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Hello February!

posted Feb 5, 2020, 10:20 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

The first month of 2020 was a busy one for Tenney students and staff. February is filled with all sorts of  learning and activities:

  •  Once again, Marian Magnan, Grade 6 teacher,  has hosted a successful Geography Bee. Congrats to our winners First Place: Abby LaRochelle (grade 8)  Second Place Winner: Nathan Roukes (grade 5) Third Place Winner: Keith Korir (grade 8).  Abby is now going to the next level of competition by taking an on-line test.

  • Kelley Gravell and her Student Council folks hosted a very successful movie night. More than 120 students had a night out and watched Dr. Doolittle.

  • Our ELL team, Cara Carney,  Gail Rogers, Tracey Correira,  Christine Staugler, Julie Kraft and Jess Hubert  ran a flawless ACCESS testing session for over 160 of our second language learners. All staff and students were supportive of the process and supporting our students in the days leading up to and during testing.

  • Dawn Patterson and Liz Fulks are now in charge of the backpack program which provides a backpack full of food for students who need nourishment over the weekend. 

  • Peer Leaders are running a sock drive, which runs through Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Peer Leader director Carrie Barnhart.

  • The Tenney staff builds community with all sorts of events beyond the school day. A team of 25 staff members went bowling this month.

  • Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 learned how to “Start with Hello” at assemblies hosted by the Sandy Hook Promise. There was lots of great discussion about the power of reaching out to others, with tips on how to begin.

  • Theodore Higginbottom represented all Methuen 8th graders during Project 351, a state-wide program that brings 8th graders from every Massachusetts city and town to do service projects.  Theodore will invite our community to join his work to make “good trouble.”

  • The cast of Alice in Wonderland has started production. Teachers Robert Connelly and Judy Rossi are directing the play set for a May production.


Coming up:

Feb. 3: BCBA presents for staff

Feb. 3-10 Valentine’s Day carnations sales, sponsored by Grade 8

February 5: Yearbook photos

Feb. 10-14:  Spirit Week

Feb. 17-21: Winter Break

El primer mes de 2020 fue muy ocupado para los estudiantes y el personal de Tenney. Febrero está lleno de todo tipo de aprendizaje y actividades:

  •  Una vez más, Marian Magnan, profesora de sexto grado, ha organizado un exitoso concurso de geografía. Felicitaciones a nuestros ganadores del primer lugar: Abby LaRochelle (grado 8) Ganadora del segundo lugar: Nathan Roukes (grado 5) Ganador del tercer lugar: Keith Korir (grado 8).  Abby ahora va a pasar al siguiente nivel de competencia tomando un examen en línea.

  • Kelley Gravell y sus compañeros del Consejo Estudiantil organizaron una exitosa noche de cine. Más de 120 estudiantes salieron una noche y vieron al Dr. Doolittle.

  • Nuestro equipo ELL, Cara Carney, Gail Rogers, Tracey Correira, Christine Staugler, Julie Kraft y Jess Hubert realizaron una impecable sesión de pruebas de ACCESO para más de 160 de nuestros estudiantes de segundo idioma. Todo el personal y los estudiantes apoyaron el proceso y apoyaron a nuestros estudiantes en los días previos y durante las pruebas.

  • Dawn Patterson y Liz Fulks están ahora a cargo del programa de mochilas que provee una mochila llena de comida para los estudiantes que necesitan alimentarse durante el fin de semana. 

  • Los líderes de los compañeros están llevando a cabo una campaña de calcetines, que dura hasta el día de San Valentín. Gracias a la directora de Peer Leader, Carrie Barnhart.

  • El personal de Tenney construye la comunidad con todo tipo de eventos más allá del día escolar. Un equipo de 25 miembros del personal fue a jugar a los bolos este mes.

  • Los estudiantes de 6º, 7º y 8º grado aprendieron a "Empezar con Hola" en asambleas organizadas por la Promesa de Sandy Hook. Hubo mucha discusión sobre el poder de llegar a los demás, con consejos sobre cómo empezar.

  • Theodore Higginbottom representó a todos los alumnos de 8º grado de Methuen durante el Proyecto 351, un programa estatal que reúne a alumnos de 8º grado de todas las ciudades y pueblos de Massachusetts para hacer proyectos de servicio.  Theodore invitará a nuestra comunidad a unirse a su trabajo para crear "buenos problemas".

El reparto de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas ha comenzado la producción. Los profesores Robert Connelly y Judy Rossi dirigen el escenario para una producción de mayo.


Próximamente:

3 de febrero: BCBA presenta para el personal

Del 3 al 10 de febrero, la venta de claveles del día de San Valentín, patrocinada por el octavo grado.

5 de febrero: Fotos del Anuario

10-14 de febrero: Semana de los espíritus

Del 17 al 21 de febrero: Vacaciones de invierno



















Welcome to a new decade!

posted Jan 6, 2020, 2:28 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

We wrapped up the decade with good tidings of community and learning. Here is a quick look at how 2019 ended at the Tenney and how we will ring in 2020


  • The Frost Fest  was a great success, thanks to the Tenney PTO, staff and the community.   Despite rain, about 300 people attended for a night of crafts, raffles and of course, illuminating the huge tree on campus. Diodati Services of Methuen donated time to deck the tree and we were able to light the night with kindness with a countdown and cheers.

