May 9, 2021
Dear CMS Community,
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all mothers had a wonderful day today.
We have finished our first week of full time learning and it has been great to have us all working together again. Thank you for your flexibility as we have started new routines and reinforced our safety measures.
With our full return, our students are experiencing a range of emotions. After a long absence from a more traditional school experience, some students may feel anxious, excited, and/or cautious. These emotions are appropriate. As you know from my communications this week, sometimes these emotions are surfacing in behaviors that create even more stress for the individuals and the school community. Our faculty and staff continue work each day to support our middle school students through meaningful relationships and a safe space to talk. For ideas on how families can help their children in this transition, click HERE and HERE.
As most of our students have returned to the building, we are seeing more cars dropping students than ever. This is creating safety concerns for our students and our crossing guards. Please consider having your student walk to school if at all possible. It’s better for safety of all, great for physical and mental health, and supports a better environment.
MCAS testing begins this week with Grade 5. Please see below for details.
As we start a new week, we look forward to great days filled with learning and connection. Routines are taking shape and we are getting used to the new normal.
Have a great week.
Karla B. Koza
WEEK OF MAY 10, 2021
PLEASE SLOW DOWN!
Parents, please slow down as you are dropping off your child at school. Many cars are going too fast around our building and the neighborhood surrounding it. Our students are crossing streets and our crossing guards are doing their best to manage the traffic flow. Last week, a car crashed into a fire hydrant on Hurd Street. Please slow down for safety.
SCHOOL SCHEDULE & ENCORE ROTATIONS
Six Day Cycle- We are now following our usual six day cycle you can view here.
Grades 6-8: new rotation begins on Monday, May 17th
Grade 5: new rotation begins on Monday, May 17th
Encore Rotation Schedule will show what encore class teams will go to next. Here is a video to help navigate the rotation schedule as I added more helpful details. Virtual Office: For assistance please visit: Encore Virtual Office link: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
RETURN TO FULL TIME LEARNING - ATTENDANCE
As always, please call the attendance line to report any absence.
Lower School Attendance Line: 617-993-5822
Upper School Attendance Line: 617-993-5832
Parents MUST call the upper or lower school offices to dismiss a child. An email to a teacher or a text to a child is not in line with our official policy and/or need to ensure we have accurate attendance and awareness of every student in the building. This is a safety concern. Please do not come to the school without a phone call prior. We appreciate your help with these important processes.
In addition, as our schedule has changed, there is no longer an option to remote into classes for any reason other than those that are COVID related. If a student is in quarantine, please be in contact with our nursing staff and the upper or lower school office to inform us of that.
REMOTING INTO CLASS RULES
We are seeing students choose to stay home for a variety of reasons and remote into classes. The ONLY reason students are allowed to change from in person learning to remote is if there is a COVID related health reason. Regular illness, oversleeping, or “not feeling like it” are not acceptable reasons to remote into class. Teachers have been instructed to dismiss students from virtual meetings if they have not been cleared by the nurse and administration to attend remotely.
As our CMS Guide states: In grades 6 - 8, students who must quarantine will have their schedule adjusted to attend the streaming classes on their team. All other students not approved for quarantine will be marked absent and need to make up work as in prior school years. Students may not elect to remote into classes for any reason outside of those that are COVID related. The transition to remote learning may take 24 hours.
We would also ask that you do not ask the nurse or teachers permission to allow your child to remote in for any other reason than COVID. Thank you.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP - WHAT YOUR CHILDREN POST MATTERS
Please take the opportunity to remind your children that what they post on social media matters. For help on how to have this conversation, click HERE.
MCAS UPDATE - GRADE 5 THIS WEEK
GRADE 5 IN PERSON AND REMOTE MCAS THIS WEEK
Monday, May 10 - ELA MCAS Testing, 8:00 - 10:30am
Thursday, May 13 - MATH MCAS Testing, 8:00 - 9:30am
Friday, May 14 - STE MCAS Testing, 8:00 - 9:30am
MCAS is set to begin for Grade 5 this Monday. Please make sure that your 5th grader(s) have breakfast or a snack before coming to school or sitting for the MCAS test at home.
If your remote student is testing in person, please have them at Chenery by 7:50. They will meet their proctor in the main office and will be escorted to their testing room. When they finish, the school will call you to pick up your student.
5th grade Remote MCAS Student Information:
Remote 5th grade MCAS test takers should have received their remote login and password to enter the MCAS TestNAV system. If you did not receive that information on Sunday morning, please email the technology department director, Steve Mazzola, for assistance. firstname.lastname@example.org. All remote students will report to their remote homeroom first before going to the MCAS testing google meet. Your remote homeroom teachers will ensure that all students know where to go, how to access the testNAV system, and triage any issues with them.
Remote family members are not allowed to be in the room with their student(s) once the test begins and cameras should be turned on while the test is underway. If your student is having an issue with anything at all, ask them to signal to their remote proctor that they are having an issue and they will be taken into a private google meet room to get help.
Below is the schedule for MCAS testing at CMS. Each grade will be testing for one week only (2 or 3 days, depending on grade level). We will provide additional information as we get closer to testing dates.
STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE
CMS School Store - The Cheetah Spot
The school store is open! Are you in need of school supplies (pencils, pens, binders, notebooks, and much more), Chenery clothing, yearbooks (past years and current year), gadgets, umbrellas, and much more. Check out the school store on the 1st floor near the auditorium. For the remainder of the school year, the school store will be open two days a week - Wednesday and Friday from 2:30-3:00pm. Do you have to catch a bus or can’t make it to the school store after school? Print an order form from the link below or pick up an order form from Mr. Dyer in 117 to have your order delivered during the school day.
Cheetah Spot Store Order Form
2020-21 Chenery Yearbook
Did you forget to order a 2020-21 school yearbook? If so, there are 100 extra yearbooks available to purchase on a first come, first serve basis for $22. Orders are processed through the school store in order to manage the count of the extra books (no online orders). Can’t make it to the school store, print the Extra Yearbook Order Form or pick up an order form directly from Mr. Dyer in room 117. Your order will be processed when payment has been received (no exceptions). All yearbook orders (pre-orders and extra copies) will be distributed together on June 15/16. Additional details will be emailed closer to the date.
Can’t remember if you pre-ordered a yearbook? Check the 2020-21 Yearbook Order List to be sure. Click this link to see how many extra yearbooks are still available!
2021-22 School Supply Boxes
Want to avoid the rush for school supplies? Last year, Student Council organized 400 school supply boxes for Chenery students. This is a great way to save time and money by purchasing a starter box of supplies through us today! See links below for ordering details. The same list below are the same list shared throughout the summer with school team placement letters and on the Chenery website.
Lower School Supply Starter Box | Upper School Supply Starter Box
VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR COMING
VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE - MUSIC FOR FOOD FUNDRAISER
The Belmont Orchestras proudly present our Virtual Orchestra Performance- Music for Food Fundraiser video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxQMeSvUpy4
In partnership with Music for Food, an international organization that engages and teaches about hunger and food insecurity, the Belmont Orchestra students in grade 6-12 have creatively collaborated on a virtual performance piece, D Major Jam, by Jessie Montgomery. We present this video to our entire Belmont community to raise awareness about hunger, and to raise funds for the Belmont Food Pantry. By sharing our musical talents, we hope to raise funds locally for our community members in need. This fundraiser will be open through May 15, 2021.
Please take a few minutes to watch our video and consider a donation through Music For Food: https://musicforfood.net/index.php/donation/
BELMONT SUMMER ENRICHMENT IS COMING!
Are you looking for fun, educational opportunities for you children this summer? If so, Belmont Summer Enrichment is a great choice for you! BSE offers a variety of different classes for incoming Pre-K through incoming grade 7 students, in addition to an intern program for students in grade 8 and up. Some of our courses include Engineering, Coding, Sports, Improv, Graphic Design, and Art Creations and many are taught by our own BPS teachers. This is a great way to keep curious minds thinking over the summer and maintaining good learning habits so your child will be ready and excited to learn in the fall.
See a full list of courses and register on our BPS Website: Summer-Programs
And, you can like us on Facebook!
Session 1: Monday-Thursday: June 28-July 1
Tuesday-Friday: July 6-9
Session 2: Monday-Thursday: July 12-15
Monday-Thursday: July 19-22
Location: Chenery Middle School Cost per Session: $250
BELMONT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - UPCOMING EVENTS
Please join the BHRC and your community members at these important events.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT LGBTQ+ ISSUES
UPCOMING LGBTQ+ EVENTS for May and June, 2021
HOW TO CONTACT CMS OFFICES ON GOOGLE MEET
Students may contact the virtual office should they have any problems during the school day.
Lower School Virtual Office: https://meet.google.com/fnp-kvjr-fuo
Upper School Virtual Office: https://meet.google.com/ebq-wsag-kjd
Encore Virtual Office: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
PRINCIPAL KARLA B. KOZA
Please contact me in any of the ways below.
Chenery Middle School
95 Washington Street
Belmont, MA 02748
HOW TO CONTACT CMS SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Lower School (5 & 6) Assistant Principal Jonathan Hartunian email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5820
Lower School Virtual Office Link: https://meet.google.com/fnp-kvjr-fuo
Upper School (7 & 8) Assistant Principal Jodie Cohen email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5831
Upper School Virtual Office Link: https://meet.google.com/ebq-wsag-kjd
ENCORE Assistant Principal Nicolette Foundas email: NFoundas@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5801
Encore Virtual Office link: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
Lisa Hurtubise, ELA Reading Director email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617 993-5945
Elizabeth Baker, Director of Science email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5970
Jonathan Golden, Director of Mathematics email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5805
Deborah McDevitt, Director of Social Studies email: DMcDevitt@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5980
Colleen Foley, Director of Foreign Language email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5950
Arto Asadoorian, Director of Fine and Performing Arts email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5990
Jim Davis, Director of Athletics email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5930
Lindsey Rinder, Director of English Language Education
email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-1044
Jonathan Libby, Assistant Director of Student Services email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosa Inniss, METCO Director email: email@example.com