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March R.O.C.K.S.

posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:40 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 4:41 PM ]

March 5, 2017

Hello Tenney Families!

February was packed with learning, activities and a few snow days. Here is a quick look at what happened at the Tenney and what is ahead in March:

Eighth grade teachers  Doug Patten, Sara Calla and John Lagnese received a $49,000 grant from Massachusetts Life Science Center, with some great support from Paula Simone. The  team’s work will bring in some fabulous science equipment. The MLSC’s STE Equipment and Supplies Grant Program funds the purchase of equipment and supplies for high schools and middle schools in the state..  Gov.  Baker announced the award right before vacation.

Kindness Week was a success. Each day of the week, staff and students explored the quality and practiced it.  Our students filled Kindness Bingo cards, teachers planned special activities, parents were recognized for the kindness and attention to safety during drop off times, and our food and book pantries were restocked.  We also got to wear our Ranger Blue, Tenney gear and dress as the folks we admire the most during the week.  

Staff Paint Night was a sell out and a great deal of fun! Our art teachers Carlo Licciardi and Marcia Mucci taught more than 30 Tenney teachers and staff how to create masterpieces. All funds raised will support our PBIS.

Sixth grade  hosted its  annual Hobby Fair. Students gave presentations on what they enjoy doing in their free time. These activities included baking, gaming, gymnastics and music and more. Parents attended an afternoon session.

Seventy Tenney 7th and 8th graders competed in the first round of Academic Bowl just before vacation. It was a fierce competition, with the Hogwarts and the Renegades winning the right to represent our school in a competition against the CGS on March 30.

Chorus members performed the National Anthem at the Boston University-University of Lowell hockey game. Members of the Tenney family attended to cheer on the singers and their conductor, Ms. Gray.

Band students enjoyed a trip to the House of Blues for a history lesson and the role of music to mark events  One student called it, “The best field trip ever.”

Seventh graders visited the Museum of  Fine Arts to  learn more about Egyptian civilization, which they are studying in social studies. Art teacher Marcia Mucci organized the trip and secured a grant.

Students in our new Bowling Club are enjoying their Friday nights at the lanes.

Coming up:

Our Book Fair begins March 13 and will be held in the Media Center.

Tenney hosts the CGS in the second round of Academic Bowl, March 30 , 6:30 pm

Tenney Upper School students will celebrate the art of storytelling on March 31 .

Mark your calendars for MCAS testing! Here are the dates:

Grade 3: ELA: April 4,5,6;  Math: May 16, 17

Grade 4: ELA: April 28, May 1, May 2; Math: 18, 19

Grade 5: ELA: April 11,12,13  Math May 9,10; Science: May 23,24

Grade 6: ELA: April 11,12; Math:  May 9.10

Grade 7: ELA: April 4,5,; Math  May 16, 17

Grade 8:ELA:  April 28,  May 1; Math  May 18, 19; Science: May 23, 24.

¡Hola familia’s de la escuela Tenney!

Febrero estaba lleno de aprendizaje, actividades y unos pocos días de nieve. Aquí está un rápido vistazo a lo que pasó en el la escuela Tenney y lo que está por delante en Marzo:

Maestros de octavo grado: Doug Patten, Sara Calla y John Lagnese recibieron una beca de $ 49,000 del Massachusetts Life Science Center, con un gran apoyo de Paula Simone. El trabajo del equipo traerá algunos fabulosos equipo de ciencia. El Programa de Subvenciones y Equipos de STE del MLSC financia la compra de equipo y suministros para escuelas secundarias y escuelas medias en el estado. El Gobernador Baker anunció el premio justo antes de las vacaciones.
La Semana de la Bondad fue un éxito. Cada día de la semana, el personal y los estudiantes exploraron la calidad y lo practicaron. Nuestros estudiantes llenaron tarjetas de Bingo de bondad, los maestros planificaron actividades especiales, los padres fueron reconocidos por la amabilidad y la atención a la seguridad durante los horarios de la dejada, y nuestras despensas de comida y libros fueron reabastecidas. También llegamos a usar nuestro Ranger Blue, Tenney equipo y vestir como la gente que admira más durante la semana.
Noche de pintura para el personal era un venta y una gran cantidad de diversión! Nuestros maestros de arte Carol Licciardi y Marcia Mucci enseñaron a más de 30 maestros y personal de Tenney cómo crear obras maestras. Todos los fondos recaudados apoyarán nuestro PBIS
Sexto grado recibió su feria anual de la manía. Los estudiantes dieron presentaciones sobre lo que les gusta hacer en su tiempo libre. Estas actividades incluyen hornear, jugar, gimnasia y música y mucho más. Los padres asistieron a una sesión de la tarde.
Setenta estudiantes de  7  y 8 grado de la escuela Tenney compitieron en la primera ronda de Academic Bowl justo antes de las vacaciones. Fue una competencia feroz, con Hogwarts y los Renegados ganando el derecho de representar a nuestra escuela en una competencia contra el CGS el 30 de Marzo.

