School Life

Student Activities

Student Groups

There are several activities that take place as part of the school day, during class time or lunch.

  • Student Council: Student Council provides Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Graders the wonderful opportunity to be leaders in their school. Each child serves as part of Student Council for one-third of the school year. The Sixth Graders are assigned the responsibility of being co-presidents, treasurer, secretary and school reporters for their “term in office.” Parliamentary procedure keeps the Tuesday lunch meetings running smoothly, as all the students offer suggestions as to what projects to take on, and how to organize, advertise, and, implement them. Activities can range from sponsoring a winter coat collection for those in need, to a beautification project in connection with Earth Day that includes a fundraiser to buy flowers for the whole school to plant on campus, to promoting less waste in the lunchroom via posters and announcements. A perennial favorite is organizing a “Grub Day” - the opportunity to dress outside of Tenacre’s dress code (celebrity day, pajama day, beach day) in exchange for bringing in $1 to be donated to a charity. The children are enthusiastic and creative, and thoroughly enjoy their opportunity to make suggestions which can impact school life.
  • Big Friend/Little Friend Program: This program is a long-time tradition of pairing first and sixth graders together throughout the year. Students interact by reading to one another, by celebrating holidays together or just by being with one another during lunch or recess. This program ensures that older students help younger ones feel welcome and secure.
  • Big Reader Little Reader: Our younger students in pre-kindergarten are paired with fourth graders and the kindergarten class is paired with fifth graders for reading together and holiday projects. These associations help build a strong sense of community and true respect among the children at the different grade levels. 


Clubs are developed around specific interests and allow students to work and play together in activities that they especially enjoy. Clubs meet either in the morning, before classes begin, or after school.

  • Book Club: Each year, the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students are offered the opportunity to join an after-school book club. The Book Club is an optional activity and is a fun way to read an interesting book and talk about it with other kids in the school. The teachers and students decide together which book the club will read. The school purchases the book for the kids to read and, about one month later, the book club meets to discuss it. Books that have recently been read by Book Club include: Crash, by Jerry Spinelli, the Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling, Holes, by Louis Sachar and My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George.
  • Chess Club: During the months of January and February, Chess classes are offered after school in Wells Playhouse. An outside instructor and chess master conducts beginner and intermediate/advanced classes. The beginner classes receive a twenty-minute lecture and demonstration followed by a half hour of play. The intermediate/advanced group receives instruction followed by tournament play to sharpen their skills and strategy in a more competitive environment
  • Environmental Club (RAG): The Environmental Club, called RAG (Random Acts of Greenness), was started in 2011 for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. The mission of RAG is to energize students about taking care of the earth and helping the community while learning about some of the most important environmental issues facing our world today; to make environmental improvements locally and globally; to bring awareness about environmental issues to our community; and to provide students with a leadership and collaborative extracurricular opportunity. 
  • Multicultural Club: The Multicultural Club is open to all students in fifth and sixth grade who are interested in exploring the rich cultures that exist at Tenacre and in our larger world. Past topics include what is culture, the importance of language, stereotypes, and what is a home.

Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups provide students who share specific identity characteristics the opportunity the explore their experiences at Tenacre, specifically including these components of who they are. Affinity Groups meet during lunch.

  • Boys Group: The Boys Group is open to boys in the fifth and sixth grade and considers topics related to being a boy at Tenacre and in society in general. This is a new group in 2015-2016.
  • Girls Group: The Girls Group is open to girls in the fifth and sixth grade and considers the experience of being a girl at Tenacre and in society in general. Topics have include the exploration of athletics, math classes, and media ads.
  • Stuversity: Stuversity offers students of color in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade an opportunity to come together in an environment where they make up the majority. Topics explore how race and identity might apply directly to them. Past topics have included: What does one's heritage mean? How are different stereotypes displayed in movies, books, and music? Do assumptions hurt or help you?
Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.