Chenery Middle School Update - April 10, 2022

April 10, 2022

Dear CMS Community,

We enter another busy week at CMS. Please take special note of the calendar section to look forward to our last quarter. 

This week, we will continue our CMS Learns series with a focus on How to be an Ally. To preview the slides that we will cover, click here. A request that we have had from many students is how to take action to support each other as well as how to let someone know if they see negative behavior or actions aimed at other students. This week, we are working to give students some age appropriate ways to respond. 

Wishing everyone a purposeful week ahead.


Karla B. Koza, Principal


April 11

CMS School Council - LCR at 3:30PM

April 12 

CMS Concert: CMS Chamber Singers & Chamber Orchestra, 7pm

April 13

CMS Learns Awareness Series During Homeroom

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

CMS Winds Concert & Belmont High 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)

April 26 

8th Grade Chorus/Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30-3:30 in auditorium

April 27

Community Day Block

April 28

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

8th Grade Chorus/Orchestra Concert @ 7pm

April 29 - May 13

Creative Expressions Competition Sponsored by Student Council

May 2

Q3 Grades Released

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 11

PLT Meetings

May 12 

7th GR Chorus rehearsal during E block in auditorium

May 12-13 (days 4 & 5)

MCAS STE: 5th &  8th Grade 

May 23 

6th Grade Chorus Rehearsal during G block

May 24 

7th Grade Chorus and Orchestra Concert @ 7pm

May 25

District Wide PD

May 26 

6th Grade Chorus and Orchestra Concert @ 7pm

May 27 

5th Grade Chorus Rehearsal in auditorium during G block

May 31st 

5th Grade Band Rehearsal in auditorium during G block 

June 1st

6th Grade Band Rehearsal in auditorium during G block

June 2nd

5th & 6th Grade Band Concert

June 3rd

5th Grade Chorus Concert

June 7th

7th Grade Band Rehearsal in auditorium during E block

5th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal in auditorium during G block

June 8th

8th Grade Band Rehearsal (after school from 1:30-2:30

June 9th 

7th & 8th Grade Band Concert

June 10th

5th Grade Orchestra Concert

June 13th

LABBB Graduation in Auditorium (followed by reception in LCR) 12:30 - 3pm



Parents will receive a google form which provides you the opportunity to give input on your child and his/her/their background. We use this information for thoughtful teaming and scheduling. You will receive these forms on May 1st with a closing date of May 13. Stay tuned for this form.


We have had rising concerns about CMS hate sites and posting on TikTok. Some of the content posted by students is mean, racist, homophobic, and entirely disrespectful to students and the adults who work in our building. Please have a conversation with your child about TikTok and the importance of character online. A student’s digital footprint can last forever and impact their future opportunities. Please click here for an article on understanding TikTok. 




We are offering a preview of the clubs so you are prepared for registration.  Please note, we may continue to add clubs if they become available between now and registration. The link for preview and registration is https://chenery.schooltwist.org

Clubs include Dance Explosion, Board Game Club, Japanese for Fun!, Book Club, Creative Arts and Expression, Photoshop, Graphic Design, Chess Club, Maker Mondays, Knitting, Crochet, Mock Trial, 8th Grade Literature, and Fabricator Fridays. 


Registration officially opens on Wednesday, April 6th at 7am. The registration process is as follows: 

  • Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Payment by MasterCard or Visa will be required during the initial registration, unless a student is placed on the waitlist or requesting financial assistance. Waitlist families will only pay if a space becomes available.
  • Registration will close on Wednesday, April 13th or sooner if all spaces are filled.
  • There is a waitlist option, so if a club is full, you can still sign up and see if a space becomes available. We do have movement off the waitlist each session.

Financial Assistance may be available (approval by Chenery Administration), but is limited to 1 club per student. Detailed information about each club is on the registration website: https://chenery.schooltwist.org Further questions?  Please contact Denise Steiner and Anna Churchill at CheneryPTOClubs@gmail.com. Want to join our team? We’re looking for help with club management tasks. We'd love to have your help!


From The Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance

Rainbow Artists

Ages 8-11: Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm, April 7 to June 2 (skip April 21)

Ages 12-15: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm, April 5 to May 31 (skip April 19)

Rainbow Artists is a creative expression group for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies ages 8-11 and 12-15. Led by experienced art facilitators/therapists, we create a safe, warm space with art invitations and conversations – and occasional guest LGBTQIA+ artists! LexPride is grateful to Community Endowment of Lexington, and endowed fund of Foundation for Metrowest, for a grant that helps cover the cost of Rainbow Artists. Register for Zoom link

Announcing GBPFLAG Newton/Belmont Parent Group

The GBPFLAG Newton/virtual parent group meeting will officially now become the GBPFLAG Newton/Belmont group. This group is open to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and family members.

 When: Fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Where: Virtual on April 27, July 27, and August 24. In person on May 25, June 22, and again in September for the fall at First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Avenue. 

 Parents who are interested in joining this group are asked to contact: newtonsupport@gbpflag.org or Athena Edmonds at athena@edmonds.com. Athena and Carol Caravana are co-facilitators of this group.



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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