Los miembros del coro interpretaron el Himno Nacional en el juego de hockey de la Universidad de Lowell de la Universidad de Boston. Miembros de la familia Tenney asistieron para animar a los cantantes y su conductor, la Sra. Gray.
Los estudiantes de la banda disfrutaron de un viaje a la Casa de Blues para una lección de historia y el papel de la música para marcar eventos Un estudiante lo llamó "El mejor viaje de campo jamás".
Los alumnos de séptimo grado visitaron el Museo de Bellas Artes para aprender más sobre la civilización egipcia, que están estudiando en estudios sociales. La maestra de arte Marcia Mucci organizó el viaje y obtuvo una beca.
Los estudiantes de nuestro nuevo Club de Bowling están disfrutando de sus noches de viernes en los carriles.

Próximamente: Nuestra Feria del Libro comienza el 13 de Marzo y se llevará a cabo en el Centro de Medios.
Tenney recibe el CGS en la segunda ronda del Bowl académico, 30 de Marzo a las 6:30 pm
                     Los estudiantes de Tenney High School celebrarán el arte de contar cuentos y actuarán en nuestra versión escolar de The Moth el 31 de Marzo.
¡Marque sus calendarios para las pruebas MCAS! Aquí están las fechas:
Grado 3: ELA: Abril 4,5,6; Matemáticas: 16 y 17 de Mayo,

Grado 4: ELA: 28 de Abril, 1 de Mayo, 2 de Mayo; Matemáticas: 18, 19
Grado 5: ELA: Abril 11,12,13 Matemáticas Mayo 9,10; Ciencia: 23 y 24 de Mayo
Grado 6: ELA: 11 y 12 de Abril; Matemáticas: 9 de Mayo
Grado 7: ELA: Abril 4,5; Matemáticas Mayo 16, 17
Grado 8: ELA: 28 de Abril, 1 de Mayo; Matemáticas 18 de Mayo, 19; Ciencia: 23 y 24 de Mayo.


Welcome February!

posted Feb 5, 2017, 4:26 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 9:58 AM ]

The first month of 2017 was a busy one at the Tenney. Here is a quick look at what we accomplished:

  • Haad Naeem, an 8th grader, represented all of Methuen in Project 351, a service and youth leadership development program sponsored by the state. We are so proud of Haad, who spent a Saturday meeting with other 8th graders, conferencing  with Gov. Baker, volunteering at a food bank. He is now planning a community service program at the Tenney!

  • Our sixth graders got a hands-on look at the world. They were able to step into a giant globe  set up in our upper school gym to study the earth. Our sixth grade teachers organized the event with Bridgewater State University and the event was sponsored by our PTO.

  • About 20 third graders are coming to school a bit early up to four days a week to improve their math skills. Math Coach Kelley Gravell is running the extra help program to boost math fluency.

  • Congrats to all the participants of the 2017 Spelling Bee and especially the teacher who made it happen, Marian Magnan. The winners were sixth grader Andre Laurent (third) , 8th grader Abigail  Edgerly, (second) and  first place winner Nicole Alonzo-Serena  from the seventh grade. It was a fabulous competition that ended in the Tenney tradition of a real nail biter. Nicole will now be moving on to a state competition. Competing were:  Grade 5: Nasla Perez, Madison Armstrong, Quinn Foley,Eric Foster, Luke Polomoscanik,Ian Slipp. Grade 6: Ryan Finn, Abigail Andam, Eagan Charles,Andre Laurent, Andrew Le,Daniel Donahue Grade 7: Sierra McDermott,Gillian Finn, Alexus Gonzalez, Jennifer Carmona,Nicole Alonza Grade 8:Griffin Danehy, Abby Sapienza, Abigail Edgerly, Nicholas Notenboom, Quinn Farrel, Caroline Langone.