  • Our Kindness Chain, created by Health teacher Liz Fulks and her  sixth graders connects our upper and lower schools via the first floor “bridge”. Each link represents an act of kindness experienced by a Tenney staff member or  student. The link continues to grow.

  • Report card conferences  were successful and we were grateful to have the opportunity to meet with so many parents and guardians to discuss student success. Each teacher made a point to refer parents to the number of days a student has been present in school. Good attendance supports good learning.

  • Our SAAD students worked hard to create holiday meals for our families who needed a little boost. And our Giving Tree organized by  Dawn Patterson provided holiday cheer to families who needed support. Our Tenney community is so generous.

  • As part of a STEM challenge, Nate Jenkins, a seventh grade teacher,  flew over our building in a small plane. His students have worked on aviation math and he brought a few problems to life. 

  • Our STEM work also continues in grade 5, where our young inventors tried to woo investors in a take-off  of the TV show Shark Tank.

  • Our band and chorus  concerts were well attended. Congratulations to Mr. Dugan and Mr. Fulks for their work with our musicians.

  • We celebrated good behaviors with PBIS events before vacation ended.

The first few days after vacation were dedicated to reminding students about our behavior and academic expectations and helping them meet them. Students and staff talked about goal-setting and revisited our  rituals and routines as we worked to create learning environments free of distraction and disruption. It was good to see everyone back at work!


Jan. 7: Try-outs Drama Club

Jan. 9: Anti Vaping Assembly, Grades 7 and 8.Jan. 13: ACCESS testing begins Grades k-8

Jan 15: Geography Bee Upper School 

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Day - No School

Jan. 28: Anti-bullying Assembly, Lower School


A festival, a concert and more!

posted Nov 30, 2019, 7:23 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

Hello Tenney families,

I hope you  are enjoying the extra long weekend with your families. We have some important events happening this coming week.

On Tuesday, we host Frost Fest,  5:30-7:30 pm, a celebration of kindness and the Tenney community. We have dozens of baskets to raffle off, featuring legos, slime-making kits, food, books for everyone, and gift cards.  You can add to our kindness link, pose with our kindness mural, browse our book pantry and have your face painted. For a small fee, our guests can create sand art or winter ornaments. There will be some free treats for students as well. At 7:15 we will illuminate the giant tree at  our middle school entry to signify how kindness can dispel darkness. We look forward to seeing you!

On Thursday, our Upper School band hosts our winter concert. It begins at 7 pm.

You should be receiving invitations from your child’s teacher regarding parent conferences scheduled for December 12 and 13. If you have not by mid-week, please contact the Upper or Lower School office.

Finally, if you would like to make  the holidays a bit brighter for some members of our Tenney community, please refer to this flyer. All your help and support is much appreciated by our Giving Tree team.


Hola familias Tenney,

Espero que estén disfrutando del fin de semana extra largo con sus familias. Tenemos algunos eventos importantes esta semana que viene.

El martes, organizamos el Frost Fest, de 5:30 a 7:30 pm, una celebración de la bondad y la comunidad de Tenney. Tenemos docenas de canastas para sortear, con legos, kits de adelgazamiento, comida, libros para todos y tarjetas de regalo.  Usted puede añadir a nuestro enlace de amabilidad, posar con nuestro mural de amabilidad, navegar por nuestra despensa de libros y hacer que le pinten la cara. Por una pequeña cuota, nuestros huéspedes pueden crear arte en arena o adornos de invierno. También habrá algunas golosinas gratis para los estudiantes. A las 7:15 iluminaremos el árbol gigante a la entrada de nuestra escuela secundaria para indicar cómo la bondad puede disipar la oscuridad.  Esperamos verle pronto!

El jueves, nuestra banda de Upper School organiza nuestro concierto de invierno. Comienza a las 7 pm.

Usted debe estar recibiendo invitaciones del maestro de su hijo con respecto a las conferencias de padres programadas para el 12 y 13 de diciembre. Si no lo ha hecho a mediados de la semana, por favor comuníquese con la oficina de la escuela superior o inferior.

Por último, si desea que las vacaciones sean un poco más brillantes para algunos miembros de nuestra comunidad de Tenney, consulte este folleto. Toda su ayuda y apoyo es muy apreciada por nuestro equipo de Giving Tree.





November is here!

posted Nov 3, 2019, 12:55 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

October was a month marked by field trips, parent involvement, and lots of learning. Here is a look at what happened at the Tenney during October, and what is ahead of us for November:

  • Our students learned in and out of the classroom in October. 

    • Fourth graders studied immigration thanks to teachers from the Lowell Mills who came to the Tenney with artifacts to teach.

    • Seventh graders traveled to the Museum of Science and spent some time in the planetarium.

    • Camp Lincoln was the destination for our 8th graders as they earned about team building in the outdoors.

    • Third graders visited the Methuen Museum to  hear about our town’s history.

