May Update

What's happening at Central Middle School

May 1, 2023

May brings us to the month of transitions. We get ready to celebrate the end of all our hard work with many field trips, finishing MCAS, and preparing festivities to say goodbye to our 8th graders. We are also getting ready to welcome the current 4th graders to CMS to learn about middle school, and we are in heavy planning for the fall of 2023.

Just like for our staff, it's important for our students to stay locked in and working hard until the finish line. It's not just because there's still much to learn, but also because it's a key life skill. Learning that you work/play hard all the way until the finish line.

Keep holding onto those routines and your student will see success all the way until the end.

It's going to be a-MAY-zing!

Tom Sallee, Principal

What's Happening?


  • May 2&3 - Math MCAS Grades 5-8
  • May 8 - Final PTO Meeting, 6:30pm Room 106 - Board Elections!

  • May 16 - Incoming 5th Grade Parent Info Night at CMS, 7pm

  • May 16&17 - Science/Technology MCAS Grades 5 and 8

  • May 23 - Grade 6 Team Discovery to Museum of Science

  • May 24 - Grade 6 Team Endeavor to Museum of Science

  • May 25 - Grade 7 Field Trip to Salem & Winter Island Tide Pools

  • May 26 - Stoneham Spartan Run - CMS PTO Fundraiser

  • May 29 - No school - Memorial Day

  • May 30 - District SEPAC, 7pm

  • May 31 - Grade 5 Field Trip to New England Aquarium

Looking Ahead

  • June 2 - Stoneham High School Graduation, 6:30pm

  • June 6 - CMS Chorus Concert, 7pm

  • June 7 - Field Day

  • June 8 - CMS Band Concert, 7pm

  • June 9 - Grade 8 Activity Day/Scavenger Hunt

  • June 12 - 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony, 6pm, 8th Grade Dance 7pm

  • June 13 - Last Day of School, Early Release @11:45am

Stoneham Spartan Run - Fundraiser

CMS PTO Stoneham Spartan Run

The Stoneham Central Middle School PTO is excited to host a Stoneham Spartan Run fundraiser on Friday, May 26! Our goal is to raise $20,000.

What is a Stoneham Spartan Run?

It's a PTO fundraiser! Beginning May 8th, students will start asking family and friends for pledges and earn school-wide prizes. Every student, no matter how much they raise, will have the opportunity to participate in the Stoneham Spartan Run with their classmates on Friday, May 26! Toward the end of the school day, students will run or walk through a course on Pomeworth Field, going through obstacle stations along the way. *Parents/guardians will have to sign a waiver with Obstacle Fitness for students who want to do the obstacle course.

Why is the PTO running this fundraiser?

Many families may be familiar with the Fun Run fundraiser hosted by the Stoneham elementary PTOs.* The Stoneham Spartan Run is a way to level up the “fun” while raising money for the PTO to help pay for enrichments and field trips, sponsor school community events, and to support the staff and students in various ways throughout the year. While we hold smaller fundraisers such as Dining for a Cause, the Stoneham Spartan Run has the potential to be the PTO’s biggest fundraiser!

A school-wide enrichment program costs an average of $2500, and a field trip for one grade costs an average of $6000.

*The CMS PTO is coordinating with the elementary PTOs so we don’t reach out to the same businesses for sponsorships.

When does fundraising start?

Fundraising begins on Monday, May 8th, when you can register your student(s) on Pledgestar, a web-based fundraising platform. The link will be shared via email and the PTO Facebook page.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Stoneham Central Middle School PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Our EIN is 20-1317071.

Can a company match a pledged donation?

Yes! Many companies offer matching funds for employees who make charitable donations. Sometimes this process can take a few weeks, so ask if your employer has a matching gifts program as soon as possible.

Can parents/guardians join in the FUN?

Yes, we will need parent/guardian volunteers to help make the big event on Friday, May 26 a success! We will need people to help with set up, clean up, and to guide students through the course. Volunteers must have a CORI on file with the office and sign up here:

Can a company sponsor the event?

