Notes from the Superintendent’s Update – Friday, Jan. 19

This is a portion of the Superintendent’s Update by Superintendent Cliff Chuang mailed to Bedford Public School community on Friday, January 19. Please find this week’s full issue of Superintendent’s Update and back issues at bedfordps.org.

Cliff’s Notes

Dear Bedford Public Schools Community,

As we endure the first real cold and snowy stretch this winter together, I invite you to participate (in-person or virtually) in the FY25 public budget hearing scheduled for the school committee meeting on January 23rd, either in-person or from the comfort of your home via Zoom. This budget represents an investment in the next stage of growth for our school system.

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

Upcoming Events

School Committee Meeting Recap and Update

The School Committee met on Tuesday January 16th (fully remotely due to the weather) to approve a new transportation contract and discuss updates to the proposed FY25 budget.

The next School Committee meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm in the Select Board Room at Town Hall and via Zoom Webinar. At this meeting they will conduct the FY25 Open Budget Hearing, discuss and vote on a final FY25 budget, discuss (and likely vote on) the FY25 BHS program of studies, and hear an update related to our literacy transition.

Full supporting materials can be found here: School Committee – Meeting Schedule & Supporting Documents. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

50 Years of METCO Celebration

February 8, 2024 from 6:30-9:00 pm

Join the Bedford METCO program & the Parents Diversity Council for soul food and spoken word performances for a 50 Years of METCO Celebration on February 8th from 6:30-9:00pm at the Bedford High School Cafeteria.

Dollars for Scholars Trivia Night!

Register NOW for the CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars IN- PERSON Trivia Night Sat Feb 10 7-10 pm at the Bedford American Legion.

Get your team ready and join us for some Trivia Fun, Cash Bar, and Raffles on Saturday Feb 10! The CSF Dollars for Scholars Trivia event will be held IN PERSON this year, brought to you by Sporcle Trivia. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the Trivia kicking off at 7pm. Teams of 6-10 players (maximum of 10 players per team), $300 per team*. The maximum attendance is 15 teams, so RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams. Proceeds go to support scholarships for Bedford/Hanscom graduates who plan to continue their education. Team Captains please register your team HERE, or visit our website: http://www.bedfordma.dollarsforscholars.org

If you are a group of 2-5 who would like to participate and would enjoy making new friends by being placed on a Trivia team, please contact Tara Goss at [email protected].

Presentation and Q&A with Catherine Steiner-Adair

Presenter: Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect

Date: Monday, February 12th

Time: 6:30pm

Where: BHS auditorium

The presentation with Q&A will run approximately 90 minutes.

School Newsletter Links

In an effort to support communication, here are the links the most recent newsletters from each school and our special education department.

Lt. Eleazer Davis Elementary School – Scribbles – January 16, 2024
Lt. Job Lane Elementary School – Lane Notes – Week of January 15, 2024
John Glenn Middle School – Buccaneer News Vol. #20 – January 15, 2024
Bedford High School – The Bedford Buccaneer – January 16, 2024
Special Education Director’s Update – January 2024

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