  • The Yankee Candle sale is a wrap,  thanks to our PTO. Orders will be delivered before Thanksgiving.

  • The 5th graders celebrated Massachusetts STEM Week  by working hard to solve the Mystery of Loon Lake. Along with 5th graders all over the state, students  did hands-on experiments, brought their study of science across the curriculum as they explored why wildlife in Loon Lake was disappearing.

  • The annual Monster Bash was a great success with about 800 people participating. As always, our fabulous PTO worked hard to make this a fun family event.  Peer Leaders volunteered their services and Texas Roadhouse donated the hotdogs. Later in the week, our students in Grades prek-1 took part in a parade around our school.

  • Our School Council met for the  first time this year. Dr. Eric “Chip” McGee, our new assistant superintendent, spoke about our new initiatives and 8th grader Theodore Higginbottom  demonstrated how students utilize our new Chromebooks.

  • Columbia Gas has offered to donate warm winter clothes to 50 of our students. Lucky us! Students tried on some coat samples for size and will receive the new coats before it gets too cold!

  •  All our students participated in a bus evacuation practice to make sure we all know how to respond to a bus emergency. Thank you to our SRO David Gardner for organizing.

  • Our friends at Polish Dental came to school to provide simple dental exams  for our students. Almost 100 students saw dentists.

  • Representatives from the Greater Lawrence Technical School spoke to our seventh and 8th graders about  opportunities at that school. We were so happy to see former Tenney students who represented GLTS.

Coming up: 

Nov. 11: Tenney students honor veterans by marching in the city’s Veteran’s Day Parade. The Parade starts at  10 am in front of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.

Nov. 12: Tenney PTO meets 7 pm. We will be planning for the Festival of Trees and the Santa Parade, set for Nov. 17.

Nov.  20, 21 and 22: Scholastic Book Fair


Octubre fue un mes marcado por excursiones, participación de los padres y mucho aprendizaje. He aquí una mirada a lo que sucedió en el Tenney durante el mes de octubre, y lo que nos espera para noviembre:

  • Nuestros estudiantes aprendieron dentro y fuera del aula en octubre. 

    • Los alumnos de cuarto grado estudiaron inmigración gracias a los maestros de Lowell Mills que vinieron al Tenney con artefactos para enseñar.

    • Los niños de séptimo grado viajaron al Museo de Ciencias y pasaron algún tiempo en el planetario.

    • El Campamento Lincoln fue el destino de nuestros alumnos de octavo grado, ya que se ganaron el trabajo en equipo al aire libre.

    • Los alumnos de tercer grado visitaron el Museo de Methuen para conocer la historia de nuestra ciudad.

    • La venta de velas Yankee es un éxito, gracias a nuestro PTO.  Las órdenes serán entregadas antes del Día de Acción de Gracias.

    • Los alumnos de 5º grado celebraron la Semana STEM de Massachusetts trabajando duro para resolver el Misterio del Lago Loon. Junto con estudiantes de 5to grado de todo el estado, los estudiantes hicieron experimentos prácticos, trajeron su estudio de la ciencia a través del currículo mientras exploraban por qué la vida silvestre en Loon Lake estaba desapareciendo.


  • El Monster Bash anual fue un gran éxito con la participación de unas 800 personas. Como siempre, nuestro fabuloso PTO trabajó duro para hacer de este un evento familiar divertido.  Los líderes de pares ofrecieron sus servicios como voluntarios y Texas Roadhouse donó los perritos calientes. Más tarde en la semana, nuestros estudiantes en Grados prek-1 tomaron parte en un desfile alrededor de nuestra escuela.

  • Nuestro Consejo Escolar se reunió por primera vez este año. El Dr. Eric "Chip" McGee, nuestro nuevo superintendente asistente, habló sobre nuestras nuevas iniciativas y el estudiante de 8º grado Theodore Higginbottom demostró cómo los estudiantes utilizan nuestros nuevos Chromebooks.

  • Columbia Gas ha ofrecido donar ropa de invierno a 50 de nuestros estudiantes. ¡Qué suerte tenemos! Los estudiantes probaron algunas muestras de abrigos y recibirán los nuevos abrigos antes de que se enfríen demasiado.

  •  Todos nuestros estudiantes participaron en una práctica de evacuación en autobús para asegurarse de que todos sabemos cómo responder a una emergencia en el autobús. Gracias a nuestro SRO David Gardner por organizar.

  • Nuestros amigos de Polish Dental vinieron a la escuela para proveer exámenes dentales simples para nuestros estudiantes. Casi 100 estudiantes vieron dentistas.

  • Representantes de la Escuela Técnica Greater Lawrence hablaron con nuestros alumnos de séptimo y octavo grado sobre las oportunidades en esa escuela. Nos alegró mucho ver a los antiguos alumnos de Tenney que representaban a GLTS.

A continuación: 

Nov. 11: Los estudiantes de Tenney honran a los veteranos marchando en el Desfile del Día de los Veteranos de la ciudad. El desfile comienza a las 10 am frente al Methuen Memorial Music Hall.