Yes! Please reach out to us at with sponsorship leads.

Fun Run Schedule for Friday, May 26 (rain date May 30)

Grade by grade, starting at 1:00pm, students who want to participate will walk/run up to Pomeworth field, where volunteers will guide them through the obstacle course. The course ends back at the school building. The event will be over by the end of the school day.

What should my student wear?

We recommend that students wear what they would to be ready for gym class. Thanks to our event sponsors, the PTO is able to provide a free t-shirt for every student. Shirts will be distributed on the day of the event.

What if my student isn’t able to run the course?

Every student is welcome to participate. They can walk the course if that’s more their speed, skip obstacles that seem too challenging, or contact the Stoneham Spartan Run Committee about volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions please contact the PTO’s Stoneham Spartan Run Committee at

THANK YOU in advance for your support! We’re looking forward to this fun event!

Memorial Day Volunteers Wanted!

Stoneham Veterans' Affairs is looking for volunteers for Memorial Day! Sign up here --> Memorial Day Signup Genius.

There are many opportunities to lend a hand here for Memorial Day!

  • Flag placing - all day Friday, May 26th, various locations
  • Many different parade related volunteers needed for Monday, May 29th!

From the PTO

Christine's Sweet Shoppe & More

May 9 the PTO is teaming up with Christine's Sweet Shoppe & More for a fundraiser! 2:30-6:00pm, 1 Central Street. CMS gets a % of all candy, ice cream and apparel - just mention the PTO! No flyer needed.

Daily Scoop Fundraiser!

May 19 & 20 bring this flyer (or show on your phone) and The Daily Scoop will give a % back to the CMS PTO from 12:00-9:30pm!! It's ice cream season!

Final PTO Meeting

Final PTO meeting will be Monday, May 8th at 6:30 pm in room 106. Elections for 2023-2024 PTO Board will be held at this meeting. There are two open positions on the board for the 2023/24 year, Secretary and Vice President. If you are interested in either of these two positions on the board; please email Mr. Sallee

Thank you to 8th grade parents Sheri Pizzi and Erika Parson for their years volunteering on the PTO Board.

Clubs and Activities

alphabetical order...


An opportunity for students to sing and perform. Meets Wednesday mornings during Activity Period. See Mr. Parry to join.

Led by: Mr. Parry,

Concert Band

Open to students already taking lessons/enrolled in Band class. Meets Wednesday morning during Activity Period, will have some after school sessions closer to concerts.

Led by: Mr. Simboski,

COPE - Council of Peer Educators

Student-led group to increase support and awareness of mental health issues and bullying prevention. This group will meet to plan school-wide events to educate and raise awareness among peers.

Meets: Every other Tuesday after school, 2:35-3:15

First Meeting: Tuesday Oct 11th

Led by: Ms. Weithofer and Ms. Martin,,

eSports - Rocket League

With Boys & Girls Club. This session is currently full. Remaining dates:

Group A: March 2, 16, 30, April 13, May 4, 18

Group B: March 9, 23, April 6, 27, May 11, May 18


The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a club that welcomes people of ALL sexual orientations. We exist to promote discussion around gender & sexual orientation issues in a safe environment. We encourage open-mindedness, respect & tolerance for sexual diversity, all through non-violence and peace. This club is an opportunity for students to gather and plan activities related to diversity.

Meets: Every other Tuesday, 2:35-3:15,

First Meeting: Tuesday Oct 18th

Led by: Ms. Weithofer and Ms. Martin,,

Jazz Band

Small ensemble for students interested in taking their musicianship to the next level. Students can see Mr. Simboski to sign up.

Meets: Tuesdays after school

Led by: Mr. Simboski,


Tuesdays afterschool in the gym. Led by Ms. Reiser. Contact her for the info sheet/permission.

MCAS Testing Dates

April 4 & April 5: ELA - All Grades

May 2 & May 3: Math - All Grades

May 16 & May 17: Science/Tech/Engineering - Grades 5 & 8