FAQ

CPO

The Direct Appeal is the CPO’s main fundraising mechanism to support Enrichment Programs and Wish List requests. Direct Appeal requests are distributed at the beginning of the school year, and donations may be made at any time online, or by check payable to “Curtis Parent Organization”. Checks may be mailed to the CPO (at the Curtis School) or sent directly with students to be delivered to the Curtis main office.

Please visit our Stay Informed page, for information on how to subscribe to our PTO Newsletter, the Curtis Messenger, as well as other important communication channels.

Curtis families: this year all directory sales are online via the A to Z website https://atozconnect.com/. If you have not yet verified your family’s information for the directory, the purchase option will show up before you click “complete.” If you have already verified your information (thank you!), you will need to login to A to Z and click on the drop-down menu in the upper left corner. From there you will see “Store” and “Products” and you can purchase your directory and make your much appreciated CPO donation.

The CPO attempts to fund 1-2 Cultural Enrichment events per year. These events are sometimes correlated with the Curtis One Book program, but may also include other grade-level or school-wide programs that are approved by the administration.

Teachers and staff submit requests to the CPO for “wish list” items for their classrooms. These are generally one-time purchases, intended to support new initiatives or provide supplies or technology. The CPO Board reviews all wish list requests periodically and either purchases items directly or notifies teachers directly when their requests are approved for reimbursement.

Curtis Gear is available during limited windows of time through the Curtis Store. Families will be notified when the store is open and can go online to order gear, which is then delivered at a later date. Limited Gear items are also available at back to school night.

The CPO is completely volunteer run, and we welcome any and all assistance. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please visit our Volunteering Page.

SCHOOL

Similar to the elementary schools, the Curtis school year is divided into 3 trimesters. Core classes, language, band/orchestra/chorus meet all year, where some UAs alternate.

Students have a 25 minute recess block before or after lunch every day.

Yes there is! For more information, visit Sudbury Extended Day – Curtis.

Teams offer conferences in the fall and spring, but they do not occur automatically. If you would like to meet with your student’s team, you should reach out for a conference. You may also contact teachers directly to discuss any concerns regarding your student.

School Supply info can be found HERE. Be sure to check the last page for World Language needs. You will also need to purchase a 1″ black binder for orchestra, band or chorus.

Curtis has many clubs and activities for student, including Theatre Troupe, Computer Club, Science Olympiad, The Cauldron, Curtis Angels, Robotics Club, Math Club, Forensics Club, Model UN, Student Council, Games Club, Yearbook and Chinese Club. Sign up information is given directly to students in September.

Schoology is the online platform used by Curtis teachers and staff to communicate with students regarding academic assignments, grades, clubs, sports, and the general life of the school. Students are assigned a Schoology account in 6th grade, which they keep until they complete the 8th grade. Parents are also assigned a Schoology account, where they can see their individual student’s posts, assignments, and grades.

Curtis has various sports teams, including Track & Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, and Basketball. Most teams are available to 7-8th graders. For more information about teams, please visit our Curtis Sports page.

SCHOOL - PICK-UP/ DROP-OFF

School hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Hours for early-release Wednesdays are 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Students need to be seated in homeroom when the bell rings at 8:30 am. Students arriving between 8:00 and 8:25 will go to the cafeteria where they can sit and do homework, read, or chat with friends. They will be directed to homeroom with plenty of time to put belongings in lockers and prepare for homeroom.

Unlike elementary school, notes are not required at Curtis for change of dismissal at the regular dismissal hour.

Drop off and pickup occur at the front entrance of the school. Administrators are generally present at both times to guide cars through the process. Please enter at the entrance closest to Peakham Rd and follow the cones behind the school. View a handy map here.

This is a trick question! As of 2018, students are no longer allowed to ride home on a bus that is not their own. Parents should arrange pick-up, or students should plan to bike or walk.

If your student will miss school time for appointments, you will need to contact the school and provide a note.

SCHOOL ACADEMICS

Yes, students will have Unified Arts and World Language classes with students from other teams in their grade.

No. Students are only in class with their own grade.

Students receive report cards at the end of each trimester, and a final grade at the end of the school year. Report cards are not sent physically, but made available through the Aspen portal. Students will also have detailed information regarding their grades through the Schoology platform.

Unified Arts (UA) classes are those classes outside of the core such as Music (general), Art, Computer Science, Engineering, Physical Education and Health.

Your child is assigned to a team before the start of the year (teams are named after things in nature colored white or green such as Forest, Birch, Diamond or Snow). Your child will share core classes (English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies) with students from their team. Other classes such as Unified Arts (UA) classes or world language will include a mix of students from the entire grade.

No. Students will rotate through a 6 day schedule. A student might have Math during block 2 on day 1, but during block 4 on day 2. Every student’s schedule will be unique.

Most teachers offer “extra help” time on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Students and teachers use this time in many ways (completing homework, re-taking exams, clarifying material, extra challenge). Your student should reach out to his/her teacher directly to confirm the teacher’s schedule and coordinate usage of “extra help” time.

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