Shawsheen Tech School Committee Tables Search for New Superintendent

The search for Shawsheen Valley Technical High School’s next superintendent continued at the School Committee’s April 1 meeting, conducted remotely over Zoom.  The four finalists, Susan E. Kutska, Thomas F. Aubin, Kelly Fay, and Jenna Lesko, were selected from a larger list compiled by a screening committee, after which each was interviewed by the Committee.   On April 1, the members met to discuss the four final candidates for the position.

2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Moving to an Online System

All paperwork for  Kindergarten registration will be filled out and submitted through a new online system.  This system is currently being created and will become available in mid-May.  For the health of our staff, we need to move in this direction. 

If you already sent in the packet your information is safe, however, you will need to fill out the paperwork again online. 

School Committee to Meet Remotely on Thursday Evening, April 9

The Bedford School Committee will meet remotely at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

In addition to other business, the Committee will decide on a proposed change to the 2019-2020 School Calendar and whether to cancel April Vacation.

JGMS Musical Cast and Crew Share a Virtual Rehearsal in Lieu of Opening Night

Wednesday, April 1, was supposed to be opening night of this year’s JGMS musical, FROZEN JR. But with schools closed due to the COVID-19 virus, and no clear idea of whether and when the production could be performed, the directing staff instead convened a Zoom meeting for cast and crew at 4 pm, the original curtains-up time.

Online Learning to Begin for Bedford Public School Students

The Bedford Public Schools, closed by state order until at least May 4 to slow the spread of Covid-19, this week forays into a new universe: “required engagement with online learning.”

In a letter to student households Friday, School Superintendent Jon Sills wrote that the remote experience will be guided by a recent collaborative vision statement. This includes “providing meaningful work, promoting choice, flexibility, creativity, and engagement; nurturing connections with students; and “factoring in the anxiety and other conditions that the crisis is imposing on students, educators, and their families.”

Middlesex Community College awards a Pair of Marie Ryder Beacon of Hope Scholarships

Among the 11 Middlesex Community College Foundation scholarships awarded at the Nesmith House in Lowell on March 5, two were conferred in honor of recently retired Professor of Nursing Marie Ryder, a long-time Bedford resident.

The Marie Ryder Beacon of Hope Scholarship was awarded to nursing students Jaime Breingan of Billerica and Alhassan Musah of Lowell. MCC’s Nursing Department established the scholarship to honor Ryder’s retirement, after serving as an MCC Nursing Professor for 40 years. Ryder presented the scholarships with Dr. Sandra Shapiro, MCC’s Director of Nurse Education.

Choosing Superintendent-Elect Philip Conrad

The superintendent-elect of the Bedford Public Schools began his career as an art teacher, has led two Essex County high schools and is a member of the state education department’s Kaleidoscope Collective cohort.

Wednesday afternoon the School Committee unanimously voted to offer the position to Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad, effective July 1. Later that afternoon Conrad accepted, and soon discussions will begin on a contract.

The appointment culminates a months-long process to succeed Superintendent Jon Sills, who is retiring.

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Donates Medical Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School recently donated medical supplies and personal protective equipment to local medical facilities in support of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

While the school is currently closed, members of Shawsheen Tech worked to gather the much-needed supplies that the facility had on-hand.  The supplies were from a variety of technical areas, including the school’s Life Science programs and Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program.

BREAKING NEWS: Bedford School Committee Offers Superintendent Position to Philip Conrad, Principal of Andover High School

The School Committee Wednesday afternoon unanimously voted to offer the position of Bedford school superintendent to Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad, effective July 1.

The appointment is conditional on approval of a contract satisfactory to all parties. It was noted that Conrad is a finalist for another position, and School Committee Chair  JoAnn Santiago said she would call him immediately to notify him of the offer.

The Search for a New Superintendent of Schools

The search for a new Superintendent has continued despite the closure of the Bedford Public Schools.  Interviews were conducted with appropriate social distance and live-streamed via Bedford Television, with live feedback using conference call technology and continuing through an online survey.

