CPS Superintendent's Update

PERSEVERANCE * RESPECT * INTEGRITY * DEDICATION * EMPATHY

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Superintendent's Update - 6.11.2021

Dear CPS Community,


The 2020/21 school year is coming to an end next week, and students and teachers are completing this incredible year with celebrations and many fun events that will create lasting memories for years to come. It is wonderful to see the excitement this time of year brings when end-of-year announcement e-mails are sent, and everyone is working hard to make events as special as possible for our students. No one is letting the obstacles of this school year take away from these wonderful events that culminate the entire school year and years of service for many of our staff. Please enjoy the pictures below of all the great events occurring in the schools. I want to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to all the CPS staff, students, and parents who came together to make the best of a unique, ever-changing, and challenging school year. The hybrid and remote learning models adopted were not easy for any of us. We would not have been as successful if it were not for the collective efforts and cooperation of all involved. Thank you!


As the transition to summer begins, I know that next year's school opening is on everyone’s mind, including if there will be any accommodations or considerations made for students, staff, and families as we return to a more traditional school year. Over the summer months, I will be sending updates to you on protocols and procedures we will be adopting for the fall, given guidance from various state agencies. At this time, we know all school districts across the Commonwealth will be returning to full-time, in-person learning five days a week. All state and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) distancing requirements implemented this past school year will be lifted. This guidance allows the school administration to plan and prepare for the fall reopening of schools; we will endeavor to return to a sense of normalcy as we create classroom rosters, student schedules, and design programming for all students. I am committed to keeping the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making.


As you begin to make the transition to summer with your child(ren), please refer to the curriculum newsletter which contains grade-level activities to help students remain connected and engaged with learning during the summer months. The resources provide many ways students may engage in learning in fun, exciting ways. Keeping students engaged in the learning process maintains skills and helps with the transition back to school in the fall. We encourage you to work with your child(ren) this summer to help reinforce the importance of learning.


I would like to congratulate the entire CPS Community on your dedication and perseverance this past school year. It was a monumental task, and your patience, resolve, and support throughout the process were truly appreciated. Our success lies in the caring, committed, and dedicated CPS staff members who went above and beyond to maintain relationships with students and advance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you!


I wish you the happiest and most enjoyable summer vacation. This is the final superintendent’s weekly newsletter of the 2020/21 school year. As previously stated, I will be sending updates from time to time over the summer months and will keep you informed of decisions and plans for the fall reopening of school. I look forward to connecting with you again in the 2021/22 school year. Be safe and have a happy, healthy summer break.


Yours truly,


Jay Lang, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

CPS District Dashboard Document

The district dashboard document represents the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving students and staff in the Chelmsford Public Schools during the reporting period specified. This information is reported to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the aggregate, however, this dashboard document lists cases by the school in the table provided.

June 10th District Dashboard

Juneteenth - Saturday June 19, 2021

Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s. On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

Read Aloud Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth for Mazie

World Language Trips and Opportunities

There is still room in our student travel opportunities at CHS. Please see the student travel trip to Costa Rica and service-learning opportunity to Puerto Rico for spring 2022. Please see the informational brochures below for each of these wonderful opportunities.


Costa Rica Information

Contact: Jess Nollet at nolletj@chelmsford.k12.ma.us


Puerto Rico Information

Contact: Chrissy Gill at gillc@chelmsford.k12.ma.us

2021-2022 Bus Registration

The 2021-2022 Bus Registration is open. Please be sure to register each child that will be riding the bus for next school year. For information on how to register your child(ren) for the bus, please visit our website for step-by-step instructions.

CPS Summer Learning Resources

High School Summer Required Work

Welcome to the Chelmsford Public Schools Summer Required Work for students in AP or Honors classes at CHS next year. Please use the following link to find your summer work assignments in English, mathematics, science, history and social sciences.

Suggested Summer Reading Gr. 5-12

Summer is a great time to pick up a book and read for fun. If you are looking for suggestions, please visit our website for a list of great titles for students in grades 5-12 to choose from a list of suggested readings.

Chelmsford Public Library Reading Challenge

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge hosted online! Visit our Beanstack website to participate by clicking the link below, or download the free Beanstack Tracker app on the iOS App Store or Google Play (and then search Chelmsford Public Library) to register yourself or your family and log your reading! For more information, please visit the Chelmsford Public Library Website.

CHS Class of 2021 Commencement Replay

CHS Graduation: Class of 2021 - June 5, 2021

Parker Middle School Grs. 6-8 Students Orchestra Prepare for Final Concert

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7th Annual Parker Classic

Last week, over forty 7th and 8th grade students participated in the 7th Annual Parker Classic Floor Hockey Tournament. Since the gymnasium is currently being used for lunches and storage, the students played some old-school street hockey in the back parking lot. Congratulations to The Bruins for taking this year's title & congratulations to all students who participated!

CHIPS Preschool Room 7 Remote Students Digital Bulletin Board

CHIPS Preschool Field Day

CHIPS Preschool "Touch A Truck" Event

Art Expression at Lions PRIDE Preschool

"V" is for Vacation in Kindergarten at Harrington Elementary

Byam Elementary Gr. 4 Outdoor Math Measurement Fun!

P.E. Fit Fest Fun at South Row Elementary

South Row Elementary Remote Student Fun Day!

"Fun with Fundraising" for the Center Elementary Playground

From McCarthy Middle School "Lobby Band" to "Lawn Band"

Announcements and Events

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DESE - COVID-19 Resource

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the first of weekly updates to their website on the number of positive COVID -19 cases reported by school districts, charter schools, and collaboratives, and approved special education schools statewide. This report may be accessed on DESE's COVID-19 web page.

MA DPH - COVID-19 Reporting

The Department of Public Health (DPH) releases weekly, color-coded health metrics for all municipalities in the Commonwealth. With each weekly update of the color-coded health metrics.

CPS Health Protocols

Please review the CPS safety protocols provided by our Nursing Department in collaboration with the Chelmsford Board of Health. CPS Health Protocols
https://interface.williamjames.edu/

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.