Nov. 12: Tenney PTO se reúne a las 7 pm. Estaremos planeando el Festival de los Árboles y el Desfile de Santa Claus, programado para el 17 de noviembre.

Nov. 20, 21 y 22: Feria del Libro de Scholastic


September news

posted Sep 8, 2019, 9:33 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

Twenty years ago, we celebrated the opening of the Tenney Grammar School as we now know it - a beautiful building that holds an important place in Methuen’s history.  We are taking time this year to mark this milestone and honor the staff and students who worked and learned here in the past two decades with some special events. We started off the year thinking of our legacy of learning, our commitment to welcoming families into our community, creating a safe and supportive environment and the impact of education on all of our lives. Throughout  the course of the year, we plan some special celebrations and activities to mark what we are calling 20@Tenney.

Here is how we started the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Our  Fourth Annual Welcome Back Picnic was threatened by torrential downpours and a hurricane warning. That didn’t stop the Tenney Tigers! The festivities were moved inside Families “picnicked” in our cafeteria, numerous agencies and groups shared information, our fire and police friends visited and there was music and dancing.

  • The day before the official start of school, the Tenney staff, after a district-wide meeting and  some professional development gathered for a lunch and some time to catch up.

  • Open Houses for our  Kindergarten and pre-k students were well-attended. Our kindergarten students had the opportunity to check out a school bus and take a short ride around the neighborhood.

  • Teachers, using chalk,  wrote welcome back messages to our students on our playground the night before school started for our 1-8 students. The students enjoyed reading the messages as they lined up for the first day of school.

  • We welcomed 18 new staff members to our community.

  • The first days of school were dedicated to learning and practicing  routines and rituals. Teachers worked with students to set and explain their expectations on a number of things, from how to participate in a classroom discussion, transition to another class, line up for lunch, behave during a fire drill.  Knowing these routines and rituals will limited classroom distractions and disruptions.

  • Our 1-1 Chromebook initiative has started! Associate Principals Ms. Goyette Langis and Mrs. Simone hosted assemblies to help students understand the opportunities this access to technology is offering and their responsibilities.


The first PTO meeting of the year is set for Sept 10 at 7 pm in our staff lounge. Everyone is invited!

Our first days of school ran smoothly, thanks in part, to the work done over the summer  by our custodial staff, food services, our PTO and the administrative team. Lucky us to have so many people committed to our staff and students.






Hace veinte años, celebramos la apertura de la Tenney Grammar School como la conocemos ahora, un hermoso edificio que ocupa un lugar importante en la historia de Methuen. Estamos tomando tiempo este año para marcar este logro y honrar al personal y los estudiantes que trabajaron y aprendieron aquí en las últimas dos décadas con algunos eventos especiales. Comenzamos el año pensando en nuestro legado de aprendizaje, nuestro compromiso de dar la bienvenida a las familias a nuestra comunidad, crear un ambiente seguro y de apoyo y el impacto de la educación en todas nuestras vidas. A lo largo del año, planeamos algunas celebraciones y actividades especiales para marcar lo que llamamos 20 @ Tenney.


Así es como comenzamos el año escolar 2019-2020:

  • Nuestro Cuarto Picnic Anual de Bienvenida fue amenazado por aguaceros torrenciales y una advertencia de huracán. ¡Eso no detuvo a los Tigres de Tenney! Las festividades se trasladaron al interior de las familias "en picnic" en nuestra cafetería, numerosas agencias y grupos compartieron información, nuestros amigos bomberos y policías visitaron y hubo música y baile.

  • El día antes del comienzo oficial de la escuela, el personal de Tenney, después de una reunión en todo el distrito y un poco de desarrollo profesional, se reunió para un almuerzo y algo de tiempo para ponerse al día.

  • Las jornadas de puertas abiertas para nuestros estudiantes de jardín de infantes y prekínder fueron muy concurridas. Nuestros estudiantes de jardín de infantes tuvieron la oportunidad de explorar un autobús escolar y dar un corto paseo por el vecindario.

  • Los maestros, usando tiza, escribieron mensajes de bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes en nuestro patio de juegos la noche antes del comienzo de clases para nuestros estudiantes de 1 a 8. Los estudiantes disfrutaron leyendo los mensajes mientras se preparaban para el primer día de clases.

  • Dimos la bienvenida a 18 nuevos miembros del personal a nuestra comunidad.

  • Los primeros días de escuela se dedicaron a aprender y practicar rutinas y ceremonias. Los maestros trabajaron con los estudiantes para establecer y explicar sus expectativas en una serie de cosas, desde cómo participar en una discusión en el aula, la transición a otra clase, hacer fila para almorzar, comportarse durante un simulacro de incendio. Conocer estas rutinas y ceremonias limitará las distracciones e interrupciones en el aula.

  • ¡Nuestra iniciativa 1-1 Chromebook ha comenzado! Los Directores Asociados Sra. Goyette Langis y Sra. Simone organizaron asambleas para ayudar a los estudiantes a comprender las oportunidades que ofrece este acceso a la tecnología y sus responsabilidades.


La primera reunión de PTO del año está programada para el 10 de septiembre a las 7 pm en nuestra sala de personal. ¡Todos están invitados!


