Important Kindergarten Registration Information


School registration for all children entering kindergarten next year and all first graders not currently enrolled in a Chelmsford kindergarten will take place on:

 April 11th, 12th, & 13th

4/11: 10:00am-2:00pm
4/12 3:00pm-7:00pm
4/13 3:00pm-7:00pm
at the School Administration Office, 230 North Road, Chelmsford, MA.


230 North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 
 Registration For Chips Is Now Open For The 2017-2018 School Year!
3 or 5 half day spots are available for morning or afternoon sessions.  Please contact the CHIPS office at (978) 251-5188 for more information.
Ambulance Group  
 The Chelmsford Public Schools would like to thank John Chemaly and Christopher Dick from Trinity Ambulance for donating and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our CPS Central Office on 230 North Road.



    Dr. Linda Hirsch and Dr. Matthew Beyranevand invite you to an #askCPS tweet chat on the first Thursday of the month. Our next chat will be on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics discussed will be academics, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Join us with questions, ideas, and inquiries by adding the hashtag #askCPS to all your tweets at 8p.m. ET on March 23rd.

McCarthy Announcements

  • Registration for Spring Track is now open!  


    Students should register using this link:


    Registration is due by Friday, March 24th. Students that have not registered by March 24th may not be able to eligible to practice on the first practice (April 5th)


    Practice Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (April 5th - May 25th)
    Practices will take place on the McCarthy Track from 2:45-3:40.  Students are allowed to take late buses home from practices.  First Practice:  Wednesday, April 5th

    A complete schedule of meets will be sent as soon as the schedule is finalized.  

    New track team member student informational meeting:  Tuesday, March 28th, 2:45pm, Lecture Hall.  

    Coach Contact information:  Mr. Guerra (

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  • Good News from Mme. Gadbois

    Nine of our 8th grade French students attending this year's trip to Québec applied for the ACIS tour company's travel scholarships. The theme of this year's scholarship contest was "The World in My World" whereby students were asked to write an essay, produce an artwork, or submit a photo that addressed this theme. There were two scholarships available for the middle school level: 1st prize, a $1000 travel scholarship; and 2nd prize, a $500 travel scholarship.  We are proud to announce that McCarthy's French Students took home both prizes!

    Jessica Bejar-Garcia won the $1000 1st prize for her beautiful artwork pictured here and Praneeth Abburi won the $500 2nd prize for his excellent essay. Congratulations!   The French trip also receives $500 from the tour company for sponsoring the winning scholarship submissions - so we all win thanks to those students who took the time and made the effort to apply.  Congratulations!  

    Winning Artwork

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  • 2017 MCAS Testing Dates

    Below are the scheduled testing dates for all grades.  Grade 8 students will be taking the computer based version of the ELA and Math MCAS tests.  All other grades as well as the Grade 8 Science and Technology test will be paper based as they have been in past years.

    • April 5 & 6  Grades 6 & 7 ELA (two total sessions)
    • April 25 & 26 Team 8-1 and HR 106 Computer based ELA (two total sessions)
    • April 27 & 28 Team 8-2 and HR 234 Computer based ELA (two total sessions)
    • May 2-4 Grade 5 ELA (three total sessions)
    • May 8 & 9 Grade 6 & 7 Math (two total sessions)
    • May 10 & 11 Grade 5 Math (two total sessions)
    • May 15 & 16 Team 8-1 and HR 106 Computer based Math (two total sessions)
    • May 17 & 18 Team 8-2 and HR 234 Computer based Math (two total sessions)
    • May 22 & 23 Grade 5 & 8 Science/Tech (two total sessions)
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  • Chelmsford Student Musicians To Perform For The Massachusetts Music Educators Association
    Northeast District Junior Music Festival

    This year, many of Chelmsford’s band, chorus, and orchestra students have worked diligently with their ensemble and private lesson teachers to prepare for state-level music events, including the MMEA’s Northeast District, Junior District, and All-State Festivals. The talent and drive of these students is consistently demonstrated through the sheer numbers of students who are accepted each year, and this year has produced another crop of successful auditions! Read More

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  • Incoming Grade 5 - SCHOOL Fine & Performing Arts Options

    Incoming grade 5 letter - MCCARTHY.pdf

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    I wanted to reach out to the whole community to remind you of some of our standard procedures.

    DROP OFF FOR STUDENTS MEETING WITH A TEACHER OR ATTENDING A MORNING CLUB: Students should not arrive to school before 8am unless they have a prearranged meeting with a teacher or are attending a club.  Those students arriving before 8am must enter through the front door any time after 7:30 and sign in at the main office unless the club has an alternate sign in procedure. 

    REGULAR MORNING DROP OFF: This still occurs on the police station side of the school.  The side doors open at 8am.  Students go directly to the cafeteria where there is supervision until HR begins at 8:10.  Students should exit the vehicle ASAP directly onto the sidewalk.  They should not wait until they are at the door.  Multiple cars should be able to allow students to dismount simultaneously. Once buses are clear from the front, we begin sending cars to the front door as well to alleviate congestion.  Students should not be waiting to exit right at the door.  That slows the process down.  We want to makes sure students get to HR on time (8:19).

    AFTER SCHOOL PICK-UP (2:40): Pick-ups at the end of the school day (2:40) are in the parking lot near the tennis courts/football field.  Please note that busses block the driveway next to the school next to the police station during dismissal.  If you are arriving close to or after 2:30, you will probably have to enter the pick-up area using the entrance on Old Westford Road.  For children's safety, please back into a parking spot before the dismissal time as it is much safer pulling forward out of a parking spot once school is dismissed.  Thanks for keeping our children safe.

    PICK UP AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (activities will begin early October):  Pick-up after activities (3:45) is different from pick-up immediately at the end of the day (2:40). If you are picking up your child after activities, the designated pick-up area is near the cafeteria on the School Administration side of the building.  During the winter months our late buses come to the front of the school and block the driveway.  Please remember, you cannot pass a bus with flashing lights even when it is in our parking lot/driveway.

    DISMISSALS: Please try to remember to send in a note with your child when you know your child will need to be dismissed.  Please try to avoid dismissals during recess.  This is to help you avoid a possibly lengthy wait as we would have to radio out to the recess aides to locate your child who then has to go to their locker/class.  Often I know dismissals are for appointments and we would hate to see you potentially be late.  Therefore, err on the side of caution and dismiss before the following recess times:

    • Grade 5 (11:30-12:00)
    • Grade 6 (12:15-12:45)

    Thanks for helping us keep children safe and get them to HR & important appointments on time.

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Our Social Contract

Attendance Hotline

phone If your child will be home from school, please call us at 251-5122 and select option "1" or email us at to report your child absent. If you do not call in, our office will issue a ConnectEd message to the families of all absent students whose parent has not called in. It will be a generic message indicating that your child is absent and to please call back or send in a note the next day to insure that the absence is recorded as an excused absence instead of an unexcused absence. The last part of the message urges you to contact immediately if you believe our call to be an error.

What's on TV?


    Spotlight on Fine Arts
    Music Student Successes; Teaching Music at the South Row Ele...

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  • On Stage / McCarthy Band Winter Concert, January 12

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  • On Stage StringFest 2017

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  • Link to Episode #60 of Fine and Performing Arts TV Show featuring Byam Art, McCarthy Music, and Parker Students

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