McCarthy Middle School

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    Service Dog For those who have made a visit to McCarthy Middle School, you may have been fortunate enough to meet Romer, a golden Labrador Retriever, who has been in service to math teacher Thomas Gallagher since 2015. In addition to Romer’s service to Mr. Gallagher, he is responsible for spreading joy to the entire McCarthy community on a daily basis. Mr. Gallagher releases Romer to spend time with students who choose to visit his classroom during lunch. Romer is also a frequent visitor of the Main Office, where he is adored by staff.

    Zachary Friedland, a young composer who received his training at the University of Rhode Island, Longy School of Music, and The Ohio State University, has recently signed on with Woodson Percussion & Publishing, LLC (ASCAP). A personal friend and colleague of Allison Lacasse, one of the two co-directors of the band program, Zachary suggested the idea of commissioning a piece for one of the bands. A group can commission a new piece of music at any time, and there does not necessarily have to be a story behind it. However, it was obvious to the McCarthy Band directors that Romer would be an inspirational subject for this new work.

    Says Friedland, “I love writing music that has special meaning for both the musicians and the audience. When Ms. Lacasse told me about the school’s service dog, Romer, it sounded like a really fun idea that everyone would enjoy and a special thing for this community. I set out to write a piece that was as joyous and celebratory as possible. Something very uplifting. As someone who grew up with a dog, it was easy to relate to the feeling of joy and love they bring to everyone they come in contact with.”

    Romer has been trained to hold a maraca in his mouth, and sometimes comes out to the lobby and “sits in” with the McCarthy Lobby Band on Fridays. Once Zachary heard this, he composed a prominent maraca part in the music.

    The world premiere of the new piece will take place at the McCarthy Band Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center at Chelmsford High School (200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA, 01863). This is a free concert and is open to all, including Romer, who will be in attendance with his maraca in tow!

    For more information, please contact Allison Lacasse & Sean Wright, Co-Directors, McCarthy Band Program 250 North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824

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    CPS K-12 Art Show is on display through the month of March at the Adams Public Library.
    McCarthy has many student artists highlighted!
                              Isabel Lopez Gr.7   Clara Wong Gr. 8          Kristy Njenja Gr. 8                  
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    Once on this island Jr.


    PLease click link below for ticket purchases:

    Once on this Island Jr.

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  •  McCarthy Arts Choices Grade 5

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  • 2018-19 Activities & Clubs

    Our 2018-19 after school activities and clubs are underway.  Students at the middle schools can participate in a variety of after school activities.  The activities offered this year are listed in our 2018-19 Activities Book.  We strongly encourage ALL students to participate in at least one activity as an important element in middle school development.

    If you have any questions about the programs or wish further information, please feel free to check the Activities Quick Link or contact us. Click HERE to access the Activities Book and Health Form and additional information regarding Late Buses and activities.

    Please see the Weekly Bulletin for a list of this week's activities.



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  • Mathematics Placement Process

    Although we are just beginning grade six, we want to inform you of the process used for math placement for grade seven. In grade seven, we begin levels in math: honors, accelerated and 7th grade math. There are many criteria used for the placement process and they are detailed below with the expectations for honors:

    • 4th Grade MCAS score – 530 +
      •    5th Grade MCAS score – 530 +
      •    Average of five Continental Math League Test – 3.6 average
      •    New England Math League Test – 20+
      •    Term 1, 2, & 3 average – 95%+
      •    Basic Skills Test – 90%+
    • Aptitude Test – 85%+
    • Teacher Input


    In order to qualify for honors, students will need to be successful in at least six of the criteria above. Students and families will be notified of their placement for mathematics classes next spring.


      Any questions about the process or program, please feel free to contact me at

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School Info

    250 NORTH ROAD
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824

    Telephone: (978) 251-5122
    Fax: (978) 251-5130

    Kurt McPhee: Principal
    Kerry Calobrisi: Assistant Principal

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