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Chenery Middle School Frequently Asked Questions

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Call the school’s absence phone number as soon as possible before or 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 7:55 a.m. will be considered tardy and must sign in at the Lower or Upper School office with a note from a parent.

Please note: If student is absent from school, he or she may not participate in after school or evening activities on that day without prior approval from a building administrator.
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.
Keeping track of your grades will help you understand how you are progressing in each class. Using the online teacher portal is a great tool to do this. Report cards and Progress reports: 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.

Grade Scale for Letter Grades:
A+ 97.00  B+ 87.00 C+ 77.00 D+ 67.00 F 59.00
A 93.00 B 83.00 C 73.00 D 63.00  
A- 90 .00 B- 80.00 C- 70.00 D- 60.00  
Lunch costs $3.25. Parents may use online system to deposit money on their children's school meal account via credit/debit card. Checks sent to school to be credited to your child's Nutrikids account should be made payable to: Belmont Public Schools and should be delivered to Food Services in the morning before or after lunch.

For on-line payments to MySchoolBucks/Nutrikids, credit cards usually credit the account within 25 business hours. E-checks, bank and debit cards without the credit card logo may take from 3-10 calendar days to appear as a balance in Food Services. Please be sure to make payments well in advance so that the children have money in their accounts when they approach the register. More information is available at Food Department web site
Some teachers post homework assignments on Student Portal: Student+ Portal
Prior to 7:45 AM, 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. School begins at 7:55 AM with homeroom and morning announcements. School dismissal at 2:25 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (School dismisses at 1:15 PM on Wednesdays)

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.