  • Our first Grade teachers, as part of our school-wide effort to bring parents into our school, hosted a PBIS assembly to honor the students who meet our Tenney Rocks expectations. Parents joined in the  celebration.

  • Almost 100 students took part in our ACCESS testing. The week of testing went smoothly.

  • Our Bowling Club is off to a great start.Team Tenney takes to the lanes every Friday with Ms. Leal and Ms.  Calla helping with the organization.

  • Many of our lower school students contributed to Apple Seed a literary and art magazine. The launch night honored celebrated the works of young artists and writers who were selected for publication in Apple Seed Literary and Art Magazine. They are: Luna Abimoussa, Zachary Anderson, Jasmyn Johnson, Sidney Mikhael, Michael Nguyen, Grace Ricupero, Esmeralda Rojas, William Ross and Joey Safi. Congrats to their teachers, too.

Coming up:

Feb. 10: Half Day Hat Day

   Tenney Chorus performs at University of Lowell River Hawks hockey.

Feb. 13-17: Kindness Week

Feb. 14: Seventh grade visits the Museum of Fine Arts to study Egyptian Art.

Feb. 20-24: Winter break

El primer mes del 2017 fue muy ocupado en la escuela Tenney. Aquí está un breve resumen de lo que hemos logrado:

  • Haad Naeem, un estudiante de 8º grado, representaba a todos de Methuen en el Proyecto 351, un programa de servicio y liderazgo juvenil desarrollo patrocinado por el estado. Estamos tan orgullosos de Haad, que pasó una reunión el sábado con otros estudiantes del 8vo grado, la comunicación con el gobernador Baker, voluntario en un banco de alimentos. Ahora está planeando un programa de servicio comunitario en la Tenney!

  • Nuestros estudiantes de sexto grado recibieron un aspecto práctico en el mundo. Ellos fueron capaces de entrar en un globo gigante instalada en nuestro gimnasio de la escuela superior para estudiar la tierra. Nuestros maestros de sexto grado organizaron el evento con la Universidad Estatal de Bridgewater y el evento fue patrocinado por el PTO.

  • Cerca de 20 estudiantes de tercer grado están llegando a la escuela un poco temprano hasta cuatro días a la semana para mejorar sus habilidades matemáticas. La entrenadora de matemáticas Kelley Gravell está ejecutando el programa de ayuda adicional para impulsar la competencia matemática.

  • Felicidades a todos los participantes del concurso de ortografía 2017 y especialmente, el maestro/a que lo han hecho posible, Marian Magnan. Los ganadores fueron sexto grado André Laurent (tercera), 8º grado Abigail Edgerly, (segundo) y ganador del primer lugar Nicole Alonzo-Serena desde el séptimo grado. Fue una competencia fabulosa que terminó en la tradición Tenney de un verdadero mordedor de uñas. Nicole será ahora pasar a una competencia estatal. Compitiendo fueron:  Grado 5: Nasla Pérez, Madison Armstrong, Quinn Foley, Eric Foster, Lucas Polomoscanik, Ian Slipp. Grado 6: Ryan Finn, Abigail Andam, Eagan Charles, André Laurent, Andrew Le, Daniel Donahue Grado 7: Sierra McDermott, Gillian Finn, Alexus González, Jennifer Carmona, Nicole Alonza Grado 8:Griffin Danehy, Abby Sapienza, Abigail Edgerly, Nicholas Notenboom, Quinn Farrel, Caroline Langone.

  • Nuestros maestros del primer grado, como parte de nuestro esfuerzo para traer a los padres a nuestra escuela, organizaron un conjunto de PBIS en honor a los estudiantes que cumplen con nuestras expectativas Tenney Rocks. Los padres se unieron a la celebración.

  • Casi 100 estudiantes participaron en nuestras pruebas de ACCESO. La semana de pruebas se realizó sin problemas.

  • Nuestro Bowling Club ha tenido un gran comienzo!El equipo Tenney lleva a las boleras todos los Viernes con la Sra Leal y la Sra Calla ayudando con la organización.

