Chenery Middle School Update - Week of March 27, 2022

March 27, 2022

Dear CMS Community,

In addition to the other items below, I wanted to make you aware of an incident that occurred at the end of last week. A 7th grade student brought an airsoft BB gun to school and showed it to a few other students in a bathroom. We investigated the incident and appropriate disciplinary action has been put in place. While it was determined that the student had no intent to use the airsoft gun, the decision to bring it to school presents a danger to others and can cause fear for members of our school community. Our first priority for our school is safety. Any type of weapon or replica of a weapon is not allowed on school grounds.

A reminder that MCAS testing begins this week in ELA with the Upper School today and Tuesday and the Lower School on Thursday and Friday. It is important that students have rest and something to eat before testing. Please also be sure to send a pre-filled water bottle with students. 

This week during homeroom on Wednesday, we will have part two of our CMS Learns: Building Awareness for a Stronger School Community. The focus of this week’s lesson is microaggressions - understanding what they are, how to respond if you are a victim or witness of a microaggression, as well as ways to respond if we commit a microaggression. We are all (students and adults) engaged in this learning together and I hope you will join us as we grow our understanding in diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. I will include the slides and screencast for each lesson in upcoming newsletters. 

It is hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of Quarter 3 grading period on April 11th. Please be sure to check in with your child on their progress and raise any questions or concerns with his/her/their teachers.

Wishing everyone a purposeful week ahead.


Karla B. Koza, Principal


March 28-29

MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2: Upper School 

March 30

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

March 31-April1

MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2: Lower School

April 5

CMS Paint Night - Students, Families & Staff 

April 6-13

Pedometer Challenges 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


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 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 & 13 (days 4 & 5)

MCAS STE: 5th &  8th Grade 

May 18

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

May 25

District Wide PD



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

Part 2 of this excellent series from Dr. Brittany Jordan-Arthur is available HERE. She provided parents with more excellent context and practical strategies for supporting our children as they navigate the many stressors facing teenagers today. For Part 1 of this series, you may view this recorded webinar by clicking HERE. 



We have so many excellent and caring educators at CMS. Please take a moment to recognize the individuals who give so much every day to your children. 

Outstanding Teacher Awards 2022

The Outstanding Teacher Awards (OTA) recognize the extraordinary contributions made by teachers in the Belmont Public Schools.  Community members, including high school and middle school students, may nominate a teacher they feel deserves this special designation.  Honorees are selected and the entire community is invited to celebrate with them at a ceremony on May 5, 2022.

Nominate a teacher today!  Deadline to submit nominations is March 27 Visit the Foundation for Belmont Education's website for details and nomination forms here. 


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.


Please look for Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance's  installation for Transgender Day of Visibility  (3/31). Trans Day of Visibility is an annual event dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. 

WHAT: Display of lawn signs featuring prominent transgender individuals in Belmont town

WHEN: March 26-April 3

WHERE: On the grass delta in front of 2 Leonard Street in Belmont Center

Featured transgender individuals include Rachel Levine, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and the highest ranking transgender official in our current administration (also a Belmont Hill and Harvard graduate) and Chastity Bowick, activist, civil rights leader and transgender health advocate. Bowick is Executive Director of Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts, the leading crisis agency for transgender communities in Massachusetts. Also, please check out Belmont Public Library/Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance's online panel for Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st, 7pm (info below).

Trans people are just as ordinary and extraordinary as everyone else! Join us for a panel discussion, with stories and conversation with a group of fabulous trans people:

Krysta Petrie (she/her) is an engineer, singer, maker, crafter, tinkerer, woodworker, and all-around nerd. She lives in Greater Boston with her wife Katie, dog Porter, cat Steve, and two sugar gliders. She holds several identities: transgender, queer, sapphic, and feminist, among others.

Noah Stang-Osborne (they/he), a speaker, activist, member of LexPride’s Board of Directors, and art therapy student at Lesley University. Noah holds several identities: Black, Crow, disabled, trans, nonbinary, and queer.

Parker Morii-Sciolla (they/them), a speaker, cosplay aficionado, and architecture student at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Parker holds several identities: Japanese-American, Italian-American, and trans (nonbinary, agender).

The panelists will share their stories and answer questions about their favorite depictions of trans people in books and film, what else the community should know about trans people, and what allyship looks like. Register to attend here. In addition to the Belmont Public Library, this event is co-sponsored by Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance, Belmont Human Rights Commission, LexPride, Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission, Quincy LGBTQ Commission, and Network for Social Justice. 


  • 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.


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.


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


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 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


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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