CPS Superintendent's Update


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Superintendent's Update - 12.10.2021

Dear CPS Community,

The fall weather has quickly ended and winter is at our doorstep. We woke to our first coating of snow this past week on our lawns and roadways. However, the forecast is for warmer weather heading into next week, you have to love New England weather, it will be interesting to see what Mother Nature has in store for us in the coming months.

In this week’s update below, please find links to the latest COVID-19 district dashboard and pool testing results. Vaccination rates continue to increase among our 5 to 11-year-old student populations. We are hosting a vaccination clinic this afternoon for about 400 of our elementary-age students to receive their second dose of the vaccine. If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to have your child vaccinated to protect them against COVID and to minimize the chance of spread in our school community.

We are moving quickly through December and are only two weeks away from breaking for the December recess. I noted last week that our holiday concert season was in full swing. As concert recordings become available, I will post them in the newsletter. If you do have a chance to attend one of our school concerts in person, I guarantee you will be glad you did!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Yours truly,

Jay Lang, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Upcoming Events

Next week:
  • Byam/Harrington Winter Store, 12/11, 9:00 a.m.

  • McCarthy Middle School Orchestra Concert, 12/13, 7:00 p.m.

  • Chelmsford High School Winter Concert, 12/15, 7:00 p.m.

  • McCarthy Middle School Chorus Concert, 12/16, 7:00 p.m.

Therapy Dogs for Student Vaccine Goers

HUGE thanks to She's a Keeper Dog Training & Consulting of Stow, Mass., for entertaining our students with #RescueDogs during our Nov. 19 vaccine clinic. Our second dose clinic is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 (3-7:30) at McCarthy Middle School and the dogs will be back for our students getting their second vaccine.

Music Class with Mrs. Cooper at South Row

Mrs. Hodgkins 2nd grade class “plate skating” to different arrangements of Carol of the Bells to identify if the music is grouped in beats of 2s, 3s, or 4s in Mrs. Cooper's South Row Music Class.

Many Thanks!

Thank you to the Migal family for placing a new American flag up at the Center Elementary School. Students in Mrs. Cunningham's class were able to participate and say the pledge outdoors at the main flag for the school. We appreciate your help and support at our school!

CHIPS Preschool Basket Raffle

It’s that time of the year again where CHIPs is selling tickets for a chance to win a holiday basket! We have 5 OUTSTANDING baskets this year: Sensory Surprise, Winter Fun, Arts & Crafts, Family Night In, and Baker’s Basket! If you’d like to buy tickets for your chance to win a basket, please send your order form (with payment) in to your student’s teacher by Tuesday, December 14th! If you have any questions, please contact a PTO Board Member at pto.chips@gmail.com Basket winners will be chosen on Wednesday, December 15th, and baskets can be claimed at the school! As always, thank you for supporting our biggest fundraiser of the year!

World Language Student Travel Opportunities

Travel Opportunities for students:

There are two open spots on the April 2022 trip to Costa Rica! Explorica now requires that all travelers need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend. If you are interested, please reach out to Ms. Gauthier (gauthiersu@chelmsford.k12.ma.us) and review the information on our website.

French and Spanish exchange programs:

Our French and Spanish exchange programs will begin in the Fall of 2022. CHS will be hosting Spanish students in October of 2022, and French students in November of 2022, then traveling to Europe during the February vacation of 2023. Both exchanges will have informational meetings in January. The Spanish exchange informational meeting will be held on January 12 @ 6:30 pm in the CHS Career Center. For more information on the Spanish exchange, please contact Jess Nollet, World Language Coordinator (nolletj@chelmsford.k12.ma.us). The French exchange informational meeting will be held on January 19th at 6 pm in the CHS Career Center. For more information, please contact Mairin Chagnon (chagnonm@chelmsford.k12.ma.us). All information is currently up on the World Language website as well. Any student who will be in grades 9-12 next year at CHS and is enrolled in French or Spanish is welcome and encouraged to participate in this experience!

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, April 2023

The World Language and Science Departments are co-sponsoring a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during the April vacation of 2023! This trip is open to any 9-12th grader enrolled in CHS next year. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at 7 PM in the CHS Learning Commons. Please email Linda Tanini (taninil@chelmsford.k12.ma.us) for more information!

Informational Presentations:

French exchange slide

Spanish exchange slide

Fall Sports Wrap Up | 7:19 Sports

Career and College Center Services for CHS Students

The Career and College Center provides students with a comfortable and welcoming space where they can access staff support and resources that will help them explore options for their post-secondary future. Services offered to students in this space include; college visits, college application support, career panels, work readiness workshops such as Resume Writing, Acing the Interview, Social Media Etiquette, Choosing A College that is Right for Me, and Choosing a Career Path that is Right for Me. Students can also obtain working permits and information on volunteer opportunities and scholarships. The Career and College Center also provides information and support for the Innovation Pathways and Dual Enrollment Programming at Chelmsford High School. Students are welcome to stop in during Lunches, PRIDE blocks, PLUS Blocks or after school for support. Students can sign up for workshops, panels, and visits through Naviance and Enriching Students.

Free 1 Credit Course for the CHS Classes of ‘24 and ‘25

College and Career Exploration I is an online, self-paced 1 credit course offered in partnership with Middlesex Community College. The course is offered free of charge to our current Freshman and Sophomores. Students will learn essential student success skills, behaviors, and habits of mind that can be applied to increase success now and in future courses throughout high school, college, and future careers. Students will also have the opportunity to begin the exploration of career fields and hone in on their interests. Students will receive additional information and resources in their Plus Blocks throughout December. They can begin the course right away or in January after the winter break. For more information about the 1 credit course please review the family and student information sheets.

Computer Science Ed Week and Hour of Code with Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Parker Middle School Orchestra Concert

CPS Performances: Parker Orchestra – December 8, 2021

Chelmsford Alumni Association Scholarship Applications

Calling all CHS Seniors and Alumni! The 2021-22 CHS Alumni Association Scholarship applications are now available for current students and alumni who plan to further their education. This year, there are over 110 scholarships offered for Seniors and 20 scholarships available for Alumni. To find out more about how to apply for scholarships, please visit the CHSAA website.

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

24/7, unlimited support isn't "witchful" thinking. It's a "fang-tastic "way to get back on track after this week of tricks and treats. Use this link to access everything you need to know about Paper.

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.