  • Muchos de nuestros estudiantes de la escuela elemental contribuyeron a Apple Seed una revista literaria y el arte. La noche del lanzamiento de honor celebra las obras de jóvenes artistas y escritores que fueron seleccionados para su publicación en Apple Seed literaria y revista de arte . Ellos son: Luna Abimoussa, Zachary Anderson, Jasmyn Johnson, Sidney Mikhael, Michael Nguyen, Grace Ricupero, Esmeralda Rojas, William Ross y Joey Safi. Felicidades a sus profesores, también!


   10 de Febrero : Medio Día Día del sombrero,

    El Coro de la Escuela Tenney se realiza en la Universidad de Lowell River Hawks de hockey.

13 -17 de Febrero: Semana de la Bondad

14 de Febrero: El séptimo grado visita el Museo de Bellas Artes para estudiar el arte egipcio.

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 2, 2017, 3:43 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

Happy New Year Tenney family!

We celebrated the holidays and the end of 2016 with all sorts of activities. Here is a look at some of them:

  • Thank you to Shaws  of Salem, N.H. and manager Peter Lamar for supporting our school. The Salem, NH supermarket presented us  with a $400 check which we will use for PBIS activities..

  • To celebrate good behaviors as taught in our PBIS initiative,  our upper school students and their teachers earned the opportunity to participate in a trivia contest on Dec. 23.  Dozens of students won tickets to Launch, Skateland and Tenney gifts. We all cheered student Jason Pitman who held the winning ticket for a Kindle Fire. Instead of taking the Kindle, Jason  told the assembly that the winning ticket  belonged to his friend, who had been dismissed for the day.  Jason’s show of respect and  ownership made us proud. He earned a Kindle as well.

  • Our annual Giving Tree project, organized by third grade teacher Dawn Patterson and supported by Tenney staff,  provided 50 Tenney families with gifts and food to make the holidays a bit brighter.

  • The  administrative team hosted a Staff Appreciation pancake breakfast just before the break. We all wore our ugly holiday sweaters - another Tenney tradition. We also said goodbye to Loretta Cardone, who has worked at the Tenney for 31 years  in our food services department.

  • Our holiday band and chorus concerts were successful. Mr. Fulks, band director and several of his students spent an evening performing for residents of The Villages and Ms. Gray, chorus director, took her students caroling there Dec. 23.

  • Our third grade team hosted a holiday math night for parents. The adults focused on math vocabulary.

  • Our Peer Leaders, advised by Mrs. Wyman, are hosting the annual coat drive which runs through mid-January.

Thanks to parents who have worked with us to keep children safe by honoring drop off times.  There is no supervision on the playground for upper school children until 7:30 am. Lower school staff begin their supervision at 8:15 am.

Coming up:

Jan. 13: Early dismissal day. Upper school dismisses at 11:15, lower at 11:45.

Jan. 16: No school as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Also this month, our ELL learners will take the ACCESS test, our Bowling, Ski CLub and Academic Bowl activities begin.

December Happenings

posted Dec 7, 2016, 7:04 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

Hello Tenney Family!

November was a busy month and we look forward to a December filled with learning and celebrations. Here is a summary of some recent Tenney activities:

  • We welcomed democracy to the Tenney on Election Day. Our PTO held a successful bake sale and our Junior National Honor Society passed out complimentary coffee to voters.

  • Our Upper School Gallery Walk, held the day before Thanksgiving, drew 500 guests. Students in grades 5-8 displayed their best academic work which was displayed. Parents and friends were encouraged to respond to the work by writing and posting notes.

  • To welcome the holidays, the Tenney community celebrated the third annual Light the Night. We illuminated the big tree in our Upper School entrance, passed out cookies , listened to our band and chorus perform and passed out 1,000 books collected by staff to our young guests as part of our Book Pantry project. Some of our teachers hosted craft-making parties before the lighting for their students and families.

  • To mark Veterans Day, our Peer Leaders and Junior National Honor Society marched in the town’s parade. Our annual Mama Tenney Pasta Dinner was dedicated to our veterans and we invited Tenney family veterans and active duty servicemen and women to be our guests at the dinner.  Students served a meal donated by Starchey’s Pizzeria  and diners got a chance to write notes of thanks to veterans and visit our  Wall of Honor which has pictures of Tenney family members who served. The dinner was a sell out with 250 people attending.