Nuestros primeros días de escuela transcurrieron sin problemas, gracias en parte al trabajo realizado durante el verano por nuestro personal de conserjería, los servicios de alimentos, nuestro PTO y el equipo administrativo. Afortunadamente tenemos tanta gente comprometida con nuestro personal y estudiantes.


Let's great ready for an awesome year!

posted Aug 8, 2019, 9:56 AM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

August 2019


Dear Tenney families,


As summer winds down we are busy preparing for the school year. Here is some information that will help you plan: 


Personnel: Amanda Goyette Langis  who worked as interim lower school principal has been appointed to the position permanently.  She can be reached at aagoyette@methuen.k12.ma.us  or 978-722-9026 ext 4419. Soula Bousios replaces Carrie Ingrassia who has retired as  our Special Education Administrator. Ms. Bousios is available at 978-722-9026 ext 4487 or aabousios@methuen.k12.ma.us. We also have a number of new teachers this year in upper and lower. They will be reaching out to  their students’ families and once we have everyone in place, I will share our staff directory. Upper School Principal Paula Simone may be reached at pasimone@methuen.k12.ma.us  and at extension  4435.


Safety: Our priority will always be  the safety and well being of our students and family. After a review with our  School Resource Officer, David Gardner of all school procedures, we are making some minor changes to our pick up and drop off policies and need your cooperation. The changes mainly impact our lower school families. For example, we will no  longer dismiss our kindergarten students at their classroom doors. Here are the details of  how we  can partner to keep our children safe.  The first few weeks of school we see a higher level of traffic around all our schools, During that time we will also move a bit slowly  through dismissal process as we teach our students the rules. Thank you in advance for your patience.


Important dates: 

Aug. 13, 10 to 11:30 am: Kindergarten Play Date. This is a chance for our kindergarten families to meet each other and the administrative team.  

Aug. 21, 4:30-6:30 pm: Fourth Annual   Back to School Picnic. We will dance, play games, and maybe win some prizes! Bring a blanket, your own picnic dinner and catch up with staff and families. More details to come. 

Aug. 27: 3:15-4:15 pm Kindergarten Open House

Aug. 28: School begins for  Grades 1-8 Full Day.

Aug. 30: No school

Sep. 2 No School

Sept. 4: First Day of pre-k and kindergarten.  Full Day.

Sept. 4: 5-7 pm Lower School Open House

Presentations: Grade 1: 5-5:30

Grade 2: 5:30 to 6:00

Grade 3: 6-6:30

Grade 4: 6:30 -7:00

Sept. 5: 5 - 7 pm Upper School Open House 

Presentations: Grade 5: 5:00 to 5:30

Grade 6: 5:30 to 6:00 

Grade 7: 6:00 to 6:30

Grade 8: 6:30 to 7:00

Our specialists, support and guidance staff will have displays set up in the cafeteria.

Sept. 24 Early Release  Day. Lunch will be served. Upper school dismisses at 11:15 pm and lower at 11:45 pm


We look forward to working with our families this year to create a great learning environment for our students. As always, feel free to contact me at 978-722-9026 ext 4414 or mydonovan@methuen.k12.ma.us.


Mary Beth Donovan

Supervising Principal



Queridas familias de Tenney:


A medida que se acerca el verano, estamos ocupados preparándonos para el año escolar. Aquí hay información que lo ayudará a planificar:


Personal: Amanda Goyette Langis, que trabajó como directora interina de escuela secundaria, ha sido nombrada para el puesto de forma permanente. Puede comunicarse con ella en aagoyette@methuen.k12.ma.us o 978-722-9026 ext 4419. Soula Bousios reemplaza a Carrie Ingrassia, quien se retiró como nuestra Administradora de Educación Especial. La Sra. Bousios está disponible en 978-722-9026 ext 4487 o aabousios@methuen.k12.ma.us. También tenemos varios maestros nuevos este año en los grados superior e inferior. Se comunicarán con las familias de sus estudiantes y una vez que tengamos a todos en su lugar, compartiré nuestro directorio de personal. La directora de la escuela superior Paula Simone puede ser contactada en pasimone@methuen.k12.ma.us y en la extensión 4435.


Seguridad: nuestra prioridad siempre será la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y familiares. Después de una revisión con nuestro Oficial de Recursos Escolares, David Gardner, de todos los procedimientos escolares, estamos haciendo algunos cambios menores en nuestras políticas de recogida y devolución y necesitamos su cooperación. Los cambios afectan principalmente a nuestras familias de escuelas inferiores. Por ejemplo, ya no despediremos a nuestros estudiantes de jardín de infantes en las puertas de sus aulas. Aquí están los detalles de cómo podemos asociarnos para mantener a nuestros hijos seguros. Las primeras semanas de clases vemos un mayor nivel de tráfico alrededor de todas nuestras escuelas. Durante ese tiempo, también avanzaremos un poco más lentamente a través del proceso de salida mientras enseñamos las reglas a nuestros estudiantes. Gracias de antemano por su paciencia.