The School Committee will meet at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 26 to consider the finalists and select our next Superintendent of Schools.  In accordance with state and town directives, Thursday’s meeting will be streamed by Bedford TV, and public comment will be possible via a conference call at the start of the meeting. 

CSF Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to March 25

The CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Scholarship application period has been extended to March 25th.

Please send requests for Transcripts and References to meredith_tobe@bedfordps.org, and not to your counselor or teachers. http://bedfordma.dollarsforscholars.org for details.

Bedford Public Schools ~ Resources and Enrichment Ideas

I hope this message finds you all doing well. In response to the closure of BPS for the next few weeks, curriculum leaders, coaches, administrators, and teachers have been working hard to prepare enrichment activities for all Bedford Public School students.

School Committee to Interview Final Superintendent Candidates on Thursday at 7:30 pm and Friday at 1 pm ~ Livestream on Bedford TV

The Bedford School Committee will interview finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools in two meetings. The first will take place tonight, Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 pm, and the second on Friday, March 20 at 1 pm.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions limiting public gatherings, the interviews will be live-streamed by Bedford Television on their YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/BedfordTVMA

A survey to assess community reaction is available; click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KF3CG6V to share your thoughts.

Community Interviews with Superintendent Candidates to Live Stream on Bedford TV at 2 and 4 pm TODAY

Because of COVID-19 restrictions limiting public gatherings, community interviews with School Superintendent candidates Philip Conrad and Frank Hackett will be live streamed via Bedford TV on Thursday, March 19 via Bedford TV’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/BedfordTVMA

2 pm Philip Conrad, Andover High School Principal
4 pm Dr. Frank Hackett, Superintendent, Braintree Public Schools

Bedford’s Production of Legally Blonde Landed on TeenVogue.com!

Bedford High School students were shocked and saddened last week to learn that their production of LEGALLY BLONDE, scheduled to be performed March 11 through 14, could not go on due to the risks of COVID-19 transmission. 

Turns out, they weren’t alone: thousands of students across the country faced similar fates, as schools closed and residents were encouraged to practice social distancing. Broadway veteran Laura Benanti posted an invitation on Twitter: send her pictures and clips of cancelled shows using the hashtag #SunshineSongs, and she’d retweet them to her followers. 

MIAA Amends the Spring 2020 High School Sports Season Start Date

The MIAA Board of Directors voted today, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 spring sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies.

The updated start date for the 2020 spring season is April 27, 2020.

Spring sports in Bedford include Boys Tennis, Girls Lacross, Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Girls Tennis, and The Real Swag Flag (track)

School Committee Announces Superintendent Candidates and Community Interviews UPDATE with Video Links

As it prepares for the retirement of Superintendent Jon Sills in June, the Bedford School Committee has shared the names of the four candidates for superintendent of Schools.

Representing a 17-member committee who interviewed 12 candidates, Special Ed Director Marianne Vines made the announcement during Tuesday’s School Committee meeting. The candidates are:

Click the link to read the full story!

MA History Day Regional Contests Canceled and Postponement

“As state coordinators for National History Day in Massachusetts, we have been monitoring news of the spread of COVID-19 within Massachusetts, and have been in contact with school administration officials as we approach the regional contests this weekend. Due to confirmed or presumptive cases in at least two of our regional districts, we have made the decision to cancel the regional contests in all four districts on March 7 and 8,” said Elyssa Tardif and Kate Melchior, State Coordinators for National History Day in Massachusetts, on Friday, March 6

Moving Forward in the Search for a New Superintendent of the Bedford Schools

The search for a new superintendent of Bedford Public Schools is moving to its next phase.
 
The Search, Screening and Interview Committee is wrapping up its work.  The Committee has reviewed applications, interviewed more than a dozen well-qualified candidates, and will recommend finalists to the School Committee at its meeting on Tuesday, March 10.