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    In normal times, if Amy Brown were to give her Byam school art students an assignment, with pencils and paint at the ready, naturally they would skip over the pencils and start painting.

     

    Instead, perhaps unbeknownst to her third- and fourth-graders, she is teaching the vital role that preparation plays in creating art; to work through the artistic process through planning and reflecting.

     

    Unlike most educators at Chelmsford Public Schools who are largely teaching in a hybrid model, CPS elementary art teachers are teaching fully remote, only interacting live with their students once every five weeks. Mrs. Brown pre-records her lessons for her students for the weeks she cannot interact in real time, then uses her ‘live’ classroom time to best forge the necessary social and emotional connection with her students.

     

    Recently, she tasked her students to create a book cover design if they were to write their autobiographies. She took it a step further, challenging her students by asking what would make someone pick up their autobiography and read it. Her students were to turn in several sketches. In pencil.

     

    “If you slow them down, and allow them to think about it, they will concentrate on it,” Mrs. Brown said. “If they take their time planning, they will probably have more success when they’re working on the final piece because a lot of the challenges will have been worked out.

     

    “Whether they realize it or not, they’re learning to slow down and enjoy the process,” she added. “In the end, they’ll enjoy the whole process more.”

     

    Mrs. Brown has also embraced social media as a crucial tool. She posts her students’ work on Instagram and Twitter for families to view. It is safe to say her followers have increased since the beginning of the year. Though the Covid-19 pandemic has radically altered her approach, she sees silver linings.

     

    “It’s been such a unique year teaching through a screen, but there have been some things that I have learned and will take away,” Mrs. Brown said. “I’ll use my recordings, which will help my kids through the process.”

     

    A resident of Chelmsford, Mrs. Brown is in her first year teaching at Chelmsford Public Schools. She taught the last 15 years at the Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham.

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  • Dashboard

    The district dashboard document represents the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving students and staff in the Chelmsford Public Schools during the reporting period specified. This information is reported to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the aggregate, however, this dashboard document lists cases by the school in the table provided.  Please see each weekly dashboard report below.

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  • Para Hiring

    The Chelmsford Public Schools is now hiring Paraprofessionals at all levels.  Come join our team. Please use the following links to access the job postings on our hiring site.  

    Elementary Positions

    Middle School Positions

    High School Positions

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  • ComEd Fall Catalog

    Chelmsford Community Education is pleased to announce our Virtual Fall 2020 course catalog!  Join us for some great virtual class offerings   Please see the attached catalog for more details or go to our website www.chelmsfordcommunityed.com 

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    The 2020 Summer Reading lists for students are now available.  Click Summer Reading to view.

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  • Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten

     

    Dear Incoming Kindergarten Families, 

    This time of the year is typically when our elementary schools hold informational evenings for families and screenings for our incoming kindergartners.  With the current school closure, these activities have been canceled. We will be communicating with you in the coming weeks on how we will be providing this important transition information.  Our elementary schools are looking forward to welcoming you and your students into our school communities.  

    Be well,

    The Elementary Administrative Team

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  • School Choice Information

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  • CHIPS Fall 2020 Registration Now Open!

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    Superintendent: Dr. Jay Lang
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