Bedford Schools Launch English as a Second Language Program for Adult Learners

By Linda White

One of the first words many of us learn to say as we prepare to visit a foreign country is “Hello.” Nǐ hǎo, Hola, Yeoboseyo, Privet, Namaste, Olá, Kon’nichiwa, Marhabaan, Vaṇakkam, and Merhaba represent ten of the 52 ways Bedford students say “hello.”

Carrie Powers, the Bedford Public School (BPS) English Language Learner (ELL) Program Administrator, has identified that 52 different languages are being spoken by BPS families. Students in Bedford are routinely assessed and offered English language instruction. However, English language skills are also needed and desired by members of Bedford’s adult population. In an effort to address the English language needs of the adult population, Powers sent a notice to all BPS student families announcing a 14-week ESL program for adults.

7th Annual Bedford Rotary MEALS for KIDS Event

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

Editor’s Note: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Middlesex Community College, Bedford ~ 9 to 11 am or 12 noon to 2 pm

The community is invited to join the Bedford Rotary’s seventh annual MEALS for KIDS food packaging event.  Help us feed the world’s hungry in partnership with RISE AGAINST HUNGER, along with 300 of your friends and neighbors, members of 4 Rotary Clubs, and over 100 employees from Anika Therapeutics and BAE Systems.

This is a joyous event with hundreds of people working together to make it all happen.  Join us on Saturday, April 27, for one of two shifts – 9:00 to 11:00 AM or 12:00 to 2:00 PM.  Or, if you can, come at 9:00 and stay until 2:00.  Register at www.bedfordmarotary.org.   Middlesex Community College (MCC), 591 Springs Rd. in Bedford, generously hosts this event annually. 

A Convincing Win Opens Bedford Girls Lacrosse Season

By Jeff JHO Hoyland

It didn’t take Bella Stuzinski long to score the first Bedford goal of the season as the Bucs went on to a 10-0 win Bedford Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has lofty goals this year.  They came out of the gate with a 10 to 0 win over Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter  School.  

Bedford DI State Tournament Recap: TEJKMO and Skittlworms Advance to DI Globals

By Jennifer Cunningham

It was a beautiful day at WPI last Saturday, March 30. The first day of real spring sunshine, with jackets finally shed and short sleeves abundant.  Activities were not atypical for a college campus – games of soccer on the quad, some outdoor snacking, lounging in hammocks, music drifting over the scene from some unknown source.  But it wasn’t only the undergraduates enjoying this glorious day.  Approximately 90 groups of young artists, scientists, engineers, and problem solvers, three Bedford teams among them, had descended upon Worcester for the Destination Imagination State Tournament.  In between bouts of enjoying the weather, they were busy testing their drones, adjusting their pneumatics, building their sets, and steadying their nerves for a  day of competition against Massachusetts’ best.

Bucs Robotics Team Wins VEX Robotics Judge’s Award

Submitted by the BHS Robotics Team

Besides offering students four different electives in robotics, Bedford High School (BHS) also offers students the opportunity to participate in their VEX Robotics team. This team is open to all members of the BHS community.

Sgt. Jeff Wardwell Named 2019 School Resource Officer of the Year

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to share that Sgt. Jeff Wardwell has been named School Resource Officer (SRO) of the year by the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officers Association (MJPOA).

Sgt. Wardwell was given the Ronald Kinlock Award for School Resource Officer of the Year by the MJPOA on Monday, April 1 at the annual MJPOA convention in Norwood. The award recognizes one officer each year who works with young people and exudes understanding, compassion, and patience.

Middlesex Wins National College Marketing Silver Award

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has been recognized for outstanding work by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at its recent national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Middlesex received a 2018 Silver Paragon Award for its Social Media Campaign, “MCC Shout-Out Celebration”.  

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