Fechas importantes:

13 de agosto, 10 a 11:30 am: Fecha de juego de jardín de infantes. Esta es una oportunidad para que nuestras familias de jardín de infantes se reúnan con el equipo administrativo.

21 de agosto, 4: 30-6: 30 pm: Cuarto Picnic Anual de Regreso a la Escuela. ¡Bailaremos, jugaremos, y quizás ganemos algunos premios! Traiga una manta, su propia cena de picnic y póngase al día con el personal y las familias. Más detalles por venir.

27 de agosto: 3: 15-4: 15 pm Casa abierta de jardín de infantes

28 de agosto: la escuela comienza para los grados 1-8 día completo.

30 de agosto: no hay clases

2 de septiembre: no hay clases

4 de septiembre: primer día de prekínder y jardín de infantes. Día completo.

4 de septiembre: 5-7 pm Casa abierta de la escuela inferior

Presentaciones: Grado 1: 5-5: 30

Grado 2: 5:30 a 6:00

Grado 3: 6-6: 30

Grado 4: 6:30 -7: 00

5 de septiembre: 5 - 7 pm Casa abierta de la escuela superior

Presentaciones: 5to grado: 5:00 a 5:30

Grado 6: 5:30 a 6:00

Grado 7: 6:00 a 6:30

Grado 8: 6:30 a 7:00

Nuestros especialistas, personal de apoyo y orientación tendrán exhibidores instalados en la cafetería.

24 de septiembre Día de salida anticipada. El almuerzo será servido. La escuela superior termina a las 11:15 pm y la inferior a las 11:45 pm


Esperamos trabajar con nuestras familias este año para crear un excelente ambiente de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes. Como siempre, no dude en contactarme al 978-722-9026 ext 4414 o mydonovan@methuen.k12.ma.us.


Mary Beth Donovan

Director Supervisor





We're ending the year doing great things!

posted Jun 4, 2019, 6:23 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

The last month at the Tenney has been busy! Here are some of the great things that happened:

  • One hundred percent of our students who were set to take the MCAS did! Thank you to parents, staff and students for the tremendous team effort. And thank  you to our PTO and Food Services staff for providing breakfast on testing days.

  • The band and chorus hosted two great concerts to end the year because of Mr. Fulks and Ms. Harrison.

  • Our sixth grader met with Bessie the dog, her owner and author  of Be Like Bessie  Thomas Farmen to learn some lessons about optimism. Ms. Devendorf arranged the visit.

  • Almost 30 new members were inducted into the Junior National Honor Society. Advisor Meg McCarty coordinated the event.

  • Our Girls on the Run completed a 5k. And their teachers ran with them! Congratulations to everyone, including the advisors Megan Choate, Sarah Hudon and Lexi Zambino.

  • Our second graders learned about owls in a special assembly that included the amazing birds.

  • Bruins Spirit Week featured a make-a-Stanley Cup competition. Plenty of  aluminum foil was put to use. Mrs. Morin’s class won the competition. Our  resident Bruins fan, Ms. Barnhart organized..

  • Our Peer Leaders  and Student Council marched in the Memorial Day Parade.

  • Our  Upper School students spent a Friday night at  the movies. Mrs. Gravell, our student council l advisor coordinated.

  • The Little Mermaid, a production of the Tenney Drama Club was a huge success. Our talented students were  directed by Mr. Connelly, Ms. Rossi and Ms. Harrison.

  • We celebrated Red Nose Day by bring in items for our Backpack Program.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful, safe and happy school year at the Tenney!  We look forward to seeing our students at the annual back to School Picnic set for August 20, 5 to 7 pm.



MCAS, winning writers, smart choices and more!

posted May 12, 2019, 4:35 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

April was a busy month at the Tenney. Here is a look at what we accomplished:

  • MCAS testing started in April and our students had so much support. The PTO continued the tradition of providing all students a breakfast on testing days. Our food services staff helped serve the special meals and get or students off to a positive start. the we had so much support!  The first few weeks of testing have gone well and we know students will continue to have great attendance and effort.

  • We celebrated winning writer Phuong Nguyen, who was honored in the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. Phuong  arrived in the U.S. from Vietnam three years ago and came to the Tenney in 6th grade. This year, she has earned A's in all of her classes, including Algebra I.  She is always prepared for class and exceedingly conscientious.

  • Our Peer Leaders hosted a drive to benefit the animals at the MSPCA.  Ms. Barnhard and her students gathered donations from all grades.

  • Our Upper School students met with Methuen High graduate and health educator Ryan Barry to hear about the dangers of vaping  The presentation was hosted by our Students Against Destructive Decisions and advisor Jessica Leal.

  • Our lower school students participated in the Kids Heart Challenge. Physical Education teachers Stephanie Boudreau and Kristen Swales decorated the lower school gym and challenged their students to, learn how their hearts work by tackling obstacle courses, a climbing wall and other physical challenges while raising some money for the American Heart Association.

