CPS Superintendent's Update


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Superintendent's Update - 5.20.2022

Dear CPS Community,

What a wonderful week we have had weather-wise, it is nice to have daylight until 8:00 p.m. It looks like we are in for a hot one this weekend, the summer weather is upon us – where did spring go? You may note COVID cases have fluctuated a bit this week, with most reported cases trending downward, however, we have had a few upticks in cases at select schools. The overall positivity rates in our community and schools are still favorable, and schools are making appropriate adjustments for students due to COVID-related absences. Events are continuing at each of our schools and district-wide with no interruptions or cancelations due to positive cases. This is welcomed news, and I anticipate that we will be able to close out the school year on a high note with end-of-year traditions we have not been able to witness since the start of the pandemic. Although it makes for a busy time of year, I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some of the events held at our schools and are experiencing the vibe of excitement as we approach the end of the 2021/22 school year.

As a reminder, I would like to welcome community members to please join one of the information and listening sessions about the potential middle school grade level reconfiguration being discussed for our schools. If you have not had a chance to read the letter I sent this past week about the facilities work that has taken place, I encourage you to take some time and learn about our building options as a district and provide some input and thoughts on the matter. There will be two sessions next week – virtual and in-person – held on Monday, May 23rd, and Tuesday, May 24th. Please review the information in the newsletter below to see how you may participate in these sessions. I look forward to your input and support.

Please have a wonderful weekend and try to stay cool with the incoming warm weather heading our way.

Yours truly,

Jay Lang, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Upcoming Events

Next week:
  • View complete athletics schedules here

  • Lime 24-hr Relay, 5/21, All-Day
  • Center Elementary Kindergarten Screening, 5/23, By Appointment
  • Harrington Elementary Art Gallery Walk, 5/23, 6:30 p.m.
  • Middle School Grade Reconfiguration In-Person Input Session, 5/23, 6:00 p.m.

  • Middle School Grade Reconfiguration Virtual Input Session, 5/24, 6:00 p.m.

  • Gr. 8 Quebec Trip, 5/27, All Day

  • Save the Date - CHS Commencement, 6/4, 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Community Information Sessions Set for May 23-24

Chelmsford Public Schools is hosting two community information and listening sessions for families interested in hearing about the potential middle school configuration. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend either or both sessions.

  • The Monday, May 23 session will be held at 6 p.m. at the McCarthy Middle School Library, 250 North Road, Chelmsford, Mass. 01824
  • The Tuesday, May 24 session will be held online beginning at 6 p.m. A recording of the online session will be recorded and posted to the website after the event.

Register for the May 24 Online Session

View Input Session Letter from Dr. Lang

Last Full Day of School Day CHS Seniors! #Classof2022

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Center School Ziti Supper

Chasing the Facts: Sam Chase w/ Donna Newcomb & Dr. Jay Lang

Chasing the Facts: Sam Chase with Donna Newcomb and Dr. Jay Lang

Chelmsford Firefighter Visit to Byam Elementary

Skills Capital Grant For CHS Sciences Curriculum

A tilapia farm, an extended growing season, and trail cameras will be in the science lesson plans for the 2022-23 academic year at Chelmsford High School, thanks to the Skills Capital Grant which was awarded to CHS in February. The CHS Science Department, headed by K-12 Science Coordinator Jon Morris, was the recipient of a $49,403 grant from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet. CHS was among 20 high schools and community colleges statewide to receive the grant, which was presented in February. To read more about this grant opportunity, please visit our website.

Sturgeon, Perkins Lead CHS Model UN Team at UML United Nations Conference

Sophomore Shawn Sturgeon earned a first-place finish and senior T.J. Perkins a second-place result to lead the Chelmsford High School Model United Nations Team at the UMass Lowell Model UN Conference April 5-7 at the Inn & Conference Center. The Conference was organized by Matthew Waterman, a 2020 graduate of CHS and now a sophomore at UML, who chaired the Conference’s Economic and Social Committee, one of five committees in the event. The Conference drew five schools including Andover H.S., Billerica Memorial H.S., Lowell H.S., and Whittier Tech. To learn more about the team and conference, please visit our website.

2022 Chelmsford High School Mock Car Crash

Chelmsford High School staged a mock car crash for the junior and senior classes to illustrate the perils and consequences of driving while impaired. The assembly marked the return of the Mock Car Crash following a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Students listened to several impassioned lectures from CHS Principal Steve Murray ’88 and Joshua Blagg ’91, Dean of Hawthorne House, who shared a personal experience of losing three classmates to an alcohol-related crash. After the crash simulation in the CHS parking lot, guest speaker Muji Karim, a once-promising football standout at Burlington (Mass.) High School and the University of New Hampshire, told his story of losing both legs and his right hand when he was a passenger in a 2011 alcohol-related crash on Storrow Drive in Boston. Mr. Karim is now an adaptive athlete who has competed internationally since 2015 and is the Founder of Mujiblades Inspires Corporation. To read more about the CHS Mock Car Crash and view the picture gallery, please visit our website.

Lions' PRIDE Preschool Wrap Around Fun!

McCarthy Middle School Orchestra Concert

CPS Performances: McCarthy Orchestra – May 17, 2022

Parker Middle School Orchestra Concert

CPS Performances: Parker Orchestra – May 11, 2022

"Acapocalypse" Performances

SAVE THE DATE - Class of 2022 Commencement: June 4

The Town of Chelmsford will celebrate the 105th Commencement of the Chelmsford High School Class of 2022 on Saturday, June 4, 2022 (4 p.m.) at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Admission is free and unlimited to the families of the Class of 2022. Members of the Class of 2022 are required to be at the Tsongas Center by 3 p.m. The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell is located at 300 Martin Luther King Way, Lowell, Mass. 01852.

Graduation rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, June 3 (9 a.m.) at the CHS Plateau.

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Past Superintendent Newsletters

Please find Dr. Lang's previous updates on our website.

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