Superintendent Update – October 27, 2023

Superintendent Chuang’s update to the Bedford Public Schools community sent on October 27, 2023.

Dear Bedford Public School Community,

Please click here to read today’s Superintendent Update or you may view a “text only” version below:

Cliff’s Notes

This week, I got the chance to get to the know the JGMS community a bit better. Last Friday, I chaperoned the hopping JGMS Fall Social. On Tuesday, I spoke to several JGMS (and other parents) at the final Trail Walk & Talk. On Thursday, I met the JGMS School Council. And the highlight of the week was chaperoning the first day and night of the annual 6th grade field trip to Nature’s Classroom. It was wonderful to get to know some JGMS educators better, and to learn the unique personalities of 34 energetic 6th grade boys in the Sycamore Cabin. Please enjoy the sounds of analog fun (unplugged, with no technology!) from Sycamore cabin via this 8-second audio postcard. Be glad that I am unable to share the smells!

Sincerely,
Cliff Chuang 莊 宏 毅
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools

Another Update on these Updates

Thanks to those who shared feedback on the format of this update. By popular demand, I will be sticking with this new format for now, which provides for full translation and easier navigation on all devices. However, we will also plan to include a text-only version in the body of the email we send each week when the update is first published while we continue to problem-solve whether we can have the full formatting within the body of an email message and maintain an accurate email directory for all families. We also received feedback about receiving too much email from the school district, especially from parents who have multiple children. It is not practical to centralize all communications from classroom teachers, schools, and the district (this would severely impede the ability of teachers and administrators to communicate to targeted audiences), but I will attempt to be strategic about any redundancies as much as possible. Also, please remember that you can unsubscribe from receiving various messages from the district (or just delete unwanted messages).

Upcoming Events

FINAL REMINDER: Military Impact Aid Survey – CLOSES OCTOBER 31st! 

Please watch your email for reminders from DOCUSign to fill out and sign this survey. And help secure significant federal resources to support our schools! More information here.

At its Tue., Oct. 24 meeting, the School Committee hear and discussed:

  • Public comment from members of the community about the district’s approach to literacy instruction.
  • 2023 MCAS and state accountability results, presented by Assistant Superintendent Tricia Clifford.
  • Plans to honor Irene Parker, the district’s longest-serving METCO Director, presented by METCO/DEI Director Akil Mondesir.
  • An overview of the FY2025 budget process, presented by Finance Director Julie Kirrane.

Full supporting materials can be found at https://www.bedfordps.org/district/school-committee/pages/meeting-schedule-supporting-documents. I expect to share more about each of these items in coming meetings.

Reminders

FINAL REMINDER: Military Impact Aid Survey – Closes October 31st! 

Please watch your email for reminders from DOCUSign to fill out and sign this survey. And help secure significant federal resources to support our schools! More information here.

2023 Women of Science Competition

A reminder that each spring Bedford High School hosts the Women of Science Scholarship Competition. This year we are looking to develop new community partnerships with local science and technology companies. If you work in a technology-/science-related field and feel that your company would be a good fit as a corporate sponsor please reach out to us at: [email protected] or [email protected]

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