Jeff JHO Hoyland’s Outstanding School Sports Coverage

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

As the 2016-2017 BHS sports seasons draw to a close, The Citizen would like to acknowledge Bedford’s many fine athletes and Jeff JHO Hoyland for his dedicated coverage of so many events. Thank you: our school sports coverage depends on you. Click the following links to see the hundreds of images that Jeff has posted to his Facebook page, Bedford Snapshots.

An Open Letter from School Superintendent Jon Sills – Hate Symbols Once Again Appear In Bedford

By Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford School Department

Since the start of this school year, swastikas have been found in middle and high schools in Reading, Lexington, Newton, Brookline, Billerica, Cambridge, Harvard, Stoughton, Canton, and Marblehead, and on the garage of an African-American family in Arlington. The Anti-Defamation League reports that in 2016 Massachusetts ranked fifth in the nation for the number of anti-Semitic incidents, with reported offenses jumping from 50 in 2015 to 125 in 2016. During this school year, as well, racist graffiti has been reported to have been found in Attleboro, Concord, Newton, Harvard, Cambridge, Brockton and Natick public schools.

Sadly, Bedford has not been immune to this intolerable trend, as indicated by the high school’s discovery of two swastikas on Friday and the middle school’s discovery of a swastika on Monday. Both school principals sent messages to their parent communities and they are addressing the issue with their students in a variety of ways.

Middlesex Community College: Commencement, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Among the Class of 2017 at Middlesex Community College, 1,296 graduates received 1,397 certificates and degrees. Ranging in age from 16 to 72, and hailing from 10 states and 60 countries, 56 members of the Class have served in the military. More than half the graduates are the first in their families to receive a post-high school degree. The graduates are an accomplished group: 144 were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and 35 are Commonwealth Honors Scholars.

School Committee Approves 2017/2018 School Calendar and New Religious Holiday Policy

By Elizabeth Hacala

TheSchool Committee has approved a policy on religious holidays as well as a 2017/2018 school calendar. Initial recommendations by the Religious and Cultural Holidays Task Force were reviewed during the April 25 School Committee meeting. During the May 9 meeting, the committee reviewed the final recommendations and proposed religious holiday policy.

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