We have many activities planned as we close out the school year. It is a tradition at the Tenney to invite a former student to be the Distinguished Speaker at our Final Assembly. This year’s speaker is Elie Ata who is becoming a physician.  He left the Tenney in 2004, attended Methuen High, Merrimack College ad medical school in Michigan. He joins a wonderful list of former students who left us to change the world. Previous Distinguished Speakers include Michael Gorman, an advocate for the homeless and founder of The Movement Family,  Marie Akiki, who served two tours of duty as a medic in Afghanistan, and Tram Nguyen, a Massachusetts State Representative for the Andover area. Elie, the son of Lebanese immigrants is a medical resident at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center residency program, completing the program next year.

Coming up:

The Little Mermaid, presented by the Tenney Drama Club, May 10, 7:00 pm and Saturday May 11, 2 pm

Tenney Band Concert: Wednesday, May 22, 7 pm

Tenney Fairy Walk, June 1, 10 am

Tenney Spring Chorus Concert, June 4, 2019


Abril fue un mes ocupado en el Tenney. Aquí hay un vistazo a lo que hemos logrado:

Las pruebas de MCAS comenzaron en abril y nuestros estudiantes tuvieron mucho apoyo. El PTO continuó la tradición de ofrecer a todos los estudiantes un desayuno en los días de exámenes. Nuestro personal de servicios de alimentos ayudó a servir las comidas especiales y logró que los estudiantes tuvieran un comienzo positivo. ¡Tuvimos tanto apoyo! Las primeras semanas de exámenes han ido bien y sabemos que los estudiantes continuarán teniendo una gran asistencia y esfuerzo.

Celebramos al escritor ganador Phuong Nguyen, quien fue honrado en el concurso de Cartas sobre Literatura patrocinado por la Biblioteca del Congreso. Phuong llegó a los EE. UU. Desde Vietnam hace tres años y llegó a Tenney en el sexto grado. Este año, ella ha obtenido una A en todas sus clases, incluso en Álgebra I. Siempre está preparada para la clase y es extremadamente concienzuda.

Nuestros compañeros líderes organizaron una campaña para beneficiar a los animales en el MSPCA. La Sra. Barnhard y sus estudiantes reunieron donaciones de todos los grados.

Nuestros estudiantes de la Escuela Superior se reunieron con el graduado de Methuen High y el educador de salud Ryan Barry para escuchar sobre los peligros de vapear. La presentación fue organizada por nuestros Estudiantes contra Decisiones Destructivas y la asesora Jessica Leal.

Nuestros estudiantes de la escuela secundaria participaron en el Desafío del corazón de los niños. Las maestras de Educación Física Stephanie Boudreau y Kristen Swales decoraron el gimnasio de la escuela inferior y desafiaron a sus estudiantes a aprender cómo funcionan sus corazones abordando las carreras de obstáculos, un muro de escalada y otros desafíos físicos mientras recaudan dinero para la American Heart Association.

Tenemos muchas actividades planeadas mientras cerramos el año escolar. Es una tradición en el Tenney invitar a un ex alumno a ser el orador distinguido en nuestra Asamblea Final. El orador de este año es Elie Ata, que se está convirtiendo en un médico. Abandonó el Tenney en 2004, asistió a Methuen High, Merrimack College y escuela de medicina en Michigan. Se une a una maravillosa lista de ex alumnos que nos dejaron para cambiar el mundo. Los oradores distinguidos anteriores incluyen a Michael Gorman, un defensor de las personas sin hogar y fundador de The Movement Family, Marie Akiki, quien cumplió dos períodos de servicio como médico en Afganistán, y Tram Nguyen, representante del estado de Massachusetts para el área de Andover. Elie, el hijo de inmigrantes libaneses, es residente médico en el programa de residencia del Centro de Salud Familiar Greater Lawrence, y completará el programa el próximo año.

Subiendo:

The Little Mermaid, presentado por Tenney Drama Club, 10 de mayo, 7:00 pm y sábado 11 de mayo, 2 pm

Concierto de la banda de Tenney: miércoles 22 de mayo a las 7 pm

Tenney Fairy Walk, 1 de junio, a las 10 am

Concierto de coro de Tenney Spring, 4 de junio de 2019,


Good things happening at the Tenney!

posted Apr 4, 2019, 3:51 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi

March was a busy month at the Tenney. Just  take a look at all the good things we accomplished!

  • Absences and tardies remain the focus of our attention  Letters went home to the students who have had ten or more absences this year detailing why we need our students at school. Teachers highlighted attendance data on report cards and administrative team wrote notes of appreciation and support on report cards to students who  had great attendance and to those who need a boost. Mrs. St. Germaine’s Grade 5 class created a Power Point presentation about why attendance matters which was shared with staff.

  • Our book fair was a hit! The staff who make up the PBIS team worked before and after school to provide students with the opportunity to browse some great titles and talk about reading. We are grateful to our volunteers who helped out during school hours.

  • Our Read Across America Celebration brought community dignitaries together with lower school classes for a morning of reading. Thank you to our volunteers! Associate Principals Goyette- Langis  and Simone organized this great event.

