May 16, 2021
Dear CMS Community,
What a beautiful weekend! I hope everyone was able to enjoy it.
I sent an email home on Friday to encourage us all to help our students end the year in a positive way with behavior, choices, interactions with each other and faculty and staff. We will address this with our students this Wednesday in grade level virtual assemblies and the following Wednesday in Community Block classrooms. Thank you for reinforcing this at home.
Grade 8 MCAS begins tomorrow. All remote students will be provided with asynchronous work while in person students complete the testing. All remote students will be tested later in June. Please see details below.
Finally, we are happy to announce that we are partnering with Pelmeds Pharmacy to offer the 2 dose Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination series to our students ages 12 and up. Their team of vaccinators will come onsite to our school to provide immunizations on May 24, 2021, 8 am - 2 pm, at the Chenery Middle School. Please see below for the process and requirements for vaccination.
Have a great week!
Karla B. Koza
WEEK OF MAY 17, 2021
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, June 7th
Grade 5: new rotation begins on Tuesday, June 1st
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. For assistance from the Encore Virtual Office, please visit: Encore Virtual Office link: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
MCAS UPDATE - GRADE 8 THIS WEEK
GRADE 8 IN PERSON MCAS THIS WEEK
Monday, May 17 - ELA MCAS Testing, 8:00 - 10:30am
Thursday, May 20 - MATH MCAS Testing, 8:00 - 9:30am
Friday, May 21 - STE MCAS Testing, 8:00 - 9:30am
MCAS is set to begin for Grade 8 this Monday. Please make sure that your 8th grader(s) have breakfast or a snack before coming to school.
Grade 8 remote only students will be provided with asynchronous work during MCAS blocks, while their in-person peers are testing. If your remote student is testing in person (as requested in the survey sent out April 26th), please have your student at Chenery by 7:55am. They will meet their assigned 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.
Grades 6 - 8 remote students will be taking MCAS remotely on the following dates as indicated in the MCAS calendar below:
STE - June 4
ELA - June 7
MATH - June 8
You will be receiving further instructions regarding access to the testNav site, as well log in credentials directly from the technology department. Stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks.
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.
COVID VACCINE COMING TO CMS FOR STUDENTS 12+
We are happy to announce that we are partnering with Pelmeds Pharmacy to offer the 2 dose Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination series to our students ages 12 and up. Their team of vaccinators will come onsite to our school to provide immunizations on May 24, 2021, 8 am - 2 pm, at the Chenery Middle School AND 8 am -12 pm at Belmont High School.
All students will be vaccinated free of charge regardless of insurance coverage. If insured, please enter insurance information in the online registration. Once registered online there is no need to bring an insurance card to the clinic.
A follow-up clinic for second doses will be held on June 14, 2021. An additional registration link will be provided to register for the second dose at a later time. Students who have already received their first dose of the Pfizer series at another location are welcome to register for either date to receive their second shot as long as there has been at least 3 weeks between doses. Please remember to send the vaccination card from the previous vaccination and consent form with your student.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
After registering you will receive a link with a username and password. If you click on My Vaccine in the email and Login you will see a screen with all of the info that you input. Click Next and then you should be able to print the consent form.
Please make sure to print and sign the consent form and have the student bring it to school on the day of the clinic. A Parent or Guardian signature is required for any students under the age of 18.
Pelmeds Pharmacy has indicated that there will be plenty of vaccines for everyone. Additional appointments will be added if needed, should all of the time slots fill up. Please do not rush to register immediately after receiving this notice. If everyone attempts to register at the same time it will crash the site (unfortunately this has happened). If you experience any issues with the registration process please email email@example.com to resolve any issues. Appointments can be reserved by utilizing the appropriate link below.
Belmont High School calendly URL: https://calendly.com/pelmeds1/belmont-high-school?month=2021-05
CHENERY School calendly URL: https://calendly.com/pelmeds2/belmont-middle-school?month=2021-05
Reminder: Please make sure to print and sign the consent form and have the student bring it to school on the day of the clinic. A Parent or Guardian signature is required for any students under the age of 18. If a pdf version of the consent from is needed - PDF of Consent Form
ANOTHER OPTION FOR COVID VACCINE ADMINISTRATION
For families who prefer to receive vaccinations independently and choose not to participate in this opportunity, the Regional Collaborative in Medford at Tufts University is another great opportunity for families in need of the Pfizer vaccine for school-age eligible students (currently 12 and older) and adults. They will be running this clinic Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 am-4 pm for the next several weeks as long as the need is there. CLICK HERE for registration
STUDENT PLACEMENT 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
As we approach the end of the school year, we will be asking for parent input around placement for your child. We will send separate communication that walks you through the process and areas of consideration that you will find helpful. Please click HERE for more information and the form for your input.
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.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSES
Please have your child bring a water bottle to school every day. The water fountains are not operational.
If your child is sick, please call the absence line AND fill out the absence form HERE. Your child can not return to school until cleared by a nurse. Please submit a PCR test to the nurse, if requested to do so. If your child is sent to school prior to this clearance, you will be required to make arrangements to pick your child up from school.
Reminder, if your student is to be dismissed for medical reasons, we ask that you make arrangements to dismiss your student within 30 minutes.
Students will be outside more often. Please have your child dress appropriately for the weather and apply sunblock at home. Please make sure your student’s mask is well fitting.
The Nursing Health and Safety Protocols can be found at BPS nursing-health-and-safety. This site is updated often.
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.
Students who are absent due to a vaccination appointment are to take a sick day(s) as needed. Teachers will work with students to make up missed work.
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.
8th GRADE TRANSITION & MOVING UP - SAVE THE DATE
Grade 8 students will celebrate their moving up to grade 9 with two events in June.
Field Day: Friday, June 11 (Rain Date June 15)
Students will rotate through outdoor activities by team. Opportunities for our remote only students to connect will be available. The CMS PTO and faculty are working together to make this a fun afternoon. Details coming.
Move Up Ceremony: Wednesday, June 16
This event is virtual with the final component on our field for a photo. This is a student only event. Details coming.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617 993-5945
Elizabeth Baker, Director of Science email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5970
Jonathan Golden, Director of Mathematics email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5950
Arto Asadoorian, Director of Fine and Performing Arts email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5990
Jim Davis, Director of Athletics email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5930
Lindsey Rinder, Director of English Language Education
email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-1044
Jonathan Libby, Assistant Director of Student Services email: email@example.com
Rosa Inniss, METCO Director email: firstname.lastname@example.org