  • We celebrated the accomplishments of our students at Thanksgiving assemblies. We recognized good MCAS work, our unsung heroes and more student accomplishments. Staff shared with students what they are grateful for and we were happy to have students in attendance. Staff from the Nevins Memorial  Library presented the summer reading award won by Tenney students and shared exciting news about other opportunities for our readers.

  • Our kindergarten team collaborated with the Children’s Department at the Nevins Library to host two nights for students and families at the library. Children’s Services Director Kathy Moran Wallace read a book to the students, led a craft activity and tour of the Children’s Room. We all celebrated when our students received their first library cards. Thank you to the kindergarten teachers for organizing and attending the events.

  • To make sure that all our families celebrated Thanksgiving, our guidance staff organized a dinner drive. Fifty Thanksgiving meals were put together through donations by students and staff and were distributed to our families who need a bit of support.

  • Our Saturday detentions for Upper School students have begun. Hosted by Dean of Students Carl DeRubeis, Ms. Donovan and Ms. Simone, the detentions work to keep students in class while holding them accountable for their behaviors and arriving to school in a timely manner.

  • Our staff continues to work to model the pillars of our PBIS program with activities designed to promote adult cooperation. Thirty members participated in an evening wreath making activity hosted by SEA Carrie Ingrassia and our Staff Spirit Council sponsored activities  for Thanksgiving.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me with. And from our family to yours, all the best of helath and happiness this holiday season.
Mary Beth Donovan
Supervising Principal

Coming Up:

Dec. 12: Trip to MFA for the entire 7th grade. Thanks Ms. Mucci for securing this grant.

Dec. 13: Coffee with the Admin Team. Parents are invited to meet with the administrative team for informal discussions, 6 -7 pm.

Dec. 13: Band Concert, 7 pm Auditorium.

Dec. 21: Ugly Sweater Day.

Dec. 21: Chorus Concert, 7 pm. Auditorium

Dec. 23:  Tenney Holiday Caroling at area nursing homes.

Ongoing: Coat drive sponsored by Peer Leaders.

   Door decorating contest.

A Grateful and Busy November

posted Nov 10, 2016, 3:12 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 3:12 AM ]

Hello Tenney Families!

t has been a busy season at the Tenney. Here’s a look at all we accomplished in October and a look ahead:

  • Our Upper School students learned about democracy in the 2016 Presidential Mock Election. Before they voted, students worked with teachers to learn about the electoral process, the history of voting in the U.S and the issues that impact a campaign. Students registered to vote during recess under the direction of peer election officials. On Nov. 3, 98 percent of the students in the Upper School voted. Hillary Clinton received 60 percent of the votes, Donald Trump 27  percent. Thanks to City Clerk Tina Touma Conway who shared ideas and voting booths.
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ services Fransisco Urena visited the upper school to discuss with students the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the power of public service. Secretary Urena, a native of the Dominican Republic, a former resident of Lawrence and a Purple Heart recipient visited as part of our mock election efforts.
  • We welcomed democracy at the Tenney on Election Day. In keeping with tradition, student leaders handed out free coffee to voters. The PTO manned the Bake Sale table.
  • Our eighth graders went into the wild  to learn about science. Thanks to a grant received by Teacher Doug Patten, students have been able to learn about energy in hands-on outdoor experiments. The students will make three trips to the Quarrybrook Science Center in New Hampshire. 
  • Our Monster Bash was a great success. Thank you again PTO for keeping this tradition alive.About 800 members of the Tenney family attended and the costumes were great!
  • We are so proud of  K-Grade 6 for winning the Summer Reading Award  from the Nevins Memorial Library and reading the most books over the summer.  Their reading means that  we will hold the until next summer. The trophy is on display in our lower school office until next summer.
  • Our initiative to involve parents more in  the life of our school and their children’s education continues.On October 26, an eighth grade team hosted informational seminar showing parents how to keep into using the Edmodo app. Second  grade hosted a pumpkin seed counting lesson and parents helped with the carving and counting. The kindergarten team has partnered up with the Nevins Memorial Library to hold two Literacy Nights in November. 
  • Tenney admin, staff and students supported our friends at the CGS by taking part in the Monster Dash. Our Girls on the Run team had a great showing.
  • About 30 of our staff is meeting monthly at 7 am to discuss the book Teaching with Poverty in Mind. We hope the book group, organized by ELL Coach Dana Furbush will help us respond better to the needs of our students.
  • Our Peer Leaders and members of our Junior National Honor Society, in keeping with tradition, marched in Methuen’s Veteran’s Day Parade.

