Dr. Linda Hirsch and Dr. Matthew Beyranevand invite you to an #askCPS tweet chat. Our next chat will be on Wednesday, April 26th, 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 April 26th.

McCarthy Announcements

  • Grade 5 Parent Orientation Night

    Parents of incoming grade four students are invited to join us on May 10 at 6pm in our auditorium.  There will be a brief orientation and PowerPoint presentation followed by building tours and an introduction to grade 5 curriculum.

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  • Change in Grade 5 ELA Dates

    The Grade 5 ELA Testing dates had to be amended to be in compliance with the state's testing window:  The dates are as follows

    • Tuesday, April 25- Teams 5-1, 5-2, 5-4 & 5-5 (Session #1)
    • Wednesday, April 26- Team 5-3 (Session #1) & Teams 5-1, 5-4 & 5-5 (Session #2)
    • Thursday, April 27- Teams 5-2 & 5-3 (Session #2) & Teams 5-1 & 5-5 (Session #3)
    • Friday, April 28- Teams 5-2, 5-3 & 5-4 (Session #3)
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  • Chelmsford All Town Wind Ensemble Accepted To National Band And Orchestra Festival
    The Chelmsford All Town Wind Ensemble (ATWE) is a group of approximately 70 enthusiastic volunteer student musicians in grades 5 through 12 from the McCarthy Middle School, Parker Middle School, and Chelmsford High School Band Programs. Its members are dedicated to rehearsing after school hours to play advanced music of high artistic merit. Read More.

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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)
    • April 25-28 Grade 5 ELA (three total sessions)**THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUSLY RELEASED SCHEDULE**
    • 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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  • 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?

  • Theater On Stage / "Family Album" Preview Performance Before State Finals
    Home stage preview performance before advancing to the state finals of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s High School Drama Festival


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  • On Stage
    "The Thursdays" Competition Set

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    CPS Orchestras MICCA Preview Concert,
    March 29

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