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

     January 23, 2018; 10am-2pm
    January 24, 2018; 3pm-7pm
    January 25, 2018; 3pm-7pm

    • Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2018.

    • Students entering first grade must be 6 years of age on or before August 31, 2018.  

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    January 19, 2018
    Chelmsford Public Schools’ McCarthy Band Directors Sean Wright and Allison Lacasse will be receiving the 2018 Massachusetts Music Educators Association Music Advocacy Award at the annual All-State Conference in Boston on Friday, March 2, 2018. The directors were nominated by Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey, and were selected among applicants across the state to receive this award. “All of our arts faculty go above and beyond for our students, and Allison and Sean certainly deserve to be recognized for all of the special opportunities they bring to our grade 5-12 band students across the district,” commented Whittlesey.
    The Music Advocate Award is presented annually to outstanding individuals, organizations, or community leaders who have demonstrated advocacy for music education in the schools of Massachusetts. The award may be given to any individual, organization, or community leader who qualify under the following criteria: 1) Is active as an advocate for music education in the school or community. 2) Shows strong leadership in the community and good rapport with teachers, parents, students, and Administrators. 3) Candidate’s efforts have led to a financial commitment for music education by the school system and community. 4) Candidate’s efforts have led to improvements in curriculum, budget, or enrollment in the music program.
    This is the fifth year that Lacasse and Wright have been co-directing the McCarthy Band Program in Chelmsford together. As a team, they direct the 5th through 8th grade band ensembles, the McCarthy Festival Band (competitive ensemble), and the Grade 6-12 CPS All Town Wind Ensemble. Outside of the school setting, the directors actively fundraise and promote the program within the community to provide their students musical exposure to professional musicians, new equipment, and instruments. Their efforts also lead to meaningful field trips to performance venues where the students can engage with professionals in the industry. The overall culture of the band program at McCarthy is one of excitement, inclusivity, and robust musical experiences for students and families.
    Recent honors for their ensembles include a 2017 Gold Medal rating for the McCarthy Festival Band at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert Festival and repeated invitations for the All Town Wind Ensemble to perform The Star-Spangled Banner at Fenway Park. On March 31, 2018, Lacasse and Wright will lead the All Town Wind Ensemble in a concert on the main stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the National Band and Orchestra Festival.
    In addition to directing the above ensembles as a team, they both maintain private lesson studios for flute and saxophone. Sean Wright is the director of the McCarthy Jazz Ensemble known as “McJazz”. Allison Lacasse directs a summer flute camp for students annually at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Both directors perform regularly in the Greater Boston area.
    Please contact Allison Lacasse and Sean Wright directly with any questions. Email addresses:,
    Picture attached: Massachusetts Music Educators Association 2018 “Advocacy Award” winners, Allison Lacasse and Sean Wright, at a CPS All Town Wind Ensemble performance at Fenway Park

    Alley Sean Fenway 2017

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  • On November 18, over 1100 music students from public and private schools across the Northeastern part of Massachusetts auditioned for the 2018 Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles. Out of this group, approximately 450 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) event, 17 of which were from Chelmsford High School. These students will perform at a concert in Wakefield, MA on Saturday, January 13.

    In addition to having these 17 students accepted into Senior Districts, students who received a score in the top 50% of their area were eligible to audition for the MMEA All-State Ensembles. This year, 10 band, chorus, and orchestra students received All-State recommendations!

    “We are so proud of the commitment of the students who auditioned and were accepted into this festival. Students work for years to be able to perform and succeed at this level, and participating in this event is a real honor for them, as well as for our district as a whole, ” commented Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey.

    The following CHS students have been selected to participate in the following Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles (students with All-State audition recommendations have an asterisk next to their names) :

    Moira Andrews, CHS Band*
    Chase Boles, CHS Chorus
    Emily Bruce, CHS Band
    Gina Castellano, CHS Chorus*
    Lora Coggins, CHS Chorus
    Melanie Foo, CHS Orchestra*
    Kevin Hamilton, CHS Chorus*
    Lily Hoyt, CHS Orchestra*
    Erick Lee, CHS Band*
    Andrea Loew, CHS Chorus
    Taylor McCormick, CHS Orchestra
    Krystal Qiao, CHS Orchestra
    Edward Rigney, CHS Band
    Delaney Schiefen, CHS Chorus*
    Sam Segal, CHS Chorus*
    Josh Timmins, CHS Chorus*
    Elaine Tsui, CHS Orchestra*

    The CPS Music Directors work diligently to develop students’ skills, and to facilitate student participation in the Senior District Festival.

    The CHS Ensemble Directors are:
    Kate Comeau, Orchestra
    Amanda Roeder, Chorus
    Matthew Sexauer, Band

    Special thanks to the Chelmsford Friends of Music! This parent group covers registration costs for students accepted to the festival.

    For more information on the Chelmsford Fine and Performing Arts Program, please contact Department Coordinator Christina Whittlesey at

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  • 230 North Road Chelmsford, MA 01824

    Fax: 978.251.5110

    Superintendent: Dr. Jay Lang
    Assistant Superintendent:
    Dr. Linda J. Hirsch