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Thank You to a Special Community

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments

As I begin my final days in the Bedford Public Schools, I want to say thank you to a special community that has been so supportive of our schools during my 15 year tenure.  When I came to Bedford in 1997 as Assistant Superintendent, I never imagined that I would be ending my career here as your Superintendent of Schools.  For me, working for a community that cherishes its children has been a professional privilege.  The support of this community for its schools has always been unwavering; that support has been rewarded by the professionalism of a faculty and staff always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.  It is that home-school partnership and commitment to common goals that make this such a special place for children to learn and to grow.

I look forward to hearing about the continued success of these precious schools as the new leadership team, led by Jon Sills, takes the helm.  Leaving the personal and professional connections to Bedford will be hard, but knowing that you are in good hands makes the “moving on” easier.

Have a wonderful summer filled with some quality family time and some lazy days.  On a personal note,  I am looking forward to the birth of our second grandchild and to long walks on the beach.

Be well.


Tags: Community · Parent

Congratulations to the Bedford High School Girls Tennis Team

June 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Congratulations to the Bedford High School Girls Tennis Team, winners of the Division 3 North Sectionals and the South Division.  Look for details in the morning on BHS website on the State Finals scheduled for Wednesday, June 13.

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John Glenn Middle School Places 16th in National Math Contest

May 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

I am pleased to announce that the National Assessment and Testing Administration (NAEP) has determined that John Glenn Middle School has some of the best middle school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their 16th-place finish in the 2012 Collaborative Problem-Solving contest (CPSC), a national mathematics contest  administered by the National Assessment & Testing Administration.   Lisa Fontaine-Rainen served as the team’s coach working with students using brainstorming, collaboration, research, and technology to solve the problems and gain experience that will be critical to students in college and their careers.

Congratulations to our students and a special thank you to Ms. fontaine-Rainen.

Tags: Digital Learners · Parent · Teaching and Learning

Strategic Plan 2012-2017

May 5th, 2012 · No Comments

The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan for the Bedford Public Schools has been approved by the Bedcord School Committee. The Strategic Plan has been designed as a roadmap for the future articulating key system goals. In addition, it includes a Technology Vision designed to guide school leaders and the community as we continue the transformation of the learning environment in our schools.

To view the Strategic Plan, click here:

Tags: Community · Digital Learners · Parent · Teaching and Learning

Enjoy the 2012 April Vacation

April 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Just a quick note to say have a great April Vacation Week.  As we head into the vacation break, we do so with an approved budget for FY2013.   Special thanks to the Bedford School Committee, the Finance Committee,  the Capital Expenditures Committee and Annual Town Meeting for supporting the budget that will continue to move our schools forward.  During the April Vacation week, we will replace the failing portion of the roof at Lane School and the locks for the JGMS lockers.

Tags: Budget Information · Community · Parent

Good Luck to BHS Teams Headed to the Division 3 North Semi-Finals

March 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Good luck to the two Bedford High School teams headed to the Division 3 North Semi-Finals.

Girls’ Basketball: St. John’s Prep Danvers at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7th.

Hockey: Chelmsford Forum at 6:00 p.m., Thursday March 8th.

Tags: Community · Parent

Henry Turner Appointed Bedford High School Principal

March 6th, 2012 · No Comments

I am very pleased to report that Henry Turner has accepted the Bedford High School Principal position starting July 1st.  By way of background, Henry has been a Housemaster at Newton South High School since 2009.  Prior to assuming this administrative role, Henry was a Social Studies teacher for 7 years at Lexington High School.  One of Henry’s references said the following about his efforts to address the Achievement Gap:

“Henry’s willingness to take on the difficult challenge with grace and aplomb, his creative thinking and problem solving, his ability to generate common respect and confidence with a diverse student, faculty, and parent community, and his good sense of humor and people skills contribute to his status at South as a true superstar.”

As Henry moved through the interview process in Bedford,  he affirmed what his references said about him demonstrating an ability to listen carefully, answer thoughtfully, and understand the culture and complexities of Bedford High School.  In the hiring of a principal, the fit of the leader with the position and the work ahead is always critical.  In my view, Henry has demonstrated that he has both the talent and leadership style that will serve our  high school well.  It is a privilege to welcome Henry to Bedford.

Tags: Community · Parent

Update: FY 2013 Budget

February 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Here’s a quick update on the status of our FY2013  Budget.   The Finance Committee has approved the FY 2013 School  Committee Budget for $32,787,202, a 3.38% increase over FY2012.  It is important to remember and underscore that  we were able to achieve an agreed upon budget that supports current staffing and needs because of the Bedford Education Association  contract settlement.  While the budget is not final until Annual Town Meeting approval at the end of March, the Finance Committee  vote is a significant step forward.  This budget maintains current programming and includes the following restorations and additions:

  • (.5) Instructional Technology Specialist at Davis School
  • (.5) Tech Support staff
  • (.4) Teaching Assistant  BHS Skills Center (.6) TA  Crossroads program
  • (2) Teaching Assistants  and a (1.0) Teacher for the JGMS Transitions Program
  • Increase in time for Adjustment Counsellors at Lane and JGMS and Occupational Therapist at Lane
  • Implementation of the K12 plan for technology purchases following a hiatus for the last several years
  • Purchase of iPads for grade 10

I am deeply  appreciative that the Finance Committee has supported this budget.  Getting there has been a team effort.  I know that the wonderful work that our staff does each and every day  in our schools each day is the reason this amazing town continues to support our schools.  As we move this budget forward, I want to extend a special thanks to David Coelho and Cyndy Taymore who have been wonderful partners in helping me shape and present the budget we need for our schools.  And kudos to the Bedford School Committee for the many hours they have invested to get us to this juncture.

Tags: Budget Information · Community · Parent

Happy Holidays!

December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

My Favorite Munchkin Max

Hoping that all of our Bedford families have a wonderful holiday season!  In the coming week, take the time to relax and savor the company of those who are most important to you.   As we end 2011 in the schools, we have much to be thankful for.  Most significantly, we thank you for entrusting your children to our care and for supporting our schools in all that you do.

May 2012 bring you much happiness!

Tags: Community · Parent

Social Media and Schools

December 19th, 2011 · No Comments

An article in yesterday’s New York Times captures the dilemma schools face as we encourage the use of more social media in our schools.  Teachers, parents, and students use the new media as a primary form of communication so as a district we need to be sure that we enable our staff to use Facebook, Blogs, Google, Twitter, etc. in a manner consistent with the professional standards we set forth for both teachers and administrators.  From my perspective, using social media is just another venue for communicating  with the constituencies we serve.   Whether we use social media or the more traditional newsletters to share information, we are all expected to maintain appropriate boundaries consistent with the professional position we hold and the responsibility we assume in the schools.

The new media present both a challenge and an opportunity enabling us to  generate  online conversations.  Moving  into these new venues, we need to be thoughtful about both  the information we create and share and our capacity to manage a professional online environment that is not intermingled with our personal lives.

Yesterday’s New York  Times article offers some food for thought for all of us as we encourage the use of the new media supporting a culture that fosters collaboration while protecting both students and teachers.    If you are interested in reading the article, here’s the link:

Tags: Community · Digital Learners · Parent