CPS Superintendent's Update
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Superintendent's Update - 2.4.2022
Dear CPS Community,
I hope you are faring well with clean-up from our second significant storm of 2022. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting another six weeks of winter this year. However, keep in mind, that his prediction has only been accurate 40% of the time over the last 10 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So, there is still hope for some nicer weather ahead of us!
I am happy to report that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to steadily decrease in our schools after the spike in cases witnessed last month due to the Omicron variant. Today, schools were prepared to distribute the first round of at-home rapid antigen test kits to participating students and staff who registered for this new program. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather today, the distribution is delayed until Monday when students and staff return to school after the weekend. School administration will communicate the plan and procedure for test kit distribution to their individual school communities. Schools will also continue with weekly COVID-19 Pool Testing once we return next week. As of Monday (2/7), we will no longer be contact tracing or continuing the Test & Stay initiative. Our COVID-19 mitigation efforts will shift to weekly at-home rapid antigen testing and weekly COVID-19 Pool Testing in the schools. If you have not yet enrolled in either program and would like to, links to the consent and registration forms are below. I will continue to update the weekly CPS COVID-19 Dashboard providing the number of positive student and staff cases districtwide and the weekly COVID-19 Pool Testing results to the CPS website. You will also find information below on our next COVID-19 vaccine clinic offered to students 5 to 11 years old.
It looks like the storm will end this evening, and we should be in good shape to host all scheduled Saturday and Sunday events this weekend. Event coordinators will contact you with any changes or delays if necessary. Please stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.
Jay Lang, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
New England Vocals Festival, 2/5, 7:00 p.m.
Moana Jr. Play, 2/5, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., 2/6, 5:30 p.m.
School Committee Meeting, 2/8, 6:00 p.m.
CHS Innovation Pathways Information Sessions, 2/8, 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
"Happy Groundhog's Day!" from Ms. Muse's Class At Center Elementary
Lions' PRIDE Preschool Celebrates Groundhog Day
Student COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
The COVID Vaccine Clinic will be offered to all students ages 5 years to 11years old on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. We are partnering with Remedium Pharmacy in N. Chelmsford. Remedium Pharmacy will be on-site at Chelmsford High School ( in the cafeteria ) at 200 Richardson Rd. on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. The clinic is open to all Chelmsford residents ages 5 years to 11 years old! The 2nd dose COVID Vaccine clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Chelmsford High School (in the cafeteria). Remedium Pharmacy will send out a reminder email to parents/guardians. For the 2nd dose clinic on March 2nd, your appointment time will be the SAME TIME as your first dose appointment selected on February 9th. We are happy to have our special furry friends from She's A Keeper Therapy Animal Program continue their visits with our students during this event! 🐶🐾🐾🐶
- Go to www.RemediumRx.net
- Click the purple button in the middle of the page that reads "Chelmsford Ages 5-11 COVID Vaccine Clinic 2/9/22".
- This will bring you to a screen that has Chelmsford. If you have more than one child, please register and sign consent for each child.
- Enter the access code- Chelmsford
- Select the appointment time slot and click submit and sign up at the bottom of the page.
- Enter your child's demographic information and click Sign up Now.
- Please note:
- A parent/guardian must accompany their child to the vaccine clinic.
- Please have your child wear a short-sleeved shirt
- Please bring a copy of your insurance card; however, no child will be denied a vaccine for lack of insurance.
- It is recommended that individuals hydrate on the day of the vaccine!
- Students will be observed for 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.
- Side effects may be experienced after getting the vaccine; these are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19
- The most common side effects are pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle ache, fever, chills, nausea.
We strongly encourage all eligible individuals to receive the vaccine- THANK YOU to our families and students for getting vaccinated. We are grateful for your commitment to protecting our students against COVID-19 and for helping to keep our school community safe! Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
McCarthy Middle School Presents...Moana Jr.!
The McCarthy Middle School Drama Club will perform its winter musical production of Moana, Jr., based on the Disney animated film Saturday, February 5th, and the rescheduled date of Sunday, February 6th for the Friday evening performance at the McCarthy Middle School Auditorium.
Three shows will be performed:
- Saturday, Feb. 5th at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 5th at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 6th at 5:30 p.m. (Rescheduled date for Friday's performance)
Admission is $10 per person.
