The Bedford Public Schools look forward to “Open House” season

By Sheila Albrecht

Back to School Nights will take place at the four Bedford public schools beginning next week.  The open house events include an orientation and a welcome by the teaching staff to the parent community. Both parents and teachers look forward to these evenings as an opportunity for parents to learn not just who their children’s teachers for the year will be, but the various programs of study that the teachers will be covering over the school year.

John Glenn Middle school and Lane school parents are invited to come one hour before the open house to a program in the school’s auditorium, presented by Ariana Coniglio, a Prevention and Education Coordinator for Middlesex and Partnerships for Youth, Inc., who will present Bullying and Cyberbullying: Prevention in Schools and Communities. This parent education training program has been scheduled in conjunction with BEST (Bedford Elementary Schools Together) to help parents understand Massachusetts’ two-year-old Anti-Bullying bill.

Coniglio will review the law with an emphasis on when bullying, which is prohibited but generally is not a crime, becomes a criminal act. An emphasis on the cyber (online) component of bullying will also be explored. In addition, the training will discuss when off-campus behavior creates a hostile environment at school, infringes on students’ rights and/or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Suggested strategies for preventing bullying and protecting targeted students from aggressors will also be discussed.

Superintendent Jon Sills encourages parents of all grade levels to attend Back to School night, commenting, “As an educator and as a parent, I have always believed that Back to School Night connects parents to their kids’ school experience in important ways. There’s nothing like being able to picture not only your kids’ teachers but the physical environment in which they spend half of their waking hours. As well, as a school leader, I have always enjoyed Back to School Night as that singular opportunity schools have to show off our teacher’s talent and commitment.”

The Back to School night Open House schedule is as follows:

Bedford High School

Thursday, September 20, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Students will bring home a schedule for parents with teacher names, room numbers and meeting times. Maps and student volunteers will be available to assist parents with room locations.

John Glenn Middle School

Thursday, September 27
Cyberbullying presentation 5:45-6:45pm in the auditorium; Open House 6:50-8:30pm
Students will bring home a schedule for parents with teacher names, room numbers and meeting times. Maps and student volunteers will be available to assist parents with room locations.

Lane School – Grade 3

Wednesday, September 19
Anti-Bullying presentation, 6 to 7 pm in the cafeteria; Open House, 7 to 8 pm

Lane School – Grade 4

Thursday, September 20
Anti-Bullying presentation, 6 to-7pm in the cafeteria; Open House 7 to8 pm

Lane School – Grade 5

Monday, September 24
Anti-Bulling Presentation 6pm-7pm – cafeteria;  Open House 7 – 8 pm

Davis School 

Tuesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 4, 6:30 – 8 pm
Davis school parents need to look for an announcement for the Open House night assigned to their student’s teacher.

Ed. Note: Updated on 9/13/2012 to include information about the JGMS anti-bullying presentation.