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School Newsletter - March 2017

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

3/1                   (W)      All Day            Ash Wednesday: Christian Holiday

3/1                   (W)      7:00pm            CMS Fine & Performing Arts: Chorus/Orchestra Concert

3/2                   (Th)     7:00pm            Chenery PTO: Parent Education Night showing of “Screenagers.”

3/4                   (Sa)      All Day            Science Olympiad Team Competition at Assumption College

3/6                   (M)      7:00pm            CMS Fine & Performing Arts: 6th grade Band/Chorus/Orchestra Concert

3/7                   (T)       6:30-8:00pm    BASEC Parent Lecture Series: “Supporting the Mental Health of Teens in the Age of Facebook and Snapchat” in BHS Little Theater

3/8                   (W)      TBD                 NAEP Assessment: Selected Grade 8 Students

3/8                   (W)      7:00pm            Grade 8 Washington D.C. Trip: Registered Parent and Student Meeting in Auditorium

3/9                   (Th)     2:30-4:30pm    CMS Student Council: Grade 6 Social

3/9                   (Th)     5:00-6:30pm    Grade 8 Washington D.C. Trip: Registered Parent and Student Meeting in Auditorium

3/9                   (Th)     6:30-9:00pm    CMS Student Council: Dinner and a Movie (Upper School) in the Large Community Room and Large Gym

3/9                   (Th)     6:30-9:00pm    CMS Fine & Performing Arts: 3rd Annual Chenery METCO Art Show (Grove Hall Library, Dorchester)

3/10                 (F)        All Day            CMS Student Council: Dress up/Dress down & College Spirit Day

A Message from the FBE: Attention students!  Have you had a teacher at Chenery who inspired you, motivated you, helped you to see that you were capable of great things? Have you looked back at your time in elementary school and been reminded of a teacher that provided you with the foundation to succeed? Is there a teacher that stands out as the person who impacted you the most? If so, it’s time to honor that educator. It’s time to nominate the teachers who make a difference in your life.  The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is currently soliciting nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Teacher Awards. High school and middle school students can submit nominations for teachers who deserve special recognition. Nominations can be made until March 31. Teachers from Belmont’s six public schools are chosen for this award and the recipients are honored first at a surprise ceremony in his or her classroom and then at a district-wide award ceremony on May 2, 2017 at the Chenery Middle School.  Nominate an outstanding teacher today!  The online nomination form is available at:  The nomination period lasts from February 27 – March 31, 2017.  2017 Recipients will be announced during the week of April 24, 2017 and this year’s awards ceremony and reception will be held on May 2, 2017 in the Chenery Middle School Auditorium.  Additional Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards information can be found at:  Questions?  Please contact Karen Gray at

NAEP: This year we have been chosen by the Federal Department of Education to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Wednesday, 3/8/2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as “The Nation's Report Card,” which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.  50 randomly selected Grade 8 students will take the assessment next week.  For those parents whose child has been selected, please make not of this important date.

BASEC Parent Lecture Series: On Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 @ 6:30pm in the Little Theater at Belmont High School BASEC will present their guest speaker Kristelle Lavallee, Content Strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, to talk about “Supporting the Mental Health of Teens in the Age of Facebook and Snapchat.”  Today's adolescents are growing up in a world transformed by interactive and social media.  As such, it is essential for parents and caregivers to understand how these media affect children, and to ensure that their media environments support their health and development.  Drawing on her background in developmental psychology, experience as an educator and media producer, Kristelle Lavallee will help answer questions concerning media and its

effects on the health and wellbeing of children. Utilizing the work of the Center on Media and Child Health and scientific evidence from the field, this presentation examines the powerful positive and negative effects of social media in order to advise young people and those who care for them on how to utilize these powerful tools in developmentally optimal ways.

Artists of Note: The Results for the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards are in! The Scholastic Art Awards are the nation's longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts. Work is judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. The judges had a very difficult time with having to choose winners from over 18,000 entries!  The following Chenery students have been given the following awards in the competition:

  • Sophie Fullerton: Honorable Mention for  “Violet’s Purples”
  • Elin Mica: Honorable Mention   for “Wait for the Pancakes”
  • Helena Starzec: Honorable Mention   for “Aer Lingus”
  • Katarina Westermark: Honorable Mention   for “Dry Bones”
  • Kevin Chen: Honorable Mention  for “Circus Clown”

Congratulations to our students on their accomplishments!

Math Team: The Chenery math team participated in the  MathCounts Metro Chapter competition on Saturday, February 8th at Melrose High School with Mr. Golden as the coach. Mr. Golden spent almost the entire day that day supporting the team, and the team performed very well. They reached the third place out of 20+ school teams. They have advanced to the state level competition in early March.

A Message from Minuteman High School: If Grade 8 students have an interest in Minuteman High School or have not yet applied, now is the time to do so.

MHS Career Pathways Program: Minuteman High School will be offering an “Afterschool Career Pathways Program” for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. This unique program allows middle schoolers to choose from 19 career pathways and to explore future careers through meaningful, project‐based experiences. The program will kick‐off on March 21st, and the $100 fee includes instruction, materials, and bus transportation. The link to the registration page is  You can find more descriptive information regarding each workshop at:  

From our Town of Belmont Recycling Coordinator: The Town of Belmont will begin implementing “Carry In, Carry Out” at all public parks and fields in the late winter/early spring. This initiative will remove all trash barrels from these facilities. Therefore, any trash generated at these facilities must be taken home for disposal. This protocol will not only apply to visitors, but to the many sport teams and their spectators.  We understand that this is a substantial change to how the parks and fields have been used, but if everyone cooperates this can be a successful endeavor.  Trash at public parks and fields has reached a point where it is unsightly and unhealthy. This program will not only keep Belmont’s parks and fields safe and beautiful but lead to considerate, sustainable behavior.  Visitors to these facilities will develop habits such as using reusable containers, recycling in their home recycle bin, and taking responsibility for their dog’s waste. There are many reasons why the Town is rolling out this program, but the essential goal is to keep the parks and fields beautiful and safe. Many hours are assigned to DPW staff to pick up litter that was blown out of overfilled barrels or carelessly tossed in the parks and fields. Large quantities of uneaten food and beverage left behind attract rodents, seagulls and bees.  If residents and visitors take trash home with them it will alleviate or even eliminate the above problems.

While on the subject of public barrels, there seems to be an issue of how to use the new barrels placed in the Center. There is a problem of personal trash being dumped in them. Please keep personal trash from your home and car at your house for disposal. Grocery size bags, pizza boxes or other types of boxes can lead to the barrels over-filling before the scheduled pick-up. Another issue is trash left on the collar of the barrel and not dropped into the opening. Trash must be placed in the opening to make it to the liner which is emptied by the hauler. The hauler is not responsible for putting trash in the liner of the barrel or picking up litter surrounding the barrel. Please remember that the barrels on Leonard Street are for single use/on-the-go containers, napkins, and uneaten food that was purchased at the food establishments in the Center. The DPW has placed two recycling bins in the Center as part of a pilot program that was implemented six months ago. Please place only empty bottle, cans, and plastic cups in these bins. No straws, liquids, paper, food, or dog waste. When the recycling barrel is contaminated the contents cannot be recycled and are thrown in the trash. We hope if we all work together we can keep Belmont beautiful. Thank you for reducing, reusing, and recycling. Any questions or suggestions, please contact Mary Beth Calnan, Belmont Recycling Coordinator, at or 617-993-2689.

If I can be of any assistance to you or your children please contact me at 617-993-5800.  My office is always open to you.


Michael E. McAllister, Principal

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