Coming up: 

Nov. 16 : Mama Tenney Pasta Dinner - a Salute to our Veterans,  5:30 to 7 pm. Our guests will include members of the Tenney family who have served our country. Many thanks to Starchey’s Pizzeria for  donating the meal.

On-going: Food drive. Please send in non-perishables and help us make Thanksgiving Dinner a special event for  members of our Tenney family.

As always, please call me with any questions and concerns. And know in this season of gratitude, we count our students, staff and family among our blessings.

Mary Beth Donovan

Supervising Principal

October Happenings

posted Oct 5, 2016, 1:51 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

October, 2016

We have settled into the new school year quickly and efficiently. Our teaching staff has worked hard to teach students routines and rituals that will support their learning and create classrooms that are free of distractions and disruptions.  As we close the first month of school, here is a quick look at what is happening at the Tenney:

  • Upper School students are learning about democracy by participating in a mock election. The Kennedy Museum is helping with the effort, supplying the Tenney with materials, lesson plans suggestions and of course, ballots. To  make this a real-life experience, students will have the opportunity to register to vote and cast their ballot in November.  Tenney votes  will be tallied  with votes cast by students across the country.  

  • Many of our Tenney teachers are keeping parents up to date on classroom activities using apps like REMIND  and Instagram.

  • We are so fortunate to have such supportive, involved  parents. During our two Open houses 170 parents/guardians filled out CORI forms. We look forward to having these volunteers in our schools, chaperoning field trips and supporting students and staff.

  • The Tenney honors those who serve our country. We are looking for the names and pictures of Tenney students and families who are on active duty or who have served a ssoldiers, airmen or sailors. Their pictures will be displayed on the Heroes Wall outside our Main Office. Thanks to Ms. Wyman and our Peer Leaders.

  • ELA Coach Christine Staugler was awarded  a $2,000 grant from Dollar General. The money will be used to buy books for independent reading.

  • Students of Band/Music Teacher Brian Fulks will be traveling in style to watch the Boston Symphony Orchestra later this year. Mr. Fulks was awarded a grant to  subsidize transportation.

  • Our PTO parents, led by Eleni Varitimos organized the first Tenney Gear sale of the year. The first order of performance shirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts will be delivered soon. The biggest fundraiser event for our PTO, the Yankee Candle Sale is ongoing now until Oct. 14.

  • The Tenney School Council met for the first time this year. Superintendent  Scannell spoke about plans for the year ahead.

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 20 : PTO Meeting

Oct. 21: Monster Bash

As always, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Thanks to our parents for helping us get our students off to the right start!

A Great Start to the New Year

posted Sep 11, 2016, 2:51 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

Sept, 2016

Hello Tenney Families,

We are off to a great start to the 2016-2017 school year.  Here is a look at what we have been up to at the Tenney:

The Third Annual Back to School Picnic drew about 300 members of the Tenney family  to our front lawn. Folks brought their picnic dinners,  talked to Methuen firemen and police officers and checked out their safety vehicles, met PTO members and played games.

Thank you to Zwicker and Associates, Attorneys at Law of  Andover. The firm adopted our school and  did some back to school shopping for us. The firm provided bags of supplies, including calculators and ear buds for Chrome Books that will enhance our students' learning. Special thanks to Kevin Amill for coordinating the effort. 

Our Tenney Rocks the Nevins  program brought together  25 7th and 8th graders every Friday during the summer at the Nevins Library to talk about books,   enjoy activities related to the books and stay in touch over the summer with the Tenney family.  Tenney staff volunteered their time and attended as well. Administrators and teachers attended every session, too. The program was so successful we hope to continue the partnership through the school year.

We instituted the first Coffee with Tenney Administrative Team in August. Parents were invited to the school to chat with the principals, dean and special education administrator. The summer gathering was so successful, we will continue the coffees through the school year.

