Notes from the Superintendent’s Update – Friday, March 22

This is a portion of the Superintendent’s Update by Superintendent Cliff Chuang mailed to Bedford Public School community on Friday, March 22. 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,

The talents of BPS’ young artists were on full display over the past week at the regional high school art exhibit, the Addams Family Musical, and in vertical band and orchestra concerts (a logistical and musical feat to pull off with hundreds of musicians in the JGMS gym). Many thanks to our visual and performing art team for their stewardship of young talent. This investment in the arts is part of Bedford’s educational commitment as outlined in my Report of Entry Plan findings. I will present these findings at the upcoming school committee meeting (see below) to kick off the strategic planning process (the Strategic Planning Survey #1 remains open for just a bit longer), with more details to come. And in case you missed it, please enjoy the accompany music video, Both Sides Now.

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

Upcoming Events

March: Women’s History Month
March 1-29: Minute Madness – A Reading Competition Between Libraries
March 10-April 9: Ramadan
March 23: 22nd Annual Women of Science Scholarship Competition @JGMS
March 23: Purim
March 25: Holi
March 26: School Committee Meeting
March 31: Easter Sunday
March 31: Transgender Day of Visibility

School Committee Meeting Update

The next School Committee meeting is Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00pm at the Select Board Room at Town Hall and via Zoom Webinar, which will include a formal presentation of Superintendent Chuang’s Report of Entry Plan findings.

Please note – in the event that Town Meeting is continued to Tuesday, the School Committee meeting will be moved to Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00pm.

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

March 23: Women of Science Competition Volunteers & Lane Kids Sharing Science

Bedford Public Schools is proud to host the 22nd Annual Women of Science Scholarship Competition on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at John Glenn Middle School. This year’s theme is Women Moving Mountains. Each year we try to provide a positive input to committing more women to engage in STEM fields. This scholarship competition is brought to you with the help of our sponsors: the University of Massachusetts Lowell, MilliporeSigma, Sanofi, the Bedford Education Association, and the Bedford Public School. The day consists of 4 events: a pre-build engineering event, a mystery event requiring students to problem solve as a team in the moment, a trivia contest where questions range from various interpretations of “Women Moving Mountains”, and an Anything Goes event consisting of ten stations that challenge students to apply their skills in science. The day celebrates Women of Science and helps spawn interest in the STEM fields. Over a casual lunch, teams meet with women currently working in STEM fields who share their personal experiences with the students. Scholarships are awarded to the overall winning teams. Last year, the top four teams earned scholarships.

We encourage you to visit our website for more information or to register as a volunteer: BPS Women of Science Competition.

We are also continuing to share Every Rock Has a Story, a YouTube series by Ethan Baxter, a geology professor at Boston College, who came to visit the fourth grade at Lane to teach about the stories of rocks. This final video features Caiden (pictured above) at 0:27 and 11:06 in this video.


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 – March 19, 2024
Lt. Job Lane Elementary School – Lane Notes – Week of March 18, 2024
John Glenn Middle School – Buccaneer News Vol. #28 – March 18, 2024
Bedford High School – The Bedford Buccaneer – March 18, 2024
Special Education Director’s Update – March 2024
JGMS Student Newspaper: The John Glenn Journal – Spring Edition 2024
BHS Student Newspaper: The Lookout Student Newspaper – February 2024

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