Chenery Middle School Update for February 27, 2022

February 27, 2022

Dear CMS Community,

I hope every member of our school community had a terrific break and an opportunity to rest, play, and connect. We come back to school ready to get back to learning! 

As we return, I want to remind families that the mask mandate in Belmont has not been lifted as of yet. All school community members will be expected to continue wearing masks until such a point that the town Board of Health, BPS School Committee and BEA have discussed it and made recommendations around the mask requirement. I realize this issue is one that concerns our families for a variety of reasons. I ask that you support our need to continue masking until we have definitive direction coming in early March. For a reminder of the current timeline for BPS mask policy changes, see Superintendent Phelan’s email. 

As you can see below, we have a lot happening at CMS. As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.


Karla B. Koza, Principal



March 3 

8th Grade NAEP Testing 

March 7-8

5th Grade World Language Presentations in SDR & LCR

March 9

Anti-Bullying – Orange Shirt Day - Upload a Photo HERE

March 11

Chenery/Boston/Belmont Spirit Day

March 14

CMS School Council - LCR at 3:30PM

March 28-29

MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2: Upper School

March 31-April1

MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2: Lower School

April 18-22

April Break

April 25 

US Enrichment Assembly Sponsored by the PTO

Grade 7: Blocks A (7-1), C, (7-3) D (7-2)

May Dates

(5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1)

Discovery Museum for 5th Grade

May 5-6

MCAS Math: Lower School

May 9-10

MCAS Math: Upper School

May 12

MCAS STE: 5th 7 8th Grade



We have had some near misses of parent vehicles with other vehicles as well as with children trying to cross the streets near our school. PLEASE slow down. Even if you are running late, safety is far more important than arriving a few minutes late. Thank you. 

SUPPORTING STUDENTS THROUGH STRESS: Part 2 Webinar Series from McLean on March 18

We are excited to offer Part 2 of the well attended series from Dr. Brittany Jordan-Arthur in which she will continue to help adults by providing excellent context and practical strategies for supporting our children as they navigate the many stressors facing teenagers today. You may join this webinar on March 18 at 8:00am. To join this valuable webinar, click on this link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/81074758918. It will be recorded.  For Part 1 of this series, you may view this recorded webinar by clicking HERE


We would like to inform you that the Chenery Solar Project has been completed and that the array is now generating electricity. You can access the SunBug Solar portal showing production information at: https://monitoringpublic.solaredge.com/solaredge-web/p/kiosk?guid=04eda539-a460-419c-b34f-1a36141910b6


If you were unable to make the BHS 8th grade parent night regarding the course selection process, you may view a recording of that event HERE.



We invite all students and their families to join us as we celebrate diversity and culture in the new digital version of a cookbook started years ago at CMS. In the first edition, thirty-six countries were represented, and each recipe was submitted by a Chenery family or staff member and was representative of their cultural heritage. We will be replicating this approach in the second edition. Please click HERE for more information and directions on how to share YOUR loved recipes as we celebrate the many cultures represented at our school. Please direct all questions to chenerycooks@belmontschools.net managed by our wonderful librarian, Karen Duff.


Are you looking for fun, educational opportunities for your 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.  

Some of our courses include Engineering, Coding, Collaborative Sports, Improv, Graphic Design, and Growing Gardeners, which will be taking place in the Chenery Courtyard. Many classes 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 registration details on our BPS Website:

http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Home/Partners/Summer-Programs And, you can like us on Facebook or Instagram!

This year’s dates are:

Session 1

Tuesday-Friday:  July 5 - 8

Monday-Thursday:  July 11-14

Session 2

Monday-Thursday:  July 18-21

Monday-Thursday:  July 25-28


While we continue to grow our capacity on purposeful and meaningful use of technology at school, some parents wonder how to better curb non-essential tech use at home. Here are a few resources that may help as you work with your child.

What's the right age to get my kid a phone?

Parents' Ultimate Guide to Discord

Click here to learn about the dangers of Discord. 

Click here for an article on understanding TikTok. 

Learn more about how to protect children with settings on Netflix HERE.

How to manage your child’s device remotely, CLICK HERE

How to manage your child’s YouTube account, CLICK HERE.


Mentor Match is a free academic mentoring program hosted by Belmont Public Library for students in grades 6-10. Students are paired with a volunteer mentor from BHS to help them once a week for one hour either in a virtual session or in-person and masked at the library. Each match lasts for as long as the mentor's schedule allows and they are welcome to explore any subject their mentor feels comfortable with. Students or their parents can register here: https://belmontpubliclibrary.net/2021/08/03/mentor-match/  If you are a student who is interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, please complete a Tutor Profile here: https://forms.gle/JbkhLdbzt91DnEnC6 


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!

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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