Parker Middle School Student Ambassador Fundraiser
The Parker Middle School Student Ambassadors are proud to announce that the Kentucky Derby Hat Day fundraiser was a great success! Thanks to the generosity of the school community, they were able to raise $1,125. for the victims of the devastating tornadoes that affected a large area of Kentucky.
CHS Seal of Biliteracy Opportunity
Chelmsford High School is proud to join over 100 other districts in Massachusetts that are implementing the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award that recognizes and celebrates students who are fluent in a language in addition to English. In order to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, students must have earned Proficient or Advanced on the 10th grade ELA MCAS, as well as earn a proficiency level of Intermediate-High on the STAMP test according to ACTFL guidelines. Students may take this test in any language that they speak or study. For more information and registration, please visit our website.
What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
CHS's 'Door Project' - Brightens Hallways, Connects Students and Educators
Michael Khela was ecstatic to return to in-person learning at Chelmsford High School in early April of 2021, his junior year. As he roamed the hallways from class to class, however, it seemed a bit dark and drab, a feeling from which every student was trying to break free. It was shortly after that Mr. Khela, along with his senior classmates Jennie Huynh, Mahi Chava, and Larry Yang, floated the idea to administrators and custodial staff about painting murals on each classroom door – even better, murals that reflected the personalities of CHS educators. To date, they have completed six doors, with five more in progress, and a wall mural in the Hawthorne House offices. To read more about the CHS Door Project please visit our website.
CPS Door Project on CTM's Newsbreak
Chelmsford High School Hosts NE Voices 2022 Festival Saturday
Chelmsford High School will host the NE Voices 2022 A Cappella Festival on Saturday, 2/5 at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center starting at 7:00 p.m. Chelmsford High School’s award-winning a cappella groups The Thursdays and The Crescendos are among eight high school a cappellas scheduled to perform. Both are fresh off stellar 2021 competitive seasons which saw The Thursdays advance to the Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) national championship while The Crescendos progressed to the ICHSA Northeast Region final. Tickets have sold out as only a limited number were available due to Covid-19 concerns. The event will be live-streamed in full, however, viewable for $5. To purchase tickets, please use the following link: Purchase Livestream Tickets. For more information about the event and our singing groups, please visit our website.
CHS Innovation Pathways Family Information Sessions 2/8
Chelmsford High School’s Innovation Pathways program will hold two virtual information sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 8, for parents and guardians from 8-8:30 a.m. and again from 6-6:30 p.m. Each session will be conducted via Zoom. Credentials to log on to the sessions will be provided on the website on Monday, Feb. 7. For more information on the sessions, please visit our website.
CHS Travel Opportunities for Students in 2022-2023
The World Language Department will be running its Spanish and French exchange programs next year! In the Fall of 2022, we will host Spanish students and French students in Chelmsford. During February vacation in 2023, our CHS students will travel to Spain and France to visit their exchange partners for 10 days. This is an incredible opportunity to improve world language skills and knowledge of the Spanish and French-speaking world. Any student enrolled in a French or Spanish class may enroll in this opportunity. For more information, including trip itineraries and prices, please visit our website.
Chelmsford High School 8th Grade Information Night Slideshow
If you were unable to attend the Chelmsford High School 8th Grade Information Night, please see the following slideshow with the information presented and a few pictures from the evening. Thank you to all who came out!
South Row Elementary Music Student Learning About The "Lunar New Year"
Parker Middle School Grade 5 Band With Mrs. Tiano
A "Night Of Soups" at Community Adult Education
Center Elementary School - Taste of Chelmsford
The Taste of Chelmsford tickets are now on pre-sale to Center families— open to the public on February 1st. This year we continue the new tradition of holding the Taste as a month-long raffle in March, with prizes offered daily. Each prize includes $100 or more in gift cards or other items from area restaurants and small businesses! The Taste is our biggest enrichment program fundraiser for Center Elementary School. Each ticket is $25 and has 31 chances to win. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Get yours now before they sell out!
Prize details here:
Volunteers Needed!! CHS Career Exploration
The CHS Career Exploration Breakfast will be held on March 15, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. This breakfast offers CHS juniors the opportunity to select two careers of interest and spend time with a professional in that field. Speakers share their interests, educational background, and what skills are needed to perform their jobs to give juniors career awareness and support them in planning their futures. We are looking for professionals in the following careers to volunteer their time to share their experiences with our CHS juniors. If you are interested, please contact Alexandrea Cunningham at: email@example.com.
Reminder - Paper 24/7 Free Online Tutoring Grs. 5-12
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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