Tag Archives: Adam Rosen

This Morning’s Hit-And-Run

A Bedford Middle School parent forwarded this email, sent today by principal Adam Rosen:

This morning, BMS bus #21 (morning run) was involved in a minor fender bender; the bus was rear-ended by a hit and run driver. This occurred at the intersection of Cross Highway and Weston Road.

Westport Police, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Palmer and Director of Transportation Mrs. Evangelista arrived on the scene to assess the situation. While no injuries were reported at the scene of the fender bender, out of an abundance of caution, upon arrival to BMS at 8:20 AM, all students were individually assessed by our health team and counseling team for physical and/or emotional injuries.

At this time, I can share with you that there were no injuries to our students. We are using all of our tender loving care at Bedford to take excellent care of your children.

The parent was pleased to receive the prompt email. But, he wonders — and so do I — what kind of driver has a hit-and-run with a SCHOOL BUS?!

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BMS Honors America’s Vets

Yesterday was Veterans Day. Instead of a large assembly, Bedford Middle School invited veterans to meet 8th graders in individual social studies classrooms.

They’ve done it that way for over 15 years — longer than the current students have been alive.

“This intimate setting permits our veterans to share their personal stories and life experiences, before, during and after their military service,” says principal Adam Rosen.

33 vets took part in this year’s celebration. They served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Gulf War and Afghanistan. Some are active duty service members.

This year's veterans visiting Bedford Middle School included (from left) Ryan Ledan and Peter Nathan (Marines); Gun Moen (Air Force) and Jack Klinge (Navy). (Photo/Susan Van Riper)

This year’s veterans visiting Bedford Middle School included (from left) Ryan Ledan and Peter Nathan (Marines); Gun Moen (Air Force) and Jack Klinge (Navy). (Photo/Susan Van Riper)

“Students have time to ask questions and view photos, medals and garments that the veterans bring in,” Rosen added. “Afterwards, our students write letters, sharing their thanks and personal reflections.

“In contrast to the portrayal of our military and veterans through mass media, this was an incredible and rare opportunity for our students to meet with folks who wrote blank checks to our nation. This special event provided our students with new understanding about service in the US military, through first-hand accounts.”

 

Bedford Middle Schoolers Head To Olympics

In just their 2nd year of existence, Bedford Middle School’s Science Olympiad team won the state championship.

There’s no telling how far they’ll go now.

Well, actually there is. They’re headed to University of Nebraska, for the national tournament next month.

The 21 middle schoolers compete in a grueling “academic track meet.” They are judged in 23 events, covering topics like earth science, epidemiology, ecology, topography, chemistry, anatomy, entomology, forensics, physics, geology, environmental science, robotics, and mechanical/engineering construction.

The youngsters designed a wooden glider launched by rubber bands, as well as a robot that can pick up small objects and move them around. They’ve also studied a crime scene (including chromatography, fingerprints and soil patterns), then written an essay about who did what (and how).

The Bedford Middle School Science Olympiad team. (Photo/Casey Donahue)

The Bedford Middle School Science Olympiad team. (Photo/Casey Donahue)

The Science Olympiad program was introduced at Bedford by principal Adam Rosen — a former participant himself.

Teachers Art Ellis and Rebecca Kaplan run it as a club. Students put hundreds of hours into preparation — after school nearly every day, and some Saturdays too.

They’ve accomplished a lot. But they can’t do everything alone.

Now — as they prepare for their trip to the nationals — they’re trying to raise $30,000, to cover airfare, buses, accommodations, meals and supplies for the Olympians and chaperones. A GoFundMe webpage has started them on their way.

Team members include Mark Ballesteros, Ethan Chin, Genevieve Domenico, Tyler Edwards, Chet Ellis, Tommy Fabian, Anna Hill, Angela Ji, Vignesh Kareddy, Zach Katz, Charlie Kleeger, Augustin Liu, Maria Maisonet, Aniruddha Murali, Nishika Navrange, Swami Parimal, Sirnia Prasad, Jory Teltser, Alex Tsang and Derek Ye.