CPS Superintendent's Update
PERSEVERANCE * RESPECT * INTEGRITY * DEDICATION * EMPATHY
Superintendent's Update - 3.25.2022
Dear CPS Community,
Sun is setting later each day, we hit 7:00 p.m. this past Wednesday. The mild temperatures and increased sunlight allow people to enjoy much-needed vitamin D and outdoor time, whether it be going out for a walk or working in the yard. Once warmer weather arrives, we will be well on our way to enjoying the spring season!
As next week closes out March, we will officially have completed our first full month of mask optional in-person learning with almost as much normalcy as in pre-COVID times. Positive COVID cases have remained low; Massachusetts COVID-19 Dashboard is reporting state averages and required testing remain low as well. We will continue to monitor trends in the data for any uptick in cases that would require an adjustment to our practices to ensure we keep our students and staff healthy and safe.
In an effort to provide continued support for our school community, I would like to inform you of a new partnership created to offer additional mental health support for students and families. Chelmsford Public Schools has partnered with Care Solace, a platform that helps students and families connect to mental health and substance abuse support services and solutions. The partnership with Care Solace, which works alongside 4,000 school districts nationwide, is in response to the increasing demand for mental health and addiction solutions and resources. With a confidential phone call, Care Solace professionals find local, regional, and online mental health and substance abuse providers and navigate the hurdles, including insurance, within 15 minutes of the initial call. Care Solace representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached by calling (888) 515-0595. Students and families can also seek resources online by answering a few questions at www.caresolace.com/chelmsford. There is no cost for Care Solace’s services. Please see our website for additional information about this program including a video and family letters - English Spanish.
Please enjoy this week’s pictures and story highlights. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Jay Lang, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
TEDx Chelmsford High School in the PAC, 3/27, 1:30 p.m.
Byam Elementary Hootenanny, 3/26, 6:00 p.m.
Byam Elementary Artist In Residence 3/29, 3/30, 3/31 - All Day
World Autism Awareness Day, 4/2 - All Day
Chelmsford Police New Community Resource Dog
The Chelmsford Police Department will have a new community resource dog who will be working with School Resource Officer Dan Sullivan. School Resource Officer Dan Sullivan has been selected to partner with the puppy, which will help with de-escalation of children in need, provide comfort to children and others who may be experiencing or have experienced trauma, visit schools and community events, assist in search and rescue efforts and more. The puppy is receiving training from Golden Opportunities for Independence in Walpole. Chief James M. Spinney from the Chelmsford Police Department is asking the community to help pick a name for a 10-week-old golden retriever who will soon serve as a community resource dog. Nominations end tonight to pick a new name. For more information, please see the following press release.
Byam Elementary 2nd and 4th Grade Reading Buddies
TEDx Chelmsford High School in the PAC
This Sunday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m., the TED-Ed Club, Chelmsford LIME, and CHS TV Presents: TEDx Chelmsford High School in the PAC. This year, the TED-ED Club explored the theme of "We Can.” Eight talks will explore different ways that students can improve their understanding of community and identity. We should empower one another to better our lives and the world we live in. Please use this link to view our program. We hope that you will join us.
CHS February Student's Of The Month
Six seniors were recently honored as Chelmsford High School named its Lions Pride/Rotary Student of the Month recipients for the month of February, announced CHS Principal Stephen Murray. Seniors Aisling Frugoli and Colin Robinson were named from the Emerson House while Christopher Bartos and Lara Soliman were honored from the Hawthorne House, and Athul Ashok and Vanshika Singh from the Whittier House. To read more about these students, please visit our website.
CHIPS Preschool Visit with Therapy Dogs
Lions' PRIDE Preschoolers Clouds and Rain STEM Activity
Second Grade Wingmasters Visit at South Row Elementary
CHS Alumni Peter Reynolds Raises Money for Ukraine
Chelmsford High School Alumni and award-winning author/illustrator, Peter Reynolds expresses himself through his artwork. And as he watched news of the war in Ukraine, he turned to his art supplies to create something to celebrate peace and hope for those suffering during the war, especially children. He created his Ukrainian Peace Print, posting it online to his fans, who have enjoyed his award-winning children’s books for decades. To learn more about this fundraiser, please see the story from CBS Boston. For more on Peter Reynolds, visit https://www.peterhreynolds.com
Parker PTO Scholarship Application 2022 For CHS Seniors
The Parker Middle School PTO Scholarship is open to any Chelmsford resident high school graduating senior who attended Parker Middle School and will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Please attach a personal letter describing your experiences at the Parker Middle School and how they influenced your high school years. Please return this application, a personal letter, resume, and your transcript by April 22, 2022. Students are responsible for submitting all required forms. The CHS Guidance office will not send transcripts. Any applications submitted without all requested forms will not be considered in the voting process. Applications should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper - Free Online Tutoring for CPS Students
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.
CHELMSFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS MISSION
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.