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Spring 2017

posted Apr 11, 2017, 6:29 AM by Timothy Miller

Despite the April Fools Day snowstorm it seems that spring has finally sprung here in Methuen.  This is a very busy season at the Timony as we move into the state testing timelines.  MCAS ELA tests will take place in April and MCAS Mathematics and Science/Technology/Engineering tests will take place in May.  The staff and students at the Timony feel confident that our hard work throughout the school year will be evident in the results from these important assessments.  Although we do pause for a few days at each grade level (3-8) to complete the MCAS, there is still a lot to accomplish and we will continue to work for our students success right through June.  I have listed some important dates below.  Continue to check this website for updates.

April 4-6        MCAS Grades 3,6
April 11-13     MCAS Grades 5,7
April 14           No School - Good Friday
April 17-21      No School - Spring Recess
April 25-27     MCAS Grades 4, 8
May 21            HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
May 25            PTO Spring Social
May 26            Early Release Day
May 29            No School - Memorial Day
June 20            Last Day of School

Winter 2017

posted Dec 20, 2016, 11:31 AM by Timothy Miller

In true New England fashion the snow is piling up and the air is brisk.  At the Timony School we stay busy and warm in our daily routines.  Our PBIS system has produced great results in this, it's third year.  Our staff and students have worked hard to create a positive, productive culture where we enjoy daily opportunities for success.  January and February promise to be busy months as we move into the meat of the curriculum.  Be sure to check this website often for updates on events and happenings at the Timony School.

  • January - ACCESS testing for second language learners
  • January - Mid Year Math Interim Assessments
  • January 3 - Return to school from Winter Recess
  • January 13 - Early Release Professional Development
  • January 16 - No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 10 - Early Release Professional Development
  • February 20-26 - No School Mid Winter Break
  • February 28 - Kindergarten Registration

Autumn 2016

posted Oct 17, 2016, 10:41 AM by Timothy Miller

Autumn is in the air.  The days are shorter, the colors are vibrant and the Timony family is moving forward toward successful outcomes.   We have created a new parent welcome and information area in both lower and upper schools.  This gives a comfortable, welcoming place to wait for appointments or complete paperwork.  This area also has a board with important information for our school community.  Be sure to check it out the next time you're in our building.  
The PBIS team has completed their first monthly review of the discipline data.  Comparing these early results to data from last year shows that the system is working.  We will continue to review and improve our behavioral system to help make the Timony School a safe and productive place for our students.  
We have some important events this fall beginning with the PTO's Annual Fall Festival on Thursday, October 20th.  Please check out the list below for other important dates and remember to check back to this website for updates.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 20 - PTO Fall Festival
October 28 - Early Release Day, Teacher Professional Development
October 31 - Characters on Parade, Grades K-2
November 8 - Election Day, No school for Students
November 9 - School Dentist Visits
November 11 - No School Veterans Day
November 20  - School Picture Re-takes
November 23 - Early Release Day, Thanksgiving
November 24-25 - No School Thanksgiving Break


September 2016

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:54 AM by Timothy Miller

We are very excited about the 2016-17 school year and all of the promise that it brings.  Teachers and students have had a wonderful start to the year.  Routines are being established and positive steps are being taken toward a successful year.  Anyone interested in seeing the Timony in action should contact the main office and set up a tour.  Please continue to check this website for news and updates.

Important Dates to Remember:

September 6 - First Day of School Grades PK - K
September 7 - Open House
September 13 - PTO Meeting
September 27 - School Council Meeting
September 30 - Early Release Day
October 4 - PTO Meeting
October 7 - Picture Day


Summer 2016

posted Jul 26, 2016, 7:37 AM by Timothy Miller

Summer is here!!!  I hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and is taking time to relax with family and friends.  We are working hard here at the Timony as we prepare for the 2016-17 school year.  Please watch this website for future updates.

Important Dates to Remember:
August 17 - New Student Tour
August 30 - First Day of School Grades 1-8
September 2 and 5 - No School
September 6 - First Day of School Grades PK - K
September 7 - Open House
September 30 - Early Release Day

June 2016

posted Jun 7, 2016, 8:36 AM by Timothy Miller

Just two weeks left in what has been an eventful and outstanding year at the Timony School.  There are many great events happening in the next few weeks so please check the school homepage for updates.  Thank you to everyone for helping us make this a positive school year for all of our students.  We have begun planning for the 2016-17 school year and are excited about some of the changes coming.  I hope you all have a restful, family filled summer and we'll see you in the fall.
Mr. Miller

