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Call the school’s absence phone number by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. The phone numbers are: Upper School Attendance (617) 993-5832; Lower School Attendance (617) 993-5822. If the school does not hear from parents or a guardian, school personnel will make efforts to contact them. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be considered tardy and must sign in at the Lower or Upper School office with a note from a parent. More information is available here.
In grade 5, Pupil Evaluation Forms are completed three times a year. These are either hand-carried home, given to parents at the fall conference or mailed home. In 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, report cards are distributed four times a year at the end of each marking period. Midway through a grading period, 7th and 8th graders will be given an interim progress report that is also posted online. More information is available here.
Student can either buy lunch or bring a lunch from home. If student buys lunch regularly or semi-regularly it is easiest to use the NUTRIKIDS prepay system. Parents will receive a letter mailed to their home that includes how to enroll in the program and student's four digit Personal Identification Number, or PIN. When students go through the lunch line they will enter your PIN. We recommend that students memorize their PIN in order to make the meal line move faster. However, if student forgets the PIN, don’t worry, it can be accessed at any register. Lunch costs $3.25. More information and lunch menu is available here.
Some teachers post homework assignments on Student Portal: www.plusportals.com/CheneryMiddleSchool
Prior to 7:45 a.m., students in grades 5 and 6 may gather in the cafeteria and the auditorium, respectively. Students in grades 7 and 8 gather at the rear plaza area any time after 7:35. At 7:45, all students proceed to their lockers and then to their homerooms. At dismissal students participating in after school activities or meeting with a teacher may report to the appropriate room. All students who are not in the care of an adult are expected to pack up their materials and report to buses or the front or back exits for pick up or walking home. More information is available here.
At Chenery, student's most important job is to be a good student. With assistance from parents/guardians and teachers, we believe students can take on the responsibility of being an increasingly independent and successful. A few tips: Use agenda book in each class, empty book bag every day, do your homework each evening – checking the teacher portal if needed, bring the right materials to class every day, when you finish with an assignment, at home put it away right away, when you are all done with your homework, put all the things you are taking to school in your backpack ensuring that you are prepared in the morning. More information is available here.
New students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, must register in the main office. Parents/guardians must accompany the student and the following materials must be submitted at the time of registration: Residency Verification Form, Student Health History Form, proof of residency (as noted in Residency Verification Form), original health records (including physical exam taken place within one year and proof of immunization), birth certificate/passport, official transcripts, MCAS scores (if transferring from a public school in Massachusetts) government - issued photo identification of parents or legal guardians ). More information and online registration is available here.
Belmont School Committee policy determines the extent to which pupils in Kindergarten through Grade 12 are transported by bus. The Belmont Public Schools’ policy for providing busing will follow the State guidelines, and busing for students will be available for a fee. Information regarding school bus registration, including routes and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found here.
All students participate in a six-day rotation of "specials" classes, including art, music, library, physical education, and a technology class. The 6 day calendar is color-coded to correspond to the day in the rotation and it has been incorporated into our school calendar which is available online here. Please note that in the case of a school cancellation, that day in the rotation will be pushed to the day that school resumes.