McCarthy Middle School

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Empathy

McCarthy Announcements

  • MCAS Testing Session Schedule

    • April 8 & 10  Grades 5 & 8 ELA
    • April 9 & 11  Grades 6 & 7 ELA
    • April 22- May 3 ELA Make-ups
    • May 7 & 9 Grades 5 & 8 Math
    • May 8 & 10 Grade 6 & 7 Math
    • May 13 & 15 Grade 5 Science (student questionnaire on May 15)
    • May 15 & 17 Grade 8 Science (student questionnaire on May 17)
    • May 13-23 Math & Science Make-ups

    All students will be taking the computer based MCAS test (CBT).

    Please help you child prepare by ensuring they are well rested and have a good breakfast on those days.  Grade 7 & 8 students can use calculators on the second day of math testing and there is a built in calculator in the testing platform.  Please note that statewide MCAS policy states that cell phone calculators are NOT allowed.  As is the rule on every day, students should not have their cell phone with them in class. If they are caught using their phone during an MCAS session (even if in the bathroom!), their scores are nullified. Thanks for helping us out with this.

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  • Mini-Marathon- The Tradition Continues

    Please join us for the annual Mini-Marathon, a one-mile run open to all Chelmsford middle school students, elementary students, and parents/guardians/staff members.  The race will be held on Wednesday, May 15th on the McCarthy Track.  Students will meet to warm-up and stretch from 2:45-3:00.  Students will then race the one-mile cross country course in categories divided by grade and gender (3:00-8th grade, 3:15-7th grade, 3:30-6th grade, 3:45-5th grade, elementary school, and parent/guardian/staff member, 4:00 Awards Ceremony).  Students who are done racing may try to catch the late buses at 3:45, but anyone in the later races or any runner planning on staying for awards should have a ride home scheduled at 4:15.   Awards will be given to the top three girls and the top three boys from each grade.  Students do not need an activity card to participate, but you must register your child using the link below before Friday, May 10th.  Please email Caitlin Klick-McHugh at with any questions.  Thank you!


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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                  
    self deer crab
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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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