April 24, 2022
Dear CMS Community,
I hope everyone had a terrific break! It is so nice to see spring unfolding and the sun shining for longer these days. As we return from break, the last couple months of school will be filled with learning, enrichment activities, celebrations and an eye towards summer break. I want to remind students and families that these next several weeks are very important to learning and preparation for our students’ transition to the next grade.
Of utmost importance is that our students come to school ready to learn, are respectful of others and are responsible for their choices. Our core values are what we lean on each day. The week before break was challenging for some of our students around good choices and adhering to our core values. We will continue to remind students of our expectations and we look for your partnership at home as well. Areas of concern that surfaced in earnest the week prior to April break included:
- Inappropriate language - swearing, mean spirited talk, and racial slurs.
- Inappropriate online searches on school issued Chromebooks and extremely disrespectful online behavior. Please review the items below around TikTok and Discord that I have included in past newsletters.
- Disrespectful behavior and language towards educators. Students are not responding appropriately when directed to follow our rules by the adults in our building.
- Graffiti in bathrooms.
- Bringing items to school that should stay at home or stay off and away at school. (Cell phones, headphones and earbuds are NOT allowed to be on and used during the school day. If parents need to reach children, please contact the main office. We can contact your child for you.)
We know the middle school years are ones in which students are learning more about themselves and mistakes are a natural part of that growth; however, we do have expectations around how we treat others that we all must adhere to for a school environment that is positive for both students and adults.
As we return to break and the remaining weeks of the school year, there is much to celebrate. We want all students to be able to participate and have fun. However, if poor decisions are made, consequences will be enforced.
I wish everyone a productive week ahead.
Karla B. Koza, Principal
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
PARENT CONSIDERATION FORMS FOR 2022-2023 ARE HERE
Parents, the links to the Parent Consideration Forms provides you the opportunity to give input on your child and his/her/their background. We use this information for thoughtful teaming and scheduling. Please complete these forms by May 13, at which point they will no longer be accessible.
Incoming 6th Grade (Current 5th Grade)
Incoming 7th Grade (Current 6th Grade)
Incoming 8th Grade (Current 7th Grade)
5th GRADE PUBERTY LESSONS
Please see our attached letter from our administrative staff and health education department. It will include information regarding the upcoming puberty lessons to be taught immediately following Spring Break, who to contact in case you wish to opt your child out of this particular lesson, as well as additional resources pertaining to the topic of puberty and adolescence. For more information, see the GRADE 5 PUBERTY LETTER
CHENERY HATE ON TIKTOK
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.
BALANCING TECH IN SCHOOL AND 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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JONATHAN MARKS - OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARDS
A BIG congratulations to Grade 8 Science Teacher Jon Marks who was recognized by the Foundation for Belmont Education as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2022 at CMS! 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. Please join me in celebrating Jon and his excellence in teaching!
GRADE 8 UPCOMING EVENTS
It’s time to celebrate our grade 8 students as they close out their time at CMS. Please see a list of dates and events below. More information is coming soon!
BELMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS EMAIL CHANGE
BPS staff email addresses will change on May 4. The new email address will now be @belmontschools.net. For example, the current email address: firstname.lastname@example.org will become: email@example.com. Emails sent to @belmont.k12.ma.us after May 4 will be forwarded until December, 2022.
REOCCURING NEWS & RESOURCES
STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Click here for CMS Student Council Calendar of Events 21-22
BELMONT WELLNESS COALITION SURVEY
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.
CHENERY COOKS! - A MULTICULTURAL COLLECTION OF RECIPES FROM THE CHENERY COMMUNITY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org managed by our wonderful librarian, Karen Duff.
BELMONT SUMMER ENRICHMENT
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:
Tuesday-Friday: July 5 - 8
Monday-Thursday: July 11-14
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.
From The Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance
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: email@example.com or Athena Edmonds at firstname.lastname@example.org. Athena and Carol Caravana are co-facilitators of this group.
Helpful District and School Documents
HOW TO CONTACT CMS SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
PRINCIPAL KARLA B. 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: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5820
Upper School (7 & 8) Assistant Principal Mark DiStefano email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5831
ENCORE & Student Programming Assistant Principal Ryan Holland email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5801
Lisa Hurtubise, ELA Reading Director email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617 993-5945
Elizabeth Baker, Director of Science email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5970
Jonathan Golden, Director of Mathematics email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5950
Arto Asadoorian, Director of Fine and Performing Arts email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5990
Lindsey Rinder, Director of English Language Education email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-1044
Jonathan Libby, Assistant Director of Student Services email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosa Inniss, METCO Director email: email@example.com