Chenery Middle School Update - May 8, 2022

May 8, 2022

Dear CMS Community,

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who have nurtured children in so many ways. 

This week, we have math MCAS for grades 7 and 8 on Monday and Tuesday and Science, Engineering and Technology MCAS for grades 5 & 8  on Thursday and Friday. Please urge your student to go to bed at a reasonable time (phones powered off), have something to eat for breakfast, bring a water bottle and a book to read. 

I want to thank Mr. Dyer and Ms.Hawkins who organized our first school dance since the pandemic began. Shout out and gratitude to our custodial staff and chaperones for their help as well. It was a great success and so nice to see kids having fun - and also a great way to kick off our 8th grade celebrations!

Wishing everyone a happy week ahead.


Karla B. Koza, Principal


April 29 - May 13

Creative Expressions Competition Sponsored by Student Council

May Dates

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

Discovery Museum Enrichment for 5th Grade

May 9-10

MCAS Math: Upper School

May 12-13 (days 4 & 5)

MCAS STE: 5th &  8th Grade

May 20

Grade 6 Kona Ice and Flying Dogs Event (sponsored by PTO)

2:45-4:00 PM

May 19-21

The Little Mermaid Jr. Performances (see below)

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

Grade 5 Kona Ice and Flying Dogs Event (sponsored by PTO)

2:45-4:00 PM

June 2nd

5th & 6th Grade Band Concert @ 7pm

June 3rd

5th Grade Chorus Concert (In-School Concert @ 9am)

June 8th

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

June 9th 

7th & 8th Grade Band Concert @ 7pm

June 10th

5th Grade Orchestra Concert (In-School Concert @ 9am)

June 13th

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

June 13-17

Grade 8 Spirit Week (Details TBD) - Class Competitions on June 17

June 21

Grade 6 Field Day

June 22

Last Day of School - 11:00am Dismissal

Grade 8 Move Up Day

Grade 7 Field Day


The Chenery Middle School production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be taking place on Thursday and Friday, May 19th & 20th at 7 pm.  The final performance will be Saturday, May 21st at 2 pm. 

Here is a link to buy tickets: https://bhs-pac.org/cms.html



2022-22 School Supply Starter Boxes

Want to avoid the rush for school supplies? The Chenery Student Council organizes over 500 school supply boxes for Chenery students. This is a great way to save time and money by purchasing a starter box of supplies through us today! The box of supplies aligns with the regular starter supply list all students should receive over the summer and is currently available on the Chenery MS Website (under For Families>School Supply List). All supply starter boxes will be in the students homeroom on the 1st day of school. See links below for details. The deadline to pre-order a box is Friday, June 3, 2022.

Grades 5-6

Lower School Supply Starter Box Flyer  |  _ORDER NOW_ MySchool Bucks Website

Grades 7-8

Upper School Supply Starter Box Flyer  |  _ORDER NOW_ MySchool Bucks Website

 If you have any questions, please email Mr. Dyer at ldyer@belmontschools.net




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!




June 13-17

Grade 8 Spirit Week

Details coming soon!

June 16

Grade 8 Party/Class Night sponsored by CMS PTO

6:00-8:30 pm

Games, music, and more.

June 22

Last Day of School

Class Day - Grade 8 Move Up 

Details coming soon!



BPS staff email addresses will change on May 4. The new email address will now be @belmontschools.net. For example, the current email address: jsmith@belmont.k12.ma.us will become: jsmith@belmontschools.net. Emails sent to @belmont.k12.ma.us after May 4 will be forwarded until December, 2022.

Chenery Pride Shirt Fundraiser for Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Get ready for Pride in June by purchasing a Chenery Pride shirt designed by the Chenery GSA. These t-shirts are a terrific way for adults and students alike to show your pride on spirit days and year round! Orders will be accepted online until Sunday, May 15 and shirts will be delivered to The Chenery, where they will be available for pickup (more info to come). We are currently offering adult and youth sizing. If you have questions about sizing, feel free to email the GSA advisors (cwaters@belmontschools.net) (zsoares@belmontschools.net) . All proceeds from this fundraiser will support the GSA! Please click here  to order.


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)


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.


From The Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance

Pride Prom - Friday, May20  - Open to MS and HS Students

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.


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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