  • Our fourth grade presented a Living Biography event. Students researched the life of a person who made the world a better place to live, wrote an essay, created a visual display and  presented the thenMarch Madness took on a whole new meaning at the Tenney. Instead of basketball, we filled the brackets with books. Staff members we filmed reading books aloud.Our lower school students voted on their favorite books. We are awaiting the winner. Thanks to Mrs. Selima and Ms. Norman who organized.

  • As we prepare for MCAS, we are also looking to our creative community for some inspiration. Staff and students  are competing for bragging rights to create an MCAS inspirational slogan that unite us in our efforts to do our very best. The  winner - and inspiration- will be announced before vacation.

  • We are so proud of our 8th grader Matthew Torres who earned a seat in the Massachusetts educators Northeastern Junior District Festival. Matthew plays alto sax in our jazz band.

Coming up:

April 4: Presentation on the dangers of vaping, Upper School

April 5: Grade 7 and 8 dance, sponsored by Student Council

April 12: Early dismissal

April 15: 19 Spring break

April 22: Holocaust survivor, Doris Edwards, Grade 8



          

 Planning for MCAS Success!

We’ve picked the dates for MCAS testing! Thank you for helping us by making sure your child is here on testing dates, rested and ready  to “show what you know.” We use the results of MCAS testing to direct our instruction, plan learning intervention for your child and understand our teaching and learning strengths and challenges.  Our goal is to have 100 percent of the students slated to test, take the test.

Breakfast will be provided to students on each day they test, thanks to our fabulous PTO!  

ELA

April 23,24: Grades 3,4

April 25, 26: Grades 5,6

April 29, 30: Grades 7,8

Makeups completed May 1,2,3

Math

May 6,7: Grades 7,8

May 8, 9: Grades 5,6

May 13,14: Grades 3,4

Makeups completed May 17-23

Science:

May 15, 16: Grades 5,8

Makeups completed May 17-23


May 15, 16: Grades 5,8

Makeups completed May 17-23





Planificación para el éxito de MCAS!

¡Hemos elegido las fechas para las pruebas de MCAS! Gracias por ayudarnos a asegurándonos de que su hijo esté aquí en las fechas de exámenes, descansado y listo para "mostrar lo que sabe". Utilizamos los resultados del examen MCAS para dirigir nuestra instrucción, planificar la intervención de aprendizaje para su hijo y entender nuestra enseñanza y Aprendizaje de fortalezas y desafíos. Nuestro objetivo es tener el 100 por ciento de los estudiantes programados para la prueba, tomar la prueba.

Se proporcionará desayuno a los estudiantes cada día que realicen las pruebas, ¡gracias a nuestro fabuloso PTO!

ELA

Abril 23,24: Grados 3,4

Abril 25,26: Grados 5,6

Abril 29,30: Grados 7,8

Todas las pruebas serán completadas Mayo 1,2,3

MATEMATICAS

Mayo 6, 7:    Grados 7,8

Mayo 8, 9:    Grados 5,6

Mayo 13,14: Grados 3,4

Todas las pruebas serán completadas Mayo 17-23

SCIENCIAS

Mayo 15,16: Grados 5,8

Todas las pruebas serán completadas Mayo 17-23


Tenney celebrates, operates and dances!

posted Mar 7, 2019, 5:26 PM by Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 5:55 PM ]

Here is a look at how we celebrated learning  and growing in February and some important upcoming dates:

  • The Peer Leaders and  Advisor Carrie Barnhart let the celebration of our guidance staff during Guidance Counselor Appreciation Day. There were treats and  student-made gifts for the staff.

  • The Student Council  with the support of staff chaperones hosted the first Friday night dance here in a long time for Grades 7 and 8 students. Thanks to Advisor  Kelley Gravell, and chaperones Robert Connolly, Sue Jaras, Doug Patten, Stefanie Bizeur, Brandon Bolduc, Judy Flagg,  Sari Joffrie, Lauren Rosenbaum and Paula Simone.

  • Grade 2 teachers turned their classrooms into surgical suites as students “operated” on non-fiction texts.  The students dressed as doctors, discussed cases and had a hands-on experience learning about text features.

  • Our SAAD students, led by Jess Leal, created bags filled with supplies. The bags were given to Michael Gorman, a Tenney alum, who  works with the homeless and those dealing with poverty and addiction. Included in the bags - handmade hats and inspirational quotes. Isn’t it great when our students, past and present work together to make the world a better place?

  • Our kindergarten team celebrated 100 days of learning with a special fashion show featuring shirts decorated with 1-- items and also hosted a night at the Nevins for their students. There were crafts, read aloud and the students got their own library cards.

  • All grades joined in PBIS celebrations before vacation. Students who met behvior expectations were honored.

We have some important events coming up:

  • March 11-15 - Read Across America Day

  • March 25-29 Book Fair!

  • March 28 Class Pictures

MCAS dates have been set:

English-Language Arts:

April 23,24: Grades 3,4 
April 25, 26: Grades 5,6 
April 29, 30: Grades 7,8
Makeups completed May 1,2,3
Math
May 6,7: Grades 7,8
May 8, 9: Grades 5,6 
May 13,14: Grades 3,4
Makeups completed May 17-23

Science:
May 15, 16: Grades 5,8
Makeups completed May 17-23


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