Important Dates to Remember
  • June 7 - Grade 8 students to MHS for tours
  • June 7 - Grade 3 Authors Cafe
  • June 7 - Upper School Band Concert
  • June 8 & 10 - The Little Mermaid Musical
  • June 10 - Early Dismissal
  • June 13 - Kindergarten End of Year Show
  • June 15 - Last Day for kindergarten
  • June 17 - Grade 8 Final Assembly
  • June 20 & 21 Early Dismissal Days
  • June 21 Last Day of School
  • August 30 - First of 2016-17 School Year

Untitled Post

posted Feb 18, 2016, 8:44 AM by Timothy Miller

February, 2016

We are returning to school from our mid-winter break and quickly heading into spring.  March and April will, as always, be busy months at the Timony.  MCAS testing will be taking place between March 28 and April 12.  Watch for specific testing dates for your child's grade level to come home with them.  Our PBIS team and the PTO will be holding events to engage our families and the entire school community.  We are excited about the many things coming up in the next few months.  If you have questions or comments please contact the school at any time.

Please watch your child's backpack and note the weekly Connect Ed phone calls for further information and details on the following events and more.

Feb. 23        Kindergarten Registration
Feb. 25        Hoops for Heart
Feb. 26        Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance
March 4     Early Release / Staff Development
March 9      PTO Meeting
March 18    Early Release / Parent Conferences
March 25    No School
April 18-25 No School - Spring Recess

Winter 2016

posted Jan 12, 2016, 9:15 AM by Timothy Miller

January 12, 2016
As the New Year arrives and the colder weather is upon us we continue to move forward at  the Timony School.  Our students will be taking mid-year benchmark assessments soon and this valuable information will be used to focus on individual areas of need.  This data is an important tool in our continued efforts toward success. 

Our students are SOARing into the New Year.  We continue to work with our staff and students on our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS).  All teachers have created a matrix which explains academic and behavioral expectations in detail to students.  Students will continue to receive positive reinforcement when demonstrating the behaviors outlined in the classroom matrix.  Additionally, PBIS team members have created and shared specific lesson plans for teachers to use to teach expectations around the school building.  The first lesson plan is related to hallway behavioral expectations and transitions around the school building.  We are a large school so it is appropriate to take the time to go over this with all of our students.  Our goal is always to ensure safety and maintain order when moving through the hallways to classes, lunch or specials.

There are a number of exciting events coming up and I hope that all of our families can find time to participate in as many as possible. Please watch your child's backpack and note the weekly Connect Ed phone calls for further information and details on the following events and more.

Jan. 12          PTO Meeting
Jan. 14          Upper School Chorus Concert
Jan. 19 - 25  Peer Leaders Coat Drive 
Jan. 28          JROTC Presentation for 8th grade students
Feb. 11          PTO Meeting
Feb. 26         Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

At the Timony we continue to strive to maintain open lines of communication with the entire school community.  As always, if you have any concerns, questions or comments you should feel free to contact me or any member of my staff at any time.

Thank you
Mr. Miller


November Update

posted Nov 10, 2015, 5:04 AM by Edward Lussier   [ updated Nov 10, 2015, 5:05 AM ]

As we enter November, we head into a very busy holiday season and the end of our first trimester marking period.  Timony students have continued to demonstrate appropriate behavior and are SOARing here at the Timony.  Students in both upper and lower school participated in brief assemblies where specific expectations for their behavior were discussed.  We want to make sure that all students know how to behave in all areas of the school so that everyone can be successful!  Students were also treated to a great video starring Timony students and staff.  Ask your son or daughter about this video! The first trimester closes on November 25th and first trimester report cards will be sent home with students on December 9th.  Please check your child’s back pack on that day.  Also, parent conferences are being scheduled for Thursday and Friday, December 10th and 11th.  Please make sure you contact your child’s teacher if you would like a parent teacher conference.   

During this busy holiday season, please try and keep your child’s school routine as consistent as possible.  With all of the days off and breaks in the schedule, consistency will help everyone adjust.  Have a wonderful Thanks Giving! 


Thank You,

Lisa Durkee
Upper School Associate Principal
Timony Grammar School

Untitled Post

posted Oct 14, 2015, 8:34 AM by Timothy Miller

After an outstanding start to the 2015-16 school year, the staff and students at the Timony have developed positive rituals and routines that allow us to meet the diverse needs of all of our students.  We are all extremely busy every day as we continue to move through the curriculum as prescribed by the district and state.  Our teachers have completed initial assessments to determine each child's specific needs and then they collaborate to develop plans to address these needs.  

Our students participated in the first PBIS incentive award and continue to work hard to fill their S.O.A.R. card.  The PBIS team has completed two more days of training and are working  to further develop our already successful Positive Behavior system.  The PBIS team and the PTO continue to have events that involve all of our school community.  It is always a great feeling when so many parents and family members show up at school for these events.  

Please continue to check this website as the calendar of events is frequently updated.  I value the input of the entire school community so please feel free to contact me at any time regarding concerns or ideas.

Thank you,
Mr. Miller

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