Chenery Middle School Update Week of June 13, 2021

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Chenery Update -Week of October 5th, 2020

June 13, 2021


Dear CMS Community,


It is hard to believe we are ending the 2020-2021 school year. This year has seemed like five, yet now with three days remaining, it seems to have snuck up on us.


Vaccination #2 Tomorrow

If your child is receiving a second vaccination tomorrow, please be sure your child has his/her/their vaccination card as well as the signed consent form.


Grade 8 Move Up

We are so incredibly proud of our 8th graders who are moving up and onto high school. It has been especially challenging for this class as they have not had the opportunity to experience the traditions of the past for their last year at CMS. We are very much looking forward to our Move Up day on Wednesday. The PTO and teachers at CMS have a special day planned. Families can join us by watching it live through Belmont Media. All details are below.


Chromebook Return

Students in grades 5-7 will retain their Chromebooks for the summer. Grade 8 will return their Chromebook on the last day of school. They will be receiving new devices as they enter high school.


School Leadership Changes

As you may be aware, Jodie Cohen, Assistant Principal of the Upper School is departing to become the Principal of Kennedy Middle School in Natick. Jonathan Hartunian, AP of the Lower School, has recently accepted the role of Principal of John Glenn Middle School in Bedford. I want to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude to both of them for their dedicated and unwavering service to the students, faculty and staff at CMS. Their assistance, support, and willingness to do whatever it took to keep our big school going was invaluable to me this year. Nicolette Foundas has been appointed as the Lower School Assistant Principal. We are in the process of conducting a search for AP of Encore & Student Programming and will begin the search for AP of the Upper School as well. 


With Gratitude

As we close out the school year, I want to thank the families of CMS for their ongoing patience, input, feedback and support. As a new principal during a pandemic, it has certainly been a challenge. However, this community - the parents, faculty, staff, and, most importantly, the students, have shown me what a truly special place Chenery Middle School is. I also want to thank the PTO and it’s co-presidents, Laura VanderHart and Jenny Kresse, for their support, positive energy, and care for CMS. 


I wish all members of our school community a wonderful summer filled with activities that you have missed and are more than ready to do. Happy Summer!


Best Regards,
Karla B. Koza




Day of the Week




Day 2

Vaccination Day #2 from 8-2PM



Day 3

7th Grade Field Day



Day 4



8th Grade Move Up Day - 8th Grade Dismissed at 10:30


Grades 5, 6, and 7  Dismissed at 11:00AM


Days of the Cycle Calendar 

Encore Rotations


Move Up Ceremony: Wednesday, June 16 

This event is virtual for families with the final component on our field for a photo. A google form will be sent to remote students and their families if they are interested in participating in person for this event. 

  • This is a student only event. Speeches by students and faculty as well as student slideshow will be live streamed by Belmont Media.
  • Team activities from 8-9:30AM
  • Move Up Program from 9:30-10:15. (See Zoom link below to access this portion of the program live.)
  • Students will be dismissed to the field at 10:15 for a special activity.
  • 8th grade dismissal at 10:30AM

Belmont Media Link for 8th Grade Move Up Ceremony LIVE! 9:30-10:15AM

Families can watch on channel 96 (Comcast) and channel 30 (Verizon) and online at http://www.belmontmedia.org/watch/infotv



All 8th grade students will return their Chromebooks to our Tech Department on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 16. Students MUST return their devices on this day. There will be tables set up at the school and each team will have a window of time to return devices. All remote students may return their Chromebooks to the Main Office between 8-2PM on Thursday, June 17.

The Tech Department will be in contact later in the summer for the pick up of new devices for their entry to 9th grade. Please contact the Tech Department with questions. 



Students from each team will be attending 3 different off site field locations.

7-1 Town Field

7-2 PQ Park

7-3 Grove Street Park

  • Students must submit permission slips to team teachers in order to attend.
  • Remote students attending field day will be joining the teams at CMS and walking with the teams to the park.  All remote students will be picked up at CMS, as well.  
  • Students may NOT be dropped off or picked up at the fields to ensure accurate attendance.

