CPS Superintendent's Update


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Superintendent's Update - 3.11.2022

Dear CPS Community,

Although it doesn’t seem like it with the weather we have been experiencing, spring is right around the corner and due to arrive on March 20th. With the pending change to the spring season from winter comes another change – to “spring forward” our clocks. This Sunday, March 13th marks the annual daylight savings ritual of moving our clocks ahead one hour. This annual event dates to as early as 1908 in Canada and then was adopted in the US on March 19, 1918, to save energy and get the most out of our natural daylight. Though, I look forward to the brighter evening hours, the adjustment and losing an hour of sleep this weekend is a tough one this time of year. Be sure that you take the time to set all your clocks ahead an hour this Sunday – I don’t want you to be late for school on Monday. This change will allow for some much-needed outdoor time later in the evening this spring.

On a positive note, since the height of the Omicron surge during the winter break and into early January, our positive COVID-19 cases have steadily declined each week. The number of positive cases after the February break, coinciding with our transition to mask optional for students and staff, has decreased for the past two weeks. Also encouraging is the surveillance data from our weekly pool testing initiative positivity rates. Positive pool test results have continued to decline each week as well. With the decrease in the number of positive cases, we are getting back to a sense of normalcy in our schools and community at large. We do however need to be mindful the virus is still present, and we must maintain the mitigation strategies in place to keep our learning environment safe. These strategies include weekly at-home rapid antigen testing, participating in our weekly pool testing initiative, staying home if not feeling well, following isolation and quarantine protocols as required, and practicing good hand hygiene. We continue to strongly recommend individuals get vaccinated and, if eligible, receive the booster to prevent severe illness and to reach a collective state of immunity. Please refer to our COVID-19 and Pool Testing Dashboards for up-to-date numbers for our school community.

I wish you a wonderful weekend and a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” for those of you celebrating. Stay safe.

Yours truly,

Jay Lang, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Upcoming Events

Next week:
  • View complete athletics schedules here

  • Daylight Savings, 3/13, 2:00 a.m.

  • Pi Day, 3/14, All Day

  • CHS Career Exploration Breakfast, 3/15, 8:30 a.m.

  • School Committee Meeting, 3/15, 6:00 p.m.

  • Byam Paint Night, 3/15, 5:15 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

  • St. Patricks's Day, 3/17, All Day

  • Choralfest, 3/19, 1:30 p.m.

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"Happy St. Patrick's Day!" from Lions' PRIDE Preschool

Last Call...Parker Middle School Presents - The Little Mermaid Jr.

The Parker Drama Club will perform three shows including:

  • Friday, March 11th at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12th at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12th at 7 p.m.

Get your tickets here: Purchase Tickets

South Row's Virtual Science Fair

South Row Elementary School Virtual Science Fair 21 22 V2

March 11 is the 3rd Annual International SEL Day

Today, March 11 is the 3rd Annual International SEL Day. Here are some videos and activities to use with your children.

Artists and Musicians Spirit Day at Center Elementary

CPS 11th Annual Choralfest Grs. 4-11

On Saturday, March 19, the Fine and Performing Arts Department will host our 11th annual grade 4-12 CHORALFEST! This event falls during the National Association for Music Education's Music in Our Schools Month, as music educators and music students celebrate music education in our school communities. While the impact of the global pandemic continues to challenge educators and students, the impact of music education is evident in how its social-emotional benefits have empowered students and brought joy to their communities, and CHORALFEST is a great example of the power of music in bringing our community together! Grade 4 students were nominated by their music teachers to be part of this year's CHORALFEST. On March 19, participating grade 4 students will spend the day with CPS music faculty at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center to make connections with students from other schools as they explore music. The day will culminate with a free concert at 1:30 featuring the grade 4 students, as well as choral ensembles from the middle and high school levels. This is a special opportunity for our younger students to sample an authentic middle-school style concert, to make friends from around the district, and to perform with students from the middle and high school levels. All are welcome to join us for the concert at 1:30 at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center - no tickets required!

