Notes from the Superintendent’s Update – Friday, May 17

This is a portion of the Superintendent’s Update by Superintendent Cliff Chuang mailed to Bedford Public School community on Friday, May 17. Please find this week’s full issue of Superintendent’s Update and back issues at bedfordps.org.

Cliff’s Notes

Davis School kindergarten challenge creation. Courtesy Image

Dear Bedford Public Schools Community,

As this week draws to a close, so does the year for our BHS seniors. As we say congratulations and farewell to our seniors, I encourage everyone to take some time to celebrate the growth and learning of all of our students (and staff!) as we spring toward the finish line and enjoy end-of-year events. (Pictured: the challenge creation of a Davis School kindergartner). Meanwhile, we continue to manage continuing pressures for the FY25 budget; however, we are committed to pursuing key education priorities and preserving what makes Bedford unique and appreciate the community’s support as we work together to strategically navigate the challenges ahead.

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

Upcoming Events

May: Asian American & Pacific IslanderJewish American, Mental Health Awareness, and National Speech-Language-Hearing Month.
May 27:  NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
May 28: 6 to 8 p.m. – Parents Diversity Council presents children’s author Mitali Perkins at Davis Cafeteria
May 28: 7 p.m. – School Committee Meeting @ HAFB
June 6: 6:15 p.m. – BHS Graduation, Tsongas Center
June 6-7: Class of 2024 All Night Graduation Celebration
June 17 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Parents Diversity Council Author Visit with Author Mitali Perkins

Tuesday, May 28th | 6 to 8 p.m.
Davis School Cafeteria


Noted children’s author Mitali Perkins (who writes books for pre-K through teens) will be visiting Bedford Schools and making a special evening appearance open to the public, sharing excerpts from her latest books. Books will be available for sale at the event and can be signed. The event is open to all, children welcome. For questions, contact [email protected]

School Committee Meeting Update

At the School Committee meeting on May 14, members heard an update about the expansion of Algebra opportunities and support for eighth graders and an update on the FY25 budget. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at Hanscom AFB and via Zoom. Full supporting materials can always be found at School Committee – Meeting Schedule & Supporting Documents.

Congrats to Lane School’s Jennifer Ferrari, 2025 Teacher of the Year Finalist!

Congratulations to Jennifer Ferrari – Visual Arts, Lt. Job Lane Elementary School for being announced as a finalist for 2025 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

The 2025 Teacher of the year will be announced this fall.

‘Faces of Bedford’ Series of Video Interviews

We are happy to share a new series of profiles called Faces of Bedford prepared by volunteers from Bedford Embraces Diversity with technical support from Bedford TV, featuring members of our diverse community, many with connections to the Bedford Public Schools.

This week, in recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we meet the Sheth family. Lynn and Rav have been married for almost 26 years and have been Bedford residents for almost 10 years. Rav was born in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in India with his grandparents from the age of 1-to-3 years old. His parents maintained a traditional Indian household when Rev was growing up.

To learn more, please view the video below.

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 – May 14, 2024
Lt. Job Lane Elementary School – Lane Notes – Week of May 13, 2024
John Glenn Middle School – Buccaneer News Vol. #35 – May 13, 2024
Bedford High School – The Bedford Buccaneer – May 13, 2024
Special Education Director’s Update – May 2024
Assistant Superintendent’s Blog – April 2024
JGMS Student Newspaper: The John Glenn Journal – Spring Edition 2024
BHS Student Newspaper: The Lookout Student Newspaper – February 2024
BHS Library Newsletter – Spring 2024

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