Superintendent Conrad’s Friday Update – May 28, 2021

Editor’s Note: As always, Superintendent Conrad’s weekly message is full of news!

Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021

The Bedford Public Schools will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021 in observance of Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is a public holiday to honor all those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Originally known as Decoration Day, which followed the Civil War.  It became an official federal holiday in 1971. Please take a moment on Monday to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom. For more information please navigate to History Channel Memorial Day

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the events of June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ+ Americans. It also a commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. In 1998, President Clinton issued the first Presidential proclamation expanding equal opportunity employment in the Federal government to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Americans.  In 2009, President Obama issued a proclamation that called on the people of the United States to “turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.” For more information about the history of Pride Month please visit Library of Congress Pride Month

Les Miserables

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Les Miserables for a wonderful production this past weekend. The performance was amazing.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

The John Glenn Middle School Performing Arts Department is proud to present You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.  The production will be streamed online at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, 2021. This musical explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. Tickets are $15 per device. Donations are encouraged to cover the cost of additional viewers on a particular device. Tickets are on sale NOW at  https://jgmsmusical.wordpress.com/tickets/

Please note that this show has two casts! One cast’s performance will be streamed on Friday, June 11 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and the other cast’s performance will be streamed at the same times on Saturday, June 12. Please check the cast lists on the Tickets page of the musical website before you purchase!

JGMS Principal Search UPDATE

The search for our next JGMS Principal continues to move forward. This week our four finalists met with parents, teachers, and students via Zoom. Next week each will meet socially distanced with teachers and the district leadership team in person.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Since that time all of us have intensified our conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are having these conversations at home Facing History has a number of suggested resources at Facing History Resources.

Catherine Donato, BHS Class of 2014

Congratulations to Catherine Donato, BHS Class of 2014.who recently sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park prior to a Red Sox Game! The Bedford Citizen also wrote an article about Catherine singing the National Anthem. Check it out at Bedford Citizen Congratulations Catherine!

Graduation

The Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM on Sabourin Field. The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 6:30 PM.  The students are excited to have an in-person ceremony with faculty, staff and family members in attendance. Thank you to the BHS administration, faculty, and staff for planning a safe ceremony so that we can honor the graduates and their families.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We are happy to report that the rates of vaccinations continue to grow at a steady pace! To date nearly 25% of the sixth grade class has gotten vaccinated and the numbers rise from there with the seniors and juniors each over 60%. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

Pool Testing 

This week was our third  week using home saliva kits through Veritas Genetics.  We will continue this process through the remainder of the school year, and collection day will be every Thursday morning.  At this point everyone who has signed up should have enough kits to last 3 more rounds of testing.  Please reach out to your school nurse if you need more kits.

Thank you to everyone who participated and returned their sample on Thursday morning.  No news is good news and so far we have not had any positive pool results.  We will let you know if your child’s sample resulted in a positive result.

It is not too late to sign up for pooled testing!  All staff and students may sign up at any time. Please consider signing up your child for asymptomatic testing  With this new process if there is a positive pool the lab will be able to identify the positive case from the original sample and there will be no need to be called back in for retesting or quarantine while waiting for a re-test. If interested please see the following information to enroll your child: Pool Testing

June 18, 2021

Just a reminder that the last day of the 2020 – 2021 school year is Friday, June 18, 2021.  It will be an early dismissal day.  John Glenn Middle School will dismiss at 10:50, followed by Bedford High School at 11:05, Lane School at 11:35, and Davis School at 12:10.

As always, thank you for your patience, your participation, and your continued commitment to our schools,


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