bishop Guertin High Schools. In addition, she has also served on the NEASC Commission on Public Secondary Schools and their Leadership Council since 2008.

Ms. Elliot earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education and Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Notre Dame College.

Following the completion of extensive graduate coursework in School Administration, she became certified as a Principal. She is currently completing her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University.

Please join us in offering prayerful best wishes and a warm welcome to Ms. Elliot.


Upcoming Events

Meet our fall coaching staff November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13 at 6:45pm
Bishop Brady Library
Sports Information Night
Open to all season student athletes and parents
Every winter athlete and at least one parent must attend
Presentations by Dr. William Storo and Dan Serard (Life of an Athlete)

Fall drama production November 14-15, 2014

Bishop Brady Players present
Little Women
November 14 & 15, 6:30pm
Bishop Brady Gymnasium
Tickets: $5 adult, $3 students and seniors

November 27, 2014

Join us at our 16th Annual Galloping Gobbler, held at Bishop Brady. All proceeds benefit the Tuition Assistance Fund.

There is a registration fee of $20, $25 if you would like a t-shirt. Race-day registration is $25; t-shirts are not guaranteed, but if still available upon registration, add $5.

There are three ways to register:

1. Online Registration (not available after 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 25)

2. Complete a paper registration for each runner and mail to Bishop Brady
Click here for Paper Registration Forms/ Release of Liability

3. Race-Day Registration begins at 7:30am on Thursday, November 27.

Suzy's Corner

Currently a beloved science teacher at Brady, Suzy was was born in Buffalo, New York and attended the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She worked in the foundry industry for 11 years, taught as an adjunct at NHTI for six years, and has been happily teaching at Bishop Brady for the past 17 years. Suzy enjoys knitting and making her advisees slice-and-bake cookies. She loves cats, especially her himalayan Wrigley and Hello Kitty.

Sycamore Gardens Project

We are starting a project to grow seedlings for the Sycamore Community Gardens. The Gardens give refugees and low-income families in the Concord area the opportunity to grow their own food. For more information, click here. If you have ideas about growing seedlings or would like to help, please contact me at

Brady Habitat for Humanity Service Trip

Forty-nine students and nine chaperones traveled to Almost Heaven Habitat in Franklin, West Virginia during February break. This was Brady's third year in West Virginia and our fifth Habitat trip overall. Thank you for all of your support in helping make this
trip possible. Watch our video featuring our past trips, It's Almost Heaven:

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