To celebrate the start of the school year, the administrative team hosted a cookout for the staff . Ms. Simone, Ms. Ingrassia, Mr. DeRubeis, Mr. Bateman and Ms. Donovan manned the grill while staff members reconnected, planned and posed for start of the year team photos.

Our Open Houses were well attended and featured community fairs. In addition to  meeting teachers and checking out their new classrooms,  students and families had a chance to learn about  all sorts of Methuen offerings. They were able to join Methuen Girl and  Boy Scout troops, learn about adult education opportunities, get a Nevins Library card and more.

Our initiative to educate  parents about the importance of good attendance kicks off with Attendance Awareness Month.  Details about the impact of good attendance will be shared with students and families through social  media, classroom discussion and information sent home. We have also identified almost 100 students who were chronically  absent last year and will  work with their families to improve their children's attendance for this school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days of school in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. And those lost days translate into not reading at grade level and falling behind peers.

The first few days of school have been dedicated to building routines and rituals that help create learning environments that are safe and free of distractions and disruption. Students have learned in the first few days how they are expected to act, and teachers encourage those good behaviors. As we settle into September, we look forward to our first PTO meeting of the year, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm in our staff lounge. And don't forget to order your Tenney Gear and show your school pride.  A copy of the order form is attached. 

Thank you to staff, students and families for a solid start to the new school year. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mary Beth Donovan

Supervising Principal

978-722-9026 Ext. 4414

We Can't Wait for School to Begin!

posted Aug 10, 2016, 1:04 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 3:38 AM ]

Hello Tenney Families,
I hope your summer has been fun, restful and full of reading! Our school has been filled with all sorts of summer programs. Thank you to our parents who attended the Coffee Hour with our administrative team. It was so successful we plan to host several during the  school year.   Our Tenney Rocks the Nevins program, was a hit.  A fun group of 7th and 8th graders spent Friday mornings at the Nevins Library reading books together, talking about them and doing related games and crafts.  Now, we are getting ready for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.  

Here is a quick look at some important dates:

Aug. 17, 2 p.m.:  Tours for kindergarten  and all new students. Please meet in the lower school lobby.

Aug. 23, 4 to 7 p.m.: Third Annual Back  to School Picnic.  Catch up with old friends on our front lawn. Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic dinner and our fabulous PTO will provide snacks, music and fun for the entire family.  We will also host a tour of the school at 4:45 pm.

Aug. 29: Grades 1-4  Open House. Spend the night before the first day of school saying hello to your child's teacher and learning about the year ahead. There will be a Community Fair in the cafeteria,  a chance for you to sign up for a CORI check (This is needed for anyone who wants to volunteer in our school or chaperone field trips.)
Each grade will host  presentations  about the year ahead: 
                                                                 Grade 1 : 5 to 5:30 p.m.
                                                                 Grade 2: 5:30 to 6 p.m.
                                                                 Grade 3: 6 to 6:30 p.m.
                                                                 Grade 4: 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Aug 30: First full day of school for Grades 1-8;  Upper School Students should be on the playground at 7:45 a.m. School is dismissed at 2:15 p.m. Lower School students need to be on playground at 8:30 a.m.. Lower school dismissal is 3 p.m.
Kindergarten Open House, 9-10 a.m.  Our kindergarten students can also take a practice bus ride during those hours!

Sept. 1: Open House for Pre-k students. Details are being mailed home to parents of  these students.

Sept. 2 & 5: No School. Happy Labor Day!

Sept. 6:  First full day of school for Pre-k and kindergarten.

Sept. 7:  Grades 5-8 Open House. You are invited to meet your child's teachers and learn about the year ahead. There will be a Community Fair in the cafeteria,  a chance for you to sign up for a CORI check (This is needed for anyone who wants to volunteer in our school or chaperone field trips.)
Each grade will host  presentations about the year ahead: 
                                                                 Grade 5: 5:30 to 6 p.m. 
                                                                 Grade 6: 6 to 6:30 p.m
                                                                 Grade 7: 6:30 to 7 p.m
                                                                 Grade 8: 7 to 7:30 p.m

Sept. 8: Primary Election Day. School will be in session.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.   I can be reached by e-mail at My phone is 978-722-9026 ext. 4414. And don't forget to "like" Tenney Grammar School  PTO on FB.

Along with the rest of the Tenney family, I look forward to seeing you soon and a successful 2016-2017 school year!


