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  • MCAS Testing Session Schedule

    Grade 5, 7 & 8 students will be taking the computer based MCAS test (CBT).  Grade 6 students will be taking the paper based test (PBT).

    April 4- Grade 5 ELA 1

    April 5- Grade 5 ELA 2

    April 9- Teams 8-1 & 15 ELA 1

    April 10- Teams 8-1 & 15 ELA 2/ Grade 6 ELA 1 (PBT)

    April 11- Team 8-2 ELA 1/ Grade 6 ELA 2 (PBT)

    April 12- Team 8-2 ELA 2

    April 24- Teams 7-1 & 15 ELA 1

    April 25- Teams 7-1 & 15 ELA 2

    April 26- Team 7-2 ELA 1

    April 27- Team 7-2 ELA 2

    April 30- Grade 5 Math 1

    May 1- Grade 5 Math 2

    May 3- Grade 5 Sci & Tech1

    May 4- Grade 5 Sci & Tech 2

    May 7- Teams 8-1 & 15 Math 1

    May 8- Teams 8-1 & 15 Math 2/ Grade 6 Math 1 (PBT)

    May 9- Team 8-2 Math 1/ Grade 6 Math 2 (PBT)

    May 10- Team 8-2 Math 2

    May 14- Teams 7-1 & 15 Math 1

    May 15- Teams 7-1 & 15 Math 2

    May 16- Team 7-2 Math 1

    May 17- Team 7-2 Math 2

    May 21- Teams 8-1 & 15 Sci & Tech 1

    May 22- Teams 8-1 & 15 Sci & Tech 2

    May 23- Team 8-2 Sci & Tech 1

    May 24- Team 8-2 Sci & Tech 2

    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.  Although we will have calculators available, student will be more comfortable using their own.  However, 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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    Several Boston Globe-Scholastic Art awards have recently been bestowed upon students from the Chelmsford High School and McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford.
    Since 1923, The Scholastic Art Awards have offered millions of students in grades 7-12 enrolled in public and private schools and programs the opportunity to display their art works for regional and national recognition. The objective of the program is to foster the confidence of young artists and to invite students to broaden their horizons while winning national recognition.  The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the largest and longest running programs of their kind in the country.
    The Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Program is administered by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and works are judged by respected members of the art education community.
    There are several levels of awards:
    American Vision Nominee
    Senior Portfolio Gold Key
    Gold Key
    Silver Key
    Honorable Mention
    The Gold Key winning works will be on exhibit at Boston’s City Hall in March. In addition, work by students who received a Gold Key will be shipped to the national competition. If selected at the national level, their artwork may be chosen for exhibition in New York for the National Exhibit.
    All students who received awards will be invited to participate in an upcoming episode of the CPS Fine Arts Department TV show, “Spotlight on Fine Arts,” that airs on Telemedia educational channels and at
    The following CPS students received awards for their work in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition:
    Josie Lee, McCarthy Middle School: Drawing and Illustration, “Nighttime Ritual”
    Jennie Huynh, McCarthy Middle School: Drawing and Illustration, “Hair on Point”
    Lea Bosch, McCarthy Middle School: Printmaking, “Tranquil Beauty”
    Jennie Huynh, McCarthy Middle School: Drawing and Illustration, “Chinese Lunar Moth”
    Anna Kehoe, Chelmsford High School: Painting “C’est Moi”
    Mark Reitman, Chelmsford High School: Design, “Joji Concert Poster”
    Gracie Wood, Chelmsford High School: Photography, “Pumpkin Candle”
    The teachers who have submitted work to the Globe Art Awards have worked diligently and spent a significant amount of their own time working with students to develop their work, choose pieces for submission, and to edit and enter digital photos of student work. These teachers are:
    Madalena Alves, CHS
    Ashley Cormack, CHS
    Teresa Karangioze, CHS
    Sarah Kiley, McCarthy

    Boston Globe Art Show  - none named Art work Boston Globe Art Show  - none named Art work 2

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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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  • February Raffle Recognition

    Each teacher has raffle tickets to be given to students (even students who they do not have in class) when they are caught being positive, doing the right thing, going above and beyond our Social Contract, etc.  The students have been dropping off the tickets in their grade level jar in the office for a monthly drawing.  The following students were the winners last month:

    Grade 5: Hailey Graybeal who was recognized by Mrs. Skelton

    Grade 6: George Vosnaskis who was recognized by Mrs. Baker

    Grade 7:Carli Cogliano who was recognized by Mrs. Courtney

    Grade 8: Jennie Huynh who was recognized by Mrs. O'Meara

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  • February Students of the Month

    Congratulations to our February Students of the Month!  These students were recognized for consistently demonstrating excellence, modeling our social contract, and emulating positivity in our community.

     Team   Student

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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. Again, students should safely exit the car ASAP directly onto the sidewalk.  Multiple vehicles should be dropping off simultaneously.  Students should not be waiting to exit at the front the door.  That slows the process down.  We want to make 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 PROCEDURES FOR VOTING DAYS: Students being picked up will be sent to the auditorium at dismissal time.  All busses will be in the front of the school.  No child should be exiting on the police station side of the building.  Cars will begin to line up on the police station side of the building facing north road.  After the buses pull out of the front driveway, cars will then be allowed to pull up on the front driveway and pick your student up safely at the main entrance.   Please note, parents may choose this method to pick up at the front entrance on any day after buses pull out.  Thanks again 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 (12:15-12:35)
    • Grade 6 (10:40-11:00)

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

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    250 NORTH ROAD
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824

    Telephone: [978]-251-5122
    Fax: [978]-251-5130

    Kurt McPhee: Principal
    Donna Martin: Assistant Principal

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