CPS Superintendent's Update


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Superintendent's Update - 10.8.2021

Dear CPS Community,

We are well on our way into the fall season with comfortable day temperatures and crisp nights, just right for outdoor events and even an evening fire or two! This is one of my favorite seasons, I enjoy attending school sporting events and seasonal activities this time of year brings. Beginning this week, below you will see upcoming school events to celebrate this time of year with many more to come. Please be on the lookout for events from your school principals. Attending school events is a great way to meet other families at the school and an opportunity to get out of the house to enjoy other’s company.

I have posted this week’s COVID-19 and Pool Testing Dashboards to keep you informed of the positive cases occurring in our schools. These data points are extremely helpful in the decision-making process for our schools and allow us to keep in-person learning for students a priority. Our COVID-19 positive cases continue to remain low in our schools, which signals that our mitigation strategies and constant monitoring is a tremendous help to minimize disruptions in learning. I encourage everyone to remain vigilant inside and outside of school with mask wearing, proper hand hygiene, and remind you that you may still sign-up for free weekly COVID-19 Pool Testing at our schools by providing consent for your child(ren).

Last night, we held our first public visioning session to review the Chelmsford Public Schools Districtwide Facilities Master Plan. This session was recorded by Chelmsford Telemedia. Once the link to the session becomes available for viewing, I will send it out for community members to view. Mark your calendars - Our next public session will be Tuesday, November 9th at the Chelmsford Elks, 300 Littleton Road, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. torevisit and work to update the Districtwide Facilities Master Plan. Your attendance and input are important and welcomed.

As a reminder, there is no school this Monday, October 11th. I hope you have a wonderful long weekend.

Yours truly,

Jay Lang, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Upcoming Events

Next week:

School Picture Days:
  • 10/12 McCarthy and Parker Middle Schools
  • 10/12 Community Ed
  • 10/13 Byam and South Row Elementary Schools
  • 10/14 CHIPS
  • 10/14 Center Elementary School
  • 10/15 Harrington Elementary School
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Spring 2021 MCAS Results

Students' in grades 3-8 and HS will receive the Spring 2021 MCAS results in the mail next week. Individual student reports have been generated for any students that took the MCAS last year. Please be on the lookout for reports. Contact your individual schools if you do not receive your student's report.

Rhythm Writing in Mrs. Cooper's South Row Elementary Music Class

‘Officer High Five Day’ At South Row Elementary

Friday, Oct. 1 was "Officer High Five Day" at the South Row School, at which members of the Chelmsford Police Department greeted South Row’s Kindergarten through fourth-grade students as they walked off the bus and made their way to their classrooms. It is an initiative brought upon by first-year Principal Terri Gilbert, one which she hopes to continue each month. To read more about this event, please visit our website.

Lions PRIDE Pre-School NORTH Outside Exploration

CHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, October 3rd, CHS Alumni Association held an induction ceremony for the 2021 Hall of Fame. Attendees included the inductees and a small group of family and friends for each. The ceremony included individual short talks that were recorded and have been posted in a YouTube video on www.chsalumni.org

Congratulations to the inductees that include: Keith Aucoin, 1997; Khara Campbell, 1996; Matthew Ciesluk, 1991; Daniel Curran, 1995 (unable to attend;) Rebecca Friedman, 1998 (also unable to attend;) Terry McSheehy, 1964; Stanley Norkunas, 1964; Jeffery Parks, 1991; and Jen Clancy Petro-Roy, 2000.

Career and College Readiness Facilitator at Chelmsford High School

Alexandra Cunningham, a native of North Andover, Mass., was named the Career and College Readiness Facilitator at Chelmsford High School. Ms. Cunningham comes to Chelmsford after serving as the Young Adult Career Advisor at MassHire’s Lowell office for two years, which followed a three-year stint at the Justice Resource Institute as a Competency Coordinator and Therapeutic Trainer. To read more about Alexandra, please visit our website.

Attention CHS Juniors, Seniors, and Families

Over the next two months, fifteen colleges and universities are scheduled to visit with students at CHS. View our schedule of visiting colleges.

"My School Rules Contest" - Parker Middle School

Parker Middle School has entered into a contest hosted by Boston 25 News to answer the question, "Tell us why your school rules!". Well, Parker Middle School Principal, Dr. Jeff Parks, did just that, and his bragging paid off. Parker Middle School was notified last week that they are one of two finalists for a chance to win a 5K donation and some serious positive press! Boston 25 came to the school Thursday to interview a group of teachers and students on what makes their school so great. Later this month, they will air the segment, and the public will decide who wins! Be on the lookout for more information about contest details so you can get ready to vote for Team Parker!

Chelmsford and Dracut Unified Basketball Teams

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Attention Byam Families - BSA Boo Bash Saturday Oct 16th

The BSA would like to cordially invite you to the 7th Annual Boo Bash, at Byam School on October 16th from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Wear your costume and get ready for some spooky fun! Cost: $10 ticket per child. For more information please visit our website.

Grade 8 Quebec Trip

The CPS World Language Department is hosting a trip to Quebec in May 2022. This is open to 8th graders enrolled in French class at Parker or McCarthy. There will be a family informational meeting on Wednesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the McCarthy cafeteria. Please see the itinerary. Please direct any questions to Mike Kantor kantorm@chelmsford.k12.ma.us

SEPAC and Student Services Community Meeting and Workshop on Anxiety

The SEPAC along with the Student Services Office is holding its first meeting of the year and community workshop on anxiety. These two events will be virtually on October 13th at starting at 6:30 p.m. for the meeting and 7:00 p.m. for the workshop.

The anxiety workshop will be hosted by CPS School Psychologist, Dr. Vanessa Leary. Please see the meeting link information below to attend the meeting and/or workshop.

SEPAC Meeting & Anxiety Workshop
Wed, Oct 13, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 756-582-789

CHSTV - Lions Live

Tune into this week's episode to hear ways to get involved at CHS and the Chelmsford community. All Lions Live episodes can be found on the CHSTV site.

2021-22 COVID Pool Testing Information

CPS Will Continue with its free COVID Pool Testing in schools. Please see more about COVID pool testing 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.



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