A Back-to-School Message from Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford Schools

By Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford School Department

On Tuesday, 2,664 students will walk into the welcoming embrace, metaphorically speaking, of our amazingly caring, creative and collegial faculty and staff–our teachers and administrators, counselors and psychologists, nurses and coaches, secretaries and custodians, food service workers and technicians. Many of our students will come excited to see old friends, to learn new things, to be challenged and supported and made to feel that they matter. Some will come burdened by thoughts of recent events in the news, of Charlottesville, of Barcelona, of Texas. And an important few will come with grief in their hearts as they mourn the loss of a loved one who died this summer. For our grieving Bedford families and for the victim of Hurricane Harvey, let’s please give a moment of silence.

Thursday’s Student Open House at Lane School

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Lane School was full of activity on Thursday afternoon when parents and students visited classrooms, met old friends and new teachers, and got a first look at the school’s nearly-complete expansion. Contractors and staff will be busy until school begins on Tuesday, September 6, putting finishing touches on year-long construction project.

Going Back to School: Stay Safe & Healthy

Submitted by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Bedford and Safe Routes to School

September is just around the corner, and preparations have begun for students to return to school. What is the best way for our children to stay safe traveling to and from school?

Whenever we parents and adults alike teach kids about safety, we need to be mindful to not inadvertently increase their level of fear. To do that, we have to remember to keep our own fears in perspective. Focus on this teaching as ‘skill building’ or problem solving or even problem preventing.

Sign Up For Bedford’s SAFE HOMES

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

The Safe Homes program is a support network for Bedford parents with children in grades 6-12 who are concerned about alcohol and drug use at pre-teen and teen parties and gatherings. Through Safe Homes, we are encouraging parents of Bedford middle and high school students to make a pledge that they will provide a safe environment for youth when they have parties or gatherings in their homes – safe from alcohol, drugs, firearms, and other hazardous items. Underage drinking is harmful to kids. Love them enough to say no.

Massachusetts Community Colleges Unite Against Hatred

Submitted by President James Mabry, Middlesex Community College

The Presidents of the 15 Community Colleges of Massachusetts unite to voice our opposition to the violence, bigotry, racism and hate we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

The students on our campuses across the Commonwealth reflect the rich diversity of our nation. Our philosophy of teaching and learning has, at its core, the promise of inclusive excellence and social justice. We embrace our shared values of global citizenship and prize the richness of cultural wealth in our diverse communities. We respect people from all nations, cultures, background, and experience and welcome them to join our community of scholars and learners, for therein lies the hope and the future strength of our nation and our world.

Middlesex Community College and Lowell Spinners Establish New Scholarship / Internship Opportunity

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College and the Lowell Spinners baseball club have established a new scholarship and internship opportunity to support MCC students.

The Lowell Spinners Annual Scholarship is part of the Spinners Scholars program, made possible by team owner Dave Heller and the Lowell Spinners. This annual scholarship was established to benefit students from the Merrimack Valley who exhibit a high level of integrity, academic excellence, an interest in sports, a demonstrated desire to improve their community, and a willingness to commit to making one’s future in the Merrimack Valley. The recipient will also participate in a paid summer internship with the Spinners organization.

Letter to the Editor, August 4, 2017: Public Meeting to Review Lane School’s Proposed Tree Removal and Mitigation Plans

By Jacqueline Edwards
Chair, Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC)

The first Informal Arbor Resource Committee (BARC) / Tree Warden Meeting to review Lane School Project’s Proposed Tree Removal and Mitigation Plans will take place on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 pm at Town Hall

This first “Informal Meeting” marks a move toward increased transparency and community inclusion regarding public review of Town projects that involve removal of trees. It will be held during a regularly-scheduled meeting of BARC this Tuesday evening, August 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of Town Hall. This meeting, like all Town committee meetings, is open to the public.

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