Bedford Schools and Shawsheen Updates at the end of Week One

The first full week of classes is complete, both for the Bedford School Department and for the Bedford students who attend Shawsheen Valley Techical High School.

Superintendent Philip Conrad and Principal Jessica Cook shared messages with their communities on Friday afternoon.

Bedford School Department ~ Philip Conrad, Superintendent

We have just completed our first full week of school. Thank you to everyone for your patience as we continue to improve our delivery of teaching and learning to students and families. We appreciated the assistance of the department of public works and the police department for helping all of our students get to school safely. Our sideways are paved and our traffic issues continue to improve.

Click this link to read Superintendent Conrad’s update to the community

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School ~ Jessica Cook, Principal

This week we welcomed 10th and 12th grade students back into the building for shop while we introduced 9th and 11th grade students to their remote classroom environments, and with the completion of this week, all students have now been introduced to what both shop and academic weeks will look like this fall. It was exciting to see sophomores re-enter their permanent shops for the second week ever, since they were only in their permanent shops for one week before schools closed in March.  It was equally exciting to see a significant number of seniors report to the co-op office, starting on the first day of school, to finalize co-op employment in their fields. Meanwhile, freshmen and juniors started to build relationships with and learn how to navigate virtual learning environments with their Academic, Related, and Support Services Teachers. Despite the inherent challenges associated with this switch to remote learning, it has been heart-warming to hear teachers reflect on how adaptable, resilient, and flexible students have been and to hear students share how supportive, understanding, and welcoming teachers have been as everyone learns to navigate this situation.

Click this link to read Principal Cook’s full message to the Shawsheen community

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