The direct appeal is the CPO’s main fundraising mechanism to support cultural and creative enrichment programs, scholarships, teacher appreciation events, and much more. Direct appeal requests are sent out at the beginning of the school year, along with the directory verification and ordering process, and reminders are sent throughout the year. Donations may be made at any time online, or by check payable to Curtis Parent Organization. Checks can be mailed to the CPO (at Curtis) or sent directly with students to be delivered to the Curtis main office.
Please fill out the form on the Curtis Messenger page to be added to the mailing list.
Print and online-only directories are available for purchase at the beginning of the school year via Membership Toolkit. You must first verify your family’s information. You also have the option of contributing to the direct appeal when you purchase your directory. Print directories are typically available in November; online-only directories are available sooner.
The CPO attempts to fund 2-4 cultural and creative enrichment events per year. These grade-level or school-wide programs often tie into a current topic or event approved by the administration. Past events have included presentations from a capella groups, artists, comedians, and authors.
Curtis Gear is available for purchase online throughout the school year. Items include t-shirts, hoodies, hats, bags, magnets, and more. Gear is also typically sold at Back-to-School Night.
Yes! Each grade is assigned one book to read, which addresses a particular topic, and remains that grade’s summer reading book for three years. All of the books are available in digital formats, can be purchased, or borrowed from the public library. Any questions should be sent to Lizz Simpson, ECMS librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School supply lists are available at the end of each school year and supplies can be purchased for a limited period of time through SchoolKidz. Also, be sure to check the needs for world language classes, as well as for orchestra, band, or chorus.
Bus routes are posted and passes are mailed out a few days before school starts.
When students arrive on the first day of school, each grade goes to a different area of the school to receive their homeroom teacher assignment and class schedule.
Similar to the elementary schools, the Curtis school year is divided into trimesters. Core classes, language, and band/orchestra/chorus meet all year. UAs typically change each trimester.
Incoming 6th grade students and new students each get a Chromebook for use at school and home. A travel case is also provided.
Schoology is the online platform used by Curtis teachers and staff to communicate with students regarding academic assignments, grades, clubs, sports, and any other general Curtis information. Students are assigned a Schoology account in 6th grade, which they keep for all three years at Curtis. Parents are also assigned a Schoology account, where they can see their student’s assignments and grades.
6th grade has recess every day. Students have a 25-minute recess block before or after lunch every day. 7th and 8th grade have recess every other day. Their recess is held during half of their team block.
Yes! You’ll receive a form at the end of the school year, including for incoming 6th grade students, to indicate whether your student will take band, orchestra, or chorus. If you didn’t receive the form, please contact the front office to ensure it’s included in your child’s schedule.
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 Conferences are available 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 to Jean Pallone in Student Services, 978-443-1071 x7517, to schedule a conference. You may also contact teachers directly throughout the year to discuss any concerns regarding your student.
Curtis has many clubs and activities for student, including Theatre Troupe, Computer Club, Science Olympiad, The Cauldron, Curtis Curtis has many clubs and activities for students, including Theatre Troupe, Computer Club, Science Olympiad, Cauldron, Curtis Angels, Diversity Club, Model UN, Chess & Strategic Games Club, Speech & Debate, and Yearbook. Sign up information is given directly to students in September and can also be found online.
Curtis has three seasons of sports with the following teams: soccer, cross country, field hockey, basketball, track & field, baseball, volleyball, and softball. Most teams are available for 7th and 8th grade students. For more information about teams, please visit Curtis Sports.
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School hours are 8:30am–3:10pm. Hours for early-release Wednesdays are 8:30am–12:45pm. Students need to be seated in homeroom when the bell rings at 8:30am. 6th grade students may enter the cafeteria if they arrive between 8:10 and 8:25, 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. 7th and 8th grade students may enter the building at 8:20, go to their locker, and report to homeroom.
Does my child need a note if they are an occasional bike rider or walker, or can they decide that day, based on the weather?
Unlike elementary school, Curtis does not require notes for change of dismissal at the regular dismissal hour
Drop-off and pickup occur at the main 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 Road and follow the cones behind the school. View a handy map.
Students are not permitted to ride home on a bus that is different from their own. Parents should arrange pick-up, or students should plan to bike or walk.
If your student will be dismissed early from school for appointments, you will need to send a note with them to be dropped at the front office when they arrive at school. If returning to school that same day, your student can sign in at the front office (parent/caregiver not needed). If they will be arriving late at school due to an appointment, you will need to call and leave a message on the attendance line: 978-443-1071, press 1.
Your child is assigned to a team before the start of the year. 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.
Unified arts (UA) classes include music, art, computer science, digital literacy, engineering, physical education, and health. These typically change in your student’s schedule each trimester.
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.
No. Students rotate through a six-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.
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. Parents/caregivers can set up how frequently these notifications are sent.