CPS Superintendent's Update


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Superintendent's Update - 10.29.2021

Dear CPS Community,

The end of October is here, and it’s hard to believe we are already a quarter of the way through the school year, today was the 41st day of school! There have been many events leading up to Halloween this weekend; our schools have been celebrating today with activities and costumes that you will see highlighted below in this week’s newsletter.

As we turn our calendars to November, I would like to draw your attention to a discussion around our school buildings and the upcoming School Visioning Session at the Chelmsford Elks beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9th. During the 2015 - 2016 school year, the district engaged the services of Dore & Whittier Architects to assist with the development of a short-term 10-year capital plan, in addition to a long-term new school building construction plan for the Chelmsford Public Schools. As a result of that engagement, the district was provided with a roadmap for annual capital improvements to our schools that are funded and conducted by the Town.

Where it has been five years since the original Dore & Whittier study, it is timely to have them come back to the district and examine the work we have completed over the first five years of the 10-year capital plan we embarked upon. We need to ensure we have completed what we set out to do and examine if we need to reprioritize the remaining projects given current facility conditions. Dore & Whittier is also examining whether it still makes the most sense to try and move a long-term capital project at the high school level forward or look at other alternatives at the elementary or middle school levels.

I would like to encourage you to attend the upcoming visioning session facilitated by Dore & Whitter. Dore & Whittier will provide an overview of their current work in the district and facilitate a discussion on short- and long-term usage of our school buildings, including optimal grade-level configuration. If you are available and interested to share your thoughts, I welcome them along with Dore & Whittier.

Please enjoy this week’s feature pictures, take notice of upcoming events in our district, and have a wonderful weekend.

Yours truly,

Jay Lang, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Upcoming Events

Next week:

Lions PRIDE North PreSchool Halloween Parade

Pre-K Learning Fun at Lions PRIDE Preschool

This Week at Chelmsford Community Education

Chelmsford Community Education has some great classes starting in the next few weeks: • Come take an excel class:

  • Learn to connect with your guardian angels
  • Give your child the gift of chess
  • De-stress and re-center with yoga
  • Explore the world of professional voice over
  • Learn how to pay for college

Please see our flyer on the CPS website or visit the Community Education webpage.

Byam Elementary Color Mixing Class with Mrs. Brown

CHS SparkAlpha Final Pitch Program

On Thursday morning, four teams of students in Tom Sousa’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class took the stage at the Performing Arts Center to pitch products – ‘Shark Tank’ style – after spending the last five weeks conceptualizing and developing business plans. Each of their products was centered around the use of photonics – the science of light generation, control, and detection. To read more about this event, please visit our website.

Music with Ms. Cooper at South Row Elementary

Halloween At Byam Elementary

Parker Middle School Wins 'My School Rules' Contest

Parker Middle School in Chelmsford has won the Boston 25 News "My School Rules" contest, said Principal Dr. Jeffery Parks in an announcement Monday morning. The school was among two middle schools, two elementary, and two high schools which advanced to the final round over the past two weeks. The other schools included Abigail Adams Middle School in Weymouth, Goodyear Elementary in Woburn, Grafton Street Elementary in Worcester, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, and East Boston High School. Visit our website to learn more about Parker Middle School's win!

Parker Halloween Happenings

Principal Parks' Hallway Halloween Fun!

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McCarthy Middle School Halloween Celebrations

CHS Biology Students Collecting samples and Running Tests

CHS School Counseling Halloween "Support Dogs"

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CHS Theatre Guild Save The Date!

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Harrington Elementary Grade 2 "Team of Jellyfish"

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Harrington Happenings In Library with Mrs. Defreitas

Center Elementary Paper Bag Parade

Paper 24/7 Free Online Tutoring Grs. 5-12

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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.