Chenery Middle School Update March 13, 2022

March 13, 2022

Dear CMS Community,

As we head into the second week of March, we are busy with all sorts of school activities and learning. Thank you to all of our families, students and staff for working hard to support our new mask optional environment. I want to reiterate that in order for all students and staff to feel comfortable, we must support individual choice with masking. 

Last Wednesday, we had our second Community Day. This opportunity for students to connect, learn about each other, and have some fun, went well. This is just one way we are working on helping each other value our differences as well as surface what binds us. In our surveys sent to students a few weeks ago, they identified “See each other as human beings who all need to feel accepted” as the most important way for all students to feel safe and happy at school. 

This week, we will capitalize on that student input as we start a learning series called CMS Learns: Building Awareness for A Stronger School Community. It will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The goal is to build the capacity of all of us around what this looks like in school. We will show short video presentations with students on a bi-weekly basis during homeroom on Wednesdays. We will start this week by calibrating our understanding to key terms like, equity, equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. I will share all the slides in this series as we go. 

Last, I’d like to draw your attention to the second part of a very popular series with Dr. Brittany Jordan-Arthur. On Friday, March 18th at 8:00AM, Dr. Jordan-Arthur 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. Please see the details below.

Wishing everyone a purposeful week ahead.


Karla B. Koza, Principal


March 14

Q3 Progress Reports Released

School Council - LCR at 3:30PM

March 15 

Annual Latin Examination (8th grade during A block) 

March 16

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

Lower School MCAS Infrastructure Test

March 17

Lunch Registers Returning (See Below)

March 18

Supporting our Students Through Stress: Part 2 Webinar Series from McLean at 8:00am (This will be recorded.) Zoom link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/81074758918

March 23

CMS Community Day

March 30

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

March 28-29

MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2: Upper School

March 31-April1

MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2: Lower School

April 5

CMS Paint Night - Students, Families & Staff Register HERE

April 6-13

Pedometer Challenge Sponsored by Student Council

April 8

End of Quarter 3

April 11

School Council - LCR at 3:30PM

April 13

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

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

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)

April 27

CMS Community Day

April 28

Family Trivia Night - Virtual 6:30-7:30 Sponsored by Student Council

April 29 - May 13

Creative Expressions Competition Sponsored by Student Council

May 2

Q3 Grades Released

May 4

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

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

May 18

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

May 25

District Wide Professional Development



Please see these details around when masking MUST still occur in school buildings. Please reach out to our nursing staff with questions.  


CMS will begin to bring registers back to our process this Thursday, March 17. 

  • Families will need to anticipate payment for second meals. 
  • First meals are still free of charge. 
  • For all directions on how to pay and other questions you may have, see this link. If you have additional questions, please contact Dustin O’Brien, Director of Food Services at dobrien@belmont.k12.ma.us 
  • Students will be shown a screencast regarding these procedures and how to find their lunch codes in PlusPortals during homeroom and it will also be send to their email.


  • March 11, students receive email with recommendations from teachers and link to course request google form.
  • For all information regarding course selection, please click on the BHS Website HERE.
  • For specifics on timelines and process, click on THESE SLIDES.
  • By March 25, students must submit a course request google form.


As you may know, your 5th grade student recently participated in several presentations from our world language department to help them choose which language to take as 6th graders next year. Please see this letter from our world language director. Below you will find the link through which your child may register for their world language class. A few things to note:

  1. Even if you are not coming back to CMS next year there is a question for you to answer. Every student should fill out the form.
  2. You will confirm your World Language selection on the official Google form through THIS LINK 
  3. In order to avoid multiple responses for a student, each student must use their Google - “belmontschools.net” account (preferably on their home computer) to access the Google form. This is the only way to confirm and complete the World Language course selection. Parents and children should work together to enter their selection when they are available to log into their Google - “belmontschools.net” account.  If you are having difficulty with signing in, please watch THIS VIDEO demonstrating how you are to log into your child’s belmontschools.net google account.
  4. This form is due FRIDAY, March 25th.

Thank you so much, and don’t hesitate to reach out to rholland@belmontschools.net if you have any questions.


The Upper School Math Team is having a very fun, exciting, and successful year! The team competes in the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM) against other middle schools across the state. Thus far, we have had four meets and our cumulative team ranking is 3rd in the state! Three of our eighth graders are individually ranked in the top 50 in the state! We look forward to our fifth and final meet on March 31st. Some Upper School Math Team students also competed in MathCounts. At the Metronorth chapter competition, our MathCounts team placed fourth and advanced to the state level of competition. At the state competition, our team placed 8th in the state and one eighth grader ranked 21st amongst individuals.


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

CMS Paint Night - Students, Families & Staff Register HERE


The deadline to order a 21-22 CMS Yearbook is March 31, 2022. Don’t delay, order a yearbook today! Click this link to order a 2021-2022 CMS Yearbook

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 are excited to announce the launch of a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site that will live on the Belmont Public Schools website. The site features a welcome and commitment to equity from the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI-related news, our strategic initiatives, and more. It will serve as a living site that will update and archive the district's past, sharing present and future equity work. In addition, we hope to provide the BPS community with an opportunity to learn more about the work of DEI in the district and stay informed about how to be involved in DEI initiatives.


The Belmont Wellness Coalition created a  survey in order to better understand the needs of parents concerning issues related to youth mental health and substance misuse. This data will assist the BWC in planning future programming. Your participation is completely anonymous and greatly appreciated. Please click HERE to take the survey. Thank you for your important participation.


We feel it is important that students feel empowered to lift up their voices and take action to protest the regressive and frankly hateful actions against transgender youth and their families being taken by the Texas governor and others across the country.  Learning of these actions and others against LGBTQ+ youth has a deleterious impact on all LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and allies, including those in Belmont. We will do whatever we can to support our youth, and we thank you for doing the same. CLICK HERE for more information from the Alliance. Click HERE for their website.


The FBE Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the Chenery Middle School beginning at 2:00 PM. The Bee is open to all students in grades K-6 and is an exciting event for students, family, and friends! Click HERE for more information.



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

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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