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Chenery Middle School PTO News


Attention 8th Grade!


Monday June 18, 6:30--9:00pm, 8th Grade Graduation Party - Details coming soon!

Wednesday June 20, 8th Grade Graduation and Reception

PTO Calendar

Staff Appreciation Luncheon – 5/22/18

PTO Meeting #5 & Parent Info Night – 5/30/18, 6:30 pm


In Brief

Walk and Bike to School Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in National Walk and Bike to School Day on May 9.  We had a beautiful day and a high turnout – it was great to see so many kids walking and biking with their friends!  Walking is good exercise and eliminating car trips reduces pollution in our environment and traffic congestion in our neighborhood.  Remember that the bus also counts, since every rider on the bus means one less car on the road.


Chenery Courtyard Celebration of the Arts

You are invited to the 14th Annual Chenery Courtyard Celebration of the Arts, on Monday, May 21st, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM (rain or shine, performances start at 6:20). Meet the students and artists who have been inspired by Chenery’s Courtyard Gardens. Listen to musical performances by the Bellaires and Chenery students. Enjoy nature as viewed through music & art. Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Chenery Middle School and Massachusetts Audubon’s Habitat Intergenerational Program (HIP).  Questions? Contact Ben Ligon (


Green Corner Update

Thanks to Mr. Ligon, Mr. Williams and the 5th and 6th grade Trash Bashers, Chenery successfully banned Styrofoam in 2018. As a result of the Trash Bashers' hard work and dedication, the administration has brought in compostable trays and is hopeful that a comprehensive composting program will be in full swing for the 2018-2019 school year.


Join the Chenery PTO – Volunteer Interest Form

If you are Interested in being part of the Chenery PTO or if you want to inquire about time commitment, please fill the Volunteer Interest Form and we will get back to you with more info and details. There is no commitment in filling out the form!

Click Here to Make a Difference!


PTO Meeting and Parent Info Night

Please join us on May 30 at 6:30pm for our final PTO meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. Our agenda includes:

  • Presentations by Chenery Teachers on PLT work in the study of Cultural Competencies--an ongoing SEL focus at Chenery
  • Superintendent John Phelan and BHSBC Member Jamie Shea with an update on the Belmont High School Building Project 
  • Introduction and approval of our PTO Executive Board and PTO Budget for 2018-2019

Enrichment programs coming soon

May 2018: Trial of Anthony Burns - interactive mock trial about the enforcement of the fugitive slave law in pre-Civil War America (Grade 8)

May 2018: Music of Social Change – program encouraging students to make connections between American history and the world we live in today (Grade 8)

June 2018: Visit by Ben Franklin (Grade 5)

Author/Illustrator Raul Gonzales (Grade 8)

Thank you for your generosity in the Annual Appeal which makes these programs possible! It's not too late to make a tax-deductible donation online:

Click Here to Donate Online >>


Or donate by check.

  • Mail a check payable to “Chenery PTO” to the Chenery PTO, 95 Washington St, Belmont, MA 02478
  • Send your donation through your child’s homeroom teacher

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7th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed

Hello 7th grade parents,

Traditionally, 7th Grade Parents help out with the end of year 8th grade activities so that 8th grade students and families can enjoy the events.

  1. The 8th grade Class Night Party happens a a few days before the end of school.
  2. The 8th Grade Reception happens following the Moving On Ceremony on the last day of school.

We are looking for 7th grade parent volunteers to help at both events.

Monday, June 18th from 5:45 to 9:00 for the 8th Grade Class Night Party.

7th Grade Parents chaperone during the event and we need over 40 volunteers. Chaperoning is fun (really) and gives you an opportunity to see what your 7th grader will experience next year. 8th grade parents handle set up & clean-up. 7th grade parents oversee games, organize food, and provide general crowd control. To sign up to help, please use the link below.

Sign Up to Chaperone

Wednesday, June 20th from 9am - 11am for the 8th Grade Reception.

The 8th grade parents plan and shop for the reception but we need 7th grade parents to run the event from setup to clean-up after the reception. To help, please use the link below.

Help At the 8th Grade Reception

Please sign up to help at either event. If you cannot make the entire time, let us know what you can do.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you for your help!


Community Postings

FBE Announces 2018 Outstanding Teachers of the Year

The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Teacher Awards and of the S. Warren Farrell Award for Educational Excellence, sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank Foundation. These honorees are recognized for their excellence in the classroom and for consistently making a difference in the lives of Belmont’s students.

The S. Warren Farrell Award for Educational Excellence recognizes a teacher for their longstanding dedication and leadership in Belmont’s public schools.

2018 Outstanding Teacher Honorees

  • Colleen Cox, Burbank Elementary School, Kindergarten
  • Erin Gillies-Thibeault, Winn Brook Elementary School, Grade 1
  • Denise LaPolla, Chenery Middle School, Special Education
  • Catherine Larkin, Belmont High School, Fine Arts, Ceramics
  • Ted Trodden, Butler Elementary School, Physical Education
  • Christina Westfall, Wellington Elementary School, Grade 4 2018
  • S. Warren Farrell Award Honoree Brian Dunn, Belmont High School, Foreign Language, Latin

Awards Ceremony

The ceremony to honor this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Teacher and the S. Warren Farrell Awards will be held on Tuesday, May 1, from 6:30–8:00 PM at the Chenery Middle School. The award celebration, sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank Foundation, is open to the public. For more information about this event or the Foundation for Belmont Education, please visit or contact


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