Important Kindergarten Registration Information


School registration for all children entering kindergarten next year and all first graders not currently enrolled in a Chelmsford Kindergarten will be on the following dates:
  February 14, 2017; 10am-2pm
 February 15, 2017;  3pm-7pm
 February 16, 2017;  3pm-7pm


Chelmsford Public Schools will have full day kindergarten beginning September 2017.

Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2017.  Students entering first grade must be 6 years of age on or before August 31, 2017. 

Visit our website at and click on “Student Registration” or email:
230 North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824



    Dr. Linda Hirsch and Dr. Matthew Beyranevand invite you to an #askCPS tweet chat on the first Thursday of the month. Our next chat will be on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics discussed will be academics, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Join us with questions, ideas, and inquiries by adding the hashtag #askCPS to all your tweets at 8p.m. ET on March 2th.

McCarthy Announcements

  • Chelmsford Student Musicians To Perform For The Massachusetts Music Educators Association
    Northeast District Junior Music Festival

    This year, many of Chelmsford’s band, chorus, and orchestra students have worked diligently with their ensemble and private lesson teachers to prepare for state-level music events, including the MMEA’s Northeast District, Junior District, and All-State Festivals. The talent and drive of these students is consistently demonstrated through the sheer numbers of students who are accepted each year, and this year has produced another crop of successful auditions! Read More

    Comments (-1)
  • Incoming Grade 5 - SCHOOL Fine & Performing Arts Options

    Incoming grade 5 letter - MCCARTHY.pdf

    Comments (-1)
  • 8th Grader Recognized as Humane Student of the Year for being a Frog Friend

    Animalearn is pleased to announce that its 2016 Humane Student of the Year is 13-year old Jenna Ward from Chelmsford, MA. Animalearn is recognizing Jenna for her dedication to the protection of frogs used in education.

    Jenna Ward and her 7th grade science fair project highlighting frog dissection.
    Jenna Ward and her 7th grade science fair project highlighting frog dissection.


    My name Jenna Ward and I love frogs. Animalearn first heard from Jenna Ward when she was seeking help with her McCarthy Middle School science fair project about problems with using frogs as dissection specimens in her school. Jenna carefully researched the issue, and she not only contacted Animalearn for information, but also reached out to Digital Frog and Froguts, companies that have developed innovative frog dissection alternatives.  Jenna’s goal with her science fair project was to highlight alternatives to frog dissection and also encourage the school community to sign a petition that asked for a switch to digital dissections at her school.


    “Animalearn is proud to recognize Jenna Ward with our 2016 Humane Student of the Year Award for her efforts to make positive change for frogs. I was inspired by Jenna’s science fair project because she shed light on frog dissection and also garnered a lot of support for her petition, including signatures from the principal and several science teachers. That is real progress!” said Director of Animalearn, Nicole Green.


    "I am so excited and honored to receive this award! I have been interested in frogs since at least first grade and have done frog-related science fair projects for several years in a row,” said Miss Ward.  “I hope that because of this award I can convince my school to go completely virtual with frog dissections. Frogs are really important to the ecosystem. They are bioindicators, telling us when things are going wrong. It is important for us to listen to them and to take care of them.”


    As a part of the award, Animalearn will donate $1,000 worth of frog dissection alternatives for Jenna to donate to her school in an effort to give those students who don’t want to dissect a humane option.

    Comments (-1)
  • A Journey to the Junior Olympics

    It all began when Naomi D’Souza, 5th Grader joined the McCarthy Cross Country Team in the Fall, 2016. She then joined the local GLRR running club which enabled her to compete in various local meets.  Her performance in the local meets earned her a place in the team to compete in the qualifying rounds in the 3K for girls in the 9-10 age group.

    The first qualifier for New England was in picturesque but a tough course at Amherst, New Hampshire on Nov. 13th.  Out of a group of 68 participants she was placed at 17th position with timing of 13:30 earning her a place to run in the regional qualifier.  

    The course at the regional qualifier at Saratoga Springs in New York on Nov. 20th was even tougher due to the extreme cold, snowy and slippery conditions.  She did not let anything get in her way and ran a great race to finish at 29th position out of the 117 participants with a timing of 13:48. This qualified her for the National Championship.

    In spite of an injury sustained just before the national event, she was able to run a good race at the National Junior Olympics in Hoover, Alabama on Dec. 10th 2016 and came in at 208th position out of 300 participants with timing of 14:45.

    In her journey to the Junior Olympics, Naomi learned important lessons in sportsmanship, friendships and determination to compete and achieve goals.  She is very thankful to all her coaches for their valuable guidance and encouragement throughout this memorable journey.  She is looking forward to doing this again next year!!!. 

    Naomi at Nationals

    Comments (-1)

    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.  Students should not be waiting to exit right at the door.  That slows the process down.  We want to makes 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 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 (11:30-12:00)
    • Grade 6 (12:15-12:45)

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

    Comments (-1)

Our Social Contract

Attendance Hotline

phone If your child will be home from school, please call us at 251-5122 and select option "1" or email us at to report your child absent. If you do not call in, our office will issue a ConnectEd message to the families of all absent students whose parent has not called in. It will be a generic message indicating that your child is absent and to please call back or send in a note the next day to insure that the absence is recorded as an excused absence instead of an unexcused absence. The last part of the message urges you to contact immediately if you believe our call to be an error.

What's on TV?

Tweets by Assistant Principal, Donna Martin

Upcoming Events

View Calendar

Daily Bulletin