Chenery Middle School Update - Week of November 14, 2021

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November 14, 2021

Dear CMS Community,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I want to remind families of a few important operational items for the week ahead:

  • Please have your child bring a water bottle to school. We have filling stations throughout the school and would like to avoid waste of plastic cups. 
  • Please be sure your child brings his/her/their charged chromebook to school each day. Many students forget to charge or bring their chromebooks. We have a limited amount we can provide to students when this happens.
  • Please remember there is no parent parking, drop off or pick up in our lot in the morning for arrival or in the afternoon for dismissal. This is a serious safety issue with busses and students walking to the entrances.
  • Please be sure your child is bundled up for colder weather. Students will be outside in the morning and during recess if the real feel temperature is 17 degrees or higher. Coats, hats, gloves and warm shoes are essential. We use our outdoor spaces not only for exercise and fresh air, but also as a mitigation strategy to keep students separated during our busiest times of the school day. 

Thank you for your partnership every day. We look forward to a great week ahead!

Best Regards,

Karla B. Koza, Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 15

Start of Quarter 2 of Semester 1

Thursday, November 18

Virtual Coffee with Principal Koza & Superintendent Phelan 

8:30AM Zoom Link Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84426866159?pwd=MUhkOG1qdldvREtyUTBBc0ZudzA1QT09


Informational Meeting for Grade 7 & 8 Girls Basketball

2:30PM in Small Gym


Student Council Sponsored Bingo VIRTUAL

6:30-7:30pm CLICK TO SIGN UP

Wednesday, November 24

Early Release at 11:00am Student schedule HERE

Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26

Thanksgiving Recess

Wednesday, December 1

Middle School Parent Conferences (virtual)

Early Release at 11:00am. Student schedule HERE

Friday, December 24 - Friday December 31

No School - Winter Break 


End of Quarter 1: Friday, November 12, 2021

Start of Quarter 2: Monday, November 15, 2021

Quarter 1 Grades released to PlusPortals: Tuesday, November 30, 2021


Coach Schmitt will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, November 18 at 2:30 in the small gym. If you are unable to make this meeting and want to know more about tryouts, please see Mr. Schmitt. 


Join us this Thursday at 8:30 AM to meet with Principal Koza to ask questions, provide input and ideas. Superintendent Phelan will also be present to take your questions. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84426866159?pwd=MUhkOG1qdldvREtyUTBBc0ZudzA1QT09 Meeting ID: 844 2686 6159 Passcode: 789307


As you may know, BPS has been working on a solar panel project that will finally begin on Monday, November 15. It is a two week process for the crew to complete the placement of the panels and all connected equipment. This project was spearheaded by the Belmont High School Solar Action Club and will be completed in partnership with Belmont Light and Sun Bug Solar. This project represents a culmination of effort and action that will be an excellent learning tool for the students and CMS. Thank you to the many individuals who have worked to make this happen.


Beginning on November 15, the tents on our campus will be removed as the colder weather sets in. Due to the severe space restrictions in our building, all students will eat lunch indoors in our cafeteria. We will continue to follow the routines we have put in place. Here is a general outline of how lunch will work:

  • All students will eat in the cafeteria.
  • Students are assigned to tables by team.
  • Lunch remains by grade (no mixing of other grade levels)
  • Students are to have masks off only while eating. When talking, students are required to put masks back on.
  • Students eat and then may head directly outside for recess. We find that most students are ready to head outdoors in under 10 minutes.
  • Students who wish to remain indoors in the cafeteria will be expected to keep masks on and distance when possible. 
  • We will continue to have students assist in cleaning tables with disinfecting wipes.

When these changes take effect, we will continue with our layered and highly effective mitigation approaches. They include:

  • The use of masks indoors except when eating.
  • Regular hand washing and sanitizing.
  • All adults are fully vaccinated.
  • Families and staff are using the symptom checker to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms 

We have been pleased with the extremely limited spread of COVID19 in our school setting. In addition, the knowledge that other schools in other areas have been eating lunch indoors in cafeterias at 3ft spacing since the beginning of the year with little to no spread is highly encouraging. We will continue to closely monitor our strategies, and will be ready to shift if we find that this is not working.


6th graders in Mr. Ligon’s science class produced a scene for a chemistry review movie. If you want to see the talent and knowledge of some of our 6th graders contact team Fire.

Grade 7 Greasers and Socs for "Tuff Tuesday" to celebrate the end of The Outsiders unit.

It's so nice to be back in person and doing the fun things about being at school!





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



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.


Need a refresher on where to find information on Portals? Want to know what our daily announcements are at CMS? Click HERE for a video tutorial on how to navigate our student information system.


Transgender Awareness Week, observed November 13th to November 19th, is a one-week celebration leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which memorializes victims of transphobic violence.The transgender pride flag is a light blue, pink and white striped flag, designed by American trans woman Monica Helms in 1999, and is a symbol of the transgender community, organizations, and individuals.


Picture books and middle grade books: https://welcomingschools.org/resources/childrens-books-transgender-non-binary 


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!

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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