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


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