Chenery Middle School Update - Week of October 24, 2021

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October 24, 2021

Dear CMS Community,

What a gorgeous weekend! I hope everyone was able to get outside and enjoy the foliage and fresh air. 

We have a busy week of learning and connecting this week. Your children are immersed in creativity, exploration, and collaboration as they build skills and spark curiosity in all content areas. A reminder that we have an early release on Wednesday for family/teacher conferences. 

In addition, I want to remind our students and families that masks are required while indoors at our school as well as on our busses. We have been getting reports of students getting onto busses without masks on or without any masks with them at all. This cannot happen and is a violation of safety. Please be sure your child has a mask and understands the town and BPS expectations - masks must be worn indoors and on buses at all times. Thank you for your help.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead. 

Best Regards,

Karla B. Koza, Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, October 27

Early Release at 11:00am

Middle School Parent Conferences (virtual)

Friday, October 29

4:30 PM

Grade 5 & 6 Social (PTO Sponsored) Under the Big Tent


Student Council Sponsored Pumpkin Carving & Halloween Costume Competition

DEADLINE November 3rd

Monday, November 1st

***Rescheduled Picture Day

Wednesday, November 3 Early Release at 11:00am

Middle School Parent Conferences (virtual)

Monday, November 8

3:30 PM

CMS School Council Meeting - Main Office Conference Room

Thursday, November 11

No School - Veterans Day

Friday, November 12

CMS Spirit Day - Sports Theme

Wednesday, November 24

Early Release

Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26

Thanksgiving Recess


  • The Upper School Math Team came in 2nd Place in their first league meet! Congratulations!
  • Shout out to the CMS Cross Country team on their last home meet against Lexington. Very strong performances and team spirit! Our last away meet is this Tuesday in Sudbury, buses are arriving at Chenery at 2:45!
  • Shout out to our 8th grade girls who played on the Freshman high school field hockey team this season - they were undefeated! Congrats on a great season, Mackenzie Clarke, Caroline French, Cate Killeen, Adrianna Tziavas, Capuccine Detheux!
  • CMS Girls and Boys Basketball is ON! Tryouts will be held the Monday after Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Unity Day at CMS - thanks to our many staff and students who wore orange in support of unifying our school against bullying for a kinder, more accepting and inclusive world! Bullying is everyone’s responsibility!! See a few photos below:


Belmont Public Schools are currently implementing vaccine mandates for all educators and staff. We are continuing to prioritize ensuring high vaccination rates amongst all adults who work in our schools. The Belmont Public Schools encourages all families, students, staff, and school community members who are eligible to get vaccinated.

As presented at the Belmont School Committee meeting on September 21, 2021, anyone –including parents and family members who wish to volunteer in our school buildings during the 2021-2022 school year – will need to show proof of vaccination. Volunteer may scan or provide a photocopy (or email a photo) to the school administrative assistant when checking in at the school’s main office for the first time this year. Additionally, Individuals who plan to volunteer in any of the district schools can email a PDF or photo of their vaccination card directly to Human Resources (rleeb@belmont.k12.ma.us) in advance of their first volunteer date. All vaccination card copies will be kept securely under lock and key, and individual vaccination status will be handled confidentially by the school and central administration staff.


Click here for CMS Student Council Calendar of Events 21-22


The Chenery Middle School 2021-2022 Yearbook is available for sale! The yearbook is a 150+ page hardcover record of the 2021-22 school year. It will document student life, activities, student portraits, staff photos, events, grade eight farewell ads, and much more. The yearbooks will be given out to students during homeroom before the end of the school year (no later than June 17, 2022).

Start by clicking this link for the 2021-2022 CMS YEARBOOK

After clicking the link above, you’ll be able to -

  • Order a Yearbook - $25.Deadline to order - March 31, 2022
  • Order a Grade 8 Farewell Ad - Full Page - $75, 1/2 Page - $50, 1/4 Page - $40 You design and layout on the Jostens Yearbook website. Yearbook theme (colors and formatting) will be applied to your design. Examples of Grade 8 Farewell Ads Deadline to order - February 4, 2022

Upload Yearbook Photos

  • The Photo Upload Portal is the place to upload any and all photos for the 2021-2022 yearbook.
  • Deadline to upload photos - March 31, 2022
  • Please consider uploading any photos you have. Photos you took at a game, celebration, outing, concert, dance, CMS Staff photos, out of school, groups, event, trip, etc.

Don’t delay, order a yearbook today!


Our children use all kinds of hashtags and slang that we should all be aware of. HERE is an article of a list parents should be aware of. 



We continue to experience a shortage of professional aides, building substitutes and cafeteria staff. This impacts students directly in meeting educational needs, having needed support in large classes, having to pull professional aides to cover classes when teachers are absent, and students needing to wait longer to get lunch. If you or someone you know is interested in working in our school I encourage you to apply. CLICK HERE to learn more.


The Chenery Middle School has developed the following guidelines to ensure that the private school application process runs smoothly for students, teachers, and counselors: CMS Private School Application Overview 2021-2022.  This information can also be found on the CMS website: https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/cms/School-Info/Departments/Guidance.  Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions or need additional support with this process.

 BPS Health Protocols

There are updated guidelines and protocols that are important for families to review to understand what happens when a student presents symptoms of COVID, tests positive for COVID, or is determined to be a close contact. Please check the BPS Nursing Page on a regular basis. Details on the Test and Stay protocol can be found HERE.

It is critically important to review and complete a symptom checker (found HERE) if your child is exhibiting any COVID19 symptoms. Please do not send your child to school sick..

Please encourage your child to bring a water bottle each day. We have filling stations but not access to traditional bubblers.

Cheetah Spot
Does your child ride a school bus or can’t make it to the store when it is open? If so, they can pick up a green order form outside of the school store and follow the directions on the form. Students can use the order form to place and receive an order so they don’t miss the bus.

How to Sign Up For CMS Email

To receive the communications sent out on the Chenery Middle School listserv, click HERE.

Helpful District and School Documents


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 Nicolette Foundas email: nfoundas@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5820

Upper School (7 & 8) Assistant Principal Mark DiStefano email: mdistefano@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5831

ENCORE & Student Programming Assistant Principal Ryan Holland email: rholland@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5801

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

Vicky D'Annunzio, Interim Director of World Language email: vdunnuzio@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

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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