Stay Tuned CPS Feature on WBZ - "Pi Day"

Monday 3/14 is officially Pi Day! Stay tuned to WBZ on Monday where CPS will be featured with news report Levan Reid and CPS mathematics department coordinator, Dr. Matthew Beyranevand to highlight this once-a-year event. To learn more about the Value of Pi from some of our former and current CPS students, please see the video below.

What Is The Value of Pi

What is the value of Pi? (What does the fox say)

Harrington School Graduate and Eagle Scout Candidate Creates Sensory Path for Students

Sarah O'Meara, an Eagle Scout Candidate from Troop 919, a Chelmsford resident, and a Harrington School graduate's Eagle project goal was to give back to the community by benefiting the Harrington Elementary School students with a Sensory Walk - a series of floor decals and wall images/decals utilized in guiding the students through fun movements. It allows students to work off excess energy, develop motor skills, and can offer a brain break from academics. Harrington's Sensory walk is a permanent installation 30' in length that can be found going down the Kindergarten/Library hallway and back.

Harrington Elementary Sensory Path Demonstration

Harrington Sensory Pathway

"Chelmsford Tonight" Highlights Harrington Elementary Custodian Nico Trujillo

Chelmsford TONIGHT: Nico Trujillo

Chelmsford High School Graduate's Project for Diverse Reading

For her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Ward, a 2021 Chelmsford High School graduate, and a Clark University freshman, launched both a virtual and physical collection to provide more diverse perspectives through reading. Jenna's created a virtual and physical collection of books and other reading materials to foster diverse ideas and perspectives for students. Jenna's efforts, dubbed the Gold Book Project, earned her a Girl Scout Goal Award. To read more about Jenna and her project, please use the following link. https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/eagle-independent/2022/03/04/there-books-changed-way-see-world-chelmsford-high-school-grad-aims-increase-diversity-among-school-r/9342537002/

CHS’ The Crescendos, The Thursdays Gear Up for ICHSA Northeast Region Semifinal

Chelmsford High School A Cappella The Crescendos and The Thursdays each qualified for the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Northeast Semifinal round, slated for Saturday, Mar. 12 (3 p.m.) at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The appearance will mark the third straight year that both CHS A Cappella groups have qualified for the semifinal. The Thursdays have qualified the last seven years while the Crescendos have made the semifinal round three straight years. They are two of eight A Cappella groups in the Northeast gearing for a bid to the ICHSA championship Apr. 22-23 at the Town Hall Theater in New York City. To read more about these two groups, please visit our website.

2022 MAEA Youth Art Month SlideShow

Lions' PRIDE January Students of the Month Video

Lions Pride: CHS Students Students of the Month - January, 2022

Family Resources to Discuss Ukraine Events with Children

Children are bound to have many questions about the history between the two countries and how the clash may affect the rest of the world. Young people have access to more news streams than ever, and many are concerned. Below are resources for families on how to have discussions about this event.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

San Diego County Office of Education


Education Week

Paper - Free Online Tutoring for CPS Students

Welcome back CHS students! As you shift from vacation to study mode remember you have your own tutoring service in Paper Learning. Live editing, solutions to math problems, AND MORE are a mere live chat away! Log on to Paper through your student CLEVER account. To learn more about PAPER, please visit our website.
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Past Superintendent Newsletters

Please find Dr. Lang's previous updates on our website.

CPS Employment Opportunities

The Chelmsford Public Schools utilizes School Spring to advertise job postings and the online application process. To apply for any of our positions, please visit our website.



The mission of the Chelmsford Public Schools is to educate, engage, prepare, and empower well-rounded and knowledgeable learners who PERSEVERE through challenges, demonstrate RESPECT and INTEGRITY in their words and actions, are DEDICATED to their community, and display EMPATHY as global citizens while discovering and pursuing their full potential.