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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Chenery Middle School includes courses in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, fine and performing arts, physical education, health, technology education, reading, and English language education (for students for whom English is not the native language). The Belmont Public Schools curricula are aligned with state standards and designed to develop students’ skills and understanding from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Each discipline is led by a curriculum director, and can be contacted with questions or comments.

Belmont Public Schools' Curriculum and Learning Benchmarks are available on the district web site at www.belmont.k12.ma.us/benchmarks/.

CURRICULUM DIRECTORS

  • Lindsey Rinder - English/Language Arts, Reading, English Language Education (617-993-5945)
  • Patty Soliozy - Mathematics (617-993-5965)
  • Deborah McDevitt - Social Studies (617-993-5985)
  • Elizabeth Baker - Science, Health, Technology Education (617-993-5975)
  • Colleen Foley - Foreign Languages (617-993-5955)
  • Arto Asadoorian- Fine and Performing Arts (617-993-5995)
  • Jim Davis - Physical Education, Athletics, Student Activities (617-993-5935)

Homework Guidelines

At the Chenery Middle School we believe that homework is important. It helps students learn responsible work habits. Developing a regular routine of doing homework is also important to prepare students for success at Belmont High School. That does not mean, however, that more homework is necessarily better. The important question to ask when considering homework is not “How much homework should be given?” but "What is the right type of homework to give?" 

Effective homework assignment possesses three qualities: 

  • It is meaningful
  • It is closely connected to the curriculum
  • It helps further a student's learning 

If homework does not fulfill these three qualities it can become a rote task that is completed without enthusiasm or engagement, and can become a major source of frustration for students and their parents/guardians. If, however, homework is carefully selected according to these three qualities, it can be an important source of learning. 

RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES 

Teachers: 

  • Give clear concise directions and allow opportunity for student questions
  • Assign homework on a regular basis
  • Assign long-term assignments (including projects and reports), providing interim due dates when necessary
  • Communicate with their team to coordinate an appropriate amount of nightly homework
  • Have a clear policy regarding make-up work after an absence or for incomplete/missing homework 

Students: 

  • Record the homework in your agenda book
  • Ask questions when necessary to clarify the assignment
  • Take home all necessary materials
  • Plan time for completion of long-term assignments
  • Hand in neat, accurate and meaningful work on time
  • Seek help when assignments present difficulty
  • Determine and complete homework assigned while absent 

Teacher Portal 

Chenery uses an online classroom portal which allows teachers to post class materials, worksheets, handouts, and SMARTBoard files. Staff, students, and parents will receive activation codes which will allow them to create their own accounts. Report cards and progress reports (grades 6-8) are also posted online. 

Make-up Work 

Students absent from school are expected to make up all work assigned or completed during their absence. It is the student’s responsibility to ask teachers about work that needs to be made up. In the event of a student’s multiple day absence due to illness, parents may request homework assignments through the guidance office. In extenuating circumstances, teachers may grant additional time for making up work. Work not completed and turned in within the allotted time may not be accepted for full credit.

Extra Help 

We encourage you to ask your teacher for extra help when needed. Teachers are available to provide additional help after school at least once a week.