Parent eNews: CMS Weekly

Sunday, January 27, 2019 (Week #23)

Finishing The Project... Taking Pride In A Job Well Done...

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Parents & Guardians:

I want to thank all of the parents and guardians who responded to our Homework Survey last week. In total, we had over 115 responses, and also some very thoughtful feedback. I will be running the survey for one more week. All of the results will be brought to my Instructional Leadership Team for review. Again, I want to thank parents for giving us valuable feedback as we reflect upon our current homework practices. If you haven’t had a chance to provide your feedback, please consider completing the survey – thanks!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend…

Dean W. Packard


508-248-1423 Ext. 1102

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Weekly Events:

Monday, Jan. 28th

- Term #3 Officially Begins

- Learning Academy – Grades 5&6 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Library)

Tuesday, Jan. 29th

- B&G Basketball Game (Home) x Trottier 3:30 p.m. (Girls first)

- Learning Academy – Grades 7&8 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Library)

Wednesday, Jan. 30th

- Ski Club (Week #4 – last week was postponed)

- Learning Academy – Grades 5&6 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Library)

Thursday, Jan. 31st

- B&G Basketball (Away) x Oak Middle School (Girls first) 3:30 p.m.

- Learning Academy – Grades 7&8 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Library)

- Intramurals 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Gym)

Friday, Feb. 1st

- Business as usual

Special Happenings:

Term #2: Officially Concluded on Friday, January 25th

Parents can see final Term #2 grades on Friday, February 1st in the Parent Portal

Term #3: January 28 – April 5, 2019

SEPAC Information:

Join the DC-SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) for a FREE presentation by the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). The BSEA presentation will provide an overview of the special education mediation process. BSEA Mediator, Steve Lilly-Weber, will be presenting.

This presentation is during February break: Tuesday, 2/19 6:30-8pm @ Dudley Middle School Auditorium.

The BSEA, which derives its authority from both federal and Massachusetts statutes and regulations (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; "IDEA"; MGL ch.71B; Section 504 of the Rehabiliation Act of 1973) conducts due process hearings and renders Rulings and Decisions concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEP), provision of special education and procedural protections for students with disabilities.

Please contact Jillien with any questions or concerns regarding this event at:

Bus Swaps & Pick-Ups:

Over the past few weeks, we have had a large influx of bus swap requests which causes some overcrowding of buses. There also has been issues with students being picked up by another student’s parent without any notification to the school.

We do understand that life happens, and it may be necessary to make these swaps. We want to be a part of making a students’ life easier and safer in regards to transportation after school. Please read and be aware of the following guidelines to request these changes:

  1. ALL bus swaps should be for child watching purposes only.

  1. We need NOTES from BOTH the parent of the child(ren) needing to swap, as well as the parent of the child where the child is going.

  1. For PICK UPS: If you are having your child picked up by another parent please send in a note to the school so we are aware of this change.

We thank you in advance for helping us keep your children safe!

National Assessment of Educational Progress (N.A.E.P. Testing – Grade 8)

Once again Charlton Middle was selected to participate in the N.A.E.P. testing process. 35 selected 8th grade students will be tested on February 7, 2019. This congressionally mandated testing measures the knowledge of students across various curriculum areas. For more information regarding this test, please click below:

N.A.E.P. Testing Information

2019 MCAS Testing Calendar

Grade 8:

English Language Arts: April 2nd & April 3rd

Science, Technology & Engineering: April 30th & May 1st

Math: May 16th & May 17th

Grade 7:

English Language Arts: April 10th & April 11th

Math: May 9th & May 10th

Grade 6:

English Language Arts: April 8th & April 9th

Math: May 7th & May 8th

Grade 5:

English Language Arts: April 4th & April 5th

Science, Technology & Engineering: May 2nd & May 3rd

Math: May 14th & May 15th

***English Language Arts Make-Up Sessions: April 22nd – April 29th

***Math Make-Up Sessions: May 20th – May 24th

***Science, Technology & Engineering Make-Up Sessions: May 20th – May 24th


Parent Resource Section:

CMS Winter Athletic Information

School Phone: 508-248-1423

District & School Calendar 2018-2019: Calendar 2018-2019

District Website: District Website

CMS’ Website: CMS' Website

Parent Teacher Organization Website: PTO Website

Music Parents Association Website: Music Parents Association Website

Yearbook Information

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Parent Homework Survey

Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short homework survey. Your feedback will help us as we review our current practices.

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Have a Great Week...