Please remind your student that respectful and responsible behavior is expected. This includes positive sportsmanship, appropriate language, and kindness. Thank you.


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. 


2020-21 Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed next week on June 15th and 16th.

Remote students may pick up their yearbook on June 15th from 3:30-4:30pm in the Chenery parking lot.

In-Person students will receive them on June 16th during homeroom.

Here are a few links to check if any extra yearbooks are still available, if you already pre-ordered a yearbook, or if you recently purchased one of the extra copies.

Chenery School Store

The school store is officially closed for the summer. It will reopen again fully stocked and ready to rock in September 2021! The school store carries a wide array of items (such as - large assortment of school supplies, school spirit wear, umbrellas, stress relievers, snacks, drinks, binders, yearbooks, event tickets, and more).


2021-22 School Supply Starter Boxes

If you ordered a starter box of school supplies with the Chenery Student Council, it will be placed in your child’s homeroom ready for them to receive by the first day of school (September 9, 2021). The pre-ordering deadline was June 4th. No additional orders are being accepted. A few extra boxes will be available in the school store on Sept 9th, sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you plan to purchase your own school supplies, check out the Chenery School Supply List on the school website. Its under - Resources > For Families > School Supply List


The parent can return the chromebook and charger any day to Belmont High School between 8am-3pm. There is a table to the right of the greeter's desk with a blue "Return" bin underneath. They can place the chromebook and charger in the bin. 


Please click on the links below to get started on summer reading 2021.

Grade 6 Summer Reading

Grades 7 & 8 Summer Reading


As we look to a prolonged break over the summer, we are urging students and families to think simple and fun in order to help our students recharge and be ready for learning in September. 

Take A Break! Stay off screens - 

Avoid group chats and social media. 

See friends in person when possible and safe.

Read! Check out the summer reading lists or pick up something you enjoy.

Play! Click HERE for more ideas around the critical need for play for our students. 


Given that all students now have Chromebooks and much of their work and homework is located on Google Classroom, the need for a hard copy of a calendar/agenda book has decreased. However, we know some students do well with a hard copy. If you’d like your child to be given an agenda book at the start of the school year, please fill out THIS form. This will help us determine the number we should order. Thank you.


Students are not allowed to use their cell phones during school hours. The policy for cell phones at school is “off and away.” This is an important way that we can help students stay focused and off an unnecessary screen during the school day. This includes texting with family. Students MAY use their phones after dismissal. We would appreciate your reinforcement of this policy at home. Thank you


We will not be able to hold our grade 5 puberty lessons this year, however, as we know, the onset of puberty will not wait until these lessons are held in 6th grade. As parents are the first line of support for their children, our health department educators wanted to share materials to help parents facilitate a conversation with their child until this topic is covered  in Grade 6. These lessons will occur during either semester 1 or 2 depending on when a student has health.  Ms. Frender and Ms. Membrino-Hutton have provided a Screencastify video that shares an overview of the puberty lessons (Overview of Puberty Lessons) as well as a list of resources for the parents to help facilitate their conversations (Resources).


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:



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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



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.


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 Koza



Please contact me in any of the ways below.

Chenery Middle School

95 Washington Street

Belmont, MA 02748





Lower School (5 & 6) Assistant Principal Jonathan Hartunian email: jhartunian@belmont.k12.ma.us 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: jcohen@belmont.k12.ma.us 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: lhurtubise@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617 993-5945

Elizabeth Baker, Director of Science email: ebaker@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5970

Jonathan Golden, Director of Mathematics email: jgolden@belmont.k12.ma.us 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: cfoley@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5950

Arto Asadoorian, Director of Fine and Performing Arts email: aasadoorian@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5990

Jim Davis, Director of Athletics email: jdavis@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5930

Lindsey Rinder, Director of English Language Education

email: lrinder@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-1044

Jonathan Libby, Assistant Director of Student Services email: jlibby@belmont.k12.ma.us

Rosa Inniss, METCO Director email: rinniss@belmont.k12.ma.us 

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