Hello, Summer!

posted Jun 7, 2016, 3:06 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

As the school year ends,  everyone at  the Tenney is working to finish strong. The learning and growing continues, with plans in plans in place for at least one summer program just for Tenney students.


  • The second annual Grade Four Spelling Bee was  a nailbiter. We were thrilled  to have so many parents and guests attend Third place winner was William Pittman. Second place Ella Murphy ad First place lce winner Olivia Murphy.

  • Our media center hosted a special reading day. Elected officials, Public Safety and school officials  spent time reading to lower school students.

  • Grandparents and Older Friends Day packed our first grade wing with admirers who inspected student work.

  • Our first annual Wiffle Ball Tourney, organized by Paula Simone, Upper School principal,  is in full swing afternoons. Members of our teaching and custodial staff are participating in the fun.

  • Fifth grade teachers hosted a special evening just for their future students. Soon-to-be- middle school students got to tour the upper school, meet teachers and talk about what they will learn.

  • Our band and chorus concerts were great successes.

  • The National Junior Honor Society inducted a new group of scholars. Jasmine Encarcion, a recent Methuen High graduate and member of the Tenney JNHS, was the guest speaker.

  • Our last Saturday detention, established by our Dean of Students, Carl Derubeis was held June 3. The detention allow staff to work with students to improve attendance, punctuality and behavior without missing valuable school time.

  • We honored our students who read more than 20 books this year.

Coming up:

  • We are teaming up with the Nevins Memorial Library for Tenney Rocks the Nevins. Every Friday during the summer, next year’s 7th and 8th graders will meet every Friday morning at the Nevins to explore and read books, play games and more. Tenney staff will make guests appearances each week.

  • The date for our Back to School Picnic date will be announced soon.

As the year ends, we must thank our fabulous PTO for their constant support, encouragement and partnership. We are so fortunate to have such an enthusiastic parents.  We will be in touch over the summer about new events and invite you to visit this page, “like” the Tenney Grammar PTO facebook Page and follow us on Twitter - TenneyGrammar@MPS_Tenney.

Here's to a successful ending to a successful school year!

Finishing Strong!

posted May 9, 2016, 3:21 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

Hello Tenney Family,

Spring is finally here and staff and students at the Tenney are filling the brighter, warmer days with  plenty of learning and growing. So far, our spring has been marked with accomplishments:

Eighth grader Neriah Sullivan was named the top winner in the Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest. The contest honors  Holocaust survivor Mr. Arbeiter who has helped educate thousands  of children about the Holocaust. Neriah was honored at Day of Remembrance in Boston May 1 and joined by 70 Methuen Tenney and Timony students. She received a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Grade 6 students took part in the 30 Day Challenge that promoted punctuality, good attendance and behaviors. Each homeroom saw significant improvement in all areas and Mrs. Dionne’s room was declared the winner. Each student in the homeroom received passes to Laser Craze and other students who showed improvement were also recognized. Thanks to the teachers, students and staff who all supported the program. School psychologist Christine Crocker coordinated the effort.

Our 8th grade team hosted a successful Gallery Walk night. More than 150 parents and family members enjoyed student writing and had the chance to write responses to their students’ work, To close the evening, students and guests watched a showing of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Teacher Jacqui Mclaughlin secured 200 books for our Book Pantry. The donations will support our efforts to make sure every child has books at home to enjoy. Teacher Katie Collins has spearheaded the effort for the past two years.

Our Media Center coordinated a family literacy day. Parents were invited in to be guest readers in their child’s classroom.’

Our Upper School Learning Center staff hosted a Family Game Night. Folks gathered to play cards, games of strategy and enjoy refreshments.

The Tenney Drama Club presented the musical Once on This Island under the direction of Holly Gray and Robert Connolly.

Staff  supported our PBIS program with a Paint Night. Twenty seven staff members attended, painted a beach scene and spent some time building community

Coming up:

MCAS:  Our students are ready to finish strong with Math and Science MCAS. Once again, our fabulous PTO will provide breakfasts to all students who are testing.

Student Showcase: Grade 6 students will display their work  May 25 for family and friends

Welcome to Upper School! A meeting for parents  moving up to Grade 5 is set for June 7.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Mary beth Donovan

Supervising Principal

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